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A picture is worth a thousand words and the Internet is increasingly visual in nature. And while you might feel that having completely original photos and illustrations is always the ideal, this is utterly unrealistic for the overwhelming majority of users on the web. You simply don’t have the time, resources or budget. You’re certainly not going to fly halfway around the globe for a single snapshot, especially if professional photographers can capture a far better image than you can anyway.

Providing a simple and straightforward approach to premium photos, illustrations and vector images is GLStock. If you’ve ever been overwhelmed or confused by other stock image repositories, you may finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief.

Every Size You Need

You need images for any number of possible reasons. As a blogger, you’ve likely recognized that a big body of plain text can be both overwhelming and completely boring for visitors to your site. Just the right image can add some much needed visual appeal. Maybe you need an image for a print campaign, like with a brochure or for print advertisements. The images at GLStock can fulfill all these needs.

Many users get confused and frustrated by other stock photography websites because the sellers price their images based on the size that you wish to download. What if you started out downloading a smaller version for web and then you need to use the same image for print later on? It feels foolish to buy the same image twice!

GLStock completely does away with that so you can “get the image you want, in every size you need, for one low price.” While the individual specifics will vary from image to image, you’ll find that most come in three sizes, ranging from about 700 x 466 pixels (at 72 dpi) on the small end, up to about 5,000 x 3,000 pixels (at 300 dpi) at the larger end. Regardless of the size you actually need, the price remains the same.

License Information

Another major point of confusion for a lot of people, especially if you’re not actively involved in the professional creative community, has to do with how images are licensed. It can be difficult wading through all the technical jargon and legal speak, only to realize that you can’t use an image for the purpose you intend. GLStock makes that easy too.

All of the photos, illustrations and vector images on the site are offered in two licenses. The standard license is what most people are going to use most of the time and it should cover you under most circumstances. You can use images with the standard license for everything from business cards to websites to animations, so long as you keep them in video productions of less than $10,000 and limit your physical print run to no more than 250,000 copies. While you can use these images on social media as well, you do need to include a copyright notice giving credit to the seller and website.

With the extended license, you retain unlimited digital use and are upgraded to unlimited use in both video and print/physical. The rest of the major restrictions remain the same, like you can’t redistribute or resell the image, you can’t use it as part of a logo, and you can’t feature a recognizable person in such a way as to suggest they endorse a business or product. That’s much clearer than most of the other licenses you see out there!

Searching the Catalog

The process for finding the premium image you need is as straightforward as using a standard search engine. Simply type in the keyword of interest and click the magnifying glass “search” button. Optionally, there is a pull-down menu so you can limit results to just photos or just vectors. There are literally millions of high-quality images on the site with thousands added daily, so you’re sure to find something great.

When you click on any individual image, you are then shown how many credits it takes to buy a standard of extended license. There’s also a second tab with image information, which will show the format and resolution, as well as a basic description and list of keywords. Below that is a series of similar images. It’s all very, very straightforward and completely uncluttered.

Standard license range from 1 to 30 credits per image, whereas extended licenses always sell for 75 credits.

Credit packages start as low as $25 for 25 credits ($1/credit) and go up to $800 for 1,000 credits ($0.80/credit). Naturally, the more credits you buy at a time, the greater your overall savings. Given the range in pricing, this means that the cost of a standard license for a single image will also range from 80 cents up to $30. Simply pay for what you need.

Signing up for an account gives you instant access. The welcome email you receive contains a promo code to receive a 10% bonus on your first deposit, in addition to any other bonuses already offered.

It Doesn’t Get Any Easier

After creating and logging into your account, you gain access to the straightforward dashboard. The three main sections here are your lightboxes, your recently viewed images, and your download history.

Below that, you’ll find your recent searches and a few featured GL collections. You can clear out your recent searches at any time. If you ever purchased any image with the standard license, you can upgrade to an extended license at any time. Simply navigate to your transactions through the dashboard, find the previously purchased image, and click the “upgrade” button.

The lightbox effectively functions as your own curated collection of images you are considering. You can create as many of these as you’d like. Once in the lightbox, hover over an image to bring up the option to zoom in or to compare up to three images at the same time.

Get the Images You Want

They didn’t have to re-invent the wheel here. They just wanted to make a wheel that’s more efficient, more cost-effective, and easier to understand. To that end, GLStock has done a tremendous job of providing a straightforward and accessible marketplace for royalty-free photos and illustrations. Who said navigating the world of stock imagery had to be confusing and expensive?

Michael Kwan is a professional freelance writer and author based out of Vancouver. Fueled by caffeine and WiFi, he writes about technology, parenting, food, and the Internet. You can find him blogging regularly at Beyond the Rhetoric. And it's not a dad bod; he prefers the term "father figure."

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Are You an Organized Blogger?

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How do you organize your blogging day? Do you work off of a to-do list? What do you do to be organized?

As I promote my eBook:

How to Organize Your Blogging Day for Maximum Efficiency

I ponder blogging problems arising from being disorganized. Mental clutter leads to blogging clutter. I prefer to clear my mind with meditating and Kriya yoga, in addition to yin yoga. Thoughts and feelings seem to flow smoothly after my mental science sessions. Of course, making a simple, blanket decision to be organized allows your day to progress gracefully. Consider working off of a to-do list to begin organizing effectively.

Create a To-Do List

Creating a to-do list adds order to your mind. Orderly, focused-thinking bloggers proceed in organized fashion. I memorized my blogging routine. No need for a to-do lit. But I stick to my basic strategy of publishing blog posts and guest posts in alternating fashion daily. I publish a blog post. I publish a guest post. Works wonders for me. I stick to these basic tasks, tossing in networking generously to expand my blogging reach. Simple. Powerful. Effective. Organized. Work from this list to avoid mental chaos. Human beings experience some 40,000 plus thoughts daily. Do you think an unenlightened being like yourself can hold a core list of blogging tasks in mind amid those 40,000 thoughts, along with the adjacent feelings? Fat chance. But working from a list makes blogging quite easy. See concrete items to do before your eyes. Hold these ideas in mind. Execute. Be organized.

Maintain an Orderly Home Office

Clean up your home office. Maintain a clear space. Physical clutter often creates mental clutter manifest as disorganization. But cleaning and clearing things up helps you feel better about work. Feeling better about work lends an organized air about what you do. See a clear environment. Instantly, your thoughts and feelings proceed in organized fashion. I always clean up my home office before beginning my work day. Ditto for clearing the office space. I never tolerate messiness. Papers need to go. Clothes need to be folded and stowed away in drawers. I blog with my Chromebook and phone by my side. Nothing else distracts me. Can you see why I wrote and self-published 126 eBooks? I do not play around when it comes to being organized about my blogging day.

Study Organized Bloggers

Most pro bloggers blog on the ball from an organization perspective. Pay attention to these pros. Study their ways closely. Most established pros follow morning rituals to prepare themselves for busy work days. I do 20 minutes of Kriya yoga and meditate for 30 minutes to clear my mind for a productive blogging work day. Virtually all pros follow rituals enhancing their peace of mind and organizational skills. Of course, feeling good plays a chief role in succeeding and in organizing your blogging day for maximum efficiency. Do what you can on waking to max out good feeling vibes. Nudge into your work day from a relaxed, peaceful, organized energy. Observe established pros. Closely study how they plan their blogging day. Do you notice how busy pros tend to do only a few things but spend 8-12 hours doing these few things generously, patiently and persistently? Being organized often involves trimming fat in the form of old, worn out, inefficient blogging activities. See how pros trim fat by letting go blogging strategies as they gain greater clarity. Follow their lead to get better organized with your blogging campaign.

As within, so without. Heed this ancient wisdom to be a better organized blogger. Organizing your thoughts and feelings leads to organized blogging actions.

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Every Blogger Walks a Different Path

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Neil Patel walks a different path than I. I walk a different blogging path than you. Just like no two snowflakes are alike, no two bloggers walk the same exact path. We take different routes. Different journeys require different strategies, detours, tactics and strategies. Neil walked an SEO-rich path. I do not. I chose a prolific, SEO-free path. No one mimics a fellow blogger perfectly because no two humans have the same experience. We succeed by differentiating. Never believe you need to walk the same path as some blogging pro to succeed. Of course, doing so proves fruitless because no two bloggers walk the same blogging journey. Never try to do the impossible. Stop believing you need to do the same things top bloggers do to succeed like top bloggers. I broke many traditional blogging rules to circle the globe as a pro blogger. Of course I created a blogging course, eBooks and audio books. Content? Check. Connections? Check. I honored fundamentals to succeed but never tried mimicking the same journey as any top blogger.

Walk your blogging path. Take your blogging journey. Your blogging path separates you from the herd. My travel stories and blogging lessons make me different from any blogger. Ditto for you. We all have different experiences to call upon for becoming a successful blogger. Respect your uniqueness. Find your blogging flow. I do not enjoy doing SEO to drive Google traffic. Why would I force a blogging journey trough some strategy I disliked working?  I should just work a job if I did something for money versus working for passion. Of course, I never took a path like Neil Patel because I do not enjoy SEO-optimizing posts. I succeeded through another strategy. Never believe you need to walk the same path as pros to become successful as pros. New bloggers swing and miss daily by believing success is writing 4,000 word, SEO-optimized posts dominating competitive keywords on Google. Are you nuts? Neil Patel dominates competitive keywords on Google after 10,000 plus hours of practice-work-creating-connecting. You have 5 or 10 hours or maybe 100 hours of practice-work-creating-connecting. Relax. Slow down. Calm down. You have another 10,000 hours of blogging work to do before being skilled, creative and connected enough to dominate page 1 of Google for 1 – let alone 20 – competitive keywords.

But you may dislike SEO all together. Take a different blogging path. Find tactics resonant with you. Perhaps building bonds with bloggers and creating helpful content feels fun to you. Take that route. But know your path differs from any blogging path because we each fly solo and learn different lessons for specific parts of our blogging journey. No two bloggers walk in the same blogging shoes. No two bloggers walk the same blogging path. Two bloggers may walk similar blogging journeys. Bloggers sometimes walk similar blogging paths. But nobody walks identical paths because bloggers have different experiences to learn from during our blogging journey.

Respect your path. Honor your progression. Accept how you blog in the perfect place, at the perfect time, now. Do not resist your blogging path. Everything brought you here to this point now. Accepting your present state of blogging growth reduces resistance to future growth. Surrender serves as a powerful concept. Be completely at peace with your blogging growth now. Hug your progress. Walk your blogging path. Of course, note wins. Celebrate success. Avoid comparing yourself to bloggers. Bloggers experience different situations to benefit from different circumstances. We all have different lessons to learn on our respective blogging journeys. Honor this truth. Cultivate peace of mind. Position yourself to succeed. Walk your one-of-a-kind blogging path to experience your greatest success.

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Hobbies Change for Habits to Change

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Over a decade ago, I woke up, watched TV, grabbed breakfast, hit the gym for bodybuilding and returned home to watch a DVD movie. At 2:30 PM I prepared for work. I drove to my security guard job. By 10:30 PM on most nights I drove home. Evening movie. Sleep. Rinse, wash and repeat the following day. I worked a security guard job. My hobbies consisted of lifting weights and watching TV. But my hobbies and habits changed the moment I became a blogger. Morning breakfast vanished. I stopped going to the time-consuming gym. Watching movies every day? Fat chance. My bodybuilding workout and movie hobbies had to change for me to begin the habits of meditating, doing yoga and expanding my awareness daily. Hobbies change before habits change.

New bloggers often struggle because newbies cling to old, worn out, failing hobbies like:

  • watching TV for hours nightly
  • mindlessly cruising the internet for hours nightly
  • mindlessly gossiping on the phone or with family for hours nightly

These low-energy hobbies need to change pronto for you to develop fun, freeing, higher energy habits like meditating, doing yoga, blogging generously and engaging in some form of exercise. Picture those 4 hours you waste on watching TV each evening. How do you find time to engage in different habits? Change your hobbies. Out goes TV, or, TV just consumes 45 minutes per evening. Enter 20 minutes of meditating. Release some hobbies. Fill the time with different, empowering, freeing, sometimes uncomfortable habits. Imagine watching the idiot box for 3 hours nightly. 3 hours pass. Nothing profitable, productive or empowered happens watching the television. But for you to be a pro blogger you need to spend those 3 hours meditating for perhaps 10 minutes and blogging for the remaining 2 hours and 50 minutes. Change your hobbies to create space for changing habits. Changing habits accelerates, colors and influences hobby changes too. My hobbies went from watching TV to circling the globe on meditating more deeply, doing more yoga and spending more time in serious introspection. Life became more uncomfortable but far more fun and freeing as my hobbies and habits changed. I preferred to wander around Ubud, Bali versus watching an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. My hobbies changed for the better. I respect how we all travel different paths but if your hobbies and habits never changed, you are either enlightened, and never needed to change your meditating and yoga habits, or you have been making fear-driven, comfortable, confining choices wasting your life.

I have yet to see a genuinely happy, peaceful, powerful, prospering person who watches more than 2-3 hours of TV every single night. People call TV the idiot box because television makes you an idiot. Mindless, bland, non-stimulating TV watching does nothing for your growth, happiness, fulfillment, peace of mind and overall abundance. Empowered bloggers cannot spend 5 seconds on idle, mindless, dingbat-style activities. Stop spending hours watching TV each evening. Start spending hours blogging and working on your abundance mindset. Buy a blogging eBook. Surround yourself with pro bloggers. Learn from these pros. Mimic their ways. Gain inspiration from their example. Fill time not with garbage but with goal-achieving, fun, freeing and sometimes scary blogging actions. First, the hobbies change. Gone goes watching TV, gossiping and wasting time on low energy actions. Habits change with the hobby vacuum being void. Begin meditating. Start doing yoga. Awareness-expanding activities unearth fears, nudge you toward love, amplify your generosity and accelerate your blogging success.

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