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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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Blog Traffic Loves Generous Service

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Blog traffic absolutely loves generous service. Do you want to succeed? Help oodles of people for free through blogging and guest posting. Toss in helping bloggers by noting bloggers on your blog, by commenting genuinely on blogs and by mentioning bloggers on social media. Traffic flows your way. Because blog traffic loves generous service. The more help you offer through your eBook, course and blog, the more traffic you drive. Simple equation. Give, to get. Keep giving freely and blog traffic finds you. Hug this super simple, powerful law of life. Service prospers you. Blog traffic flows to generous bloggers.

What gives? Why do many bloggers struggle to drive blog traffic? In essence, most human beings vibe mainly from an energy of fear and loss. You and I learn to do stuff with fear being our main driver. So, blogging becomes another outlet through which to do stuff from a dominant energy of fear. Like, publish one post for the week and do no more. Because you fear not getting enough return on investment. Plus you fear wasting time. Plus you fear working hard. Plus you fear looking like a fool if people come across all of the awesome content you create and, due to your increased exposure, you become the object of intense criticism. Ouch; that would hurt, eh? Being burdened by these fears, you play small, be stingy and just publish one post every 1-2 weeks. If YOU are stingy with the Universe, the Universe BE’S stingy with you. Give. Receive. Don’t give. Don’t receive. So, withholding generous service ensures blog traffic gets withheld from you. What a simple strategy to put into action, right? But of course, what an uncomfortable strategy to put into action, too, because facing and feeling fear, never feels all that comfortable. Nobody loves this process. Me included. But ya gotta take that route to be a successful blogger.

Help as many people as possible daily through a few clear strategies. Keep publishing content to your blog. Keep guest posting. Gain immense exposure and gain skills and yep, gain credibility……and of course, gain blog traffic. All occurs because you gave freely of your time and talents. Give freely. Gain blog traffic. But giving freely FORCES you outside of your comfort zone. For example, I publish 9 or more guest posts and blog posts daily, between both. No joke, this taxes me sometimes. I face fears about doing billionaire work and not see billions in my bank account yet. All that crap. Yep, I proceed. I blog into deep fears, feel fears, and clearing these fears helps me drive more blog traffic, leading to increased blogging success. All about that free giving, folks. Give freely, and you shall position yourself to receive more easily.

Be with scary emotions. I feel you. I have been there, guys. Nudging through to feel these energies is the way to clear these energies. Keep giving, and the getting becomes easier and easier in blog traffic terms. Imagine guest posting on 30 blogs over the next 3 months. Visualize how this increased exposure boosts your blog traffic. People see you all over, click your bio link and you get more blog traffic. Your generous service through guest posting put everything into motion.

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Why Ask Blogging Questions Already Asked Thousands of Times?

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Ya know what?

I feel awesome teaching bloggers with my friend Sue-Ann. We are currently helping course students via the creative, innovative, never duplicated: How to Bling Your Blog and Feed That Hog course.

Live, interactive and engaging, students already noted how we cover new, different topics compared to virtually all other blogging courses. Sure we cover the basics. But we do so quite differently than your average blogging course. Sue-Ann and I both became successful by doing things differently than most other bloggers. We think. We deliberate. We virtually never do things mindlessly. Alas, many of my fellow bloggers – most newbies – move in the opposite direction. One quick Quora visit reflects this mass sheeple mentality crippling most newbie blogger careers. Again, a few moments ago, I spied at least 4 bloggers asking the same, old, “how do you succeed at blogging” type question again, said questions being asked for the millionth time.

I have compassion for new bloggers. I also understand how every new blogger feels entitled to ask virtually any question. But just because you can ask any question, does that mean you should ask any or every blogging question popping up in your mind? Nope. You should note Why? Asking the successful blogging question wastes your time and my time because tens of thousands of bloggers have answered this question accurately tens of thousands of times across thousands of online platforms. We covered it already. I even created an entire course to devote to answering the question. Why litter Quora and the web in general with the same blogging question for the 10,000th time? At best, it is a time waster. At worst, borderline spam.

I love ya’s but you need to begin thinking like a successful blogger well before experiencing success. How would a successful blogger go about figuring out how to succeed at blogging? Pay someone to access the answer in 5 or 10 seconds. Hire someone to coach them. Buy a course or eBook in a minute. Why waste 24 or 36 hours waiting for an answer from some blogger when you get the answer 30 minutes after buying and reading one of my 100 plus eBooks? Failures wait for answers to questions asked thousands of times. Winners buy the answer immediately. This is the difference between struggling bloggers and future pros. Strugglers put no thought into the process. Why in the Hades would you ever believe 10,000 bloggers prior to you have NOT asked the successful blogging question? Of course they did! Think logically for 5 seconds. Of course hundreds of top bloggers answered the successful blogging question. And yes, of course you access that question through Google and Amazon in seconds, querying and investing money in instant answers from pros.

No brainer territory, guys. Buy the solution in seconds. Stop being like poverty conscious bloggers who put zero thought and little logic into why they ask a question obviously asked and answered accurately, thousands of times. Blogging gets easier if you think mindfully. Blogging gets harder if you mindlessly give zero thought to the craft. Invest money in getting proven answers to basic blogging questions. Accelerate your online success. Save your time. Save my time.

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When Is It Too Late to Start Blogging?

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Never!

Ego sometimes clings to limiting ideas. One such idea is the notion that starting a blog at some specific age proves to be futile because of it being too late. I recall hearing Gary Vaynerchuk professing how people in their early 20’s ask him if it is too late to begin a business. Do you see why ego deludes you? Fear manifests as all types of crippling beliefs holding you back. Someone clinging to fear, being 21 years old, asks if being 21 is too old for starting a business. Why? Some 21 year olds observe 14 year olds who create million dollar ventures. Or some 21 year olds see fellow 21 year olds who already became millionaires, when the limited-thinking 21 year old simply has never been an entrepreneur. Guess what? It is never late to begin blogging. It is never too late to begin blogging. I recall a 73 year old new to blogging who bought 4 of my eBooks after I wrote a guest post on Build Your Own Blog. He began blogging at 73 years old. Imagine that? Yet 21 year olds some 50 years his minor fear being 21 is too old for beginning a successful venture.

Fear makes you think silly things. Be beyond fear. Feel fear. Release fear. Move in a direction of possibilities. Move toward opportunities. Now is the time to begin blogging whether you are 21 or 101. Now is the time to begin. Seize the moment. Do you plan to be around for a bit? Blog. Begin blogging. It is never too late to start blogging because you and I sit in the perfect place at the perfect time for our individual journeys. I began blogging in my mid 30’s. 35 years old, to be exact. Being a 35 year old beginner blogger never crossed my mind as being too old because I did not cling to the fear fueling that too old, aged, limiting belief. I saw actual 12 year olds blogging during my newbie blogging days. Who cares that a kid 20 years my junior began blogging? I had 20 more years LIFE experience than he. Possessing 20 more years life experience puts you at a tremendous advantage when it comes to learning the in’s and out’s of blogging the right way. Heck; the 73 year old new blogger may have zero blogging experience but 73 years of life experience. What seems more important at that point in your life? Does knowing how to format a blog post at 73 count more than the fearlessness, serenity and peace you acquired from facing 73 years worth of fears? Dude begins blogging with the mindset of a Blogging Yoda, for all he faced and for all the experience he has. Does THAT sound like it’s too late for blogging?

The only thing I would say is to begin blogging now because blogging experience is your best ally. Do not wait on the sidelines. Even though you can begin blogging at any age, why wait until you turn 45 when you can begin blogging now, at age 40? Why hesitate? Experience benefits you tremendously. Whether you start blogging at 13 or 73, experience earned and learned from, accelerates your blogging success. But you need to see the journey through and you need to begin blogging now. Go ahead. Blog. It’s not too late!

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