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Freebie Friday #4

Freebie Friday #4

Friday Freebies

Hello and Happy Friday! This week I have included a number of free fonts and images along with the usual ebooks, ecourses, website apps, etc. And don’t miss out on the Just for Fun freebies from Smashwords which are available for the whole month of July.

Courses and Classes

Writing for the WebOpen2Study

Understanding the difference between writing for print versus writing for the web starts with learning about how readers behave differently online. This course brings to light how to accommodate the needs of online readers through web design, writing style, and structure and search engine optimization.

What you will learn:

  • how to structure a web page
  • considerations for search engines and accessibility requirements
  • making your content scannable
  • using keywords, headings, lists and links
  • matching your company’s tone of voice
  • creating a content strategy and style guide
  • and many other things!

How to Get More Twitter Followers – Kelsye Nelson

In this three day course, Kelsye will show you:

  • how to gain an average of 500 quality followers
  • how to get the right people to follow you
  • her favorite tool for managing following and saving time
  • her hack for fast growth without buying ads or followers
  • how to avoid mistakes that get your account flagged and locked

Fonts and Images

Bloggers that are horrible at taking pictures (like myself) are constantly looking for free images to use on their blogs. I am regularly on the lookout for images that match my blog topic and fonts that I can use with my Pinterest and Twitter images.  This week, Creative Markets (a new favorite place of mine) is sharing a number of both fonts and images for free.

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Graphic Design Services

Pixlr

Make every moment beautiful with Pixlr’s family of photo editing apps.

BeFunky

Free yourself from complicated software and design the way you want.

YouiDraw

No signup, no download! You can draw, create logos, and design.

FatPaint

Make pages, vector illustrations, logos, edit photos and design products online.

Fotor

Free online graphic design tool. Design your photo, banner, poster, or card online!

Just for Fun

I absolutely love reading and find it a great form of relaxation. Some people like to take vacations, I like to find a comfy spot to sit, unwind, and escape in a good book. For the entire month July over at Smashwords they are offering a huge selection of free ebooks in all genres. Just click on this link, add any of the books to your shopping cart, and enter SFREE at checkout.

Here are a few that I found (just click on the individual book covers and it will take you right to their Smashwords page):

the journey journal

Fox Island

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Stay tuned for next week’s edition of Freebie Fridays were you will find a lot me free ideas for your business, blog, and you. Please feel free to comment and leave any freebies that either you are offering on your sites or feel the Pursuing My Dream readers might be interested in.


Friday Freebies #3 – Fabulous Finds for You

Friday Freebies #3 – Fabulous Finds for You

Freebie Friday #3
Freebie Friday #3 – Fabulous Finds

Hello and Happy Friday! In this third edition of the Friday Freebies, I am posting all of the great finds I found pertaining to blogging, social media, webinars, classes, ebooks, and more. And since we can’t be all work and no play, you might actually find a few fun freebies like recipes, printable materials, events, and craft projects.

Classes and E-Courses

How to Sell on PinterestBrilliant Business Moms

  • Learn how to attract people who will buy what you are selling
  • The secret tool that will spread your pins all over Pinterest
  • Lean how to create a gorgeous Pinterest account that gets you followers fast
  • Learn how to get you pins in front of thousands more people – even if you are just starting out

The Ultimate Blog Challenge

Sign up to join the July 2016 Ultimate Blog Challenge where you will receive updates, tips, and daily blogging ideas to help you build lists, get you more traffic, increase your exposure, and make building relationships easier.

Webinars

Self-Publishing for BloggersAuthority Pub

Are you a blogger or online entrepreneur hustling to find reliable income streams? Have you considered writing books, but you aren’t sure how to do it the right way or if it will really be profitable? Bloggers are uniquely positioned to be successful with self-publishing, and Authority Pub can show you the exact steps to leverage your platform, content, and expertise to build recurring income. The free webinar is July 6th starting at 1 pm EST.

E-books

At the time of this writing, these eBooks were listed as free on Amazon. Please double check the link before hitting purchase to make sure the items are still available at no cost.

Supercharge Your Life: 7 Habits to Increase Your Success and Happiness – Sandra Leon

Description:  Supercharge Your Life will transform you into the person you know you can be. You will learn the 7 habits that will transform you with easy step by step ways to practice them (even on a busy schedule). Rated 5 stars out of 5 on Amazon

Applications/Design

Adobe Spark

I have to thank reader Keely for recommending Adobe Spark. With Adobe Spark you can:

  • Create social graphics – pick a photo, add text, and apply design filters to instantly start a viral phenomenon
  • Create web stories – turn words and images into beautiful, magazine-style web stories that will impress readers on any device
  • Create animated video – record your voice, add photos, select from professional-quality soundtracks and cinematic motion, and voila spectacular video!

picjumbo

picjumbo is a free stock photo site created by photographer and designer Viktor Hanacek. Viktor says “you can use picjumbo images in a lot of way: app designs, app UI kits, web UI kits, web designs, web templates, web themes, and you can include used images in your web theme package”.  He also permits you to use his photos for book covers, print it as pictures for your living room or office walls, or use it to design postcards and greeting cards.

Just for Fun

At the time of this writing, these eBooks were listed as free on Amazon. Please double check the link before hitting purchase to make sure the items are still available at no cost.

Yoga: The Begginer’s Bible – Tai Morello

Description: With The Yoga Beginner’s Bible, you will embark on an inner journey that will take you back to the state of peace, joy and happiness you were born to inhabit. Rated 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

The Yoga Beginner’s Bible will teach you:

      • The top 30 poses you must know as a beginner
      • What Yoga really is
      • How to turn Yoga into a habit
      • How to meditate
      • The benefits of Yoga
      • And much more!

The Gray-Haired Knitting Detective Series (Book 1-3) – D.E. Haggerty

Description: Get all three books of the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives series in one bundle! The bundle includes Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem, Jack Gets His Man, and Love in the Time of Murder. Join the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives as they solve the murder of Izzy’s grandma, figure out who is stealing money from Jack’s store, and clear Dee of murder charges. But don’t worry. Solving crimes won’t prevent the knitters from matchmaking Izzy, Jack, and Dee. Rated 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

How to Knit for Beginners: 9 Free Tutorials – Prime Publishing

Description: With this free eBook, How to Knit for Beginners: 9 Free Tutorials, you’ll find tons of great patterns, tips, and step-by-step instructions that will make picking up knitting a breeze. Knitting for beginners doesn’t have to be complicated, especially when you have the right tutorials at your disposal! Rated 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

Bruschetta! The Ultimate Recipe Guide – Over 30 Delicious & Best Selling Recipes – Jonathan Doue
Description: A compilation of the most delicious and best-selling bruschetta recipes from all over the world. From the classic favorite to Shrimp Mango Bruschetta and even Bacon Chocolate Bruschetta; over 30 unique bruschetta recipes for every event. Rated 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

Stay tuned for next week’s edition of Freebie Fridays were you will find a lot me free ideas for your business, blog, and you. Please feel free to comment and leave any freebies that either you are offering on your sites or feel the Pursuing My Dream readers might be interested in.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend (and Canada Day for my Canadian friends!


Friday Freebies #1 – 10 Fabulous Finds for You & Your Blog

Friday Freebies #1 – 10 Fabulous Finds for You & Your Blog

10 Fabulous Freebie Finds
10 Fabulous Freebie Finds

Friday Freebies #1 – 10 Fabulous Finds for You & Your Blog

I participate in a lot of different groups for freelancers, bloggers, and small business owners and hear the same thing over and over. “I am a new blogger or business owner on a tight budget”, which means they can’t afford or have the budget for all the expensive classes, workshops, applications, and ebooks that are out on the market.

With that in mind, I decided to start a weekly post called Freebie Fridays in which I will post all the great finds pertaining to blogging, social media, webinars, classes, ebooks, and more. And since we can’t be all work and no play, you might actually find a few fun freebies like recipes, printable materials, events, and craft projects.

Classes and E-Courses

Every freelance writer, blogger, and website creator knows that freebie online courses are the best thing to adding skills to your repertoire. No matter where you are in your career, learning something new can only help you.

1.       Writing for the Web (WriteWeb)Open2Study

In this 3.5 out of 4-star free eCourse, students explore how writing style, web design and structure can grab the attention of and engage online readers. The course starts on July 4th and runs through August 2nd. What will you learn?

Techniques for writing for your online readers, such as:

  • What to consider before you start writing
  • Characteristics of good online content
  • How to write for your audience
  • How to maintain your content

More specifically you will learn:

  • How to structure a web page
  • Considerations for search engines and accessibility requirements
  • Making your content scannable
  • Using keywords, headings, lists and links
  • Matching your company’s tone of voice
  • Creating a content strategy and style guide
  • And many other things!

At the end of the course, you will be able to write more concisely, ensuring you provide the right message to the reader at the right time.

This course requires approximately 2 – 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, taking quizzes, and assessments. The total video time for this course is 3 hours 54 minutes.

If you pass this course you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn’t a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

2.     Getting Started With Google AnalyticsEugen Oprea on Udemy

In this 4 out of 5-star eCourse, you will learn how to start tracking conversion rates and what data you need to analyze in order to improve them. This Google Analytics training course will help you master the basics and see what it takes to turbocharge your website performance.

Here is what you will get:

  • Step by step instructions on how to get started and implement Google Analytics
  • Crystal clear advice on what to do before getting started with Google Analytics
  • Details on how to interpret data from Google Analytics
  • The most important reports in Google Analytics and why they really matter
  • Advice about how to translate raw data into actionable insights

With each lesson you get, you will be able to track your progress over time and find your way to becoming an Analysis Ninja.

eBooks

At the time of this writing, these eBooks were listed as free on Amazon. Please double check the link before hitting purchase to make sure the items are still available at no cost.

3.     Pinterest for You and Your Business – Mark Sheppard

Pinterest for You and Your Business: Pinterest Illustrated Basics as a Social Network Tips and Strategies to Increase Your Visibility and Build Your Brand is a 4.5 out of 5 star Kindle book.

Description: This guide will show you how easy it is to use Pinterest and navigate this social media giant like an expert. You can take Pinterest with you wherever you go. You can now download applications that allow you to access this growing social media site not only on your computer, but also on your cell phone, tablet, laptop, and iPad.

4.     Passive Income: The Path to Financial Freedom – Kevin Kuisel

Passive Income: The Path to Financial Freedom is a 4 out of 5 star Kindle book.

Description: A passive income is an income that does not necessarily need constant work to achieve. The idea is not too good to be true at all! In fact, there are a number of ways to achieve a passive income, whether from real estate or investments, or any number of options in between. If you are looking for an opportunity to make a lasting income which will require only general maintenance, look no further. This book will explain the beauty of a passive income, as well as give you tips and pointers for the successful establishment of such an income.

Blogging & Social Media

If you are new to blogging and social media or just want to freshen up the look of you sites, these free email courses are just what you have been looking for.

5.     Build a Profitable Blog – Mariah Coz from Femtrepreneur

This is a free 8-day email course that shows you how to build a focused and profitable niche blog or business. The email course is for people ready to harness their unique perspective, talents, and experiences to make money with the resources they have available.

6.     Jumpstart Your Blog BlueprintKrista Rae

With this free 8-day email course, you will learn to gain clarity for your blog, set high-value goals, start making meaningful changes, focus your posts, optimize your sidebar and footer, lead your readers, make your standard pages more meaningful, and so much more.

7.     Learn to Take Beautiful Photographs – Emily Quinton from Makelight

Over five days you’ll receive videos and lessons via email to help you start to improve your photography. This is great for those wanting a better Pinterest and Instagram presence.

8.     Pinterest Power – Summer Tannhauser from Lady Boss League

This is the ultimate 5 DAY PINTEREST COURSE that teaches you the exact strategies to make Pinterest WORK for your business. The strategies Summer teaches in this course focus on the things that matter – driving traffic, generating clients, and making money from Pinterest leads.  Each day you’ll receive a mini-lesson in your inbox that can be implemented right away.

Just for Fun

An entrepreneur/blogger can’t be all work and no play. Here are two great freebies to get your weekend started.

9.     Trail of Colors

What would life be like without colors? Pull out those crayons, fancy markers, and colored pencils and get ready to have some coloring fun. Trail of Colors offers free coloring pages to help melt the stress away and bring out the creativity.

10.     Delish

Whether your parties are low-key affairs or big group bashes, Delish has all the entertaining ideas and delicious recipes you’ll need to plan the perfect party.

Stay tuned for next week’s edition of Freebie Fridays were you will find a lot me free ideas for your business, blog, and you. Please feel free to comment and leave any freebies that either you are offering on your sites or feel the Pursuing My Dream readers might be interested in.

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