I’ve found some fabulous websites in the past few months, and I wanted to share them with you all since people would find them helpful. Whether you enjoy creating images or YouTube videos, blog for business or pleasure, or just want to improve your skills in a certain area, these websites provide a lot of excellent advice.
1. Canva — I know, I know, I’ve rhapsodized about Canva before. With Canva, you can set up a free account and create images for Twitter, Facebook, etc., or create items such as flyers. You can even upload your own images or use their images for about $1 per image. (Considering that other photography sites charge much, much more, this is a bargain.)
Canva has a blog with terrific and inspiring design tips. I’d recommend checking that out as well if you’re working on a project and stuck for inspiration.
2. ReelSEO — ReelSEO gives advice about the basics of videography to benefit people who are just starting to film their own videos. For more expert video makers, ReelSEO deals with more advanced issues such as the use of copyrighted music and how to create a killer video blog.
3. Social Media Today — This site is aimed toward marketers. (Pssst….fellow marketers, I know some of you read my blog.) It’s an easy way to keep up with what’s currently trending in the digitial marketing industry and is handy for anyone doing business blogging.
4. Buffer — Along with Hootsuite and Tweetdeck, Buffer is a social media management tool to make digital marketing easier. Their blog has stories about content marketing, blogging and other topics of interest.
5. Digital Photography School — I’m always interested in making my photos the best they can be. DPS offers tips, tutorials and other resources.
6. Social Media Examiner — Yep, again with the marketing. (Can’t help it. That’s what I do.) Another interesting site worth your time if you’re in the digital marketing field.
7. Problogger — It’s aimed more toward professional bloggers, but the advice they provide works for both professional and amateur bloggers.
8. Mashable — Mashable acts as a news hub, covering topics such as social media, technology, business, entertainment, world news and lifestyles. There’s never a dull moment over there.
9. Qzzr — I can’t help it. I love those online quizzes. Qzzr’s website tells me those online quizzes even help to drive business and has some interesting stories about that. Even if you don’t want to create a quiz yourself, it’s fun to go over there and play. (Confession: I met them personally at Digital East 2014 and they are good people.)
10. Nurph — Nurph records Twitter tweetchats as they happen. It tells you about upcoming chats and you can replay recent chats as well. The replay feature is handy when I can’t make it to the chat (I have to sleep sometime) but I still want to know what happened.
And for a bonus feature: I’ve started blogging for #SocialHangout, which is a live broadcast, podcast and tweetchat. SocialHangout talks with experts in the social media industry and I’ve gained tons of wisdom from the people who have appeared on the show. It’s currently Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. ET and Fridays from 12 noon – 1 p.m. ET. (Note: I’ve written the posts except for the first one with Timothy Hughes.) We also have replays so you can enjoy the wisdom even if you can’t make it to the show.