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Technology

How to Boost User Engagement on Your Blog

No matter how good your blog is, if you don’t have the right amount of traffic or the right amount of comments, you’re not getting anywhere. To most of us who blog, blogging is everything, so don’t let yourself fall victim to low user engagement. If you’re not getting enough views, comments, or other user interactions, you’re not going to survive the blogging game.

Here is a list of the best tricks of the trade that I’ve picked up over the past few years that are guaranteed to boost your user engagement.

Get Found with SEO

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If you’re not making your blog posts search engine optimized, your article will not rank high in Google. For more information about SEO, check out this wonderful PDF guide from Google. To keep up with the latest happening in the SEO industry, check out Moz.com. Moz offers great services, guides, and their blog is packed with useful information.

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Design

How to Promote Your Work on Behance

As many of you already know, Behance is a world leader in helping creatives around the world promote their work. On Behance you can showcase your best works, connect with others, and build your reputation among fellow designers and artists. One could even argue that Behance has become a hotspot for freelancers and other creative people.

Behance can help you expand your business, attract clients, and have an opportunity to show the world what you’re made of. Today I will go over how you can take advantage of this incredible platform.

Just because you set up an account and uploaded a few projects, that doesn’t mean people will go out of their way to find you. You must hustle to accumulate eyeballs for your projects. Here’s how you do it.

Profile

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This should really go without saying, but if you haven’t fully filled out your profile, do it now. I wouldn’t want to hire someone who is not willing to open up and share their information with me. Who are you? Where are you from? What kind of experience do you have? Questions like these should be answered. If you don’t have much to work with, that’s okay, your about info will certainly grow with time.

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Photos

60 Spectacular Examples of Long Exposure Photography

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Amsterdam At Night by Iván Maigua

Long exposure photography involves a long-duration shutter speed. Shutter speed is the length of time your camera’s shutter is open while taking a photo. While you have the shutter open, light hits the film or image sensor. Depending on how long you have your shutter open, the difference can have a dramatic impact on your photo.

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DIY & Crafts

Sell More on Etsy: Top Methods for Maximizing Your Profits

Etsy is an online platform where people just like you sell their handmade products and crafts. According to Alexa.com, Etsy is one of the top 150 most visited websites in the world. More than ever, there has been a growing demand of custom or handmade products. In a world where most products are manufactured by machines, people enjoy the fact that something they bought is unique and cannot be purchased at a local retailer.

Many have tried but failed to sell items on Etsy. Others have made a few sales but never saw another dime after that. Frankly, it’s really not that easy to get on the Etsy bandwagon. To make matters worse, there is no way to break into the site and instantly become a popular seller. The fact is a lot of time and effort must be spent to really build a reputation and achieve desired results.

To help you in building your business on Etsy, here are the top methods for maximizing profits on the website.

Eye-Catching Photos

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One of the most important things to make a good impression on customers is having beautiful photos. They need to be of high quality and show your product in a way which entices people to buy it, what I like to call “drool-worthy.” You also make sure that all your items have quality photographs. One item cannot look better than the other. They must all compliment each other. Overall this will give a sense of professionalism while building trust.

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Technology

Top 5 Computer Monitors for Designers

1. Dell UltraSharp 27

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This wonderful monitor offers a 16:9 aspect ratio and has over 3.6 million pixels. The 2560×1440 resolution LED display is a feast for the eyes. You can easily adjust its height and even tilt it to portrait mode.

If you’re a designer, you know how important it is for the monitor to have accurate colors. When you print something in CMYK, you expect it to accurate. Well, this monitor has accurate colors right out of the box. You can also use this monitor to watch tv and play video games. The connections include four USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, DVI (HDCP) and HDMI.

If you care about the environment, you’ll be happy to know that it’s made with arsenic-free glass, a mercury-free panel, uses 25-percent post-consumer recycled plastics in its chassis, BFR/PVC-free laminates in its circuit boards, and is shipped with environmentally responsible packaging.

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Travel

Top 5 Best Backpacks for Traveling

Red Oxx Sky Train

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This backpack is 38 liters, so you have more than plenty of space for your possessions. It offers tie down straps for your clothing so you won’t have to deal with crumpled and gross looking clothes. It also has a great variety of ways to carry it. It can be rolled like a suitcase, carried like a messenger bag or held on tight like a backpack so you’ll be able to use your hands while you’re on the go. The best part about this bag is that it’s completely handmade, which means you know it’s high quality.

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Fun Yeah!

70+ Life Lessons and Advice I Would Teach My Younger Self

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Over the last few years I’ve learned many valuable life lessons and would like to share them with you. These tips aren’t really age restricted, I just wish I would’ve know about them earlier. I guess making mistakes and learning from them is the most important lesson in life, right? Well, for those of you out there who don’t want to fall in the same traps, why not learn from the mistakes of others?

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Vehicles

20 Elegant Classic Vehicle Designs

Lamborghini 350 GTV

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I’m a sucker for classic cars. There is just something about the lines, curves, and shapes of classic vehicles that makes me smile… and sometimes drool.

There’s a big difference between a sexy 21st century car and a timeless design from the past. Classic vehicles tend to be considered a work of art. These automotive beauties remind us of a great period in time when car manufacturers cared more about design and innovation than Wall Street.

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Design

Crucial Personal Branding Strategies for Beginners

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If you’re a freelancer, then you know how important it is to build your brand. If you haven’t started just yet, no worries, you want to take your time and do it right so you’ll able to get the best jobs, the best clients, and the biggest payouts.

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Design

How to Get More Exposure for Your Design Work

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Getting exposure for your design work is absolutely critical to building a successful business. Experience equals trust, so building your rep and doing it the right way is essential. We have outlined the following tips and tricks that will help you in building your reputation and business. Let’s dive in.

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Design

How to Grow Your Audience as a Designer

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There is so much competition on the Internet, that it might be a little harder than it seems to find people to follow your work. That’s okay though, there are steps you can take to turn your business around and build a following that will increase your sales and get people talking, sharing, and absolutely loving your work. Today we will take a look at how you can grow your audience as a designer. You know your work is good, so should everyone else.

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Freebies

Free Download: 55 Crystalized Backgrounds For Your Projects

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I recently created some custom backgrounds and decided to share them with you. This free download contains 55 high quality crystalized backgrounds. Each file is 2880 × 1800 pixels and is 300 DPI.

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Packaging

30 Examples of Packaging Designs that Scream “Buy Me!”

The Fine Cheese Co Toasts for Cheese
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Let’s get one thing straight. Packaging design is very important, whether you like to admit it or not.

With tons of different products available to the average consumer, companies are constantly fighting each other to get your dollar. From pricing gimmicks to product placement, food companies are trying to get a leg up on the other guy each and every way possible.

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Technology

Understanding Trust: What it is and How to Build it

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Trust is defined as a position of obligation, and that couldn’t be more important in a business setting in where you have an obligation to your employees and your coworkers. When you have a position in which you are in charge of a team, company or have to make important business decisions, trust is vital to your success.

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Photos

8 Photographs to Take Before You Die

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It might be a dream of yours to tour Europe or sing the national anthem at the Superbowl. But whether or not you have an actual bucket list written down, you should have a separate “bucket list” of photographs you want to take before you leave.

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