A Beginner’s Guide To Share As Image – A Quote Image Tool

A Beginner's Guide to Share As Image.A Quote Image ToolWith any great social media strategy, images play an important role. The images may evoke emotion through: humor, motivation, inspiration and positivity. With any niche, the images are there to provide a source of trust and knowledge. The goal is to have the image resonate with your audience or tribe.

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Remember that your images should kind of be about your niche and not creepy.

Of course you’d want to mix in these images or quote images with your content from your blog and other resources that relate to your niche in social media. Well that’s a whole other post for another day.

Back to images –

You need to have the right tools to get the job done. Right?

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A chef with all the proper tools to get the job done.

There are many different image creation tools out on the web. I love testing them out to see what can help a small business or entrepreneur with their visual content marketing. Here’s a post I did a while back (almost a year ago) about Canva and PicMonkey.

A Beginner’s Guide to Share as Image – A Quote Image Tool

I’ve come across Share as Image and taken some time now to really test it. Share as Image states it’s the fastest way to double your social engagement. I believe it… according to HubSpot, 150% of tweets with images are retweeted.

There are two options you can choose from when you go to their home page: Launch App or Install Bookmarklet. I have done both methods and it is pretty fast in getting images you want or the quote that you want displayed on a photo. They do have a quick video tutorial on how it works on their home page that makes it seem like a breeze to work with.

Let’s check out the pricing

With any app, I always like to explore my options with the free and paid options. You know… what’s going to give me more BANG for the BUCK?!

Here’s the breakdown:

Share as Image Breakdown on Features

A couple things I notice immediately on the PAID plan is that they provide 1,000+ photos & filters. Now that’s pretty awesome! I did ask them where the photos were from because they are nice high-resolution photos. Some of them looked familiar from Pexels. This is what they stated:

“The photos come from a variety of sources some are specially licensed to Share as Image (but available for people to use for commercial and/or personal reasons). Some are open source licensed as CC0, which again allows people to use them for commercial and/or personal reasons.”

Another item I noticed for the PAID option is the Share As Image logo will be removed and you can use your own logo. Now using other services like: Canva, PicMonkey, Pablo, Fotor and Pixlr they all allow you to create images and upload your own logo to the image for free. This feature was a bit disappointing however I think the ease of use and the library of photos outweigh that negative aspect.

The paid version is $8/month if you pay the yearly plan or it’s $12/month as a monthly plan.

Let’s Begin with Launch App

When you first arrive at Share As Image’s home page you will see the Launch App button on the left side. When you click that button it will take a moment to get ready. It will look like this:

Share As Image.Change Image Size
I noticed the button below the canvas to change the shape from Original (can be used for Facebook), Wide (use for Twitter), Tall (use for Pinterest), and Square (for Instagram). Any of these sizes would work for Google+ as well. I was pretty impressed with the sizing feature for it’s ease of use.

Background

On the left of the preview canvas, you will find all the editing features you need. The first tool you can use is to edit the Background, which provides a color change option or upload your own photo. There is a Background tab you can click on which gives you the photo library. The library will be limited for the free version and will have 1,000+ photos in the library for the paid version.

Text

The first tab is the Text tab. You can change the font, size and color. Just add text in the text box and it displays on the preview. For additional text, click on +Add Text Field and it will provide another text box. To move your text, you just drag it to the spot you’d like on the preview canvas.

Share As Image. Add Text

There is an option for shadow and box background behind the text only.

There are 50+ fonts, which has a great variety to play with and convey the message you’d like on your image.

Filters

Share As Image kind of reminds me of PicMonkey with their filter feature but very easy to use and to the point. Take a look for yourself:

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Logos

Okay this is the part where if you don’t have the paid version then you’ll have shareasimage watermarked on your image. However if you do have the paid version then you can upload your logo and size it from Tiny to Large. What’s pretty neat is wherever you leave your logo on the image, the next time you make an image it stays in the same spot.

Shareasimage.logo 

Templates

The templates are awesome when you need something super quick and you can change out the text. Also there is an option to save your own image as a template and it will save in the My Templates section. Any time you go back into your account you have templates ready to use.

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Save & Share

Okay this is the moment you’ve been waiting for… well maybe for me. Ha! We’ve created an awesome image or used one of the templates. We can now click on Save & Share; it will give you plenty of options to share on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Buffer). Also a regular download and HD download is available. WOW! Lots of options I must say.

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Now that was to use their Launch App. Remember there was a bookmarklet option? Check this out!

Bookmarklet/Chrome Extension

You can install the bookmarklet on Safari, FireFox, or Chrome extension by dragging the bookmarklet right to your bookmark toolbar. I use Safari and once I dragged it there I was able to use it immediately.

I can go to any website and choose a quote or name of an article or a testimonial… any text I’d like and it pops right into the platform for me. Sweet!

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Publisher Version

Share As Image can be used on any business website that would like their readers to share text as images. Brainy Quote is the largest quote site and they have it automatically embedded for readers to just click and go.

Let’s finish this up!

Share As Image is super user-friendly and I really like using it. If you’ve been following my blog you probably know I’m a huge Canva user and I really can’t compare Share As Image and Canva since I feel like they’re at different levels. Canva is a little more robust in creating different types of images and PDFs. Share As Image is a perfect tool for quote images only.

I would definitely recommend Share As Image to those who really want to create quote images fast and don’t want to learn the ins and outs of Canva or PicMonkey. I believe the paid version is worth it with access to the number of beautiful photos, storage of images and ready to use templates.

I hope this review has helped you and be sure to give Share As Image a try.

You may be pleasantly surprised & it may become your go-to image tool for quotes.
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Let me know if you’ve tried Share As Image. I’d love to know what you think of it.

Take care,

Lillian De Jesus

*Disclaimer – I was not paid to review Share As Image. They did give me access to the PRO version to research their service and provide feedback.

How To Create Free Ebook Downloads & PDF Worksheets Using Canva

How to create free ebook downloads & PDF Worksheets using Canva

As an online entrepreneur, building your email list is one of the most important steps in obtaining leads and ideal customers to your business. Every website you visit, no matter what industry; there is a sign up form to get on their list. The person’s name and email is GOLD.

Emails & names are gold

The person that’s signing up to your list could be a potential client. You will want to provide them something extra helpful so they can opt-in to be on your list. Offer something they can’t refuse to miss out on.

An offer they can't refuse

People don’t like to give out their email address just for the heck of it. Emails are hard to keep up with and organize. They don’t need any more “junk mail”. You must think about different types of opt-in offers for your audience, that are super JUICY and irresistible.

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Confession: I was a HUGE fan of Kermit the Frog, I’m an ’80’s kid – totally. I’d join his mailing list.

A free ebook download may sound pretty enticing at first as an opt-in. However how many ebooks have you downloaded and haven’t read? I have my share of downloaded ebooks waiting for me to peruse. Perhaps you can offer something like an action guide or toolkit. It’s something small that people would like to get some snappy tips or tools to use and put them to use immediately. Don’t we all like instant gratification.

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You know you want to click on ALL the links you can find! Especially when it says GO, Start, Get Now & FREE.

Whichever opt-in you choose (ebooks or PDF worksheets/guides) you can do it ALL in Canva. It’s fairly simple to use with a few tips and practice you’ll get those opt-ins online in no time.

Create ebook downloads and PDF worksheets/guides using Canva

First of all, I just want to kick myself for not thinking of this earlier when I did my ebook, “How To Use Canva Like A Pro For Business”. Why? I used Microsoft Word on a Mac and I had to convert into a PDF with clickable links. Yea… all I can say it was not a brilliant move.

If you’re looking to create a short ebook (no more than 30 pages), then Canva will work!

A really popular layout is landscape for ebooks, and you can certainly do that in Canva by choosing the Presentations design when you first log into Canva. There is so much you can do with the Presentation design option (SlideShare, webinar slides, create your own design for PowerPoint or Keynote slide templates, and more).

Presentation Design to A4 Document Design

If you want to do an ebook or guide, the traditional or portrait layout is available too and you can choose the A4 Document design.

Either layout or design you choose, the following elements are the same:

  • Cover Image
  • Table of Contents
  • Page Numbers
  • Typography
  • Linking

Cover Image

If you’re working on an ebook to be published on Kindle Direct Publishing, then be sure to use the Kindle Cover in Canva for the cover and do not include the cover in the main body of the ebook.

If the ebook will be a PDF download for your opt-in then create a cover image with your own photo or use high-res photos. Add the title of the ebook and you’re now ready to continue to the next page.

Sample Cover Page of ebook in Canva

This layout was readily available, when I clicked on it all I had to do was change the photo and text.

Table of Contents

It’s always nice to reference to a specific page for a particular topic. The only down side is that you can’t link the table of contents to certain pages in your document. (Note to self – send Canva an email for this suggestion!) That would be the ULTIMATE feature and would save so many headaches for people. If you do feel that it is imperative to have a clickable table of contents then I suggest using Adobe Pro.

In my opinion, since it’s a short ebook or toolkit/guide then it really shouldn’t matter as your content is going to be so juicy your readers will want to get through it all.

Here’s a quick look at how you can create the TOC:

Table of Contents

Page Numbers

In any document you create displaying the page number will keep it organized and is user-friendly to the reader.

Here’s a way to display your page numbers in Canva:

Page numbers in Canva document

Typography

No matter what type of document you choose, be sure to use a font that is appropriate for your work. Depending on the background color and what you want to display to your audience, it’s important to have a large enough typeface and color for people to see clearly.

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Linking

Okay so this where it gets GOOD. You’ll be providing valuable information in so many ways when you link from your document. If you’re creating a toolkit or guide, this is an awesome way to give your audience an enormous amount of information on a few pages.

I suggest typing everything out in Word, Pages, or Google doc and have the links handy that you’ll need.

Take a look here at how quickly you can link your document:

Linking documents in Canva
I created a document with objects to click on. The first sticker – BOOM! I linked to Canva.com and the apple I did not link so you can see the difference once the document was downloaded as a PDF.

Download Tip

Be sure to click on High Quality PDF on the download rather than image or your links won’t work.

I hope this encourages you to create an ebook, worksheet, guide, toolkit, and more for your email opt-ins for your website.

I’d love to see what you create for your business. Feel free to link your website with your creation in the comments below. There is a lot of potential in using Canva for these great downloadable PDF opt-ins. It doesn’t have to be hard.

Here are a few ideas you can work with to get you started:

  • Do a list of your favorite productivity tools (Toolkit)
  • Time-saving Tips and link to your fave articles (Time-Savers Guide)
  • Social Media Tips List
  • Guide with links to your most popular blog posts (Awesome Blog Posts)

Feel free to share this article if you found it to be helpful.

Take care,

Lillian De Jesus

An Exploration & Discovery With Free Infographic Tools

An Exploration & Discovery with Free Infographic Tools

Infographics have become one of the most popular visual content marketing tools. The effectiveness is incredible in providing boring statistics into a visual display to get the readers to learn all about anything and everything FAST. People don’t like to read charts and graphs. It can get rather confusing and that’s where infographics have become a handy tool to distribute facts in a visually appealing way.

Girl confused about graphs
Confused about those stats?

I’ve wanted to create an infographic for some time now and I knew if I could get some great stats I could come up with a visually appealing infographic to make the stats user-friendly.

The question I had was, “Would Canva be the tool to create an awesome infographic?” Canva is an amazing tool and has lots of icons that can be used. They do have an excellent article on infographics here through their Design School. What I noticed was that their examples were not the typical narrow in length graphic. They were more rectangular in shape.

Why would I want to create an infographic?

Infographics are shared like crazy on Pinterest therefore the graphic should meet the specifications. I’ve noticed the longer the length of the infographic, the better on Pinterest to get re-pinned.

Find an article that would appeal to your audience or tribe.

I found an article from HubSpot all about the stats on visual content marketing from the research from 2014. THESE were the stats I’ve been waiting for to create an infographic. PERFECT, right? Well the article has 17 stats.

How can I get all those stats on the infographic?

Infographic Tools & Options

I did some research on other FREE infographic tools besides Canva. There are quite a few however the sites that were the most user-friendly were: Venngage, Piktochart and Easel.ly. All three of these sites offer templates, icons and premium packages. The premium packages for Piktochart and Venngage would allow you to remove their watermark on the final downloadable image and provide more icons/images. Easel.ly will let you create and download without a watermark and the templates have many icons that can be used and more icons are available in their library.

Here’s what I created in Easel.ly:

Visual Content Marketing Infographic
Infographic created in Easel.ly

You can embed this infographic with the code here.

Not bad, I could have chosen a different template that was a bit longer in length but this particular template had the icons I needed. You can also upload any images that you’d like. Unfortunately when I gave it a try it stalled.

Of course I tried Canva and I found out that the longest length you can use on Custom Dimensions is 5000 pixels.

Custom Dimensions in Canva

It was a bit awkward using Canva to design an infographic and I think it was because I had SO many stats to fit. I actually couldn’t place a lot of information on it, only about 4-5 stats. The preview became teeny tiny and even with zooming in. I could definitely use Canva for infographics that are short and sweet with just a handful of stats. Any more than that it could look messy and not visually appealing. Take a look at what I put together in Canva below.

Infographic created with Canva

An Exploration & Discovery with Free Infographic Tools

My Exploration

Although I found some interesting methods to create infographics it was not as fun as I thought it would be. Haha

My Discovery

I will probably never make another infographic. Why? I believe the best use of displaying stats is through SlideShare.

SlideShare Love

Now that’s what I call FUN! AND I get to do it all in Canva. ❤

If you would like to know more about creating SlideShare presentations with Canva, check out this post.

Your Preference

Do you like creating infographics? – TWEET THIS

How about SlideShare presentations?

Let me know in the comments and please share the infographics and/or SlideShare if you find it helpful.

Take care,

Lillian De Jesus

WordPress.com or WordPress.org – Which is best for a new entrepreneur?

WordPress.com or WordPress.org

As an entrepreneur, you gather ideas of what would be needed to get your business going. A website is what pops into mind usually to the list of biz needs. You know you need one and as a new entrepreneur your budget may not be sufficient to hire someone to get one. There are lots of options of free website platforms. How do you know which one will be best?

WordPress.comorWordPress.org

I had this same question run through my mind a little over a year ago. I knew I HAD to have a website sometime. Many people said they started their online biz without a website and solely got their business from social media. It was all really confusing as I entered the entrepreneurial world. I thought an awesome website would be first on the list and now I was told that it’s not a big deal right away?

I had to do some research about websites and the cost. Of course since I was new at the whole online entrepreneur thing, I had to really dig to find out if I can afford a website on a budget of… ZERO. Haha Like I said, I was just starting out!

WordPress was all over the internet. I thought, “Okay cool! I’m going to get a WordPress website, it says it’s free and people are raving about it.”

Wait a minute…Huh?! Why is there a WordPress.com and WordPress.org? I did more researching and I found this article from WPBeginner. Take a look at the comments! I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one confused.

WordPress.com or WordPress.org – Which is best for a new entrepreneur?

As I read more and more articles about WordPress.org, I found that they all said the same thing. WordPress.org gives you more freedom to do what you want. As a new entrepreneur, I wasn’t sure what that meant however it certainly sounded good. Then I kept reading about plugins, hosting, domains… I panicked and thought how could I do all of that? With 0 dollars in the budget, WordPress.com was the site I chose and here’s why.

Reasons for Choosing WordPress.com as a New Entrepreneur
  • It was FREE
  • No hosting is needed (This means WordPress.com already handles it for you and there is no fee)
  • Purchase a custom domain name directly with them (Fast & Easy – it was about $25 with privacy, which means no one has access to personal address information)
  • I can customize the site with the color scheme that I want and add a custom background (for an additional fee about $30).
  • This was something I can do completely by myself.
Reasons for Not Choosing WordPress.org as a New Entrepreneur
  • You have to download their software and I did. What I was supposed to do with it, I was unsure of. Confusing… Couldn’t find any directions and if they were there they were not in layman’s terms.
  • You have to pay for hosting (there are a TON of hosting service companies all ranging from pricing of $3.95 to $20 a month) and it was difficult to really choose one.
  • You have to pay for the domain separately through GoDaddy or other site. – Not a big deal but it was an extra step.
  • You should have some basic concept of code, which at the time I had none.
  • Plugins – What the heck is that?! They say there are fees for plugins too. Okay… that’s a NO.

As you can see from my reasoning, I felt compelled to go with WordPress.com because it felt economically and technically “safe”. All has been good with WordPress.com; I really have no complaints. It has been pretty easy to navigate and start a blog.

Then as I got my business going I realized that there are limitations to WordPress.com:

  • Remember those plugin things I was talking about, well you need those to do opt-in pages and other fun stuff to get people interested in your business to purchase things from your site. WordPress.com does not allow plugins for basic (free members).
  • I created an ebook and was excited to place on Amazon and sell it on my site. Nope! You cannot sell off of your WordPress.com site without getting the ecommerce plan.

Take a look at the added features for additional cost by clicking the images below.

wordpress.com special features

 

Other Feature Expenses on WordPress.com
As you can see there is a business and enterprise plan, which offers you a more robust package to sell on an ecommerce site or in the premium plan it offers plugins. It’s kind of pricey after reviewing the hosting fee being $3.95 and many plugins I’ve seen are free or for a small fee for WordPress.org. Take a look at this awesome plugin list HERE.

This is why I have chosen to go with WordPress.org for my new site. I really look forward to showing it to you in the next few weeks.

Super excited!

I hope my experience has helped you decide if WordPress.com is a good match for you and your business.

For more details, I have a video tutorial below for your viewing pleasure on how to navigate WordPress.com. It’s a bit lengthy but I want to highlight many important steps.

Questions for you: 

What do you use currently for a website?

Have you transferred a WordPress.com site to a WordPress.org site?

If you use WordPress.org, have you had trouble with it?

Let me know in the comments!

Take care,
Lillian De Jesus