Christmas Present: Free Content Creation Tools!

It takes time and work to produce content that’s consistently high-quality, and smart content producers understand the value of finding the right content creation tools needed to reduce their workloads without diminishing the value that their websites deliver to loyal readers.

Whether you’re looking to attract new eyeballs to a site or keep the current audience happy, these tools can help you tackle the task with greater efficiency and purpose.

1. Flickr Creative Commons Search

A picture is worth a thousand words, and sometimes the cost of top-quality photography for a website does surpass the price of a thousand-word article too!

Savvy content producers are increasingly turning to the large array of options available through Flickr to populate their articles with compelling images.

It’s important for a website operator to maintain an ethical relationship with the larger community on the Internet, and when using images they should turn to licenses that permit them faithful and free use rather than appropriating images outside of copyright laws.

With the Creative Commons Search feature on Flickr , a site owner can quickly find superb images available for free use in return for attribution and a backlink.

2. Quickly Create Infographics with Easel.ly

Website visitors love to look at and share infographics, and the website Easel.ly allows you to quickly put together sharp-looking and informative images that audiences will enjoy. The site includes easy-to-use templates that allow anyone to snap together visuals in a jiffy.

3. Keep Up with Social Media Using Storify

Content creators are increasingly turning to social media as a starting point for new articles and to understand general trends about what users love. Storify allows a website operator to develop a better sense of what’s currently popular in the social media zeitgeist.

4. Google Fonts

Creating compelling content is one thing, but presenting it in an engaging fashion with professional typography that draws readers in can be quite another problem.

Modern web fonts allow content creators more options than ever before to produce good-looking and compelling websites, and one of the best places to start is with fonts from Google’s repository.

Google Fonts allows site owners to search through tons of freely available typefaces and find something that’s well-suited to their goals.

Alfonse Jorgenson

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Alfonse has experience handling writing and programming work in the SEO field. He has also handled creation of product websites, including descriptions for products. He has worked with clients in the law field who had specific SEO needs that required care for ethical and legal considerations of their individual practices.

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Val Tanaka
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Val Tanaka

Merry Christmas to you and thank you for hooking us all up with these great resources. I will look into these. I’ve always loved Flickr for offering so many free images.

Anthony English
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Anthony English

Hey Alfonse, Thank you for the handy tips on where to go to find free images for your blog. I will definitely use these in future

Maria Varner
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Maria Varner

Thanks for the excellent tips. Learning to create inforgraphics has been on my list of things to do for a while now, and somehow I never get around to it. I’m definitely going to check out Easal.ly.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

We all have things we’re meaning to do but never seem to have time for. Hope you’ve had the chance to learn how to create infographics.

Siobhan Ros
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Siobhan Ros

I can definitely see why using infographics would beef up my content! Thank you for sharing these tools as well as your insight into how to use them. I can’t wait to try them out!

Georgia Potts
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Georgia Potts

I’m glad you referred to the Creative Commons for Flickr. That is the most important thing to remember when finding photos online. The number of people who don’t know that not all pictures online are free to use is truly astounding.

Not only is it immoral to steal photos, but some photo agencies are starting to fight back. I worked with a company that received a hefty bill from a company whose photo had been used without permission. People get sued, billed and their sites banned when they steal photos.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

Good for the photo agencies for fighting back. You and I may think all pictures online should be free, but that’s simply not the case. There are rules, and those who break those rules should be punished.

Georgia Potts
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Georgia Potts

Checking for a royalty-free status is a must. It’s hard work to get good photos.

gem gueva
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gem gueva

Nice tips! Flickr is particularly useful for bloggers.

Maria Buck
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Maria Buck

Thank you so much for the great resources. All the best in 2015!

Lee Alexander
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Lee Alexander

Flickr’s Creative Commons search is a great feature. Before discovering this I limited myself to Morguefile–which is also a great resource for free-to-use photos–but Fickr has a much bigger collection.

Daphne Hill
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Daphne Hill

Thank you for this list of resources. I love Easel.ly!

Seraphina Slater
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Seraphina Slater

What a seriously generous gift you have shared with us! This is going in my bookmarks for future use. I am happily surprised. This article is a recipe for great content to be created. Looking forward to playing with these tools.

Simona May
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Simona May

I was wondering how best to find pictures to put in my blogs without treading on any copyright toes. It is important to maintain credibility and respect the property rights of fellow internet users, thanks for the Flickr suggestion.

auntieemily
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auntieemily

What great tools! Didn’t see this post when it first came out, but glad I did now. Thank you!

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