How to Protect Your Art, Photography and Images from Internet Theft
By optimizing your site’s images for web use in a program such as Photoshop or Fireworks or by using free image optimization tools, you ensure that the images load faster for site visitors and file sizes are reduced, thus saving space on your server and also reducing page load times for people visiting your site, which can help with site visitor retention and engagement.
What Should You do if Digital Thieves Steal and Use Your Work Online?
Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, but no one likes being outright robbed. Defining the difference between inspired artwork and internet plagiarism of your own work can be difficult in the digital age. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself.
The difference between inspiration and plagiarism is in the details and defining that difference is tricky. All creatives will copy some semblance of whatever they consider good work. And that’s fine – that’s how artists grow. The line gets murky when you copy from a single source, or when there’s little to no personal touch.
Copy and pasting is how children and digital thieves operate.
Acknowledging sources or inspiration, and working to create something unique despite drawing from something established is how art is made.
Stay vigilant. David Lechnyr recommends taking a phrase that’s relatively unique to your work and creating a Google Alert to let you know when a match is found. Copyscape.com offers a search feature for finding copied written work. You can sign up there for automated monitoring services.
40+ WordPress Plugins for Musicians, Bands & Music Lovers
Top 10 Best WordPress Plugins For Music Lovers – Whether your band needs to showcase its musical talent or you simply want to share a history of what you’ve been listening to lately on Last.fm, there’s a WP music plugin available to meet your needs!
25 Extremely Useful WordPress Plug-ins for Musicians – Musicians need an official website. Creating a good website for your music doesn’t have to be difficult and/or very costly. Using WordPress as a content management system and site/blog platform makes it very easy for musicians to set up professional, search-engine optimized websites on the cheap.
10 Best WordPress Plugins for Bands and Artists – Wordpress continues to gain momentum as the platform of choice for many a media website and it’s no different for band / artist websites. Despite the popularity of Tumblr and Twitter, WordPress is still the best option for a self-hosted web prescence. Here are 10 of the best WordPress plugins for artists and bands to consider.
How to Never Miss Out on a Twitter Contest or Sale Announcement
One of the most popular on sale announcements in horror and sci-fi is Mondo Tees‘ sales of limited edition movie posters and artwork.
Mondo is well-known for featuring some of the hottest movie art around. Mondo commissions limited run screen printed posters for popular classic and contemporary films, in addition to vinyl movie soundtracks, VHS re-issues, and apparel. All of their posters are limited editions and will never be reprinted.
14 Steps To A Better WordPress Install
The standard WordPress install done by automated services is something that should be avoided. The default settings in a default install leave a WordPress site more susceptible to security breaches which is why you should spend a little extra time when installing your WordPress sites in order to “harden” them from hackers as much as possible.
14 options deal with the wp-config.php and .htaccess file, and with just a few modifications and additions to just these files, you will have increased the security of your WordPress site to a much higher degree. The first hack is user generated, the next three deal with the wp-config.php file, and all the rest are .htaccess additions.
How to Properly Run Contests on Facebook & Avoid Jail Time
On the surface, it seems like you CAN’T run contests on Facebook. However, this isn’t the case. You CAN run contests involving Facebook. It’s just a matter of how you set it up and where you post about it.
Security Tip: Clean Up Your Social Media App Permissions
The Interwebz is a busy place and you’ve been caught up in the hubbub, signing up for one social media account after another over the years. And then you got your first smart phone and took all of those accounts on the go! By using apps to access, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the umpteen other accounts you use professionally or simply for fun on a daily basis, you’ve become quite enmeshed in the online world.
Trouble is, all of the permissions for the apps you’ve used have really stacked up and there’s a good chance you don’t even remember what you’ve allowed to have access to your private and personal information anymore. Here’s a basic housecleaning question: when is the last time you reviewed and updated the application permissions in your social media accounts? Go on, take a look, I’ll bet there are some Facebook apps that you’ve allowed into your private life that’ll make your eyes pop!
It takes a little digging to get to the right place in each account to update your application permissions and visiting each one can be time consuming. Luckily, there’s MyPermissions.org!
This is a handy new site that allows you to quickly and simply visit each account from one page and head directly to the spot where you can review your permissions for that site and delete any outdated permissions that you no longer wish to have access to your private account information. I took MyPermissions for a test run and it works like a charm! Fast and simple.
You’ll be able to clean up permissions in a snap for: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Google, Dropbox, Instagram, Flickr, Windows Live, Familio, AOL and Foursquare
So get to it! Get on top of your personal online security today and make sure only the permissions you actively use are enabled and old, obsolete permissions are deleted. It’s free and easy and you can’t beat that.
FREE Twitter Tools for Tracking Profiles, Followers & Unfollowers
If you’re a Twitter power user, chances are good you know how to work your stream to bring the most valuable information and resources to your followers. You also pride yourself on your ability to not only hold interesting conversations but actually make the conversation relevant to others. However, you also may have found yourself frustrated with friend and follower management or other challenges that come with managing a successful Twitter profile.
Here are some free tools to make tracking unfollowers and followers a little easier!
Topsy: [FREE] This one is a tool I have in heavy rotation. You can see who’s tweeting various resources (links, images, etc) online, great for tracking your own promos, site and blog updates, contests, etc. This tool uncovers people tweeting about my site that I wouldn’t have found out about otherwise, due to the user not using my Twitter handle in tweets, for example.
Tweepi: [FREE & Premium] Allows you to bulk follow/unfollow and quickly unfollow those who do not reciprocate. Clean up your Twitter account from spammers and deadbeat users, as well as make sure you follow tweeps who deserve to be followed.
http://friendorfollow.com: [FREE] Who’s not following you back on Twitter? Who are you not following back? Who are your mutual friends? Find out! This is especially handy if you know people more by their avatars than their names. Makes it simple to track down people you follow who have been remiss about following you back. You can also sort by those who have protected theiur tweets and Verified accounts. This service also allows CSV downloads, making organization a breeze.
@unfollowr: [FREE] I Love this service! Simply follow the account @unfollowr from the Twitter profile you wish to track, and you will receive an instant direct message, showing you who unfollowed you and whether they were someone you were following or not. Seriously, this tool rocks 😀
Communication and Time Management
The dashboards below not only make profile and conversation management a breeze, you can also schedule tweets in advance, automatically shorten URLs with your choice of standard, non-spam URL shorteners and much more.
Hootsuite: [FREE & Paid accounts at $5.99 mo] Social Media Dashboard. You can monitor keywords, manage multiple Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Ping.fm and WordPress profiles, schedule messages, and measure your value and success with substantive analytics data. Both free and paid services and analytics.
Tweetdeck: [FREE] An Adobe AIR desktop application and social media dashboard for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Buzz, Foursquare, and MySpace. Like other Twitter applications, it interfaces with the Twitter API to allow users to send and receive tweets and view profiles.
SocialOomph: [FREE & Paid accounts, $29.97 mo] Boost your social media productivity with this robust service. Provides services that include scheduling updates for Twitter, automating certain follower management tasks, purging your Twitter DM inbox, receiving email digests of tweets that contain keywords that you specify, getting an integrated view of your mentions and retweets across many accounts.
twAitter: [FREE, now Gremln.com] Incredible resources for free! Takes scheduling tweets to the next level by offering tweet repeats and rotation for free, which SocialOomph charges for in their paid account.
Evaluating the Value and Influence of Your Twitter & Social Media Profile
A total SEO geek and understand how PageRank works and want the same for your Twitter account or
A micromanaging freak who wants to tweak their Twitter profile into a powerhouse of interest and value or
Interested in knowing exactly how influential someone is on Twitter BEFORE you follow them.
Klout is essentially like PageRank for your social profiles and is the measurement of your overall online influence. And, unlike like PageRank, Klout actually counts for something.
What is the best Twitter tool out there?
Yourself! Keep your tweets compelling, interesting and useful, and you’ll be on your way to attracting awesome followers and building real, useful relationships on Twitter!
Is there a new or favorite tool you use to manage your Twitter profiles that you really like? Let us know in the comments!
Google+ launched on June 28th, 2011 with integrations across a number of Google products, including Buzz and Profiles. Are you using this new social media platform to its fullest potential to communicate with other artists, fans and customers?
Here’s a great list of resources to help you on your way to Google Plus domination!
Google Plus: The Complete Guide [Extensive User Guide]
8 Reasons Why Artists Should Join Google Plus
5 Ways Illustrators & Artists Can Use Google Plus
WTF Is Google+? An Artist’s Handbook
4 Reasons Artists Are Loving Google+
Google+ Tips & Tricks: 10 More Ways To Make the Most of Your Account
Free Hacker App for Google+: Read/Post to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc
Artists, there is a free time-saving app for Google+ which allows you to post to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr etc from within Google+. You will find the link to this app in this Technorati article: Are Facebook & Google @ War?
List of Recommended Artists & Designers to Follow on Google+
Exhaustive, Never Ending List of Quality Google Plus Articles
Freelance, Portfolio & Job Search Resources + Tools & Social Media Resources for Artists & Designers
UPDATED Jan 25, 2014
The other day, a graphic designer buddy of mine was bummed because he didn’t have enough of a budget to afford a professional web design to use as a portfolio for his art. After showing him a few great resources, it occured to me there might be other amazing talents out there who aren’t sure where to post their work, aside from DeviantArt, or how to find the perfect job.
Here’s a solid list of the many resources available online for artists and designers!
Online Portfolios and Job Boards
Coroflot – An employment community for designers. You can make an online portfolio to promote your work, browse portfolios and post design jobs.
Krop – Online portfolios and jobs for designers, artists, and web developers.
Behance Network -A leading platform for creative professionals to build a portfolio, gain exposure and get hired.
Art Jobs – Job postings from around the US for visual and performing arts professionals.
Artist Portfolios & Online Communities
deviantART-As a community destination, deviantART is a platform that allows emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works within a peer community dedicated to the arts.
Carbonmade-Carbonmade helps you build and manage your online portfolio website. You can use Carbonmade to show off your designs, illustrations, art, or any other type of creative work.
Culturehall-Culturehall is a curated online resource for contemporary artwhere selected artists can share their work with curators, gallerists, collectors and other artists. Provides free artist portfolios with an easy to use set of web-based tools to make presenting art online simple and efficient.
ArtisanTalent.com-Freelance artist and designer jobs.
Top Freelancer Websites: Make Money, Stay Busy & Grow Your Portfolio-Post featuring the top freelance websites to help you find work and build a strong portfolio.
Freelance Folder-A blog for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and web-workers. Offers freelance tools, advice, resources, and mush more.
29 Resources for Freelance Designers Operating on a Tight Budget-Many of these resources are free or offer a free plan and others are priced well below the competition.
crowdSPRING-Custom logo design, web design and writing services. Offer your creative work to entrepreneurs, businesses and agencies and reach a global market!
Handy Web Services for Creatives
Mighty Deals-Daily Deals for Creative Professionals
BrushLovers-Offers free and premium Photoshop brushes for designers.
Tools & Social Media Resources
75+ Online Tools & Resources for Artists and Designers-“This list of over 75 computer-based tools and portable platforms can get you up and running regardless of your artistic persuasion. From sites to inspire to portable photo editors to color manipulating web tools, these resources can help any project you might be working on, digital or otherwise.”
Art Biz Blog-“For the Business of Being an Artist” A thorough, well-written blog on using social media to promote your art and career, from the internet to the art gallery, this blog is packed full of useful resources!
These are just a few of the many great resources available artists and creatives online.
Is there an online service or resource that you’ve used that you find useful, a waste of time, worth checking out?
Tell us in the comments!