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What are Stock Photos? How to Sell Photos Online

Making money selling your photos might sound too good to be true…

The truth is photography can be a lucrative source of income if you’re good at it. There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to photography. It’s not just changing the aperture to adjust the exposure, keeping your desired shutter speed in mind.

What are Stock Photos? How to Sell Photos OnlinePhotography takes knowledge to be decent, practice to be good, and talent to be amazing. You have to know the rules of photography, know the tricks and hacks, and have an interesting imagination to get the best shots.

Luckily, you have the interest, and hopefully, the drive, to get all 3. Otherwise, why would you be reading this? Maybe for a friend or family member…but that’s not really the point. The point is that anyone can find their balance of the 3 and take awesome photographs.

Oh, and one thing of note, your smartphone’s camera probably won’t cut it. If you have at least a basic Digital SLR Camera (the kind of cameras hobbyists and professionals use) you should be good to start.

The Knowledge

You’ve got your camera, now it’s onto the know-how of photography. There are many ways you could consider when it comes to learning photography.

Hands-on experience with a professional is ideal. The reason you want in-person lessons is so that you have a professional there to help you every step of the way. If you can take a high school or college course and you can spare the credits, that would be my go-to. You can learn a lot through school if you’re only willing to pay attention and ask for the help you need.

Another thing you could do is hire a professional photographer that teaches lessons or is willing to consider trying it out. If you go that route, however, you should bring a friend (for safety reasons).

Photography MasterclassIf hands-on experience with a pro isn’t immediately available to you, then you could try online tutorials. There are plenty of photography websites that can teach you the ins and outs of the hobby. Some might be confusing at first, but as you learn the terminology, it becomes easier to understand. YouTube is a great place to learn all of the basics of photography.

For a more in-depth guide to photography and learning how to use your d-slr, you could check out this Photography Masterclass online. It will show you everything you need to know to operate your camera properly. It will also show you the rules and guidelines of photography.

The cool thing about the Photography Masterclass is that it has instructional videos to follow along with and compare your photography to. It’s the next best thing to taking lessons from a professional in-person.

The Practice

This part is very important. I don’t have much to say on the matter. Regardless, you need to take the time to practice your craft.

What kind of photography do you want to be great at? I suggest practicing one kind as your main photography specialty. Do you want to take great shots of landscapes? Do you want to take great portraits? Do you want to specialize in pinup photography? Whatever it is, you need to find your niche.

By all means, practice other kinds of photography as well since you might learn interesting tricks that you can use in your main niche. However, you should dedicate most of your time to one kind of photography because you’re going to be selling your best photos (and the higher the quality, the better).

Also, you want to make sure you use the highest resolution available on the camera. The higher the resolution, the more area you have to play with and the better the chance you have to sell your photos.

The Talent

Trick PhotographyTalent is one of the hardest things to develop. For many people, they could practice for years and never be the best of the best. Other people just have “it”. For those of us without the “it” factor, there are lessons we can take, books we can read, videos we can watch. In this section, I’m going to cover 2 things: trick photography and photo editing.

When I talk about Trick Photography, I mean pulling off Photoshop-worthy shots done completely by the use of the camera’s functionality. This is where you use your setting, tools, and camera settings to your advantage. There are plenty of tricks to photography and, depending on your niche, you may end up using one or more of them.

Trick photography messes with lighting, perception, and time. Do a time-lapse and play with the lighting to create a different atmosphere. You want to use depth-perception to your benefit and get those highly angled shots. Take several shots over time and have them combined into a composite.

Basically, anything you can do before post-production to make a shot or set look how you want can be easier than trying to get things right in Photoshop. However, that statement may be arguable.

Masterful Photo EditingMasterful Photo Editing is a skill that every photographer should learn. In Photoshop, you can perfect your lighting, make visual additions or alterations, and control the color balance for striking images.

To tell you the truth, you will be making heavy use of Photoshop. While you probably won’t be creating incredibly artsy photo manipulations, you will be using it for touch-ups. You will be adjusting the hue and contrast, changing the lighting levels around different elements in the image, and making minor adjustments to clear blemishes.

You’ll probably end up spending more time in Photoshop than you do behind the camera. If you want to sell photos, you want to make them as visually striking as possible with as few imperfections as you can manage.

Test the Market

One thing you may consider doing is testing the photography market. What I mean by this is you take different images from your photo set, crop them down for social networks/phone apps, and then put them out there for the world to see.

Test the WatersYou’ll likely put these images on sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, along with a few others. Depending on how targeted your niche is, you may end up posting to online art galleries or other forums to see how the images fare there.

You want to focus your efforts on the photo sets that get positive responses. If an image gets  100 likes and shares while another gets 5, you want to focus on the on that got 100.

Now, as you post these images, you will start to build a following. Always test the waters and put your effort behind what is liked the most. Do touch-ups and edits on the rest of the photo sets in which the top images come from.

Where to Sell

Now, we get to answer the question “what are stock photos?” A stock photo is an image you put up online for others to use in their designs and campaigns.

Companies have a process for accepting photos for submission into their stock photography websites. This is why you vetted your photographs through social networks. While you can try submitting all of your images, it is best to focus on your most popular photos to touch them up and submit them into the approval process.

What are Stock Photos?You have a few options when it comes to stock photography websites. You could go for the big companies that have been around forever…they have a great amount of traffic but also a great amount of competition. Or you could go with smaller companies with less traffic but also less competition (and smaller image sizes).

Starting out, I’d recommend trying your hand at the smaller companies. These companies accept smaller resolution photos, so if you couldn’t find the funds for a Digital SLR Camera, you could try using your smartphone, although I would still do image touch-ups in Photoshop. These companies would include sites like Twenty20, Foap, and Candidly.

Once you get the hang of things, you could try selling your images through larger companies. With these companies, you might have to do some promotion of your own to start making a name for yourself but it could be much more rewarding. These bigger companies include sites like Shutterstock, and iStock.

Other Markets

Selling stock photos can be a very lucrative business but it is far from your only option. If you’ve ever wanted to sell your photography as prints, on canvas, or even on a coffee mug then this next section is definitely for you.

Print On Demand MarketplacesWhat we’re going to talk about here are Print On Demand marketplaces. With these POD marketplaces, you upload an image, choose what items you would like to sell the image on, and then size and crop the image appropriately. Artistic photographs and photographs that would go well with a quote over the top tend to do well as print on demand art.

Two of the better print on demand companies are Redbubble and Zazzle. Redbubble is more artistically inclined than Zazzle but Zazzle has more POD options than Redbubble. While you may get traffic naturally through these companies, it would be best to set up your profile, stock your store with appropriate merchandise, and then share your store on your social networks where the images took off in the first place.

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If you would like to know more about how to sell your photographs or get more ideas on where to sell your photos then I recommend the book 2017 Photographer’s Market: How and Where to Sell Your Photography. In this book is a comprehensive list of publications that accept photo submissions based on different sets of guidelines. It’s an essential aid for the budding photog and one you won’t regret picking up. Check it out on Amazon now.

That’s all for today!

Are you interested in selling your photography? Where have you tried to sell your photos so far? How has your experience been? Let me know in the comments below. I love getting the chance to read your responses and getting the chance to reply in return. So, keep those comments coming!

Thanks for reading! See you next time.

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How to Reduce the Effects of Stress, Isolation, and Insomnia When Working from Home

Recent studies regarding work from home employees, freelancers, and entrepreneurs bring up some pretty interesting points.

Some recent studies looking at “work from home” habits revealed several things of note. They say that people who work from home or who are highly mobile in their jobs tend to have more stress, feel more isolated, and even have a higher chance for insomnia.

How to Reduce Stress, Isolation, and Insomnia When Working from HomeMeanwhile, there are opposing studies saying that people working away from the office are only as stressful as the job is demanding. These studies propose that work at home jobs actually have a calming effect on people. This, however, doesn’t speak about the feeling of isolation or the development of insomnia.

Regardless of who is right, we need ways to prevent stress, isolation, and insomnia when it comes to any work from home careers. Having proper prevention plans will help to reduce any oncoming effects.

So, what can we possibly do?

How to Prevent Stress

Stress affects the mind and body in many ways. Stress can make you feel irritable, anxious, or it can even cause depression. Stress can cause headaches and insomnia. Chronic stress affects your ability to work, think, and socialize.

Trying to prevent stress is better than trying to relieve stress once you are affected by it. This will reduce the amount of stress that can impact your performance and behavior.

Some ways to prevent stress include:

  • This is definitely going to grind some gears, but you have to reduce your intake of alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine. Heavy use of these drugs have negative effects on the body as well as alter your perception and behavior. They increase irritability and anxiety which drop productivity noticeably.


  • Take Frequent BreaksTake frequent breaks. There are many strategies when it comes to taking breaks, believe it or not. Here are some general guidelines – Work for about 90 minutes at a time and then step away from the screen and do some light exercises. If possible, make it a social break with some light conversation. If exercise and social engagement are out of the question at the time, do some meditative breathing exercises. The aim is to get a little boost to your cognitive functions when you get back from your break.


  • Don’t be afraid to take a vacation. Schedule time away with the family and, if possible, set up your projects to work autonomously while you are gone. Relax and re-energize. Make it so that you come back to work with renewed vigor.


  • Reward yourself for the small victories! Did you meet one of your goals for the day? Treat yourself to a healthy snack. Use positive reinforcement on yourself because it works. Did you complete one of your project tasks? Indulge yourself with a minor pleasure.


  • Eat Healthy, Exercise Regularly, and Get Restful SleepEat healthy, exercise regularly, and get restful sleep. These are more obvious habits to abide by as their effects are well known. They all energize the body and mind, improving overall productivity.


  • Learn to laugh more. Take some time to watch funny videos or read some good jokes. Increasing your level of joy makes it easier to get your mind in the game. Be careful not to overdo it, though. You can easily fall off track watching cat videos on the internet. Remember, the goal is less stress, more productivity.

Use these tips to your best advantage and I know you can prevent a large amount of stress from ever taking root.

How to Prevent Feeling Isolated

Working from home can easily lead to isolation. Feeling isolated can increase your risk of depression, cause you to withdraw from social activities, and generally bring down your overall mood.

Luckily, it’s easy to learn how to stop feeling lonely. It’s really all about increasing your social engagement. Here’s how:

  • Have lunch away from home. Training yourself to eat away from home pushes you into social situations, whether it’s eating at a healthy restaurant or piecing together your meal at the local grocery store. You may end up spending a little bit more per week if you dine out, but if you’re just going to the grocer you should be saving a little money.


  • Get a Work BuddyGet a work buddy. This is an important tip. Having work buddies highly increases your social engagement. You can share ideas at the local library, collaborate in a small cafe, or brainstorm together at a nearby park. You don’t have to work with the same person every day. In fact, it is recommended to work with several different people so your thought pool is constantly changing and growing.


  • If you can’t work with others in person, try out video or voice conferences. Find a group of like-minded individuals and bounce ideas around. Grow your network of friends and colleagues through forums and on Skype. Share thoughts often and listen in return. Group discussions are almost always beneficial for growing your online presence.


  • Take part at local Meetups. Meetups are different groups of people that make plans to meet in person and socialize. There are meetups for all kinds of interests. Finding a business Meetup is actually quite easy in decently sized cities. You can plan to go to scheduled Meetups or try to schedule your own.

With any luck, these tips will be enough to keep you out of your head and not withdrawing from the public eye.

How to Prevent Insomnia

Insomnia is one of the hardest things to avoid. There are a lot of distractions in the world today that can keep us awake at night. When you have insomnia, you HAVE insomnia. It is tough to get rid of. You don’t have to make a habit of suffering from insomnia, though.

There are a few things you can do to try and avoid developing insomnia while working from home. They include:

  • Keep Your Home Office Away from Your BedroomKeep your home office away from your bedroom. You want to train yourself to contain your work in one section of your home away from your bedroom. The less you work in or near your bedroom, the less likely you are to bring your work to bed and have it keep you up at night.


  • Train yourself to shut out work after hours. Working from home tends to have the disadvantage that you are always in work mode. Schedule your time for work. When the work day is over, try meditating and practicing mindfulness to keep your mind preoccupied with things other than work.


  • Try to wake up at the same time every day. Another part is to try and sleep at the same time every night, as well. Getting on a regular sleep schedule trains your mind to “shut down” around bedtime. As you can imagine, this causes the brain to produce the “sleep chemical” at a reliable time every night so you pass out when you want to.


  • Like earlier, try to eliminate any alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine intake. Stimulants like nicotine and caffeine can affect you for hours, keeping you awake and alert, for the most part. You know this makes it difficult to sleep and can cause you to wake up often in the night. Alcohol is the same way when it comes to restful sleep. It may have a sedative effect at first, but the drug can cause you to lose restful sleep.


  • Exercise RegularlyMake a habit of exercising regularly. Depending on how exercising affects your mind and body, exercising before bed can either have a stimulant effect or a sedative effect. For me, exercising makes me tired so I tend to exercise shortly before bedtime. It works out for me because I pass out more easily and get restful sleep. Regardless of when you do it, exercising regularly can improve your sleep quality and increase how long you sleep.


  • Do not eat or drink shortly before going to bed. Eating or drinking can trigger your digestive system into kicking in, keeping you awake. Eating or drinking before bed can also cause heartburn to occur and we both know that trying to sleep with heartburn is damn near impossible and is generally just a bad idea.


  • If insomnia becomes a problem for you, talk to your doctor about potential sleep aids. Taking an appropriate dosage of melatonin pills can push the mind towards wanting to sleep and will keep you asleep during the night. If you take too much melatonin, though, you may sleep past your alarm and further into the day than you wish, so use as directed.


  • When it’s time to sleep, shut down all of your electronics. This includes Facebook on your smartphone, your television, your radio, pretty much anything that can keep you distracted and awake. Having electronics on during sleep can affect your sleep quality and cause you to wake up frequently in the night.

Keep these tips in mind. Use them early and stick to them because they work. This will greatly improve your sleep quality and keep you asleep longer. Getting regular, restful sleep will also help in reducing and preventing stress.

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If you want to learn a different way to beat insomnia, give Outsmart Insomnia Protocol a try. This program discusses newer scientific studies regarding the cause of insomnia and how to cure insomnia. The aim of Outsmart Insomnia Protocol is to help you get to sleep in 15 minutes or less. There’s some interesting stuff in there so it’s worth a read if you get the chance.

Outsmart Insomnia Protocol

That’s All for Now

Do you have problems with stress, isolation, or insomnia? How are these problems affecting your business productivity, social life, or home life? Do you have other questions or comments? Let me know in the comment box below.

I love reading all of your responses and getting the chance to reply. You can always find something interesting in the comments section. Keep those comments coming!

Thanks for reading! See you next time.

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Why Do College Students Procrastinate? How to Stop Academic Procrastination

Academic procrastination habits can start pretty early in life.

Do you remember elementary school? Can you recall the kind of homework assignments you received as a young student?

The homework tasks were really not that complicated back then but it always seemed like there was something else you would rather do, right?

Why Do College Students Procrastinate?For some, there was an appeal to playing outside with friends and family pets. For others, television or video games sucked you in.

It was in those days that we developed this habit of procrastinating. We put off our writing assignments and reading journals for as long as possible.

We wanted that gold star but we didn’t want to do the work.

If it weren’t for our parents or guardians, we probably would have never completed any homework…

That’s okay, though. We stopped procrastinating at the end of elementary when things were starting to get more serious.

What? We didn’t stop procrastinating? Growing responsibility didn’t improve our desire to do work?

No. No, it didn’t. And the consequences became worse…

Since elementary, we’ve had plenty of time to kick the habit. So, why do college students procrastinate?

What is the Psychology behind procrastination?

History is riddled with chronic procrastinators. The concept is not new. It’s been a topic of discussion as early as 800 BCE.

There are many warnings cautioning us away from procrastination and the perils it may bring. In some religions, it’s even a sin!

So, ask yourself, “why do I procrastinate?” Why do we procrastinate even when we have nothing better to do?

Lazy College StudentLet’s take a look at some statistics really quick. According to several websites that you can search on Google, 85%-95% of college students admit to having procrastinated. In addition to that, as many as 50% are chronic procrastinators.

Those are some astounding numbers, right? Crazy. How have we, as a society, even created massive architecture or discovered technological anomalies that advanced our civilization?

You think with numbers like that we would all still be living in mud huts while putting off the hunt because we’re not that hungry and there’s enough left over for a little snack still.

Procrastination results in more than just lost time. It has physical effects on us as well. When we procrastinate, we become more stressed out, we lose self-esteem, and we can even become less healthy due to our choices.

Academically, our grades suffer. This is because we miss draft deadlines meaning that we don’t have peer input into our work. We put off homework and end up with reduced grading for late work if the work is even graded at all. We wait until the very last minute to try speed-reading books and hurriedly write our reports causing us to miss crucial information.

Despite all of the negative consequences, we still freaking do it! Why?!

There are a few reasons, actually.

1 – We like the challenge.

We put everything off until the very last minute because we get an adrenaline rush and do what seems impossible. When we complete our inefficiently created project we get a misplaced sense of pride and think we can do this with every task we come across. We feel like winners.

2 – We have a sense of rebellion.

Sense of RebellionGrowing up, you might have had a parental figure that pushed you to do things on time or ahead of schedule. It makes you feel pressured and upset. So, when we’re older and can make our own decisions we rebel against what we were forced to do and it makes us feel liberated in a sense.

3 – We lie to ourselves.

We don’t feel like doing this project right now so we put it off. We’ll be in the mood to do it tomorrow or next week. There’s always going to be a later date that we tell ourselves is going to be the day we feel inclined to work. We continue with these lies up until the deadline of our project.

4 – We distract ourselves.

When we have an obligation, we actively look for something to distract us from the responsibility. We look for something that doesn’t have us actively engaging like watching television or reading email. We can’t feel bad about procrastinating if we just ignore it, right?

5 – We fear failure.

For many of us, anxiety plays a huge part in procrastination. We don’t want to fail and we fear the social consequences of failing, so we feel like if we avoid the task, we avoid the social negativity.

Whatever the reason, we have this bad habit of procrastinating. For some of us, we want some way to break free from this burden…but how can we do that?

We want to learn how to stop procrastination!

We all know that fighting procrastination is beyond difficult. Many of us try something for a little while that might kind of work but then we fall back into the habit of putting things off.

We need something that really works for us. One solution may work for some but not others. Now, what are some tips that we can try out?

Making a Mountain Out of a MolehillA – Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.

With some projects, we tend to blow them out of proportions and freak out a little bit. Try looking at your project like a collection of small tasks. Doing these small tasks in order can help us complete the project on time or even ahead of schedule.

B – Meet YOUR OWN deadline.

Try this. Bring the deadline closer. Halve the time that the deadline is set for. Make that your new deadline and make real consequences for not meeting it. You can set positive consequences such as “if I miss the deadline, I will donate $50 to this charity”. Act like you would with the actual deadline because you know you will procrastinate on the new one too.

C – Start with the hard stuff.

If you start with the hardest part of your project first, the project can only get easier and easier. Tackle the most difficult part of your assignment. Just push through it and do it. Then continue down the line with the easier tasks. You will feel better as you complete each piece.

D – Create a to-do list.

Lists are powerful things. Having a list made up makes your responsibility real. Making a list makes you 75% more likely to complete a task (I totally didn’t make up that statistic…maybe). Use lists to your advantage as often as you can. It feels really good to check off items on your list. It can really encourage positive behavior.

Remove DistractionsE – Remove distractions.

One of the biggest factors for procrastination is distractions in your local vicinity. If you are working in your room, take down posters, put away game systems, turn off the phone, and stay away from social network sites on the computer. Remove anything that can distract you from completing your project. Fewer distractions means there is less of a chance to fall off track.

F – Don’t be a perfectionist.

Trying to get everything perfect the first time through is demoralizing. Get out your first draft. It’s allowed to be sloppy and have mistakes. Getting a rough draft out improves morale because you’re pretty much halfway there. Once you get your first draft out, work on the second, improving on the first. Just keep improving on drafts until you are satisfied with the end result.

Work on these tips. This is the strategy for how to stop procrastination. Use one tip at a time and start to build a strong foundation that you can use to beat procrastination.

Still curious about procrastination?

If you’re still interested in finding out more about procrastination and how to beat it, then I recommend reading The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play. It’s a mouthful, I know but it’s a great book on the subject and it has additional strategies that I haven’t covered as well.

You can check out some reviews here on Amazon.

That’s all for today!

Do you have problems with procrastination or do you know a friend who does? Do any of the tips sound like they will help or do you have another opinion? Let me know in the comment box below!

I love reading your responses and having the opportunity to connect! So, keep those comments coming.

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How to Organize a Home Office – In-Home Office Decorating Ideas

Starting work from home can be an exciting event.

For most people, deciding to work at home marks a turning point in our lives. It’s the point where we have had enough of working for someone else. It’s the point where we want to achieve financial freedom. It’s when we want something more out of life and we are ready to fight for it.

Roller Coaster of EmotionsStarting with work from home opportunities triggers a rollercoaster of hope, frustration, joy, and relief over the first several months as you figure out the ins and outs of your new career.

There may be many factors that are out of your control as you learn new skills and methods for making money online.

One factor that is under your control affects productivity. This variable is your home office and there are several things to keep in mind when you really want to get to work because laying in bed with your laptop reduces productivity.

How effective your home office is will depend on a combination of things. You need to consider location, ergonomics (furniture and equipment), organization, lighting, decor, and personalization.


Where you work is drastically more important than most people would believe. It’s not always so simple as finding the right place to sit comfortably to read and type.

Your location will actually affect you physically and psychologically. This can have a massive impact on your productivity.

Correct posture is a step in the right direction when choosing a location. Deciding to work from your couch with your laptop on the coffee table will have you stooping over your knees.

Not too long into work, you would be annoyed by the slight pain you start to get in your back, ribs, arms, etc. This can be avoided with the right chair and surface to work on (more on this in ergonomics).

Noise ControlNoise control is incredibly important. Trying to work with children screaming or blasting the tv and running around the house will be majorly frustrating.

You have to find a place where outside noise will be minimal. A room with a closed door will definitely help. Soundproofing can even be a real improvement for helping with noise control.

Keep your bedroom separate from your work area. Working in your bedroom will change the way you see the room.

When you work in your bedroom and you become frustrated and upset, you start associating those thoughts and emotions with your comforting surroundings.

You don’t want to associate your work habits with where you sleep. Ideally, you would want a separate room or section of your home dedicated as your workstation.

The atmosphere of your workspace has a vital effect on your psychology. Sitting in an interior room with 4 walls and no window will make you feel trapped and will distract and demotivate you.

You want your workstation in a place that feels open. Large windows you can see out of or open air areas of your home will keep you sane when working. Even large mirrors can cause a room to feel more open.

Keep all of those thoughts in mind when deciding on where you will be working and you will be happier and you will enjoy your work from home career.


Many people associate the word ergonomic with comfort. Well, it’s really more about efficiency, as in, how can you become a more effective worker?

How effective you are will determine your chances for success. If you are a slow, distracted worker, you won’t get much done. If you’re well-supported and comfortable, you are more likely to keep your head in the game and get stuff done.

Ergonomic ChairYour choice of a chair will be important. You shouldn’t just sit in a wooden chair with four legs at the kitchen table. That kind of chair doesn’t support your back at all and is uncomfortable to sit in after a little while because there is no effective cushioning.

The kind of chair you want will probably be an office chair that you can roll around to move and get up easier. A chair with a well-cushioned seat and back support would be great for your extended periods of research or content creation.

You want to also be able to recline slightly because leaning back a little bit increases comfort and productivity. There are some pretty awesome ergonomic office chairs on Amazon that would fit the bill.

The mouse you use is going to be a strain on your wrist if you aren’t careful. A traditional mouse has a straight horizontal design that makes your hand tilt uncomfortably inward.

What you should invest in is an ergonomic mouse that tilts itself slightly outward so your hand can rest more naturally. This will ease up the tension on your wrist a little bit and allow you to work longer without straining it.

A great keyboard will also reduce strain on your fingers and wrists. The angle at which you are typing matters. If your keyboard is completely straight, your hands are angled completely unnaturally and it puts unnecessary pressure on your joints.

The type of keyboard you want will have a curved set of keys so your wrists don’t have to suffer. This ergonomic keyboard should also be able to tilt up and down to better suit your typing needs.

Your computer desk can be ergonomic too. The ideal desk will make it so you don’t have to move around a lot to get to the things you need for work. While not vital, a keyboard tray that extends outward is useful. If it can tilt, even better.

If you have enough space, go for a corner desk if needed. Not everyone needs that much workspace but it can be handy during bigger projects.

One more thing that is important is the monitor stand. You want it at the right height so your eyes can look forward and directly see the top half of the screen. This makes it so you don’t have to crane your neck.

Ergonomic DeskAn ergonomic desk is not hard to find. You can find it online or at a larger computer store.

The monitor angle is the last thing we’ll cover. As mentioned previously, having the right monitor angle can prevent you from craning your neck. A bad angle will have you straining your neck before too long and will prevent you from working further.

If you can’t get the right angle using just your monitor and computer desk, it may be time to pick up a monitor arm. A monitor arm will allow you to achieve all sorts of viewing angles and you can be sure you will find the right angle for your monitor.

Loading up with these ergonomic items will definitely help you reduce strain on your body and increase overall productivity. They aren’t required but they are great for support.


Organization to most people is black and white. You’re either a neat freak or you live in a junkyard. Nevermind the teenager with the made up bed with dirty clothes on top. We’re ignoring them for now since we can’t have inbetweeners.

On a more serious note, home office organization is a key element in running a successful business. Being able to find the files you need when you need them is a priceless trait to have.

However, these days files are mostly digital so most of the organization is on the computer. We’re going to focus on everything outside of that.

We’ll start with writing utensils and smaller equipment. You want a centralized point for your smaller items that is within arm’s reach of where you’re sitting. You don’t want to have a catch-all but you do want a dedicated spot for them. This could be for your staplers, hole punches, pens, pencils, etc. A small tray could help out here.

Incoming MailNext, you want a drop box for your incoming mail. This way you don’t lose important messages and documents by getting them mixed up with papers on your desk. A wall hanging mail organizer is the perfect spot to drop letters until it’s time to get open them.

Now, let’s talk about loose documents. You don’t want to have loose papers all over your desk. You can easily lose track of crucial files and other important papers. To solve this messy paper problem, you want something like a paper organizer rack. A stackable rack will guarantee that your papers always have a home to go to and you can build it higher as needed.

Then there are books. I don’t know about you but to me, there’s just something special about cracking open a paperback or hardcover and being able to thumb through the pages. Going through pdfs on a tablet just isn’t the same.

You’re going to need a place for your business-related books. Depending on the size of your collection, a small cabinet on your desk may be useful. For those with a larger library, a bookshelf system may be more appropriate. To keep up with the times, hanging bookshelves may bring a classy touch to your in-home office while leaving floor space for other decorations.

The last thing we’ll cover is computer storage. In order to stay organized digitally, you might want a place to properly store your files. Having an external hard drive to sort your files in frees up space on your computer so it’s not as bogged down with data.

Having another external hard drive would also allow you to have a backup of all of your important files, that way you have a much harder chance of losing them.

These home office organization ideas will get you started with keeping the messes away. Staying organized will help your sanity, so do what works for you and stay neat.


Now, lighting is one of the easier aspects of having an in-home office. Things don’t get too complicated with this one.

Natural LightingYou want a space with natural lighting. Remember the windows we were talking about earlier? Having a larger window with a lot of natural light coming through can really brighten your mood and make you feel energized.

However, cloudy, dreary days can also bring down your mood, so make sure you have curtains to block out the nastiness.

You also want overhead lighting. You want a bright overhead light to keep the room lit at night time. If you can, make use of natural daylight led bulbs. These light bulbs are close to the same color as natural daylight and come in dimmable versions so you can always turn down the brightness.

If you don’t have an overhead lamp, then maybe track lighting is more up your alley. Track lighting allows you to adjust the lights and direct them where needed. This can really improve the ambiance of a room.

If that’s not enough, maybe a floor lamp would help. The addition of an extra lamp in a strategic position can really boost the brightness and warmth in a room. A natural daylight floor lamp can really boost your mood and keep you going at night.

Lighting is simple, so don’t overcomplicate it. Don’t overdo it and only use the lighting you need to keep a productive pace going.


Here’s where things start to get a little bit more fun. Decorating your in-home office is where you can let your creativity out.

The whole point of decorating is to make you feel good about your surroundings. Preferably, items matching in color or texture should be used.

For instance, if you have a black desk and bookshelf, you’re going to want to get plants in dark pots or curtains that are a charcoal color, things like that.

In-Home Office Decorating IdeasJust keep in mind, this is about you and what you like. If the color scheme looks good to you, then use it.

Don’t go overboard with the decorations, though. You want to maintain a clean, neat look to your home office and have the feeling of it being open and freeing. Cluttering the room with everything you can find is just asking for stress.

To get you started with your decorations, how would you like a 9-inch statue of “The Thinker”? It’s the perfect decoration for an online entrepreneur.

Whatever you decide to do to decorate your home office, remember that you can always add or change decorations whenever you want. Nothing has to be permanent.


Finally, the last part of the picture. Personalization is similar to decoration in the way that you are taking items of importance and placing them strategically around your in-home office.

The difference is you are going to place items that mean a lot to you, personally.

This could be little trinkets like keychains or figurines. It could be important pictures of family, friends, or dreams you want to achieve. It could be larger objects such as crafted artwork.

There’s a good chance you would combine most of your personalization with regular decorating. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Keep in mind that personalization is important to keep you motivated. These items are things that are encouraging to you to become better and grow. These are things that should remind you of consequences if you don’t succeed.

Keep personalization personal, otherwise, it’s meaningless.

Congratulations on your newly decorated home office!

By now, you understand what it takes to decorate a home office. It’s a little more complicated than you might have first thought, isn’t it?

Home Office DecorationsWith your newly decorated in-home office, you can get started or continue your work in internet marketing. If you’re into affiliate marketing, you can even earn commissions by recommending the kinds of decorations you’ve used in your home.

Whatever your work from home opportunity is, I’m sure you’ll be happier and more productive from here on out.

Do you have any questions or thoughts about home office decorating? Let me know in the comment section below! I love reading your responses and getting the chance to reply.

Have friends that might find this post useful? Don’t be afraid to share it!

Thanks for taking the time to read! See you next time.

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What About Jaaxy? The Jaaxy Keyword Tool Review 2017

Jaaxy Keyword Tool Review 2017

Overall Ranking: 9 out of 10
Price: $0 Free Trial Account (Join Here), $19/month Pro Account (Join Here), $49/month Enterprise Account (Join Here)
Owners: Kyle and Carson


People in the internet marketing world are familiar with keyword discovery tools. There are a lot of free tools out there, but the information they give out is less than perfect. So, what about Jaaxy?

Jaaxy is quite different than most keyword discovery tools. It has additional features that you won’t find elsewhere.

What is Jaaxy?

Jaaxy Keyword Research 3

Jaaxy is an all-in-one keyword research tool created by Kyle and Carson from the Wealthy Affiliate community. They put together a comprehensive SEO keyword research tool that many internet marketers have begun to use.

Just how powerful is Jaaxy? Does it live up to the hype? Let’s take a look at the data…



  • Keyword Traffic Analysis
  • Keyword Competition Analysis
  • Keyword Quality Indicator
  • SEO Value Analysis
  • Domain Availability Checker
  • “Alphabet Soup” Search
  • Keyword List Builder
  • Google Search Engine Placement
  • Affiliate Program Finder
  • Brainstorm Idea Feed
  • Jaaxy Affiliate Program
  • Training Videos + Bonuses
  • Improved Speeds and More Data for Paid Accounts



  • Only 30 Actions for Trial Accounts
  • Limited Keyword Analysis on Trial Accounts
  • Lack of Support

Jaaxy features a wide range of keyword research tools that’s not limited to just keyword traffic analysis and keyword competition analysis. Some features you will not find anywhere else.

While each feature has it’s own value as a pro, I will touch on each individual feature in the Training/Tools Overview section.

The affiliate program is pretty good. You can earn between $8 and $200 per sale depending on what account level and length your referrals choose. The payments are recurring and will keep coming in as long as your referrals remain paying members.

Jaaxy Video TrainingJaaxy also features several video training lessons. These cover a few aspects of keyword and website research as well as niche refinement. There is also an affiliate program walkthrough video that explains what you need to know as an affiliate.

Two more things worth mentioning are the improved speeds and increased data for paid accounts. With a Pro account, you get 2x speed and access to more search results. With an Enterprise account, you get 5x speed and even more search results.

Jaaxy definitely has a lot going for it, but there are a few downsides if you’re on a trial membership.

As a trial member, you will only have 30 actions available. These actions include keyword searches, site rank searches, affiliate program searches, and more. Keyword list management doesn’t require the use of an action, so feel free to look at the keyword data you’ve collected on saved keywords.

As a trial member, you will also have limited keyword research results. This makes sense because trial access is meant to provide you with a taste of what you will be getting out of a product or service. The same goes for Jaaxy’s trial accounts but it definitely shows how powerful the tools can be.

The last and most important con is that there doesn’t seem to be any form of support. I’ve searched around the different pages of Jaaxy looking for a support link but I could not find one.


Jaaxy is useful for internet marketers of all skill levels. The tools are comprehensive enough for professional marketers but at the same time, they are simple enough for beginning marketers to understand.

There is a range of people that will find this useful.

Stay-at-Home Blogging MomThe stay-at-home blogging mom can find low competition keywords to target.

The YouTube sensation can look up keywords with the highest traffic to make videos around.

The product or service creator can keep track of where their site ranks in the search engines.

The Instagram glam girl can find the best keywords to hashtag her photos with.

Anyone that uses the internet for the purpose of building an engaging audience will find Jaaxy to be an invaluable resource.


Jaaxy has many features available to users. All of them are useful for keyword research.

Keyword Traffic Analysis, Keyword Competition Analysis, Keyword Quality Indicator, SEO Value Analysis, and Domain Availability Checker are all part of the main keyword search engine.

The keyword traffic analysis tool will tell you the number of monthly keyword searches there are from the Google search engine, Yahoo search, and Bing. It will also tell you the kind of traffic you can expect for rank 1 on search engines.

The keyword competition analysis tool will show you how many competing websites there are using the exact keyword phrase you’re looking at.

The keyword quality indicator shows green, yellow, or red to signify the value of the keyword phrase.

The SEO value analysis tool shows how difficult it would be to get ranked on the first page in search engines based on traffic and competition.

The domain availability checker shows if the keyword phrase has an available .com, .net, or .org domain for purchase.

Next, there is the “Alphabet Soup” search. This is a search with an interesting technique. The keyword search utilizes the autofill feature of search engines to find new keyword phrases by adding a letter somewhere in the main keyword phrase.

Alphabet Soup Search

As you’re going through the different keyword search options, you will notice little boxes next to each keyword phrase. Checking this box and then clicking on the Save option will allow you to choose a list you can save the keyword phrases to. Keyword list management is easy and will show you all of the data you have revealed for the search terms in each list.

Site Rank Analysis will show you your site’s Google search engine placement if it’s within the first 25 pages of the search results.

The Affiliate Program Finder allows you to use your search terms to find affiliate programs from different affiliate networks. The results will show you the affiliate program name, the product website, the Alexa rank, the commission, and the network it is from.

The Brainstorm Idea Feed uses your search terms to find trending topics from various news and media sources.

The training provided by Jaaxy is meant to show you how to use its search engine to the best of your ability. The training videos include keyword research and management, website research and analysis, and niche research refinement.

There is also one more training video to help people interested in taking part of Jaaxy’s affiliate program.


Support appeared to be non-existent for Jaaxy. After searching around for several minutes, I was unable to find any kind of support link anywhere.

Lack of SupportThis was until I looked at the order page. There is a Contact Us page available but only from the order page links that also include the blog and the homepage. There is one more link from the order page that goes to a Learn About Enterprise page.

Those 4 pages that are difficult to navigate to are the only pages that you can access the Contact Us page.

The support is a little disappointing once you do find it as it only contains an email form for you to fill out. There is no live support available for Jaaxy and these support problems are the reason that Jaaxy does not get a 10 for its score.


Jaaxy has 3 membership levels. There is the trial account, the Pro account, and the Enterprise account.

The trial account is $0 (free) and is a limited access account with a maximum of 30 actions until you upgrade.

The Pro account costs $19 a month and has full access to Jaaxy’s research tools and have more Alphabet Soup results than the trial account had access to. The tools also run at 2x speed.

The Enterprise account costs $49 a month and has full access to Jaaxy’s research tools and has even more Alphabet Soup results than the Pro account.  The tools also run at 5x speed.


Jaaxy is ApprovedJaaxy has some great and useful features that everyone will find helpful. The keyword research tools work very well and rather quickly for how much information they are finding.

I am completely satisfied with the Jaaxy keyword research tools and will continue to use them for all of my current and future websites.

The only thing I have against Jaaxy is my disappointment with how difficult it is to get to their Contact Us page and that it’s an email form. Not having any kind of live support turns any issues you might have into a long wait, assuming the problem isn’t fixed before you receive an email back.

This is why I give Jaaxy a 9 out of 10. It has a great number of features with a support system that could be improved.

That’s All For Now

If you have any questions, comments, or your own reviews about Jaaxy, leave them in the comment box below. I love reading your responses and having the chance to reply.

Also, if you haven’t checked out my Wealthy Affiliate review, go take a look. It’s worth a once over for anyone interested in making money online.

Thanks for reading! See you next time.

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