Content Creation Questions That You’re Too Ashamed to Ask

Let’s face it, no one wants to see us as “that” blogging startup or content creation beginner that hasn’t got a clue what they’re doing. You have passion, drive and a great idea, but sadly, you don’t have the knowledge to pull it off.

But that doesn’t really matter. At the end of the day, your drive to succeed will lead to you many great resources (such as this one) that’ll teach you, step by step, on how to improve your knowledge to a point that you can become a self-sufficient content creation expert. But since you’re not there yet, here are some questions that you’ve probably been itching to ask.

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How do I get emojis and symbols into my blog posts?

You’ll be surprised at how many people don’t know the answer to this. You can use online websites to find currency symbols to copy and paste for all of your needs. You’ll find every currency under the sun and for emojis, look no further than Google for your answers. However, if you don’t like to copy and paste, then you’ll need to learn about alt-codes. These are done by holding the left alt key on your keyboard and typing in the key combination on your num pad. For example, the em-dash (—) is done by holding alt and pressing 0151 and the trademark symbol (™) is done with Alt+0153.

Can I get sued for using other people’s images?

Absolutely. In fact, some people have been fined thousands of dollars for using someone else’s images. The most important thing to remember is that you can’t use other people’s images UNLESS they have explicitly stated that you can use them royalty free. Websites such as Google Images and Flickr have options in their search settings that only show images that you can use freely. Contacting the owner of the image and getting verbal confirmation often isn’t enough, so make sure the images have a written license agreement that states they are free to use. In the event you’re unsure, take the safe route and use your own pictures, take your own photos and design your own images to use.

How do you get paid for content creation?

There are hundreds of ways you can get paid. From working for a publication as a writer to freelancing as an artist or even starting up your own blog. The main source of revenue if you create content for others to consume is ad revenue and affiliate links. In a sense, it’s an online business because you’re aiming to get as many readers or viewers as possible, and the product you’re selling is advertisements. All your advertisements have to be relevant to your content or else you’ll never get any clicks, and affiliate links need to be baked into content. For example, if you review some video games, then you should put an honest message at the end such as “if you liked this game, consider using my affiliate code to purchase this game”. For each person that buys the game with your link, you’ll receive a small commission for your help.

Mars Cureg

Web designer by profession, photography hobbyist, T-shirt lover, design blog founder, gamer. Socially and physically awkward, lack of social skills, struggles to communicate with anyone who doesn't have a keyboard. Willing to walk to get to the promised land. Photo and video freelancer, SEO. Check out more on my Google+

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