Free Graphics & Media
Pixabay is a website that offers thousands of images and graphics for personal or commercial use freely. No account is necessary to use the images, yet it’s free to sign up to avoid the RECAPTCHA. It’s also a great place to share your own images and give back to the community.
Wikimedia Commons has a database of over 27,000,000 media files available for personal or commercial use freely. Public domain images and media files that you can also contribute to.
Icons & Icon packs – Iconspedia is a huge repository of free icons and clipart. When browsing be sure to note the license restrictions (if there are any,) as there are a few cases requiring you to notify the artists about using the icons and sometimes give credit to them. If there are restrictions you’ll find them clearly under the download button/section.
Branding & Strategy
Grow Your Brand. It Starts with Strategic Discovery. You’ll be a able to share this document with any agency to gather estimates for your branding needs. This is the first step to grow your brand, reach your audience, and improve your bottom line.
Video logo design tutorial by our own Creative Director Vincent Burkhead. Watch this 6-part series and see what it takes to design and develop a new brand.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Whether you’re new to online advertising or an experienced pro, you can use Google’s Keyword Planner to discover which keywords and keyword phrases your target audience is using to search for your business.
Google’s Page Speed tool – Use this free tool to analyze your website’s page load time and determine how you can improve your website for optimal viewing. Click on the “Run Insights” link and input your website address to run the tool.
Google Webmaster Tools – You’ll need a Google Gmail account to sign up for this but it is critical that you do so. Cherry Pixel implements, associates and verifies a Google Webmaster Tools accounts with all of our web projects.
Google Analytics – If your website is not utilizing this extremely important traffic reporting tool you are missing out. Google Analytics should be considered a mandatory part of any online marketing plan. Once you’ve signed up for an account you should link this to your Google Webmaster Tools account so they may interact with each other for greater insights.
SEMrush – Another set of useful insight tools to help you determine your website’s current standing on the web with many tools to report on your website. See which pages are linking to your site, identify common keywords used to find your site and analyze your competitor’s keywords and run tests to determine where you can improve your site’s SEO.
WordPress SEO by Yoast – The WP SEO plugin by Yoast should be considered mandatory for all WordPress websites. Here from the horse’s mouth is the definitive guide to higher rankings in search engines for WordPress sites utilizing this excellent tool.