Authorship has left the SEO building.

  John Mueller, of Google Webmaster Tools, announced this morning that Google has stopped showing the names of authors in its search results. Google Authorship first started appearing in search results a number of years ago, soon followed by profile photos and Google+ follower count numbers as well. It was basically Google’s way of allowing authors to identify themselves upfront.  Using markup – coding which is hidden from users view but is embedded within web pages – it was possible for the author’s info to be shown Read More +

When Creativity Just Won’t Flow

Let’s face it, sometimes it is extremely difficult to feel motivated to create.  Knowing that we should doesn’t make it any easier either.  Wether you create things for profit or for pure pleasure, there are times when the easiest thing to produce is procrastination! I’ve been going through a few weeks of the procrastinating blues. It comes and goes, but even when it appears to have left the scene and I feel motivated to get things done … I realise that the things I am doing Read More +

Textures, Filters and Blending… OH MY!

  Yesterday I treated myself to some play time on Photoshop.  I’ve been keen to practice what I’ve learnt from a number of tutorials over on the  Spoongraphics blog. If you haven’t visited Chris Spoon’s amazing site you really should head on over. As well as tutorials, Chris writes some very inspirational design articles and has a great range of products including vectors, brushes, actions, icons and heaps more.   Anyway – yesterday’s playtime task started life as an image of vintage stained paper. The stains in Read More +

Inspiration for Small Biz Owners

Have you ever wondered how your small business can ever compete against the Big Guys? With limited resources, smaller budgets and limited staff numbers just how can we do it? Well the first article in PicMonkey’s series for Small Businesses tells you eight ways that Your Small Biz Beats the Big Guys.   PicMonkey talks to a range of CEOs and strategists about the ways in which small business owners actually have the edge over their more established, and often more cashed-up, competitors. The eight Read More +

Free Icons To Download

It never ceases to amaze me just how much stuff is available for free on the web. Whether you are after fonts, icons, images or just about anything to dress up your blog or website, some creative person has more than likely made it available for you to download. Today I am going to share a range of free icons with you.  I am sure you will find something in this collection that just screams “Download me!!” A couple of things to note: Please check the individual rights Read More +