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7 Bad Habits That Can Ruin Your Business

It doesn’t matter if you’re self employed, freelancer or if you work for a company, it is always important to stay professional and have awareness of what can go wrong in order to avoid negative impact on your career or business.

Here is the list of 7 most common bad business habits.

1. Procrastination
If you’re procrastinating, stop! It is the worst thing you can do. Plan your work, make reminders, set up an alarm clock, do whatever you need to do to not procrastinate. Emails will keep coming, blogs will keep updating, friends will keep calling. The important part is to organize your activities so that they don’t put your work on hold.

2. Laziness
If you want to kill your business, being lazy is the way to do it. It is one of the worst habits out there. It will affect your desire to work, which will make you put off deadlines, which will affect the quality of your work, which will make your clients leave you.

3. Not caring
If you want to be successful, it is important to be enthusiastic. If you don’t like what you do, it’s probably time to think about a career change.

4. Poor people skills
Another crucial quality is to have people skills. Completing the project on time is not everything there is to a successful business. Let’s face it a smile on the face, or making small talk don’t require too much effort, but it might make someone’s day. We need to remember that we work with people and not robots.

5. Being rude
Now this one goes right along with people skills. It is understandable that you probably think that everyone cares about the fact that you are having a bad day. News flash, nobody does. Clients come to you for quality service, not attitude.
Yes, sometimes we get difficult clients, but it is still our job to stay professional and handle them well.

6. Neglecting mistakes
We are all human beings and we can all make mistakes, and it’s ok. However, it is important to identify the root of the cause. If you lost a client, find out the reasons behind it, if you got a complaint make sure you do everything possible to not make the same mistake again.

7. Ignoring reviews
Most people like to get reviews before they buy something which reveals information about you, your company and the quality of the work that you provide. Having a bad reputation means losing over 50% of your clients. Make sure you always stay on top of what other people say about your business.

Chances are we all make these mistakes sometimes, the key is to acknowledge it and take the necessary precautions. If you have any examples, or just feel like sharing your thoughts, please comment.

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Adopting a Video Content Strategy For Your Business

Just as businesses are catching on to trends in content marketing, with-it content publishers are upping the ante. If you’re still going about content marketing the same ol’ way–posting blogs, retweeting those blogs and participating in the occasional guest post–it’s time to redefine your strategy.

Adopting a Video Content Strategy For Your Business

Adapted from an article at ReelSEO.com. Click here to view the original.

Video content is the freshest way to gain the best kind of exposure for your business, and engaging in video content marketing is not quite as scary as it seems. There are just a few steps you need to take and a few tips to keep in mind to get the most out of video content marketing for your business.

Before you review the steps to follow in creating a worthwhile video, it’s important to understand why you should be video marketing in the first place, and what exactly the public is looking for. Generally speaking, “know thy audience” is the most important factor to any marketing campaign, and this is particularly true in video marketing!

The whole point of creating a video to market your business is to get that video shared across social media platforms. That’s just about all you’re after. For this reason, your main objective should be to create a highly compelling video that holds viewers’ attention and makes them think they’re viewing something more meaningful, entertaining or interesting than an advertisement. That being said, let’s make this clear now: DO NOT, by any means, make your video content resemble an ad. Doing so will crush its potential to be shared socially. Unless, of course, you can top the genius of Kmart’s Ship My Pants.

There are a few simple qualities the public looks for in a video in order to compel them to engage in social sharing, keeping one or more of these qualities in mind will increase your video’s chances of being shared at a higher rate:

Funny (much like “ship my pants”)
Adorable (think kittens, bunnies, puppies, babies)
Sexy (sex sells: resorting to half-naked men or women might be cheap–but it works)
Emotional (a heartfelt story or tear-jerking moment)
Narrative (people love a good story. Telling one in a short video can be really effective)
Random (randomness is endearing, and these days people can’t get enough of it)
Inciting (shocking viewers will get you the attention you’re after. Think controversial)
Uplifting (people are always looking for inspiration, and once they get it they’re likely to pass it along)

Alright, so now that you know the elements the public wants to see in an online video, you’ve got to figure out how to produce a video of your own. If you’re just starting out, aim to produce a short video that strongly makes use of one or more of the social sharing characteristics mentioned above.

Have a Plan

First, you need a plan: develop your story, and have a beginning, middle and end to your video. Take a professional approach–or your video will not get very far–create a story board, engage in preproduction, and HIRE PROFESSIONALS!

For a quality video, you need a quality team of professionals. Do your research and hire a great film crew or animation team. If your video is going to have a spokesperson or voiceover, get a professional with an engaging demeanor or a voice that demands attention. Also, make sure the final product has been edited by a team of experts for a clean, professional approach.

Don’t forget about music! Don’t use cheap sample audio clips, they won’t get you much respect and they’ll make your video seem low-grade. Get some original music created by an expert so your video really stands out in its own right.

Distribute Well

Once you’ve produced a high-quality video, you need to pick the right outlets for distribution. Of course you must make use of all the social media outlets possible, especially Facebook, Twitter, and at least one or two blogs. Also, make sure to put your own video on your business website, that’s a given!

Next, you need to look into YouTube (and you’ll probably need to do that before you can post a link to Twitter). YouTube is great because it’s free, and it gives your video the most chance of going viral because everyone uses it. It’s also by far the least expensive paid advertising medium out there (as of the posting date of this post).

The only bad thing about YouTube is it’s sometimes looked down on because it’s not professional or business related. So now you’ve got to find a well-respected business or industry-centered site that will showcase your video to executives and people in your field. There are many options out there and you’ve got to pick what’s best for your specific content (but you can start with something like Xavy, for example).

Boost Views

Just like your business website, you need to put a little SEO work into your video to encourage viewing. This means you should:

Tag the video with keywords
Incorporate metadata with a good description
Pick appropriate thumbnails
Build links across the Internet that direct back to your video
Use a video sitemap
You’ve got to maximize your video hits and SEO is really the best way to do this. Just make sure not to overdo it or try to be sneaky in any way. Don’t overuse keywords, and stay true to your content.

Fortify Your Hard Work

Finally, keep in mind a purpose and a timely occasion for your video to really underpin its importance. Your video content can be quirky and random, but the video’s release should have a point to make: Plan to launch your video leading up to the unveiling of a new product or service to create industry buzz. Perhaps include a press release with your video’s launch or a transcript of the video to send to executives in your industry.

Also, don’t take the one-and-done approach. Aim to produce a video every month or every couple of months depending on your business and budget. The more videos you have, the more you can improve on your strategy and the more attention you’ll gain for your company and exposure for your business, and engaging in video content marketing is not quite as scary as it seems. There are just a few steps you need to take and a few tips to keep in mind to get the most out of video content marketing for your business.

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15 Free Online Learning Sites Every Entrepreneur Should Visit

Being a successful entrepreneur means you have to wear a lot of hats, especially when your company is just starting out and you don’t have enough employees to cover all the areas you need.

Learning the new skills necessary to start a new business can be expensive, but fortunately the initiative for free, high-quality, educational resources online has only continued to grow in the past few years. Below are some of the resources available to learn more about marketing, entrepreneurship, business management and more.

1. CodeAcademy

This great resource offers free interactive programming sessions to help you learn programming languages such as HTML, CSS, Javascript and PHP. You can save your progress as you go with a free account. Learning to code can help entrepreneurs fix bugs if they don’t have a developer, or even go down the road of building their own website or products (such as apps).

2. HubSpot Academy

The free certification program offers courses on inbound marketing, including website optimization, landing pages and lead nurturing. These skills are a must for business owners as they try to grow their business and online presence.

Related: 21 Resources to Make You a Better Entrepreneur

3. Moz

If you want to learn search-engine optimization to make sure your website is as visible as possible, check out this treasure trove of resources from SEO leader, Moz. Besides having the free Moz Academy, there are also webinars (live and recorded), and beginner’s guides to SEO, social media and link building.

4. LearnVest

The most successful entrepreneurs know how to manage their money both on a business and personal side. In addition to having extremely affordable finance classes, LearnVest also offers some of its classes for free, such as “Building Better Money Habits” and “How to Budget.”

5. Niche consultant courses

The Internet has made for a coaching boom, which is extremely helpful to entrepreneurs who want to learn how to start or better a business in a specific niche. Some great coaches and organizations that routinely have free courses and ebooks on building a business include Natalie MacNeil and MyOwnBusiness. Try searching “niche keyword” + “business course” to find one most applicable to you.

6. edX

This free site currently has over 300 courses on a variety of topics, including “Financial Analysis and Decision Making” and “Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?” These courses not only cover business in general, but can also you help learn more skills that are applicable to your industry, such as big data or environmental conservation.

7. Khan Academy

This free learning resource was created to give everyone access to education in math, science, art, technology and more. There are over 100,000 interactive exercises to put your education to practical use. Even though many of the courses are geared toward high school students, there are several courses that would be good for anyone to have a refresher on, such as taxes and accounting.

8. MIT Open Courseware

These are actual courses taught at MIT and offered for free on the site for viewing and reading at your discretion. The school put together an entrepreneurship page that lists available courses that are beneficial to new business owners. Courses include “Early State Capital” and “The Software Business.”

9. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

This university has almost 100 free on-demand college courses that are extremely applicable to entrepreneurs, including ones that cover business planning, operations and management and small-business tax.

Related: Listen and Learn From These 9 Emerging Entrepreneurial Podcasters

10. Coursera

Much like MIT’s Open Courseware, this site has 114 educational partners that provide free courses to almost 10 million users. One benefit to Coursera is that there are very specific courses that fit perfectly into particular niches, such as “Data Management for Clinical Research” from Vanderbilt University and “Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace” from the University of Maryland. Its wide network of partners allows for a greater selection.

11. OpenCulture

This site isn’t an educational platform on its own, but rather collects and shares free resources from around the web. Its list of 150 free online business courses is a great resource because it offers classes from iTunes U and other lessons on video and audio. The site also has lists of free audiobooks, certificate courses and other online courses.

12. YouTube

It’s probably unsurprising to most users that YouTube is one of the world’s largest search engines, as there are literally videos on just about anything you can imagine. From TED talks to recorded presentations on building a business, it’s a great free resource on just about any topic.

13. Alison

This platform offers free online courses from some of the most well-known names on the internet today, including Google, Microsoft, and Macmillan. With over 4 million users and over 600 courses already, it covers topics such as economic literacy, personal development and business/enterprise skills.

14. Saylor

The Saylor Foundation offers tuition-free courses and also works with accredited colleges and universities to offer affordable credentials. Its course offerings are similar to what you’d see when working toward a bachelor’s degree.

15. Podcasts

Even though it’s not an official course, podcasts are an amazing (and easily digestible) way to become a better entrepreneur. Podcasts can be listened to via streaming on your computer (if that certain podcast offers it) or via iTunes for iOS and apps such as Podcast Republic for Android. Podcasts such as Entrepreneur of Fire already garner thousands of listeners every episode and are a great way to learn the most up-to-date information and strategies possible. Another good list of entrepreneur podcasts include Think Entrepreneurship’s.

Whether you learn best by audio, video or text, this list of 15 learning resources for entrepreneurs can help you learn more about building a business, accounting and getting customers.

Do you have a favorite resource not listed here? Let us know in the comments section below.

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10 Things Your Website Needs If You Want to Attract the Wealthy Customer

In his book No B.S. Marketing to the Affluent, business coach and consultant Dan S. Kennedy shows you how to re-position your business, practice, or sales career so you can learn how to attract customers for whom price is not a determining factor. In this edited excerpt, the author reveals what your website needs to contain in order to be an effective marketing tool for your business.

Your company’s website should be a place of vast (current) information. But first and foremost, it should represent who you are and what you do. So often I see websites that are more like static brochures than dynamic, personality-driven, multimedia websites.

To be a marketing website, your site must have these 10 things:

1. Personality.

Most affluent buyers aren’t on the hunt for in-depth technical product knowledge; they’re in search of the go-to experts they can trust to make the best decisions and advise them on the best solutions. Adding personality to your website through photos, video, and your writing is about building that relationship with consumers and solidifying their belief that you’re the person who’s going to make their life easier.

2. Credibility.

Credibility is one of the leading factors in becoming trustworthy. When dealing with the affluent market, you can’t have a website that displays you as a “sleazy salesman.”

What makes you a credible expert? Have you been seen in the media? Are you involved in trade associations within your niche? Are you a bestselling author? All these factors play a vital role in showcasing your credibility.

One of the best ways to establish immediate credibility is through the use of recognizable logos. Displayed correctly, logos from media appearances or trade associations can bring immediate awareness and validation.

3. Testimonials.

Testimonials are a powerful third-party verifier and help make you credible through social proof. Wikipedia defines social proof as “a psychological phenomenon where people assume the actions of others in an attempt to reflect correct behavior for a given situation. Wikipedia goes on to say, “This effect is prominent in ambiguous social situations where people are unable to determine the appropriate mode of behavior, and is driven by the assumption that surrounding people possess more knowledge about the situation.”

The best types of testimonials are ones that not only use text to convey their message but also include the person’s photo or video.

4. Lead capture with auto responders.

When people come to your website, you need to capitalize on their visit by capturing their information so you can continue to stay in touch with them. By providing numerous ways for them to get information, you open up your funnel for leads.

5. Keywords and targeted meta data.

Knowing your keywords and putting them into your meta data (specific pieces of code that tell search engines like Google what your site is about) is vital to get your website ranked in the search engines.

If you’re unfamiliar with what your keywords are, Google offers a free keyword tool that will help you discover the keywords that people are searching for and the amount of competition for those keywords. Ideally you want to use  keywords with high traffic and low competition.

6. WordPress.

If your website isn’t on WordPress, get it there! There are a number of great reasons to use WordPress, but first and foremost, it’s great for search engine optimization (SEO) because it’s built with clean code that makes it easy for search engines to spider and index your website. WordPress also offers endless plugins that can enhance just about every aspect of your website.

7. Current, relevant content.

This is important for two reasons. First, it gives the search engines a reason to continually come back to your website. If you don’t have updated content on your website, you give the search engines no reason to come back.

Second, if people come to your website and it’s outdated, the first question that runs through their head is “Are you outdated?” Developing a keyword-rich blog can be one of the best ways to continually add current, relevant content. Effective blogs are ones that have content that acknowledge a problem that’s currently being faced in your industry, mentioning how you’ve been able to take care of that problem for your clients, then providing a mini CTA (call to action).

8. CTA (call to action).

Good content with no action is going to be just as unsuccessful as a website with no content. CTAs should be used throughout your website to take visitors through a predetermined path. By using CTAs on your homepage, you can connect with visitors’ pain points and lead them to an interior page that will solve their problem.

CTAs should also be used on interior pages to get visitors to take specific action. These types of CTAs should be connected to a lead capture device such as a free consultation or special report. If a person has just read an entire page of copy on your website about a particular service, there’s no better time to ask, “Ready to take the first step in becoming financially free? Download the FREE Special Report ‘10 Keys to Creating the Life You’ve Always Wanted Now!’ ”

Remember, it’s about building the relationship—so capturing visitors’ information is crucial so you can continually market to them and stay in the forefront of their mind. Even if they’re not ready to make a decision that day, creating a relationship with them so you’re their “friend in the business” is vital.

9. RSS feeds and social bookmarking icons.

Both of these allow further engagement with your website. RSS feeds allow consumers to simply sign up for your feed, and every time you add a new piece of content to your website, they’ll get it in their inbox.

Social bookmarking allows users to save links to web pages they like. Unlike a private bookmark within your own computer and browser, social bookmarks are public and tagged by keywords, so they can be a great tool for others to promote the content on your website, which helps increase your traffic.

10. Social media icons.

Social media icons allow users to connect with you socially if they choose. Will everyone want to visit your Facebook page? No, but for the consumer who likes to get their information through social media, it should be an option for them.

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How to manage your freelance cashflow

Here’s seven top tips for taking care of the business side of freelance life.

The relationship between art and commerce is a rocky one, and it’s particularly rocky when you’re a freelancer. For all its many joys, being your own boss also means being your own accounting department and occasional bailiff.

Freelancers face three key issues: staying on top of the paperwork, getting paid and ensuring the taxman doesn’t chuck you in prison. Taking care of all that can eat into the time you’d rather spend on designing. So how do others do it?

01. Start a spreadsheet

One of a series of map illustrations by illustrator Elly Walton

Elly Walton has been a freelance illustrator for 10 years. Her client list reads like a who’s who of the advertising, design and publishing fields, but despite her success, she’s been using “pretty much the same old Excel spreadsheet with my incomings, outgoings and tax payable on it” all that time.

Walton also records “the jobs as they come in, how I got them and whether it was a result of promotion or word of mouth,” she explains. “It makes a nice, pretty graph that I look at occasionally to review my marketing.”

Walton uses an Adobe Photoshop template for invoices, prints hard copies – “I like to have a stack of physical paper to check through and stamp a little ‘PAID’ on it when it’s paid” – and invoices jobs on completion.

02. Don’t procrastinate

Hand Lettering Headlines, by Ely Walton

Procrastination, says Walton, is the enemy: “[Tax] isn’t really that painful, but it’s a hell of a lot more painful if you leave it until the deadline.”

If you’re a sole trader in the UK you’ll pay Income Tax on your profits (sales less expenses) as well as National Insurance contributions; limited companies pay Corporation Tax on business profits; and if you’re turning over more than £81,000 per year (it happens!) there’s quarterly VAT too.

It may be worth registering even if your turnover is less: under the Flat Rate Scheme someone in advertising can charge 20% but only pays 11%.

03. Consider an accountant

An architectural drawing, Belle & Bunting, by Scottish illustrator Willa Gebbie

Doing your own tax return isn’t difficult, but if you’re VAT registered or running a company you might want to consider hiring an accountant. It isn’t too expensive and there’s something enormously satisfying about handing over a shoebox full of receipts and never having to worry about it ever again.

Like Elly Walton, beauty, fashion and portrait illustrator Willa Gebbie used a system based around a spreadsheet, in this case Google Docs, but in 2013 she decided to switch to FreeAgent.

“That’s when I finally got around to having a proper business account as well,” she says. Until then she hadn’t felt it was necessary, not least because business accounts come with a plethora of charges after the first year.

“A normal account will do, as long as you keep your work money and personal money clearly separate,” Gebbie says. “As a sole trader, it’s unlikely that you’ll need the benefits (or costs) of a business account, so it’s better saving those few pounds.”

Gebbie is a big fan of FreeAgent. “I love how it completes my tax return for me, it’s truly a godsend,” she says, adding that “it’s really good at assigning bank payments to invoices automatically, so I can tell really quickly who has or hasn’t paid.”

04. Chase payment regularly

One of a series of illustrated New Year’s Resolutions collected via social media.Linzie Hunter NY Resolutions, by Linzie Hunter

While FreeAgent can automatically notify clients of overdue invoices, Gebbie fears that it could look “spammy”, so she prefers to do the chasing herself. “I write invoices as soon as I’ve finished the job,” she says. “Once a week I check payments and chase outstanding invoices. If they’re really late then I’ll start to chase every couple of days.”

Award-winning hand-lettering artist and illustrator Linzie Hunter is another convert to online systems, in her case Wave. As a former “shoebox and Excel spreadsheet” user, Wave has freed up a lot of her time.

“Having a cloud-based system means that I can keep track of payments and invoices easily wherever I am. My favourite feature is the ability to link it to your bank and PayPal accounts, so I no longer need to enter everything manually. It’s also good at showing you exactly where you are financially.”

05. State clear payment terms

Three fashion illustrations by Willa Gebbie

Tempting as it might be, one feature Wave and FreeAgent don’t currently offer is the ability to send drone strikes after late payers. Elly Walton is unusual – “I’ve been lucky not to have had a non-payer” – but stresses the value of clear payment terms.

“30 days is reasonable,” she says. “As soon as that date arrives, start chasing – as politely as possible, of course.”

Willa Gebbie agrees. “Sometimes clients don’t pay on time, but often that’s because of the finance department rather than the art director… it’s probably quite embarrassing for them.”

06. Settle late payments nicely

A hand-lettered and illustrated Label for Noted, by Linzie Hunter

Going in all guns blazing is never a good idea, but if you’re suffering from acute late payment or non-payment, then the Late Payment of Commercial Debts legislation enables you to charge interest and penalties for non-payment. That can be the nuclear option, however, and it’s always best to try and settle late payment nicely first.

07. Be prepared

Stickers and packaging for Peaceable Kingdom by Linzie Hunter

Our illustrators have all experienced the ups and downs of freelancing. What hard-won advice would they pass on? “If you’re only just going freelance, make sure you read up about how self-assessment works and make sure you understand about paying tax on account,” Linzie Hunter advises.

“Otherwise it can be a bit of a shock to find that you have to pay an extra chunk in the first year. And get used to saving every receipt in your wallet automatically from the start.”

Willa Gebbie agrees. “Even if it’ll be some time before you start paying tax, you can offset the set-up cost of your business against future tax. That’s a really useful opportunity to take.”

Keep your work money and play money separate, Elly Walton counsels, recommending that you put a percentage of each payment into a separate account. “I think if all payments went straight into one account, hoping that by the time the tax bill comes around I’ll still have the money to pay it is a risky strategy.” We can say from painful experience that Walton isn’t wrong.

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15 Amazing Commercials That Will Inspire the Greatness in You

Do you watch TV? If you do, you would have seen countless commercial clips in between TV segments, where companies frantically advertise their products and services in the 15-45 seconds, hoping to grab your attention and trigger purchase interest.

I don’t watch TV – I find it’s a waste of time due to the low consciousness nature of most syndicated shows today.  I also find most commercials to be poorly made, and somewhat pointless. They are either a self-promotion of a product that’s irrelevant to my needs, or an advert that plays no role in my life whatsoever.

However, occasionally there would be a gem that catches my eye. This commercial would transcend the typical advertisement, going beyond a sales push and instead conveying an awareness raising message that resonates with my soul.

In today’s post, I’ve scoured through lists of commercials and gathered these 15 most amazing, inspiring commercials that will inspire the inner greatness in you. Some of these commercials are funny, some are touching, some are inspiring, some are saddening, and some are mind-triggering. Underneath the different forms of each commercial, is an important message to take away and apply.

As you watch each commercial, ask yourself what is the commercial is telling you and how you can apply that. Just like the inspiring graduations article, I’ve included a commentary below each clip, sharing my personal thoughts and reflections.

Enjoy, and feel free to share the article if you find any of the videos meaningful. :)

 

#1. Penguins (BBC)

* Very Important: Watch the advert first before reading commentary below to get an unadulterated viewing experience.

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The first time I saw the video, I burst out laughing right after the penguins started flying, and couldn’t stop for the next 30 seconds. It was so hilarious to see penguins, which normally wobble about from side to side, to take off and fly with such speed and grace across the sky –  much less across the entire continent!!

If you don’t know, this was a prank video the BBC created for 2008 April Fool’s Day, to promote their BBC iplayer. They pretended to have discovered a new colony of penguins that had evolved and developed the ability to fly. The video was a huge success – it became viral and received over 100,000 views in just the first day.

Why was it such a big hit though? Why were people so eager to spread this to others? What was the huge hoo-haa about? And why did I (or any of us for that matter) have the kind reactions we had (whether laughter, shock or amazement) when watching the video?

That’s because we all have a deeply ingrained belief that penguins can’t fly. That’s like a law of nature, a fact that can never be changed. Or so we thought. And hence when we had that belief broken (even momentarily), a pillar that bounded our reality was crushed, and it resulted in a wild reaction inside us. Laughter, shock or amazement – these are defense mechanisms at work as we try to comprehend what just happened before us.

While the video is a hoax, it invites us to rethink about our beliefs, and whether they are really as true as we think they are. Many times, we have a set of staunch beliefs about how the world operates. While these beliefs help us create a predictable reality to operate in, it also limits us in what we can achieve, and what we can do.

I invite you to think about some of your beliefs right now:

  1. What kind of beliefs do you have about yourself, your goals, your life at the moment?
  2. Are these beliefs helping you or disempowering you?
  3. Are these beliefs true or just self-created boundaries? (Clue: There’s no such thing as a “real” belief – they are all opinions and stances)
  4. Can you think of ways where you have been short-changing yourself with these beliefs?
  5. Do you want to continue holding on to them then?

At the end of the day, there is no such thing as a right or wrong belief – beliefs are just beliefs. Opinions, thoughts. The key is then to always requestion your beliefs, and always ensure that you’re holding the beliefs that best empower you to live your best life ever. (On Days 26-27 of Be a Better Me in 30 Days Program, you identify your limiting thoughts and replace them with empowering ones.)

(For those who are interested, here is the Making Of the penguin video. ;) )

#2. Every Good Thing in Life (Cheers Beer, Thailand)

The first time I saw this video, I couldn’t stop laughing! It’s is a compilation of 3 ads in same series – each featuring a simple yet good moment we face in life . The way they exaggerated each moment is truly classic.

The ad reminds us of those little things we tend to take for granted in life. Yet these are part of the moments that make life beautiful, aren’t they? What are the moments you relish in? What are the things that make you smile? What are the things you’re grateful for in life? Write them down in your life handbook, hold them dear to your heart and never let them go.

(For those who have the Live a Better Life in 30 Days Program, refer to Day 14: A Day of Gratitude for a sample gratitude list that shares the 60 things to be grateful for in life.)

#3. Cog (Honda Accord)

This 2 minute ad follows a chain of colliding parts taken from a disassembled car, ultimately ending off with the final shot of the car (Honda Accord). From the “Cog” wiki page:

“Bardou-Jacquet (the director) wanted to compose the advertisement with as little computer-generated imagery as possible, believing that the final product would be that much more appealing to its audience. To this end, he set two months aside for the creation of hundreds of conceptual drawings detailing various possible interactions between the parts, and a further four months for practical testing and development.

For the testing phase, the script was broken into small segments, each comprising only one or two interactions. Ideas deemed unworkable by the testing crew, such as airbag explosions and collisions between front and rear sections of the car, were abandoned, and the remaining segments were slowly brought together until the full and final sequence was developed.

The final cut of Cog consists of two continuous sixty-second dolly shots taken from a technocrane, stitched together later in post-production. (The stitching appears during the moment when the muffler rolls through the floor.) Four days of filming were required to get these two shots, two days for each minute-long section. Filming sessions lasted seven hours and the work was exacting, as some parts needed to be positioned with an accuracy of a sixteenth of an inch.

Despite the detailed instructions derived from the testing period, small variations in ambient temperature, humidity and settling dust continually threw off the movement of the parts enough to end the sequence early. It took 90 minutes on the first day just to get the initial transmission bearing to roll correctly into the second. Between testing and filming, 606 takes were needed to capture the final cut.”

What’s most inspiring about this commercial is the precision, the intricate details, and massive level of planning and precise execution that must have gone into it to even make it possible. It’s always inspiring to see excellence at its best, and this is clearly a work that’s born of excellence. Launched in 2003, the ad went on to receive more awards than any commercial in history; so many that it was both the most-awarded commercial of 2004 and the 3third-most-awarded commercial of 2003. (Cog Awards)

It shows that with the right attitude, commitment, determination and persistence, even the most impossible of things can be done. It’s not about whether you think it can be done; it’s whether you want to do it or not. For the goals that you may claim as impossible or hard to achieve, perhaps the real question is to ask yourself whether you really want them or not.

#4. Excuses (feat. Warhawk Matt Scott, Nike)

Matt Scott is an American basketball player. He has spina bifida – a disorder that existed before birth and caused him to be wheelchair bound.

Despite that, it has not stopped him from achieving success and excellence in life. When he was 14, he was introduced to wheelchair basketball. At age of 18, he led his team in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s to 2 national championships in 2003, and was selected MVP of the season. While he was in university, he led his team to 3 national championships (2004, 2005, 2007). In 2007, he was on the gold medal winning US team at the 2007 Parapan American Games in Brazil – and he was just 21 years old then.

He has taken part in 2004 and 2008 Paralympics (Olympics for athletes with physical disabilities), and is set to be participating in the next 2012 Paralympics.

In the ad, Matt lists a whole bunch of excuses people use every day to explain why they’re not doing things they ought to be doing. Have you heard of the term “excusitis”? It’s a deadly disease where people make excuses for why they’re not living the life they want, rather than take action to create it. Ask them why they’ve not achieved a certain result? Their reply “Oh, because I’ve been busy” or “There’s a lot of things on my plate” or “I don’t really want it” or “There was something else that cropped up in the past few months” and so on and so forth. Endless reasons; endless excuses.

The only time when results happen is when you take ownership for your life and stop finding excuses. In life, either you can either be in the group of people that’s busy out there achieving results they want, or you can be in the group that’s constantly looking for reasons to explain why they’re not living the life they desire. Which group do you want to be in?

#5. Let Your Game Speak (feat. Michael Jordan, Nike)

I think this ad is open to different interpretations. For me, the message is to be the best you can be, hone your craft, supersede yourself every step of the way, and let the results of your work speak for itself. If there are critics, there’s no need to waste time to please them – these aren’t your audience. If there are naysayers, let them naysay whatever they want – you’re not here to get their affirmation.

I believe this is also why there’s no narration for the ad. Having clips of MJ’s best moments (or in this case enacted by child actors), is enough. Likewise, when you’re truly the best that you are, your work will naturally speak for itself too. Don’t bother or worry about defending, explaining or fending off critics – these are irrelevant in the long run. To do that would just be to take yourself away from doing well in your game.

#6. Maybe (feat. Michael Jordan, Nike)

I thought this ad is so simple yet so amazing. It conveys the classic problem of how people constantly try to explain away their ability to create success. This ability has been in there all along, yet they deny its presence, and instead point the finger at other things around them.

Are you actively pursuing and achieving your goals right now, to the max? If no, why not? What reasons are you giving for not doing so?

Believe it or not, we are our own limitations. It’s not our moms, our dads, our brothers/sisters, our partners, our friends, our colleagues, our bosses, our jobs, the governments, the societies, the economy, or anything like that. It’s us. It’s always just been us limiting ourselves all along – whether through conscious self-limitation, or allowing others to limit us (which still links back to us).

The sooner we realize that, the faster we’ll be able to create the life we want. The extent to which we can achieve what we want is directly linked to the degree of responsibility we take for our goals and life. The more responsibility we take, the more results we’ll start seeing from our goals.

#7. Training (Various artists, Nike)

(Ensemble cast of: Kobe Bryant, Cristiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Manny Pacquiao, and Xiang Liu)

Sometimes we look at people who are the best in their fields, and we think they have it easy. That perhaps they winged their way to success. Or they happen to be born with that gift or talent. Or they are lucky. Everything seems so effortless when we look at what they’re doing from the outside.

Guess what – the 10,000 hour rule applies. Every top person you see has invested his/her 10,000 hours, or even more, before he/she ever came to be where he/she is today. It’s easy to forget that because we see these people only after they rose to prominence, and not when they were honing their craft. And even for those who have already risen to prominence, they continue to put in their 10,000 hours all the time, day in, day out. We just don’t see them because this happens behind the scenes. But it’s happening no doubt.

So here’s the real deal – Have you invested your 10,000 hours? Are you ready to put in the due work required? Because if you are, that’s when the real action begins.

#8. Dare (Saga)

The ad depicts the moments in life when we experience fear. From performing in front of a panel, to going out in the sea, to being asked to pose nude in front of an art class, to presenting in a meeting, to seeing your partner with someone else.

Is there anything you’re fearing in your life now? Fear of attachment perhaps? Fear of loss? Fear of rejection? Fear of failure? Fear of opening up? Fear of public speaking? What do you do in the face of your fears? Do you shrink away? Or do you face it head on?

The amazing thing about fear is that when you face it head on – when you take the step to confront it, it disappears in your face. This is also why fear is commonly referred to in the self-help arena as False Evidence Appearing Real. Are you ready to start tearing away these false evidence in your life?

#9. Think Different (Apple)

I once knew a coach who made this comment: “We’ve got to be kidding ourselves if we think we think we can change the world. I don’t believe we can ever change the world.”

I don’t know what led her to say that, but I thought she was the one kidding herself. All of us have always had the power in us to change the world. There’s not even a reason to doubt that. This world is ours; our subconsciousness begets us with unlimited resources and power, and we’re all connected as one.

So the question is – what do you want to bring about to the world? What kind of change do you want to create? What revolution do you want to start? What ground-breaking, earth-shattering movement do you want to lead?

What is the impact you want to deliver to this world by the time you are done?

#10. Failure (feat. Michael Jordan, Nike)

Many people know Michael Jordan as the best basketball player of all time. In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with Chicago Bulls, and continued to do so in 1992 and 1993, securing a “three-peat”. In 1995, he rejoined Bulls (after retiring earlier to play baseball) and again led them to three additional championships (1996-1998) as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season.

Jordan’s individual accolades and accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average and highest career playoff scoring average.  In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press’s list of athletes of the century. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on April 6, 2009 and was inducted on September 11, 2009.

(From: Michael Jordan’s Wiki page)

Behind his massive list of achievements, is the experience of failure. This supposed “failure”, is what enabled Michael to grow and become as good as he is today. As what Michael said in the ad, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why, I succeed.

Success is built upon failure. Failure is how we gain experience. Failure is how we learn and grow. And it is by learning and growing, that we are eventually able to succeed.

If you’ve been living your life in fear of failure, then you should stop doing that, because keeping away from failure isn’t going to help you succeed – it’s precisely what’s keeping you from success. By being afraid to fail, you fail by default. The sooner you embrace failure, the sooner you can let loose, learn from your experiences, and start making real headway in your goals.

#11. Evolution (Dove, Unilever)

The Evolution ad was created by Dove (Unilever) in 2006 as part of their Campaign for Real Beauty. The ad features the transformation (via physical make-up and digital editing) of a normal, pretty looking woman, into what we’d recognize as the flawless beauty often promoted in magazines, billboards and TV.

Perhaps if the image of women is more realistically and responsibly portrayed in media, less women and girls around the world would feel inferior about who their looks, and embrace themselves. Pretty much everything you see in the world of beauty (cosmetics, skincare, fashion, etc) is the product of serious retouching and airbrushing – including famous celebrities. Unfortunately, those who are not in the industry do not have such insights, and those who are get wrapped up in the illusion of beauty and needing to portray a certain image, so they themselves are the victims too.

I don’t put makeup when I’m going to nearby places, and I put on light-normal make-up when I do. For the most part I prefer to keep things minimal (though it varies depending on situation/occasion). I’m not saying make-up is bad – it has been a great confidence booster for many women, and I love putting on makeup and making myself look better. However, it’s important not to get married to an image of how we should look, because looks are ultimately impermanent.

Our physical body is the shell we use to experience life today, and one day it’ll generate and cease to exist (when we die). Ultimately, the most important thing that makes up us is our consciousness, and it’s our self-development that makes up better people, and lets us live better lives. Focus on that and you won’t go wrong in life.

#12. Real Beauty (Dove, Unilever)

I’m not sure how guys feel about this ad, but as a girl, it really connects with me. The typification of beauty in mainstream media as someone who’s stick thin, is petite, has large eyes, a high nose bridge, airbrushed skin and angular features has created a lot of inferiority complexes in women. I remember when I was in my early teens, I really hated being taller than most girls. I also hated my baby fats, which made me look fat. When I had outbreaks, I’d feel traumatized because that meant looking ugly to the world.

True beauty comes in different forms, shapes and sizes. Besides realizing that beauty isn’t just that 1-type of look, it’s also about realizing beauty isn’t not just what’s on the outside, but what’s on the inside. Do you have a good heart? Do you have a compassionate soul? Are you someone who’ll help others when they’re in need? Are you always putting yourself before others or do you care about others? Do you have a passion toward growth and development of yourself? Do you want to better the world? These are what determine the goodness of your soul on the inside.

#13. You Can Shine (Pantene, Thailand)

A 4 minutes advertisement that tells a story. Given that I used to work in the company that manages Pantene (Procter & Gamble), I was personally surprised to see this ad since it’s not exactly the conventional ad that the company would commission. For one, there’s not exactly any “selling” in the ad; two, it’s 4 minutes long, way longer than a normal advert which is 15-30 seconds long.

That said, the advert tells of a beautiful story of perseverance and self-belief. It’s in Thai but has english subtitles, so you’d have no problem understanding. Have naysayers in your life? Are you short changing yourself because of what others say? Are you withholding who you are on the inside because you try to be someone you’re not? It’s time to start believing in who you are and what you can be. Let the real you emerge; this is what it means to live your life to the fullest.

#14. Impossible is Nothing (feat. Kaka, Adidas)

Kaká (Ricardo) is an international acclaimed footballer from Brazil. When he was 18, while he was playing in a waterpool with his younger brother, he hit his head – hard – on the bottom of the pool – which snapped his neck and fractured the sixth vertebra in his spine. This was an injury that many, including Kaka, feared would leave him paralyzed and unable to walk again, much less play football.

In the midst of these fears, he wrote down a list of 10 goals he wanted to achieve in life, which are the 10 goals you see in the ad. 2 months after the incident, he began to play football again. 1 year later, he played in the final of Rio-São Paulo Tournament and scored the equalizer goal and the winning goal, within a 5 minute time frame.

In 2002, Kaka was the youngest player included in the 2002 Brazilian World Cup squad. He only played 17 minutes in South Korea & Japan against Costa Rica during the group stage, enough for him to win the World Cup that year while barely being 20. (AC Milan Online, Kaká) In 2007, he won the European Footballer of the Year and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. And today, Kaka is one of the top performing and top earning players with Real Madrid.

These didn’t happen by chance. As you may have realized, Kaka has went on to achieve all the 10 goals he wrote, and even more. Because he took the step to reflect on what he really wanted in life, to write down his goals, and then took action on them.

What are your top 10 goals in life? What are you going to do, moving forward, to achieve them?

#15. Cancer (Lance Armstrong, Nike)

And finally, leaving the best for the last – the rare “Cancer” ad featuring Lance Armstrong. This ad features a clip of the 1996 press conference where Lance Armstrong announced he was diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer – at the tender of age of 25.

At that time, the cancer was at the third stage and had already spread to his abdomen, his brain and lungs. From Wikipedia:

“On that first visit to a urologist in Austin, Texas, for his cancer symptoms he was coughing up blood and had a large, painful testicular tumor. Immediate surgery and chemotherapy were required to save his life. Armstrong had an orchiectomy to remove his diseased testicle. After his surgery, his doctor stated that he had less than a 40% survival chance.”

As you can see from the press conference, held 6 days after his diagnosis, he swore that he would beat the disease. By Jan 1998, he was back into serious training; In 1999, he went on to win the Tour de France each year from 1999 to 2005, and is the only person to win seven times, having broken the previous record of five wins. He would then proceed to be named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for the years 2002–2005. He received ESPN’s ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006, and won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality Award in 2003.

Lance’s story, both as a cancer survivor, and as someone who proceeded to win Tour de France seven times, is an inspiration to all. He did this because he never gave up on himself. He never gave up on fighting the disease. And most importantly, he never gave up on life. If someone can amass such strength even in the darkest of times, that’s something for us to draw from when we face difficulties and challenges in our life.

Update Jan 20, 2013: As it would turn out, Lance Armstrong had used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career, making his seven-time Tour de France victory an elaborate lie. He has been stripped of his titles in 2012.

However, it does not negate the fact that this guy did indeed beat cancer and achieved some good (inspiring other cancer survivors, setting a foundation which has helped and will continue to help cancer survivors, etc.) even while living this hoax. What we can learn from his story is never to give up on life (based on his cancer survival) and not to negate what’s right and what’s integritous in our pursuit for victory.

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Ultimate Collection of Free High Quality PSD Mockups To Showcase Your Print Designs

Great presentation for your print design studies plays a vital role in the success of your over all project. It is a matter of presenting your ideas in an attractive and professional manner by which clients can clearly visualize the supposed final output. Seeing your design in a realistic scenario can dramatically help you and your client see all the necessary adjustments or modifications – if there are any – before heading into the final stages of production. Plus having a great mock up presentation can improve your works aesthetically.

Nowadays, mock-up design presentations became a necessity especially for designers working on various print and web design projects for their clients. A professional looking mock up presentation can really boost the value of your work and can aide you to showcase your projects in a visually pleasing way.

Today, we present to you an ultimate collection of some of the best free high quality PSD Mock for print designs gathered across the internet. These contents are absolutely free!  So go load up your ammo of freebies and templates!

 

FREE BUSINESS CARD MOCK UP


 

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Wooden Business Cards Mock Up Wooden-Business-Cards-MockUp

 

Letterpress Business Cards MockUp Letterpress-Business-Cards-MockUp

Colorful Business Card MockUp Colorful-Business-Card-MockUp

Business Card Mock Up Business-card-mockup1

Realistic Business Card Mock Up Realistic-Business-Card-MockUp

Business Card 3D Mock-Up (Psd) Bus-Card-Mockup-2

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Creative Business Card Vol 2 business-card-mockups-(143)

 6 Business Card Mock Up Vol – FREE PSD 71beb573d26cae523700541da244683c

Translucent Business Card Mock up Transparent-Business-Cards-600

 

FREE LOGO MOCK UP


 

Free Logo Mockup PSD free_logo_mockup__psd_by_yesimadesigner-d71e4fh

Painted Wood Logo MockUp Painted-Wood-Logo-Mock-Up-600

3D Wall Logo MockUp 3D-Wall-Logo-MockUp-600

3D Wall Logo MockUp 2 3D-Wall-Logo-MockUp-2-600

3D Wooden Logo MockUp 3D-Wooden-Logo-MockUp-600

Cutout Logo MockUp cutout-600

Leather Stamping Logo MockUp Embossed-Leather-Logo-MockUp-600

Close-Up Logo Mock-ups freebie-slide-1396351872-1

Silver Stamping Logo MockUp Silver-Stamping-Logo-MockUp-600

Gold Stamping Logo MockUp Glod-Hot-Foil-Logo-Mock-Up-600

I Love 3D Logo MockUp i-love-3d-600

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Letterpress Logo Mockup (PSD) letterpress-logomockup

Metallic Logo PSD MockUp Metallic-Logo-PSD-Mock-Up-600

 

Spot UV Logo MockUp Spot-UV-Logo-MockUp-big

Vintage Metal Emblem MockUp Vintage-Car-Emblem-Mock-Up-600

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FREE POSTER MOCK UP


 

Free Flyer / Poster Mock-up

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Poster Mockup Template (PSD) poster_mockup_preview_lrg

Poster Frame Mockups (Psd / Vector) Poster-Frame-Mockup-X

Poster Frame PSD MockUp Poster-Frame-PSD-MockUp-600

Poster Frame PSD MockUp Vol. 6 001_antique-vintage-old-retro-frame-picture-poster-presentation-mockup-vol-6-psd

Free Poster Mockup Studio

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FREE BROCHURES MOCK UP


 

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Free Tri Fold Brochure Design Mockup PSD Template Free-Tri-Fold-Brochure-Mockup-PSD-Template

Tri Fold Brochure MockUp
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Psd Catalog Mock-Up Template 001-catalog-psd-mock-up-template

 

FREE MAGAZINE MOCK UP


Magazine Mock-Up Magazine-Mockup

 

Magazine Mock-Up (PSD) Freebie magazine-mockup-screenshot

 

Photorealistic Magazine Mock Up Photorealistic-Magazine-MockUp-600

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Magazine Cover Mockup – Wooden Floor PSD cover_single_blank_wood

 

MAG001
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MAG005
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MAG007
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MAG009
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FREE PACKAGING MOCK UP


 

Bottle PSD

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CARTON009

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Free Wine Bottle Mockup
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Free Chocolate Packaging Mock Up PSD Template
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Free Coffee Cup Packaging PSD Mock Up
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Product Box Mockup .psd (Freebbbie!)
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Soda Can Mockup
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Vinyl Record PSD MockUp Vinyl-Record-PSD-600

Psd Paper Bag Mock-Up Template Vol2
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FREE SHIRT MOCK UP


 

T-Shirt Mockup using SmartObject .PSD

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T-Shirt Mockup
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T-Shirt Psd Collection by design deck
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Hoodie Template PSD
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Design By Humans Shirt Template
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Cool New Superman (Man of Steel 2013) Free T-shirt Designs (Ai, Eps, PSD) asdasdas

Jumper MockUp PSD
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FREE BRAND IDENTITY MOCK UP


Stationery MockUp – Wood Edition
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Corporate Identity Photoshop Mock-up (Psd) Corporate-Identity-Mockup-with-Logo-22

Free PSD Template: Presentation Folder Mockup preview_v2

Stationery Branding Mock Up Vol 3-2 001-stationery-branding-corporate-identity-simplified-dark-mock-up-vol-3-2
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Brand Identity Mock-up Template (Psd) Corporate-Identity-V21

Essentials Mockups Free Set Essentials-Mockups-600

Identity / Branding MockUp Vol.3 Identity-Branding-Mock-Up-600

Stationary Branding Mock Up (Volume I) mockUp01

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40+ Beautiful & Free Responsive WordPress Themes to Build Awesome Websites 2015

WordPress is indisputably the most preferred CMS platform on the web. Due to the popularity and development of WordPress CMS, themes that are specially made for sites powered by WordPress also gained considerable fame in the market. Users love WordPress themes because it is painless to set up and can be used to create a website like blog, personal, corporate and portfolio site. However, quality free WordPress themes are not easy to find that is why I decided to gather some of the finest free WordPress themes on hand. Most of these themes include astonishing features that will certainly blow your mind. So, here’s the list of the best free WordPress themes that you can use for your next project:

Zerif Lite

zerif lite - corporate theme

Zerif Lite is a clean and modern one page WordPress theme well suited for web agencies, digital studios, corporate, product showcase, personal and business portfolio. Zerif Lite is optimized to support many popular WordPress plugins such as WooCommerce for eCommerce and WPML plugin to create multilingual WordPress website. This theme is SEO friendly, optimized for all mobile devices and features a clean W3C validated markup.

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Sparkling

Sparkling - Free WordPress theme

Let your website sparkle with sophistication with Sparkling free WordPress theme. This modern and flat theme is designed based on the latest bootstrap technology. Sparkling looks amazing on any mobile devices due to its sharp design and fluid layout. This WordPress theme also includes heaps of great features that you can find in premium WordPress themes. It boasts its full-screen slider that allows you to lay greater emphasis on your splendid photos and other creative content. It supports powerful plugins such as Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms, SEO by Yoast, W3 Total Cache and many more. Sparkling is a blend of beauty and efficiency.

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Dazzling

Dazzling - Free Business WordPress theme

Dazzling is a stunning Free WordPress theme based on Bootstrap 3, which pride itself on its unrivaled responsiveness and mobile-friendliness. The theme comes with an optional full-screen featured slider, which is very serviceable in building striking business or creative websites. If you are fond of flat design with mint green accent colors, then you should really check this out! What’s more, Dazzling includes added optimization for several popular plugins WordPress SEO, Jetpack, Contact Form 7 and more.

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Travelify

Travelify - Free Travel theme

Travelify is a free theme that generously provide premium functionality and excellent support. It is a sleek, trendy and responsive WordPress travel theme that can to contend against first rate premium WordPress themes. This theme is bristled with pixel perfect design, incredible featured slider, custom page and blog templates and lots of other great features. It also includes countless theme options to alter different theme aspects. The best thing about this theme is that you can use it free of charge for your personal travel blog or company website.

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Unite

Unite - Free wedding theme

Unite is a clean and stylish free WordPress theme that comes with fully responsive flat design. It is created using the latest Bootstrap 3 and designed to provide a minimalist and user-friendly framework for your site. With Unite, you are able to customize some aspects of your theme such as footer, navigation menu and fonts with ease. This elegant theme is not only suitable for wedding websites/blogs but can also look wonderful on other creative sites that gives more focus on images.

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Constructzine Lite

Constructzine WordPress theme

Constructzine Lite is a beautiful and fully responsive WordPress theme well suited for corporate websites. This theme features pixel-perfect design that will look awesome on smartphones, tablets and desktop. Theme settings can be tweaked via simple yet powerful options panel. Constructzine Lit theme has social menu, footer and sidebar widget areas and clean blog template. Its is designed and developed to be used for business websites but it can be used for blogs, portfolio, hobby or any other websites.

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The SSMAG

ssmag portfolio theme

The SSMAG Theme is a grid based layout theme, it’s super easy to use just plug and play. This theme was made for content creators wanting to go viral. SSMAG as a big empathise on social sharing and the design layout is also optimize to keep readers exploring your site further.

Like most themes created in 2015, SSMAG is responsive so your site will look good on all devices. Not only that but you also get, custom widgets and optimize ad placement built in. This theme also comes with social menu icons to further promote your Twitter, Facebook profiles etc. The SSMAG theme support embedded video which you can use instead of a featured image on a post page.

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BookRev Lite

bookrev - book review theme

BookRev Lite is unique and well crafted WordPress theme designed for book reviews. It will allow you to review any book and allow users to leave their feedback about these books as well and your can monetize all your efforts through affiliate links and sell books from Amazon or other online book stores. With some tweaking and design changed you might as well review other affiliate products such as gadgets, online services or other digital products. BookRev Lite theme features simple yet powerful theme options to tweak this theme functionality without your own code. Theme is SEO friendly, allowing you to make most out of your book or other product reviews.

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Simple Theme

Simple - WordPress Theme

The Simple theme is an eye-grabbing business/corporate WordPress theme. Gracefully responsive and built on Bootstrap’s v3.x front-end framework, the Simple theme looks fantastic on the smallest mobile phone and the largest desktop monitor. A powerful theme options panel provides you with the ability to fully manage the look and feel of your website. Choose from over a hundred fonts that can be further refined using weight, color, and style options. The frontpage template provides the option to display a Parallax-style or static banner along with featured pages, page content, and a custom post layout. If you’re looking for a professional, modern WordPress theme, then the Simple theme is a must-see!

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Opulus Theme

Opulus WP Theme

The Opulus theme is a super versatile portfolio and business WordPress theme designed for creatives, small businesses, and professionals. Opulus is fully responsive and built on the Bootstrap front-end framework using valid HTML5. This responsiveness ensures that your website will look amazing on the smallest mobile device and the largest desktop monitor. Take advantage of the built-in portfolio to show off your work, and choose from six portfolio layout options. The powerful theme options panel will enable you to modify your website’s look and feel by choosing from more than 100 fonts and infinite color combinations.

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Esteem

esteem - minimal & flat corporate theme

Esteem is a simple and easy to use website template that you can use for your blogging, showcasing a portfolio or blogging. You can set this theme into boxed or wide layout. It offer users unlimited theme color options to help them change the look of their website and set their brand apart from the competition. This theme includes 2 custom templates: the first one is custom-built to display your content or products, while the other one is created as your contact page. Esteem supports custom logo and site title, to supplement the changes that you made in the color scheme of your theme. By taking advantage of its custom logo and title, you are able to attract the attention of your target audience and establish brand recognition.

Esteem theme has a completely customizable header image that lets you display contents or images that could boost user engagement in your website. Esteem supports WordPress custom background feature and custom CSS. It has a full screen slider right at the homepage of your website. This theme also offers 3 different blog options, 5 custom widgets and Contact Form 7 ready. This theme has implemented the breadcrumb trail, an alternative navigation scheme that arranges your website in a hierarchical manner. This theme is translation ready, perfect for individuals, agencies or businesses that are targeting local market. Lastly, they offer brilliant support to assist their users in building and managing their website.

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Ample

ample - fullscreen business theme

Ample is a free multipurpose theme developed to help you achieve an eye-catching and professional looking website. It is feature-rich and comes with tons of customization options that helps you build the site that you want. You can set this theme into boxed or wide layout. Personalize and make your website easier to remember by adding logo and header text to your website, with the themes incredible logo and header text options. This free theme offer users a primary color option, which you can use for changing the color scheme of the theme to suit your website design as well as online branding needs.

Ample theme comes with awesome slider that helps you present your website in an elegant way with slide effects and splendid transitions. It includes 4 custom widgets that are carefully designed to provide you a presentable business template. Ample has 2 custom menus, one on the primary header and the other on the footer. It also supports the WordPress custom background feature that you can take advantage of if you opt to use the boxed layout option. It comes with custom css to help you tweak the look and design of your website. This theme is translation ready, just create language files and use it in your own language. In case you encounter technical problems in the installation of your website, just leave your inquiries on their support forum.

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Accelerate

accelerate - minimal portfolio theme

Accelerate is an attractive and super flexible theme created to provide you a theme with premium look that you can use free of charge. This theme is crafted to make your content stand out and send a clear message to your target audience. It is suitable for portfolio, business, blog, personal, travel, corporate, business services or any other kinds of sites. It has a fluid and flexible layout that enables you to create a portfolio or corporate website, where you can showcase your previous works or display your products. It has a flat and straight forward design that blends perfectly with any types of content that you would like to publish in your website. Moreover, its fully responsive theme makes certain that your website runs smoothly on different type of mobile devices and retina ready to give your audience an optimal viewing experience.

Accelerate theme is designed to flaunt the strengths of your website and let your brand leave a good impression to your target audience. This theme comes with an extensive homepage slider where you can place eye-catching featured images that will certainly grab the attention of your visitors. This theme also support multiple post formats, which means you are able to display different types of content such as images, videos, quotes, links, audio, and short snippets called “asides” to your site. Manage the overall appearance of your portfolio using its theme options pages. Customize your theme by modifying the custom header image or setting the background image or color that represents your trade name. It also allows you to integrate a contact form to your website to help you build a network and help your prospective clients contact you directly.

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Inkness

Inkness photography theme

If you’re look for a stylish yet functional framework for your web design, Inkness could be the one for you. This exquisite free WordPress Theme is built with the most recent Twitter Bootstrap frontend framework and integrated with countless features. It is fully responsive and offers an adaptable layout design that let your site fit on any types of mobile devices. Its minimalist design gives more space for highlighting your content. The theme include handy features that offers great customization options such as responsive slider, 4 page layouts, immense theme options, tons of font options, terrific CSS transition effects and clean HTML5 design structure for better SEO. With a right choice of images and suitable theme customization, Inkness can serve as a wonderful theme for any kind of blog.

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Fullby

fullby - free template

Perhaps, Fullby theme seems familiar to you. Well, I guess that is because its creation was inspired by Twenty Fourteen. You’ll love the layout design of this fine theme even at first glance. Its framework was based on latest Bootstrap framework, fully responsive and features a grid style. This lightweight theme includes two customizable images. It also offer assorted column layouts and provides a good platform for your content. If you prefer to include your most recent post in the featured section, you can just check the “featured’ option in your post. This marvelous theme also incorporates gallery and video support that you can make use of in building a stunning website.

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Arcade Basic

Arcade - free full-screen theme

Arcade Basic is a lightweight yet fully responsive HTML5 WordPress theme. It features an extensive and high-flying header image that can instantly capture the interest of anyone who comes to your website. Its amazing theme customizer let you modify your page layout, header image, site width, etc. It also includes JetPack to your site that can be useful in impressing your site visitors with your eye-catching galleries on a tile view and jQuery carousel. Arcade Basic supports bbPress & BuddyPress plugin that could help you set up an interactive forum within your site. The theme’s framework is also built based on Bootstrap 3, SASS and Compass. Arcade Basic provides a wide range of font options to perk up the typeface readability.

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StanleyWP

StanleyWP - Free blog theme

Stanley is one of the most remarkable free WordPress theme brought to us by BlackTie. Stanley employs the best Twitter Bootstrap technology with minimal integration of color in its framework. Stanley proved free stuff isn’t always substandard and could provide first-class functionality. This meek free WordPress theme is overloaded with great built-in features such as user-friendly theme options panel, drag and drop homepage builder, three page templates, Font Awesome 4.0.3, fluid layout design and portfolio post types. This theme is specially designed to help you showcase you stunning success in a simple way.

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Romangie

romangie - blog theme

Romangie is a chic and minimalist free WordPress theme. Each aspect of this theme is retina-ready and built based on Bootstrap Framework to guarantee wonderful browsing experience, regardless of what device your website visitor prefers to use. Romangie choose modest and simple design to give more attention to your site’s speed and let your content take center-stage. It may look plain from the outside but it is actually teeming with incredible features such as Twitter embedding, categories, nice navigation menus, galleries, commenting and a calendar.

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Flat Theme

Flat Theme For Business

Flat Theme is deemed as the finest free WordPress theme built with twitter Bootstrap 3.0. Its highly developed theme option with shortcodes generator is beyond compare. This simple theme allows you to customize the logo and favicon to go well with your website’s brand. It provides several color and font customization features that could help you give your website a major revamp. It also comes with various theme options such as contact page settings, change admin logo, google analytics and so on.

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Lawyeria Lite

lawyeria - free WordPress lawyer theme

If you are looking for free WordPress lawyer theme then Lawyeria Lite is the best choice. It is designed specially for primate attorneys and law firms but it can be used for any consulting or regular business website. Developer have made this theme SEO friendly which means that it will help you get more visitors from search engines such as Google and Bing. Thanks to its clean code base this theme loads incredibly fast and that is going to help to improve user experience and what can be even more important? Lawyeria theme has everything to take your business to the next level, so the choice is yours if you want it or not.

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Metro Creative X

metrox - free blog theme

Metro Creative X is a beautiful and fully responsive metro style WordPress blog theme. This theme is based on Masonry grid which makes it fully responsive and optimized for all devices. This theme features a clean code base and valid HTML5 and CSS3. This theme doesn’t have many advanced functions but this also works as an advantage because it loads faster than many other themes on this theme collection. This is the right theme if you are looking for simple and SEO friendly blog theme.

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Ward

Ward - customizable theme

Ward is a lightweight and fully responsive WordPress theme created by Bavotasan.com. This theme would be an ideal framework for any types of blog, portfolio or business site. The theme is built with Twitter Bootstrap, which includes tons of great design elements. This unique theme offers heaps of font options that improve your website’s readability. It exhibits an exceptional layout and provides support for post formats. The entire framework of this theme is easy to modify, thanks to its built-in customizer. Lastly, Ward allows you to install a forum in your site since it supports both bbPress & BuddyPress.

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Customizr

Customizr - Free business wp theme

Customizr is a clean and responsive WordPress theme that offers tons of fantastic features that can be found on premium website template. This free theme makes building a unique and attractive website a child’s play. The theme has been designed to give fully functional theme options, so everyone could manage it with ease. Moreover, it built with clean HTML5 and CSS3 (from the Twitter Bootstrap) and cross-browser tested. Customizr is also translation ready and gives strong support for WooCommerce and bbPress. This fully responsive free website theme is perfect for creating portfolios, blogs, small businesses, landing pages and corporate sites.

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MERIS

Meris - free WordPress theme

Meris is a new free WordPress Theme suitable for any types of businesses. It is retina-ready and offers a responsive layout in order to fit with the recent trends in web design. This theme is built with Bootstrap 3 to function impeccably on different mobile device. It also provides a striking design, packed with useful widgets, full-screen sliders and portfolios to give your site an outstanding design. Meris is an ideal theme for travel, food, sports, portfolios and business websites.

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Virtue

Virtue - free multipurpose theme

The Virtue theme is overloaded with amazing customization options for your website. This simple yet well-designed theme is built with clean HTML5 and CSS3. It also adapts a responsive framework from Bootstrap to help your website become fully responsive and mobile friendly. It provides support for WooCommerce that is essential in building an online store. Virtue’s flexible framework goes well with any kind of businesses, online store and portfolio.

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Tracks

tracks portfolio WP theme

Tracks is a bold and beautiful free WordPress theme that comes with inimitable design. This theme uses panoramic featured images to convey a unique visual effect to website visitors. The homepage presents recent posts and a brief description for each full-size and bold images alternating down the page. If you are searching for a simple and easy to customize theme, Tracks is the one for you. It offers great built-in customization options that help you create a website in a flash. You can upload a logo image, set the navigation menu, insert site title and tagline and opt for a static front page. Tracks is 100% responsive.

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Make

Make - free business theme

Make is a responsive and retina-ready theme fit for building corporate, agency, nonprofit, freelancer or general business website. This theme is built with Bootstrap technology and well coded. It’s easy to build and customize, you can modify layout, styling, colors directly from the website’s backend. Make also comes with powerful Shortcode Generator that provides a convenient interface for creating pages. The theme includes lots of customization options that help you to easily modify the background, layouts, fonts, colors, and logo of your site. Moreover, Make incorporates a functional page builder. This versatile free WordPress theme also supports cool plugins such as Woo Commerce, Gravity Forms and Jetpack.

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Responsive

responsive - most popular free theme

Responsive theme is offers an intuitive foundation with a smooth grid system that spontaneously adjust the framework of your website to any mobile devices to give you an excellent user experience. This theme includes 9 Page Templates, 11 Widget Areas, 6 Template Layouts and 4 Menu Positions that you can use in organizing the main structure of your theme. It also provides simple yet fantastic theme options for full CMS control with easy logo upload, social media integration, incredible webmaster tools and many more. Responsive is also WooCommerce to help to establish your own online shop without much effort. Other great features of this amazing theme include Multilingual Ready (WPML), RTL-Language Support, Retina-Ready, Search Engine Friendly, W3C Markup Validated and currently translated into 45 languages. Responsive is by far the most popular free WordPress themes with over 1 million downloads and counting.

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Spacious

Spacious - free WP template

Spacious WordPress Theme is a versatile template that can be used for blog, portfolio or business website. It offers vast customization options given its multiple page layouts that provide utmost flexibility as well as six different page templates, and 13 widget areas. It also includes five custom widgets suitable for creating business-oriented sites. Its features such as slider, a boxed and a wide layout, a light and a dark color skin, and a color scheme option that you can use in designing a decent website for your business or portfolio. To finish, the theme is designed proficiently to run with precision on different mobile devices.

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Vantage

Vantage - free app showcase theme

Use Vantage theme to your advantage! By far, Vantage is the most innovative free theme that you can exploit for different purposes. This modern theme is overloaded with nice features that can also be found on premium WordPress themes. It has a page builder integration that makes building a professional website a piece of cake. Vantage also features a MetaSlider, an incredible free slider plugin that lets you effortlessly manage and tidy up your sliders. You should make best use of this feature to show your visitors what you’ve got. Last but not least, Vantage supports WooCommerce that can be serviceable to you in building an online store within your website.

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Semicolon

Semicolon - free magazine theme

Semicolon is a super clean and fabulously designed magazine-type WordPress theme. This is one of the most sophisticated and organized magazine theme that you can use for free. Semicolon is on the Underscores starter theme and features a responsive design. With its exceptional grid layout, legible typography, social profiles menu and widget areas, this theme manages to stands out from the crowd in an elegant way. You can customize the theme by adding your preferred background image or changing the background color using WordPress customizer. Semicolon also supports two menus: a primary navigation menu and a social menu that utilizes the Genericons vector icon webfont.

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Hueman

Hueman - Free Magazine theme

Hueman is a responsive WordPress magazine theme that comes with oodles of modern features. It’s a rare chance to find a proficiently designed, super flexible and user-friendly theme that you can use at no cost. Its vast styling options and adjustable layout settings allow users to incorporate personal touch to their website. Moreover, Hueman is designed to adapt on any screen sizes. This trendy magazine theme also supports 10 post formats, has unlimited widget areas, built-in social buttons and a lot more!

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Interface

Interface - free business theme

If you want to build a simple business site and you want to incorporate the flat-style mint green design trend, then choose Interface WordPress theme. This theme comes with a responsive layout and retina-ready. It is also compatible with both BuddyPress and bbPress, so you can set up a forum to your site with no trouble. With its built-in theme option, you can easily change the appearance of your website to suit your business needs. This theme also includes many different building blocks for customizing your business site such as homepage Featured slider, various layout options, diverse page templates and many more. It also supports popular plugins like Breadcrumb NavXT, WP-PageNavi and Contact Form 7. Without a doubt, Interface is the ultimate free WordPress theme for your business website!

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Radiate

radiate - free parallax theme

Radiate is a clean, creative blogging free responsive WordPress theme. This theme supports a fancy parallax header image. It integrates primary color option in the theme customizer page that allows you to manage all links and icons in your site. Let your creativity and ingenuity radiate by flaunting amazing photographs in your WordPress Gallery. Change the overall design of your theme with ease using custom CSS. Other features include: custom background, front page featured section, widget area etc.

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Adventurous

Adventurous - portfolio theme

Adventurous is an eye-catching free WordPress theme brought to us by Catch Themes. It offers a flexible framework that can be used for corporate, photography and blog sites. This theme features a minimal and clean layout design to give more focus on your content. Adventurous is built with HTML5, CSS3 and is very easy to use. This versatile theme is packed with fantastic features and options to help you create an outstanding online presence with this theme. It also includes a powerful theme options that makes theme customization so easy. Adventurous comes with other incredible features such as post slider, custom widgets, page templates, dropdown menu, shortcodes, custom CSS, localized for translations, etc.

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Nictitate

Nictitate - Free Business theme

Nictitate is an elegant business WordPress theme that you can download for free. Its flexible and responsive layout is perfect for building portfolios and corporate sites. The theme is built based on KOPATHEME layout manager, which allows you select layout of any pages within your site easily. This feature is very helpful in creating an effective visual hierarchy in your site. You can also define unlimited sidebar for widget areas. With its powerful custom widgets, Nictitate gives you greater flexibility and accessibility to the main framework of your site. With Nictitate, you do not have to give up sophistication only to save money.

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Minamaze

Minamaze - App Showcase theme

Take advantage of the free version of Minamaze multi-purpose professional WordPress theme. This theme offers a great template for business or general blog site. The theme is built with responsive layout and HD retina-ready to adapt and function marvelously on different mobile devices. The theme also includes a dynamic theme options panel that allows you to do tremendous changes within your theme without composing a single line of code. You can use built-in homepage layout to add a logo to your site and build a fine-looking homepage. The theme also comes with a full width easy to use slider that you can utilize in promoting your work or product.

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EvoLve

evolve - multipurpose theme

EvoLve is an excellent and flexible One Page WordPress Theme. It is a free theme packed with incredible features that you can use in building an outstanding website. It is fully responsive and runs faultlessly on different modern devices. This theme gives you an option to employ single or grid homepage layout to your website. It was built using Bootstrap with latest HTML5 and CSS3 standards. Google fonts, Parallax slider and theme panel options are just some of the more important features that you can utilize in building a unique website that truly stands out.

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Mystile

Mystile - WooCommerce theme

Mystile is a free eCommerce WordPress theme professionally designed by WooThemes. This clean and flexible WooCommerce theme is designed as a canvas which you can use as-is. You can also this theme to create a unique website design that matches your products or brand. It also provides an amazing support for WooCommerce plugin. It also works smoothly in all browsers and devices, thanks to its responsive layout. Moreover, Mystile is bundled with great features such as custom homepage, several color schemes, custom page templates, threaded comments and custom widgets.

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Artificer

Artificer - free WordPress thtme

Artificer is a free responsive eCommerce WordPress theme tailor made for people selling arts & crafts. Its agnostic design and responsive layout makes it a perfect platform to showcase your hand made products. It was designed to work properly any device and adjust fittingly to any screen size. It is packed with features serviceable to an online store. Moreover, Artificer supports WooCommerce plugin could help you set up an online shop in an instant! This responsive WordPress theme is best suitable for any online product store, online shop or any eCommerce website.

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Serene

Serene WP blog theme

Serene is a simple yet stylish free WordPress theme created by Elegant Themes. Serene is designed for sophistication. It features a very clean and straightforward navigation and rounded social icons. Serene supports unlimited color options that you can mix and match to get the best look that you want for your website. The best part of this responsive theme is its extensive post format support. With Serene, you can effortlessly show off a dynamic feed of articles, videos, audio files, quotes, galleries and links in the most elegant way possible. Other amazing features include WordPress 3.6+ compatibility, a widgetized footer, comment support and more.

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MH Magazine lite

Mh - Free Magazine Theme

MH Magazine lite is an elegant free WordPress theme from MH Themes. This theme is perfect for magazines, portals and online news websites. If you want to make sure that your content gets a significant attention from your site visitors, then this is a theme that you will like for sure. This free theme offers great features such as FlexSlider 2 with touch swipe functionality, dynamic theme options, custom menus, 12 widget areas, built in author box to feature your authors, 404 page, supports featured images and much more. Furthermore, this theme is optimized for speed and major search engines like Google.

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Flat

Flat Blog Theme

Flat is a free WordPress theme that exudes a charm and sophistication. Its minimalist design makes your website look attractive and accentuates your content. It includes Bootstrap 3, HTML5 and LESS that makes the site more responsive and more impressive. It boasts its flat design and other astounding features such as responsive layout, retina ready, an off canvas sidebar, custom background and sidebar color, customizable logo, favicon sidebar and background. If you want to give greater focus on your content without spending a single dollar, Flat is the best choice for you.

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Hemingway

Hemingway - Free personal blog theme

Hemingway displays a very neat and responsive two-column theme for bloggers. With its beautiful colors, legible typography and prominent images you are able to create a unique blog or website. This clean theme is crammed with cool features like responsive design, retina-ready assets, full-width header image with parallax scrolling effect, custom accent color, custom logo upload, custom widgets (video, Flickr and Dribbble), page templates and translation-ready code. Hemingway also provides an excellent post format support.

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How to get multiple streams of income through Affiliate Marketing

An image of many Coins on newspaper

An image of many Coins on newspaper
An image of many Coins on newspaper

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Making Passive Income

They say you cannot get rich on the internet but some have become super rich and have made millions, they say you cannot make money yet some people make a living on line.Some say only peanuts and nothing else, i say knowledge innovation and dedication can earn you income. The income maybe residual, but consider earning about $150 in ten affiliate programs, simple addition comes to $1500 dollars a month. Affiliate payouts maybe small but combined can earn a steady income.

Many -streams of income

What do i mean by many streams of income it simply means making money from different sources at the same time. Many streams maybe penny based but they add up in the long run. Several top companies have carefully created affiliate programs to help webmasters and websites earn money. Some of the top websites are Yahoo.com the web/content/product marketing website another is Google.com the search engine giants others are Amazon.com, the number one book publishers and sellers and eBay best auction/bid website.These website run affiliate programs that help website owners monetize their websites.

Who is an affiliate

An affiliate is a link between an organization group or individual between another larger company for business purposes. The larger company as a rule takes care of the shipping payment receiving and paying affiliate members and also prepares the sales report. They support their affiliates through tutorials and customer/affiliate care services.They are fully interested and commuted in the success of an affiliate.

making money through Google Affiliate program

Google AdSense

Google affiliate program has the Google AdSense program. The company Google Inc is an internet based service/product provider and top search engine founded by Sergey Brian and Larry Page and the companion in 2012 earned a top revenue of $12.76 BILLION. They have several subsidiaries like you tube, Motorola mobility, double click and many more.

The Google Ad Sense is an easy revenue sharing program that helps websites monetize. Webmasters get paid through target advertisement that are displayed on the affiliates website customized to enhance and match the host websites outlook.. They also have the facility to track traffic which is the most important resource for a website.

The Google Ad Sense affiliate program is free like amazons associate and eBay affiliate programs.All the work is done by your huge companies. For a website to be consider it most have good content should devoid of obscenity and hate content. The traffic generated allows Google access the websites rating and type of advertisement placed on the websites, the more the traffic the better the chances of making good returns on your affiliate program.

Webmasters should use search engine optimized words to allow Google crawlers locate there websites more readily, combined with good content helps Google AdSense advertisements place user friendly competitive advertisements on your website.Website owners can also deploy the use of text to encourage visitors use the affiliate links.

Types of AdSense programs

Google For content

Google AdSense is not only about advertisements but has to do with the methodology web owners and visitors use to reach Google advertisements. Google AdSense for content are advertisement that has good content as a bedrock.,they can be text streaming videos and other media types. The user is given a choice to use either the multimedia or simple text or both.

AdSense for feeds

The AdSense for feeds target websites that have over 150 sign up user, they should be active subscribers before the website owner can sign up for this affiliate program. If the website owner has multiple sites Google places the advertisements on each site according to its content. Your earning are then channeled to one single account. The feeds work through insertion of images on feeds.

Google AdSense for search allows website owners place Google search capsules on their sites, when a user uses the link and buys a product or clicks on an advert the webmaster gets paid.

AdSense payouts

Google Ad Sense works on pay per click on the Ad Sense search platform they can pay up to 51 percent, The payment method although shrouded in secrecy could be 20 cents per click and for 1000 searches $2 to $10.

Being an eBay affiliate

On your website eBay provides a link and any time a user clicks on he link and becomes an active user the webmaster gets paid, if the user places a bid on an item in the eBay store the affiliate gets paid, if an item is purchased by the user the affiliate earns between $0.05 to$4

how it works

eBay affiliates earn through lead generation payment methods. The sales pay out per bid is $0.05, if a visitor goes through your link and places a bid and becomes an active user you get paid, if other register through your link you get paid. Multiple website owners are moderated through commission junction where your status and account can be viewed.

Payment method

Any account that has a cumulative sum of $23 get paid monthly and any earning above$550 are liable to USA tax.

Amazon associates

Amazon was founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos with their cooperate head quarters in Seattle Washington the company has ii their stable products such as Amazon kindle, Amazon stores jungle.com endless.com and many other products. The company is worth $32.535 billion and is one of the topmost retailers on line with Amazon stores in India, Brazil, Spain, Germany UK and Italy. All Amazon associates before getting an affiliate contract must first have a good content website or blog where the affiliate link is placed.

Amazon is also the number one book sellers , there associates are provided links that include image of product,short text, price and location. If a user/visitor uses the link on your website and buys the item you get paid. In order to sign on as an associate you need to open an amazon account then sign up as an associate. The 3 step process covers your name, address, age sex, type of website a valid phone number and confirmation and finish. they will then issue you an Identification. They pay their associates a flat rate of $10 for kindle and $4 on other purchases.

The topmost payment methods on these programs vary some use PayPal, master card, direct deposit or checks. By signing up with these top websites and becoming affiliates or associates you can monetize your website and earn many streams of income.

Some more top affiliate websites

As stated earlier affiliate marketing helps you monetize your website or blog. It can be very lucrative if applied well. Affiliates are offered merchants products through links or advertisements on the affiliates website when ever a visitor clicks on a link and buys a product the affiliate gets paid. The website owner has the choice of product he wants displayed on their site.

LinkShare.com

The website has one of the largest networks, with about 12 million affiliate partners and a very good affiliate network, high customer service and support. The website offers to its subscribers well over 2600 affiliate programs you can choose from where every aspect is properly managed for greater returns and profitability. Getting on the affiliate platform is easy and stress free.

PeerFly.com

This website has a high ranking and is very popular with affiliate seekers, they offer an excellent platform good customer relations have a good PPA network, have priority software and over 1200 merchant programs.

ClickBank

ClickBank is one of the top affiliate networks available on line, they sell digital products, eBooks and Digital software. They have a very large number of products ranging in the thousands that you can select fro their library.

To become an affiliate is free and the offer excellent assistance/ customer service. The affiliate has the added advantage of choosing the product that best complements your websites look and feel. Click Bank has one of the highest pay outs for its affiliates, they pay 75 percent commission any time someone uses your link and buys a product. The high commission also allows joint venture partnership between other affiliates where their commission is shared between partners.The joint partners can promote the same product or other products.

Other benefits of the website is increased sales through product promotion and traffic.

pay out.

The website pays on time either through checks or direct deposit. Their tracking system makes sure purchases are well documented and remuneration is promptly paid usually within 1 week or 1 month. If someone buys a product with 60 days of using your link you still get paid. Another website you can search for is Clix Galore, webmasters and blogs if they need to make money on their site they should seriously consider affiliate marketing as a good source of income.

A wallet full of bank notes

A wallet full of bank notes
A wallet full of bank notes

Something about passive income

To build up pathways you need to create real time income streams through hard work research and by not falling for any get rich story, there are many affiliate programs out their like click bank, Fiverr, Amazon associate, Google Adsense, writing for contributory websites like Hubpages, Squidoo, yahoo voices. You can sell used books, old and new items on eBay, write an ebook/book, do online outsourcing, secretarial work, transcription work and many more the list endless. You are only  limited by your ability, skill, knowledge and determination. If you are good with computers you can become a consultant, get paid building website on request, build your own blog and monetize, passive income requires time, a positive attitude and the little money digits will come and eventually add up.

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Top 10 Affiliate Networks & Programs For Affiliate Marketing

I didn’t have any plan to write this post. In fact for the past few days I was working on the topic “Learn Exactly How To Make Money Online With Affiliate Marketing” but when I began writing, I realized that it would contain a hell lot of words. So I decided to split up the post and published an introduction to affiliate marketing at first.

And, now you know what is affiliate marketing and how does it work. Right? Okay. So let me introduce you some of the Best Affiliate Networks and Top Affiliate Programs so that you can join them straight away.

List Of Top 10 Best Affiliate Networks & Affiliate Programs

There are tons of Affiliate Networks on the Internet but I am going to feature only the best among them. They offers the best affiliate marketing programs for beginners and have the top paying affiliate programs.

1. Google AdSense

Google AdSense

Google AdSense is a free program that empowers online publishers to earn revenue by displaying relevant ads on a wide variety of online content, including: Site search results, Websites and Mobile webpages and apps.

Alexa Rank: #1

Minimum Payment Amount: $100

Payment Method(s): Check, Direct Deposit, Western Union

Programs Offered: Pay Per Click

Referral Program: No

2. Commission Junction

Commission Junction

Commission Junction (CJ), a ValueClick company, is a leading provider of performance-based marketing solutions. CJ facilitates and supports equitable, lucrative relationships between advertisers and publishers.

Alexa Rank: #303

Minimum Payment Amount: $100 (Check); $50 (Direct Deposit)

Payment Method(s): Check, Direct Deposit

Programs Offered: Pay Per Click, Pay Per Lead, Pay Per Sale

Referral Program: No

3. ClickBank

ClickBank

Founded in 1998, ClickBank is a secure online retail outlet for more than 50,000 digital products and 100,000 active affiliate marketers. It is the most effective and most profitable way to sell information over the Internet. Find tens of thousands of digital products to promote online.

Alexa Rank: #260

Minimum Payment Amount: $10

Payment Method(s): Check

Programs Offered: Pay Per Sale

Referral Program: No; But you can refer vendors (advertisers) and earn 20% of the $49.95 activation charge. Additionally, you earn 5% of ClickBank’s typical markup of each sale that your recruited vendor makes for one year.

4. Google Affiliate Network

Google Affiliate Network

Google Affiliate Network is a free program that makes it easy for website publishers to connect with quality advertisers and get rewarded for driving conversions. To participate in Google Affiliate Network, you must have a valid Google AdSense account. Google Affiliate Network distributes payments via Google AdSense.

Alexa Rank: #1

Minimum Payment Amount: $100

Payment Method(s): Check, Direct Deposit, Western Union

Programs Offered: Pay Per Click, Pay Per Lead, Pay Per Sale

Referral Program: No

5. Amazon Associates

Amazon Associates

Amazon.com Associates is one of the most popular and successful affiliate program on the Internet. You earn advertising fees from all qualifying purchases, not just the products you advertised.

Alexa Rank: #11

Minimum Payment Amount: $100 (Check); $10 (Amazon Gift Certificate, Direct Deposit)

Payment Method(s): Check, Amazon.com Gift Certificate, Direct Deposit

Programs Offered: Pay Per Sale

Referral Program: No

6. LinkShare

LinkShare

LinkShare is a leading provider of full-service online marketing solutions specializing in the areas of Affiliate Marketing, Search Marketing, and Lead Generation. As the online marketing industry continues to evolve at a fast pace, advertisers,  publishers and agencies are turning to LinkShare for technology innovation, superior service and most importantly – RESULTS!

Alexa Rank: #603

Minimum Payment Amount: $1

Payment Method(s): Check, Direct Deposit

Programs Offered: Pay Per Lead, Pay Per Sale

Referral Program: Earn $1.50 when you refer new affiliates to LinkShare.

7. ShareASale

ShareASale

There are currently over 2,500 Merchants plugged in to the ShareASale Network. Each of these merchants has a different type of product that they are selling – and each is ready to commission you on that sale if you bring a customer to them.

Alexa Rank: #598

Minimum Payment Amount: $50

Payment Method(s): Check, Direct Deposit

Programs Offered: Pay Per Click, Pay Per Lead, Pay Per Sale

Referral Program: Earn $1 when you refer new affiliates to ShareASale and earn 5% of their future earnings.

8. Neverblue

Neverblue

Neverblue is a performance-based online marketing company that specializes in lead generation and client acquisition. Through the powerful medium of Internet, Neverblue successfully matches advertising clients with solid business leads, registrations and sales.

Alexa Rank: #4,827

Minimum Payment Amount: $25

Payment Method(s): Check, Direct Deposit, PayPal

Programs Offered: Pay Per Lead, Pay Per Sale

Referral Program: Earn 5% of referral’s revenue for the first 6 months.

9. PepperJam

PepperJam

PepperJam, a GSI Media company, is an industry leader in online performance marketing and technology. PepperJam operates a next generation performance marketing network, which provides innovative tools and analytics to optimize the complex performance marketing channel.

Alexa Rank: #33,414

Minimum Payment Amount: $25

Payment Method(s): Check, Direct Deposit, PayPal

Programs Offered: Pay Per Lead, Pay Per Sale

10. LinkConnector

LinkConnector

LinkConnector is an affiliate marketing network helping merchants and affiliates increase online sales and revenue. LinkConnector has introduced exclusive technologies to the market that give our merchants and affiliates a strong advantage.

Alexa Rank: #8,492

Minimum Payment Amount: $100

Payment Method(s): Check, Direct Deposit, PayPal

Programs Offered: Pay Per Click, Pay Per Lead, Pay Per Sale

Referral Program: Earn $2 for referring new affiliates and earn $100 for referring new advertisers to LinkConnector.

BONUS: Automated Affiliate Marketing

With just one sign up get instant access to thousands of advertiser’s affiliate programs. Get paid automatically for links from your site to advertiser websites.

11. VigLink

VigLink

VigLink looks to make it easier to use affiliate programs on your blog or website. Your links can be doing more. Unlock the power of your site’s links through affiliate marketing and earn extra money from your site automatically, transparently and honestly.

Alexa Rank: #5,332

Minimum Payment Amount: No Minimum

Payment Method(s): PayPal

Programs Offered: Pay Per Click, Pay Per Lead, Pay Per Sale

Referral Program: Refer your friends to VigLink – they will give you 30% of their earnings for 1 year!

12. Skimlinks

Skimlinks

With Skimlinks, you can finally tap into the revenue stream you’ve been missing out on. Your community is posting links to merchants and mentioning products they use – previously you couldn’t easily convert these into affiliate links. The Skimlinks technology takes care of this automatically, converting product links and references into affiliate links; and, no matter what your niche, we’ve got the merchants to keep you covered: over 17,000 of them, aggregated through our service.

Alexa Rank: #8,434

Minimum Payment Amount: $10

Payment Method(s): Check, Direct Deposit, PayPal

Programs Offered: Pay Per Click, Pay Per Lead, Pay Per Sale

Referral Program: Refer your friends to Skimlinks – they will give you 12% of their earnings for 1 year!

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