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So you've got your blog all set up, and you're ready to take it to the next level, but your traffic sucks. That's okay, we've all been there! Before you can start making the big bucks, you've gotta get the traffic. One way that I've increased my traffic is by doing collage posts. I gather my blog friends up, ask them for their links, and permission to use their photos. Once they give me their permission, I use their photos in a collage and then I link up to other blogs as well. I make all of my collages using PicMonkey.
Check out all of my PicMonkey tutorials while you're here!
You can see a few examples of these posts here:
The key to a great post like those above? A great collage!
How to Make a Collage for FREE Using PicMonkey
Head over to PicMonkey and select “create a collage”. On the left hand side, you will see some buttons. You need to “open photos” and select the photos you want to add to your collage. You can select multiple photos at once by holding down CTRL.
Next, choose your layout. There are plenty available, and each one is customizable so even if you don't find the perfect one, you can most likely make it perfect.
Drag your photos, or use “Auto Fill” to have them randomly placed in the open boxes. I love this layout, but I don't have two extra photos. So, I have to make some changes. Hit the “x” on the boxes to make them disappear.
Play around with it a bit, situate the photos, and if you mess up you can just choose a new layout and start over. Always remember, you want to have a little space for text in your collage so you can tell people what it's about (and why they should click on it to visit your blog).
You can add patterns to your entire collage, or to any of the empty boxes, by clicking on the image that looks like a scrapbooking tag. Click on the paint palette to change the background color. I went for green!
Save your collage, then type in picmonkey.com in the address bar again to go to their home page. Choose “Edit Photo”.
Play around with the font and color choices until you create something you love! Try to limit the amount of text you add to the photo. You are wanting the images to speak for themselves, for the most part.
The default size for collages is 1200×1200. That is way too big, so I resize mine to 600×600. If you are using this collage for a blog, you want to resize to the width that your blog content area is (or a little less). Don't make it too small. If you are using these to print, keep it at 1200×1200.
PicMonkey is not just for bloggers. You can create so many things, it'd be impossible to go through it all! However, I'm going to show you how to make some fun things over the next few weeks. EDIT: FINISHED! Check out all of my PicMonkey tutorials HERE