Changing File Sizes Using FastStone Image Viewer

  When writing or blogging, there are few things that will take up space faster than images, yet images make the article or blog more enjoyable for the reader. Many of the public domain images are also quite large in file size. Those taken with your own camera are usually even more so. Large file sizes don’t just take up a lot of space, they make pages load slower. Image editors like FastStone Image Viewer make it easy to correct this. This is a freeĀ imageĀ editor available at cnet. Image size, file size and resolution The image size refers to how tall and wide a graphic is. The bigger these dimensions are, the larger the file size usually is and the problem is in keeping the file size small. Obviously, an image that is 2 MB in size takes up substantially more space than one that is only 50 kb in size. The image size is only one thing that leads to large file sizes, though. The other major player is the resolution of the image, usually given in dpi or dots per square inch. The idea is that the more dots there are per inch, the clearer the picture will be. For this reason, most cameras, even those on cell phones and tablets, usually display and save images at 300 dpi, 600 dpi or larger. Here is the thing, though; computer monitors only display at either 72 dpi or 96 dpi. This means that an image that is 600 dpi Continue Reading →


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Where is the Super Socializer Button?

There can be some confusion about turning on the sharing buttons for social media. This is now part of the blog dashboards on Blog Job and it is called Super Socializer. A big part of the confusion is caused by the fact that not all themes support Super Socializer. If you are using a theme that doesn’t support it, the option for enabling Super Socializer won’t be there on the left. You can, of course, do it the other way; copy and paste the link into your social media account, but that is a few extra steps and it is rather clunky. How do you know if your theme supports Super Socializer? Actually, this is very easy. If you go to the dashboard for your blog and look over on the left hand side, you should see Super Socializer toward the bottom of the list. It looks like this: As already mentioned, if the theme doesn’t support it, the selection for Super Socializer won’t be listed. You can then select to use a different theme or to do it the copy and paste way. If you choose to use a different theme so you have the sharing buttons visible, it is really easy to enable Super Socializer.   Click on the Super Socializer on the left, then click Social Sharing. At the top of the window, it should say Master Control and right below that, it says Enable Social Sharing. Put a check in that box, then scroll down and Continue Reading →


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Setting Up a Gravatar on Blogs and a BlogJob Profile Picture

When someone comments on one of your blogs and doesn’t have an avatar, it can look a little strange, since there won’t be a picture to display next to the comment. This isn’t so much confusing as it is unappealing to people who read the comments on the blog. BlogJob and WordPress makes it simple to add an image that will automatically appear if a commenter doesn’t have an avatar. This is called a Globally Recognizable Avatar, or Gravatar. Blog Gravatar To set one up in your blog, go to the blog dashboard. On the left side, click on “Settings”. Scroll down on the Settings screen to the Default Avatar section. Put a mark next to the avatar you want to use, then click the Save Changes button. If a person comments on your blog and doesn’t have an avatar, the one you selected should appear. Profile picture So what do you do when you join and don’t have an avatar or picture for the comments you make on the forums or on the blogs of other members? Or perhaps you want to change the one you have. You can set one up easily. First, you need a picture on your system that you can use. To look professional and to increase SEO, the picture should be a face shot, however the important thing is to have an image. Once the picture is on your system where you can find it, such as on the computer desktop, go to the Continue Reading →


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Scheduling a BlogJob Article for Later Posting

There are any number of reasons a person might want to have an article post later rather than immediately. For instance, if you have already met your daily total points, but have an idea for a really great article, you can write it and schedule it to be posted later, so you can get credit for the points. You might also know in advance that you are going to be gone for a few days and want to keep your blogs active. Scheduling articles to be published while you are gone is one way to do that. BlogJob and Word press make it quite simple to schedule articles for later posting. In fact, it is so simple that many people who use WordPress might overlook it. To begin with, you will want to write the article as you normally would. Make sure that it is complete and ready to be published. This means that you should add appropriate images, you should embed two or three links in the body of the article, you should have tags that relate directly to the article, you should have the category selected and you should do your proofreading. All of this is for good SEO. You could edit the article later, but it is best if you have the article properly written and ready to be published. This is what you should normally do with all articles, of course, and it is what happens next that is important for the scheduling. In the dashboard Continue Reading →


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