Pimp Your Blog part 2... 10 free header images, marketing week in review

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 Hi everyone... again this past week there was a lot of talk, activity and still some confusion about using the new customized blog feature by Brad Carroll so to try and simplify things for anyone who needs help, I've designed some graphics that you can use as a starting point on your blog headers and... some ideas on how to use them.

 

First, let's take a look at the Active Rain Blog Header

 I realize that some of this might seem overly simplified but just so we're all on the same page, here is a diagram to illustrate a few basic points.

 The blog header is the rectangular area at the top of your Active Rain blog. It measures 950 pixels W X 115 pixels H. A pixel is basically a dot or a point on your computer screen. The most common screen resolution right now is 1024 pixels across X 768 high.

 

this is an illustration of the Active Rain header area

garaughty, The Blog Artist 

 

 When "pimping" (designing) your blog header, you should keep a few things in mind...

- the AR logo & "members online" info takes up most of the area from 700 - 950 pixels (right side)

- try to avoid putting your own image or text in that section

 

 If you use an image that stretches the full length of 950 pixels, make sure it's neutral in color so it doesn't conflict with the AR logo, otherwise it will just look like a mess. Here is a close up photo of my Pimp Your Blog logo as an example that leaves space for the AR logo/text...

 

garaughty, The Blog Artist

 

 If you look at the right side of this header, even tho I used a full length image background(950 pixels wide), the light, neutral color allows the AR logo/text to show just fine.

 I don't want to get all "preachy" about any of this because it's none of my damn business what you do or don't do in your blog header. We all have our own personal tastes & preferences when it comes to this stuff, I'm just pointing out what has worked well for me.

 

Free Blog Header Background Images

 Below are some header graphic images I put together for anyone who wants to use them. I realize that not everyone has the time, the software or the patience to do this stuff so these image backgrounds are a good starting point to experiment with. A few suggestions...

- to make your text easy to read, make sure it contrasts with the background color or image

- for a light background, use dark text

- for a dark background, use light text

- for a medium background (i.e. grey), use a very dark or a very light text

 If your text or logo doesn't have enough contrast with your background image/color, it will get washed out and will be very difficult to read. Here's an example of what not to do using the words "Where's the text?"...

 

garaughty, The Blog Artist 

 The color of text in the image above is too similar to the colors in the image so it gets lost and is very difficult to read. Not good! And now... here are the graphics.

 

 From time to time I'll be designing/posting more stuff that you can use to pimp your Active Rain blog. Since we have people of various skill levels and not everyone has access to graphics software, for now I'm providing simple .jpg images that you can use and add your own text, logos, etc...

 This week I'm putting out 10 images as a starting point. In the coming weeks I'll be adding more stuff in various colors, textures and styles. If you have ideas, suggestions, requests... let me know and I'll keep them in mind when adding more graphics to use with AR blogs.

 

Important!!! Read This Before Using These Images

# 1 - I designed these graphics from my artwork and photography, I am the copyright owner.

# 2 - You have my permission to use them in any way you like here on your Active Rain blog.

# 3 - The images are not to be used for any other purpose or on any other blog or website

 

 

garaughty, the blog artist

 All of my header images are exactly 950 X 115 pixels so you won't have to resize them to use in your AR blog.

 Below are some smaller preview images. Until I figure out where I'll archive them, for now you can download and see the full size images at...

   http://www.garaughty.com/ActiveRainHeaders.html

 

 

Art  Background Images 

 

Balance # 1 (pencil sketch)

garaughty, The Blog Artist

 

Grey Sphere & neutral background

garaughty, The Blog Artist 

 

Untitled Art with black background

garaughty, The Blog Artist 

 

 

Color & Textured Background Images 

 

Blue Fabric texture

garaughty, The Blog Artist 

 

Dark Red texture

garaughty, The Blog Artist 

 

Green Leaves texture

garaughty, The Blog Artist 

 

Red Autumn Leaves texture

garaughty, The Blog Artist

 

Soft Sky texture

garaughty, The Blog Artist 

 

 

Simple Background Images 

 

White Shadow background

garaughty, The Blog Artist 

 

Grey Spotlight background

garaughty, The Blog Artist 

 

 

Are You Looking For More Tutorials and Sample Blog Headers? Check out...

- How To Customize and Personalize Your ActiveRain Blog   by Brad Andersohn

- Dumb Real Estate Agent Finally Gets It  by Margaret Woda

- Tech Support and FAQs for ActiveRain Customizer   by Brad Carroll

- First Impression-ist Masterpieces Now Hang in the Active Rain Gallery  by Craig Schiller

- Customizing Your AR Blog - 5 Design Mistakes to Avoid  by Bobby Carroll

 

   And now, some of this week's must read marketing posts...

 

 

garaughty, the art of marketing you

In no particular order, here are some of the best Active Rain marketing posts from this past week...

- Ladies & Gentlemen: I Proudly Introduce..."Your Sphere of Influence"  by Lindsay Pendleton

- Does your broker limit your marketing?  by David Matney

- Do You Know The #1 Source of Your Business? If Not, You Should.  by Fran Gatti

- Social Networking Brain Damage  by Bryan Maynes

- The Proper Care And Feeding Of Agents  by Katerina Gasset

- Don't Assume Anything About Anyone Inquiring About A Shortsale!   by Midori Miller

New Website for Real Estate Experts & Professionals - Please join me FREE!  by Karen Otto

- The pros and Cons of new business models in Real Estate  by Ross Quintana

- How do people choose a real estate agent?  by ARDELL DellaLoggia

- Zero Comments ... Three New Clients  by Chuck Willman

- Unique Marketing Partner- A Little Bird Told Me  by Allison Stewart

41 Cents, A Post Card & No Website  by Chris Elizabeth Griffith

 

 

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Does Your Website Host Have Control of Your Domain AND Your Email?   by Laura Monroe

- Craiglist 2.0? New Craigslist Competition  by Justin Williams

- Craigslist considers Limiting HTML - "Goodbye vFlyers & Postlets!"  by Rich Jacobson

- Services for Technology  by Missy Caulk

Google Uncovering Invisible Web Pages- Will Members Only Posts Be Revealed?   by Katerina Gasset

- More Twitter tips...  by Lane Bailey

 

 

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- Tuesday Truths... All of Us Judge each other rightly or wrongly...   by Kathy McGraw

- Blog It All!!Do You Click The Unsubscribe, Tell Me Why...  by Vanessa Stalets

- The Magic Formula Of A Featured Post  by Lindsay Pendleton

- Stung!!! by Advance Access Web Site  by Pat Walmsley

 

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Tracy Santrock
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I like Brad's the best...thanks for the tip about the width. I just haven't figured out how to ebed a picture + text and still have it look normal.

 

Jun 08, 2008 01:31 PM #100
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marti garaughty
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Tracy... if you're having trouble with making it look normal, be sure the dimensions are 950 pixles wide X 115 pixels high, otherwise the image will be stretched or distorted.

Jun 08, 2008 02:45 PM #101
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Betina Foreman
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WOW! I love what you have done with the site. THis looks great!

Aug 07, 2008 05:06 AM #102
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Freddy A. Saavedra
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Thanks for sharing.

Aug 07, 2008 05:49 AM #103
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marti garaughty
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Betina... thx so much, I appreciate your feedback!

Aug 07, 2008 06:04 AM #104
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marti garaughty
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Freddy... you're more than welcome, thx for stopping by!

Aug 07, 2008 06:07 AM #105
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Tracy Miller
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Marty, I love you for sharing this information.  What an incredible blog!!!  I feel like a kid in the candy store snatching up as many goodies as I can.  I can't get over all the free and valuable design tips that I'm picking up here.

Nov 04, 2008 11:23 AM #106
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marti garaughty
garaughty.com - Montreal, QC
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Tracy... my new AR friend, thx so much for the feedback, I love when I see people getting so much enjoyment & use out of this stuff I post. Have a great day!

Nov 05, 2008 01:49 AM #107
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Rhonda Burgess
Southern Living Realty Partners - Smyrna, TN
Moving to Nashville TN Real Estate Specialist

I know I'm late to the party but thanks a bunch.  I'm going to "re-pimp" my blog.

Nov 08, 2008 01:55 PM #108
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marti garaughty
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Rhonda... better late than never, enjoy the tutorial, it's pretty easy to get things up & running. Later...

Nov 09, 2008 03:28 AM #109
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Gwenn Tanvas NMLS# 274839
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The Mortgage Gal, 920.267.7891~ SMART - INNOVATIVE

Marti:

Absolutely GREAT Information and examples - Another bookmark! It is amazing the impact the information is making even after 7 months. Thanks again Marti

Nov 09, 2008 03:37 AM #110
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marti garaughty
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Gwenn... hi there, yes this post seems to have struck a nerve, a hot topic for sure. Thx for stopping by!

Nov 09, 2008 04:00 AM #111
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Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
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Marti - Terrific post! I can probably add some life to blog now. Thanks for sharing all this wonderful info.

Dec 23, 2008 03:40 AM #112
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marti garaughty
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Tanya... it's really a pleasure for me to do this, lots more stuff is in the works for 2009!

Dec 24, 2008 09:00 AM #113
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Hannah Williams
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Oh wow they are so awesum i love color...Your art is just so beautiful..thank you so much...you are such a fabulous dude to share this with me.. i hope i can share some knowledge that can help you in the future..i tried your cookie ...i almost jumped out of my chair...

i must say i love your art and was an art major/and collect..you really are good.. i have only been on ActiveRain less than a week and feel fortunate to have found you..love your style

aka helpfulhannah

 

Feb 05, 2009 11:57 AM #114
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marti garaughty
garaughty.com - Montreal, QC
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hannah... the great thing about the Rain is that we all learn from each other, such diverse talents & ideas. Thx for the really nice comment!

Feb 05, 2009 12:03 PM #115
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Katie Munoz
Moving Forward Inc - Seattle, WA

Thanks so much for helping this Newbie get started.  I really appreciate it.

Beautiful artwork!

Jun 30, 2011 03:08 PM #116
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marti garaughty
garaughty.com - Montreal, QC
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Katie... totally my pleasure, watch for updates since this post is over 3 years old now, a lot has changed since I wrote this.

Jun 30, 2011 03:48 PM #117
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Marti your ideas (and free stuff) are worth the price of admission to Active Rain.

Sep 05, 2011 09:49 AM #118
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marti garaughty
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David... thx, I'm glad it was helpful.

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