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Images

Free

Pexels
Pexels

Pexels is a free collection of high resolution photos available for anyone to use. They have hundreds of thousands of images available and add more everyday. Most photos don’t even require credit given to the author.

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Unsplash
Unsplash

Unsplash is another free photo website with beautiful imagery from a wide array of topics. Credit isn’t required - but definitely appreciated.

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Pixabay
Pixabay

Pixabay is a copyright-free photo website with lots of free images to use without any need to worry about crediting or asking authors for permission.

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Gratisography
Gratisography

“The world's quirkiest collection of free high-resolution pictures” Gratisography changes things up by offering an assortment of wacky and crazy photos that are completely copyright free.

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Stockvault
Stockvault

Stockvault has over 131,000 amazing images and textures available on their website to use for your next project. From electronics to food - they have you covered.

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Paid

Getty Images
Getty Images

Getty Images is the largest stock image provider on the planet with millions of royalty-free images, videos, and audio files available. Their pricing is on the higher end of the spectrum with an average price of $375 per download.

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iStock
iStock

iStock is owned by Getty Images and offers another wide array of photos, illustrations, vectors, and videos to choose from. Their pricing model is much different using a credit system or monthly subscription plan to gain access to files.

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ShutterStock
ShutterStock

ShutterStock is one of the most popular stock image websites because of their extensive library and flexible pricing plans. Choose from monthly download packs or prepaid image packs priced at an average of $1.40 per image.

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Adobe Stock
Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock is Adobe’s stock image company that can be paired directly with PhotoShop to access their library right from the app. They also have lots of features like the ability to add watermarks to your images right from the website. Their pricing is based on monthly subscriptions with download limits. Their most popular package is $29.99/month with 10 image downloads.

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Fotosearch
Fotosearch

Fotosearch has over 51,000,000 images, videos, and illustrations available for use. Take advantage of their gigantic library. Images can be bought with dollars, credits or a monthly subscription plan.

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Alamy
Alamy

Alamy is an even bigger database of images, videos, and illustrations with tons of 360 degree videos & images. Their pricing is based on the license you choose and what you are using the photo for.

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Death To Stock Photo
Death To Stock Photo

Death To Stock takes a different approach to the stock image scene providing monthly image packs catered to different topics and aesthetics. Their pricing is based on a monthly subscription plan.

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Videos

VideoHive
VideoHive

VideoHive is one of the best royalty-free stock video websites on the web. They have a massive collection of truly awesome videos, transitions, and animations available to you. Check them out!

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Pond5
Pond5

Pond5 has many different topics covered on their website in a very snazzy design. Find royalty-free images for pretty much any project you need.

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BBC Motion Gallery
BBC Motion Gallery

The BBC Motion Gallery (now managed by Getty Images) is an amazing source of historical footage from around the world. Great for documentaries and history projects.

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MotionElements
MotionElements

MotionElements is Asia’s #1 stock video provider and has over 3,000,000 assets to choose from. Their pricing is very cheap and flexible with dollar, credit, and subscription purchase options available.

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Footage Freaks
Footage Freaks

Footage Freaks focuses on giving you the assets required to step up your editing game. They have tons of animations, presets, and transitions to choose from to spice up your footage.

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Blogs

SEO

Ahrefs
Ahrefs

Ahrefs is one of the best SEO tools out there, and their in-depth blog does a great job of teaching users how to do keyword research, find backlinking opportunities, and raise rankings.

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Moz
Moz

Moz is one of the top SEO tool companies beside Ahrefs. Their blog consists of thousands of helpful articles for beginners to the most experienced of SEOs.

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Neil Patel
Neil Patel

Neil Patel is a New York Times bestselling author, and digital marketer whos blog has helped countless people solve their SEO problems.

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Search Engine Journal
Search Engine Journal

SEJ is an amazing resource about everything SEO. From beginner techniques to advanced marketing tips & tricks - SEJ has you covered.

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Yoast
Yoast

Yoast is the most commonly used SEO plugin on WordPress. They also have a pretty stellar blog on how to step your SEO game up.

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Search Engine Land
Search Engine Land

Search Engine Land (not to be confused with Search Engine Journal) is a blog dedicated to helping marketers improve their SEO game, at all levels of expertise.

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Smart Insights
Smart Insights

Smart Insights has tons of great articles on how to improve your SEO strategy.

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WordStream
WordStream

WordStream is a data-driven company dedicated to providing marketers with clear data that help improve your SEO & online advertising techniques.

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Web Design

Codrops
Codrops

Codrops is a highly revered web design blog dedicated to providing designers with a list of high-quality resources for any occasion.

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99designs
99designs

99designs is a design blog with a mission to help designers ‘create and grow by design’. They offer a wide selection of tutorials so you can learn tons of new techniques and skills.

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Hong Kiat
Hong Kiat

Hong Kiat is a widely known blogging website that covers topics on design, technology, inspiration and much more. Check out their web design section for tons of great tips & tricks.

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Web Designer Depot
Web Designer Depot

Web Designer Depot is a designers dream hub with resources about color theory, layout, and responsive design all under one roof.

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Awwwards
Awwwards

Awwwards.com is a website dedicated to showcasing the world's best websites. Their blog is full of rich resources that further this mission even further. Be sure to check it out for inspiration and advice on everything websites.

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Creative Bloq
Creative Bloq

Creative Bloq is another widely known designer resource to help get your mind turning. With their long list of tutorials and professionally backed articles - you are sure to be inspired by the writers at Creative Bloq.

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Designrfix
Designrfix

Designrfix is a web design blog that contains all sorts of deals on image and vector packs, tutorials, and helpful articles full of tips & tricks.

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Airbnb.design
Airbnb.design

Airbnb’s design blog is a crafty blog with lots of interesting topics from complex design techniques to the latest conventions and events.

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Designmodo
Designmodo

Designmodo is a fantastic place for designers to thrive with tons of resources available. Their blog is filled with helpful topics to bring your design to life.

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Abduzeedo
Abduzeedo

Abduzeedo is a design blog that can inspire the soul and elevate the mind. They have a great selection of topics to help break that designers block and keep that head up.

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Web Development

SitePoint
SitePoint

SitePoint is a great starting point for any developer to learn how to code. They offer courses in JavaScript, NodeJS, React, Angular, & much more! They also have over 160 books on frameworks, languages, and tools at your disposal.

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A List Apart
A List Apart

A List Apart is a very diverse website with articles on code development, UX/UI, application development, and pretty much anything relating to tech. Check them out if you want to find it all in one neat and tidy place.

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Tutorialzine
Tutorialzine

Tutorialzine is just like the name sounds… Tutorials! Improve your programming skills with their awesome selection of lessons.

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SuperHeroJS
SuperHeroJS

SuperHeroJS is a collection of articles, videos, and presentations around the topic of creating, testing, and maintaining large JS code bases. This jam-packed blog has everything you need to tend to your JavaScript needs.

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Digital Marketing

CopyHackers
CopyHackers

CopyHackers has got to be one of the best blogs out there for digital marketers to utilize. Their incredible topics are original and you are bound to learn something new with every article. Highly recommend!

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DigitalMarketer.com
DigitalMarketer.com

One of the best blogs to check out if you are in need of some digital marketing advice. They cover a large range of topics from Social Media Advertising to SEO & PPC Marketing.

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HubSpot
HubSpot

Quite possibly the biggest marketing resource on the internet and one of the most widely known institutes for marketers. HubSpot offers an in-depth blog to help you boost your knowledge and get more customers.

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Content Marketing Institute
Content Marketing Institute

The Content Marketing Institute is committed to providing its readers with the best information around content creation and management. A great way to sharpen up your copywriting skills!

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Kenshoo
Kenshoo

Kenshoo’s blog has lots of weekly blog posts that contain tons of helpful data for you to use in your own blog posts. They also have some great pieces on social media advertising and SEO techniques.

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Social Media

Agora Pulse
Agora Pulse

From the basics to the advanced - Agora Pulse can help you get started with your social media adventure. With articles perfect for both the beginner and the expert.

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Buffer Social
Buffer Social

Buffer Social is a great blog run by the creators of the Buffer app. They have a collection of great articles to help you step your social media game up.

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Adel De Meyer
Adel De Meyer

Adel is a social media marketer with lots of knowledge to share. If you want to learn impressive techniques to grow your following and raise conversions - give her a read!

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Techacute
Techacute

Techacute social media blog covers some of the latest news in the social media industry. Keep up with the all the upcoming trends and stay ahead of the curve.

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SproutSocial Insights
SproutSocial Insights

SproutSocial Insights gives some great advice for any social media marketer looking to elevate their game. From the newest trends to the best tools in the biz - they have you covered.

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Infographics

Elearning Infographics
Elearning Infographics

Elearning Infographics has a huge database loaded with some amazing infographics. Find the right infographics for tons of different statistics on their site.

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Visual.ly
Visual.ly

Visual.ly is a place where you can find infographics or have them designed for you. Whatever your needs - we are sure Visual.ly can help.

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Slideshare
Slideshare

Slideshare was created by LinkedIn to improve presentations and give an easily accessible tool to professionals everywhere. Create your own amazing infographics with this powerful tool.

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Flickr
Flickr

Flickr is not only a photo website. Search Flickr for any infographic and you will most likely find a match that suits your needs.

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Awwwards Infographics
Awwwards Infographics

Awwwards Infographics is a collection of the worlds best infographics. Check them out to see if any fit your requirements.

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The Importance of Mobile-Ready Web Design
The Importance of Mobile-Ready Web Design

This is an infographic we created at Top Shelf Media detailing the importance of having a responsive website in today’s digital ecosystem.

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FAQ

Which email hosting service is best for my business?
Which email hosting service is best for my business?

Deciding which email host to go with can be a difficult choice. To start, there are several options to choose from: Premium, Web Based, & Free.

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Which website hosting company is right for me?
Which website hosting company is right for me?

Just like email… finding the right company to host your website can be a real pain. Our biggest bit of advice would be to avoid any company associated with EIG (Endurance International Group) like HostGator or Bluehost.

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Do we offer web hosting?
Do we offer web hosting?

Top Shelf Media offers free web hosting to small businesses that have less than 5 employees and/or have been in business for under 1 year. Packages available for bigger sized companies.

Web Hosting
Why does image size matter?
Why does image size matter?

Images that are too large can dramatically decrease the speed in which a web page loads. If your web page takes longer than 3 seconds to completely appear for your user - consider them gone!

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What is Search Engine Optimization (or SEO)?
What is Search Engine Optimization (or SEO)?

Quite simply, Search Engine Optimization is the practice of improving websites so that they can appear in search engines (like Google) for keywords they want to rank in. For more information, check out our in-depth guide on the do’s and don'ts of SEO.

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How much should my website cost?
How much should my website cost?

Having a website created from scratch can be a costly endeavor. There are different avenues business owners can take when trying to get a website for themselves. Depending on the route you take will define the cost of your website.

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How much do domain names cost?
How much do domain names cost?

Domain names typically cost anywhere from $1 to the millions depending on the name you would like. The length and topic of the domain can determine its value. One of the most expensive domains to ever be sold was LasVegas.com at $90,000,000.

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Can you get my website on Google (and other search engines)?
Can you get my website on Google (and other search engines)?

Yes, we can get your site listed on Google and other search engines. Top Shelf Media provides top-notch SEO services to help get you more customers and conversions. Visit our services page to see exactly what we can do for you.

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How long does it take to make a website?
How long does it take to make a website?

Depending on the size and complexity of your site will drastically change the timeline required to finish. We typically finish our design & development process within 30 days of the starting point.

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What is the difference between website design and development?
What is the difference between website design and development?

Website design and development are extremely different and inherently connected. Designers will create visual mockups of a website (basically a website image) to give to developers so that they can turn that design into bits of code.

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