There Is An Endless Supply Of Banner
Advertising Opportunities Available
Online So Creating Effective Banners
Will Pay A Very Profitable Dividend
Banner ads work for you while you sleep!
So, under no circumstances should you neglect to take advantage of the huge inventory of free banner advertising opportunities available online.
Below are four free resources you can use to create high quality banners that are specific to your individual needs:
- FuglyBanners — Best free banner maker
- Pixabay — Great source of free quality images
- EZGIF — Quality gif maker
- Web Resizer — Re-size your images
FuglyBanners is in my opinion the best free banner maker on the entire Internet by a wide margin.
Once you log in click on banners from the top menu. You will be able to create banners in 9 different sizes.
When you click a banner size and click “create a new banner”, the top menu will look like the image below:
It’s routine to start with some kind of border, but there are also hundreds of “background” images you can explore.
Next, let’s look at what comes up if you click “images” from the top menu to add an image:
The only shortcoming with this banner maker is that you can’t make animated banners or gifs. But, that can be cured with the free gif maker, EZGIF, below.
When you click the “add an image” link, the following screen appears:
As indicated you can search the “clip art” inventory of images which is sorted by subject. Or you can upload your chosen image.
The fact that you can upload up to 9 different images makes FuglyBanners an awesome resource!
The “resize” and “move” buttons are self-explanatory and so easy to use. The ease of use is a chief reason why I LOVE THIS BANNER MAKER!
Build up your inventory of high quality images that require no attribution from Pixabay
Take 15-30 minutes each day for a month to use Pixabay’s search mechanism to locate images you like that are relevant to your blog’s, website’s, or Internet Marketing focus. Download to Keyword labeled folders for easy future access.
Having an inventory of subject specific images will also be extremely useful when making posts to social media sites, like Twitter, for instance.
Remember, when you upload these images to FuglyBanners, you can re-size them on that site and add text as desired.
Add Pixabay to your Internet marketing arsenal.
Make animated Gifs with the easy-to-use tool, EZGIF
Click on “Gif Maker” from the top menu. You will see the following image:
Much of the time you will want to upload multiple images for your gif. Click “Browse” under Select Images. Then, you will need to continue holding down the “ctrl” key on your keyboard while you click on each image of your gif to upload.
Each file will show up in the upload window. Release “ctrl” and click upload link. The numer of files/images selected will show on the screen as indicated below:
If the correct number of files are showing, simply click “Upload and make a GIF”.
You’ll see the next range of functions you can perform. I’m not sure what “Toggle range of frames” means, but I set it to equal the number of files uploaded.
I routinely set the “Delay time” to 200 or 250, but experiment with what works best for you.
Once you click the “Make a GIF!” button and the results are satisfactory “right click” the “Save” icon and click “Save Link As” to download to a specific folder.
Add EZGIF to your Internet marketing arsenal.
I routinely use this tool, Web Resizer to re-size screenshots that I use in blog posts such as this post. I use the “Crop Image” feature to customize image size to fit my exact needs.
Also, sometimes you will need to re-size images or existing gifs and this is quick and easy to do since I have added this tool to my bookmark menu.
When you use Web Resizer, the two critical variables of concern are width and height. Enter into the slot the dimension of whichever variable is more important in pixels.
If you are working with a screenshot as in the above image, first choose a larger than optimum size, then click “apply changes”. AFTER the initial change, then use the “Crop Image” feature.
Click “apply changes” once you are satisfied with your cropping. Right click “download this image” to download to a specific folder.
Add Web Resizer to your Internet marketing arsenal.
Obviously, you will want to add text to your banners. Clicking “text” from the top menu and then “add text” results in this screen:
Not much explanation needed. You can add up to 9 different lines, but with banners you should not exceed 4 lines of text in most cases.
After completing your text, you always want a call to action, which can be satisfied with clicking “button” from the top menu.
Make sure your “click here” or other call to action phrase is in contrasting colors to the surrounding text.
When your banner is complete, click “save” from the top menu, then clcik “back”. Your new banner will be located in the “your banner inventory” section.
Clicking on the banner url will bring up the image on a separate screen where you can right click and download to your computer for easy access. You will want the banners on your computer for ease in creating an animated gif.
FuglyBanners hosts the banners for free so you have the option of using their banner url on other ad sites. You may prefer to download the banner, then upload to your website or perhaps your WordPress Media Library.
Finally, this free banner maker is great for creating customized images for use on social networks. I have created countless images for use on Twitter (many text only) that are timely and effective.
The ability to create the items needed for animated gifs is priceless so blend in EZGIF for powerful marketing.
Add FuglyBanners to your Internet marketing arsenal.
In closing I want you to understand there are monumental banner advertising opportunities available across the Internet, including many on social networks.
Strengthening your banner advertising skillset should pay tremendous dividends over the long run.
Get busy today and NO EXCUSES!
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