How You Can Create Effective Infographics that people actually want to read (for FREE)

Hello, Internet Neighbour!

It's pretty well known that people judge articles by their cover image. I'd like to think otherwise, but that's how it is. There are just so many articles out there that just having a great headline isn't enough.

Have you ever thought of creating an infographic but not willing to shell out money for expensive software that you might not even know you'll end up using? (not to mention the time you have to invest to learn to do something useful with it)

I've tried Fiverr for infographics, but even though they did a good job, I ended up having to wait for days and ended up editing the final infographic myself anyways, so it's not like I saved any time.

In this post, you'll learn how to do just the essentials to make your own infographics and title images real easily because you're not starting from scratch.

So if you're ready to reduce the time it takes you to edit images, get ready.  Here we go.

Download Your Free Template

Are you spending way too long trying to create nice images for your blog/social media posts?

Download my free image template and I'll teach you how to use the free Google Drawings service to help you can edit the designs for your needs.

Here's how you do it.

I just learned about Google Drawings last week and I'd like to show you how to use it efficiently.

Here are some quick and dirty videos I've made:

How to add text to an image:

How to apply the 'zoom in' effect to a screenshot:


The Infographic

Here's the infographic I've made to help you make infographics (I know… that's some meta shit right there)


Download Your Free Template

Are you spending way too long trying to create nice images for your blog/social media posts?

Download my free image template and I'll teach you how to use the free Google Drawings service to help you can edit the designs for your needs.

Post Mortem: Stuff I've learned after the fact...

After making the infographic, I've compiled a few learnings that might help you:

Resizing the canvas to make it longer will screw up the scaling, just start out with a very long image and shorten it if necessary.  If you really need to extend the height, make a long rectangle and drag it to the bottom of your screen, then scroll down and use the resize handle on the canvas.

Google Drawings doesn't export long images properly in png or jpg format, you must export as svg, then find a converter like https://cloudconvert.com/

Use an actual placeholder image in your template sections (and apply the mask), then use replace image (rather than using a placeholder shape like I did)

If you have white text and use a different font, copy and paste your text into notepad.exe before copying it onto your infographic. This is so that you can paste as plain text. Otherwise, your text will get pasted as black even though you want the text to be white.

Can't be bothered with this? Go to Fiverr.com and pay someone to do this - try to ask if they can make an infographic for you in Google Drawings so you can edit the text later. You'll have to send them the text (for the infographic content) beforehand.

Google Sheets : More Useful Than You Think

Hello Internet Neighbors!

Are you frustrated with spreadsheets?  Yeah, I know the feeling.  You probably know the basics, but there is just one little thing that you can't figure out... It sounds easy, but how the heck do you do it?

While I don't consider myself an expert, I know a few tips and tricks and have helped people with Excel, but it seems like Sheets is more popular online and I like the ability of looking up stock prices and sharing/embedded charts.

The guide covers just the most common features that you would use. The following infographic might help you out, (copyable text comes right after).

Let me know your favorite spreadsheet usages or if you have any questions, let m e know  in the comments below!

Try Out the Formulas

Head to sheets.google.com and try these formulas
  • =GOOGLEFINANCE("GOOG","price")
  • =COUNTIF(B:B, ">3")  - Count the number of items greater than 3
  • =COUNTA(B:B) - Count the number of non blank cells
  • =UNIQUE(B:B) - Show only unique items of column B
  • =IMAGE("the URL of image")
  • All the formulas (from the Google documentation)

Split Up Items

Do you ever run into situations where you want to make a comma separated into 2 or more columns?

Highlight the data, then go to: Data > Split Text To Columns

(you can specify another character to split on besides commas)

Filter Data

Once you have your data split into columns, you can assign names to each one of your columns

Now, go to Data > Filter

The Index-Match Formula

Q: You have two sheets mapping two different properties. How do you combine them?

A: Create a new column (in Sheet1) and use the “index match” formula

=index( [column to output (in table 2) ] , match( [ cell value you want to look up] , [column to look up the value in] , false) , 1)

If the second table is in another worksheet, use 'Sheet name'!A:A to reference column A

  • You have to put the sheet name in SINGLE QUOTES

Color the cells automatically

Select the column

Go to: Format > conditional formatting

You can highlight (and format text of) the cell with the following conditions :

  • cell value contains some text you specify
  • cell value is greater/less than (or between) certain dates/numbers or letters​

Count ALL THE THINGS!!!

So you have a list of items and want to count how many of each?

Select column A

Go to: Data > Pivot Table

  1. Under ‘Rows’, click Add field and select the column heading (e.g. ‘choice’)
  2. Under ‘Values’, click Add field and select the same column heading
  3. Select ‘COUNTA’ to count the number of entries

Embed Charts on Your Site

Select the columns/cells you want a chart for

Hold down Ctrl to select multiple cells

Go to : Insert > Chart

Did you know? You can get HTML embed code to publish the charts on your website!

Don’t have a site? Use sites.google.com create one quickly - if you can copy and paste text, then you can do this!

For website owners: Your Google Analytics in Charts

Using the Google Analytics spreadsheet add-on, you can: show visitors by country/browser or show # visitors for the past two weeks (these are just a few examples)

​The charts can be embedded and automatically updated!

Here are my charts

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Keep Being Productive! Simplify the Way You Track Personal Tasks.

Hello Internet Neighbours!

What apps or techniques do you guys use to stay productive? I've evaluated and used a bunch of tools like Evernote, Asana, Wunderlist, etc. and I just found myself not using it because there were just too many clicks to go through. Now, I've been using Google Keep for a few years now, and I thought, wouldn't it be nice if there was a very quick start guide for people who don't really have the time to experiment with it?

The guide shows you how to organize your tasks and todos effectively with Google Keep. I've created an infographic, which is a tl;dr version of what the guide contains.

Finally, I'd be interested in knowing what productivity app you currently use - let me know in the comments below!

Not feeling productive some days?

Get some quick productivity mindsets.

The Infographic

If you use Pinterest, pin this by hovering over the image. Much appreciated!
Google Keep 7 Tips - Keep yourself organized!
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YouTube & Gmail Shortcuts

Hello Neighbors! Let’s take a look at some not so well known features of YouTube and Gmail! YouTube Features When on youtube, hit ‘f’ to toggle fullscreen Use the cogwheel > Speed option to zoom through tutorial videos Time waster for Android users: Search for ‘360 video’ and get a Google Cardboard to view the […]