The sharp-eyed amongst you will notice a new addition to my blog design – a creative commons license. You’ll find it at the bottom of the left column. You may have to scroll down a way! It looks like this:
We’ve been learning about Creative Commons and Public Domain licensing in our Online Research class, and we are all busy going through our images and media on our blogs to make sure we are giving credit where it’s due, thanking those who have allowed us to use their media. Alternatively we may have to choose new media when we realise we haven’t got the creator’s permission to use something, or if we can’t track down where we got it from (a very common occurrence!).
However, we really need to protect ourselves as writers and media creators too. Assuming we want our work to be shared – how can we let people know?
You can learn the WHY of creative commons licensing
You can learn the WHAT of creative commons licensing
And as for HOW to add the license to my blog, these are the steps I went through:
How to add a Creative Commons License to a wordpress.com blog.
Go to the Creative Commons site, and choose a Creative Commons License
The code you need to add to your WordPress site will be automatically generated in the bottom right box.
In another browser tab, login your WordPress Site and go to the Dashboard.
From the Menu choose Appearance, and then Widgets. The one you want is the Text Widget
Click on the Text Widget and drop it into one of the sidebars of your blog.
Give it a title – I just put “license”.
Then copy and past the text from your license box into the text box.
Press the blue [SAVE] button and you are done.
Remember that if you are at any point going to use media with a share-a-like license, then you need to make your media share-a-like too.
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TACTICS: What social tactics are most effective? The number-one question marketers want answered (91%) is which tactics work best. This high number is likely in response to the constant changes taking place across many social networks.
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MEASUREMENT: How do I measure the return on my social media marketing? A significant 88% of marketers want to know how to measure their return on investment for social media activities. This question has been top of mind for marketers for the last four years. Clearly very few marketers have figured this one out.
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AUDIENCE: How do I find my target audience with social media? Figuring out how to target customers and prospects is a big concern for marketers (83%). Because of the enormous size of social networks combined with ever-changing ways to connect with people, marketers need guidance.
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