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Design Techniques That Will Make And Instagram Ad Stand Out

Category : Guest Post

If you know the design techniques of an Instagram Ad, you can design an ad that will stand out, even if you have never designed any such ads before. All you have to remember is that the ad should be liked by the hundreds of millions of users, each having different choices and preferences.

With more than 80 million photos shared daily and over 3.5 billion likes per day, it is not an easy task to keep up to the expectations of such a large, highly engaged and very influential community.

  • Moreover, about 53% of users follow their favorite brands on Instagram and more than 44% of them use this platform to research on various products.
  • 70% of the Instagram users are under 35 years of age thereby making it a perfect platform for businesses to reach out to a young and growing audience.

Using the universal language of images, Instagram has started rolling out Sponsored Ads. This has given the marketers an opportunity to drive more followers from such a highly engaged audience. You will need to create relevant product pages that will align with your brand message and image outside the settings of Instagram.

About sponsored ads

The Sponsored Ads may look like any ordinary Instagram posts that includes a photo or a video but it comes with a blue tag that indicates that the ad is “sponsored.”

  • This tag is located at the top right-hand corner
  • It can be seen from an account that you do not follow already.

Research shows that this new digital advertising has the potential to make a brand more interacting and interesting for the followers. This is however not done from the perspective of product promotion but from the point of view of lifestyle promotion.

If you want to design a successful Instagram ad you will need to input two basic and important elements. These are:

  • Inspiration: This is what will make the viewers stop and look at your ad while scrolling down the feed and
  • Information: This is what will drive the viewers to take an action and even make a buying decision.

When you combine these two basic elements properly, it will create an influential duo that will fit in seamlessly with the character of Instagram.

You can even use free design applications to give your own look to the ads just as you see when you visit sites such as https://blastup.com/ or others. These apps will allow you to use different useful and beautiful templates and help you to design your ads that will look more professional in minutes.

The design tips and techniques

There are specific tips and techniques to follow when you create your own Instagram ad. These are:

Composition: You must think about the best composition while creating such an ad.

  • Always showcase people in real-life situations and objects that those people can easily relate to.
  • Make sure that in the beginning you follow the rule of thirds which is one of the fundamentals of creating such an ad.
  • Focus on a natural tendency of the human eye that is more strongly drawn towards specific areas of an image.
  • Follow the idea of breaking the image into three parts horizontally and vertically so that you have nine parts.
  • Place the point of interest whether it is a person or any object in the intersection or along the lines.

This will make the overall composition look more professional. Well, this is just an example and not mandatory. You can be as creative as you can and experiment with different things on your own to find out the best composition.

Focal point: Find out and stick to a specific focal point when you design the ad. This is very important because you will only get a few seconds to grab the attention of the viewers. In order to do this, you must:

  • Avoid complex and busy images
  • Use ones that have one or two places where you want to focus and direct the attention of the viewers and   
  • Be very clear with your intent.

If you have more products to advertise make sure that you do not place them all in one ad. Instead, dedicate each ad to a particular product.

Moreover, if you have any text to include in the ad make sure that it is relevant to the specific product and also try place in in such a way that it compliments with the main focal point of the image in the right way.

Lastly, keep the number of fonts to one or two at the maximum and make it a point that you use it unswervingly on all your posts.

Perspective: You must also make it a point to create an intimate perspective of the ad so that it creates a better engagement. Make sure that the perspective:

  • Places the viewers in the setting
  • Creates a more intimate atmosphere
  • Enables the viewers to visualize in a better way and
  • Allows them know how it is like to use your product.

Everything should be at a location that is in accordance to the overall brand experience and relevant to it.

You will be better off in your design if you emphasize the photo with your message. Also make sure that the text is legible and clear with perfect contrast of the colour of the font with the colour of the background. You can also use one of the most suitable Content Creator sticker templates to give the text a great background in case the image has too many details or ‘busy.’

To sum it up

Finally, focus on the logo but do not be too aggressive with it. Consider the nuances of Instagram so that the logo does not overshadow the content. Also use the power of color and contrast making the right combination so that it attracts attention and at the same time makes the text easier to read.

Most importantly, you should pay attention to the consistency of the ad which is one of the most important factors to create a great Sponsored Ad.

Article Written by:
Walter Moore


Secrets of Website Traffic Generators: How They Help You?

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Category : Web Applications

Traffic is the blood cell of a website. Without traffic website is dead. The modern world is hosting business in Online and the success factor depends on how much traffic they receive. Large number of online and offline services available for delivering high quality traffic. Here we discuss how Traffic Generator tools help to deliver traffic, how do they help to improve site rank and how much they can help your business.

Website Traffic Types & Quality

Website Traffic generators basically generate traffic to your website. Traffic can be generally classified as 2 types of traffic

  1. Direct – these kinds of traffic are generated when user directly enter the website address/URL in the address bar of a web browser
  2. Organic – these kinds of traffic are generated as a result of search engine query or by the link click from other websites (referral traffics). Please note some analytic tools (eg: Google Analytics) may classify referral traffic separately. Campaign traffic also belongs to Organic traffic.

A website can get only these 2 kinds of traffic. Now the question is which one is good for website ranking. Obviously organic traffic is preferred for website ranking. It does not mean 100% organic traffic is required, but a good site will always have more than 70% organic traffic. As the name indicates, organic traffics are considered as real traffic generated by human and direct traffic is mostly generated by bots. There are few other things, called as traffic characteristics that are looking for website rankings and they are listed below.

  • Page views (by organic traffic)
  • Sessions (long session duration)
  • Bounce rates (low bounce rates)
  • Access locations (Geo location/IP)
  • Platforms (Windows, Linux etc.)
  • Devices (Desktop, iPad, mobile phone etc.)
  • Web browsers (IE, Firefox, Google Chrome etc.)
  • Keywords and referrals (traffic from search engines and other websites)

How does fake traffic is detected?

A fake traffic is easily detectable if the traffic characteristics are same or they contain identifiable information. Every traffic received at web server side has certain characteristics like source IP, device used, web browser, browser version, OS, OS version & architecture etc. Suppose you make a web page to refresh 10 times from a browser, all the above characteristics are same. It means you are creating unwanted traffic to your website and the site rankers give you negative voting. But if you can make these characteristics different at each time, yes you created real traffic! Because if the traffic has the characteristics of real traffic, there is no way to understand it is generated by a software or not.

How does Website Traffic Generators Work?

A good website traffic generator can create different traffic characteristics and can make it as coming from various sources. Sometimes it is required to make the characteristics same for a while for adding highly required traffic quality determining factors like sessions, bounce rate etc. An intelligent traffic generator could do this by it’s switching capability. Since each website is for different purpose and your traffic requirement also varies, you need to manually change the traffic characteristics and switching options.

The most common doubt is from where the traffic is generated? Is it really from your network or somewhere else? The answer is from your own network. That is your own network bandwidth is used and it doesn’t mean your IP is exposed always. When we consider changing geol0cation factor in traffic generators, the traffic source IP will be different, which can be achieved by using proxy IPs or VPNs. You know traffic from different locations (IPs) are important factor for site ranking and SEO. Since your own bandwidth is used here, a high speed connection can do work better. However, a normal internet connection is only required for working of traffic generators.

What is a good website traffic generator?

A good traffic generator is the one that can make lot of traffic from various locations of the world like people are visiting your website continuously. It requires the software should have options to change all ranking features (traffic characteristics) listed above with switching features.

Are traffic generators detectable?

If you use free and random tools available in the internet, most of them would be detectable and can affect your website ranking. When we browse website, there is an HTTP request-response process happens in the back-end. Multiple intermediate request-responses also occurs if you visit a single website. The characteristics of these request and response is used to identify the traffic is fake or real.  There will be always difference for such traffic using a web browser and low standard traffic generator tools. They will not have intermediate request and responses and hence they are easy to create. They only show the traffic is received (ie the page views) and it will not have other characteristic like sessions. If you have ever searched for traffic generators, you would definitely have watched videos showing thousands of traffic receiving within seconds. They are ofcourse these kind of poor tools, which can seriously affect your website reputation.

“No traffic generators can make thousands of traffics instantly by keeping the quality of traffic.”

Since geolocation is an unavoidable factor in site ranking, most of the website traffic generators would be using proxy IPs. There are few things you should consider while using proxy as proxy traffic one of the main thing to detect fake traffic. Proxy IPs of various locations are freely available over internet, also you can purchase them if needed. There are mainly 3 types of proxy IPs are available, which are classified based on their anonymity.

  1. Transparent – the web server can understand you are behind a proxy and it can also know your real IP. Transparent proxies are recommended to avoid.
  2. Anonymous – anonymous proxy server is detectable revealing that you are using a proxy server, but your IP is not exposed. Anonymous proxy is more recommended than transparent proxies.
  3. Elite – these are high Anonymous Proxies. The web server can’t detect whether you are using a proxy and appear the traffic is really coming from different location. Elite proxies are highly recommended.

Conclusion

Website traffic generators are highly helpful in ranking, SEO and to bring your website to the front pages of Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs). There are a lot of cheap traffic generator tools available in internet, most of them are not aligning with traffic quality factors and can seriously affect website reputation. Always better to use website traffic generator tools which has the options to customize and switch traffic characteristics rather than looking for a tool having thousands of instant traffic. New generation website traffic generators have the features of handling sessions, bounce rates, traffic engines etc.

WAT


iBall Baton ADSL2+ Home Router, UTStar WA3002G4 ADSL Broadband Modem Authentication Bypass

Hi, I hope you have already gone through my first router exploitation writing Exploiting Router Authentication through Web Interface (CVE-2017-6558). Once again researching in router exploitation, I found similar bug in two other products iBall Baton ADSL2+ Home Router & UTStar WA3002G4 ADSL Broadband Modem that allowed me to bypass admin panel authentication. Both of these products are from two different vendors, but the vulnerability is same.

I was looking to find some methods to bypass authentication of commonly using routers in my country. First I came to open iBall Baton ADSL2+ Home Router admin page. The admin panel is protected by password authentication. I know some routers use CGI scripts like PayPal use in their websites. I tried to access common pages in the router by appending .cgi at the end of URL. Luckily I got the page info.cgi opened without asking authentication. I got few other pages also which can be accessed in the same way.

Steps

  1. Suppose 192.168.1.1 is the router IP, then the password reset page is http://192.168.1.1/password.html by default
  2. This page is a protected page which can be bypassed by changing URL extension as http://192.168.1.1/password.cgi

In the case of UTStar, the source code of password.cgi page contains the usernames and corresponding passwords in plain text. We can use this password to login admin panel!

Some pages we can directly access:

  • http://192.168.1.1/info.cgi – Status and details
  • http://192.168.1.1/upload.cgi – Firmware Upgrade
  • http://192.168.1.1/backupsettings.cgi – perform backup settings to PC
  • http://192.168.1.1/pppoe.cgi – PPPoE settings
  • http://192.168.1.1/resetrouter.cgi – Router reset
  • http://192.168.1.1/password.cgi – password settings

Products Affected

  • UTStar WA3002G4 ADSL Broadband Modem – Firmware Version: WA3002G4-0021.01
  • iBall Baton ADSL2+ Home Router – Firmware version: FW_iB-LR7011A_1.0.2

 

Identified and Reported by
Gem George