Free Resources

Online Blogging sites to help you blog like you have never blogged before:


Writing content

Google Keyword Tool

https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal

This is great for basic keyword research and to help you decide the most popular topics to blog about.


Wikipedia

http://www.wikipedia.com

Wikipedia has millions of articles on a variety of different topics. Each article can lead you to additional sites should you need more information or content.


QueryCat

http://www.querycat.com

QueryCat is the web’s largest database of frequently asked questions. The questions are compiled from other websites so you will have to do your search by particular key phrases. If a word appears up to half a dozen times in any topic, it is probably an important word.


Free mind

http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Free Mind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java If you want to prioritize, know where you are, where you've been and where you are heading; Free Mind will help you stay on track.


Blog commenting

www.backtype.com

BackType.com will notify you when your designated search term or keyword is mentioned in a blog post. You can opt to have the notifications e-mailed to you immediately (as we do here) or in a daily/weekly digest format.


www.socialmention.com

Social Mention.com is a search engine that aggregates content from blogs and blog comments, as well as social media services like Digg.


www.twilert.com

Twilert is a bit like Google alerts for Twitter. You can also use Twilert.com to find blog commenting opportunities.  Twilert. And you will be pleasantly surprised.


Miscellaneous aids

Keywordspy

www.keywordspy.com

In our free e-book:  ‘Getting Jiggy with Google’, we talk about specialized research tools including Keywordspy. This tool will help you see what keywords your competitors are using.


iStockPhoto

www.istockphoto.com

This is not free and you will have to buy credits to purchase photographs. However the stock of photographs is generally very good.

 

Email marketing tools

www.ejunkie.com

E-junkie.com is not free (neither is it expensive) but it is extremely easy to use. It is a site that facilitates a sale by giving your customers a download link. These links are dynamic and will expire after a certain period of time. The E-junkie system interfaces with PayPal, Gogle Checkout and Authorize.net

 

Ecommerce with auto responders

www.1shoppingcart.com

1Shopping cart is also not free; however it is an industry leader which comes with auto responders and a range of very good value e-commerce facilities. More expensive than e-junkie.

 

iContact

www.icontact.com

iContact is the permission based email marketing system used at www.ihubbusiness.co.uk

for sending newsletters to members. The tutorials are extremely valuable and the system fairly intuitive.

 

Mailchimp

www.mailchimp.com

MailChimp is a newsletter and auto responder service which is free for the first 500 addresses.  Good reliability.

 

Data backup

www.Carbonite.com  is an online data backup system that quietly runs on your system. It will automatically back up any new or changed files on your computer. It is not free but you can try it risk free for 15 days.

 

 

Social Media

Tweepi

Tweepi is a great tool for managing Twitter followers. The free version helps you follow who follows you , with the option of 'unfollowing' those who you are following but who are not following you back. A great feature is the ability to follow a user's followers which could help you get more targeted followers.

 

Marketmesuite

www.marketmesuite.com is a tool which will create backlinks to your website with every tweet or update you send. This is not free, but neither is it expensive if a large part of your marketing strategy involves social media. And when it comes to Search Engine placement, backlinks are what it’s all about…

 

 Search Engine Optimisation Toolkit

Rank Checkers

·        Rank Checker – find out where your website ranks for target keywords in the three major search engines

·        SEO for Firefox – get a host of useful, marketing data points for websites, including inbound link stats, PageRank


Keyword Research

·        Google AdWords Keyword Tool – generate target keyword lists using the actual search data from Google

·        Market research

      Google Insights for Search

With Google Insights for Search, you can compare search volume patterns across specific regions, categories, time frames and properties. …

 

Link Analysis

·        An easy way to look at which links point to a site is simply to  plug in to Yahoo the following command:

         linkdomain:mywebsite.com to use Yahoo’s Link-Domain and find out who’s linking to you website, or more importantly, who’s linking to your competitor’s websites.

·        Yahoo! Site Explorer gives a pretty deep and thorough analysis of incoming link data.

 

 

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