Resources

toolboxHere is a huge, non-exhaustive  list of all the sites and software that I use in my day to day activities. It doesn’t mean that you would need ALL of them to get an online business started.

Just read through and check out what looks interesting.  Notice that some of the links are affiliate links, so I will earn a small commission if you decide to purchase one of these products. This will NOT cost you anything extra. The good news is, that lots of these resources are FREE !!

Keyword research

Google Keyword planner

This is the FREE tool from google to do keyword research. You have to create a Google AdWords account to use this, but you can create such an account for free.

Market Samurai

If I had to recommend only ONE piece of software on this whole page, it would be this one. Everything starts with good keyword research and this piece of software will be of great help. It will help you find the golden nugget that you’re searching for . And a LOT easier, and faster than all other tools I’ve seen and tried. An absolutely must have if you’re serious about your online business. Try it out for free for 40 days.  $149 to buy. But only $97 if you buy after the free trial !

Google trends

In your search for new ideas, hot markets, what people are looking for, what is selling and what not you better have a look at Google Trends. Lots of data here about almost any topic you can think of.

Popular on Ebay

This site , part of Ebay, will show you what is popular on Ebay. What items are popular and what people are bidding on.

Quantcast

Quantcast Measure provides free, accurate and dependable audience insights for over 100 million web and mobile destinations. With detailed demographic, geographic and lifestyle information, Quantcast Measure gives you the best understanding of your online, mobile web and mobile app audiences.

Alexa

Alexa is the leading provider of free, global web metrics. Search Alexa to discover the most successful sites on the web by keyword, category or country. Use our analytics for competitive analysis, benchmarking, market research, or business development. You can also install the FREE Alexa toolbar.

SEO

SEOquake

A FREE plugin for different browsers. SEquake is a popular and handy analytic seo-tool for Firefox, Chrome and Opera browsers. SEOquake helps to obtain an information about any site for a wide range of parameters such as page rank, Google index, Alexa and many others. Keyword Density tool serves to demonstrate a number of times a keyword or phrase appears on a web page. SEOquake has a parameter that highlights noffolow links. Very handy extension.

Mozbar

Previously called SEOmoz. A FREE toolbar for Firefox and Chrome that gives you instant SEO information about the page your visiting. Like PageRank, domain authority,  backlinks , internal links, external links and much more.

MajesticSEO

Find out how all the websites on the internet link to each other with the largest Link Intelligence database on the planet. No other site or search engine gives you as much detailed information about how the fabric of the web is knitted together.

OpenSiteExplorer

A very useful website to analyze data from other websites. Excellent to spy on your competitors.

Landing Pages / squeeze pages

LeadPages

The best package I’ve seen for creating landing pages in minutes. VERY simple to use. Works directly on mobile devices.  Tons of Templates.  Absolutely great to create sales pages and other conversion pages that convert. 30 day money back guarantee.

Video

Pencil

FREE animation/drawing software. Great for making animated cartoons in your video. For Mac, Windows, Linux.

VideoScribe

A magnificent piece of software to create engaging animated videos quickly and easily.  If you can’t draw or make a sketch, this software will do it for you. In an animated way. Take a free trial !

Jing

A very easy to use piece of software to make screen recordings which you can then upload to youtube.  The FREE version limits your recordings to 5 minutes.

Camtasia Studio

The Rolls Royce for doing your screen recordings. When you have recorded your screen, there is a very powerful editor to edit your recording. Cut and paste parts, do a voiceover, insert annotations etc.

Hosting

I have used 4 different hosting companies: bluehost, 1&1, godaddy and hostgator. If you dive into the nitty gritty technical details you will notice that they are all comparable. I’ve never experienced a major blowout on any of them. Godaddy has a bit clumsy interface which I don’t like. But the most important thing for me is : customer service.

Note that I’m based in Europe, so when I call customer service it is very often 3:00 in the morning in the US. And that’s where hostgator has won for me, hands down. All the others I had substantial problems in getting certain problems fixed. Tickets that got lost. Answers not to the point. Endless email exchanges, etc. So if you are going to take hosting (and you WILL need that if you’re serious about your online business) I would highly recommend Hostgator.

If you do signup with them, I would suggest that you take the Baby Plan. This has the huge advantage that you can have a number of unlimited domains.

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Social

Followerwonk

Another great FREE tool from Moz. Get everything you want to know about your Twitter account. Compare users, analyze followers, track followers, sort followers.

Graphics

Gimp

A FREE sotware program to create and manipulate graphics. It can do a lot of things that are very similar to Photoshop.

Snagit

Another beautiful piece of software to make screen captures, resize and crop images, insert boxes and symbols enhance it with effects. From Techsmith. FREE trial.

Colorzilla

A very handy plugin for Firefox and chrome browser. Let’s you pick any color on the screen and gives you the HEX code so that you can use it in other programs.

MeasureIt

Very often, when I look at a site, I want to know “But, how big is that area? Or that ad? Or that image?”. Install The measureIt extension for FireFox and you can measure any distance/rectangle on your screen. FREE

Traffic Analysis

CrazyEgg

A great tool to discover what is really going on , on your website.  Tracks visitor clicks, shows you heatmaps, see to where your users scroll, and lots more.

Clicky

Another great site that gives you real-time traffic analysis about your website traffic. Individual visitors and their actions, heatmaps, alerts, twitter analytics and MUCH more.

Autoresponder

Aweber

If you like it or not, if you are going to run an online business, you DO need an autoresponder. I’ve used both GetResponse and Aweber. And both are very similar.  But, as for hosting, for me one of the most important factors is : customer support. If I have a problem with my emails that go out, I want to have it fixed quickly.

Whatever time of the day it is. And on this point alone, Aweber wins hands down. Note, that when you decide for an autoresponder, and you want to switch later on, you have to let all people on your list to opt-in again. So, better make sure that your first choice is the right choice.

WordPress plugins

Here is a list of wordpress plugins that I use (or have used) , for different sites.

Optin Skin

This is a great plugin to grow your audience faster. It attaches an opt-in form at the end of every post you make on your blog.  Fade feature. Place skins anywhere on your blog. Works with all major autoresponders  (Aweber, Get response etc.). No need for your visitors to scroll back to the top of the page. You can also use it for A/B split testing.

Pretty Link

This plugin allows you to create short , more understandable links for any link on your site. You should use this plugin (or something similar) to set the no-follow option on all your links that you don’t want to be followed by search engines.  Lite version is FREE

All in One SEO Pack

A must have on any WordPress site. Let’s you set most basic SEO settings in a friendly and easy way.  And it’s FREE.

Google Analyticator

If you want to have your Google analytics in your WordPress dashboard, just install this plugin.

Q2W3 Fixed Widget (Sticky widget)

A handy widget if you want to have certain items to ‘stick’ on your page, even when the user scrolls down. Like your opt-in form or an ad. FREE

Contact Form 7

Probably the most well know plugin to make contact forms. Free.

TinyMCE widget

Adds a WYSIWYG widget based on the standard TinyMCE WordPress visual editor.

BackWPup

Yes, you DO need to backup your WordPress site. This plugin does the thing. FREE.

Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog. FREE

WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache is a static caching plugin for WordPress. It generates html files that are served directly by Apache without processing comparatively heavy PHP scripts. By using this plugin you will speed up your WordPress blog significantly. FREE

 

Here you are. Check this page out regularly, because I will keep adding useful tools , sites and software to this page.

 

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