Free Biz Resources
Free Biz Resources

These are free tools, programs and services that I use, and recommend.

Link Cloaking

Pretty Links WordPress Plugin is a great tool for creating masked links. Also provides basic tracking so that you can gauge responsiveness and engagement. Best way to install is within WordPress Control Panel via  ‘add new plugin.’

Bit.ly allows you to set up your own custom short domain for free. Use your Bitly API Key to link your new custom short domain with your WordPress blog and other apps like TweetDeck so all of your shortened link are branded!

Social Media Networks

Facebook is the premiere social networking service for entrepreneurs. The traffic statistics are staggering, you want to have a brand presence through your personal account and eventually a Fan Page. In terms of traffic ranking, Facebook is #2 on the web (right after Google).

Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service utilizing instant messaging, SMS or a web interface. Great for distilling your message to 140 characters. In terms of traffic ranking, Twitter is #9 on the web.

Linked In is a social networking service with 100 million+ members . Manage your professional identity. Build and engage with your professional network. Access knowledge, insights and opportunities. In terms of traffic ranking, Linked In is #13 on the web

Google+ aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life. Check out Circles, Messenger and Hangouts and discover easy sharing, group video chat & more.

 

 

YouTube is a way to get your videos to the people who matter to you. Upload, tag and share your videos worldwide! It has enormous traffic! In terms of traffic ranking, Facebook is #3 on the web.

 

Social Media Schedulers

TweetDeck is your personal real-time browser, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare. You can group your followers, schedule your tweets. Manage your social media automation on this desktop client.

Hootsuite is an awesome social media management tool for small business. Review your lists, track your keyword, posts, and news feeds from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more all in one place – plus, schedule out evergreen posts in advance to save time! Online client accessible on multiple platforms.

Audio, Image & Video Resources

Flickr: Creative Commons. Great source for blog post images. Make sure you attribute source and link back to artist’s page!

 

 

Free Graphic Creator. Online graphic creator for Internet marketers. Create graphic headlines, buy now buttons, and guarantees without using photoshop.

Pixlr is a free online photo editor with a professional touch. Edit, adjust and filter your images..

Audacity is a free software, cross-platform digital audio editor and recording application. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X. Use it for recording, slicing, and mixing audio.

 


Jing is a free software that captures anything you see on your computer screen, as an image or short video, known as screenshots and screencasts. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X. Use it to illustrate examples in your trainings.

 

Productivity Resources


Evernote is a suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving. A “note” can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten “ink” note. Notes can also have file attachments. Notes can be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, and searched. Evernote supports a number of operating system platforms.

Dropbox is a file sharing service between users, computers, etc. It is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

 

Download iMindMap Basic* for FREE, For Life! Official site from Tony Buzan, inventor of Mind Mapping. The only official Mind Mapping software.

Freemind is mindmapping software for creative thinkers It is an open-source tool, and features downloads, screen shots, license, essays, support forum and project information.

Gmail. The BEST email for dealing with spam & deliverability. Get an account!

 

Google Reader. Reader for all your RSS Feed’s – beats email!

 

 

Research Resources


Survey Monkey. Create and publish online surveys in minutes, and view results graphically and in real time. Free for up to 10 questions.

 

Promotion Resources

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