Here is a growing list of tools that can help you with your Internet Marketing endeavors. Please help me by suggesting tools to be added to this list. Plus, as you can quickly see, there are several (100’s) resources here so if you come across any that are no longer active or the link is broken or you think it is just a crappy resource – please mention it in the contact form in the navigation bar above. Thanks
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Online Marketing Tools In General
Filezilla This FTP client (software) acts like a bridge between your computer and the online server where your website files are located. You use an FTP client to transfer files to & from your computer & online server. Filezilla is one of the more popular, powerful & FREE FTP clients out there.
Down For Everyone –
Is your site down? Use this tool to see if your website is down for other people.
Use this site to view how your website look in various browsers.
7 Zip –
An open source, free alternative to WinZip.
Lets you record all screen & audio activity on your computer and create video files.
Quickly check for duplicate content & LSI keywords.
Scan your notes, receipts, etc … it will OCR the content, save it, and make it searchable)
Web Design Tools
Kompozer– A FREE POWERFUL and easy to use WYSIWYG WEB PAGE editor, compare to FrontPage and Dreamweaver.
Gimp – A terrific free image/graphics program known as the “free Photoshop”.
VCW VicMan’s Photo Editor – Now you don’t have to fork out hundreds of dollars for a quality image editor. This award-winning application is freely downloadable and comes with a wide range of essential features for both novice users and professional designers. With VCW VicMan’s Photo Editor you can refine your digital photos, draw artwork naturally and effortlessly, producing superb graphics for the web.”
www.oswd.org -Some excellent “clean” open source templates.
WordPress Templates – Here’s tons of free templates that can be used with WordPress, or “regular” sites with a little modification.
Layouts 4 Free – Has a number of good web page templates for you.
Open ClipArt Library – This project aims to create an archive of user contributed clip art that can be freely used. All graphics submitted to the project should be placed into the Public Domain according to the statement by the Creative Commons.
Cheat Sheets – Here’s a bunch of printable “cheat sheets for most webmaster languages, such as CSS and html.
CSS School – Everything you need to know about CSS.
Color Picker – My favorite online “color picker”.
Color Blender – Here is a pretty cool color blender. From the website: “Pick a color value format, input two valid CSS color values in the format you chose, and pick the number of midpoint you’d like to see. The palette will show the colors you input as well as the requested number of midpoint colors, and the values of those colors.
Crazy Dad Color Picker – Its an online app that lets you choose a color and then it visits Flickr.com and finds public domain photos that match the color you selected. Great for finding photos to compliment a site design.
The Psychology of Color – Here is one discussing The Psychology of Color in Marketing.
Color Scheme Design Tool – A great Tool to generate color schemes. It is extremely useful for generating color schemes and its Free.
Free Amazon S3 File Manager (Also Video Tutorials By Me-Just click on ‘watch product video’ link on the right)
Free Video Bandwidth Protector
Free (Or Low Fee) Audio Tracks For Your Video Backgrounds, eBooks Or Other Promotional Materials
Resources for Free Photographs/Images – Some of these sites do have fees but there are plenty of freebies to choose from!
Here is a resource of 74 FREE Stock Photo sites – CLICK HERE to check them out
FotoJet.com Web-Based Photo Card, Poster & Collage Maker with Tons of FREE Templates
http://www.freeimages.com/ (used to be called http://www.sxc.hu/ )
Free Article Resources
Use these for collecting free content for your sites as well as for promoting your sites by submitting your own articles.
Free Blog Hosting Services
Perfect for hosting, and blogging and pinging for FREE.
More FREE Site Templates:
Free Online Banner and Button Generators
3d Animated Banners – Just insert your text, choose a font and colors and you have a banner/header for your site.
Cool Text – “An online graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you might need an impressive logo without a lot of work. ”
FlamingText – Offers some very cool banner designs for you to create free banners and website headers online.
FreeBase – A collection of GPL databases that can be used to create content for your sites.
Article Dashboard – If you are a website owner or a newsletter/ezine publisher, Article Dashboard provides you with a dynamic resource of relevant, on topic content that you can use free of charge. Just grab the articles you want to use, leave them in their original state complete with the resource box providing credit to the author, and use as you wish.
Search Creative Commons – Full copyright applies to most stuff on the web. But this search helps you find photos, music, text, and other works whose authors want you to re-use it for some uses — without having to pay or ask permission.
OpenSourceCMS – Try out the best forums and blogs before you install. Gives “you the opportunity to “try out” some of the best php/mysql based free and open source software systems in the world. You are welcome to be the administrator of any site here, allowing you to decide which system best suits your needs…”
Word Press – The powerful, free blog you run on your own hosting.
Simple Machines – A full featured, secure forum software with loads of customization options, Forums are great for having your readers write SE content for you.
Wink – Here’s a free screen capture program similar to Camtasia. Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users”
Open Office Free office suite -“OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute. ” Great for creating (secure) PDFs for FREE. Before you spend 100’s of dollars on MS Office, take a look at the free alternative.
Audacity – Free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
Scribus – A free alternative to Adobe Pagemaker and Quark Express. Use it to make outstanding documents for printing.
Snapfiles – A vast assortment of free software tools.
Roboform is the top-rated Password Manager and Web Form Filler that completely automates password entering and form filling.
InFormEnter (Same as ROBOFORM, but for Firefox) adds a small, clickable icon next to every input field in a web form, from where you can select the item to be inserted – no typing required. You can configure it to display your frequently used information such as name, email, address and whatever else you want to be available from the form menu.
TagCloud ” Essentially, TagCloud searches any number of RSS feeds you specify, extracts keywords from the content and lists them according to prevalence within the RSS feeds. Clicking on the tag’s link will display a list of all the article abstracts associated with that keyword.”
*NOTE* – At the time of this posting, TagCloud is undergoing some upgrades. Normally I would not have even listed it here but it is such a cool tool that in the event it is upgraded before I could get back here to include it I did not want you to miss out on it. You may want to bookmark it’s page anyway.
Stick Its – Desktop “Stickies” … Looks like those stick notes you buy at the store. Ya know the little yellow ones…Plus if you click on the ‘Products’ tab at the top of the page you will see other tools you may find a use for.
AdSense Shield – This script hides your AdSense ads for 24 hours to prevent click fraud. It shows some other alternate ad chosen by you containing whatever you want Yahoo, Clickbank, Commission Junction / eBay / Amazon). This is from Robert Plank and his stuff is always Rock Solid!
DDOS Deflate – IF you find your server/site is under a DDOS (denial of service) attack, try this script. If you are not sure of what you are doing when using this tool, be sure and FIRST email the developer. The email and name is located at the bottom of that page
Back Link Analyzer – Here’s a 100% FREE tool similar to Opti Link and SEO Elite, but it is free.
140 SEO Tools – A nice collection of seo tools, many free.
SEO Surf – optimize your websites for search engines, manage link exchanges and promote your website for more visitors and traffic. All that without spending a penny.
WebCEO – Its many tools help you promote your site in search engines, analyze your traffic, and maintain your online property.
Copyscape – Check the “dupe factor” of content. This is a must have tool in order to help protect you from content thieves.
Webmaster Eyes – Here is a useful tool to give you a quick PageRank snapshot in the SERPs for a particular keyword phrase.
Advanced Google Searches – A very useful google searcher.
SpyFu – Here’s a free tool that, among other things, lets you search Google Adwords by keyword or by company/website.
The PageRank Search tool returns Google SERP plus the PageRank bar for each. Great for checking strength of competition for keywords.
Yahoo Site Explorer – Site Explorer allows you to explore all the web pages indexed by Yahoo! Search. View the most popular pages from any site, dive into a comprehensive site map, and find pages that link to that site or any page.
SEOpen: It’s an extension to Firefox to help with and analyze SEO.
Future-pagerank: Get an educated guess as to the future PR of your sites.
GoLexa – The Search Tool with Complete Page Analysis for each Result
Website Quality Indicators – This extremely useful tool will give you a snapshot of just how powerful a site is in the eyes of the search engines.
Free SEO Tools – Similar Page Checker – Search Engine Spider Simulator – Backlink Anchor Text Analysis – Backlink Builder – Redirect Check…Plus many more.
Free SEO Tips Daily – Get hundreds of basic, intermediate and advanced free SEO and search marketing tips emailed to you- they are Free! One each day!
SEO SpyGlass is an extremely powerful competition research tool designed to let you see exactly how your competitors got to the top in search engines — so you can mimic their winning linking strategy, improve on it, and blow right by them in Google, Yahoo! and MSN!
Smart PageRank – Checks the PageRank of your backlinks and includes: Show PageRank, Show nofollow, Anchor Text.
Free Traffic Exchange Services
Traffic is the ‘life-blood’ of any business, online as well as offline.
Laser targeted traffic is ideal however, some traffic is better than zero traffic.
Traffic exchange services help you generate traffic to your websites and offers. Here are a few free services.