Links, Tools, Resources

Links, Tools, Resources

Over the years I’ve come across many wonderful links, tools and resources that have helped me grow the online side of my business. Most of them are all neatly filed away in various Bookmarks in my browser. Others I’ve just lost. Here’s a list of my favourites – which I will add to from time to time, and you can use yourself. Enjoy!


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Analytics:

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Google Analytics
https://moz.com/blog/absolute-beginners-guide-to-google-analytics

Guide to Removing Google Analytics Spam
http://help.analyticsedge.com/

Ahrefs – turnkey marketing laboratory
https://ahrefs.com/

Hubspot Marketing Grader (for your Website)
https://marketing.grader.com

Analyze your competitor’s online marketing strategy
http://www.similarweb.com/

SEM Rush
http://www.semrush.com/

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Content Management:

 

Speechpad offer very affordable transcription services.
http://www.speechpad.com

Content Plagiarism Checker
http://www.copyscape.com

Sales Copy “Headline” Analyser
http://www.aminstitute.com/headline/index.htm

Lorum Ipsum Generator
http://www.lipsum.com

Video Hosting (for stuff you don’t want on YouTube)
http://www.screencast.com

Outbrain – Content Publishing
http://www.outbrain.com

Convert Stuff to PDF… of PDF to ‘stuff’.
https://smallpdf.com/

A nice guide on how to outsource your blogging
The KISSMetrics Formula

Article Idea Generators
http://www.onlinesales.co.uk/tools/tools/topical-brainstorm.php
http://www.contentrow.com/tools/link-bait-title-generator
http://www.hubspot.com/blog-topic-generator
http://tweakyourbiz.com/tools/title-generator/index.php

Cloudconvert
https://cloudconvert.com/

BuzzSumo: Analyze what content performs best for any topic or competitor
http://buzzsumo.com/

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Google:

Google Search Console Main Dashboard
Webmaster Tools Copyright Removal

Google’s Website Analysis Tool
Test My Site (By Google)

Google Adwords (and the Keyword Planner)
https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner

Google Analytics
http://www.google.com/analytics

Google Tag Manager
https://www.google.com.au/tagmanager

Google “My Business”
https://www.google.com/business

Google Page Speed Test
https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed

Google Mobile Friendly Test (1)
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly

Google Mobile Friendly Test (2)
https://testmysite.thinkwithgoogle.com/

Google Developers Guide
https://developers.google.com

Definitive Guide to Removing Referral Spam
http://www.analyticsedge.com/2014/12/removing-referral-spam-google-analytics/

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Graphics:

Remove Background: Great Resource for eCommerce Websites needing to tidy up their product images.
http://www.removebackground.com

An excellent resource for infographics / templates
http://graphicriver.net/category/infographics

Don’t like Photoshop? Try Canva
https://www.canva.com

Online Infographics Creator
http://piktochart.com

Create 3D eCovers from your 2D Designs
http://www.myecovermaker.com

One of many stock photo companies
http://www.istockphoto.com

“Always” up-to-date Social Media Image Size Guide
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/

Colour Combinations Guide
http://www.colorcombos.com

Logo Design Helper
http://www.designmantic.com

Online Image Splitter
http://www.htmlkit.com/services/is/

One of my Fav Graphics Sites
https://unsplash.com/

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Marketing:

Source Bottle is a great website for finding new publicity opportunities.
http://www.sourcebottle.com

The Ultimate List of Marketing Statistics.
http://www.hubspot.com/marketing-statistics

Email Automation System
https://www.paulbarrs.com/website-design-sunshine-coast

Advertising ROI Calculator
http://www.hubspot.com/ads-calculator

Typeform
https://www.typeform.com/

Lunametrics
Definitions for Common Digital Marketing Acronyms and Terms

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Online Booking Systems:

Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.com.au

Try Booking
http://www.trybooking.com

Or – WooCommerce with WooBookings
http://www.woothemes.com/woocommerce
http://www.woothemes.com/products/woocommerce-bookings

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Online Surveys:

SurveyMonkey
http://surveymonkey.com/

SurveyShare
http://surveyshare.com/

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Outsourcing Resources:

Elance
https://www.elance.com

Freelancer
https://www.freelancer.com.au

The Content Authority
http://thecontentauthority.com

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SEO (Search Engine Optimisation):

Get Monthly Reports for your Current Ranking
https://www.paulbarrs.com/store/seo-rank-reporting

Robots.txt Generator
http://www.mcanerin.com/en/search-engine/robots-txt.asp

Learn more about Robots.txt
http://www.robotstxt.org/robotstxt.html

XML Sitemap Generator
https://www.xml-sitemaps.com

Learn more about HTTP Status Codes
https://moz.com/blog/an-seos-guide-to-http-status-codes

Yes, Bing Webmaster Tools is still a good resource
http://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster/

Learn about Canonical URL’s
https://moz.com/blog/canonical-url

Learn about Paginated Content (from Google)
https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1663744?hl=en

Learn about Rich Snippets
http://builtvisible.com/micro-data-schema-org-guide-generating-rich-snippets

The Periodic Table Of SEO Success Factors
http://www.searchengineland.com/periodic-table-of-seo-2015-edition-222074

Google Operators for specific search queries
http://www.googleguide.com/advanced_operators_reference.html

Moz’s Open Site Explorer (view a website’s link profile)
https://moz.com/researchtools/ose/

Even Google employees get SEO Spam Emails.
https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/seo-email/

Guide to Ecommerce SEO
http://guides.geoffkenyon.com/ecommerce/

TheNextWeb
12 keyword research tools and creative ways to use them

Keyword Density Analyser
http://tools.seobook.com/general/keyword-density/

Google Search Console – Have you found webspam?
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/spamreport?pli=1

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Social Media:

Facebook De-Bugger (for when FB won’t show the right image from your website)
https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/

Find out if the ‘name’ you want is available
http://knowem.com

Facebook Sharing Checklist
https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/checklist

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Websites:

STRONG Password Generator
https://strongpasswordgenerator.com

Find a new theme or design for your website
http://themeforest.net

GA Checker – Check Your Site for Missing Google Analytics Tracking Code
http://www.gachecker.com/

Website Wireframe Design Tool
http://quirktools.com/wires/

Monitor your site’s “up and downtime”
http://www.siteuptime.com

Website Speed Test (1)
http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/

Website Speed Test (2)
https://www.webpagetest.org/

Website Speed Test (3)
https://gtmetrix.com/

Server Speed Tester
http://www.bitcatcha.com/

Broken Links Checker
http://www.brokenlinkcheck.com

User “Experience” Test
https://usabilityhub.com
http://www.usertesting.com/

See how your Website Renders on Different Devices
http://ami.responsivedesign.is/

Find out who the ‘host’ is for any website
http://www.whoishostingthis.com

Find out what Technology is used on any website
http://builtwith.com

Website System Administrator Tools
https://www.site24x7.com/find-ip-address-of-web-site.html

Find out what other sites are hosted on your server
http://www.yougetsignal.com/tools/web-sites-on-web-server

IP “Block” Guide
https://www.countryipblocks.net

Website “Testing” Service (Marketing / HTML / Social)
http://nibbler.silktide.com/en_US

SSL Certificate Checker
https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/index.html

WordPress Theme Detector
http://www.wpthemedetector.com

Woothemes Showcase
http://www.woothemes.com/showcase

Easily add dummy text to your website & templates!
http://dummytext.com/

Enable your clients to send you large files without them needing a Dropbox account
https://www.wetransfer.com/

Submit a Domain Complaint » auDA
https://www.auda.org.au/about-auda/our-services/submit-a-domain-complaint-/

SSL Checker – “Why No Padlock”
https://www.whynopadlock.com/

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