Pixlr A simple, free, online image-editing application
Amazon Magazines Visit the magazine stand to learn what interests the world
Yahoo Groups So many groups about so many topics
Twitter Great for connecting with similar people, learning about your market, and building community
Hootsuite If you just don’t want another desktop app, Hootsuite can satisfy
Blog Catalog Search the catalog to find blogs in – or adjacent to – your niche
Google Alerts Have Google tell you when something of interest hits the web
Feedly Save time by having Feedly consolidate and summarize information from everywhere (this is a decent alternative to Google Reader which Google shut down in 2013)
Google Adwords tool Google will help identify key phrases that you could use to get “organic” traffic.
Hostgator is a very affordable and reliable hosting service with plans that let you install as many web sites as you want at a fixed price. Click the ad to the right to get started. (Please note: this is an “affiliate link” meaning that I receive compensation from Hostgator if you buy hosting service through it.)
Blogger is a free blogging platform that provides limited ability to customize and employ plugins.
WordPress.com lets you create a WordPress blog free of charge, but with a very limited set of plugins.
WordPress.org where to download WordPress software to install on your own domain.
Market Samurai offers a 12-day free trial; that’s enough to find the perfect keyphrases to start your business blog. Visit the Market Samurai Dojo for training on the software and for more information about the stuff we do in class. Please get in touch with me if you have questions. Click the Market Samurai logo/button to the left to get to their web site and download the software for you free trial. (Please note: this is an “affiliate link” meaning that I receive compensation from Market Samurai should you decide to purchase your own copy of the Market Samurai software through this link.)
Google Webmasters Tools Google can provide information to help improve the “authority” of your web site.
stumbleupon social bookmarking Participate to build a supportive community.
When you install a WordPress blog on your own domain, you should also install plugins designed to optimize the blog for search engines. The following plugins help with various aspects of SEO (some may come with the WordPress install):
AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget (drop-down) – http://www.addthis.com/
AdSense Manager – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/adsense-manager/
AdServe – http://www.irisco.it/?page_id=40
Akismet – http://akismet.com/
All in One SEO Pack – http://semperfiwebdesign.com/
Category Posts Widget – http://jameslao.com/2008/04/18/category-posts-widget-13/
Google XML Sitemaps – http://www.arnebrachhold.de/redir/sitemap-home/
Ultimate Google Analytics – http://www.oratransplant.nl/uga
WordPress Duplicate Content Cure – http://seologs.com/duplicate-content-cure/
WordPress Video Plugin – http://www.daburna.de/blog/2006/12/13/wordpress-video-plugin/
WP-Sticky – http://lesterchan.net/portfolio/programming/php/
WP-admanager – http://www.ds-style.com/blog/
WP tags to Technorati – http://www.geekyramblings.org/plugins/wp-tags-to-technorati/
Social Marketing Bootcamp
I occasionally add links here to files related to seminars and workshops so participants can download them for review. The most generic is the social marketing blueprint document that summarizes activities to boost your web site’s SEO and your social media presence. Remember that social media activities related to your website also boost the site in Google search results.
The Internet is a Writer’s Best Friend — March 23, 2012
GWA 2012 Handout — 10/14
GWA 2012 Website Links — 10/14
CVNLA 2013 Short Course Handout — 02/14