21 Aug 2016, 9:46am
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Three Things Why Responsive Design Isn’t All It Is Cracked Up To Be

It’s been almost a year and a half possibly after Google introduced a new rule that would devalue many upstanding websites in the market.

‘Mobilegeddon’ as it was known had forced many websites to follow Google’s rules of new Internet engagement. Responsive websites meant to cater to the thumb and not the mouse pointer had saved many high-ranking websites.

But it would seem today’s responsive sites tend to pack in a little bit more that it has caused a huge gap of profit between companies and consumers. The reasons are:

Miscommunication

The text is big. Sure

The text is readable. Of course.

The trouble is irrelevant information.

Most websites repacked into a mobile-responsive website just cram together the elements of the original desktop website. While all things such as visuals and items have been adjusted for the response, the design itself is not appealing or even engrossing for the visitor.

Now the conversions are going lower because of this.

Simplistic and Responsive Navigation

Often, app developers would suggest their side of the story: use a simple mobile saying they should use the app.

That would have just lowered the conversion rates further. Most consumers do not have time to install applications unless they are actually about to use the service.

Most consumers consult the company’s website to get further information before they use their service. Simplifying the navigation in responsive web designs would work effectively at this point.

Analyse what your consumers need. See which elements need compromise in your desktop design so it could fit in your mobile response design and help navigation become easier.

Do Away With Screen-Wide Pop-Ups

If you’re a fan of those ‘join our newsletter’ pop-ups that fill the entire screen, it’s time that people did away with such.

Screen wide pop-ups are unappealing especially if they appear after a visitor has been reading about 5% of the content.

About 30% mobile screen pop-ups or under-screen pop-ups served to them would be better rather than a whole-page approach.

22 Jun 2016, 7:42am
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Finding the Perfect Website Real Estate in Three Ways

There’s more to SEO than you may think. If you’re really wanting to boost your site’s advantage to reach middle to top rankings, you have to do proper SEO. But the thing is, it’s essential to find the right domain for you before you collect your Web Real Estate.

Let’s get started.

Look at the Metrics

Metrics aren’t all about looking at the best citations and frequency of site visits. A good website that was abandoned once received great links from other reliable sources. In short, it has lots of power and capability to help propel the site back up even after it had shot itself down.

The metrics of citation flow and trust flow is important.

Citation flow is how many websites are pointing towards your website or your page. Meanwhile, trust flow is heavily dependent on the quality of backlinks pointing towards your website.

So a big trust flow is coming to you when a renowned websites is pointing towards you. Google and other search engines will propel you up immediately.

Ratio

The ratio between citation and trust flow depends on two things:

If the citation flow increases, trust flow shouldn’t necessarily increase. But…

If trust flow increases, citation flow should also increase.

If a spammy website links to you, that is considered a candidate for citation flow but not for trust flow.

Neighbour

Since you’ll be rebuilding this website or adapating its former appearance (taking over the website as it previously was), you have to consider whether its current neighbourhood- the hosting you’re about to get- has the proper neighbourhood for it.

For example, if you’re clustered with spammy websites, you may want to consider cancelling your current hosting and getting a new one.

The Three Perils 2016 Brings To The SEO Master

As with any profession focused on trends and the spread of information, the world of Search Engine Optimization is a fast-paced, fast-changing life where you need to always be alert.

In just one year, Google and other search engines may choose to alter their search engine algorithms. Often, businesses find themselves in trouble should they stay misinformed. And so will SEO masters.

Here are three things that would guarantee peril this year and how to resolve them.

Social Media Factuality

In the past, social media needed just some funnies or just raised awareness that certain technologies, news and things exist. Before fact-finding became important in social media, Snopes.com had already done it.

With an audience that is increasingly becoming educated, high-quality content is most important in the data race.

Producing Visual Content

A block of text won’t help at all.

Text should be used as descriptors and your medium, such as a video or images, should tell the story.

Today, not everyone bothers to read a wall of text. Even in the news. Minimise your paragraph usage and focus on text that truly matters. Visual content can tell more in just a short span of time.

Becoming a Go-To Company

People use the Internet to find solution to problems. If you and your company could offer a solution, people are willing to visit your site or recommend it to friends or other individuals. By becoming a go to company by offering services, consultation and instruction for free during your initial years, you can improve your SEO standing.

Profiling Your Email or Contact Listing In Three Easy Ways!

Establishing your online presence through a website and social media has never been easy today. Just buy a $10 hosting + website URL and you’re on your way. You can optimise all your posts to a proper extent for Google and Facebook. However, you’ll always need your email and contact list.

Potential customers are interested. But if they haven’t heard about you, your business and online presence is still bust.

Relative To Your Niche

For example, a person has a website named “Internet Cafe Publishing”. Automatically, the niche focuses on marketing Internet cafes in the area. Another perspective could be that the business owner intends to publish Internet cafes in different parts of the world.

Your clients must be relative to your niche. Approaching and advertising an industrial parts maker in your website will not make sense. It can also pull down your Google ranking.

Contact Them, Properly

Properly means you know the complete name of the business owner and the name of the business. Before you contact them, you’ve done the effort to research about their business. This will have them lend you their business ear.

Gauge Their Needs

You’ve been observing the business of these individuals for quite some time now. You’ve seen their efforts to list themselves atop listing websites. Taking our first example, the Internet cafe had published themselves using a paid advertisement in multiple publishing lists. Contact them and give them a more affordable offer that guarantees great success.

Of course, you’ll need to provide extra effort to earn their trust. You could tell them they could pay for your services later instead of while you’re doing your business. Just make sure to bind them to their agreement first for your own security.

22 Dec 2015, 5:26am
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The Top Three Ways To Monetize Your Blog This 2016

Is Google’s AdSense still worth your time? Will impressions still generate good income for you or should you finally shift to PPC? Now that your website has some traction with advertisements, maybe it’s time to put it up to speed with more opportunities to increase sales.

So now comes a new year. Which ones would work? Here are the three I speculate to be most effective!

AdSense

Impressions is still the best way to earn money instead of having a click through option. People love visiting pages and as you have them run around looking at your other pages, the more impressions you get. It’s also easier to use impressions as reaching milestones are quicker now, especially if one of your content turns viral.

Services/Consultation

Offering your services using your expertise in your field is still the best way to earn. Spend some quality time with your readers. Create raving fans of your brand.

Allow them to spread the word in social media and throughout the Internet. Remember, word of mouth is still the best marketing tool in the world.

EBooks

If you haven’t a time to do webinars, consider writing an eBook.

The best way to do this is to have your readers vote on some issues and the one that gets the most vote gets written an eBook.

From $100 to $500, you could sell copies of your eBook online.

26 Oct 2015, 11:35pm
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Online Marketing For Small Businesses [Infographic]

Starting a blog for your small business opens a channel for interaction with your customers.

Yes, I know you could use social media, but it would not be proper to see a long update in your Facebook about some new products or services you have in store.

Think of social media as your barker towards your own shop, which is your blog. In your blog is more content and your actual announcement for your new product or service.

If you’re a small business? No problem! We have a strong feeling the Internet was made for your success!

25 Aug 2015, 3:10am
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Update Your Arsenal! Get The Best Online Marketing Tools Today!

Digital Marketers require all the tools they need to survive the next day of marketing and tracking and analysing information coming from their respective blogs and websites. So we’ve compiled a list of 99 online marketing tools that you could definitely use to succeed!

The list starts here. Whenever you’re ready!

PPC Tools

1. AdWords Editor

If you work on large campaigns or multiple campaigns in Google AdWords on a regular basis, you’ll need AdWords Editor.

The recently redesigned interface makes working in AdWords Editor much easier, and the new suite of tools has almost everything a PPC marketer needs for bulk editing. Essential.

 

2. Keyword Planner

Google’s Keyword Planner is a similarly essential tool. Although you need an AdWords account to use it, the Keyword Planner isn’t just for PPC; it can help identify a wide range of keywords and associated data for uses in your AdWords campaigns as well as content marketing and SEO.

 

3. Bing Ads Editor

With Bing Ads becoming an increasingly popular PPC platform, the Bing Ads Editor is your all-in-one companion for managing your Bing Ads campaigns.

 

4. AdWords Scripts

Many PPC marketers have discovered the power and flexibility of AdWords Scripts to help them automate tasks that would otherwise eat into their precious time. If you haven’t checked them out, maybe it’s time to give them a try!

 

5. AdWords Performance Grader

WordStream’s AdWords Performance Grader (which we recently improved!) performs a thorough PPC audit of your AdWords account in 60 seconds or less, completely free. See what you’re doing right, and where you could improve, and see a greater return on your AdWords investment.

 

6. Bing Ads Intelligence

Although Bing Ads has intentionally made its experience as similar to AdWords as possible to help advertisers make the transition or run complementary campaigns, one area Bing excels in is its reporting functionality. The Bing Ads Intelligence suite of tools offers some remarkable reporting, so if you’re serious about Bing Ads, be sure to explore Bing Ads Intelligence.

 

7. Bing Ads Grader

Like WordStream’s AdWords Performance Grader, but want to see how your Bing Ads account is doing? No problem. The WordStream Bing Ads Performance Grader will evaluate the strength of your Bing Ads account and provide step-by-step advice on how to improve.

 

8. Keyword Wrapper

SEO Book’s Keyword Wrapper may appear to be an SEO tool, but as with many such tools, it offers a great deal of value to PPC marketers. Simply enter one or more keywords, then “wrap” them into groups according to match types such as broad, phrase, and exact – or all three!

 

9. Google Trends

Search trend data can be incredibly valuable to PPC marketers – so you can adjust campaigns to match seasonal demand – and Google Trends is one of the best free sources of this information out there.

 

10. Phrase Builder

Need a ton of related keyword ideas in a hurry? Phrase Builder is a great tool for quickly generating related keyword lists based on your input criteria. Useful for building large lists of keywords.

 

11. Analysis Toolpak for Excel

Personally, I barely use Excel’s core functionality on any given day, but for power users, the Analysis Toolpak for Excel adds a whole bunch of additional features that are useful for PPC marketers hoping to wring even more out of their Excel workflow. Learn how to install it here, then check out what it can do here.

 

12. Soovle

Similar to Google Suggest – but with a lot more data – Soovle lets you see autocomplete suggestions instantly from not just Google, but several other sites including Wikipedia, Amazon, and YouTube. Very handy, but it’s worth noting that Google plans to cut off access to the autocomplete API in the near future, meaning Soovle will only be able to provide results for other search engines when this happens.

 

13. Convertable

One of the biggest challenges in lead generation campaigns is learning enough about your leads to qualify them. Convertable makes this easier, offering much more data than traditional forms allow, providing you with data on everything from the browser they used and their operating system to the traffic source and the keywords they entered, as you can see in the screenshot below:

14. UberSuggest

One of the most popular third-party tools for PPC marketers, UberSuggest works similarly to other suggestion-based tools, but also offers robust foreign language support and some other nifty functionality. Again, when Google sunsets access to the autocomplete API, this tool might disappear, but for now, it’s worth checking out.

15. SplitTester

Calculating the CTR of two different ads is easy – predicting how they’ll perform over the long term is much harder without running a lengthy A/B test. SplitTester allows you to enter numerical CTR data to predict the ongoing performance of the two ads. Great for estimating statistical significance if you don’t have enough time for a full A/B test.

 

16. WordStream Landing Page Grader

Strong landing pages are essential to the success of any PPC campaign, and WordStream’s free Landing Page Grader will show you how you can improve your landing pages with a detailed, personalized report.

17. Keyword Competitor

Nothing like a little armchair industrial espionage to get your campaigns off on the right foot, eh? Keyword Competitor lets you check out what keywords your competitors are using, as well as how well they’re performing. Sly!

18. iSpionage

While we’re on the topic of espionage, give iSpionage a try (see what I did there?). This handy tool also lets you get the lowdown on what other businesses in your space are up to, allowing you to make informed decisions about your own campaigns.

19. SEMrush

You can never have too much competitive analysis, and the SEMrush suite of tools is definitely one of the best out there. Search for detailed keyword data by domain or keyword, and see what everyone else is up to.

20. SpyFu

SpyFu is another competitive analysis tool, but it offers some really cool features other tools lack, such as the ability to download CSV files of competitor keywords and reporting export functionality. It also has a really nice interface with plenty of important information easily available at a glance.

21. KeywordSpy

Another keyword research tool that can help you gain a valuable edge over the competition. KeywordSpy offers the data you’d expect from such a tool, as well as ad copy and keyword combination information, AdWords spend data for entire sites, and other cool information that can help PPC marketers.

 

22. WhatRunsWhere

WhatRunsWhere is a powerful tool that offers a wide range of data on display advertising campaigns. Covering 150,000 display advertisers across more than 90 ad networks in 15 countries, WhatRunsWhere is essential for companies hoping to get ahead in (display) advertising.

 

23. The Search Monitor

Of all the competitive intelligence tools we’ve looked at so far, The Search Monitor is one of the most useful. PPC marketers can use The Search Monitor to examine data on sponsored listings and PLAs across nine ad networks and 1,200 industry verticals, and also offers a ton of geotargeting and custom audience functionality. Well worth checking out.

 

24. AdGooroo

One thing we hear time and again about our own tools is how valuable the benchmark performance data is, and that’s one area where AdGooroo shines. As well as the usual ad spend estimate modeling and other tools, AdGooroo also lets you look at snapshots of specific brands in your vertical – very interesting if you’re looking to adjust your PPC strategy.

25. Typo Generator

If you’re targeting exact match types in your campaigns, give Typo Generator a shot. Google does offer variation matching within AdWords, but this tool is still useful for the hyper-control-freak PPCers out there.

 

26. Keyword Niche Finder

Our final PPC tool is WordStream’s own Keyword Niche Finder. This free tool lets you find keyword niches (as in, pre-organized keyword groups), which can be very useful when thinking about how to structure your campaigns. It’s pretty handy for SEO purposes, too.

 

 

SEO Tools

27. Google Suggest

Google Suggest is invaluable when you need keyword and content ideas. You might not have given much thought to how Google’s autocomplete functionality can help you, but with powerful modifiers and other tricks, there’s more to it than meets the eye.

28. Ahrefs

For SEOs, Ahrefs is a must. This tool offers a wide range of functionality that every SEO will find useful, from link profile data to content referral information. Essential.

 

[Image: Online marketing tools Ahrefs]

 

29. Majestic

With more backlink data than you can shake a proverbial stick at, Majestic remains the go-to for many SEOs. This robust tool (which offers its own API for working with your own data sets) is extraordinarily powerful.

 

30. Compete

Ever wanted to know how much traffic your favorite blogs really get? Well, now you can. Compete offers estimated traffic data based on a range of metrics, and you can plot your results against primary and secondary metrics to customize your reports. Very handy.

 

31. DeepCrawl

Migrating to a new site is a worrisome time for any SEO. With DeepCrawl, you can test the impact of changes in a safe environment before pushing them to a live server, among many other awesome tools. DeepCrawl lets you check your redirects, ensure your hreflang tags are applied correctly, review canonicalized pages, and more.

 

32. Anchor Text Over Optimization Tool

Does exactly what it says on the tin. The Anchor Text Over Optimization Tool lets you search for and identify over-optimized anchor text links (which can look unnatural to Google) on external sites, and also allows you to submit change requests directly to site webmasters. If you’re worried about Google penalties, give it a try.

 

33. SEO Title Tag 3.0

Optimizing your title tags has never been easier. SEO Title Tag 3.0 lets you effortlessly optimize title tags in minutes.

 

34. Domain Hunter Plus

This free Chrome plugin lets you quickly check for broken links without leaving your browser. Domain Hunter Plus can crawl hundreds of links on a single page, provides error status codes for easy diagnosis, and lets you export results in .csv format. Very cool.

 

35. Keyword Map

Wordtracker’s Keyword Map is a handy tool for SEOs looking to build keyword maps for website architecture.

 

36. MozLocal

Moz is every SEO’s best friend, and having acquired GetListed in 2012, it’s no surprise that Moz is one of the best tools for local SEOs out there. MozLocal helps local businesses rank competitively in the search engines, making smaller sites as visible as possible.

 

37. Google SERP Snippet Optimization Tool

It may not look pretty, but this Google SERP Snippet Optimization Tool is actually pretty handy. It lets you mock up SERP snippets and URLs quickly and easily so you can see ahead of time what your content will look like in the search results. It also offers several display options, such as bold text, dates, and rich snippets.

 

38. Internet Marketing Ninjas SEO Tools

Our friends at Internet Marketing Ninjas offer several free SEO tools that might help you with your technical SEO work. Tools available include a broken link checker, an image and link analyzer, an on-page optimization tool, and a Greasemonkey add-on that helps you find URLs from search results.

 

39. Linkstant

Wondering where your new links are coming from and just can’t wait for a search engine report or your Analytics logs to catch up? Then check out Linkstant (as in links + instant), a link checking tool that offers immediate results.

 

40. MozCast

Keeping up with changes to Google’s algorithms can be hard work, which is why MozCast makes it easy and fun. MozCast compares Google algorithm updates to the weather, providing at-a-glance updates of how much the algos have changed over the past day or week.

 

41. Rank Checker for Firefox

No surprises with this tool. Rank Checker for Firefox is a free, open source add-on for Mozilla’s browser that lets you quickly check your rankings without handing all your data over to a third party.

 

42. Schema Creator

Schema can be an excellent addition to your site, but to the uninitiated, it’s not exactly easy to get started. That’s what makes Raven’s Schema Creator such a powerful tool. Start generating schema microdata for your site in minutes.

 

43. Seer SEO Toolbox

If you’re new to SEO or just want a simpler suite of tools to help you with your technical SEO work, check out Seer Interactive’s SEO Toolbox. Made with marketers, not technologists, in mind, these handy tools will help you get more done with less effort and technical know-how.

 

44. SEO Tools for Excel

Just like their PPC counterparts, SEOs almost certainly use Excel as part of their workflow. Why not make it more useful by adding SEO Tools for Excel? This software adds a range of SEO-centric functionality to Excel, making it easier to get more done in Excel.

 

45. SEOgadget Tools

Similar to SEO Tools for Excel, SEOgadget Tools extends the functionality of Excel to make it a more useful tool for SEOs.

 

46. Similar Page Checker

Having too much duplicate content on your site is a search engine no-no. Similar Page Checker is a free web-based tool that runs comparisons of your pages to a second page, highlighting areas of similarity that could get you in trouble with Google.

 

47. URI Valet

Need to check your server headers? Then use URI Valet, a free tool that allows you to check server headers according to a range of parameters, including by protocol and user agent.

 

48. Xenu’s Link Sleuth

This old-school tool Xenu’s Link Sleuth gets the job done and then some. Use this tool to find broken links on your site quickly and easily as well as to easily get a full list of all your indexed pages.

 

49. MozBar

Yet another awesome free tool from our pals at Moz. The MozBar browser extension lets you perform a range of SEO tasks from your browser, including keyword ranking data analysis, schema validation, and SEO metric reporting.

 

50. The Alexa Toolbar for Chrome

Alexa is one of the most trusted web metrics sites online, and with the Alexa Toolbar for Chrome, you can see at-a-glance information about the site you’re currently browsing, including traffic rankings, inbound links, and user reviews.

 

51. Mozscape API

Sometimes there’s just no substitute for rolling your sleeves up and working with the raw data yourself. If this sounds like your approach to SEO, you’re probably already using the Mozscape API – but if not, check it out right now.

 

52. Open Site Explorer

Seriously, when it comes to SEO tools, nobody does it better than Moz. Open Site Explorer is invaluable not just to SEOs, but digital marketers of all stripes. If you haven’t used it yet, you’re missing out.

 

53. Screaming Frog SEO Spider

Offering an in-depth SEO audit of more than 30 metrics, Screaming Frog’s SEO Spider tool is one of the most comprehensive technical SEO analysis tools out there.

 

 

Social Media Tools

54. Hootsuite

Few social media management tools are as well-known or widely used as Hootsuite. This fully featured platform offers all the social media management functionality you could ever need, which is probably why it’s so popular.

 

55. TweetDeck

If you only want to focus on Twitter, TweetDeck will soon become your new best friend. Don’t waste time wrestling with the Twitter.com interface – get all the functionality Twitter should have built in the first place with TweetDeck.

 

56. Buffer

Yes, other social media tools offer scheduling functionality, but Buffer is among the simplest and most elegant platforms for managing social media accounts. Bonus points to the Buffer team for running one of the best blogs in the business.

 

57. IFTTT

Although not a social media tool in the strictest sense, IFTTT (short for If This, Then That) lets you connect the apps you use on a regular basis and create logic-driven workflows for automating routine tasks. An interesting way to create social media updates and dozens of other nifty uses.

 

58. BuzzSumo

Another app that falls into several categories, BuzzSumo is just pure awesomeness. Find out which content is being shared across which networks and by who. Brilliant.

 

59. SocialOomph

Social media management platform SocialOomph does a little bit of everything – post scheduling, keyword tracking, draft management, multiple account connectivity, and mentions/retweet monitoring. I haven’t used it myself, but a lot of digital marketers recommend it.

 

60. Tweepi

Another great Twitter management tool Tweepi makes it easy to get your Twitter account under control. See who’s not following you back (and unfollow en masse), clean up your follower list, and even force undesirable accounts to unfollow you.

 

61. Save Publishing

A very nifty tool, Save Publishing lets you quickly identify passages of 140 characters on any web page, making it easy to find – and tweet – quotes and quick takeaways from your content and other sources.

 

62. SocialFlow

SocialFlow doesn’t manage your accounts or make it easier to handle everyday social media management, but it does analyze millions of data points to determine the precise moments when to publish on social to create maximum visibility and engagement with your content.

 

63. LikeAlyzer

Don’t let the awkward name fool you – LikeAlyzer is really cool. This tool evaluates the strength of your Facebook page to give you additional insight into areas you can improve when engaging with followers and fans on Facebook.

 

64. Sprout Social

Sprout Social makes it easy to keep on top of your social media management. Offers agency-specific tools as well as functionality to handle social customer service (very important).

 

65. Social Bro

I haven’t used this platform myself, but terrible name notwithstanding, SocialBro seems to offer some useful Twitter management features. Free plans are available if you fancy giving it a try for yourself.

 

66. Crowdbooster

Social media analytics platform Crowdbooster offers some nice-looking reporting features, export functionality, as well as the scheduling and general-purpose management functions you’d expect from a social media tool.

 

67. Happy Cyborg

What if you could entrust your Twitter account to a machine? This isn’t dystopian science fiction but a reality thanks to Happy Cyborg, a fun tool that’s still in beta. Happy Cyborg assumes control of your Twitter handle and behaves as you would based on common responses to Twitter interactions. Probably not recommended for corporate accounts, but it could be ideal for busy entrepreneurs who find themselves tweeting the same stuff frequently.

 

68. Openr

Openr is a really nifty tool that lets you add a call to action to anything you post on social media, allowing you to harness the power of social’s reach and make it even easier for your audience to take action.

 

69. Bitly

Where would Twitter be without Bitly? The original link shortening tool is still highly useful as a standalone tool, even after Twitter incorporated Bit.ly functionality into TweetDeck.

 

70. Mediatoolkit

Keeping track of what people are saying about you online is crucial for effective brand management, and Mediatoolkit makes it easy.

 

71. Everypost

Social management tool Everypost does, of course, offer scheduling and publishing functionality, but its greatest strength is its very cool content curation tools. Curate content from virtually anywhere, then publish across your social accounts. Very cool.

 

72. Discover.ly

Chrome extension Discover.ly lets you explore relationships with influential people on social media. It provides additional information about people, including previously unconnected accounts, such as a person’s Facebook or LinkedIn profiles from their Gmail account, and helps you form stronger relationships with industry power users.

 

 

Content Marketing Tools

73. Prezi

Let’s be honest – most slideshow presentations suck, but Prezi helps you make presentations people will actually want to watch.

 

74. Powtoon

Powtoon lets you create animated elements for your slideshows quickly and easily, bringing a touch of finesse that most PowerPoints lack.

 

75. Blog Topic Generator

Stuck for ideas on what to blog about? Then try HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator, which does pretty much exactly what you’d expect it to do.

 

76. Content Idea Generator

Similar to HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator, Portent’s Content Idea Generator helps you quickly come up with ideas for new content projects simply by plugging in a general topic.

 

77. Trello

Trello is a godsend for large or distributed content teams working to a shared editorial calendar by simplifying the editorial workflow process into nice easy boards. Seriously, check it out.

 

78. Feedly

Many a marketer mourned the loss of Google Reader (RIP), but Feedly is just as good – if not better. Stay on top of the day’s news and must-read content with this awesome RSS app.

 

79. CoSchedule

Another scheduling/editorial calendar tool, CoSchedule also offers some nifty free content tools like its Headline Analyzer. Well worth a look for small teams.

 

80. After the Deadline

Not all content teams can afford the luxury of hiring a dedicated copyeditor, which is what makes After the Deadline so awesome. This free Chrome plugin checks your grammar, spelling, and everything else you need to keep an eye on before hitting “Publish.”

 

81. Polar

Adding interactive elements like online polls can be a great way to make your content more engaging. Polar makes adding polls to your content a snap, and it has a really intuitive interface, so you don’t need mad coding skills to get started.

 

82. SlideShare

For marketers who do a lot of conference presentations or webinars, SlideShare is the other social network. Create awesome slide decks, then share them on SlideShare with your audience – simple.

 

83. PlaceIt

Ever wanted to put screenshots of your product into stock imagery, but lack Photoshop skills? Now you can with PlaceIt, an easy way to customize images with your own branding and product stills. It also features video integration, which looks awesome.

 

84. Canva

Canva lets you create stylish, striking visuals for social media posts and content projects with an effortless drag-and-drop interface. You can upload your own assets to work with (for free), or pay a small fee to use Canva’s own library of visual materials.

 

85. Share As Image

A really nifty tool for content marketers, Share As Image lets you add text to any image on the web for fast, easy social sharing of visual content. Just be sure to get permission to use images you find online before including them in your campaigns.

 

86. Piktochart

Long gone are the days when you needed to hire an expensive graphic design specialist to create beautiful infographics. Piktochart is an awesome free tool that lets you start designing infographics, presentations and more in minutes. Well worth bookmarking.

 

87. Tableau Public

Incorporating data visualization into your content projects is a near-guaranteed way to make them stickier and really pop when it comes to illustrating complex topics. Tableau Public is an amazingly powerful, completely free data visualization tool that lets you create incredible interactive visualizations. Amazing.

 

88. The Readability Test Tool

Nailing the style and tone of your content is crucial. To check if your latest post is a little on the wordy side, check out The Readability Test Tool, which evaluates web pages according to the Flesch Kincaid Reading Scale.

 

89. Quora

It might not seem like a content marketing tool, but Quora can be invaluable for crowdsourcing answers to your questions. Many content marketers use Quora to find quotes, explain complex topics, and other ways to make their content more accessible.

 

90. OmmWriter

Hate drafting in Word? Need to eliminate distractions while you’re blogging? Then give OmmWriter a try. This minimalist writing environment strips away everything between you and that all-important first draft, giving you the time and space to get more done.

 

91. Evernote

Personally, I favor the hundreds-of-bookmarks-organized-into-folders approach to research, but if this sounds like too much hassle, give Evernote a try. This powerful free app lets you save virtually anything you find online to a personalized folder system synced across all your devices – awesome.

 

 

Analytics and Optimization Tools

92. Google Analytics

The granddaddy of analytics tools, Google Analytics offers everything you need to track the effectiveness of your campaigns and monitor the performance of your site. For such a complex tool, Google Analytics is surprisingly user-friendly.

 

93. CrazyEgg

Heatmaps are immensely useful tools to see how your visitors are really interacting with your site, and nobody does heatmaps better than CrazyEgg.

 

A heatmap showing audience eye movement and points of interest on a web page.

 

94. ClickTale

ClickTale lets you review video recordings of real website visitor sessions, revealing their mouse movements, what they click, and most importantly, where you’re losing them.

 

95. SubjectLine

Worried your email subject lines aren’t as compelling as they could be? Then test them to see how they measure up with SubjectLine. For example, I entered the subject line “Want to get more out of your PPC campaigns?” which gave me the score and breakdown below:

 

96. MixPanel

MixPanel is a powerful analytics tool that lets you work with large datasets without writing a single line of SQL code. It also boasts a clean, intuitive interface, making advanced analytics analysis easier than ever.

 

97. Formisimo

Analytics tools are all well and good, but finding out why visitors abandon web forms and checkouts is hard using traditional platforms. That’s what makes Formisimo such a valuable tool for digital marketers. Find out exactly what visitors are doing – or not doing – with your web forms.

 

98. Visual Website Optimizer

Another A/B testing and optimization tool, Visual Website Optimizer (or VWO) is remarkably easy to use. Dive in and get started with testing virtually immediately.

 

99. FiveSecondTest

In-depth A/B tests are all well and good, but sometimes, a person’s gut reaction to what they see immediately upon landing on your page can yield surprising insights. That’s the idea behind FiveSecondTest, a testing platform that shows you what people see within five seconds of arriving on your page – and what they miss.

Source: Wordstream

22 Jun 2015, 5:12am
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What’s The Recipe For A Successful Crowdfunding Project? You’ll Be Surprised

Plenty of companies opened up and are thriving with many Kickstarter and GoFundMe projects in the last few years. The new investor platform, which makes an ordinary person an investor for new products and services, had given plenty of small companies an opportunity to grow to their fullest potential. But how can you make your projects work?

  • Build Your Network

Advertising and marketing can work. A few blog spots could work. But nothing beats having a personalised word-of-mouth network before you begin your project. The larger and diverse the size of your network is, the better for your business. Do this 12 months in advance.

  • Clearly Communicate Your Ideas

Remove all jargons and unnecessary spins with your product description. Effective communication relies on the simplicity of the message and the conciseness of your product and service. Be candid, be personal, be emotional with your descriptions in newsletters and tweets.

  • Show Momentum As You Go

You’ve told a good story about your product or service. Now’s the time to show momentum with your project continuing your story. As your story advances, people want to see how their contributions have answered the “why” in your product description and how you are making good use of these resources.

24 Apr 2015, 12:43pm
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Mobilegeddon: The Last Two Days

Every Search Engine Optimization specialist and small business around the world had looked in terror as Google announced the Mobilegeddon, or more well-known as the favouring of websites with mobile-friendly interface by its search engine algorithms. Without waiting for the definition of what mobile-friendly really is, the world’s search engine experts

However, experts from Moz said that public reception to Google’s new update had been more relaxed despite its real-time changes. While mobile tests had proven that from April 14 to 23 Google had fully implemented its new algorithm, it’s still a ways-off from the expected effect it would have.

From 4/15, desktop activities continue to be better.

No websites have reported significant hits to make their websites suffer. However, Moz has released a Mobile Friendly Scoreboard

1. en.m.wikipedia.org — 96.3%
2. www.amazon.com — 62.3%
3. m.facebook.com — 100.0%
4. m.yelp.com — 99.9%
5. m.youtube.com — 27.8%
6. twitter.com — 99.8%
7. www.tripadvisor.com — 92.5%
8. www.m.webmd.com — 100.0%
9. mobile.walmart.com — 99.5%
10. www.pinterest.com — 97.5%
11. www.foodnetwork.com — 69.9%
12. www.ebay.com — 97.7%
13. www.mayoclinic.org — 100.0%
14. m.allrecipes.com — 97.1%
15. m.medlineplus.gov — 100.0%
16. www.bestbuy.com — 90.2%
17. www.overstock.com — 98.6%
18. m.target.com — 41.4%
19. www.zillow.com — 99.6%
20. www.irs.gov — 0.0%

22 Feb 2015, 11:00am
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