This is a guest contribution from Kulwant Nagi.
Today, Internet marketing is evolving at a greater pace than ever.
Companies are pulling out all the stops to get more online exposure and, eventually, more customers. Using premium services for all the tools necessary for Internet marketing is not feasible for every business – that’s when free options come into play.
When I started my career two years ago, I was not aware of these tools, so I kept looking for the best and easiest ways to boost my business. I continued to add all the tools to my browser’s bookmarks for quick & easy access.
If you are one of the Internet marketers who is still banging their head against a brick wall to find free tools that can help you save your time, boost your productivity and ultimately bring some favorable results, then stay tuned for another 5–10 minutes.
Here I am going to reveal 15 Internet marketing tools which I am personally using and getting huge benefits from.
15 Free Tools to Help Your Online Business
1. Content Idea Generator
Being an Internet marketer, I can understand how difficult it is to come up with a great idea. Having writer’s block is one of the biggest enemies for all the Internet marketers.
When that’s the case, you can use this idea generator tool, which offers tons of creative ideas.
I am deeply in love with this tool :)
Such a killer innovation that makes it possible to enjoy articles anywhere in the world.
Pocket can be added as an extension on any browser or downloaded as an app for all smart phones. You can install this app in your browser and save articles for future reading. All the saved articles can be accessed at a later time.
The app not only enables you to read articles, but also makes a great repository for all the best articles in the world. The articles you save using the Pocket app will be logged in your account and you can access them anytime you want.
Here is a screenshot of my pocket app:
This is great service for sharing your content on various social media websites. You can easily schedule your content on various social media and site and populate your content very simply, all from one dashboard.
If we talk about social media management, HootSuite grabs the top position on the list. This little tool helps you manage all your social media activities from one dashboard.
You can schedule your tweets, Facebook status updates, Google+ shares and various other awesome things which are only limited by your imagination!
5. Backlinks Checker
Moz and SEMRush are the best tools to use to check backlinks for any website. Although they offer only a few searches for free members, you can still find your competitors’ backlinks very easily.
6. Keyword Niche Finder
Keyword Niche Finder is an awesome and easy-to-use software. It will let you come up with most profitable keyword(s) in your niche.
The tool will categorise your keywords according to different niches and will provide you with keyword suggestions for different niches of your keyword.
7. After the Deadline
This is a Chrome extension which will let you check spelling, style and grammar. It will check your spelling in real time, so you’ll never make the same mistakes again.
Note: If you are a WordPress user, you can download this plugin here.
8. Loading Speed Testing Tools
I love Google page speed and GTMetrix.
Both tools analyse websites to determine the loading time on your blog. Google gives priority to fast-loading blogs, so these tools will show opportunity areas on your blog to improve the loading time. After following suggestions given by these tools, you can improve your blog’s loading time dramatically.
See my blog’s speed here:
Small SEO Tools
Small SEO Tools is the best site I’ve come across in my blogging career.
They have included some of the best tools, free of cost. I personally use this site daily for different tasks.
They have tools like:
- Plagiarism checker
- Article rewriter
- Keyword position
- Google PageRank checker
- Backlink checker
- Online ping tool
- Alexa rank checker
- Domain IP lookup
- Keyword suggestion tool
- Page speed checker tool
and at least 30 more tools to make your life easier.
10. Google Drive and Dropbox
I cannot imagine blogging without the help of Google Drive and Dropbox (As a matter of fact, I wrote this article on Google docs). Both are easy-to-use online tools where you can save your most important files and access them in any part of the world.
Google Drive continuously saves your data while you are still preparing a document so there is no need to worry if there is any interruption, like computer hangs or shutdown.
Dropbox gives you 2GB space when you join. By referring your online buddies, you can get an additional 20GB of space at no cost.
If you love to create podcasts on your blog or are thinking about starting to create them, then this is one of the must-have tools for you.
Audacity comes with a fantastic interface which helps you to mix your audio files, cut down little portions, adjust volume and many other little tweaks to make your audio file more professional.
12. Email marketing software
MailChimp, MadMimi and Ininbox are three free tools which you can use to build subscribers on your blog.
They allow you to add a good number of subscribers, free of cost. They each have different tools that you can customise to your needs.
More than 60 percent of images on my blog have been downloaded from PhotoPin.
Photopin fetches free images from Flickr, which makes a great collection. In the search results, the first 10-15 images will be sponsored images, so you can skip those images and choose the appropriate images from the rest of the collection for your blog post.
A killer alternative to Google Analytics, StatCounter will track each and every activity on your blog, like the source of recent visits, recent keywords, visitor’s location, visitor’s country, exit links, visit length, returning visits and many more awesome features that allow you to keep close tabs on your visitors.
You will get few lines of code which you can add to your blog and start tracking your visitors right away.
Asana is a teamwork management software which was primarily designed for internal email circulation at Facebook headquarters. But soon after that, they launched it to the open market and made it free to use.
Asana lets you assign tasks to your team members and keeps you informed about their activities. As soon as they finish the task assigned to them, you will get an email notification. This will not only help you to track your progress, but you will also be able to manage your team’s tasks very efficiently.
Kulwant Nagi is an Internet marketing expert. He writes at BloggingCage.com where he shares blogging and SEO tips to help you make your blogging career awesome.
Great article! Thank you for this useful information.I also use proofy. io.It’s cheap butvery accurate.