Minterest » Internet Marketing http://www.minterest.org tech. marketing. mashups. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:36:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Over 101 Productivity Tools (Free & Premium) To Get Things Done http://www.minterest.org/productivity-tools-101/ http://www.minterest.org/productivity-tools-101/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:37:07 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=9455 You might already know that using a set of internet tools is one of the best ways to increase your productivity. It’s different for different people, and it keeps on changing as we find better alternative to the current ones. Here’s a comprehensive list of some of the best productivity tools and apps — categorized [...]

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Productivity Tools

You might already know that using a set of internet tools is one of the best ways to increase your productivity. It’s different for different people, and it keeps on changing as we find better alternative to the current ones.

Here’s a comprehensive list of some of the best productivity tools and apps — categorized & subcategorized. And hey, it’s possible that your favorite social media productivity tool is missing here but I have already organized all the social media productivity tools at — Social Media Tools 101.

And yeah, most of the tools that I have mentioned here are free or freemium or comes with a free trial.

Productivity: The Fantastic Ten

Let’s start with the ‘fantastic ten’ as the following apps and tools are the most essential tools for (almost) everyone. And apparently, they’re my favorite productivity tools too.

  1. Gmail / Outlook.com — I love Gmail and Outlook.com — with a little bias on Gmail (thanks to its powerful labels, filters, search, and other features) and also it’s my email hub. Here’s a comparison of Gmail vs. Outlook.com vs. Yahoo Mail.
  2. Evernote (Freemium) — Evernote is my perfect blogging companion as it’s an awesome tool to collect and organize stuff as I browse the web. Here’s a list of over 30 Evernote tips and tricks.
  3. Todoist (Freemium) — Todoist is the best task manager app. Period.
  4. Feedly (Freemium) — Feedly is the best RSS reader to organize, read and share your daily news. And it’s too awesome that I don’t want Google to bring back their Google Reader. And yeah, it’s very much mobile too.
  5. Pocket (Freemium) — With over 10 million users Pocket is easily one of the most popular productivity tool. You can use Pocket to easily save articles, videos and more for later. All of your content goes to one place, so you can view it anytime, on any device — even without an Internet connection.
  6. Sunrise (for Windows, OS X, iOS & Android) — Sunrise is a free calendar app made for Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange. It shows a consolidated view of all your events — from Google Calendar, Facebook, iCloud, Exchange.
  7. Microsoft OneNote — OneNote is a note-taker, to-do list manager, and much more. I personally use OneNote as a planner and to capture & archive ideas. I love its ability to organize content by tabgs and pages and subpages.
  8. Google Chrome — No, I don’t actually want to treat Google Chrome as a web browser. It’s much more! Seriously. It’s Google (with their different cloud services) who showed us the power of a web browser.
  9. Dropbox (Freemium) — Dropbox offers only 2 GB of free storage but still it’s the coolest cloud storage service. I love its simplicity and intuitive interface.
  10. Office 365 (Premium) — If you love Microsoft Office then you’re going to love Office 365. With one subscription, we can use Office on 5 PCs or Macs and 5 mobile devices (that is, you can share your subscription with 5 users) and you (only the primary user) also get 60 Skype world minutes per month. And… all users will get 1 TB of OneDrive free storage.

Read: Over 101 Social Media Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

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Task Manager

To help you better manage your daily tasks and to set reminders.

  1. Todoist (Freemium) — Todoist lets you manage your tasks anywhere — on 13 platforms and devices. Costs $29 for the premium version. Also try, Wunderlist.
  2. Any.do — Any.do is a free app that will help you manage your daily tasks, anywhere you go.
  3. Clear (Premium – for OS X & iOS) — Untangle your life with Clear — the to-do and reminders app that ensures you stay focused on what matters. Clear’s playful and clutter-free interface makes it easier than ever to stay organized. Costs $4.99 for the iOS app and $9.99 for the Mac app (comes with a 14-day free trial). Also try, ThingsOmniFocus.
  4. Producteev (Freemium) — Manage your to-do list, assign tasks and get real-time updates on your projects — anywhere, anytime. On your iPhone. On your iPad. Or your Android device. You’ll never lose track of your tasks again. Costs $99/month for the premium enterprise version.
  5. Remember The Milk — Remember The Milk is the popular to-do list that’s everywhere you are: from your phone, to the web, to your Google apps, and more. Used by millions worldwide.
  6. EasilyDo (Freemium) — EasilyDo is a smart, all-in-one virtual assistant app that makes you more productive and more connected. No to-do lists, no digging, no switching back and forth between apps. Costs $4.99/month or $49.99/year for the premium version.

Read: 5 Task Manager Apps For Your iPhone & iPad

Calendar

Your calendar. Online.

  1. Sunrise (for Windows, OS X, iOS & Android) — Sunrise is a free calendar app made for Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange.
  2. Any.do Cal — Any.do is an award winning task list, featuring innovative planning tools.
  3. Google Calendar — With Google’s free online calendar, it’s easy to keep track of life’s important events all in one place.
  4. Outlook.com Calendar — It’s a beautiful calendar that has a clean and modern look.
  5. Fantastical (Premium – for OS X & iOS) — Quickly create new events and reminders with natural language input and more. Costs a one-time $4.99 for iPhone, $9.99 for iPad, and $19.99 for Mac (comes with a 14-day free trial).
  6. Doodle (Freemium) — Doodle radically simplifies the process of scheduling events, meetings, appointments, etc. Costs $39/year for the premium version.

Note Taker

Try the following note-taker apps as everybody needs at least one note-taker app that syncs all notes with your other devices.

  1. Microsoft OneNote — It’s one of the best and most powerful app to capture your notes, ideas and to-do lists — all in one place. It’s free and is available on all your devices — Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Web.
  2. Evernote (Freemium) —  Lets you take notes, sync files across your devices, save web pages, capture inspiration, and share your ideas with friends and colleagues.
  3. Evernote Skitch — Get your point across with fewer words using annotation, shapes and sketches, so that your ideas become reality faster.
  4. Google Keep — Quickly create, access and organize notes, lists and photos with Google Keep. All your notes are automatically stored in Google Drive.
  5. Box Notes — Create documents, take notes and share ideas in real-time with anyone.

Read: 5 Note-Taking Apps For iPad, iPhone & Android

Journal

Archive your thoughts online.

  1. Day One (Premium – for OS X & iOS) — Day One is a simple way to journal. It’s easy to quickly enter your thoughts and memories and have them synced and backed up in the cloud. Costs a one-time $1.99 for the iOS (iPhone & iPad) version and $9.99 for the Mac App.
  2. LiveJournal (Freemium) — LiveJournal is a community publishing platform, willfully blurring the lines between blogging and social networking. Costs $25/year for the premium version.
  3. 750 Words (Premium) — Motivates you to write 750 words a day. Costs $5/month with a 30-day free trial.
  4. iDoneThis (Freemium) — Reply to an evening email reminder with what you did that day. The next day, get a digest with what everyone on the team got done. Pricing starts at $5/month for the premium version.

Word Processor

List of some of the best word processors — online and offline.

Online

  1. Microsoft Word Online (Free) — Collaborate for free with an online version of Microsoft Word. Share documents with others and work together at the same time.
  2. Google Docs (Free) — Create, edit, and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere.
  3. Pages for iCloud (Free) — Lets you create and share documents in your browser.
  4. Zoho Docs (Premium) — Create, manage, organize, share and collaborate on documents easily with Zoho Docs. Pricing starts at $5 per month per user.
  5. Draft – Write better with Draft. Easy version control and collaboration to improve your writing.

Desktop

  1. Microsoft Word (Premium – Windows & OS X) — Word is better than ever with tools that help you polish your documents like a pro. Costs a one-time — $139.99 for Student version, $219.99 for Home version, and $399.99 for Professional version.
  2. Apple Pages (Premium – OS X & iOS) — Pages is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful. And it even works effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Word. Costs a one-time $9.99 for the iOS App and $19.99 for the Mac App.

Read: 5 Word Processor Apps For iPad, iPhone & Android

Bookmarking

Bookmark stuff as you browse the web.

  1. Diigo (Freemium) — Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community. Pricing starts at $5/year.
  2. Pinboard (Premium) — Pinboard is a personal archive for things you find online. You save bookmarks to the site and can find and search them later from any computer. You can also set the site up to automatically import your links and tweets from a number of other services. Costs a one-time $10.51.
  3. Kippt (Freemium) — With Kippt you can save links, read articles, watch videos, share notes and much more. Your collections can be private or public, or shared with the people you work with. Costs $5/month for the premium version.
  4. Saved.io — Saved.io is the fastest way to save links in the cloud. Just type saved.io/ in front of any URL to save a bookmark to the cloud.
  5. Delicious — Delicious is a free and easy tool to save, organize and discover interesting links on the web.

Email

Supercharge your emailing experience by using the following tools.

  1. Postbox (Premium – for OS X & Windows) — It’s a great alternative to Outlook or Thunderbird — with better Gmail integration, Dropbox support, social connection, conversation views, tagging, etc. Costs a one-time $9.95 (with 30 day free trial).
  2. Mailbox (Free – for OS X, iOS, & Android) — It’s the best email app for iOS and Android. Period. Also try, Boxer, Mail PilotCloudMagic.
  3. Boomerang (Freemium) — Boomerang adds scheduled sending, and with integrated email reminders it helps you reach Inbox Zero. Pricing starts at $4.99/month for the premium version.
  4. ActiveInbox (Premium) — Get things done by turning Gmail into a task manager. Costs $39.95/year.
  5. Rapportive (Free – for Google Chrome & Mozilla Firefox) — Rapportive shows you everything about your contacts right inside your Gmail inbox.
  6. SaneBox (Premium) — SaneBox prioritizes important emails and summarizes the rest. Pricing starts at $7/month for the premium version.
  7. AwayFind (Premium) — Notifies you of messages that matter — via mobile, SMS, or voice. Pricing starts at $5/month for the premium version.
  8. Mailstrom (Premium) — Remove hundreds (or even thousands) of messages from your inbox all at once. Costs $4.95/month with a free trial. Also try, NudgeMail.
  9. Unroll.me — See a list of all your subscription emails and unsubscribe with one click.
  10. Scrubly (Freemium) — Delete duplicate contacts from Outlook, Mac, Gmail and Google Apps address books with the Scrubly. Pricing starts at $19.95 for the premium version.
  11. BrandMyMail (Freemium – for Gmail) — Brand your emails with your company look, dynamic signatures and email templates. Pricing starts at $39.99/year. Also try, WiseStamp.

Read: Top 10 Non-Apple E-mail Apps For Your iPhone & iPad

Teamwork & Productivity

You know the secret of great stuff. Don’t you?

It’s all about teamwork! :)

  1. Trello — Drop the lengthy email threads, out-of-date spreadsheets, no-longer-so-sticky notes, and clunky software for managing your projects and get Trello, the easy, free, and visual way to organize your important stuff. Trello adapts to your project, team, and workflow. Also try, Mural.ly (Premium).
  2. WorkFlowy — WorkFlowy is an organizational tool that makes life easier. It can help you organize personal to-dos, collaborate on large team projects, take notes, write research papers, keep a journal, plan a wedding, and much more.
  3. AgileZen (Freemium) — AgileZen is a simple, flexible, and cost-effective web-based software for project management that helps you and your team get things done quickly, efficiently, and effectively. Costs $99/month for the premium version.
  4. Asana (Freemium) — Say goodbye to emails, to-do lists, calendars & status meetings. And say hello to Asana. Pricing starts at $50/month for the premium version.
  5. KanbanFlow (Freemium) — KanbanFlow is a project management tool allowing real-time collaboration between team members. Costs $5/month for the premium version. Also try, Kanban Tool.
  6. Flow (Premium) — Flow is project management software that simplifies teamwork. Use it to plan projects, prioritize to-dos, delegate tasks, and collaborate beautifully. Pricing starts at $19/month (with a 30-day free trial).

Project Management

No, not just a project management software. It’s much more!

  1. Zoho (Freemium) — Zoho’s project management and collaboration software keeps track of everything right from simple tasks to complex projects — all in one place. Pricing starts at $20/month for the premium version.
  2. Basecamp (Premium) — Makes it easy for people in different roles with different responsibilities to communicate and work together. It’s a place to share files, have discussions, collaborate on documents, assign tasks, and check due dates. Pricing starts at $20/month with a 60-day free trial.
  3. CatchApp (Freemium) — Catch up with everything your team is working on. See what’s going on, gain insights and take action. Pricing starts at $4.99/month for the premium version.
  4. Solo (Premium) — A project management tool for freelancers. Pricing starts at $14/month with a 30-day free trial.
  5. Evernote Business (Premium) — Makes the ideas, research and expertise of your team easily discoverable, creating an open, productive and smarter workplace. Pricing starts at $10 per month per user.
  6. Redbooth (Premium) — An online collaboration platform for team and task management with project management tools like video chat and file sharing. Pricing starts at $49/month.
  7. Wrike (Freemium) —  A web based project management software that gives you full visibility and control over your projects. You can do online project management, time tracking, and project planning. Pricing starts at $49 per month for the premium version. Also try, Project BubbleWrikeViewpathHuddleLiquidPlanner5pm Projecturf.
  8. Podio (Freemium) — Create workspaces to collaborate with specific groups of people, use an Employee Network for company-wide communication across departments and locations, and get their work done using Podio Apps. Pricing starts at $9 per month per employee for the premium version. Also try, Clarizen.

Collaboration

Collaborate and work together to do it.

  1. Yammer (Freemium) — Yammer is a private social network that helps employees collaborate across departments, locations and business apps. Pricing starts at $3 per month per user for the premium version.
  2. Slack (Freemium) — Slack is a platform for team communication: everything in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. It’s free to use for as long as you want and with an unlimited number of people. Pricing starts at $6.67 per month per user for the premium version.
  3. Flowdock (Freemium) — Flowdock is a team collaboration app for desktop, mobile & web. Work on things that matter, be transparent and solve problems across tools, teams & time zones. Pricing starts at $3 per month per user for the premium version.
  4. Moovia (Premium) — A secure social environment to host your team’s projects, tasks, meetings, ideas, messages and documents. Pricing starts at $20/month.
  5. Pie (Free) — On Pie, chats are always on-topic, so you and your coworkers can focus on what’s important.
  6. HipChat (Freemium) — HipChat is hosted group chat and video chat built for teams. Supercharge real-time collaboration with persistent chat rooms, file sharing, and screen sharing. Pricing starts at $2 per month per user for the premium version.
  7. Campfire (Premium) — Campfire is like instant messaging, but designed exclusively for groups. Invite a client, colleague, or vendor to chat, collaborate, and make decisions. Or share text, files, and code in real-time. Pricing starts at $12/month.
  8. Convo (Freemium) — Convo is a private enterprise social network for real-time collaboration. Stay connected to your team and projects via this social business tool. Pricing starts at $9 per month per user for the premium version.

Automation

You know you can automate a lot of repetitive (or even random) tasks that you do on a daily basis and it can really save a lot of time.

  1. IFTTT — Connect all your web 2.0 apps (including social networks and productivity apps) and put the internet
    to work for you. For example, you can turn your Gmail into an RSS reader, or automate WordPress tasks, and much more. Also try, Zapier.
  2. Postach — Collect and share content from your favourite apps — Evernote, Dropbox, and Pocket.
  3. Sitedrop — Sitedrop is a visual way to collaborate using Dropbox.
  4. Manything (Freemium) — Turn your iPhone, iPod or iPad into a sophisticated monitoring camera with Manything. Pricing starts at $4.99/month.
  5. Google Alerts — Monitor the web for interesting new content as-it-happens.

Time Management

Your time is as precious as anyone else’s. So get the most out of it.

  1. Toggl (Freemium) — Toggl is an online time tracking tool. It features 1-click time tracking and helps you see where your time goes. Costs $5 per month per user for the premium version. Also try, Harvest (Freemium).
  2. RescueTime (Freemium – for Windows & OS X) — A personal analytics service that shows you how you spend your time and provides tools to help you be more productive. Costs $9/month with a 14-day free trial.
  3. Freedom (Premium – for Windows, OS X & Android) — Locks you away from the Internet so you can be more productive. Costs $10 with 60-day money-back guarantee.
  4. SelfControl (Free – for OS X) — SelfControl is a free and open-source application for Mac OS X that lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet.
  5. Focus (Free – for OS X) — Focus is a tiny app that sits in your menu bar. It allows you to quickly and easily block out any website or service you want.
  6. Time Out (Free – for OS X) — The human body isn’t built to sit in one position for endless hours, gripping a mouse or typing on the keyboard. Time Out will gently remind you to take a break on a regular basis.

Productivity Suite

No, it’s not all about Microsoft Word or Excel.

  1. Office 365 (Premium) — Office 365 Home is a subscription service built to help you and your household get things done from virtually anywhere and on all your devices. Costs $9.99/month or $99.99/year with 1-month free trial. Also try, Office desktopOffice 365 Business, & Office Mobile (Free).
  2. Google Apps (Premium) — Get email, cloud storage, collaboration tools and other business apps with Google Apps for Work. Pricing starts at $5 per month per user with a 30-day free trial.
  3. Office Online (Free) — Collaborate for free with online versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. Save documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online and share them with others and work together at the same time.
  4.  — Extend your Office experience with mobile apps to stay productive.
  5. Apple iWork (Premium) — iWork is a productivity suite that lets you create and share Pages documents, Numbers spreadsheets and Keynote presentations on OS X or iOS. Costs a one-time $9.99 per app for iOS and $19.99 per app for Mac. Also try, iWork for iCloud.
  6. Quip (Freemium) — With Quip, everyone can edit the same version of the document at the same time — from any device. Chat is built right into the Quip product experience. And you can even add a checklist to any Quip document with the click of a button or add a few collaborators. Pricing starts at $12 per month per user with a 30-day free trial for the premium version.
  7. Zoho — Zoho offers a suite of online web applications geared towards increasing your productivity and offering easy collaboration.

Cloud Storage

Store everything in the cloud and access your files from anywhere.

  1. Dropbox — 2 GB free storage with no file size limit.
  2. Microsoft OneDrive — 15 GB free storage with 2 GB file size limit.
  3. Google Drive — 15 GB free storage with 1 TB file size limit.
  4. Amazon Cloud Drive — 5 GB free storage with 2 GB file size limit.
  5. Box — 10 GB free storage with 250 MB file size limit.
  6. Mega — 50 GB free storage with no file size limit.
  7. iCloud Drive — With 5 GB free storage.

Read: OneDrive vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive vs. Cloud Drive vs. Box vs. Mega

Presentation

Create beautiful presentations online (or offline) and share it with anyone.

  1. SlideShare — SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations and other professional content. It allows users to easily upload and share presentations, infographics, documents, videos, PDFs, and webinars. Also try, Speaker Deck.
  2. Microsoft PowerPoint (Premium – Windows & OS X) — Collaborate for free with an online version of Microsoft PowerPoint. Share presentations with others and work together at the same time. Costs a one-time — $139.99 for Student version, $219.99 for Home version, and $399.99 for Professional version. Also try PowerPoint Online.
  3. Apple Keynote (Premium – OS X & iOS) — Keynote makes it simple to create and deliver beautiful presentations. You can work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices. And it even works effortlessly with people who use Microsoft PowerPoint. Costs a one-time $9.99 for the iOS App and $19.99 for the Mac App. Also try, Keynote for iCloud (Free).
  4. SlideRocket — With a full set of professional design tools SlideRocket helps you create breathtaking presentations. Supports themes & layouts, shapes, charts, tables, pictures, audio, HD video, and flash to tell your story without compromise. It also offers you the ability to measure results and provides detailed insights into the effectiveness of each and every online presentation you create. Also try, PreziHaiku Deck, & Present.me.
  5. Swipe — Swipe is the easiest way to create beautiful presentations on the web. Use any device to present, and share to anyone on any device — live. So when you change the slide, everyone sees it change too. And it’s completely free! Also try, Lucidpress & Lucidchart.
  6. Reel — Get your design ideas online and start reeling in the feedback. The app lets you cast your ideas, poll your friends, and reel in the feedback.
  7. GoAnimate (Premium) — Make your own animation quickly and economically with GoAnimate. Reach prospects and customers with animated videos online about your business and products. Pricing starts at $58/year for personal plan and $299/year for business plan.
  8. Animoto (Freemium) — Turn ordinary photos and video clips into HD videos with Animoto’s online video maker. Pricing starts at $4.99/month for the premium version.

Online Meeting

For Internet calls, messaging, video conferencing, or remote control.

  1. Join.me (Freemium) — Instant screen sharing with powerful meeting tools and unlimited audio. Pricing starts at $13 per month per user for the premium version.
  2. Skype — With Skype, you can call, message, group video call, share screens and share whatever you want for free. You can also mobiles and landlines worldwide at low rates. Also try, Google Hangouts.
  3. TeamViewer — Remote control any PC or Mac over the internet within seconds or use TeamViewer for online meetings.
  4. GoToMeeting (Premium) — GoToMeeting with HD video conferencing is a simple yet powerful way to collaborate in real time. Pricing starts at $39/month for up to 25 attendees (comes with a 30 day free trial — no credit card required).
  5. GoToWebinar (Premium) — GoToWebinar makes it easy to set up and deliver an online conference. Conduct do-it-yourself webinars with up to 1000 people — all for one flat rate. Pricing starts at $79/month for up to 1,000 attendees (comes with a 30 day free trial — no credit card required).
  6. Microsoft Lync (Part Of Microsoft Office Suite) — Lync is a platform for unified communications including online meetings, instant messaging, audio and video calls, availability info, and sharing capabilities. Lync standalone version pricing starts at $2 per month per user.

Personal Finance

Don’t you want to keep track of your finances?

“A penny saved is a penny earned.” — Benjamin Franklin

  1. Mint (Free) — Get a handle on your finances the free and fast way. Mint does all the work of organizing and categorizing your spending for you. See where every dime goes and make money decisions you feel good about.
  2. Microsoft Money (Free) — It’s still my favorite personal finance management software.
  3. Quicken (Premium) — An alternative to Microsoft Money. Pricing starts at $39.99 with 60-day money-back guarantee. Also try, Moneydance, MoneyWell.
  4. Expensify (Freemium) — Import expenses directly from a credit card to create free expense reports quickly. Approve reports online and reimburse directly to a checking account with one click. Pricing starts at $5 per month per user for the premium version.

Ask Online

If you’re unable to find something online or is looking for an expert opinion then you can ask at the following Question and Answer websites.

  1. Quora — Quora is the Wikipedia of expert opinion.
  2. AskReddit — An amazing place to get advice, suggestion and help. Also try, Hacker News.
  3. Stack Exchange — Stack Exchange is a network of 129 communities that are created and run by experts and enthusiasts like you who are passionate about a specific topic.
  4. Yahoo Answers — Yahoo Answers is a community-driven question-and-answer (Q&A) website by Yahoo.

Outsource

Just in case if you want to outsource a task to someone else then look no further.

  1. Fiverr — It’s the world’s largest marketplace for services, starting at $5. People who love what they do help you get everything done at an unbeatable value. Also try, Fiverr Alternatives
  2. Elance — It’s a freelance marketplace that gives access to over 2 million skilled freelancers from around the world. Also try, oDeskFreelancer.

Random Tools

…to boost your productivity further. ;)

  1. Alfred App (Freemium – for OS X) — Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords and file actions at your fingertips. Costs a one-time £17 for the premium powerpack version.
  2. Keyboard Maestro (Premium – for OS X) — Keyboard Maestro is an automation tool for Mac OS X. It will increase business productivity by using macros (or short cuts) with simple keystrokes. Costs a one-time $36.
  3. TextExpander (Premium – for OS X & iOS) — Saves your fingers and your keyboard, expanding custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently used text and pictures. Costs a one-time $4.99 for the iOS version and $34.95 for the Mac App (comes with a free trial).
  4. Launch Center Pro (for iOS) — It’s like speed dial for everyday tasks. Launch Center Pro saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap. Costs a one-time $4.99 for both iPhone and iPad versions.
  5. 7+ Taskbar Tweaker (for Windows) — Allows you to configure various aspects of the Windows taskbar.
  6. Fingertips (for Windows) — Fingertips is a tiny (but powerful) application for Windows that makes it easy to start applications, open documents, surf to your favorite websites or add information to Microsoft Outlook. It also helps you to type faster by providing acronyms for commonly typed phrases throughout Windows.
  7. PhraseExpress (for Windows & Android) — Allows you to create many different types of macros to automate various tasks on your computer.
  8. Down For Everyone Or Just Me — Stop reloading that web page again and again. Instead check if it’s down or up.
  9. LastPass (Freemium) — Remembers all your passwords so that you can focus on the more important things in life. Costs $12/year for the premium version. Also try, 1Password
  10. Pomodoro Technique — Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that helps you to transform time into a valuable ally by helping you accomplish what you want to do and charting continuous improvement in the way you do it.
  11. Awesome Screenshot — Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, one-click upload to share.
  12. SoundGecko (Freemium) — Turn your favorites websites, blogs and documents into audio. Pricing starts at $2.95/month.
  13. InstaCalc — It’s the awesomest calculator that I’ve ever used.

Read: Over 151 Google Products & Services You Probably Don’t Know

Conclusion

I understand that the description of each tool was not enough for you. But it was a massive list and my idea was to cherry-pick some of the best productivity tools so that it can act as your starting point.

So which set of productivity tools do you use to get things done?

P.S. As always let me know as a comment below if your favorite tool is missing here and I’ll be glad to feature it.

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Over 101 Social Media Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need http://www.minterest.org/social-media-tools-101/ http://www.minterest.org/social-media-tools-101/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:00:37 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=9438 Over the past several months I’ve collected a ton of Internet tools that are useful for bloggers and marketers in my Evernote. I’ve organized all of them under the following categories: Content Marketing, SEO, Social Media and Productivity. So today I would like to focus on social media and want to feature some of the best social media tools [...]

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Social Media Tools

Over the past several months I’ve collected a ton of Internet tools that are useful for bloggers and marketers in my Evernote. I’ve organized all of them under the following categories: Content Marketing, SEO, Social Media and Productivity. So today I would like to focus on social media and want to feature some of the best social media tools for bloggers and marketers.

Most of the tools that I have mentioned here are free unless it’s marked as “Premium”. There is no way that you’ll need all the tools that I’ve listed here, but it’s going to be your starting point.

Top Social Networks

First things first. Let’s start with the most popular social networks.

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. LinkedIn
  4. Google+
  5. Pinterest
  6. YouTube
  7. Reddit
  8. Flickr
  9. Instagram
  10. SlideShare
  11. Quora
  12. About.me

Read: Over 30 “Cherry-picked” Web 2.0 Sites To Drive Traffic To Your Blog

Social Media Management, Analytics, & Marketing

If you’re a social media marketer (or an enthusiast) then you might know that managing all your social media accounts are quite a hassle. So the best way to tackle the situation is to use a professional social media dashboard. Here’s a collection of social media tools that helps to manage all your social networks — the expert way.

  1. Hootsuite — is one of the most popular social media dashboard to manage multiple social networks and measure your campaign results. The free plan supports up to 3 social profiles and the premium plan starts at $8.99/month.
  2. SocialOomph — is another popular social media management app that supports multiple social networks, RSS feeds, post scheduling, URL shortening, etc.
  3. Sprout Social (Premium) — is a social media management and engagement software that features a dashboard and supports real-time brand monitoring, post scheduling and drafting, with detailed analytics and reporting. Pricing starts at $59/month.
  4. TweetDeck (to manage Twitter accounts only) — is perhaps the most popular Twitter app (acquired by Twitter) to manage multiple Twitter profiles. It’s available on Windows, Google Chrome and Mac.
  5. Buffer — is the best app to schedule your social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. The free plan is nice enough for an average user and the premium plan (supports up to 12 social profiles, 15 RSS feeds, and 2 team members) starts at $10/month. Also try, Dlvr.it (Freemium), Postso (Premium –$14.95/month), Bulk Buffer (free extension that allows you to send multiple updates to your Buffer account), Edgar (invite only).
  6. Postific — is a social media management and marketing platform to help businesses find new customers and analyze their social engagement. You’re allowed to connect unlimited social accounts and it features post scheduling, RSS feeds, engagement and leads tracking, etc.
  7. Bitly — is not just an URL shortening tool it’s also good to update your Twitter or Facebook account.
  8. Bundle Post (Premium) — is a content curation platform that aggregates and schedules social media content efficiently. It offers a 30 day free trial with no credit card and the regular pricing starts at $19.99/month.
  9. ScheduGram (Premium) — if you use Instagram for marketing then you might need this tool as it supports multiple accounts and features web uploading and scheduling. It’s a premium tool and the pricing starts at $13/month.
  10. TrueSocialMetrics (Premium) — a social media marketing tool that provides insights about how to improve your social media presence. It measures the four key social media metrics: conversion rate, amplification rate, applause rate, and economic value for almost all major social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.) in a single dashboard. Pricing starts at $30/month and it’s good to analyze up to 30 social media profiles. Also try, Crowdbooster (Premium).
  11. SumAll — is your all-in-one social media analytics and business dashboard that shows a comprehensive view of your social media and e-commerce data.
  12. Simply Measured (Premium) — provides an in-depth view of all your social media activities across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr etc. Pricing starts at $500/month. They also offer some free social media report tools that can be used to analyze your brand across Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Vine.
  13. Sniply —  attach a call-to-action to every link that you share.
  14. Fanpoint (Premium) — to create and analyze contests and promotions on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Pricing starts at €49/month. Also try, ShortStack (Freemium).

Social Media Monitoring Tools

If social media marketing is crucial in your internet marketing strategies then you should consider making use of a social media monitoring tool that monitors your brand (and your competitors’) on the web.

  1. Mention (Freemium) — allows you to create custom alerts based on keywords (it can be your name, brand, or competitors) so that you will be be informed in real-time of any mention on the web (including social networks). The free plan supports up to 250 mentions per month and the premium plans starts at €29/mo (for up to 3,000 mentions per month).
  2. Netvibes (Freemium) — offers a social media dashboard for all your apps, pictures and tweets. The free plan comes with a dashboard and a reader, and the premium plan (costs $649/month) features brand monitoring, social analytics, etc.
  3. Cyfe — to track your entire business in real-time.
  4. Social Crawlytics — to identify the influencers in your niche and to discover your competitor’s most shared content.
  5. Social Mention — is a social media search engine that searches user-generated content on web 2.0 sites.

Social Media Productivity Tools

I have randomly picked the following productivity tools as I believe that it can improve your social media productivity in one way or the other.

  1. Klout — to track your social media success using the Klout Score. Klout is a content curation tool as well and can also be used to find, create, and share content.
  2. IFTTT — to connect all your web 2.0 apps (including social networks and productivity apps) to automate actions. Also try, Zapier.
  3. Typeform — is a free online survey tool that makes asking questions easy. Also try, SurveyMonkey.
  4. Beatrix (Premium) — is your social media assistant to create social media content. Pricing starts at $20/month.
  5. Unroll.me — to automatically cleanup your email inbox.
  6. KnowEm — to reserve your brand name on all popular social networks. It checks your desired username on over 500 popular social networks. Also try, NameChk.
  7. Right Relevance — is a free tool that you can use to find relevant content, influencers and conversations based on the topics that you enter.
  8. BuzzSumo (Freemium) — to find out the best performing content of your competitor.
  9. Pocket — is perhaps the best way to save and archive articles, videos, and more. Also try, ReadabilityInstapaper.
  10. Diigo — is the best way to bookmark stuff on the web. Also try, Delicious.
  11. Google Alerts — to monitor the web for interesting content.
  12. Newsle — to follow a topic closely or to follow someone who matters to you. Also try, Prismatic.

Facebook

Tools to better manage your Facebook campaigns.

  1. Facebook Audience Insights — is an official tool by Facebook that gives marketers insights about their target audiences (including aggregate information about geography, demographics, purchase behavior and more).
  2. Fanpage Karma — is a social media analytics and monitoring tool that provides valuable insights on posting strategies and performance of your (or your competitor’s) social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
  3. Post Planner — helps you improve your Facebook engagement rate. Pricing starts at $29/month. Also try, EdgeRank Checker.
  4. LeadSocial — for actionable recommendations based on your Facebook data.
  5. AgoraPulse (Premium) — is an all-in-one platform to manage your Facebook (and Twitter) page. Pricing starts at $29/month.
  6. PostAcumen (Premium) — offers competitive Facebook analytics that enables you to monitor your competitors and their strategies. Pricing starts at $20 per page per month.
  7. LikeAlyzer — get quick stats about any Facebook page. Also try, Recommend.ly.
  8. ShareGrab — to find the most shareable content from any Facebook page.

Twitter

Tools to better manage your Twitter campaigns.

  1. Commun.it — is a Twitter management software that helps you manage your Twitter relationships, followers, lists with free analytics and social insights. Also try, SocialBro (Freemium).
  2. ClickToTweet — is a free tool that allows you to promote your stuff on Twitter. Just write the message that you want others to share in a box and get its direct link. So people can quickly share your message on Twitter in just one-click. Also try, Pay With A Tweet (Freemium).
  3. NeedTagger — allows you to identify people on Twitter who need your products, services, content and advice.
  4. SocialRank — allows you to identify, organize, and manage your Twitter followers.
  5. Twitter Analytics — is the official Twitter tool that provides insights about the performance of your organic Tweets.
  6. Twitonomy — gets you detailed and visual analytics on anyone’s Tweets, RTs, @replies, etc. and also provides insights about people who you follow and those who are following you back.
  7. Topsy — is a social search, monitoring, and analytics tool that’s maintaining a comprehensive index of all Tweets since 2006.
  8. Tweetchup — is a free twitter analytics tool that analyze your (or your competitor’s) Twitter interactions, connections, keywords and hashtags.
  9. Tweriod — lets you know the best time to tweet by analyzing your timeline.
  10. Followerwonk — tells you who your followers are, where they’re from, and when do they tweet.
  11. FunnelFeed (Premium) — generates a list of suggested tweets based on keywords, or hashtags, or your Twitter account so that you can easily engage with your list of Tweets (and track its progress). Pricing starts at $9.99/month.
  12. TweetReach — to find out the popularity of your Tweets.
  13. Unfollowers — to manage your Twitter following and followers. Also try, Tweepi.
  14. Friend or Follow —  to unfollow people who are not following you back. Also try, ManageFlitter.
  15. Hashtagify — allows you to find relevant and popular hashtags to reach your audience. Also try, TagboardHashtags.org.
  16. Twibble — to publish content from any RSS feed to Twitter with the ability to schedule tweets.
  17. Twitter Bio Generator — is a fun tool that can be used to generate a random Twitter bio for yourself.

Pinterest

Tools to better manage your Pinterest campaigns.

  1. Pinstamatic — gets you more from Pinterest.
  2. Pinwords — is a tool that allows you to add beautiful text to your images and instantly share it on Pinterest.
  3. Pin Search (Chrome Extension) — perform a reverse Google Image Search on any picture on Pinterest in one-click.
  4. Hangouts On Air — start video broadcasting on your Google+ profile, or your YouTube channel, or on any website.
  5. CircleCount — helps you better understand Google+. Also try, Circloscope — to automatically discover the engagers you need to follow on Google+.
  6. Friends+Me (Freemium) — allows you to cross-post your Google+ posts across all social networks. It also supports scheduling of posts and reposts. The free plan is good for up to 5 accounts and the premium plan starts at $9/month.
  7. Steady Demand — is a Google+ brand page audit tool.
  8. All My Plus Statistics — is a free Google+ analytics tool that can fetch data from any Google+ profile or page.
  9. Do Share (Chrome Extension) — allows you to schedule posts on Google+.

Image Tools

Yes, you guessed it right. Social media is worthless without images. You can use the following tools to create awesome images for social media.

  1. Canva — is a free image creation tool for beginners and professionals.
  2. Placeit — to create free product mockups and designs.
  3. Meme Generator — is a free meme generator that you can use to create your own meme or to browse the most popular Internet memes.
  4. Imgflip Meme Generator — is a free image maker tool that allows you to add text to images or memes.
  5. GIFMaker — to create free animated gif images online. Also try, Make A Gif.
  6. Infogr.am — to create a custom, branded chart or infographic. Also try, Piktochart, CreatelyEasel.lyLucidchart.
  7. Photovisi — is a free online photo collage maker. Also try, BeFunky.
  8. LiveLuvCreate — to create beautiful quote photos. Also try, QuozioRecite ThisShare As Image (Premium).
  9. Someecards — create and browse ecards that you can share on social media. Also try, Rottenecards.
  10. Subtle Patterns — download free patterns that you can use as background images on your social media profiles or to create social media posts. Also try, The Pattern Library.
  11. Iconfinder — offers a huge collection of icons that you can download. Also try, The Noun Project.
  12. CloudApp — to create a GIF of your desktop or record your screen and instantly receive a link to share. Also try, ScreenCastCamtasia (Premium), Snagit (Premium).
  13. Awesome Screenshot — is the best screen capture tool for Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Also try, Page2Images, JingEvernote Skitch.
  14. PicMonkey — is a free online photo editing tool that’s perfect for quick touch ups and editing. Also try, Pixlr.
  15. Adobe Photoshop (Premium) — is the big daddy of all image editing software. Also try, GIMP (Free).

Read: 20 Websites To Get Free Stock Photos, Images & Clipart

Content Curation Tools

Here are some of the best tools that help you curate content on the web.

  1. Scoop.it
  2. Flipboard Magazines
  3. Storify
  4. RebelMouse
  5. List.ly
  6. Pearltrees
  7. Paper.li
  8. Bundlr

Read: 12 Content Curation Tools That You Never Thought You’d Need

Content Discovery Tools

Apart from using your favorite social networks or websites, you can use the following tools to find great content.

  1. Feedly
  2. DiggDigg Reader
  3. LinkedIn Pulse
  4. Zite
  5. Imgur
  6. StumbleUpon

Read: 25 Content Discovery Tools To Find Great Social Media Content

Conclusion

The list should never end here as I’m sure that I might have missed one of your favorite social media tool. So let me know as a comment below and I’ll be glad to feature it.

Happy Marketing! :)

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Yes, that’s right! It’s the 7th Blogoversary of Minterest. I started Minterest (minterest.com) as a personal finance blog back in 2006 and later in August 2007 I started blogging about “Money, Internet, Investing” (yes, that was the first tagline of Minterest and now as you can see it’s — tech. marketing. mashups.).

To be honest it was “Just another WordPress site” literally and I was simply rehashing topics that were of “My interest“. But there is one thing… I was learning. I loved WordPress and that experience from Blogger.com to WordPress.org was awesome.

Read: WordPress vs. Blogger.com

I started creating blogs on Blogger.com back in 2004 and was treating it like a simple publishing tool. I guess the reason why it didn’t impress or motivate me much was its inability to customize things the way I wanted.

And when I tried WordPress I started loving almost all of its aspects and started liking coding as well. Yes, I’m a software engineer by education but it was not the coding that inspired me – it’s the magic in “technology“. Thanks to Microsoft.

Coming back…  I’m going to feature here 7 blogging lessons and tips that I have… learned, realized, or experienced in one way or the other over the past several years.

7 Blogging Lessons

Well, these are not exactly lessons but it’s a combination of lessons, failures, or a combination of both. And I’ve to say that I have yet to take action (or maybe I won’t for the above mentioned reasons). But the idea is to list few blogging insights so it’s more likely that maybe you will get a tip or two from each point.

Okay, here we go!

1. Self-promotion

Today self-promotion is very crucial if you’re a professional blogger. So it’s like you’ve to brag without really bragging. Because that’s how you get more RSS subscribers, email subscribers, Facebook Likes, etc. How? Because you’ve to sell your achievements so that people will get to know about you and will like you and eventually follow you.

I admit that I’m bad at self-promotion. And it’s a bad thing as I can’t expect the visibility of my blog to go up if I don’t promote it outside search. And on the flip side it’s a good thing as this makes my blog stand out. In fact, I haven’t even asked my friends/family to ‘Like’ my Facebook page yet. Well, that’s how I’m tuned!

2. Done Is Better Than Perfect

It’s a million dollar maxim that I find extremely difficult to follow. When I start writing I get over-excited and over-obsessed. The end result is that… I take several hours to write a blog post when it’s not supposed to.

For instance, a blog post like this or this takes me at least 15-20 hours (or roughly it takes almost 2 days of my life). But there’s one thing I have learned… the secret to writing is to ‘Start Writing’ a blog post.

3. Niche Blogging

Yes, my blog is basically a digital marketing and technology blog. But the reality is that it doesn’t have a specific niche. A niche blog attracts more subscribers naturally because they know what they would get when they subscribe to that blog.

But it’s difficult to get subscribers to a personal journal like mine as I have to convince readers to subscribe to my blog. So unless they got a reason they won’t subscribe.

An alternative is… you increase your personal brand equity so that people will know about you and they will eventually subscribe to your blog.

4. Content Was King

I don’t fully agree or believe that “Content Was King” but it’s a reality… sort of. Know why? Because the most popular blog posts on Facebook or Twitter are not necessarily the best content. It’s like saying real artists are unknown to everyone. The marketer is the winner.

A decade back it was like 90% content and 10% promotion. But today it’s like 90% promotion and 10% promotion. And that’s how real marketers are able to get their first 1,000 readers in no time. An average blogger could take years to reach there if he didn’t promote his blog.

5. Consistency

Do you have a blog? If so, then consistency is the key. Like I’ve mentioned, I started Minterest back in 2007 and yet I have now only a little over 200 blog posts. Why? I was not consistent at all and I didn’t follow a publishing schedule (and it’s true even today).

You know there are 52 weeks in a year and it means that I didn’t even publish one blog post a week on an average. And if I were more disciplined and was able to manage 12 blog posts a month then I would have over 1,000 blog posts by now.

Remember, your traffic goes up as the the number of blog posts goes up. And what’s interesting about the traffic growth is that it moves at a higher rate.

If you doubled the number of blog posts then your traffic should also double (or may even triple). The only thing is that… all the blog posts must be of the same quality.

6. Social Media

Social media is a big deal but frankly I don’t get much traffic from social media. Again, because I don’t promote my blog much on social media. I simply share my latest blog posts on my Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and few other networks and there ends my blog’s social media marketing.

Over 87% of the traffic comes from the search engines. But sometimes I notice spikes in traffic and that happens when some influencer shares one of my blog post on social media. So if more influencers are sharing my blog posts on social media then it can actually multiply the traffic by several fold.

7. Email List

I realized that an email list is invaluable and out of the 7 lessons it’s perhaps the only thing that I’ll pay attention someday. Because I have been thinking about building an email list for some time. And The Email Marketer’s Handbook was the first initiative for that.

Email marketing builds a community and it therefore drives a lot of traffic, increases your income (as you will get more sales/leads), and will improve the visibility of your brand to a great extent.

Moreover it’s the best way to make sure that your message has reached your potential customers as 91% of Internet users check their email at least once a day.

 7 Blogging Tips

Once again, the following tips are tailored for you if you’re considering blogging as a business. But it’s more likely that I won’t follow it myself as I consider my blog as a personal journal.

1. Build Community

If you check a blog that gets above average number of comments per blog post then you’ll notice that all the blog posts have a good percentage of the commentators in common. Why? That happens when they’re part of that blog community and it means that they will leave a comment when the blog publishes a new blog post.

Small publishers can easily build a community by contests, giveaways, giving freebies, accepting guest posts, accepting offers from advertisers, etc. But it’s something that I never did for my blog.

For instance, if you accept guest posts on your blog then the person who contribute content to your blog will promote your blog + blog posts written by him/her on their social media channels, blog, etc. And it means more traffic, better visibility, and of course more subscribers.

2. Connect With Others

I’m actually bad at networking and I don’t behave the way people want me to. For instance, I can easily get more social media love (and money too) by accepting guest posts and by agreeing to do reviews of other products but it’s something that I’m not comfortable to doing.

So here’s a tip offered by a reader who’s a marketer when I expressed my “Connection” problem.

You’re not wrong there, it’s super hard.

Try it, it’s easy. If you gain leverage, then ask for the link and you already have a relationship. For instance, let’s say you’ve referred someone else these clients in the past… how can they say no? Your friend/family member, how can they say no? Someone you send traffic and links to, how can they say no? That’s the outreach strategy.

3. Call To Action (CTA)

Call To Action, or simply CTA, is something that you can see in almost all niche blogs out there. If you’re doing blog marketing then ideally there should be a purpose behind every blog post.

For example, if you’re selling a SaaS product then obviously you must be blogging about things related to your product so that your traffic will be interested in your product. So your CTA can be a “Buy” button or simply a “Subscribe” button so that you can target the person via email marketing later.

Oh yeah, I don’t have a CTA yet but it’s in my to-do list.

4. PR Is SEO

For some people SEO (and link building) is dead. But I believe it’s not going to die and will continue to evolve. Yes, Google is taking actions against almost all SEO practises nowadays but there’s an alternative… always.

I will give you an example

When I first read this article Computer programmer ‘quadruples productivity’ after hiring a woman to slap him in the face every time she catches him looking at Facebook (yes, it went viral) I was amused at the number of websites that were reporting the same story.

The article in a nutshell,

Maneesh Sethi placed an advert on the classified website Craigslist to recruit someone willing to monitor what he was looking at on his laptop. Pays a female employee £5 ($8) an hour to strike him in the face.

And then I asked myself: what if it’s already scripted?

Disclosure: I don’t personally know that guy and I don’t know if it’s scripted or not but I just want to say that it works that way too.

5. People Don’t Need Your Blog

It’s true when you’re new to blogging or if you recently started a new blog.

And I would like to highlight a quote by Jim Connolly to further explain it.

The polar opposite is actually true. The closer you follow the same ineffective set of rules as everyone else, the less likely you are to get anything worthwhile from your blog.

Think about this. Starting a new blog today is like starting a new newspaper. People don’t need another newspaper as they’re kind of addicted to big media houses. So it’s your job to give them a reason to subscribe to your blog.

The best examples are tech blogs. You know there are hundreds of thousands of tech blogs out there but 90% of them are actually rehashing content of the best blogs in their industry.

6. Diversify, Diversify, Diversify

Well, I haven’t diversified my blogging… much. I haven’t really done anything else apart from writing. For instance, I didn’t launch any digital products, e-books, courses, training, tutorials, memberships, etc. when there were opportunities.

Diversification can be diversification of income, traffic, referral sources, content, products, etc. For example, if you have a niche blog then sell a digital product so that if you have a large base of readers then they’ll buy it someday.

So when you build your blogging career make sure that you’re also well diversified. Always have a backup plan. :)

7. Never Underestimate Your Blog

It’s true that people may think you’re successful only if you’re massively popular or have large social media fan base. But the reality is…

If you have just one reader and your blog changes their life your blog is big enough. — @ProBlogger

That’s right. Never underestimate your blog.

Read: Write Today; Monetize Tomorrow!

What Blogging Means To Me… Today.

Well, there were different phases for that. At first, it was just another publishing tool like I’ve already mentioned (Remember the old Yahoo! GeoCities? Yes, something like that.). And then I started blog marketing and was making thousands of dollars but later I almost quit.

Again back in 2011-12, I resumed blogging with even more passion (and obsession). So now it’s a place to archive my randomness. And yeah, it’s a powerful medium to share ideas and moreover writing makes you happier, smarter and a better thinker.

‘Happiness’ when I hit the “Publish” button. :)

I spend a lot of time blogging but the problem is I’m not trying hard to monetize it. That is because I don’t treat my blog as a business and I don’t want to be a full-time blogger. Yes, if you’re a professional blogger then you have to treat your blog as a business.

The reason why I don’t consider blogging seriously as a business is that… I don’t really want to live a Google or social media dependent life. And I don’t really know if it’s right or wrong or is applicable to everything but I always remember this,

Everything that has a beginning has an end, Neo. — The Matrix Revolutions

Yes, I know that you won’t agree with me but I have to say that blogging or any other business that depends a lot on Google doesn’t interest me much. But yes, you can make a hell lot of money in a short period of time and that’s the only good thing about these things.

Otherwise, a real business is something that you own, control, and gives value to other people’s lives. That’s why Google itself is a real business (and a money machine too).

Read: Over 151 Google Products And Services You Probably Don’t Know

So what is blogging to you?

P.S. Happy Birthday to me!! Yes, I turned 29 today! ;)

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The Email Marketing Handbook – 101+ Resources, Tips, Strategies & Tools http://www.minterest.org/the-email-marketing-handbook/ http://www.minterest.org/the-email-marketing-handbook/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:22:27 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=8945 If you’ve been following Minterest for some time, you might have noticed that I haven’t published any blog posts related to “Email Marketing” till date. The primary reason is that I do not have a newsletter… yet. In fact, I hate email marketers,  as I consider 90% of them as spammers. But it’s also true that email marketing is more [...]

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Email Marketing Handbook

If you’ve been following Minterest for some time, you might have noticed that I haven’t published any blog posts related to “Email Marketing” till date. The primary reason is that I do not have a newsletter… yet. In fact, I hate email marketers,  as I consider 90% of them as spammers.

But it’s also true that email marketing is more important now than ever. It’s like we live in a new era of Email Marketing 2.0. That exactly is the reason why your favorite blogs and websites are too keen to collect your email so that they can add you to their email list. Email is the best way to communicate directly with the customers because 91% of Internet users check their email at least once a day.

Email marketing moves the conversation about your business to a more personal environment – the in-box. — Copyblogger

Let’s say you’re a blogger and is starting a new business. So in that case you can send an email to all your readers and say about your new venture and can even offer something valuable that regular customers won’t get.

Over 101 Email Marketing Resources, Tips, Strategies & Tools

No, I do not have a newsletter but I used to collect email marketing resources in my Evernote in order to use it someday. So here I’ve curated all the resources that I’ve collected over the past many months and have organized them into: Guides, Tips, Strategies, Blogs, and Tools.

Email Marketing Guides

If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide then I think the following articles is a great place to start with. Once you’re done with them, then you can head over to the other sections of this handbook for deeper insights about each topic.

  1. The Ultimate Guide To Successful Email Marketing | Vero
  2. A Beginner’s Guide To Successful Email Marketing | KISSmetrics
  3. Everything You Need To Gather 100,000 Emails In One Week | 4-Hour Workweek
  4. The Keys To Email Marketing That Works [Ebook] | Copyblogger
  5. Getting Started With Email Marketing — Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Matthew Woodward
  6. How To Build An Email List Of 10k Subscribers And Make Sales With It | Petovera

Email Marketing Tips

If you’ve a newsletter but it’s not getting the desired results then you can optimize your email marketing campaigns by following different tricks and techniques. It’s always a great idea to learn from the experts.

  1. Email List-Building: How To Grow A Massive Email List | Buffer
  2. 20 Ways To Double Your Email Open Rate | GetResponse
  3. 7 Key Tips To Optimize Your Email Growth | AppSumo
  4. 17 Insanely Actionable List Building Strategies | Backlinko
  5. 41 Tips That Put Over 10,000 People On My Email Subscriber List | Blog Tyrant
  6. Email Marketing Cheat Sheet [Infographic] | Marketo
  7. Best Day To Send Email [Infographic] | GetResponse
  8. The Complete Guide To Transactional Email | Vero
  9. The Email Marketer’s Checklist: 9 Questions To Ask Before You Hit Send | Vero
  10. 9 World-class Bloggers Share Their #1 Email List Building Tip | ProBlogger
  11. 33 Mind Shattering Email Marketing Statistics | ExpressPigeon

Email Marketing Strategies

If you’re looking for link building ideas and strategies, then look no further as the following resources have listed almost all the link building tactics that exist today.

Copywriting & Design

Here are few tips that you should keep in your mind while creating and sending newsletters.

  1. 557 Email Subject Line Hacks To Get You Noticed In The Inbox | Crazy Egg
  2. 37 Tips For Writing Emails That Get Opened, Read And Clicked | Copyblogger
  3. An Email Marketer’s Guide To Attention, Interest, Desire And Action | Vero
  4. 7 Simple Design Tweaks That Send Conversions Through The Roof | Crazy Egg

Landing Pages

A Landing Page is a web page designed for lead generation. If you have created a landing page to build an email list then you’ve to make sure that it’s optimized. The following resources should help you to create a better landing page.

  1. What Is A Landing Page? | Unbounce
  2. The Definitive Guide to Landing Page Optimization | Quick Sprout
  3. The Most Entertaining Guide To Landing Page Optimization | Moz
  4. How To Create A Squeeze Page That Converts At 21.7% [Case Study] | Backlinko
  5. Landing Pages by Apple: How Apple Writes Their Copy | LeadPages

A/B Testing

Yes, email marketing also needs A/B testing.

  1. A Beginner’s Guide To A/B Testing: Email Campaigns That Convert | KISSmetrics
  2. A/B Split Testing Your Email Marketing Campaigns | Wishpond
  3.  The Guide To Effectively A/B Test Your Email Creative | The Next Web

Conversion

We regularly have to monitor and optimize our email marketing campaigns to capture maximum leads. Conversion Optimization is the process of optimizing the landing pages or our email newsletters to increase the number of leads (or email subscribers).

  1. The Beginner’s Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization | Qualaroo
  2. Past The Pop-Up: 10 Email Marketing Tactics To Get More Subscribers | Zapier
  3. 8 Ways To Convert Free Trial Users Into Customers Through Email | Unbounce

Case Studies

I’m featuring here, some awesome case studies and experiments done by various startups from their email marketing campaigns. Yes, it would definitely save a lot of our time.

  1. 6 Lessons You Can Learn From Amazon’s Killer Email Marketing | Vero
  2. 30,000 Newsletter Subscribers In 12 Months | Gregory Ciotti
  3. How I Built My First Business Through Email Marketing | Quick Sprout
  4. The 17,000-Word Beast Ramit Sethi Created To Launch His Course | Copygrad
  5. How We’ve Reached More Than 1 Million People By Guest Blogging | Groove
  6. How Wallaby Got A 326% Increase In Signups | Medium
  7. How Vero Got a 450% Increase in Conversions | Sixteen Ventures

Also Read: The Internet Marketing Handbook

Awesome Email Marketing Articles

Here are few random email marketing articles that I find interesting. Oh yeah, it works and is already proven.

  1. How I Built My First Business Through Email Marketing | Quick Sprout
  2. 8 Effective Email Marketing Strategies, Backed By Science | Buffer
  3. How We Grew Our Blog To 5,000+ Subscribers In Five Weeks | Groove
  4. 3 Lessons Learned From Testing Hundreds Of Onboarding Emails | Groove
  5. How To Get Your First 100 Email Subscribers | OkDork
  6. 25 Emails You Should Send To Your Users | Medium

Email Marketing 2.0 [Infographic]

I first came across this term on Vero blog and they have this interesting infographic that shows what is email marketing to modern marketers.

Email Marketing 2.0

And they even have an email marketing 2.0 mantra for us.

“Don’t market to the the lowest common denominator. Use data and personalization to reach the right people at the right time.”

Email Marketing Blogs

If you’re a marketer then it’s very important to follow few blogs to stay up-to-date. I’ve picked few blogs that produces high quality email marketing content. I’ve filtered the list to make sure that they all post more email marketing content than other stuff.

  1. Vero
  2. GetResponse
  3. AWeber
  4. Mailigen
  5. Mad Mimi
  6. Campaign Monitor
  7. Litmus
  8. Copy Hackers
  9. Crazy Egg
  10. ConversionXL

Apparently most of the above blogs are the official blogs of various email marketing companies. So if you’re looking for a list of Internet marketing blogs then check out my Internet Marketing Handbook or My Favorite Tech & Marketing Blogs.

Email Marketing Software

If you’re serious about email marketing then you should get a hosted email marketing software. They’re not cheap so I would recommend a Freemium service as it’s enough for beginners.

  1. MailChimp (Freemium) – Send 12,000 emails per month to 2,000 subscribers for free.
  2. Mad Mimi (Freemium) – Send 12,500 emails per month to 2,500 subscribers for free.
  3. VerticalResponse (Freemium) – Send 4,000 emails per month to 1,000 subscribers for free.
  4. AWeber (Premium) – Pricing starts at $19 per month for 500 subscribers.
  5. GetResponse (Premium) – Pricing starts at $15 per month for 1,000 subscribers.
  6. iContact (Premium) – Pricing starts at $14 per month for 500 subscribers.
  7. Constant Contact (Premium) – Pricing starts at $15 per month for 500 subscribers.
  8. Campaigner (Premium) – Pricing starts at $10 per month for 1,000 subscribers.
  9. Sendy (One Time Fee) – Send self-hosted email newsletters via Amazon SES ($1 per 10,000 emails).
  10. MailMachinePro (One Time Fee) – It’s a self-hosted email marketing software and it costs $59 for 1 license.
  11. BombBomb (Premium) – Offers video email marketing. Pricing starts at $25 per month for 500 subscribers.

WordPress Newsletter Plugins

If you don’t want to buy an email marketing software, then you can try the following free newsletter plugins (if your website is powered by WordPress).

  1. Newsletter (Downloads: 1,101,941)
  2. MailPoet Newsletters (Downloads: 2,085,229)
  3. ALO EasyMail Newsletter (Downloads: 266,703)
  4. SendPress Newsletters (Downloads: 116,845)

Read: Top 25 Google Chrome Extensions For Bloggers & Marketers

Email Marketing Tools

If you’re looking for specific tools then I suggest you to check out my Web Directory and My Favorite Internet Resources. You might also like: SEO ToolsLink Building Tools, and Content Curation Tools.

Lead Capture

  1. PopUp Domination (One Time Fee) – Convert visitors into subscribers.
  2. OptinMonster (Premium) – Convert visitors into subscribers with advanced features.
  3. Bounce Exchange (Premium) – Convert your bounce traffic into leads.
  4. Hybrid Connect (One Time Fee) – Grow your email list.
  5. Plugmatter Feature Box (Premium) – Get more subscribers to your email list.
  6. SumoMe List Builder (Free) – Convert one-time visitors into lifelong readers and newsletter subscribers.
  7. SumoMe Scroll Box (Free) – Enables you to ask for emails at a whichever percentage someone scrolls down your page.
  8. SumoMe Leads (Free) – Give out bonuses to visitors to convert visitors into leads.
  9. OptinLinks (One Time Fee) – Create high-converting two-step optin pages.
  10. Optin Architect (Premium) – Create gorgeous lead capture forms in minutes.
  11. OptinSkin (One Time Fee) – Add opt-in forms and social share boxes to your blog in seconds.
  12. HelloBar (Free) – Allows you to show the right message at the right time to your website visitors.
  13. ManyContacts (Free) – An attention­-grabbing contact form in the form of a bar that sits at the top of your website.
  14. Perfect Audience (CPM) – Retarget lost visitors everywhere from one simple dashboard.
  15. Vero (Premium) – Send emails based on what your customers do.

Landing Pages

  1. LeadPages (Premium) – Easiest way to build conversion optimized & mobile responsive landing pages.
  2. Unbounce (Premium) – Build, publish & A/B test landing pages.
  3. OptimizePress (Premium) – Create high converting landing pages, sales pages and membership portals.
  4. Instapage (Freemium) – Build and A/B test landing pages in minutes.
  5. PageWiz (Premium) – Create, optimize, and publish your landing pages.
  6. Visual Website Optimizer (Premium) – Create & test different versions of your website to continuously discover the best performing versions.

Create

  1. Goodbits (Free) – Create instant email newsletters in minutes.
  2. Campaign Monitor (Premium) – Create, send, and optimize your email marketing campaigns.
  3. Really Good Emails (Free) – See the best email designs in the universe.
  4. MailVU (Premium) – Unleash the power of video with the simplicity of email.
  5. Canva (Freemium) – Makes design simple for everyone.
  6. KingSumo Headlines (Premium) – Automatic headline optimization for your WordPress blog.

Miscellaneous

  1. FeedBurner (Free) – Manage your RSS feeds and email subscribers for free. Alternatives: FeedCat [Free], Nourish [Free], FeedBlitz [Premium].
  2. Boomerang (Free) – Schedule an email to be sent later in Gmail.
  3. Google Analytics URL Builder (Free) – Add Custom Campaign parameters to your URLs.
  4. Rafflecopter (Free) – Is the easiest way to run a Giveaway.
  5. KingSumo Giveaways (Premium) – Grow your email list through Viral Giveaways.
  6. Drip (Premium) – Email marketing automation for visitors, trials and customers.
  7. Litmus (Premium) – Test and track your emails.
  8. Email On Acid (Premium) – For advanced email analytics.
  9. MailCharts (Premium) – Track and understand how your competitors use email marketing.

Read: Top 25 Google Chrome Extensions I Can’t Live Without

Conclusion

Like I’ve mentioned, I am yet to start my newsletters and so it’s more likely that I might have missed your favorite email marketing resource or tool. So please let me know as a comment below and I’ll be glad to list it here.

Happy Marketing! :)

Image Credit: Flickr

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Free Pay Per Click Advertising Credits

Pay Per Click advertising (or simply PPC Advertising) is an Internet Marketing model where advertisers pay only when their advertisement is clicked.

The most popular Pay Per Click advertising networks are Google AdWords, Bing Ads (formerly Microsoft adCenter and MSN adCenter), Yahoo Search Marketing, and Facebook Ads.

What’s interesting about the pay-per-click advertising model is that there’s no minimum spending requirement. For instance, you can set a daily budget of $5 and maximum cost per click (CPC) as 5 cents. And you pay only when someone clicks on your ad. It’s that simple!

Free Pay-Per-Click Advertising Credits

Start your Search Engine Marketing campaigns with free credits. Most of the pay-per-click advertising networks (Google AdWords, Yahoo! Search Marketing, Microsoft adCenter, Ask.com, BidVertiser, Miva, etc.) offer free ad credits to attract new customers. So here are the various PPC networks and their available free ad credits. Sign up today!

Bing Ads Coupon

Bing Ads

Bing Ads is now offering higher credits to attract more advertisers. The promotional credit depends upon your location and is different for different countries. Bing ad credit for the United States and Canada is $100, for UK it’s £75, for France it’s €50, for Germany it’s €50, for India it’s Rs. 1,000, for New Zealand it’s $100 NZD, for Australia it’s $100 AUD, and for Brazil it’s R$170. Moreover, your address, currency, and the coupon code should match (e.g. U.K. address, GBP currency; UK coupon).

Bing Ads Coupon (USA)

Bing Ads Canada Coupon

Bing Ads UK Coupon

Bing Ads France Coupon

Bing Ads Germany Coupon

Bing Ads India Coupon

Bing Ads Australia Coupon

Bing Ads New Zealand Coupon

Bing Ads Brazil Coupon

Yahoo! Search Marketing Coupon

Yahoo Bing Network

As you probably know, Microsoft & Yahoo! formed the Yahoo Bing Network. So all you need is a Bing Ads account to advertise on the Yahoo Bing Network (an advertising marketplace made up of Yahoo, Bing, and their partner websites). But if your monthly budget is above $1,000 then you can sign up here and a Yahoo sales representative will contact you.

The Yahoo Bing Network is the combined advertising marketplace made up of Yahoo, Bing, and syndicated partner sites such as Facebook, Amazon, Monster, WebMD, CNBC, and Viacom, plus networks like The Wall Street Journal Digital Network.

Google AdWords Coupon

Google AdWords

Google AdWords now requires you to accrue advertising charges ($5~50 – depending upon the voucher) in order to get free ad credits. You have to request your code by filling out a form and they’ll e-mail you the offer code.

*If the above AdWords links didn’t work for you or you haven’t received the coupon code by e-mail and you never opened an account before (an existing AdWords customer is not eligible for a promotional credit unless they invite you) or never redeemed a coupon before then you can call their support center and they’ll give you $100 credit (based on your location) to try AdWords.

BidVertiser Coupon

Facebook Ads Coupon

Amazon Product Ads

Perfect Audience Retargeting Ads

Last Updated: October, 2014.

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Write Today; Monetize Tomorrow! [Blogging Tips] http://www.minterest.org/write-today-monetize-tomorrow/ http://www.minterest.org/write-today-monetize-tomorrow/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:37:59 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=8907 A recent blog post by Jim Connolly inspired me to write this blog post. In that blog post he mentioned about a best selling Kickstarter book written by the awesomest Seth Godin. When people said it took Seth 3 hours to write that book Seth said it took him around 8 years. Yes! That’s how long [...]

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Blogging Tips

A recent blog post by Jim Connolly inspired me to write this blog post. In that blog post he mentioned about a best selling Kickstarter book written by the awesomest Seth Godin. When people said it took Seth 3 hours to write that book Seth said it took him around 8 years.

Yes!

That’s how long it took him, writing blog posts almost every day, to build a big enough community to reach his Kickstarter target in 3 hours.

You know what? It applies to blogging as well.

I’ve noticed a gazillion “How To Start A Blog In 5 Minutes” videos and tutorials. But the reality is that it doesn’t work that way. You know Why? They’re all basically about how to buy a domain name (i.e, your own .com address like minterest.com), web hosting plan (i.e, your own web server space where you can upload files), and install blogging software (WordPress or similar software).

Yes, that’s all you can do in 5 minutes and it’s so far away from a perfect blog as there are a lot of other things that you must know and should do.

And if you read somewhere that blogging is easy then that’s not really true. Blogging is simple but not easy. It takes time, patience, some money, and a lot of effort and learning to get going. Yes, it’s possible to create a new WordPress blog and publish your first article in less than 10 minutes but it will probably look like this and not like this.

Your First 365 Posts Are The Worst Blog Posts Ever

Wondering about 365? Well, it’s just a number assuming that you published one blog post everyday in the first year. I started Minterest back in 2007 and later in 2011 I had around 365 blog posts that was sending me around 300 unique visits a day. But what’s interesting to me was few evergreen posts were sending most of the traffic. So then I decided to write in-depth content covering almost all aspects of the topic. And in less than 10 months I increased the traffic by 5 times. The search traffic zoomed to 1,500+ visits a day.

Read: Why 365 Blog Posts Is All You Need To Become A Successful Blogger

Then there was a Google penalty and I decided to clean my archived blog posts. Yes, there were low quality content, thin content, and some duplicate content as well. I deleted every single post that were outdated, news topic, or something that I didn’t like and ended up with just 130 blog posts or so from 500+. Again, even after deletion the traffic was not affected in anyway and it obviously means that all the deleted blog posts were sending nearly zero traffic.

You want to become a good blogger? Then read and write a lot. Yes, A LOTTT. It’s practice that makes us perfect.

Read: The Definitive Guide To Writing A Perfectly Optimized Blog Post

My Message To You…

You don’t start a blog to make money. I would say don’t even think about it.

Just focus on writing and writing only.  Because, when you have the content it will naturally attract traffic (though little promotion won’t hurt) and when you have the traffic then there’s a way to monetize it and you can do it any day.

Like Darren Rowse has written,

If you have just one reader and your blog changes their life your blog is big enough.

It’s all about whether you’re giving up or not. If you’re consistently creating high quality content then your website traffic (your income too) and your personal brand will grow naturally over time.

Read: 15 Blogging Tips To Supercharge Your Next Blog Post

And no, you don’t really need a million visits to make money from your blog. In fact, back in 2007-08 when I had less than 100 visits a day I monetized a niche blog perfectly and was able to generate $1,000s a month in affiliate income.

Happy Blogging!

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The Internet Marketing Handbook – 101+ Resources, Tips, Guides & Tools http://www.minterest.org/the-internet-marketing-handbook/ http://www.minterest.org/the-internet-marketing-handbook/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=8100 Internet marketing is huge and it’s getting bigger. If you’re looking for internet marketing resources then you may be confused about where to start since you’ll come across a lot of jargons and terms. So here are over 101 resources that you will ever need as an internet marketer. It’s your starting point so I’m [...]

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Internet Marketing

Internet marketing is huge and it’s getting bigger. If you’re looking for internet marketing resources then you may be confused about where to start since you’ll come across a lot of jargons and terms. So here are over 101 resources that you will ever need as an internet marketer. It’s your starting point so I’m sure that you can take it forward from here.

101+ Internet Marketing Resources, Tips, Guides & Tools

I’ve organized the resources into the following categories: Content Marketing, Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, Web Analytics, Landing Pages, Conversion Optimization, Internet Marketing Blogs & Forums, and Internet Marketing Tools.

Internet Marketing Guides

If you’re new to internet marketing and are looking for a complete guide then the following resources will help you. They cover almost all aspects of internet marketing in a systematic and easy to consume way.

Read: The Blogger’s Handbook | Minterest

Content Marketing

Content marketing is all about creating high quality content to naturally attract targeted traffic to your website. If you need more clarity then I think Copyblogger has got a perfect definition:

Content Marketing means creating and sharing valuable free content to attract and convert prospects into customers, and customers into repeat buyers. The type of content you share is closely related to what you sell; in other words, you’re educating people so that they know, like, and trust you enough to do business with you.

Today, content marketing is one of the primary marketing strategies of startup companies to attract targeted audience. The best example is, Buffer Blog. And here’s a sample blog post 30 Things You Buy That Are More Expensive Than Todoist Premium by Todoist Blog that instantly convinced me to buy their premium plan. Yes, Todoist is my favorite task manager app.

Read: The Freelance Writer’s Handbook | Minterest

Search Marketing

Search Marketing is the process of improving the visibility of your website in search engines. It includes: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM). Search Engine Optimization is the process of optimizing the website in order to get more organic traffic from search engines. While Search Engine Marketing is all about buying targeted traffic via pay-per-click search ads.

Here I’ll be featuring only search engine marketing resources but you can check out the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Handbook and Link Building Handbook for all things SEO.

Read: Search Marketing Resources | Search Engine Land

Social Media Marketing

Social Media MarketingImage Credit: Flickr

Social media is more important than ever. If your brand is not on social media then it’s like you don’t exist. Hence it’s very important to have a social media marketing strategy. Here I’ve featured some in-depth guides to social media marketing and some of the best social media tools to manage your social presence.

If you’re a social media fanatic then you already know that Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn are the top 5 social networks out there for marketers. So here you’ll find everything you need to know about: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn marketing.

Twitter

Facebook

Google+

Pinterest

LinkedIn

Read: Getting Started With Social Media [Resources] | Social Media Examiner

Email Marketing

Email marketing is not dead! It may not be as effective as search marketing in the short term but it’s more powerful than social media or any other online marketing channel in the long term.

Read: Why You Should Consider Email Marketing Before Any Other | LinkedIn

Web Analytics

Web Analytics is the process of analyzing the visitors to a website. If you’re a marketer then your web analytics will answer questions like: where your visitors are coming from, what they’re doing on your website, why are they leaving your website, are they coming back to your website, and many more. Here you’ll find some of the best web analytics resources.

Read: 13 Google Analytics Alternatives You Probably Don’t Know | Minterest

Landing Pages

A Landing Page is a web page, specifically designed for just one purpose at a time. It can be used for lead generation, could be a simple Call To Action that instructs the user to subscribe to a newsletter or to download an ebook, or to do something similar. It can involve images, videos, audio or just a few paragraphs.

Think of a golf course… a landing page is the putting green that you drive the ball (prospect) to. Once on the green, the goal is to get the ball into the hole. Likewise, the goal of the copy and design of a landing page is to get the prospect to take your desired action.

I’m featuring here some of the best landing page resources that I’ve collected over the past few months.

  1. What Is A Landing Page? | Unbounce
  2. The Anatomy Of A High Converting Landing Page [Infographic] | Quick Sprout
  3. The Definitive Guide To Landing Page Optimization| Quick Sprout
  4. More Landing Page Tips, Examples And Resources | Search Engine Journal
  5. The Most Entertaining Guide To Landing Page Optimization | Moz
  6. How To Create A Page That Converts At 21.7% [Case Study] | Backlinko
  7. 22 Brutally Honest Landing Page Critiques | Unbounce
  8. 7 Ways We Increased Our Blog’s Conversion Rate By 260% [Tips] | Startup Moon

Read: Landing Pages Turn Traffic Into Money | Copyblogger

Conversion Optimization

Conversion Optimization is the process of optimizing the landing pages or the whole website itself so as to increase the conversion rate (or sales).

Conversion optimization is part art (listening to your gut) and part science (listening to the numbers) – it’s about making informed decisions and scientifically A/B testing your hypothesis to make your landing pages perform better.

It’s very important because when we make changes to a design we’ve to make sure that it doesn’t impact the sales or user experience in a negative way.

Read: 17 Of The Best Conversion Optimization Blogs On The Internet | Crazy Egg

Random Internet Marketing Articles

Here I’m featuring some random internet marketing content that I find very interesting. I focused on topics related to – Remarketing, Growth Hacking, Branding, and Small Business.

Read: The Definitive Guide To Writing A Perfectly Optimized Blog Post | Minterest

Internet Marketing Blogs

Internet Marketing is growing rapidly and if you’re an internet marketer then it’s very important to stay up-to-date with the marketing industry. The following internet marketing blogs will help you to keep yourself informed about the internet marketing news and strategies. Learn from the experts!

  1. Copyblogger – for copywriting tips and advices.
  2. Avinash Kaushik – a digital marketing and analytics blog.
  3. Seth Godin – a marketing journal by the author of fifteen bestsellers.
  4. Quick Sprout – for awesome online marketing content.
  5. KISSmetrics – for analytics, marketing, and testing.
  6. Buffer – for all things social media.
  7. Jim’s Marketing Blog – for marketing ideas to help you grow your business.
  8. Unbounce – for landing page and conversion optimization.
  9. AWeber – for email marketing tips and strategies.
  10. Moz – for the awesomest search marketing content.
  11. Search Engine Journal – for search marketing news.
  12. Econsultancy – for digital marketing insights and analysis.
  13. Groove – a journey to $100,000/month.
  14. Search Engine Watch – for search marketing news, tips, and strategies.
  15. Sprout Social – for social media news, tips, and analysis.
  16. Business 2 Community – for small business news, trends, and analysis.

Read: My Favorite Tech & Marketing Blogs | Minterest

Internet Marketing Forums

If you’ve any marketing questions or would like to find like-minded people on the internet then an online forum is a good place to start. You can join any of these internet marketing forums – to discuss all things marketing.

Tools For Internet Marketers

We all need tools to get things done, right? So here’s a mashup of some of the best tools available for internet marketers (most of them are free!). They will assist you in your marketing efforts and help you to manage your marketing campaigns more effectively.

Read: Web Directory For Bloggers, Marketers & Webmasters | Minterest

Conclusion

Apart from the above categories there are a dozen of other internet marketing concepts like: affiliate marketing, display advertising, referral marketing, etc. but I haven’t included them as going forward you’ll come across those concepts naturally.

Have I missed your favorite internet marketing resource? If so, let me know as a comment below and I’ll be glad to list here.

Happy Marketing! :)

First Published: May 2014; Last Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014

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15 Blogs You Should Really Read If You Are A Freelance Writer http://www.minterest.org/must-read-blogs-for-freelance-writers/ http://www.minterest.org/must-read-blogs-for-freelance-writers/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:50:20 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=8426 I love reading blogs that offers tips for freelancers (especially freelance writers). Primarily because these blogs publish awesome content on productivity, writing tips, and marketing tips too. So many interesting blog posts are there on these blogs, which might interest you as a writer or even as a marketer. Do you want to become a better writer? [...]

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I love reading blogs that offers tips for freelancers (especially freelance writers). Primarily because these blogs publish awesome content on productivity, writing tips, and marketing tips too. So many interesting blog posts are there on these blogs, which might interest you as a writer or even as a marketer.

Do you want to become a better writer? Then start reading a lot. I mean a lot.

15 (+ Bonus 5) Must-Read Blogs For Freelance Writers

In this post, I have decided to feature some of the blogs that I care to read any time. These blogs lets ideas to flow. Infact, there is never a dull moment when you read any of them.

I’ve also included some blog posts from each blog, so that you can get started. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a newbie or an experienced writer. They have immense value.

Apart from these blogs, you must always follow the top 10 blogs in your niche. For example, if you are writing  topics on Internet Marketing and Technology, then you can also subscribe to My Favorite Tech & Marketing Blogs.

1. Copyblogger

Copyblogger

Copyblogger is perhaps the most popular content marketing blog that teaches people how to create killer content. As you probably know, Content marketing is the new SEO and the team at Copybloggers know it better than we do.

They have come out with this perfect definition on Content marketing:

Content Marketing means creating and sharing valuable free content to attract and convert prospects into customers, and customers into repeat buyers. The type of content you share is closely related to what you sell; in other words, you’re educating people so that they know, like, and trust you enough to do business with you.

So if you’re a writer and is able to deliver killer content that attracts customers, then you’re going to rock freelance writing.

2. ProBlogger

ProBlogger

If you know what “blog” or “blogging” is, then there’s every chance that you know Darren Rowse and ProBlogger.net. Darren is one of the world’s most successful professional bloggers. ProBlogger basically focuses on all things “Blogging & Blogging Tips,” but it’s equally useful for freelance writers as it’s about writing too.

3. Leaving Work Behind

Leaving Work Behind

Tom Ewer is a full-time freelance writer freelance writer, and a blogger. At Leaving Work Behind, he shares his personal experiences as a writer and even motivates you to become a better writer.

4. Buffer Blog

Buffer

Buffer is a social media app that helps you manage your social media accounts. The Buffer Blog is their official blog, and is not exactly about freelance writing. They excel on writing very powerful blog posts focusing on content marketing, social media, and productivity. Buffer’s blog is another classic example of acquiring customers via content marketing, because their content helped them to attract 1000s of paying customers.

5. Passive Panda

Passive Panda

Passive Panda doesn’t publish new blog posts frequently and in fact the blog is not updated since the past one year or so. But the reason why I included Passive Panda is because of its evergreen resources for freelance writers.

7 Blogs For Freelance Writing Tips, Advices, and Ideas

You can learn a lot from other freelance writers out there and here I’m listing some of my favorite blogs for freelance writers.

6. Men With Pens

Men With Pens

7. Goins, Writer

Goins, Writer

8. The Write Life

The Write Life

9. Write To Done

Write To Done

10. Guerrilla Freelancing

Guerrilla Freelancing

11. Make A Living Writing

Make A Living Writing

12. Grammar Girl

Grammar Girl

Grammar Girl is:

Your friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage, and fun developments in the English language.

3 Blogs For Tips About All Things In Life

The next three blogs are for daily inspiration and writing ideas. If you’re a writer who focuses on lifestyle topics, then make sure that you don’t miss any of these.

13. Zen Habits

Zen Habits

14. The Daily Positive

The Daily Positive

15. Lifehack

Lifehack

BONUS: More Resources For Freelance Writers

16. Minterest

Minterest

Well, you can call me biased to include my own blog here when it’s not exactly about freelancing. But I just wanted to highlight some of my blog posts, that are meant for freelance writers. :)

17. Quick Sprout

Quick Sprout

If you’re a digital marketer then you know Neil Patel and his Internet marketing blog Quick Sprout. Yes, it is true that he writes mostly about Internet marketing and Blogging.  I highly recommend the blog for any freelance writer,as there is much to be learnt from his experiences.

18. Medium

Medium

Medium is not actually a blog, but a new publishing platform like WordPress.com, Blogger.com, etc. If you’ve written a good piece of content or a story, then you can publish it on Medium. Likewise, you can discover interesting articles by other members. They even select their Top 10 stories every month. What makes Medium different from traditional blogging platforms is that you don’t need large audience or subscribers to get attention. It is proven.

19. Jim’s Marketing Blog

Jims Marketing Blog

I subscribed to Jim’s blog recently only, and I totally love it. He provides regular marketing tips with great value. What’s interesting is that his blog posts are short, and easy to consume, with great value.

20. Seth Godin

Seth Godin

Seth Godin is an American author, veteran marketer, and a public speaker. Again, his blog posts about marketing tips and business are also short, valuable, and to the point.

Conclusion

I’m not a professional writer and  it’s possible that I might have missed your favorite blog. If  you have any favorites other than these, let me know as a comment below and I’ll be glad to review and add it to the above list.

So which is your favorite blog that offers great value to freelance writers and bloggers?

Happy Writing! :)

15 Blogs You Should Really Read If You Are A Freelance Writer is a post by Minterest

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