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Just Write.

Blogging is very powerful as we all know, and at the same time it is fun and exciting too. Even better is the fact that it can get you a lot of money by way of ads, sponsors, reviews, affiliate sales, etc. But the problem is… today, a lot of blogs (especially multi-author blogs — no offense) are becoming content farms.

First things first. What is a content farm?

Content farm (also known as a content mill) is basically a company that hires a lot of “niche writers” to write search engine friendly content so as to get organic traffic from search engines and ultimately make money selling ads.

So, their primary goal is to generate as much page views as possible to make even more money per visit (it reduces their cost of content creation). That’s why instead of linking out to external web pages they try to keep the visitor within their website by interlinking their own content.

I think content mills became popular in mid-2000s (maybe because of Wikipedia’s success) after the launch of Google AdSense. Because it was super-easy to generate a lot of Google traffic by publishing more and more search engine friendly content (no matter if it’s helping users or not).

Read: How Much Traffic Do You Need To Make $100,000 With Google AdSense

A classic example is About.com or Answers.com. They are not as popular as they used to be but still they are successfully doing it. If you check the indexing status of about.com then you can see that it’s got over 9 million indexed pages on Google and they are all optimized for search engines.

For instance, you could choose a topic, let’s say ‘Health’, and then write as many health articles as possible. The more content you publish the more traffic you receive. It was that simple!

Not anymore!

Because along came the “Google Panda”. Google released an algorithmic update called the Google Panda back in February 2011 to identify and filter out low quality content from their search results. So, it rewarded high quality websites and at the same time penalized article directories, press release sites, low quality blog networks, and all the so-called content farms (including the massively popular Demand Media).

Since then, there were more algorithmic updates by Google to improve their search quality. And the good thing is… it makes SEO simpler (but more expensive). Why? Because Google is becoming more human.

Blogs Are The New Content Farms (Sort Of)

Today, the problem is not article directories or media companies. It’s “blogs” itself.

Blogging is now a phenomenon that is attracting new writers every single day. And they all start with the hope or idea of making money selling ads.

It’s like people want to start a blog to make money and not because they need to write/publish something.

Read: Write Today, Monetize Tomorrow.

The saddest thing is… your favorite blog is also becoming a content farm today. And you didn’t even notice it!

Of course, there are exceptions. Not all blogs are content farms like Jeffrey Swartz has mentioned:

There are exceptions, of course. Some sites exist because their creators love to produce content that will help, amuse or entertain people just for joy of doing it. Others include brilliant blogs like this one (ahem) in which underappreciated scribes toil endless hours for a little recognition. Oh hell, truth is we don’t have ads because we’re not big enough to attract them. Bugger!

Today, a good percentage of those authority multi-author blogs are becoming content farms. They are reposting the same topic over and over. Except that the new version is either written by another author or it could be a guest post.

What do we (readers) get? Nothing.

I am not criticizing any of my peers, and in fact I love blogs. I love to read interesting content irrespective of whether it’s technology, marketing, self-improvement, entrepreneurship, or even lifestyle.

I was just highlighting a blogging trend that’s annoying me — because it’s so common today. A few months back, I was following over 75 tech and marketing blogs via Feedly and now I have reduced the number to less than 30.

The reason….. information overload. And it became worse when the blogs I once admired started publishing mediocre/promotional/guest posts. The result? I have unsubscribed all of them and is now following only single-author blogs.

Conclusion

If you are a wanna-be blogger then make sure you want to start a blog to speak your mind (or to showcase your awesomeness) rather than with the purpose of creating an income stream.

For instance, when I started Minterest back in 2006 (as a personal finance blog) it was actually a “Made For AdSense” blog and was my first WordPress.org powered blog.

Gradually, when I transformed the blog into a technology and marketing blog, it was literally “Just another WordPress blog” (yes, that’s the default tagline of a new WordPress.org powered blog) as I was writing content that was easily findable elsewhere on the web.

Later in 2012, I revamped the entire blog with a new design and content strategy. Now the blog has become my personal journal where I curate content. You know why? I also believe that… content curators are the new superheroes of the web. ;)

Happy Blogging!

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Social Media

Social media has grown a lot over the past few years and is still exploding like never before. And that exactly is the reason why marketers are allocating more budget for search engine and social media marketing campaigns.

Social media marketing is the process of gaining website traffic or attention through social networks.

If you already have a strong SEO strategy then integrating social media with your existing campaigns will yield the best results.

101+ Social Media Resources, Tips, Strategies & Tools

The purpose of this social media handbook is to curate some of the best social media marketing resources for you. And if you are also looking for more internet marketing resources then check out my other marketing handbooks.

So, here is a list of some of the best social media resources — for bloggers, marketers, and everyone else — that I have collected over the past several months.

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First things first. Why social media?

According to Business Insider, social media is the top activity on the web. Americans are spending over 37 minutes a day on various social networks and it’s higher than any other internet activity (including email).

“Engage, enlighten, encourage and especially… just be yourself! Social media is a community effort, everyone is an asset.” — Susan Cooper (@BuzzEdition)

Social Media Guides

If you are looking for a complete social media guide in an easy-to-consume way then check out the following resources. They cover almost all aspects of social media in a systematic way.

  1. Absolute Beginner’s Guide To Social Media Marketing
  2. The Beginner’s Guide To Social Media
  3. The Simplified Guide To Social Media For Small Businesses
  4. How To Create A Social Media Marketing Plan From Scratch
  5. A Beginner’s Guide To Social Media Advertising
  6. Search Engine Journal’s Social Media Strategy

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

Social Media Stats

If you want to take advantage of  social media’s full potential then it’s important to know its numbers. For instance, Facebook now has over 1 billion users and is attracting 7 times more engagement that any other network.

  1. 10 Surprising And Important Social Media Stats You Need To Know
  2. Building Brand Awareness On Social Media [Infographic]
  3. A Social Media Etiquette Guide You Might Find Useful [Infographic]
  4. Which Social Media Platforms Are Suited For Your Business? [Infographic]
  5. Social Media Marketing Industry Report [PDF]

Social Media Strategy

“These days, social media waits for no one. If you’re LATE for the party, you’ll probably be covered by all the noise and you might not be able to get your voice across. It could only mean that if you want to be heard by the crowd, you have to be fast; and on social media, that means you have to be REALLY fast.” — Aaron Lee (@AskAaronLee)

Creating a profile on each and every social network out there won’t magically grow your business overnight. You need a strategy!

If you don’t have a social media strategy then it’s more likely that your campaigns will go unnoticed and be worthless. And I must admit that I don’t have a social media strategy… yet.

  1. How To Conduct A Social Media Audit
  2. How To Build A Content Strategy Using A Social Media Audit
  3. Social Media Strategy: How Much Time Does A Good Strategy Really Take?
  4. The 15-Minute Social Media Audit Everyone Can Do
  5. The 5 Keys To Building A Social Media Strategy For Your Personal Brand
  6. 10 New Social Media Strategies To Experiment With Today
  7. 7 Strategies That’ll Actually Drive You More Social Media Traffic
  8. Social Media Strategy In 8 Steps
  9. Growing A Social Following From Nothing: My Social Media Strategy
  10. The Social Media Advertising Guide For Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn

Social Media Posts

“Social media is not just an activity; it is an investment of valuable time and resources. Surround yourself with people who not just support you and stay with you, but inform your thinking about ways to WOW your online presence.” — Sean Gardner (@2morrowknight)

If you want to learn how to format your posts or want to know when to post an update on your social media channel. Then look no further!

  1. What Are The Best Times To Post On Social Media
  2. The Optimal Length For Every Social Media Update [Infographic]
  3. How To Create The Perfect Social Media Post [Infographic]
  4. How Often To Post To Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn And More
  5. 26 Creative Ways To Publish Social Media Updates
  6. 71 Ways To Write A Social Media Update: Tips To Engage Your Followers

Social Media Tips

“Social media will help you build up loyalty of your current customers to the point that they will willingly, and for free, tell others about you.” — Bonnie Sainsbury (@bsainsbury)

If you do it right then social media can be the most lucrative marketing tool for your business. Here, I have curated some of the best resources to help you streamline your social media marketing campaigns.

  1. How To Write A Professional Bio For Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook & Google+
  2. 17 Quick Wins To Boost Your Social Media Marketing Right Away
  3. 7 Obsolete Social Media Tactics You’re Wasting Your Time On
  4. How To Build Brand Advocates Through Social Media Marketing
  5. How To Use Your Blog To Leverage Social Proof And Increase Your Authority
  6. 6 Research-Backed Ways To Get More Followers On Social Media
  7. Make Your Content More Shareable With These 5 Tricks, Backed By Research
  8. How To Build An Outreach Strategy To Earn More Social Shares
  9. How to Calculate the ROI of Your Social Media Campaigns [Infographic]

Facebook

  1. Essential Facebook Marketing Resources: A Complete Guide
  2. The Best Facebook Marketing Advice, Tried-and-Tested
  3. Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page
  4. Groove Deleted Their Facebook Page. Here’s Why.
  5. 20 Examples Of Great Facebook Fan Pages
  6. 105 Facebook Advertising Case Studies

Twitter

  1. The Beginner’s Guide To Twitter
  2. Essential Twitter Marketing Resources: A Complete Guide
  3. How To Get Your First 100 Twitter Followers [Infographic]
  4. 15 Twitter Hacks That Will Turn You Into A Twitter Ninja
  5. 7 Counterintuitive Twitter Tips To Get More Out of Twitter

LinkedIn

  1. Essential LinkedIn Marketing Resources: A Complete Guide
  2. How To Structure A Perfect LinkedIn Profile [Infographic]
  3. Your Guide To Unleashing Killer Content Marketing On LinkedIn
  4. How To Increase Your LinkedIn Engagement by 386% [Infographic]

Google+

  1. Essential Google+ Marketing Resource: A Complete Guide
  2. How To Get At Least 500 More Google+ Followers By Next Week
  3. How To Set Up A Google+ Page For Your Business

Instagram

  1. Instagram Marketing: How To Get Started With Instagram
  2. What Spending $57,000 on Instagram Taught Me
  3. How to Increase Your Instagram Engagement by 182% [Infographic]

Everything Else

  1. 30 Little-Known Features Of The Social Media Sites You Use Every Day
  2. How To Get Your First 1,000 Followers on Every Major Social Network
  3. The Marketing Guide To Vine, Instagram, Vimeo, YouTube & Hangouts
  4. 6 Ways To Grow YouTube Subscribers And Your Exposure
  5. 56 Ways To Market Your Business On Pinterest
  6. Tumblr Numbers: The Rapid Rise of Social Blogging [Infographic]
  7. The Lifecycle Of A Web Page On StumbleUpon [Infographic]

Read: Over 60 Web 2.0 Sites To Get Instant Backlinks To Your Blog

Social Media Marketing Case Studies

“Going viral is not an outcome; it’s a happening. Sometimes it happens; sometimes it doesn’t. Just remember, fans are vanity and sales are sanity.” — Lori Taylor (@lorirtaylor)

You don’t have to “reinvent the wheel,” instead learn from the competitors and their success stories. Also, it’s a good idea to take advantage of the best practices followed by different brands.

  1. 10 Unforgettable Customer Service Stories
  2. 5 Outstanding Social Media Campaigns
  3. 7 Creative Social Media Marketing Mini Case Studies
  4. 40 Expert Social Media Strategies
  5. 50 Social Media Case Studies You Should Bookmark
  6. How Coke, Cadbury, McDonald’s, Nike, Walmart & Microsoft Uses Social Media

Social Media Blogs

Hand-picking social media blogs and tools was the biggest challenge when I was writing this blog post. Here’s a list of must-follow blogs to stay up-to-date with the latest social media trends and happenings.

  1. Social Media Examiner
  2. Social Media Today
  3. Buffer
  4. RazorSocial
  5. Boom Social
  6. SocialMouths
  7. Social Fresh
  8. Sprout Social
  9. Moz
  10. Mashable

Read: Top 30 Social Networking Sites To Drive Traffic To Your Blog

Social Media Tools

Social Media Tools

Here is a list of over twenty essential social media tools (they are either free or freemium!) to streamline your social media marketing campaigns. And if you are looking for a comprehensive list of tools — organized by category — then check out Social Media Tools 101.

  1. Hootsuite — is perhaps the most popular social media dashboard to manage all your social networks. Also try, TweetDeck (an official app by Twitter to manage all your Twitter accounts).
  2. SocialOomph — is another social app that supports multiple social networks, RSS feeds, post scheduling, URL shortening, etc.
  3. Postific — helps businesses find new customers and analyze their social engagement. You are allowed to connect unlimited social accounts and it features post scheduling, RSS feeds, engagement and leads tracking, etc.
  4. SumAll — is an all-in-one social media analytics and business dashboard that shows a comprehensive view of your social media and e-commerce data.
  5. BuzzSumo — to find out the best performing content of your competitors.
  6. Social Crawlytics — to identify the influencers in your niche and to discover your competitor’s most shared content.
  7. Mention — 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).
  8. Social Mention — is a social media search engine that searches user-generated content on web 2.0 sites.
  9. Sniply — attach a call-to-action to every link that you share.
  10. IFTTT — to connect all your web 2.0 apps (including social networks and productivity apps) to automate actions. Also try, Zapier.
  11. 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.
  12. ShareGrab — to find the most shareable content from any Facebook page.
  13. Canva —  is a free image creation tool for beginners and professionals.
  14. Awesome Screenshot —  is the best screen capture tool for Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Also try, Page2Images, JingEvernote Skitch.
  15. PicMonkey — is my favorite web-based photo editor.
  16. Meme Generator —  is a free meme generator that you can use to create your own meme or to browse the most popular Internet memes.
  17. Topsy —  is a social search, monitoring, and analytics tool that’s maintaining a comprehensive index of all Tweets since 2006.
  18. Friend or Follow — to unfollow people who are not following you back.
  19. Commun.it — is a Twitter management software that helps you manage your Twitter relationships, followers, lists with free analytics and social insights. Also try, ManageFlitter.

Don’t Miss:

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

Browser Extensions

You can’t live without your favorite browser extensions, right? It really saves a lot of time and makes us smarter. I have cherry-picked over ten browser extensions that are related to social media in one way or the other.

If you are looking for a comprehensive list then check out Productivity Extensions and SEO Extensions for Google Chrome.

  1. Evernote — lets you capture anything — from full web pages to bookmarks to screenshots.
  2. Pocket —  save web pages in just one-click and access it from any of your devices — even when you are offline.
  3. Feedly — is the best RSS reader to organize, read and share your daily news.
  4. Diigo — is a powerful research tool.
  5. Awesome Screenshot — lets you capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, etc. in few clicks.
  6. Facebook for Chrome — is the most popular (but unofficial) Facebook extension for Google Chrome. Also try, Twitter for ChromeInstagram for Chrome.
  7. Pin It Button — is the official Pinterest extension that lets you pin things that you find on the web. Also try, Facebook Like Button.
  8. Bitly — is the most popular URL shortening tool that is also good for updating your Twitter or Facebook account.
  9. Buffer — is the best app to schedule your social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+
  10. Open SEO Stats — is one of my favorite Google Chrome extension as it shows a ton of marketing stats in one-click.
  11. Rapportive — shows everything about your contact — right inside your Gmail inbox. Also try, Vibe (is the Rapportive for the web).
  12. Riffle — is a smart Twitter dashboard for the power-users.

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

Conclusion

“Social media is here. It’s not going away; not a passing fad. Be where your customers are: in social media.” — Lori Ruff (@loriruff)

If you want to leverage the power of social media then you have to listen to your audience. Remember, whatever you share on your social networks must be relevant and useful.

Have I missed your favorite social media marketing resource? If so, let me know as a comment below and I will be happy to list it.

Happy Networking & Marketing! :)

 Image Credit: Sean MacEntee

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Content Marketing

Content marketing is everywhere and it’s actually the new SEO (sort of). And that exactly is the reason why internet startups are spending a lot of money on content marketing to acquire new customers in an organic way.

Now, what’s interesting is that the content marketing tactics are changing rapidly and there is always a new idea to attract even more customers.

I collect marketing resources as I browse the web and I choose to archive it online as a handbooks. They all can act as a starting point in their respective niches and The Content Marketing Handbook is my 7th handbook.

Note: I have focused only on content marketing and not “Writing” or “Blogging” topics. But you can always look at Blogger’s Handbook or Writer’s Handbook for awesome freelance writing and blogging resources.

81+ Content Marketing Resources, Tips, Strategies & Tools

So, here is a curated list of content marketing resources that I have personally collected in my Evernote over the past many months.

It’s going to be your definitive guide to content marketing, and to make it easier to consume, I have organized the resources into the following categories:

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First things first. What is content marketing?

If you are absolutely clueless about content marketing then here is 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. — Copyblogger

Content Marketing Guides

If you are looking for a one-stop guide to content marketing, then look no further. They cover almost all aspects of content marketing in a systematic and easy to consume way.

  1. What Is Content Marketing? | Copyblogger — No one knows content marketing better than the guys at Copyblogger. They offer a free series of seven content marketing ebooks and is a great place to start.
  2. The Psychology Behind Content And Why It Works | Crew — It’s a great read that tells the psychology behind content and why it works citing several examples and case studies.
  3. The Beginner’s Guide To Content Marketing | Nate Desmond — It’s a beginner’s guide (as a single blog post) to content marketing that tells you how to plan, write, and promote content.
  4. A Not-So-Brief Guide To Better Content Marketing | Gregory Ciott — It’s a more comprehensive guide (again as a single blog post) covering almost all aspects of content marketing.
  5. The Advanced Guide To Content Marketing | Quick Sprout — As the name suggests, it’s an advanced guide to content marketing with ten chapters.
  6. Groove’s Journey To $500k In Monthly Revenue | Groove — It’s not exactly a content marketing guide but it shows the journey of a startup’s $500k monthly revenue as a series of blog posts.

Content Strategy

You need a content strategy before creating content. Now, what is it?

Content strategy refers to the creation, publication, and governance of useful, usable content.

In other words, content strategy is about efficiently and effectively managing the website content to achieve business goals.

  1. What Is Content Strategy?
  2. The Anatomy Of A Great Content Strategy
  3. How To Include Influencers In Your Content Strategy
  4. A Content Strategy Template You Can Build On
  5. How To Build A Content Marketing Strategy

Content Audit

Content audit is the analysis of a website’s content to make it more search and user friendly. It involves keyword analysis, content analysis (to identify performing, non-performing, and missing content), and defining a new content strategy.

  1. A Beginner’s Guide To Content Audits [Infographic]
  2. How To Conduct A Content Audit On Your Site
  3. How To Do A Content Audit [Step-by-Step]
  4. A Complete Content Audit And Spreadsheet Template
  5. How To Plug The Holes In Your Content Funnel That Are Costing You Money

Content Promotion

I really do not want to believe this but it’s true. Today, content marketing is 90% promotion and 10% creation. That’s why your best content goes unnoticed.

  1. 16 Explosive Content Promotion Strategies
  2. How I Increased Traffic 272% In 30 Days (Without Spending A Penny)
  3. 31 Ways To Promote Blog Posts & Get Blog Traffic
  4. 13 Steps To Take Your Content Promotion To The Next Level
  5. How To Create A Winning Content Promotion Plan
  6. 16 Of The Most Brilliant Tactics In Blogging History

Read: Top 30 Social Networking Sites To Drive Traffic To Your Blog

Content Marketing Tips

Reading how-to content will improve your technical skills but that’s not enough. If you want to become a better marketer then you should learn from the experts. Because they are already doing it and they know exactly what works and what doesn’t.

  1. The 3-Step Journey of a Remarkable Piece of Content
  2. 7 Content Marketing Lessons Learned From Losing 225,418 Visitors A Month
  3. 7 Lessons Learned While Content Marketing For An Early-Stage Startup
  4. 7 Popular Content Marketing Myths You Need To Stop Following
  5. 10 Ways To Improve Your Content Marketing
  6. Your Content Marketing Will Fail Without These 10 Features
  7. A Step-by-Step Guide To Dominating Search With Content Marketing
  8. 7 Smart Ways To Combine Content Marketing With SEO For More Search Traffic
  9. 9 Content Marketing Growth Hacks To Drive Traffic And Conversions
  10. 10 Content Marketing Growth Hacks [With Infographic]

Random Content Marketing Articles

Here is a list of some random articles (but related to blog marketing) that should make you a better writer (and a content marketer too).

  1. The Definitive Guide To Writing A Perfectly Optimized Blog Post
  2. 15 Blogging Tips To Supercharge Your Next Blog Post
  3. 12 Ways To Extend The Life Of Every Article You Write
  4. How We Research: A Look Inside The Buffer Blog Process
  5. How To Get 300% More People To Read Your Content

Read: 51 Blogging And Publishing Platforms To Showcase Your Awesomeness

Content Marketing Case Studies

We all love case studies, don’t we? Here are few case studies by few bloggers and startups. It tells you what they did to grow their website or business by leveraging content marketing.

  1. How To Grow A New Website To Over 100,000 Organic Visits Per Month
  2. How To Increase Traffic By Osmosis: Absorbing Visitors To Reach Over 200,000
  3. How We Earned 300+ Links And 2,500+ Shares On A Single Post In 30 Days
  4. How To Get Over 50,000 Visits To Your Blog In The First Month
  5. How To Get 300% More People To Read Your Content
  6. How Mint Grew to 1.5 Million Users And Sold for $170 Million In Just 2 Years
  7. How Buffer Grew To 70,000+ Users With A Solid Product & Content Marketing
  8. Inside The Marketing Strategies Of Facebook, Mint, & AppSumo
  9. 11 Content Marketing Lessons Learned from 20 Of The Top 100 Blogs
  10. The 30 Most Genius Content Marketing Examples Of 2014

Content Marketing Blogs

Internet marketing strategies are changing rapidly. So, if you are a marketer then it’s very important to follow some industry related blogs to stay-up-date.

I have randomly picked few internet marketing blogs that publishes great content marketing resources. And if you’re looking for a comprehensive list of internet marketing blogs then check out My Internet Marketing Handbook.

  1. Copyblogger — for content marketing tips.
  2. Quick Sprout — for content marketing strategies and case studies.
  3. Moz — for advanced content marketing ideas.
  4. Buffer — for blogging tips leveraging social media.
  5. Blog Tyrant — for blog marketing tips.
  6. Niche Pursuits — for even more blog marketing tips.
  7. Backlinko — for content promotion ideas, tips, and case studies.
  8. OkDork — for internet marketing tips.
  9. KISSmetrics — for blogging and marketing tips.
  10. Jim’s Marketing Blog — for short actionable insights on marketing.

Read: My Favorite Tech & Marketing Blogs

Essential Content Marketing Tools

Here I’m cherry-picking some of the best content marketing tools (they’re free/freemium!) to streamline your marketing efforts. But if you are looking for a comprehensive list of content marketing tools then check out Content Marketing Tools 101.

  1. Google Analytics — is the most popular web analytics tool — and it’s free — that gives insights about your website’s traffic. And it’s also good for measuring your advertising ROI.
  2. Google Webmaster Tools — shows the visibility of your website on Google. Also try, Bing Webmaster Tools.
  3. SEMrush (Freemium) — is one of the best competitor analysis tool to get benefit from your competitors and create a perfect content marketing strategy. Pricing starts at $79.95/month for the premium version.
  4. BuzzSumo (Freemium) —  analyzes a keyword or even a domain name and shows you the most popular content. Pricing starts at $99/month for the premium version. Also try, Social Crawlytics (Free).
  5. ContentGems (Freemium) — monitors the web and filters the results based on the keywords that you have set. The free plan supports two topics with up to 50 keywords per topic. Pricing starts at $9/month for the premium version.
  6. Topsy — is a free Twitter analytics tool that lets you search the Twitter database for free. You can enter a keyword and it shows a real-time analysis of what’s happening.
  7. Google Alerts — lets you monitor the web and set alerts when Google finds a new web page that matches your search filter.
  8. IFTTT —  lets you automate several actions by connecting all your web apps.
  9. Google AdWords Keyword Planner —- is the most popular keyword research tool that helps you find new keyword ideas and also estimating how they may perform.
  10. Portent Content Idea Generator — is a nifty tool to get topics ideas by only entering a keyword or two. Also try, Link Bait Title GeneratorHubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator.
  11. GrowthHackers — is an online community for marketers where you can discover (or share) interesting marketing content and join discussions. Also try, Triberr, Inbound.org.

Read: Over 101 Content Marketing Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

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Essential Browser Extensions

Web browser extensions are priceless to me as it makes everyday tasks simpler. Don’t believe me? Stop using all of them and you will see how much time they were saving.

  1. Evernote Web Clipper — to collect resources as you browse the web and access it from all your devices. Also try, Diggo Web Collector.
  2. Pocket — to save content and read later.
  3. Feedly — is the best RSS reader.
  4. Awesome Screenshot — to capture, annotate, and share screenshots. Also try, Evernote Skitch (available on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android).
  5. Google Dictionary — to view definitions of a word as you browse the web.
  6. Search by Image — lets you right-click an image on the web and initiate a Google image search.
  7. Alexa Traffic Rank — is the official Alexa extension that provides Alexa Traffic Rank & Site Information as you browse web pages.
  8. Open SEO Stats — is an SEO extension that shows a ton of information related to SEO, traffic, domain name, web page, links, etc.
  9. MozBar — shows all the SEO metrics you want to know about a web page as you browse the web.
  10. WooRank — provides an in-depth SEO report of any website with one-click.
  11. Rapportive — replaces ads in Gmail and shows more information about your contacts.
  12. Boomerang for Gmail — lets you schedule messages in Gmail.
  13. Buffer —  is the easiest way to share web pages to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Pages, and LinkedIn.
  14. Copy Fixer — lets you copy the Title & URL of the current web page by using the “Control/Command + C” shortcut.
  15. Word Count Tool — lets you count the number of words and characters in the selected text with just one-click.
  16. Page Analytics (by Google) — lets you track how users are interacting with your web pages.

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

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Conclusion

Just in case if I have missed a great content marketing resource then let me know as a comment below and I will be glad to feature it here.

Happy Marketing! :)

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Sponsored Posts

If you are a blogger then it’s very likely that you are receiving a ton of requests from brands and individuals for sponsored posts (sometimes known as sponsored reviews), guest posts, text links, paid posts, link exchanges, and all sorts of stuff.

They try to pitch us in different ways, like:

Hello,

My name is M and I would like to contribute on your website as a guest author.

I’ve written several tech, internet marketing, SEO and Social media related guest post articles, and I would like to write an article about the matters closely related to your website.

Please feel free to suggest to me any topic, and I will write an article specifically for your blog/website!

The content will be around 700-1000 word including images and videos and it will be original, informative and 100% unique.

I can also suggest you great topics for your website.

I will send you article ASAP with details. You can review the article and let me know if you can publish on your website.

Looking forward to our successful cooperation!

Kindest regards,
M

And some of them even mention straight away that they willing to pay for it. Basically, they are all after one thing: “dofollow links” —  to boost their search rankings. That’s right! Some of them mention it when they pitch us and some don’t.

A good percentage of bloggers accept such offers without caring about search engine guidelines or user experience.

If you have been following my blog for a while then you might have already noticed that I never accepted any guest posts or paid posts or text links for SEO. But a couple of months back I accepted the first sponsored review on my blog. And then I realized the true value of a sponsored review with nofollow links for a brand.

I was not accepting sponsored posts on this blog before that as most of the products were of little interest to me. But a few months back, I created an advertising page to display the available advertising options on my blog.

Read: 51 Blogging And Publishing Platforms To Showcase Your Awesomeness

Soon after that, I got the first enquiry for a  sponsored review from Perfect Audience (a retargeting platform). Since they contacted me via my newly created advertising page I assumed that they were okay with nofollow links.

So, I responded by saying that I was already aware about Perfect Audience brand and would be glad to do a sponsored review. In fact, I also personally wanted to try retargeting someday.

I published the review after a month or so and obviously it came with disclosures and all the links were nofollowed. Actually, I was the first blogger they have worked with for a sponsored review.

And the result? They got a new customer — me. And then, I spent my time learning and trying retargeting and finally wrote a guide to kickstarting a retargeting campaign with Perfect Audience.

That’s not all! I started generating hundreds of leads as an affiliate and I also started promoting Perfect Audience on other relevant blog posts as well — in return for nothing.

Don’t Miss: Over 40 Google AdSense Alternatives To Make Money Blogging

First Things First. What Is A Nofollow Link?

When we link to another website search engines, assume that we are giving an upvote. So, it obviously impacts the search rankings of the target website. Now, if we add a nofollow tag to the link then search engines don’t follow it.

Nofollow” provides a way for webmasters to tell search engines “Don’t follow links on this page” or “Don’t follow this specific link.”

In other words, building a ton of nofollow links to a website won’t improve (and won’t hurt too) its ranking as it doesn’t transfer any PageRank to the target website.

Leverage Sponsored Reviews With Nofollow Links

So, how can you leverage  sponsored posts? When you pitch a blogger for a sponsored review, you don’t really have to worry about the nofollow links as long as your goal is to increase the visibility of your website. In fact, you should tell the blogger to nofollow it even if they’re offering dofollow links.

And if you think that it’s not worth it then imagine what happens when you write a guest post. When you write a guest post for a blog it’s less likely that people click your bio links (unless your guest post is a masterpiece and people want to know more about you).

So, it basically means that you are getting zero traffic to your website from all your mediocre guest posts. Of course, you get a backlink. But it’s not as worthy as it used to be. And that exactly is the reason why Google took action against guest blogging for SEO.

Now, what happens when you buy a sponsored review?

When it comes to sponsored reviews, you are actually paying bloggers to review your product/service and they will personally review your website and will blog about it (with a proper disclosure and nofollow links). In other words, you are actually paying for their time.

The best thing? Sponsored reviews sends real traffic to your website and it builds great awareness about your brand.

It’s absolutely possible that the sponsored reviews might send some leads and sales as well — in no time. Because you are advertising your product or service in front of the right audience.

And you don’t have to worry about search engine guidelines or a future penalty. Even better, bloggers love to do sponsored reviews as long as they’re relevant. Yes, it’s all about relevancy.

But it doesn’t really mean that you should go ahead and buy sponsored reviews aggressively. Why? Because if you pick the wrong website then it literally has the same effect as a guest post. Zero traffic.

And what about guest posts or paid posts?

When you are doing a guest post or is buying a paid post then you are at the risk of getting a penalty sooner or later.

Even big brands like Rap Genius, Interflora, Forbes, Overstock, JC Penney, etc. were penalized by Google for violating webmaster guidelines. They all were engaged in different link schemes.

In fact, if you are offering your products for free in exchange for links then it’s also considered as a link scheme by Google.

Buying or selling links that pass PageRank. This includes exchanging money for links, or posts that contain links; exchanging goods or services for links; or sending someone a “free” product in exchange for them writing about it and including a link

Last year, Interflora (a flower delivery network) was rumored to be penalized by Google as they were giving gifts to bloggers in exchange for links.

Exploring Related Opportunities

A few months back, I got an email from the SEMrush and they invited me to join their affiliate program. They even offered a complimentary six month SEMrush account worth over $400.

And that was first time time I actually accepted an offer from a brand. Because it was just an invitation and they didn’t ask anything in return. And the best thing? SEMrush is one of the most popular competitor analysis tools and it offers great value for bloggers and marketers.

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

I obviously became excited and decided to pitch few brands from my side for more such offers. The first one was sent to the affiliate team of One.com Hosting.

I expressed my interest in promoting their affiliate program as I was impressed with their web hosting pricing. It’s one of the cheapest hosting plan (even after the first term) with cPanel.

So, I asked for a one month demo hosting account (as I didn’t want to sign up myself or use my credit card) and without asking anything they offered me a 1 year free hosting plan with a free domain name.

I didn’t stop.

It was the time I was getting frequent “Account Resource Overage” emails from my web hosting company — InMotion Hosting. So, I was looking for a Content Delivery Network to balance my server load. And the next pitch was to MaxCDN.

Once again, I sent a pitch to MaxCDN’s affiliate team and asked if they wanted to sponsor my blog’s CDN. Because I already knew that they were sponsoring popular blogs. Bingo, it worked!

Their affiliate team reviewed my blog (to see if it’s relevant and whether there is potential) and upgraded my MaxCDN trial account to free — valued at $108. A dollar saved is a dollar earned. :)

Don’t Miss: Over 101 Websites For Anyone And Everyone To Make Money Online

Conclusion

Sponsored posts are so effective that it can double your advertising income and can deliver overnight results to brands. But it doesn’t really mean that you should accept all sponsored offers (even if they are willing to pay you a premium) that you are getting.

It’s always a good idea to work with only limited brands that you admire the most, so that you can pitch them about a sponsored review or even a giveaway. But make sure you don’t publish sponsored posts too often as it can annoy your readers.

Happy New Year!! :)

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Free Pay Per Click (PPC) 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, Facebook, 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, Germany, Italy and Spain 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 Italy Coupon

Bing Ads Spain 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 will email you the offer code.

Note: 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 will give you $100 credit (based on your location) to try AdWords.

BidVertiser Coupon

Facebook Ads Coupon

Note: If you run a digital marketing agency or is managing client accounts then join Facebook Small Business Agency Program and earn Facebook ad coupons worth up to $500 or 10% of your client’s ad spend, whichever is smaller.

Amazon Product Ads

LookSmart Ads

  • Free Credits: $50
  • Initial Deposit: $50
  • Promo Code: 50LS
  • Sign Up URL: LookSmart Ads

Perfect Audience Retargeting Ads

Read: Kickstart Your First Perfect Audience Retargeting Campaign In 5 Steps

Advertise.com

  • Free Credits: 10% of your deposit (up to $1,000)
  • Initial Deposit: $1,000
  • Promo Code: N/A
  • Sign Up URL: Advertise.com

Last Updated: February, 2015

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Money

First Published: October 15, 2013; Last Updated: Monday, December 22, 2014

I hate to write “make money online” blog posts as it creates a sense of expectation. If you are a blogger, an internet marketer, or even a beginner then you already know that it is POSSIBLE to make money online.

What’s interesting is that, there are plenty of ways to make money online — from selling ads, e-books, affiliate marketing, freelance writing, podcasting, consulting, designing, coding, etc.

The idea of this blog post is to highlight some of those online income streams. Please don’t expect overnight success. The thing is, creating an income stream online requires a lot of work, patience, and some money too.

If you are a beginner and is absolutely clueless about where to start then this blog post should help you to kick-start (and that’s the idea too). If you have any trouble with any of these options, leave a comment below or you can email me, and I will do my best to find the best resource to help you.

Make Money Online With Your Website

Do you have a website or a blog? If yes, then selling advertisements is the easiest way to make money online. Since there are tons of ad networks on the Internet, make sure that you choose the best ad network to maximize the revenue.

If you can create your own products then it’s the best way to make money because that way you’re actually building a passive income stream online. You can use your own blog or website to market your products so that people will buy it when they’re convinced.

Advertising networks can be Cost Per Click (CPC), Cost Per Mille (CPM), or Cost Per Action (CPA). A Cost Per Click network pays you each time a user clicks on your ad and the actual amount you’ll get is determined by the advertiser. Now a Cost Per Mille network or simply a Cost Per Impression network pays for every 1,000 page views that you generate. If they pay $1 for every 1,000 page views, then you’ll get $30 if the number of page views a month is 30,000.

Read: How Much Traffic Do You Need To Make $100,000 With Ads

Now I’m going to list some of the popular ad networks in each category. If you’re looking for a comprehensive list then check out 24 Google AdSense Alternatives for more CPC and CPM networks and also check out the Top 10 Affiliate Networks for more CPA networks.

Cost Per Click (CPC) Ad Networks

  1. Google AdSense
  2. Yahoo! Bing Network (powered by Media.net)
  3. Chitika
  4. Clicksor
  5. Infolinks

Cost Per Mille (CPM) Ad Networks

  1. Advertising.com (by AOL.com)
  2. Burst Media
  3. Casale Media
  4. OpenX
  5. PulsePoint
  6. Technorati Media
  7. Tribal Fusion
  8. ValueClick Media
  9. YesAdvertising

In-Image Ad Networks

  1. GumGum
  2. Luminate

Pop Under Ad Networks

  1. InfinityAds

Cost Per Action (CPA) Affiliate Networks

  1. Commission Junction (CJ)
  2. LinkShare
  3. Neverblue
  4. PeerFly
  5. ShareASale

Cost Per Sale (CPS) Affiliate Networks

  1. Amazon Associates
  2. ClickBank

Sell Ads Directly To Advertisers

You can always sell ads directly when someone wants to buy a banner ad, or text links, or even a sponsored post on your blog. But if you’re not lucky enough then you have to become a part of a bigger network where you can showcase your ad inventory.

  1. BuySellAds
  2. DoubleClick

Automated Affiliate Marketing

You have a website or a blog which is getting good targeted traffic but don’t know how to monetize it? Then you can try the following automated affiliate marketing networks. It converts all the normal links in your website to affiliate links and you make money when clicks result in sales or leads.

So by joining these networks you’ll get access to thousands of affiliate programs without applying individually and you don’t have to manage any affiliate programs or links or anything as they offer a centralized reporting as well.

  1. Skimlinks
  2. VigLink
  3. Cloudswave Affiliate Network — is a white label affiliate program by Cloudswave that lets you promote over 150 business software deals — with a single affiliate account. Here’s a sample store.

In-house Affiliate Programs

If you like a product then obviously you write about it, tweet about it, and tell your friends, right? Now how about getting paid for that? That’s right! If you check the websites of most Internet companies (others too) then you can find their affiliate program.

So, you can use the affiliate links while promoting their products and they’ll pay you for referring new customers to them. They may have their own in-house affiliate program, or one that is managed by an affiliate network, or both.

  1. eBay Partner Network
  2. iTunes Affiliate Program

…and much more.

Bloggers: Sell Text Links & Sponsored Posts

If you have a good quality website then advertisers will try their best to buy a text link or a sponsored post from you. But wait, selling text links is against Google’s Webmaster Guidelines and they may ban your website from its search results unless the links are rel=”nofollow”.

Sell Text Links

  1. AdBeans
  2. Digital Point
  3. LinkWorth
  4. TextLinkBrokers
  5. TNX.net
  6. WarriorForum

Sell Sponsored Posts

  1. Blogsvertise
  2. PayPerPost
  3. ReviewMe
  4. SponsoredReviews

Join Ad Networks For Bloggers

  1. Blogads
  2. BlogHer (for Women bloggers)
  3. Content.ad
  4. Foodie Blogroll (for food blogs)
  5. PostJoint
  6. Taboola
  7. Written — license your content and make money.

Start A Newsletter

If you have loyal traffic, it’s a good idea to start a newsletter so that you can engage with your readers in a more friendly way. And it’s also one of the best way to market your products since people usually don’t buy your product when they first visit your website/blog for the first time.

  1. MailChimp — design and send email marketing campaigns.

Read: The Email Marketing Handbook — 101+ Resources, Tips, Strategies & Tools

Note: You can start an online newsletter even if you don’t have a popular blog or website. For instance, if you’re able to give expert advice or opinions about a topic, you can start a daily/weekly/monthly newsletter and create a simple blog to build email lists. And you can monetize your newsletter as you grow — by say, offering premium services or promoting a product.

Are You A Freelance Writer?

Content is King on websites. Content is often outsourced so if you have got good writing skills, you can make a living writing online. Here are some content marketplaces where you can sell your content.

  1. Constant-Content
  2. ContentBLVD
  3. Digital Point
  4. ProBlogger Job Board
  5. BloggingPro Job Board
  6. Textbroker
  7. WriterAccess
  8. Zerys
  9. Scripted
  10. Copify
  11. CopyPress

Read: The Freelance Writer’s Handbook — 61+ Tips, Resources & Guides

Are You A Professional Writer?

If you are a professional writer, you can contribute content to some of the top content provides like Yahoo, AOL, About.com, etc. and get upfront payment.

  1. About.com
  2. Break Studios
  3. Demand Studios

Read: Make Money Writing Articles: Top 25 Sites That Pay Upfront

Are You A Graphic/Web Designer?

  1. 99designs
  2. crowdSPRING
  3. Design Contest
  4. Freelancer Contests
  5. Freelancer Marketplace
  6. Microlancer
  7. Visual.ly

Make Money Sharing & Creating Videos

  1. YouTube Partner Program — Upload videos on YouTube and make money from ads.
  2. Break — You can earn up to $600 if your Video is featured on Break.com homepage.
  3. Dailymotion Publisher — Share Dailymotion videos on your website, blog and social profiles and get a share of their advertising revenue.
  4. Dailymotion Official — Upload videos on Dailymotion to earn advertising revenue. And you earn extra revenue when those videos are shared on your own websites, blogs, social profiles, or any third-party websites.
  5. Vimeo — Make money sharing videos on Vimeo.

Click Photos? Sell Your Photos & Graphics!

  1. 123RF
  2. Fotolia
  3. Getty Images
  4. iStock Photo
  5. Shutterstock

Like To Do Micro-jobs?

Now you can offer your micro service online and get paid for it. You post what you’re willing to do for $5 or even $50 and get paid when you deliver the work. It’s that simple!

Micro-jobs Marketplace

  1. Fiverr
  2. PeoplePerHour
  3. Amazon Mechanical Turk
  4. Digital Point Services

Read: How To Make Money Online With Micro Job Sites

Have A Skill?

Try any of the following freelance marketplaces to find freelance jobs or to sell your service. You can become a virtual assistant, manage the social media profiles of a company/person, design a website, design a logo, offer writing or translation service, develop a software, design a website, develop a web application, etc.

Freelance Marketplace

  1. Elance
  2. Freelancer
  3. Guru
  4. oDesk

Offer Expert Advice

  1. Clarity.fm — If you’re an expert in some field and can give expert advice, you can charge advice seeking users by the minute.

Be A Tutor

  1. Udemy
  2. Lynda
  3. Skillshare
  4. InstaEDU
  5. TutorVista
  6. Tutor
  7. Google Helpouts (invite only)

Be A Tester

  1. UserTesting.com — UserTesting.com pays you up to $15 per test to evaluate websites’ usability and clarity.
  2. uTest — uTest compensates testers for approved reports they submit.

Sell, Sell, Sell

Today, online marketplaces are extremely popular and you can sell almost anything online.

Sell E-books

  1. Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
  2. iBooks
  3. Blurb
  4. ClickBank
  5. E-junkie
  6. Lulu
  7. Scribd

Read: How I Wrote a $30,000 eBook (And You Can Too) | ViperChill

Sell Your Domain Names

  1. BrandBucket — Sell your brandable domain names.
  2. GoDaddy Auctions
  3. Sedo

Sell Your Websites

  1. Flippa
  2. WebsiteBroker

Sell Everything Else

  1. Amazon
  2. Craigslist
  3. eBay
  4. Bonanza
  5. Etsy — Sell all things handmade, vintage, and supplies.
  6. Quirky — Got an innovative idea? You can sell it on Quirky and make money.

Create An Online Store

Create an online story by yourself and start selling your own products.

  1. Shopify
  2. Square
  3. 3DCart
  4. Goodsie
  5. Gumroad

Read: 51 Blogging And Publishing Platforms To Showcase Your Awesomeness

Love Stock Market?

  1. Robinhood — lets you trade U.S. stocks for free on your iPhone.

BONUS: The Remora Method

The “Remora Method” is a name coined by James Clear of Passive Panda. He explains that there is a fish called “remora” that’s different from other fishes in the ocean.

Most fishes are always in search of food and can be attacked by one of its predators. Remora has a special fin on its back that allows remora to stick itself to large fishes like sharks (known as a host).

The host provides remora with transportation, protection and the food it needs. And in exchange, remora cleans the bacteria and other parasites from the host.

So,

This mutually beneficial relationship allows the remora to avoid the struggles that most fish deal with on a daily basis. And within the remora’s strategy is a key insight that successful people use to boost their income…

James’ idea is that you can partner with a business (or even an individual) in a similar fashion to earn an extra income. He says: choose a profitable idea, find a business who will need your product or service, partner with that business and share profits.

He also recommends diversification by partnering with more businesses so as to create multiple income streams online (or even offline). You can check out the “Remora Method” to learn more about it.

Conclusion

Of course, there are hundreds of other ways to make money online. But like I have already mentioned, the idea of this blog post is to explore different opportunities so that you can decide where to focus on.

I haven’t included the not so easy ways to make money online like selling your apps or music or movies on iTunes, Google Play Store, Windows Store, Amazon etc.

Let me know if I missed your favorite website (or an online income stream) and I will be happy to feature it here. :)

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO), as you probably know, is the process of improving the visibility of your website in search engine results pages (SERPs).

But do remember…

Your goal should really be to make a fantastic website that people love and tell their friends about and link to and want to experience. As a result, your website starts to become stronger and stronger in the rankings. — Matt Cutts (@mattcutts)

If you’re a SEO professional then you would already know that SEO Tools change rapidly and there’s always one after the other. In fact, I have done several SEO Tools posts that is related to the different aspects of SEO.

And you know what… a good percentage of those blog posts are worthless today. Because most of the tools that I have mentioned on those blog posts are either obsolete or we don’t need it today.

That’s why I have consolidated some of the best SEO tools that exist today on a single page. So, here is a roundup of some of the best Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools you’ll ever need. Seriously.

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Read: Over 101 Internet Marketing Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

Premium Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Software

You can consider the following tools as an SEO platform rather than just as a tool. They’re some of the best SEO & marketing tools as well. So, obviously it fits into multiple categories and that’s why I decided to feature them as “Premium”.

  1. Moz Pro (Premium) — is an all-in-one set of SEO, social media, site audit, and web analytics tools that help increase your search engine visibility and keep you ahead of your competitors. Pricing starts at $99/month with a 30-day free trial.
  2. Raven Tools (Premium) — features 30+ online marketing tools for efficient management & comprehensive reporting. Pricing starts at $99/month with a 30-day free trial.
  3. HubSpot (Premium) — contains everything you need to do internet marketing — from blogging, to SEO and social. Pricing starts at $200/month with a 30-day free trial.
  4. SEMrush (Premium) — is one of the most popular competitor analysis tool that’s also good for keyword research, backlink analysis, rank tracking, advertising research, website auditing, etc. Pricing starts at $69.95/month.
  5. AuthorityLabs (Premium) — lets you track website rankings in search engines and automate your campaign monitoring, local rank tracking, & competitor tracking. Pricing starts at $49/month with a 30-day free trial — no credit card required. Also try, Analytics SEO (Freemium).
  6. cognitiveSEO (Premium) — is a premium SEO toolkit (backlink reports & analysis, rank tracking, project management, etc.) to benchmark and outrank your competition. Pricing starts at $99/month with a 14-day free trial.
  7. Searchmetrics Suite (Premium) — allows you to monitor keywords, analyze rankings, evaluate links and compare the SEO visibility of domains. You need to request a demo for pricing as there are no predefined pricing plans available.
  8. Web CEO (Freemium) — is a cloud-based solution for website owners, digital marketing agencies and in-house SEO teams which provides white-label SEO tools for team collaboration and branded SEO reporting for clients. Pricing starts at $69/month for the premium version.
  9. SERPs (Premium) — lets you monitor, test, measure and prove SEO strategies to anyone. Pricing starts at $99/month with a 14-day free trial.
  10. LinkResearchTools (Premium) — is a data platform (with 20 SEO tools) that helps advertising agencies and brands rank better in search engines and outperform their competitors. Pricing starts at €99/month.
  11. Advanced Web Ranking (Premium) — is an SEO software capable to deliver localized rankings within white labelled HTML and PDF reports. Pricing starts at $49/month with a 30-day free trial.
  12. SEO PowerSuite (Premium) — is a desktop SEO suite for rank tracking, website auditing, competitor analysis, and link management. Costs a one-time $299. If you don’t need their entire SEO suite then you can buy your favorite tool (that is, Rank Tracker, Website Auditor, SEO SpyGlass, LinkAssistant) separately at $124.75 each.
  13. seoClarity (Premium) — is an enterprise SEO platform. Pricing starts at $1,999/month. Also try, Linkdex.

Read: The Internet Marketing Handbook — 101+ Resources, Tips, Guides & Tools

SEO Website Analysis & Audit Tools

Website analysis and auditing is the process of reviewing a site to make sure that its web pages are search engine friendly. It involves the analysis of both on-page and off-page SEO aspects of a website (and may also include competitor analysis and conversion optimization depending upon the purpose of the audit).

SEO Score

The following tools analyze your domain name and gives quick insights on how to improve your website.

  1. QuickSprout
  2. WooRank
  3. Marketing Grader
  4. Lipperhey
  5. SEO Workers
  6. SeoSiteCheckup
  7. UpCity
  8. Semalt
  9. Feedthebot
  10. SiteAlerts

Page Analysis

It conducts an in-depth analysis of your web pages and then helps you to make it more search engine friendly.

  1. WebSite Auditor (Freemium) — is a desktop software to optimize your web pages to make it more search engine friendly. Costs a one-time $124.75 for the premium version.
  2. Traffic Travis (Freemium) — is a desktop on-page and off-page SEO analysis tool that’s also good for spying your competitors. Costs $97 for 12 months for the premium version.
  3. Ranks NL — was a free keyword density tool (when I used to check it) but now it’s a premium tool for on-page SEO analysis. Costs $49/month with a 30-day free trial. Also try, Strucr (Free).

Read: SEO Website Audits: Everything You Need To Know — Part 1 | Part 2

SEO Competitive Analysis Tools

Today, competitive analysis (or competitor analysis) is crucial to the success of any business. And, SEO Competitor Analysis is the process of analyzing and understanding your competitors’ internet marketing strategies and techniques. It’s all about learning from your competitors so that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

  1. BuzzSumo (Freemium) — to analyze what content performs best for any topic or competitor. Pricing starts at $99/month for the premium version with a 14-day free trial.
  2. LinkDiagnosis (Free — for Mozilla Firefox) — shows information (PageRank, anchor texts, no-follow, etc.) about your competitor’s links.
  3. SpyFu (Premium) — lets you download your competitors’ profitable keywords. Costs $79/month.
  4. Rivalfox (Premium) —  is a competitor analysis and intelligence platform for SEO, traffic, social and content monitoring. Pricing starts at $49/month with a 14-day free trial — no credit card required.
  5. TrackMaven (Premium) — helps you identify marketing opportunities, optimize content distribution, and report on real-time progress and makes it easy to beat your competitors and improve your marketing across paid, owned, and earned channels. You have to fill-up a form to get pricing.

Note: Obviously, I haven’t included SEMrush, Moz, Open Site Explorer, etc. to avoid duplicate entries. As you probably know, they’re all great tools for competitive analysis. It’s just that you have to use a combination of tools mentioned on this blog post to perform a comprehensive analysis.

Keyword Analysis & Research Tools

Keyword research is the practice of finding search terms (known as keywords) that people enter in search engines to find relevant web pages. It’s a process that’s mostly done by Search Engine Optimization (SEO) professionals in order to create search engine friendly content.

  1. Google Keyword Planner — is a free AdWords tool that helps you find keyword ideas and also shows its popularity. Also try, Bing Keyword Research Tool (to get keyword ideas and suggestions from Bing), Yandex Keyword Statistics (for international SEO campaigns).
  2. Google Trends — to explore trending search topics on Google.
  3. Übersuggest — get thousands of keywords ideas in under a minute with this free keyword suggestion tool. Also try, KeywordTool.io.
  4. Wordtracker (Freemium) — to find the best keywords related to your search term. It also shows how much traffic (search volume) each keyword gets and what to focus on. Pricing starts at $27/month with a 7-day free trial for the premium version. Also try, WordStream.
  5. HitTail (Premium) — tells you in real-time, the most promising organic keywords you should target based on your existing traffic. Pricing starts at $9.95/month with a free trial option. Also try, Long Tail Pro (Premium).
  6. iSpionage — is a keyword research tool that’s good for competitive intelligence as well. It lets you spy on your competitor’s keywords and ad copies. Pricing starts at $59/month with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Also try, Market SamuraiKeywordSpyKeyword EyeKeywordCompetitor.

Read: How To Do Keyword Research Using Google AdWords Keyword Tool

On-Page SEO Analysis Tools

Today, Search Engine Optimization is all about user experience (UX). And it’s something that you have direct control over. If you focus on user experience then it’s less likely that you get hurt by a Google penalty. The following on-page SEO tools helps you to make your web pages more search-friendly.

Read: The Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Handbook

Website Crawler

To identify potential issues on your web pages.

  1. Screaming Frog SEO Spider Tool (Freemium) — is a popular desktop program (PC or Mac) that crawls websites’ links, images, CSS, script and apps from an SEO perspective. You can optionally purchase a license for £99/year that removes the 500 URI crawl limit.
  2. Xenu’s Link Sleuth — is a desktop software to find broken links on a web page.
  3. Browseo — lets you view any web page like search engines see it.
  4. Beam Us Up — is a desktop software that finds broken links, missing page titles, duplicate content, and other problems on your web page.

Keyword Density

Keyword Density is the percentage of times a keyword or keyword phrase appears on a web page when compared to the total number of words in that page.

As the number of times a keyword appears in relation to the total number of words, the greater will be the keyword density of the page.

  1. DavidNaylor Keyword Density Tool — is not just a simple keyword density tool but it also shows different on-page stats.
  2. Live Keyword Analysis — is a simple tool and is one of my favorite. It helps you analyze your keyword density in real-time.
  3. nTopic (Freemium) — is not exactly a keyword density tool but it analyze the content and helps you improve your content by including related keywords as well.

Note: Keyword Density is not a big deal today. It was a “thing” among SEOs when search engines used to rank pages based on keyword density. For example, back in early 2000s, it was easy to rank a web page by adding the relevant keywords to the URL, title, meta keyword & description tags, H1-H6 titles, content, etc. But it no longer works today as keyword density is just one of the 200+ search ranking signals (on Google).

Page Speed Performance

It’s no secret that faster websites create happy users, and results in increased user experience. And the best thing is, search engines incorporate page loading time as a search signal.

It basically means that faster web pages will outrank slow pages and the following tools will help you optimize your page speed.

  1. Google PageSpeed Insights — lets you analyze the performance of your web pages and even provides suggestions to make them faster. Also try, PageSpeed Insights (Chrome Extension).
  2. Pingdom — lets you analyze the page load speed of your website. If you sign up for a free account then you will be able to track the downtime of your website.
  3. WebPageTest — lets you run a website speed test from around the globe using real browsers at consumer connection speeds with detailed optimization recommendations.
  4. Yahoo YSlow — analyzes web pages and suggests ways to improve their performance based on a set of rules for high performance web pages.
  5. GTmetrix — uses Google Page Speed and Yahoo YSlow to grade your website’s performance and provides actionable recommendations to fix issues.
  6. Show Slow — is an open source tool that helps monitor various website performance metrics over time.
  7. BuiltWith — to find out what a website is built with.

Read: The Only 7 Tools You’ll Ever Need To Check Page Speed Performance

Off-Page SEO Analysis Tools

Off-Page SEO is all about link building and everything else that you do outside your website — so as to improve the ranking of your web pages.

Link Analysis & Audit

Track your (and your competitor’s) link profile.

  1. Majestic (Freemium) — is one of the largest link database and it shows the inbound link and site summary data for any domain name. Pricing starts at $78.99/month with a 7-day money-back guarantee for the premium version. Also try, Majestic Backlink Analyzer (for Google Chrome).
  2. Ahrefs (Freemium) — is one of the most popular tool for checking links. It shows links, linking domains, anchors, and the best pages of a domain. Pricing starts at $79/month for the premium version with a 7-day money-back guarantee.
  3. Open Site Explorer (Freemium) — to track the link profile of any website over time. Pricing starts at $99/month with a 30-day free trial.
  4. NerdyData — is a new type of search engine that lets you do complex research on the web, using source code.
  5. SEO SpyGlass (Freemium) — reveals the link building strategy of your competitors. Costs a one-time $124.75 for the premium version.
  6. Monitor Backlinks — to monitor your backlinks and maintain your SEO rankings. It notifies you via email if someone removes or adds a nofollow tag to your backlinks. Pricing starts at $19.90/month with a 30-day free trial — no credit card required.
  7. OpenLinkProfiler — gives an in-depth analysis of the freshest live backlinks, for free. Also try, Linkstant.
  8. WebMeUp (Freemium) — gives an index of backlinks to scrutinize links to your site, clean-up your backlink profile, perform a link audit or steal a competitor’s backlink secrets. Pricing starts at $59/month for the premium version.
  9. Lipperhey Link Explorer — analyzes existing incoming links to your website, compares them to a specified competitor, and recommends websites to approach for links to your site.
  10. URL Profiler (Premium) — to quickly audit links, content & social data. Pricing starts at $14.95/month with a 30-day free trial — no credit card required — and no risk money-back guarantee.

Link Building & Management

Link building is the process of building inbound links (also known as incoming links or backlinks) to your website. And remember, today, it’s all about the quality and not the quantity of your links.

  1. Citation Labs (Freemium) — offers a variety of link building tools to make your large scale link prospecting easier. Pricing starts at $27/month for the premium version. (Don’t miss Link Prospector!)
  2. BuzzStream (Premium) —  to find link opportunities, conduct link research, and automate link building tasks. Pricing starts at $19/month with a 14-day free trial. (Don’t miss their free tools!)
  3. Ontolo (Freemium) — to assist you in your content marketing and link building efforts. Pricing starts at $47/month for the premium version.
  4. LinkRisk (Premium) — to audit, investigate and monitor links, track rankings, and also for content placement and publisher discovery opportunities. Costs £149/month with a demo available on request.
  5. LinkAssistant (Freemium) — is a desktop link building and link management software. Costs a one-time $124.75 for the premium version.
  6. ScrapeBox (+30+ add-ons – Premium) —  is a desktop software that offers link harvesting. Costs a one-time $97.
  7. Link Detox (Premium) — is a link audit tool to finds bad links and clean up your link profile. Pricing starts at €149/month.
  8. Remove’em (Premium) — to find anchor text over optimization and review your anchor text diversity to determine if you are at the risk of a penalty. Pricing starts at $99/month.

Read: The Link Building Handbook — 75+ Resources, Tips, Strategies & Tools

Webmaster Tools

See how your web pages are performing over time on various search engines.

  1. Google Webmaster Tools — provides insights about your website’s visibility on Google.
  2. Bing Webmaster Tools — provides insights about your website’s visibility on Bing.
  3. Yandex Webmaster Tools — provides insights about your website’s visibility on Yandex.

Read: Google Webmaster Guidelines: Everything (Almost) You Need To Know

Web Analytics

Go, get to know about your audience.

  1. Google Analytics — is the most popular web analytics tool that lets you measure your website traffic and advertising ROI. Also try, Google Analytics Experiments.
  2. YouTube Analytics — lets you monitor the performance of your YouTube channel and videos with up-to-date metrics and reports. Also try, Twitter Analytics (to measure and boost your impact on Twitter).
  3. KISSmetrics (Premium) — gives you the insights you need to optimize your marketing. Pricing starts at $179/month with a 14-day free trial.
  4. Chartbeat (Premium) — shows real-time data about your website performance. Pricing starts at $9.95/month with a 30-day free trial.
  5. Piwik — is an open source web analytics platform that gives insights about your website traffic, marketing campaigns, etc.
  6. StatCounter (Freemium) — is a popular hit counter that is free for up to 250,000 page views a month. It shows real-time traffic stats to you (and your users as well if you want). Pricing starts at $5/month for the premium version.

Traffic Analytics & Research

See the traffic stats (but it’s just an approximate) of any website.

  1. Alexa — provides quick stats (traffic rank, bounce rate, audience demographics & geography, keywords, etc.) about a website. Pricing starts at $9.95/month for the premium version with a 7-day free trial.
  2. SimilarWeb — see any website’s traffic sources and uncover their online marketing strategies. Pricing starts at $199/month for the premium version.
  3. Compete — helps you to monitor your online competition and benchmark your performance against your industry with Compete’s online consumer behavior insights. Pricing starts at $249/month for the premium version.
  4. Quantcast — provides free audience insights for over 100 million web and mobile destinations.

SERP Checker & Rank Tracking Tools

I have tried  tons of free search engine rank checker tools when I used to track the ranking of my targeted keywords in the past. Then I realized that none of them are perfect, and that checking our rankings manually is the best way. Or I say, we don’t check it at all.

If you’re a blogger then the weekly organic traffic is much more important than the rankings of different keywords. That said, if the ranking is crucial to your business and you want to track hundreds of keywords, then try the following rank tracking tools or consider a Premium SEO Software.

  1. Rank Tracker (Freemium) — is a desktop software that helps you track rankings of your website for multiple keywords in 346+ local and international search engines. Costs a one-time $124.75 for the premium version.
  2. Serpfox (Freemium) — lets you monitor your search engine rankings over multiple time frames and plot graphs for each. Pricing starts at $10/month for the premium version.
  3. CuteRank — is a desktop keyword rank checker tool designed for Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, and AOL.
  4. SERP Trends — is a simple web browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. When we perform a search query on Google, it automatically shows dynamics in SERPs so that we will know how rankings of different websites has changed compared to previous day.

Local SEO Tools

If you own a local business then you will need the following tools.

  1. Moz Local (Premium) — ensures your business listings are correct, consistent, and visible across the web so search engines and new customers can find you. Costs $84 per year per location. Also try, Moz Listing Score (to check your listings on Google, Bing, and other local search engines).
  2. Whitespark (Freemium) — offers tools and services help you manage and optimize your local search presence and reach.
  3. 51 Blocks — offers a variety of local SEO tools.

Monitor SERP Fluctuations & Volatility

If you’re curious about Google updates…

  1. MozCast — is a weather report showing turbulence in the Google algorithm.
  2. SERPs Volatility — instantly spot days of high Google & Yahoo index volatility.
  3. SERPmetrics — flux reports show search engine volatility over the last day and month.

Visualize Google Algorithmic Updates

If you have done black hat SEO in the past then you know that you get a manual penalty for that and can take necessary action to get out of it. But what about an algorithmic penalty? How will you know if you got hit by a Google algorithmic penalty?

Well, you can simply check your Google Analytics stats and see if there’s any unusual drop in traffic. You can then manually correlate it with Google Algorithm Change History. Alternatively, try any of the following tools:

  1. Algoroo — lets you visualize various Google updates on a chart. They’re also monitoring roughly 17,000 keywords to 100 search positions deep and looks for fluctuations.
  2. Panguin Tool — lets you analyze your Google organic visit data overlaid with Google’s major algorithm updates.
  3. Fruition — lets you to see if Google penalized your website for Penguin or Panda issues. It’s free to use for up to two websites.
  4. Analytics ToolKit — lets you instantly check whether your website has been hit by a Penguin, Panda, Hummingbird or another algorithm update. Also try, FE International.

Read: 3 SEO Tools To Visualize Google Updates On Your Analytics Graph

Random Tools

Here are some random internet tools that deserves a mention and it should supplement this list. And the best thing? They’re all free!

  1. Copyscape — is a free plagiarism checker. It lets you detect duplicate content and check if your articles are original.
  2. Ping-O-Matic — is a simple tool to update different search engines that your blog has updated.
  3. SpyOnWeb — to find out related websites (by entering IP address, Google Analytics/AdSense ID, etc.).
  4. Google Structured Data Testing Tool — lets you check your markup and make sure that Google can extract the structured data from your page. Also try, SEOmofo Snippet Optimization ToolSnippet Optimizer.
  5. Schema Creator — to create HTML with schema.org microdata. Also try, Schema Creator WordPress Plugin.
  6. Fiddler — is a free web debugging tool which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the internet.
  7. XML Sitemaps – is a free XML sitemap generator. Also try, XML Sitemap Inspector (to validate your sitemap).
  8. W3C QA Toolbox — offers various validators, checkers, and other tools for webmasters and developers.
  9. URI Valet — shows a preview of server header details, total number of objects (http requests), time to download, object details, internal links, external links along with validation details.
  10. Yahoo Pipes — is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web.
  11. Robots.txt Generator — to create your robots.txt file.
  12. Robots.txt Checker — checks your robots.txt file for syntax errors.
  13. SEER SEO Toolbox — is an all-in-one toolbox that pulls data from multiple sources — Google Analytics, Moz, Twitter, Majestic SEO, Raven Tools, Klout, etc. Also try, SeoTools.
  14. Microsoft SEO Toolkit — is a free download that gives suggestions to improve the relevance of your website in search results.
  15. DomainTools Whois Lookup — is my favorite Whois Lookup tool to research domain ownership. It shows ownership information, IP address history, rank, traffic, etc. and also tells whether the domain name is for sale or not.
  16. Internet Archive — is a digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 435 billion (and counting) archived web pages.
  17. SimilarSites — helps you find related sites and topics similar to the ones you love.
  18. MailTester — lets you check if an email address is valid or not. It also displays technical information about the email account like IP address and server details.
  19. Instant Domain Search — lets you check the availability of domain names, instantly as you type. If the name is for sale then it shows that information as well.
  20. Tools by SEO Chat — offers a collection of free SEO tools. It also provides some basic SEO insights that’s particularly useful for beginners.

Read: Over 101 Content Marketing Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

BONUS: Top 20 SEO Browser Extensions

The following browser extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox should save few “clicks” and thereby your time.

  1. MozBar (for Chrome & Firefox) — is perhaps the most popular SEO toolbar. It shows all the Moz SEO metrics as we browse a page.
  2. Alexa Traffic Rank — provides Alexa Traffic Rank and other site metrics in one-click.
  3. Ahrefs SEO Toolbar (for Chrome & Firefox) — is a new SEO toolbar that allows you to monitor key SEO metrics for individual pages and domains.
  4. Open SEO Stats — is one of my favorite Chrome SEO extension as it shows a ton of SEO parameters in one-click. Also try, SEOquakeSEO Site Tools.
  5. SEO Doctor (for Firefox) — allows easy SEO diagnosis and problem solving for webmasters.
  6. WooRank SEO & Website Analysis — provides a deep SEO analysis covering SEO, mobile, local and usability.
  7. Google Page Analytics – allows you to see how customers interact with your web pages. Also try, Google Analytics URL Builder.
  8. META SEO Inspector — to inspect the meta data found inside web pages, usually not visible while browsing.
  9. Check My Links — crawls the current web page for broken links and highlights them.
  10. Redirect Path — flags up 301, 302, 404 and 500 HTTP status codes, bringing potential issues that may not otherwise be seen to your attention immediately.
  11. Domain Hunter Plus — scans the current web page for dead links and available domain names.
  12. Firebug (available on Chrome & Firefox) — web developer extension that offers some cool features like inspecting HTML elements, live CSS editing, etc. Also try, Web Developer.
  13. Resolution Test — to test web pages in different screen resolutions, with an option to define your own resolutions.
  14. Live HTTP Headers — to monitor all HTTP/HTTPs traffic from your browser.
  15. Wappalyzer — detects content management systems, eCommerce platforms, web servers, JavaScript frameworks, web analytics tools and other technologies used on websites. Also try, BuiltWith Technology Profiler.
  16. Scraper — is a data extraction tool that allows you to export data from webpages to spreadsheets.
  17. Linkclump — allows you to open, copy or bookmark multiple links at the same time.
  18. NoFollow — outlines no-follow links, detect no-follow and no-index meta tags on web pages.
  19. SERP Trends (for Chrome & Firefox) — shows dynamics for the search results within SERPs.
  20. Word Count Tool — count the number of words and characters in the selected text in one-click.

Note: My primary web browser is Google Chrome. So, the above list is made for Chrome users. But I’m sure that there’s a Firefox alternative for all the above add-ons. If you’re unable to find a Firefox alternative then let me know as a comment below and I will find one for you.

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Conclusion

Once again, categorizing different tools was a real challenge as most of them fits into multiple categories. But, you definitely DON’T need all the 101+ tools listed here. Actually, not even 20 unless you really need them.

I’m using less than 25 tools from the above list on a monthly basis and it’s more likely that I might have missed your favorite SEO tool. So, let me know let me know as a comment below and I will be happy to add it on the next update of this list.

Happy SEOing! :)

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