This is a list of resources that I use when making websites. Odds are if you are to ask me a question this is the page I will send you to. If you have ever met me in person and asked me a question odds are the services I use are on this page. Some are affiliate links but they would be on the page even if I wasn’t part of their affiliate program.
GTMetrix is a great place to make sure your website is fast just like Google wants it to be. It helps make a better user experience and your users like that.
Hootsuite – (affiliate link) Manage all your twitter accounts in one dashboard. I use the pro version which is like $5 a month and totally worth it.
Manage Flitter – Find people that are not following you back on Twitter, fake accounts, people with no profile images, spammers etc. I have been using this tool for year.
Paper.li – Great way to find new Twitter followers and help you get more followers when people retweet your newspaper. Set it up one time and its on auto pilot.
Aweber – (affiliate link) My choice for sending out newsletters. I have tried a few and this is the easiest for me. They can send out newsletters from your rss feed.
Picnik – Great editor for making your website images smaller and load faster. I use the chrome plugin and have it right in my browser for handy purposes. UPDATE: This was sold to Google and is now part of Google+. You can edit your pictures using Google+ though.
Raven tools – Hands down my favorite tool to find anything about a website. I use the pro version, and the keyword research is second to none for getting the job done and finding new niches. We use to work with them managing their affiliate program and I fell in love with the tools.
Compete.com – Good place to get both your keywords and your competitions too.
Google adwords keyword tool – Free tool to find your keywords.Must be logged in to Google to use it.
Soovle – Get keyword ideas from multiple search engines at once.
Youtube Keyword Suggestion Tool – If it works for YouTube videos it will work for your website.
Wordtracker – Free sample report on keywords.
Google alerts – Not really a keyword tool but you can find new keywords and have them delivered to your inbox.
PR Web Videos – Great place to watch and learn how to get your site noticed. They have great webinars and they record them and place them here.
Logos and Banners
Lesruba.com – My #1 place to go for logo’s and banners.
About Us Page Example
Social Triggers About Us Page – Great example of what an about me page should contain.
Name.com – Find your domain name using their nifty tool that also uses Google keywords.
Search Quick Status – Firefox extension that allows you to see pagerank, backlinks on site or by page. If you use Firefox and make websites this is a must have.
Knownhost – My web hosting of choice since moving off GoDaddy in 2008.
BlueHost– If you are planning on hosting one or two sites and don’t need a dedicated server.
Video or Audio Transcription
Speechpad – Get videos or audio files transcribed at a very good price.