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Web Tools I Use

This is an evolving list of web tools I use to help me do my job. Occasionally I remove dead ones and add new ones or one I forgot to include. If you would like to suggest your favorite tool(s) please mention it in the comments section so you’ll get credit for your input. Thanks!

About.me – http://about.me/kencook – a great place to put your personal brand for added exposure.

AgoraPulse – http://agorapulse.com – is Facebook magic. A couple of good free tools.

AHrefshttp://ahrefs.com – inbound link explorer. See what’s linked to your page/site.

AllClients http://allclients.com – in the cloud Contact Management System and lead capture. This one includes your own squeeze page generator, email database, drip campaigns and more. Tailored for the real estate and mortgage industry but can be used by anyone.

Browseo – http://www.browseo.net/ – another look from another tool at what the search engines may see on your pages.

Browser lab from Adobe – https://browserlab.adobe.com – of course it’s presented in the evil flash. But it does seem to render properly.

Browser resolution emulation – http://viewlike.us – just lets you see the site at different resolutions. Still looking for one that shows exactly how a page would render in all the browsers like I used to use.

Buffer – https://buffer.com/ – great social content and connection management tool.

Bugzilla – https://www.bugzilla.org/ – I use from time to time for projects with many moving pieces.

Canva – https://www.canva.com/ – graphic software for making infographics, memes, etc.

Chart Maker – http://www.onlinecharttool.com – creates all types of charts. Not super user friendly but good results.

Clicky – http://www.clicktale.com/ – heat map, confetti map, deep dive stats and demographics. Gives really good insight to good, bad or indifferent design.

Clipart Free Royalty Free – http://openclipart.org/browse – says unlimited commercial use.

clker – http://www.clker.com/ – free clipart. Pretty good collection, too.

CollecTo – http://collec.to – has some Instagram potential.

The list has been renewed (please report missing services or broken links)

Collex.io – http://collex.io/ – another way to curate content.

Compfight – http://compfight.com/ – find images to use on your posts from Flickr. Creative Commons and Commercial Use license search available.

Conweets – http://www.conweets.com/ – helps you remember the conversations you’ve had over the years with specific users.

Coordinate Finder – http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/geocode – find coordinates by street address. Shows on map, too.

CSSMatic – http://www.cssmatic.com/ – if you just can’t get the hang of these CSS techniques this tool can help you with gradients, borders, textures, and shadows.

Cyfe – http://cyfe.com – lots of analytics and tracking widgets.

eCover Maker – http://www.myecovermaker.com – makes eBook covers and other really nice looking graphics.

EXIF Data View – http://exifdata.com/ – read the XML (XMP) data from the meta file of an image

Facebook – http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/25084/The-Ultimate-Cheat-Sheet-for-Expert-Twitter-Marketing.aspx – Ultimate Facebook Marketing Cheat Sheet

Facebook Open Graph Debugger – https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/og/object/

FaveStar.fmhttp://favstar.fm – great tool for discovering popular tweets and topics.

FindAPhoto – http://finda.photo/ – a few more free, royalty free photos for your designs.

FollowerWonk – http://FollowerWonk.com – deep analysis and scheduling tool.

Free Sounds – http://www.freesound.org/ – just what it says. Check the license before you download.

Free Stock Music – http://www.freestockmusic.com/ – yep, just what it says it is.

Free Vectors – http://www.freevectors.net/ – more free vectors. Most are contribution only even for commercial use.

Google Analytics – http://analytics.google.com – powerful tool from Google for multiple analytics.

Google Analytics Checker – http://www.gachecker.com/ – especially when you don’t have access to the GA account for the site. You can glean some really good information about a competitor or a prospective client’s site using this free crawler tool.

Google+ – http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/23765/The-Ultimate-Google-Cheat-Sheet.aspx – the Ultimate Google Cheat Sheet.

GPS Coordinates Converter – http://boulter.com/gps/ – converts all types of coordinates to others.

Graphics Sizes – http://sproutsocial.com/insights/social-media-image-sizes-guide/ – a constantly updated resource for the sizes of graphics for all major social media outlets. Includes headers, profile pics, and posts.

Grasshopper http://grasshopper.com – cloud based virtual phone system with branched extensions, forwarding, toll-free, message transcription, etc.

Headline Analyzerhere it is – Think words don’t matter? Think again! When you only get 3-5 words to make a major impact they matter much.

HooteSuite – http://hooteSuite.com – social engagement and analytics tool.

How Sociable – http://howsociable.com – “social score” LinkedIn, Google+ and others.

IconFinder – http://www.iconfinder.com/ – when you need an icon where do you find it? No worries, try IconFinder and search through however many they have in their database. I don’t know how many that is but it’s a big old bunch.

IconoSquare – http://iconosquare.com – some free Instagram stuff.

IFTTT If This Then That – http://ifttt.org – powerful alert tool. Alerts for just about anything.

InTweets – http://intweets.com/ – another “create your own magazine” type tool.

Just Free Images – DELETED! Site became infected with malware – lots of vector, jpg, png, gif files. All free.

KeepVidhttp://keepvid.com/ – online downloader for YouTube videos. Save in multiple formats directly to your hard drive.

Keyhole Hashtag Spy – http://keyhole.co/ – does exactly what you think it may. It displays number of uses, reach and inpressions for a given hashtag for your selected dates.

Keyword Spy – http://www.keywordspy.com/research/search.aspx?q=thekencook.com&tab=domain-organic – tells you how a particular page ranks for keywords … and other stuff.

Kuler – https://kuler.adobe.com/ – another color selection tool that makes matching colors and shades just a little easier for those of us who are design challenged. This one is from Adobe, where color is somewhat of a passion.

Life of Pix – http://www.lifeofpix.com/ – high resolution, high quality images for commercial use.

LikeALyzer – http://likealyzer.com – reports tool for Facebook business pages.

LinkedIn – http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/23454/The-Ultimate-Cheat-Sheet-for-Mastering-LinkedIn.aspx – the Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Mastering LinkedIn.

Mail Tester – http://www.mail-tester.com/ – check your newsletter or email blast to see if it clears the spam sniff test before you send it. Great tool for marketers!

ManageFlitter – ManageFlitter – unfollow spammers by the 100s plus dozens of powerful features.

Mobile Ready Analysis – Google Labs – this tool uses some apparently accurate algorithm to evaluate the use of terms in a headline. Still experimenting with whether or not it makes much difference in Google-izing.

Movie Tools Video Resource – MovieTools – great resource for video clips, motion backgrounds, lower thirds, etc. Free stuff too.

Music (Free) – http://www.accelerated-ideas.com/freemusictracks/aisearchtracks.aspx – free music to use with videos.

MyTopTweet – http://mytoptweet.com – tool to find your (or anyone’s) top 10 tweets.

National Day Calendar – http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/ – as in “Today is National ____ ____ Day”

Open Site Explorer – http://www.opensiteexplorer.org – MOZ SEO tool.

Original Music Maker – http://originalmusicmaker.com/ – Weston Brown compositions for your next project.

Pablo (by Buffer) – https://buffer.com/pablo – create simple memes/graphics in seconds.

Page Load Test – https://gtmetrix.com/ – find out how fast your website is loading and where the trouble spots may be if it’s slow.

PNGIMG – http://pngimg.com/ – a nice list of copyright free images.

Portent Title Maker – https://www.portent.com/tools/title-maker – those ridiculous sounding but highly irresistible headlines made for you.

Prezi – http://prezi.com – cloud based presentation creation, syndication and more.

ResizeMyBrowser – http://resizemybrowser.com/ – if you don’t have other tools to do this like Adobe Edge then this can help you view your hand crafted or application assisted responsive designs.

Remote Utilities – https://www.remoteutilities.com/ – for when my clients and customers really need me to take control of their mouse and keyboard without actually being in their home or office.

Screencast – http://screencast.com – better control and reporting of distribution of your slideshows, videos and more. You control who sees your content and when they see it. One of my favorite points is they do not compress your content meaning if you upload in full HD 1080p your viewers see full HD 1080p.

SEMRush – http://www.semrush.com/ – keyword tracker/spy. Find out how any site is ranking and performing with keywords including yours or your competitor’s.

Share Tally – http://sharetally.co/ – see how many times your specific article, post, other single URL property has been shared (posted to social)

ShortStack – http://shortstackapp.com – build Facebook contests.

Sitemap Generator – http://www.freesitemapgenerator.com – automatic generation of an XML sitemap which is Google compliant.

SnapBird – http://snapbird.org/ – powerful Twitter search tool. Search by user, date, even direct messages.

Social Baker –  http://www.socialbakers.com/ – helps keep track of how your accounts are doing on Twitter.

Social Engine – http://www.socialengine.com/ – actually not a tool. This is a framework like WordPress but for developing a social media site.

SoundCloud – http://SoundCloud.com – podcasting tool.

Sound Files (Free) – http://www.thefreesite.com/Free_Sounds/ – tons of different types of sounds for free.

Sounds (Free of course) – http://www.soundjay.com/ – lots of sound files.

Tiny Arrows – http://tinyarrows.com/ – a unique URL shortening service that, for now anyway, works on craigs.

TweetStatshttp://tweetstats.com – helps improve your Twitter skills with a graph of your activity and results.

TwitAHolic – http://twitaholic.com/ – shows the current top 100 (by number of followers) Twitter accounts.

Twitdom – http://twitdom.com/ – a directory of Twitter apps.

Twitter – http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/25084/The-Ultimate-Cheat-Sheet-for-Expert-Twitter-Marketing.aspx – The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Twitter Marketing

Tweriod – http://www.tweriod.com/ – Find out the best time for your account to Tweet based on the numbers of users on at that time.

Twitonomy – http://twitonomy.com – has a couple of useful features. Others require upgrades.

TwitterCounter – http://twittercounter.com – Twitter analyitics tool with lots of free good stuff.

Twylah – http://www.twylah.com/ curate my own Tweets by topic.

Ubersuggest – http://ubersuggest.org/ – keyword tool suggestions. Nothing fancy just down and dirty basic.

Unsplash – https://unsplash.com/ – high quality, free to use images.

ViralWoot – http://viralwoot.com – Pinterest analyitics tools.

Website AnalysisWoo – similar to my own but prettier.

Not tools but resources I need at hand http://www.directcpv.com/ – Direct Click Per View advertising

Not Currently Using, But Investigating

AgoraPulsehttp://www.agorapulse.com/ – their words “High Quality Facebook Applications, Analytics and CRM Innovative Twitter feed management, monitoring and user qualification.”

Outbox Pro – https://www.outbox.pro/home.html

Other Resources

Try this list of 11 tools – some of them overlap with tools I have already listed http://redstarwebdevelopment.com/2013/04/30/free-webapps-for-designers/

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