More Digital Tools For Entrepreneurs & Hustlers
This is our constantly growing list of useful digital tools. Enjoy Version 2.0!
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These are our favorite digital tools and plugins that we use or recommend. This is an ever growing list of SEO-friendly tools, keyword research tools, image design tools, content and photo tools, site security and maintenance tools, lead finding and lead generation tools and more!
If you keep scrolling you will also find a list of plugins and tools that slow your site down and how to check which plugins are slowing down your site.
Please let me know what other types of tools you are interested in or ask questions I’m happy to include feedback into the next version.
For videos and tutorials on these tools check out our Resources Page or keep scrolling
Web Hosting Services
CloudWays | This site and all of our client sites are now hosted on cloudways. Siteground was great for shared hosting but with the flexibility and other features of cloudways we really love it.
Here are our top 10 benefits of Cloudways hosting
Siteground | Managed Hosting (learn why why switched from siteground to cloudways here) Siteground is a great service with awesome support and if you want to spend more and have less flexibility than cloudways, siteground is a great option. We endured hostgator as well as 1&1 and those two are absolutely horrible.
Here is our comparison of shared hosting services
Awario | Social media monitor that lets you track trends and mentions on social media. Improve social campaigns today! Get social insights. Monitor whole web. Boost Customer Engagement. Reduce Service Costs. Monitor social media.
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Content Studio | Social media management platform to discover engaging content, share on multiple networks and amplify your content marketing.
SocialBee.i0 | We love this one for all things twitter from following targeted users to scheduling all of your social media posts for the major social media carriers.
Image Design Tools
Pixlr Express | web based photo editor.
Online converter | convert video, images, audio and documents for free.
Get Colors from Image | Get color codes from any image.
TinyPNG | Manually Compress PNG images while preserving transparency (if you want this for more images look at Shortpixel next.
ShortPixel | Image optimization at scale. simple plugin for your website and it optimizes all your current and future images.
Stencil | The Graphic Design Tool For Digital Marketing Competitor Research.
Canva | Drag and drop design.
Link Checker | for checking a page for bad links and strange redirects.
DesignWizard | A useful design tool that lets you use already made designs and customize them to your branding or needs. You can also upload your own images and use the design tools to make awesome designs. Designs can be for social media posts to business cards or brands and very versatile.
BuzzSumo | Awesome content research.
Relay That | An excellent graphic design tool. We use it for social media posts. with AI on your side layouts keep on populating until you find one that makes sense.
Venngage | Free Infographic maker .
Broken Link Checker Plugin | Find/fix broken links on your site.
Be sure to uninstall this plugin when you’re done since it uses CPU and can slow down your site.
lulu.com | Online Self Publishing Book & ebook company.
Hemingway Editor | Perfect for getting insight into your written content and way to immediately improve readability.
Voice Over Script Calculator | Great for estimating the recording time of a script. Just paste in a script and it estimates how long it should take.
Replug | URL Shortener and Link Management Platform.
Copyscape | Free plagiarism checker. The software lets you detect duplicate content and check if your articles are original.
Siteliner | Free and fast analysis of your entire website – duplicate content, broken links, internal page rank, redirections and more. Also creates an XML sitemap.
Google Keyword Planner | one of the worst keyword research tools since it was built for Google AdWords, and does not show data in organic results.
Google News | Get your articles published in Google News for an additional source of traffic.
Google Trends | See keyword trends and what region they’re being searched the most.
FeedYes.com | Gives RSS feeds to sites without a native rss.
Inoreader | content and rss feed reader.
Lazy Load For Videos Plugin | Delays loading of videos until you scroll down the page significantly reducing load times for pages/posts with videos. You do not need this if using WP Rocket since it has lazy loading built-in to the settings or you can use vooplayer below and host the videos elsewhere.
Vooplayer | Professional video hosting solution with a sophisticated suite of video marketing tools that helps businesses grow with video.
Publitio | Perfect for video and other hosting needs like pictures and audio. Publit.io is also able to host from a custom domain. We like to use a combo of Publitio and vooplayer to get exactly what we are looking for and host our bigger files from outside of our website to save server storage costs.
Story Chief | Allows you to work on your written content in writer friendly way and when ready publishes your content to a ton of sources like Medium and your social media networks making it very powerful and FREE to start.
Lumen5 | Video creation powered by A.I. just enter your post and it spits out a video.
KWFinder.com | Keyword finder and difficulty tool.
Google AdWords | Keyword Planner that isnt awful.
Wordtracker | Keyword Research Tools.
AnswerThePublic.com | Free visual keyword research & content ideas tool.
Stock Photo Sites
New Old Stock | oldschool free stock photo.
DepositPhotos | Excellent Photos, Videos and Vectors.
StockSnap.io | Beautiful Free Stock Photos.
Getty Images | Stock Photography, Royalty-Free Photos & The Latest News.
Pixabay | Stunning free images and stock photography.
Unsplash | High-Resolution Photos.
Gratisography | Quirky creative always free photos.
Negative Space | Free stock photos, no copyright restrictions.
SplitShire | Free Stock Photos & Images for Commercial Use.
Life Of Pix | Free Stock Photos & Images.
freestocks| Free stock photos for commercial use.
Find E-mail Address and Contact Info Tools
Snovio | Email Finder – Perfect For Marketers & Sales Professionals.
FindThatLead | Email Address Finder & Verification (All in one tool Free to start).
Skrapp | Extract leads from Linkedin and find email addressesFind any email address.
SellHack | Sales Prospecting & Lead Generation.
Find That Email | The Yellow Pages of Emails.
Hunter.io | e-mail Finder find e-mails in seconds.
Norbert | Find anyone’s contact info.
Toofr Email Finder | Find Emails Using Toofr.
Email Permutator | plug in the name and company and this spits out all the different permutations of their potential email address.
FindPeopleSearch | Honestly Free People Search. No Fees. No Ads.
SpyFly | Public Records Search.
E-mail Address Verification Tools
Verifalia | Email address validation, email list cleaning, email list hygiene, email list scrubbing.
Emailable.io | Automated Email Verification.
FindThatLead | Email Address Finder & Verification (All in one tool Free to start).
Hunter.io | e-mail verifier.
Customer Relationship Platforms
SalesFlareCRM | a simply powerful CRM – built to be the easiest-to-use sales machine of your dreams. Less work, more sales. This is by far our favorite tried and true CRM. Salesflare is very powerful and comes with a ton of useful integrations.
SSL Certificate Resources & Tools
GoGetSSL | Cheapest Brand Name SSL Certificates Guaranteed.
SSL Checker | Free SSL Checker.
CSR Decoder | Free CSR Decoder.
CSR Generator | Free CSR Generator.
More on why SSL certs are important for your website here: SSL Certificate Basics: Most Websites Need It
Freelancer | Hire awesome freelancers through this crowdsource marketplace.
Upwork | Another great crowdsource marketplace to find freelancers.
iWriter | Fastest, easiest and most reliable way to have content written for your website. You’ll be able to post a project and 1000s of freelance writers from across the globe will have instant access to write your content quickly, professionally, and affordably.
Guru | 3 Million+ pros on this site and growing.
Fiverr | Cheap and quick. You get what you pay for on Fiverr.
Other Useful Tools
Trello | Infinitely flexible. Incredibly easy to use. Great mobile apps. It’s free. Trello keeps track of everything, from the big picture to the minute details.
Alignable | Made for local networking and very useful for local sales lead generation and getting the word out for your business.
Nusii | A very simple proposal platform that offers digital signature and payment support built right in.
Albacross | Simply paste a small code snippet into your website and Albacross picks up a ton of info on your website traffic. Excellent for business intelligent lead generation and identifying warm leads that have visited your website pages. find out where your visitors are going on your website and where they work.
Leadworx | Another powerful tool that identifies your website traffic and shows what business they work for and can export leads to CSV. Great for finding leads that have already visited your website.
Customer labs | This tool allows you to track your visitors but instead of showing you their company information it allows you to retarget them with your awesome facebook or google ads by picking up user behavior.
Serpstat | This is a very useful tool for keyword analysis, competitor analysis, SEO and a host of other use cases. We love to use serpstat to stay up to date on our website and competitors.
Rank Tracker | Another useful tool aimed more for keyword rank tracking and also includes a website audit that is improving.
Mobile Monkey | Allows you to embed a facebook chat on your website that is automated to the degree of your choosing. This is useful if you like to use facebook for marketing or want to engage users that visit your website.
AutoKlose | This is great for personalized e-mail campaigns meant to come from a persons e-mail address not the companies mailchimp account. This allows you to tailor e-mails that are personal and also automated. Campaigns can be set to follow-up until replies are made at which point they can be transferred to your favorite CRM.
24Sessions | Schedule video conferences without the back and forth e-mails. We love it for scheduling hosting and recording video client calls.
PieSync | Automatically sync your data like contact info from CRM to Quickbooks.
AdOptimizer | A.I. powered marketing that can save you 20% in marketing costs instantly. This analyses your facebook, google ads or other campaigns.
Screencastify | Screen recording tool that is very useful for quick recordings. Free screen recorder extension for Chrome. Capture, edit and share screencasts. No software download required. Works on Mac, Windows and Chromebooks.
Animatron | Useful but tedious, this marketing video maker is perfect for animated videos and presentations.
ShortPixel | Simply upload your content and shortpixel optimizes and compresses it to improve website performance. Lossy, glossy and lossless this app does it all and has an API if you don’t want to use the wordpress plugin.
10 WordPress Plugins/Power Ups We Love:
Sumo | Free and powerful upgrades for your site from set up heat-maps for your pages and posts, show how far your readers are scrolling down your pages, reduce cart abandonment grow e-mail lists.
Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades | WordPress has a built-in feature to install themes and plugins by supplying a zip file. Unfortunately, you cannot upgrade a theme or plugin using the same process. Instead, WordPress will say “destination already exists” when trying to upgrade using a zip file and will fail to upgrade the theme or plugin. Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades fixes this limitation in WordPress by automatically upgrading the theme or plugin if it already exists.
Hummingbird | Page Speed Optimization with fine-tuned controls over file compression, minification and full-page, browser and Gravatar caching. Load your pages quicker and score higher on Google PageSpeed Insights with Hummingbird site optimization.
Loginizer | Loginizer is a WordPress plugin which helps you fight against bruteforce attack by blocking login for the IP after it reaches maximum retries allowed.
UpdraftPlus | The best backup plugin for wordpress that we know of. We trust it to backup all of our sites and it can backup automatically to any major file storage including S3.
Wordfence |Security for wordfence with firewall & security scanner. Wordfence Threat Defense Feed arms your site with the newest firewall rules, malware signatures and malicious IP addresses it needs to keep your website safe.
Yoast | The #1 SEO tool for wordpress. Includes a free version that is very powerful.
WordPress plugins that slow down your site:
You will want to avoid these..
- AdSense Click Fraud Monitoring
- Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps
- Broken link checker
- Constant Contact for WordPress
- Contact Form 7 <<We use this one sometimes but certainly be careful with it.
- Contextual Related Posts
- Digi Auto Links
- Disqus Comment System
- Divi builder
- Essential Grid
- Fuzzy SEO Booster
- Google XML Sitemaps
- NextGEN Gallery
- Reveal IDs
- Revolution Slider
- S2 member
- SEO Auto Links & Related Posts
- Similar Posts
- Slimstat Analytics
- SumoMe <<We use this one sometimes but certainly be careful with it.
- Visual Composer
- WordPress Facebook
- WordPress Related Posts
- WordPress Popular Posts
- WP Statistics
- WP Power Stats
- Yet Another Related Post Plugin
- Yuzo Related Posts
Finding your slowest loading plugins can be very easy by using GTmetrix. Just run a report with GTmetrix and check the report for if the plugin appears multiple times or slows down your site significantly it might be time to explore other plugin options.
Well that is all we have for this edition. If you have any questions or feedback feel free to leave a comment or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org