Saturday, October 06, 2012

Essential Tools I Use For Blogging and Freelance Writing


Can't get to that hot link on kikiolani's blog? Your browser getting digital sand kicked in it's face?

Don't worry! Down below I give you a link to a FREE browser that will "see" all sites that discriminate against other browsers!

I've culled thru the list of "50 Essential Tools I Use For Blogging and Freelance Writing" - here are the ones that matter- far fewer than 50! - My criteria: they must be FREE and must be available to ALL BLOGGERS, not just WordPress users or bloggers under the spell of one particular guru or another! ENJOY THEM AFTER THE JUMP!

Pinterest is a great traffic generator for your content - assuming you include images in all of your content of course. My favorite Pinterest tip: see who has pinned images from your site by using this URL ( and replacing the domain with your website.

PayPalPayment Processing
PayPal is the fastest way to get paid for your client work. While they do charge a fee for each transaction, it's worth it to not have to deal with payment processing or check deposits on a regular basis. You can create invoices and send them directly through PayPal or save them as PDF's to send via email. My tip: offer clients a discount if they prepay using PayPal that way you don't have to worry about not getting paid for work down the road. There's nothing worse than having to chase a client for money.

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    Gmail is tha hands-down favorite email platform. You can search and actually find emails easily. You can label and filter emails in a variety of ways to easily manage your inbox. You can connect with people who email you on Google+ right from your inbox. You can use Google Labs to add easy access to your favorite apps right in your inbox.
  • Google AlertsNews & Reading
    Google Alerts is a free tool you can use to monitor mentions of your name, your blog, or your business online. You can set it up to email you each time it finds a mention of a particular search or have the mentions sent as an RSS feed to your RSS reader. You can also use it to monitor the latest news in your niche by keyword to help come up with new topics to write about.
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    Google AnalyticsWeb Analytics
    Google Analytics is a free analytics tool that you can install on your blog and freelance writing portfolio to help you determine how much traffic you are receiving and where it is coming from. If you market yourself using social media, guest blogging, or other online marketing strategies, Google Analytics will let you know which ones are working the best at sending clients to your website.
  • Google DocsCollaboration Suites
    Google Docs (now Google Drive) is an easy way to share files with clients. 
  • Google+Social Network
    Google+ is a great network to use for marketing your blog and freelance writing business. Use the search box to connect with potential clients and make sure your profile is complete and optimized.
  • Google ReaderRSS Readers
    Keep up with the latest news. Google Reader allows one to subscribe to hundreds of blogs and organize them by topic. 
  • Google Webmaster ToolsWeb Development
    Google Webmaster Tools is a free tool that helps you learn more about your website's performance on the web. You can use GWT to submit a sitemap of your website to Google search, see a list of your backlinks, learn more about how your website ranks for particular keywords and see click through rates, get suggestions for on-site search optimization, and much more.
Notepad++Text Editors
For those who like to do a bit of coding, Notepad++ is a free tool for Windows that allows you to edit PHP, .htaccess, XML, and other files and save them without the extra formatting that will mess up the functionality. Great for those editing WordPress theme and other website files.

For system stability/anti-virus - use MALWAREBYTES and/or Super Anti-SpyWare - forget SpyBot!

One more Ha-ha! Here is a browser IMMUNE to the "upgrade your browser" BS! It picked up the kikolani post with NO PROBLEM on WinME via dial-up!

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