AWeber.com – email marketing system. I use AWeber for my email list and autoresponder.
FreeConferenceCall.com – a free service for easily recording phone conversations. You can use this service to easily record interviews over the phone and then publish them to your blog, website, or podcast.
Contactually – this CRM program allows you to manage relationships and follow-up communications.
LinkedInfluence –An excellent LinkedIn training program
Quicktime player – You can use this free software to record short videos, including either audio recordings, movie recordings, or screen recordings.
Skype – Use this free service to do have a virtual conversation. You can also use Skype for recording interviews for a podcast.
Ecamm Call Recorder for Mac ($20) or Pamela for PC ($20) is a small piece of software that integrates with Skype. It allows you to record Skype videos or audio calls. This can be used to record interviews for a podcast. You can use it to record interviews and embed them on a blog.
Google Hangout – web-based video call software, similar to Skype. I use Google Hangout to meet with one my CEO OnTRACK Roundtable groups and CEO Mastermind Alliance groups. One nice feature is you can also easily record Google Hangouts and upload them to Youtube.
Screenflow – software to record screen presentations. This simple screencasting video recording software. For $15/year, you can upgrade to their Pro version which eliminates the watermark and gives you additional editing tools.
Alexa.com – provides traffic information on websites. Use it to find out how much traffic certain websites or blogs get.
BufferApp – allows you to send tweets at optimal times when your followers are most active. I have the buffer Google Chrome extension installed so I can quickly add something I want to share on Twitter to my bufferapp queue to be tweeted out at some point later.
SocialOomph – free and paid service to schedule tweets.
UpWORK – excellent website for finding, managing and paying freelancers. You could use a freelancer on UPWORK to do anything, from designing a custom greeting card for someone to managing your email inbox.
Fiverr – people provide small services for $5. You can get someone to design a special gift, graphic or cartoon. It’s an inexpensive tool for doing something memorable.
TaskRabbit – allows you to find prescreened help in your local community to do specific tasks, from shopping to helping around the house. You could use a TaskRabbit to pick up and deliver a gift to someone, or to help stuff and stamp your holiday cards.
Hootsuite – advanced social media account management program which allows you to coordinate and schedule all of your social media account updates from one central location.
52 Headline Hacks (Boost Blog Traffic) – If you don’t use any other template from this list, use this one. Jon Morrow’s list of headline templates will transform your traffic almost instantly.
101 Headline Formulas (Peter Sandeen) – If 52 headline templates isn’t enough, Peter Sandeen almost doubles them with his list of 101.
How to Write an Introduction (Boost Blog Traffic) – Jon Morrow’s introductions are so powerful and identifiable, other bloggers refer to them as “the Morrow introduction.” In this post, Shane Arthur breaks down the techniques of a “Morrow introduction” so you can write like Jon.
10 Ways to Write an Irresistible Intro to Your Blog Post (Write to Done) – Vary your intros with these ten different fail-proof types of intros from expert writer Mary Jaksch.
7 Powerful Ways to End Your Next Blog Post (ProBlogger) – These 7 ideas from Ali Luke will give you a variety of options for your conclusion.
8 Tips for Writing More Powerful Conclusions( HubSpot) – These tips from Neil Patel provide great templates for ending your post strong.
The 5 Essential Elements of a Winning Landing Page (Unbounce) – Unbounce knows landing pages; that’s what they do. In this graphic post, Oli Gradner breaks down the key elements your page needs and what you should include in each.
Anatomy of a Perfect Landing Page (Kissmetrics) – Landing pages are very visual, so for this type of content more than most, a picture really is worth a thousand words. This infographic shows you what to put where to make your page a success (and it includes some guidelines on colors to use, too!).
10 Key Landing Page Features That Draw In Users (Formstack) – As with headlines, you’ll create better landing pages when you understand why each element is important. This post breaks down the features into categories and explains what the goal is for each.
SELF-TALK – I have been a fan of Dr. Shad Helmstetter’s work since 1987. Much of your success is determined by what you say when you talk to yourself. Dr. Helmstetter’s writing is clear and understandable. His best selling books, “What to Say When You Talk to Your Self” in 1986, and in subsequent books, including 365 days of Positive Self-Talk introduced the concept of self-talk to the general public, and set the stage for the use of self-talk programming to take its place at the forefront of personal development. I suggest you get a copy of these books. They will provide you with some amazing insight to why you do the things you do, and how you can potentially redirect your mindset to help change the trajectory of your business.
As always, have a great week.