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You may want to bookmark this page. And put on a pot of coffee. These entrepreneurial websites are going to knock your socks off.
We broke it down into different categories. Since everybody loves website traffic, let's start there...
Yext puts businesses on the map. Just fill in a profile once and Yext ensures you are cited on every directory so you can be found and all the information is consistent and seamless.
Ahrefs is possibly the greatest SEO tool ever invented. Their blog and YouTube videos also rock. Watch one of their YouTube videos and get started on your strategy to rank higher.
WooRank has a chrome extension that allows you to click a button and get the on-page SEO score for a website. So you know what internal plumbing needs fixing and you can then rank higher in search engine results.
Soovle is a super cool and free keyword idea generator for your website. Type in what you want to rank for and it instantly lists popular searches on all of the search engines. For instance, type in “shoes” and you will find that the most popular Yahoo search is “payless shoes", but on Google it is “shoes for crews”.
Backlinko is run by one man wrecking crew Brian Dean. He regularly ranks with or outranks armies of digital marketing teams. He has courses he does periodically throughout each year. Among other things, he is known for his article on the 200 Google Ranking Factors and How to use the Skyscraper Technique to outrank your competition.
Position Checker allows you to enter your domain name, what search term you want to know about and spits out where you rank for that keyword.
Word Cloud creates a cloud of words to show you want keywords are most often used. Use to see what keywords your competition is using most often.
Google Trends allows you to quickly verify interest levels of the public on your industry or business idea, based on the number of search queries it receives.
Google Search Console – most businesses set up Google Analytics but forget about Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools). It is easy to set up and provides valuable information on what happens BEFORE each click.
Marketing Inc. – You know when someone has world class talent, like underground poker room players or world class art thieves? Glen Allsopp and his partner Diggy have been doing SEO for so long and they have seen and done it all. Marketing Inc opens up periodically to provide intensive training focused around ranking websites.
Yoast SEO should be immediately installed into every WordPress website – it is your watch dog on making sure your on page SEO is in order.
Varvy is a simple and elegant tool. Put in your website and it will tell you how well it follows Google’s guidelines.
BuzzSumo is the best tool to use if you want to create content that gets shares and links. Just type in your topic and it will show you how often the most popular articles have been shared, on what social platforms, and even give you the backlinks and people who have shared those articles.
Answer The Public is very cool for creating ideas for your blog. Type in your topic and it will generate all kinds of questions people ask on that topic. So then you create content that answers those questions…and rank well in Google when people search. Warning, the guy is a little creepy. Pro tip: the default country is set to the UK so switch that to your country.
Moz has created the world’s greatest online community of digital marketing experts and Rand Fishkin is one of the heroes of the digital marketing world. Go to their blog, pick the topic you want to learn more about. Start with the oldest posts make your way forward. It’s like a free online university. You can also use their “Open Site Explorer” and find your domain authority – it’s a widely accepted metric of your website’s street cred.
Hemingway is another amazing WordPress plugin that turns anyone’s writing into…something Hemingway would come up with.
Similar Web allows you to spy on web traffic your competitors get. You can see if they get it from searches, social or referral. Then you can replicate their success.
Content Marketing Institute – we live in a content marketing world, so you should be following the folks who invented the term.
Spyfu allows you to spy on the competition. See what keywords they qualify for, what Google Adwords they buy, how successful those ads are and you can generate reports on opportunities for what keywords you can qualify for organically or through paid search.
Likestagram automates the liking process on Instagram.
Pluggmarket matches brands with influencers. Are you a B to C company with a product that you want to get into the hands of influencers? Sign up and see what happens.
Ripl allows you to take your social media ads to the next level by turning pictures into quasi video. Static image Facebook ads are singles. Videos are homeruns and Ripl allows you to generate movement on your ads, which catches attention.
Meet Edgar allows you to take your best content and automatically recycle it so new people can always be seeing your best stuff automatically.
Social Media Examiner puts on the best social media conference in San Diego each year and they have amazing content on social media and a great podcast with Michael Stelzner.
If This Then That (IFTTT) allows you to automate everything. Want your blog posts to be automatically posted to all your social channels? Want to get an email when it calls for rain tomorrow? Want a text alert when a stock hits a certain price?
Rick Mulready is an authority on Facebook Ads. Tune in and you will find out right away on his podcast The Art of Paid Traffic.
Amy Porterfield is also a Facebook guru, but probably is best at creating online courses. Tune in to her podcast and you will soon know how awesome she is.
Noisli – block out annoying noises so you can get in the zone.
Rescuetime tracks time spent on applications and websites so you stay away from Facebook!
The Freedom Journal is a 5 minute per day journal that allows you to be grateful for what you have, and gets you focused on your goals. Brought to you by podcast superstar John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire.
TaskRabbit is like Uber for your household chores so you can spend more time focusing on your business.
Rainy Mood helps you relax and get into a creative mode.
Coffitivity recreates the sounds of coffee shops to get in the zone. Bonus props for being awesomely creative on this concept!
Trello is a simple and easy way to get stuff done with your virtual team. And it totally eliminates the need to email back and forth. Just log in, see what’s posted and get stuff done.
Feedly consolidates all the content you consume into one spot so you don’t have to surf multiple sites.
Rev transcribes video and audio into text. So you can create a video or podcast and get those spoken words into written words, so that you can get the SEO value of written words on your site. All this for just $1 per minute. Now that’s a deal.
Muse is your meditation personal assistant who monitors your brain waves and provides you feedback on when you are not relaxing. Muse allows you to mediate for just 3 minutes per day so that you can unwind when your business is hectic.
Blue Apron takes the guesswork out of eating healthy when you’re busy. It’s a subscription based healthy food delivery platform so you can get the nourishment you need without going to the grocery store.
Gary Vaynerchuck is a $@&#ing living legend. Every business owner and entrepreneur should be consuming his content daily.
Tony Robbins needs no introduction. Spend the 90 minutes to watch his special on Netflix – I am Not Your Guru – you see what happens in his special programs. It’s pretty awesome. Tony has also become such a powerful digital marketer that Sumo just featured him in an epic article here: Growing Your Web Presence.
Tim Ferriss, the author of the 4 Hour Work Week, is smart, insightful and thoughtful. He also has such a soothing voice on his podcast that my kids are actually quiet and entranced in the car. Thanks Tim!
James Altucher may be the world’s greatest interviewer. Extremely bright and successful but plays the role of the inquisitive student. His podcast guests are world class because he is.
Side Hustle School is a daily podcast under 10 minutes hosted by Chris Guillebeau. It is inspirational to hear creative ideas people are coming up with to make money and there are lessons for even conventional small businesses.
Clarity.fm is start up advice from world class experts. Shop around, pick out who you want to get advice from and then pay per minute on a call with them. Pretty amazing concept.
Pat Flynn is a hero for the little guy how wants to make some money online by adding value. He is transparent, has given back and just a down to earth good dude. Everyone can learn a ton of Pat.
CEO Blog Nation provides actionable advice to small businesses. Many of the articles are crowd sourced so you get a range of opinions from entrepreneurs and small businesses that fight their battle every day. Gresham does a great job with the site.
Springwise has the best newsletter. It gives you the best new products that come out. So you can stay on top trends.
OKDork is a blog you should follow because Noah Kagan is just an awesome person. He just gives, gives, gives. And he’s super smart. And he has been super successful.
Conferencebites gives you the best soundbites from conferences to keep you fired up!
The Hustle is like having your most interesting friend spend the week to scour the internet and send you a curated list of the cool things that are going on in business and tech. Except you get it every day.
Tube Buddy is basically an SEO tool for YouTube. So if video is part of your strategy, you need to look into this tool.
Wistia is a super high end, super slick video host alternative to YouTube and Vimeo. It looks better, and provides way better metrics on who is watching your videos. They have a free version that is Wistia branded and the premium version is about $100 per month. Moz uses it for their Whiteboard Fridays. Check out their free video course on Udemy.
Camtasia is an amazing $200 product allows you to produce super high quality videos with their editing software. There is a course on Udemy.com that can bring you up to speed on how to be an expert. It’s an investment of about 10 hours to become pretty awesome at your own video editing.
ScreenCast-o-Matic allows you to record what is on your computer screen. It’s free, but it watermarks your video. The un-watermarked version is just $15 per year. The video quality is HD – I use it every day. Great customer service and every easy to use.
App Institute allows small businesses to build apps. Online. Without any code. Whaaaaaaaaat?
Moo provides premium business cards, postcards and more. Upload your own design, or pick from their templates. Everybody makes comments about how great our business cards are. Thanks Moo!
Venngage is an incredibly simple infographic maker that has great business infographic templates. We have used it for every graphic on this website.
99Designs allows you to auction your logo design needs. We just completed a round in which we received 90 designs for $400.
Freelogoservices.com allows you to design your own logo.
Hub Spot – they’re kind of a big deal.
Prezi is an amazing alternative to Powerpoint. Seriously.
Cover Action Pro focuses exclusively in making product shots look amazing for $297.
Iconfinder is the largest database of icons on the internet. Kind of like Shutterstock for icons.
Snappa allows you to make marketing graphics in a snap.
Giphy allows you to jazz up your web content. Just copy the code on their site and insert it into your post.
Make A Gif is for people who want to take it to the next level by making their own gif with their personal photos.
Click Funnels can allow you to abandon your website. You run an ad, it goes to their landing page, your clients buy the product right there, or provide their email. You may not give up your website, but Click Funnels still provides a powerful turnkey solution for your business. Their home page has a great video to explain.
Lead Pages is just like Click Funnels, but has fewer features and a lower price point. A better option for people just getting into the concept of landing pages. And they have been around for a long time and are probably the # 1 player in landing pages. Pro tip: your ads should drive people to landing pages in order to drive the sale, not your web page, where customers can get distracted.
Mouseflow allows you to stop guessing where people leave your site. Just look at the heat map, which is based on where users move their mouse. Ok, this is a bit creepy.
Elegant Themes is a premiere provider of Word Press themes (over 400,000 clients). I recommend subscribing to their blog posts – they are detailed enough, but not too technical.
Social Triggers focuses on the psychology behind consumer behaviour online. I recommend checking out Derek Halpern’s YouTube videos and podcasts. He knows his stuff and he talks about different things than other internet marketers. His podcast guests are thought leaders in psychology.
Flippa is the online marketplace for buying and selling websites. Want a boost to your web traffic? Buy a site on Flippa that already has backlinks and web authority and redirect it to your site. Or buy a domain that is already getting traffic instead of starting a new one. Pretty cool stuff huh?
Expired Domains is like Flippa but keeps track of domains that are about to expire and ones that are up for auction.
Way Back Machine allows you to determine if your web domain was used for something shady in the past. Simply put in your website and it will show you screen captures of what the site was used for in the past. So if you can’t rank in Google, maybe your web address was used for something spammy in the past.
Tiny PNG allows you to crush the size of your images on your website, which allows your pages to load faster, which increases your Google rank. Enough said.
LinkMiner is an amazing Chrome extension that plugs into the tool bar of your Chrome browser. When you click on the icon, it highlights broken hyperlinks on that web page. Not only can you find broken links on your site, but it’s a great business development tool by checking the websites of prospects and approaching them with something of value – “Hey, I noticed a broken link on your website”. Check it out here (you must be in a Chrome browser though).
Brazen increases your web conversions with their chat box technology.
Wix allows you to build your own website quickly and easily. And for free.
Usabilia gives you live feedback on your website from a real person.
OptinMonster has user exit technology. Which means when a person’s mouse leaves your website you can pop up an offer (for instance – a free eBook).
Grasshopper allows you to have a business phone number for as little as about $12 per month.
Survey Monkey allows you to get feedback on your next move.
SurveyAnyplace focuses on creating fun, mobile, and interactive quizzes and surveys, allowing you to engage your audience AND get useful data.
Printfriendly allows you to print a web page without any of the stuff you don’t need, like ads.
Kabbage allows you to get quick access to working capital. Plus they have a great blog.
Shakelaw allows you to create, sign and send legal documents. In seconds. OK.
Tactlaw allows you to do contract checking. Online.
Free My PDF allows you to unlock PDF documents so you can get delete and insert pages. Perfect for consolidating a few PDF documents into one.
Infusionsoft puts your email strategy on steroids. Are you ready to take it to the next level?
Bplans is a great place to start thinking methodically about your business.
Calendly takes the pain out of back and forth emails to line up a meeting. It syncs with your calendar.
Zoom allows you to record and simultaneous screen share your video conference calls.
17hats is an all in one application to handle your whole business. So you can simplify your chaos.
AppSumo is like Groupon for software. Daily deals.
MindMeister is an online mind mapping tool. So teams can work together and simplify the complicated.
Wave Accounting provides invoicing, accounting, receipt scanning and more for your small business. For free.
SheNegotiates provides strategic coaching and leadership training with a punch.
Amolto is a call recorder for Skype. So you can use Skype. And record it.
Fambiz specializes in advice for family businesses.
Start Up Bros are experts in selling on Amazon, so if you want to learn how to do that or how to supplement your existing sales on Amazon, take one of their webinars.
Fiverr provides freelancers that can complete your tasks for as little as $5 per gig, and has plenty of talented people who live in low cost of living countries that can produce quality work. Not all Fiverr freelancers are good, so do your homework, try out various people and bookmark who you like. It's only $5 to test the quality of each person.
Upwork is a higher quality version of Fiverr with detailed profiles and dollar amounts per hour posted. The problem is that most people have profiles and don’t make any money so they may not really be active on the platform anymore. On the other hand, you can find bargains with people that are keen on building a track record and are under pricing themselves.
Toptal is the all-star version of Upwork. Only 3% of people who apply get accepted (anyone can join both Fiverr and Upwork). So you know you are getting Top Talent (and you are paying higher prices).
Virtual Staff Finder is well-known and respected Chris Ducker’s company. He lives in the Phillipines and provides Filipino virtual assistants. You pay about $500, they do all the legwork and introduce you to three candidates. You do Skype interviews and pick who you want to work with. You could also go to https://www.onlinejobs.ph/ and for $50 you could post your own job and do all the screening.
42Floors scours the internet for commercial real estate listings so you don’t have to. The freshest listings are at the top and spaces are removed after 30 days so you are looking at spaces that have been leased. Once you find a space they can even hook you up with a qualified broker.
Get Digsy allows you to describe your perfect office, industrial or retail space, and Digsy will match your needs with spaces that are available, while keeping your contact details private.
Lease Ref allows you to get online commercial leasing advice without having to enlist a real estate lawyer or broker. Just upload your lease and you will receive a score card on your lease, and tips on what to do next. And yes, that was a shameless plug.
Breather is the Uber of office space. Rent space by the hour. Perfect for very confidential meetings, interviews or a gathering of investors.
Shapr is Tinder for business. Yes, there is now a Tinder for business.
Meetup not only allows you to search for networking events, but when you attend them you also get nice backlinks back to your website, which helps improve your SEO.
Eventbrite – find your next experience.
Allconferences is a directory for you to find what kind of conferences you may be interested in. Check out this one where it’s like camp for adults – Fireside Conference, which allows everyone to bond over campfires instead of in conference rooms.
Ten Thousand Coffees is a network-building platform connecting like minded people together one coffee at a time.
PR Influencers allows you to command attention and be seen. Mary Simms is a real pro and will know how to tell your story.
Help a Reporter Out connects journalists with sources. Do you have an opinion on something? Sign up for a topic, receive one email per day and respond if you can help out. If you are selected you will get exposure for your business with a link back to your website.
SourceBottle is just like Help A Reporter, but smaller…but with less competition as well.
Recruiter.com leverages the largest network of recruiters in the world for your business.
Cash By Cycling is like Fit Bit for bikes, tied together with rewarding employees for being healthy.
Class Pass allows people to try out multiple gyms with one pass. The perfect employee gift for people new to the city.
RunYourPool is the perfect way to build morale at the company. They cover all sports, plus awards season.
Udemy has tons of inexpensive and tactical video based courses that teach you just about anything you would want to learn.
Lynda has almost 6,000 courses in business, technology and creative skills, but works on a monthly subscription model (Udemy is a fee for each course model).
Teachable is the leading software platform that allows you to incorporate a membership based course into your website. So if you have something you can teach, you can plug that into your website and your service offering.
Go High Brow gives you 5 minute lessons to your inbox every day.
Fit Small Business kicks out great, actionable content for small businesses. And their website is clean and easy on the eyes (unlike some other small biz blogs).
ACT is still the number one contact management software tool, given how robust but simple it is to use.
Hunter.io allows you to get anyone’s email address fast! Just go to Hunter.io, sign up (you can’t use Gmail – it has to be a work email address), the software plugs into your Chrome browser and when you are on a site, just click the icon and emails show up.
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