Top Free Resources for New Business Owners

When you first start out running a new business, there are a lot of resources you may find yourself paying for; registering a domain name, software packages etc.

We can’t help you save money with any of those BUT we have collated a range of resources that we’ve found helpful in keeping the initial costs of starting a business to a minimum.


Documents and Product Creation:

OpenOffice – Edit your PLR ebooks, or create your own from scratch, and convert them into PDF, all for free.

PDF to Word Converter – Easily create editable Word Doc files from PDF content – for legit purposes only!

CopyScape – plagiarism checker

7 Zip – An open source, free alternative to WinZip for compressing and expanding large files and folders of files.

Audacity – An open source software used for recording & editing audio files.

CamStudio – Lets you record all screen & audio activity on your computer and create video files.

VLC Media Player – Media player capable of reading most audio and video formats and can also do screen recordings.

OBS – Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.

Evernote – Scan your notes, receipts, etc … it will OCR the content, save it, and make it searchable.

Smart Mockups – Create product screenshots with just a few clicks

 


Websites:

FileZilla – Free FTP software for Mac or PC. Transfer your website files to your web host easily.

KompoZer – Free web page editing software

Coolers – For branding colours and palettes

BrowserShots – Use this site to view how your website looks in various browsers.

Down For Everyone – Is your site down? Use this tool to see if your website is down for other people

Color Cop – A multi-purpose colour picker – great for web designers and programmers.

DupeFree – Quickly check for duplicate content & LSI keywords.

NicheBot Classic – Online keyword research tool helps you target the correct keywords.

OSWD – Open Source Web Design offers free web design templates.

Pixie – Great for web designers – just point to a colour and discover the code value for that colour.

Notepad ++ – Great little text editor that makes editing website files such as .html, .php and .css files easier

Pingdom – Website speed test for monitoring your website

 


 

Social Media and Marketing:

Hashtags.org – Organising the world’s hashtags

Buffer.comBuffer makes it easy to manage your business’s social media accounts

Ritetags.com – Get instant hashtag suggestions for images and text

 


Graphics Editing:

GIMP – Free alternative to Photoshop to edit your graphics.

Canva – Free online graphics design software

Pixlr.com – Free online image editor, similar to Photoshop

www.ribbet.com – Free online photo editing


Graphics Sources:

www.unsplash.com

www.picmonkey.com

www.quotescover.com

DISCLAIMER; IF YOU ARE GOING TO START EDITING IMAGES THAT YOU FIND ON THE INTERNET, THEN YOU MUST USE CREATIVE COMMONS LICENCE IMAGES THAT ARE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. IF YOU START USING OTHER PEOPLES’ IMAGES THAT ARE UNDER LICENCE, YOU RISK BEING SUED. WE ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR ACTIONS.

For more done-for-you graphics at a low price, check out our Graphics Membership Club and Graphics Treasure Chest!

Communication:

Skype – Free calling software for conducting one-to-one consultations or group calls


Tools:

AVG – Anti-virus and anti-spyware protection.

CCleaner – Removes unused files from your pc allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up space.

Roboform – Easily & safely manage your passwords.

Affiliate Marketing: Why it’s One of the Most Cost-Effective Ways to Advertise your Business

Ever heard of affiliate programs? These are forms of Internet marketing that reward the affiliates for sending traffic to the advertiser or for other transactions. The vendor pays the affiliate to place a link on their website, and the affiliate sends traffic to the advertiser in return. Simply put, it’s about paying commissions to people who help you make sales. It’s that easy!

Affiliate marketing has its ups and downs. It could be challenging if you are not armed with updated information and the technical how-tos. But this article’s sole objective is to show you how good it can be!

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Writing Articles as an Affordable Internet Marketing Method

From Overture, a keyword suggestion tool, you will see the millions of searches done for a certain keyword. When these keywords are typed in search boxes of search engines, indexed websites containing articles with those keywords will be displayed. And this is what leads traffic to websites with keyword-rich articles. Yes, the magic word is articles.

Content is king, or queen for the female entrepreneurs among us! That’s why writing articles is one of the most utilized Internet marketing media today. Internet surfers just can’t get enough of information on various fields. Providing information through these articles is a surefire way to drive hot traffic to your web site.

Why is this so? Here are the benefits that writing articles can give your Internet business.

1. It’s absolutely free. Too good to be true? Would we lie to you?! Okay, you have to pay for your Internet Service Provider. That’s it. All you need is your thoughts, your computer, and your hands. If you have those, nothing will stop you from typing words that will make you complete that article for your website. On which aspect of that process did you really shell out any pennies? Maybe later when your electric bills come.

2. Your website will be noticed in a short period of time. Submit that article of yours to article directories that get the most web traffic and in no time your web site will be crawled. That is if you don’t forget to include your resource box or byline.

3. Obtain back links automatically. When you submit your articles to directories, other websites will make use of your article too. With the copyright terms of your articles, the URL of your website will still be intact and will subsequently direct more traffic to your website.

4. Improve your reputation. As an Internet marketer, if you plainly display your products on your website, you will not gain much conversion rate. Conversion is when your traffic converts to sales. You have to show that you are knowledgeable in your field. And what better way to show that than by writing articles that will allow you some bragging rights, right?

Just make your creative juices flow and jot down or key in those ideas quickly to jumpstart your article writing momentum. With those benefits listed above, a writer’s block is the last problem you will ever be able to surmount.

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