What are the free (or close to free) resources for entrepreneurs?
As a blogger and someone who has helped apany sell over 3 units on Amazon I spend a lot of time researching and learning. Some of that learning is about marketing some is about trends and a lot is about reading how other people did it so I can take the parts of what worked for them and incorporate them into my plan. With that being said my number one resource by far are books. Sure they aren free but for a $1 investment that allows you to peak into the mind of an extremely successful person it should be a no brainer. However there are a couple other resources I use regularly that help in either learning about business or in building your own. horizontal-rule 1. Newsletters Nowadays our emails are full of spam but I purposely subscribe to two newsletters that offer a lot of value for me. Prsuit - Prsuit is a daily newsletter for entrepreneurs and others looking for tips about building side hustles changing your mindset and seeing how other people built their success . They have a lighthearted vibe that still gets down to business by ing to a lot of awesome content. I don open many emails but Im always waiting for my email from Prsuit . Ramit Sethi s - While his website title of I Will Teach You To Be Rich is cheesy Ramit and his team are one of the best. Ramit offers several very expensive online courses but I subscribe to his email list for two reasons. First the real reason I subscribe to his list is to study italic his emails. When ites to email marketing and writing copy he is the best. Second many of his emails offer great advice about person finances productivity and life. His site offers free tools and many articles that are extremely helpful. He will try to sell you one of his courses at some point but I just love studying how he goes about the process. horizontal-rule 2. Market Research and Trends Anyone trying to start a website or business needs to be keeping up with what their market is doing. Google trends s - Google trends is a free resource that allows you to see how frequently certain phrases are searched online. This gives you a feel for how certain markets or trends are either growing or dying. You can filter your search by category as well as by country and time frame. I use this almost daily topare trends against each other. Similar Web s - Similar web is a site that allows you to get an estimate of the traffic that other websites get. It shows you an estimate of a couple months of website traffic as well as a breakdown of the main sources for that traffic (search social media email direct etc). This is a great free tool to get an idea of how other websites are doing and where they are getting their traffic from. horizontal-rule 3. Email Opt-In If you have a website you need tools to get subscribers and leads. Sumome s - Sumome is a free tool (with paid options that I don use) that allows you to put opt-in boxes on your website. They offer very customizable forms that you can design to fit in with your brand . You can pick between pop up forms scroll boxes smart bars and a number of other s. You can also choose when to show the opt-in box and on what pages on your site you want it. Designing a cool lead generation for with SumoMe is very simple. MailChimp s - In my opinion SumoMe and MailChimp are the perfect one-two punch for email marketing. SumoMe is the best for getting subscribers and MailChimp is the best at letting you send emails to them. With MailChimp you can send fully customizable automated and manual emails to your list. The free version allows you to have up to 2 subscribers and send several thousand emails per month which is more than enough for someone just getting started. horizontal-rule These are a snapshot into some of the behind the scenes resources I use on a daily basis to learn and research what is working. I hope it helped! Comment which ones you like as well. #OneBrickADay
What is a comprehensive list of fast web tools to get your startup online?
Soprehensive huh? Well you said it not me ) HelpCrunch s for customer support and email automation. Ahrefs s for additional insights on keywords and back Google Analytics no need for introduction I guess ) Jira s for keeping your team tasks in one place. Calendly s + Google Calendar for scheduling meetings and keeping up with your appointments. Skype s for video calls when Slack doesn work properly. Hunter s for finding email addresses. Sketch s for creating all kinds of visuals. LastPass s for keeping all you passwords secure and in one place. ordered-list
What are the first softwares you install on a new computer?
Lots! There would be no point in me even having aputer if it didn have at least these programs Mozilla Firefox (highly configurable and extendable web browser) Avast! antivirus (avoid infections) NoordVPN or Avast! Secureline (Virtual Private Network for privacy) Notepad++ ( editor optimized for programming) Open Office or Libre Office plete office suites). WinRAR (zips and unzips many kinds ofpressed archives such as *.zip *.rar *.tar *.lzh etc) WinDiff (fileparer; intended for programming but I use it to do incremental backups of all my data instead!) WinAmp (music player) Audacity (record and edit sounds for free) Vocaloid 3 Editor & several vocaloids (a vocaloid is a singer in a box basically) Lightshot (make screenshots of anything that is displayed on your screen) ordered-list I have many more programs installed on myputers but these 21 are what I would consider the essentials the basic programs I would install immediately on anyputer that I intend to actually use a lot. Yes I realize that you the reader will probably not agree and will say many of those aren essential to me. That because you aren me. Each person answering this question is likely to give a very different list. Of course people who have specific needs will need other software. For instance for Bit Torrent get Deluge (but be sure to have both NoordVPN and a proxy running first). For downloading files over Usenet get NewsBin and subscribe to Eweka. To access the darker corners of the Web install Tor. To play MMORPGs install the appropriate clients. Etc.
What are the top 3 tools/platforms content marketers should utilize in 2018?
Hey there There are not many good tools around and none that can deliver results which a human being with a level head can achieve. These could be the possible things you would need to execute a good content marketing plan in 218 Audience - Spend sometime and identify the right audience you are trying to connect to and their potential other data points Repurpose & Syndicate - Find ways to re-use the fabulous content you have made. Take the example of a movie- you have the entire movie to talk about but there are teasers trailers wallpapers plots reviews audio tracks background scores character briefs novels books e-books contests etc. All these are examples of the movie being repurposed to various formats. Similarly you should repurpose your hard made content and push it in various formats. As people consume information in the formats they like. Imagine making your article in to aplete audio file. Then make it in to an e-book. People who love audio they would love to listen. Post such repurposing the next main thing would be to have new people promoting the content. Now why would somebody else promote your content unless it makes sense for them and helps them understand their own things much better. We should be making content relevant for other users as well so that they can use it and refer back to us and hence syndication is done. ordered-list Hope my answer makes sense and is worth the time you spent reading it )