Marketing, business & productivity courses, platforms, tools & resources

I’ve compiled favorite tools, Courses, WordPress plugins and Google extensions that make marketing easier for less. Many are freemium models with a free plan, but sometimes companies discontinue those or offer a free trial instead. I’ll keep up the list as I learn of changes, including those that merge or are discontinued. I indicate where I may get a small fee or credit for a referral (aff. link), but at no extra cost to you.

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AgentSpeaking gigs
AppSumoSaaS tools, courses & small business resources
Attract.ioLead magnet creator
AudacityOpen source, cross-platform audio software
Backlink CheckerSee specific backlinks for any domain
Bit.lyURL shortener with tracking
BublupAggregate content, research, collaborate, organize, create compilations or porfolios as one URL (such as Instagram bio link)
CanvaDesign graphics for offline and online marketing with templates and images (aff. link)
Display HashtagsGrab 30 hashtags when you search one
Emoji Chart in UnicodeGreat for emojis in emailings and different platforms
EmojipediaFind an emoji fast
Facebook Creator StudioPost, schedule and stream on Facebook & Instagram
Free TranscriptionsFree audio transcriptions
Groove PagesPage & funnel building platform (aff. link)
HeadlinerCreate video to promote podcast or blog
HootsuiteSchedule social media
HotjarSite survey pop-up to segment & improve conversions
HubSpotEmail program, CRM
Linktr.eeCreate one link with all your content and platform URLs
Lumen 5Automatic video creation tool for blog posts
Mail-signaturesCreate an email signature with social media icons and a banner
Mighty TextView & respond to text messages from desktop
MissingLettrTurn blog posts into scheduled social media campaigns with images (aff. link)
Mobile MonkeyFacebook live chat bot & SMS platform
Otter.aiTranscription tool
Pinterest PlannerContent ideas for each month
PodbeanPodcast platform
Podcast AddictPodcast player, review and statistics
PodkitePodcast reviews
QR Code AcademyCreate QR code
Slide to SubscribeEmbeddable signup form to get email subscribers; GDPR and CCPA compliant
Squoosh.appImage compression
StreamyardSimultaneously stream across Facebook, YouTube, Zoom, LinkedIn
SubscribersPush notifications for emailings
SurveyMonkeySurvey platform
The Speaker LabSpeaking fee calculator
Timeanddate.comTime your work blocks with this timer and stopwatch
TrelloCollaboration project management tool
TypeformForms, quizzes and surveys
UbersuggestKeyword research
VidIQGet more out of YouTube
Viral Content BeeSocial media promotion
WistiaVideo marketing software
YotpoCustomer reviews, loyalty, referrals & SMS marketing

Entrepreneurs get up to speed fast with a truckload of free courses taught by experts I admire. I have learned so much from many of these and will continue to get inspiration, strategic and tactical lessons to use and share. Enjoy!


Free Marketing Courses
Ahrefs SEO tutorials
Answer the Public search listening tool
Canva graphics and creation tools
Content Marketing Unlocked with Neil Patel
Content Traffic Kickstarter by Kim Doyal*
Create videos with Headliner
Fanocracy with David Meerman Scott
How to delegate and outsource by Lisa Wells
Get clients from Meetup challenge
Google Analytics, beginners, advanced, Data Studio & Tag Manager instruction
GrooveDigital Academy for page & funnel building
HubSpot 50+ marketing courses
Intro to Competitive Analysis
MBA programs
Mobile Monkey Chatbot tutorial
Podcasting tutorials from Podbean
Book writing, publishing, marketing, editing, distribution and design by Reedsy
SEM Rush Competitive Intelligence
SEO for the Rest of Us Challenge with Brendan Hufford
WordPress for beginners
90+ writing courses to improve skills
Yoast SEO training
VidIQ - Learning how to
3 Easiest Ways to Write Your Book

*If you are interested in it, sign up for the Content Traffic Kickstarters course right away, as it may be available for free for a limited time only! (No pressure, but it’s a great course.)

Free Images

AdobeFree stock assets
BurstFree stock photos
Canva (aff. link)Graphics design platform with photos, illustrations, templates
Clip ArtFree clipart files in AI, SVG, PSD, EPS
Creative Commons500 million free images
Creative FabricaFonts, graphics, crafts freebies
Creative MarketFree goods: Fonts, graphics, themes, photos, templates
DepositPhotosFree image files
FlaticonFree vector icons and stickers
FlickrNo known copyright restrictions (license dropdown)
FotorOnline photo editor and design creator
Free Images300K free images
Free PikFree vectors, stock photos & PSD downloads
FreestocksFree stock photos
GiphyGIFs and animated stickers
GoArt FotorFotor's photo to art effects
Google ImagesAdvanced search; license
Google Free FontsFree fonts
GratisographyQuirky collection of free stock photos & images
ImgflipMemes, gifts, funny images & meme generator
KaboompicsFree images for lifestyle & interior design
Library of CongressFree to Use digital collections
Life of PixFree photos
Lumen5Online video creator
Microsoft Clip ArtFree clip art
Mind MeisterFree online mind mapping
Morgue FileFree photos
Negative SpaceFree stock photos
PexelsFree stock photos and videos
PicjumboFree stock photos by weekly email
PicspreeFree stock images, illustrations, vectors & icons
Picture MosaicsFree photo mosaic tool
PixabayFree images and stock photos
PixlrFree image editing
Pond5Free stock videos, photos, music
PortwitureYour Twitter status in Flickr photos
Qr Code MonkeyCreate free QR codes w/logo
Raw PixelFree stock images, vectors & PSD mockups
ReshotFree icons, illustrations & photos
SkitterphotoPublic domain photos
SnappaGraphic design tool with templates
StencilOnline graphic design tool
StocksnapFree stock images
StockvaultFree stock photos and images
StokpicFree stock photos
The Hungry JpegFree graphic design resource & downloads
Unsplashfree images and photos
Word CloudFree onlne word cloud generator
Word Puzzle GeneratorCreate a free word search puzzle
XMindFree mind-mapping & brainstorming tool

WordPress Plugins

WordPress PluginPlugin Description
Akismet Anti-Spam
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. Your site is fully configured and being protected, even while you sleep.
Better Click to TweetAdd Click to Tweet boxes simply and elegantly to your posts or pages. All the features of a premium plugin, for FREE!
This plugin lets you see your WordPress data inside your Cyfe all-in-one dashboard.
Easy Digital Downloads
Sell your digital products the simple way. Easily build an online store complete with a cart system, checkout forms, reports, coupons, and more!
Easy Twitter Feed Widget
Add twitter feeds on your WordPress site by using the Easy Twitter Feed Widget plugin.
EWWW Image Optimizer
Reduce file sizes for images within WordPress including NextGEN Gallery and GRAND FlAGallery. Uses jpegtran, optipng/pngout, and gifsicle.
HubSpot All-in-One Marketing
Connect forms to HubSpot CRM and email service. HubSpot’s official WordPress plugin allows you to add forms, popups, and live chat to your website and integrate with the best WordPress CRM.
Login LockDown
Limits the number of login attempts from a given IP range within a certain time period.
Really Simple SSL
Lightweight plugin without any setup to make your site SSL proof (recommended by my hosting company).
Social Warfare
A plugin to maximize social shares and drive more traffic using the fastest and most intelligent share buttons on the market, calls to action via in-post click-to-tweets, popular posts widgets based on share popularity, link-shortening, Google Analytics and more. I like the way I can have my Twitter handle automatically added to any shares with this tool.
The Sucuri plugin provides the website owner the best Activity Auditing, SiteCheck Remote Malware Scanning, Effective Security Hardening and Post-Hack features. SiteCheck will check for malware, spam, blacklisting and other security issues like .htaccess redirects, hidden eval code, etc. The best thing about it is it's completely free.
TablePressEmbed beautiful and feature-rich tables into your posts and pages, without having to write code (recommended by my WP theme's creator).
UnsplashSource for free images uploaded into pages & posts with attribution (and nofollow link). Sweet!
Updraft PlusBackup and restore: take backups locally, or backup to Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, (S)FTP, WebDAV & email, on automatic schedules.
W3 Total CacheThe highest rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.
YoastThe first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.

Google Extensions

Google ExtensionsDescription
Auto Text Expander
Create shortcuts for frequent formfills and responses, such as your guest post pitch.
BublupCollect content to share with one link, such as an Instagram bio link. Great for portfolios!
Click to TweetCreate Click To Tweet shareable links to promote, share & track your content on Twitter.
Google KeepSave things to Keep with detailed notes and labels for retrieval, synced across all of the platforms that you use — including web, Android, iOS, and Wear.
Keyword Surfer from Surfer SEOSee search volumes directly in Google search results.
LoomRecord your screen, voice, and face to create an instantly shareable video.
MightyTextSend & receive text messages on your PC or Mac from Android.
MixDiscover, save, and share interesting things you find on the internet (formerly Stumbleupon).
MozBarSEO toolbar for Page & Domain Authority, keywords, identify link types & export to CSV.
NoisliListen to your own personal sound environment to relieve stress
Pinterest save buttonSave what you find into searchable pins & boards.
Polls for LinkedIn
Enables polls in LinkedIn to capture professional insights, opinions, and sentiments
Automatically apply coupon codes & cash back offers to get the biggest savings at checkout.
Similar Web
See website traffic and key metrics for any website, including engagement rate, traffic ranking, keyword ranking and traffic source.
Twitter Screenshots
Easily capture beautiful, high-resolution screenshot images of Tweets right inside the Twitter website
WebRank SEO
Provides Alexa Rank, Website Security, Server Location, Whois Lookup, Pages Indexed and Backlinks in Google & Bing.

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