50+ Website Tools and Resources That I Like and Use

Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 No Comments


tools and articles for successful websites

Recently I was asked to put together a list of tools and resources for a colleague who is just starting to get into web marketing and development. I had been meaning to write a blog post with a similar list, so it was a great opportunity to compile a collection of tools, resources, and articles that I find useful.

This is by no means any kind of exhaustive list of website tools. It’s a list of things that I personally use and find valuable. I also put it together mainly for the purpose of showing someone what it takes to run a successful website. I think that if you were to read all of the websites/articles on this list, you’d come away with a pretty good understanding of the various aspects that are involved.

Learn HTML & CSS

First of all, I think it’s important for any web professional to have an understanding of HTML and CSS.

Codecademy provides a fun method of learning different web programming language. It’s just as good as taking a class, and it’s free.
http://www.codecademy.com/

W3 Schools is the standard place to look things up.
http://www.w3schools.com/

Blogs I Check

These are blogs that I check on a regular basis. I learn new things from them all the time.

SEO

http://moz.com/blog
http://searchengineland.com/
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/
http://searchenginewatch.com/
http://www.semrush.com/blog/
http://www.seonick.net/blog

Adwords

http://blog.whitesharkmedia.com/

Copywriting

http://www.copyblogger.com/blog/

Online Marketing / Conversions

http://boostblogtraffic.com/
https://econsultancy.com/blog
http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/blog/
http://blog.hubspot.com/
http://www.digitalmarketer.com/blog/
http://growthhackers.com/
http://conversionxl.com/blog/
http://www.conversionvoodoo.com/blog/
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/

Keyword Tools

UberSuggest
http://ubersuggest.org/

Google Keyword Tool
https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner

Great Things I’ve Bookmarked

These give a lot of insight into what it takes to run a successful website. I save especially insightful blog posts that I come across so that I can revisit them later.

Marketing

Master This Copywriting Formula to Dominate Any Social Media Platform
http://www.copyblogger.com/problem-agitate-solve/

How to Write Magnetic Headlines
http://www.copyblogger.com/magnetic-headlines/

The essential small business website checklist
https://econsultancy.com/blog/62783-the-essential-small-business-website- checklist#i.67l24c1cpocy91

How to Grow: 21 Tactics to Acquire Customers
http://moz.com/blog/how-to-grow-21-tactics-to-acquire-customers

7 Lessons Apple Can Teach Us About Persuasive Web Content
http://blog.kissmetrics.com/persuasive-web-content/

36 Creative Landing Page Design Examples – A Showcase and Conversion Critique
http://unbounce.com/landing-page-examples/36-landing-page-designs-critiqued-for-conversion/

How to Discover Your Hidden Remarkable Benefit
http://www.copyblogger.com/discover-your-hidden-remarkable-benefit/

Want a Viral Hit? Here Is an Inside Look at Our Ideation Process
http://moz.com/blog/want-a-viral-hit-here-is-an-inside-look-at-our-ideation-process

An easy recipe for great copy writing
http://www.manta.com/small-business-tips/copy_writing/

The 10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Creating a Landing Page
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/10-questions-ask-creating-landing-page/83163/

Create Engaging Content for Any Industry, Even “Boring” Ones
http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2012/12/create-engaging-content-any-industry/

How to Create Great Content That Drives Traffic
http://okdork.com/2014/04/02/how-you-can-create-content-that-generates-40000-targeted-visitors/?hvid=1ihxYQ

67 Tools That Will Help You Grow Your Email List
http://blog.kissmetrics.com/67-tools-email-list/

The Art of the Welcome Email: 3 Examples to Improve Your Onboarding Process
http://blog.getvero.com/the-art-of-the-welcome-email/

How to Write Sales Copy Like a Pro (Even if you’re a rookie)
http://www.digitalmarketer.com/how-to-write-sales-copy/

9 Killer Ways To Get Traffic Without SEO Or Social Media
http://www.zenspill.com/ways-to-get-traffic/

What I Learned From Reviewing 45+ Websites (Are You Making The Same Mistakes?)
http://conversionxl.com/what-i-learned-from-reviewing-websites/

How to Boost Website Sales – The Complete Checklist
http://conversionxl.com/how-to-increase-sales-online-the-checklist/

Customer Value Optimization: How to Build an Unstoppable Business
http://www.digitalmarketer.com/customer-value-optimization/

Content Curation Tools
http://www.curata.com/blog/content-curation-tools-the-ultimate-list/

SEO

A Wakeup Call: Are You Prepared for the Day Your Rankings Vanish?
http://moz.com/blog/a-wakeup-call-are-you-prepared-for-the-day-your-rankings-vanish

How to successfully optimize a page for over 10,000 keywords
http://www.wordtracker.com/academy/learn-seo/technical-guides/how-to-optimize-a-page-for-search-engines

How to recover from a Penguin attack
http://www.wordtracker.com/blog/recover-from-penguin-attack

The Holy Grail of Panda Recovery – A 1-Year Case Study
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/the-holy-grail-of-panda-recovery-a-1-year-case-study/45683/

The Ultimate Tactical 10-Step Guide for In-House SEO Professionals
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/the-ultimate-tactical-10-step-guide-for-in-house-seo-professionals/66007/

The Ultimate On-Site SEO Guide
http://www.vudumarketing.com/on-site-seo-guide/

Be the Result that Google Wants to Rank
http://moz.com/blog/be-the-result-that-google-wants-to-rank

How to Rank: 25 Step SEO Master Blueprint
http://moz.com/blog/how-to-rank

Other Tools

HEX To RGB Converter
http://coveloping.com/tools/hex-rgb-converter

HTML ASCII Codes
http://members.efn.org/~gjb/asciidec.html

Free Photoshop Shapes
http://www.shapes4free.com/

Pingdom – Check your site’s speed
http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/

And For More …

I also tweet these kinds of links pretty frequently, as I run across them. I try to tweet links to resources that I think would help an amateur website owner so that you can learn these concepts and processes yourself.




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