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Online Marketing Tools for Small Business Owners

Online marketing isn’t easy, but there are some great free tools for content marketing, SEO, Social Media Marketing and other online marketing activities.

The list below are all online marketing tools that I have used, not just ones I’ve read about. I wanted to include marketing tools that I am confident in and can recommend without reservation.

Please take a look and tell me what you think, and maybe even share your favorite!

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Google Chrome

Google Chrome may not come to mind immediately when you think of marketing tools, but I believe that it’s actually one of the strongest tools out there for small businesses.

Why?

One word: Extensions.

Google Chrome Extensions enable a small business to function at a much higher level, and most of the time, they’re free! They can dramatically improve your social media marketing, streamline your productivity, increase the effectiveness of your content marketing, and just about anything else you want.

If you’re not using Chrome, you should be.

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Buffer is a great Posting tool for your social media marketing efforts, but even better is the Buffer extension that allows you to simply click on that icon  and it will pull  in the article preview that you’re looking at, then allow you to make use of the great scheduling options they have. Outstanding social media marketing tool!

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Word Counter

Wordcounter.net is a wonderful site that does just one thing: counts words (technically, it counts characters, too, but who’s counting? Well, I guess Wordcounter.net is…).

Why is this so important? Well, in SEO you need to know exactly how many words are in your meta descriptions, how many characters are in your Title Tags, how many words are in your blog posts, etc…

Other tools do this, and WordPress wysiwyg editor does it if you’re in default editor, too. But because there are many themes now that have a builder (like Fusion Builder with Avada, for instance), it’s nice to have a tool that will count your words and/or characters.

As a bonus, it does not change the format like Microsoft Word does, so you don’t have to end up reformatting.

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Trello

Trello is another wonderful online marketing tool, simply for its productivity values. You could say that it transcends online marketing, since it can be used for any type of list making and sharing of tasks between parties or team members.

I’ve seen it effectively used for sales teams that do lots of intertwined tasks between themselves and the home office, as well as between marketing members of a team for an online marketing company.

The effectiveness of it is that you can attach documents, spreadsheets, links, and anything else you want inside these cards that can also have checklist attached to them. Add on the fact that you can put an expiration date or due date on it, and you got all the makings of a wonderful tool for productivity.

It has a couple of flaws, but being free makes up for that! I’m sure there are better tools out there, but I’m not sure there’s a better free one. If you have not checked out Trello, you should do it today!

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Yoast: SEO for Austin Small Businesses

Outside of Google Analytics and Search Console, there may be no stronger free tool for SEO & Small Businesses than Yoast SEO Plugin.

Yoast is a plugin for WordPress sites, and helps you align each page for proper SEO best practices, as well as site-wide help for your SEO. You should have a WordPress site, and you should be using Yoast SEO plugin.

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Relay That

Really That is a very pleasant surprise new member to my marketing tools list.

I was introduced to this wonderful image tool in a conversation over Twitter, so you know Twitter still works… LOL. I checked out the tool and loved it immediately.

For someone who is not design first in the graphics field, it works really really well. What’s really great about it is that it yields several copies of your graphic design, and is already pre-set for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and others. It’s really intuitive and once you get the hang of how to work through it, it produces a lot very quickly.

I highly recommend it. If you are slogging through doing text on image and other graphic work, you should check it out. There is a free version, but the paid version is not expensive at all. Especially for what you get.

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Engagement Grower

Engagement Grower is another new tool that I’ve used, and I’m really liking it.

It is a plugin for WordPress sites, and the thesis is to drive more engagement through suggested post. The power of it is that you can choose the post for each one of your pages to suggest, then measure and split test against previous performance.

It’s a win-win when you can suggest post and get measured data from it to improve your marketing.

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Google Analytics

Google Analytics is, or should be, a no-brainer for every person reading this. If you have shied away from it or chosen not to pursue it because it seem too daunting, please do yourself a favor and get it attached to your website immediately!

The raw data that you get from connecting your site to Google Analytics is like unmined gold.

Connecting it further to Google Search Console, which I’ll discuss a little later, quadruples the effect. With Google Analytics you can tell where your visitors come from, where they visit on your site, and where they go after that page.

It tells you how long they stayed, and where they came from a mobile device or a desktop. And it does all this for the very very low price of free!

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Search Console aka Webmaster Tools

Search Console is the new name for Webmaster Tools. Google changed the name back in May of 2015.

Google is always updating the tools and tactics in their two flagship products – Search Console and Analytics – so you can expect that to continue.

Why use Search Console as well as Google Analytics? Why not just use one? Because Search Console gives you the data that Analytics does not. There are some great tutorials out there that get you started in it, and I have one here that is a Google Analytics basics video. 

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Fresh Start: Cross Browser Session Manager

This is one of the GREAT tools out there for any of you, who, like me, have 47 tabs open. Well, I used to until I started using this tool. Really. It’s great.

If you don’t know what a session manager is, it saves all your tabs so that you can go back to that session whenever you want. It gives you permission to close those tabs!

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Hope this helps.

Happy Marketing!