Table of Contents
- Google Analytics
- Facebook Analytics
- Facebook Insights and Ads
- Google Search Console
- Page Outil
- Google Slides
- Google Sheets
- Google Docs
- Screaming Frog
- Google Keyword Planner
- WordPress Contact and Flamingo
- Page Title and Description Checker
- Hunter.io – Find Email Addresses
- VisualHunt for Royalty Free Images
- Snagit – free for 15 days
- SEO Hero
- Google My Business
- Google Posts
- Web Page Word Count Checker
- Keywords Everywhere
- Quuu Discover
- Headline Generator
- Teleprompter iPhone App
- Google Trends
- Ahrefs Blog
- Answer The Public
- Drip Email Marketing
- Drip Marketing Automation
- Convert Kit Marketing Automation
- SEO Minion
- Harvest Billing, Invoicing and Time Tracking
- Facebook Pages iPhone App
- Facebook Ads iPhone App
- Voice Recorder for iPhone
- SEO Audit Tool from Ahrefs
- XE Currency iPhone App
- Notes app on iPhone
- Elementor for Landing Pages
- LeadPages for Landing Pages
- Burst Images from Shopify
- Have I missed any tools ?
If by now you aren’t using Google Analytics daily, I fear for your online marketing performance and commitment to growing your online business.
I check my website traffic with Google Analytics weekly to see how I can increase my website leads.
I have the Google Analytics app on my phone too.
One feature you should utilise within Google Analytics is the Intelligence Reports.
It’s located in the top right corner of the dashboard.
Today, Google invited to me to look at page load speed trends and some landing pages that are converting poorly.
So not only does Google Analytics provide insight, it provides actionable solutions.
Provided you have added the Facebook Pixel added to your website, you can utilise Facebook Analytics.
To access Facebook Analytics go to https://www.facebook.com/analytics/xxxxxxxxx/
Just replace /xxxx/ with your ad account number.
There is so much data in my account I’d need to produce an entire blog post dedicated to leveraging Facebook Analytics.
You can look at unique users, new users, sessions, best pages and create goals, funnels and journeys.
Facebook Analytics flies under the radar screen but it’s worth adding to list of digital marketing tools.
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Facebook Insights and Ads
If you visit a Facebook Business Page you can learn about their activity.
- Go to a page; a competitors.
- Just type it into the search bar.
- Click Info and Ads
There you will be presented with the actual adverts they are running.
You can compare adverts that are being run in different countries.
Google Search Console
I must confess I never liked Webmaster Tools; too technical for me.
But the new Google Search Console is much prettier looking and easier to extract insights and actions.
Here’s a tactic you can use in Search Console.
- Login and click Try The New Search Console
- Click Performance
- Select Pages
- Then select make sure Total Clicks, Impressions, Average CTR and Average Position are selected
- Choose the last 12 months for the data range
- Then click the download button
- And Choose Google Sheets
The data will be imported straight into Google Sheets for immediate analysis.
Do a Unicorns and Donkey Analysis !
I learned this from Larry Kim.
You analyse the average position of each page with the click through rate.
You insert a scatter graph and plot positions and CTR then draw a trend line.
Pages that are in the bottom second from the left quadrant represent the pages you can improve and earn more traffic from Google.
Cool way to use Search Console and super useful.
Page Outil is a tool for digital marketing professionals to analyse their web pages in the organic search results.
It uses and connects to Google Search Console data but outputs the information in a useful way.
Here’s my page about business ideas.
I can see the clicks, impressions and click through rates for the page as a whole.
Then I can see the clicks, impressions, CTR and position for every keyword that page ranks for.
Then I can use the keyword filtering.
For example, let’s say I want to look at keywords ranking on page 2 on Google.
Is there anything I can improve on my page to increase my position from 18 to 9 ?
And to top it off, Page Outil displays your page title, description and H1 header and the number of characters used.
I’m using the free version of this marketing tool; to see more data there is a low monthly fee.
All my presentations are used with Google Slides instead of PowerPoint.
The ability to share and export is much better than PowerPoint.
There are one or two features in Excel that are better than Google Sheets; such as sorting and filtering by multiple criteria.
I use Google Sheets to import backlink data and keyword data when doing keyword research and backlink analysis for clients.
I’m writing this guide on Google Docs on my iPhone right now.
I started this article in Docs on my Mac in the browser then went for a walk before taking a break.
You can also share documents easily with clients and they can markup changes and action points easily.
A must marketing tool and free.
I use the free version of Screaming Frog to analyse key on page metrics of a website.
I can find duplicate pages, titles, descriptions and analyse anchor text links and page word counts.
Google Keyword Planner
Keyword Planner is not a just free organic keyword research tool, it is also a tool for estimating advertising campaigns.
In this example I entered “mortgages” to see kind of metrics Keyword Planner offered.
So, I could spend £6600 targeting people searching for mortgages.
- I’d get 1200 clicks
- At an average cost per click of £5.31
- The estimated click through rate of adverts is 3%
- If my adverts got a 10% conversion rates, I’d earn 61 leads in a month
- That’s a cost per lead of £53.
What’s interesting are the location and device charts.
Most of the advert impressions occur in England and 63% of these impressions occur on mobile phones.
And the CTR is higher on mobile devices than tablets and computers.
This simple little analysis provides some much insight for advertisers.
WordPress Contact and Flamingo
Since moving many client websites to WordPress I have found the free plugins, Contact and Flamingo, ideal for publishing web forms, processing them and storing the recipients.
Whilst Flamingo is not a marketing CRM, data can be exported and imported into tools such as Mailchimp and Drip for email campaigns.
Yoast is the best on page optimisation plugin for WordPress websites.
I can optimise page titles and descriptions and use it to no index categories, tags and other unnecessary urls.
And connect search console to Yoast.
I binned Photoshop a couple of years ago and replaced it with the free version of Canva.
I use Canva for all my website and social media images.
Canva has the correct sizes for each social channel and templates that I can easily customise for speedy image production.
Once I’ve exported an image from Canva I upload to TinyPNG and optimise the image file size so my web pages load faster.
Great interface and solution for uploading and storing documents in the cloud.
In addition you can connect your Mac or PC so that Dropbox appears as a drive on your desktop.
Page Title and Description Checker
Before I moved my website to WordPress I used Page Title and Description Checker to check the title and description of a web page.
Too many small business and website owners don’t know how to utilise the full length of these fields or use them to write user friendly pages.
You can edit these fields with the tool in the browser then take a screenshot and sent it to a client or your boss or put it in an seo presentation.
Hunter.io – Find Email Addresses
Need to find the email address of people at a website then use Hunter.io.
You get 100 free credits.
If you’re doing link building you’ll need to use the paid plans but it’s not an expensive marketing tool.
VisualHunt for Royalty Free Images
VisualHunt curates various types of royalty free images for commercial and non commercial use.
You can search and save your favourites then download.
Just make sure you credit the photographer if you use on a website.
Snagit – free for 15 days
I have used Snagit for over 8 years to capture screenshots.
Yes it’s a paid tool but use it for free for 15 days and you will make a good investment.
I capture screenshots for presentations, pitches, website images and to communicate with my developers where there are issues with a clients website.
SEO Hero is a beta tool that helps you figure out what to write on your web page when you want to rank on page one.
It’s a topical page content creation and writing solution.
This is a very advanced tool for the expert SEO and content writer.
Google My Business
Google My Business at heart is a local businesses local listing tool.
But it provides so much more.
You can run basic advertising campaigns, boost blog posts, products, events, showcase your company through images and gather and share customer reviews.
I really love to use Google Posts to promote my latest blog posts.
Posts appear in the search results after users have searched your company name.
Write a headline and image and link to a web page and that’s you created a google post.
You can also share the post easily on other channels.
Web Page Word Count Checker
Sometimes I need to check the number of words on the top ranking pages.
I use Web Page Word Count Checker.
So I copy and paste the top 10 urls into this tool and get a word count summary.
Keywords Everywhere is a keyword research tool that pulls data from Google Planner.
It shows search volume, cost per click and related search data right in your browser.
It’s probably the best free keyword research tool but I do recommend paid tools for research.
Bear in mind that the data they pull is based on advertising volume and not organic search volume.
And you have no idea on the click rates or difficulty of ranking with this tool.
ps: remember with keyword research; just because they search doesn’t mean they click.
I use Quuu Discover to find out what people in my interest are interested in sharing and clicking.
This knowledge is useful because industry peers are the ones who have the people to link to your website.
And most of us in digital marketing know the importance of backlinks.
I mentioned that I take a lot of screenshots.
When you add these types of images to your website they can look very bland.
So with Screely you can upload your image and add interesting borders and backgrounds easily.
Very easy to use.
I used undraw for illustrations on my website that I redesigned last year.
There are hundreds of SVG images you can download and use.
The website lets you choose a colour so the illustrations match your brand styles.
You will need an SVG editor such as Sketch if you need transparent backgrounds for the illustrations.
If you struggle writing headlines in social media marketing activity such Facebook posts, social posts, adverts, email campaigns or web pages, then use headline generator.
You are asked 3 questions
- Who is your audience ? eg: local business owners
- What problem does your audience have ? eg: find new customers
- How do you solve your audiences problem ? eg: advertising
The headline generator produced the following headlines for me.
- Detailed Strategies to overcome finding new customers
- 7 Best ways to advertise your business
- How I cured finding new customers.
OK, you need to play with the words and the grammar, but this is a cool tool when you need a quick headline or inspiration.
Teleprompter iPhone App
Earlier this year I started to publish video content to LinkedIn.
Just as an experiment.
I hate talking to a camera and I say alot of ems and ahs during my sentences.
So I bought this little iPhone app to load up the text I’m going to read on screen.
You know just like they do on TV.
Honestly, this App is awesome.
Upload to type in the words you’re going to speak.
Press start, read the words and bingo.
YouTube is probably one of the greatest free marketing tools.
I leverage YouTube to get found by people looking for marketing related advice in a video format; not very well I hasten to add.
Videos embedded in your blog posts better engage website visitors.
Educational videos are shared clients and even prospects.
I educate clients with videos on YouTube so I don’t have to spend time and money traveling to their office.
And if I wanted to I could create a paid for subscription video service.
Here’s yours truly with a recent video communicating seo problems and solutions.
Google Trends is a handy digital marketing tool to look at general trends over time.
For example, in this article I looked at the popularity of email marketing, web design, graphic design, content management systems, SEO, inbound marketing and social media marketing trends.
Ahrefs is the best keyword research, competitor research and backlink analysis tool on the market.
If you don’t have a huge SEO budget then Ahrefs can help you with organic SEO strategies.
Both the Ahrefs blog and YouTube channel are filled with useful and actionable strategies to help grow your business organically.
SEO Hacks and Tips
A useful free keyword research tools; you can read my comparison guide; Ubersuggest v Ahrefs and make up your mind between the value each tools delivers.
Answer The Public
Answer The Public is a free digital marketing tool that scrapes related searches and questions from Google search results.
It’s an ok tool for marketing but anyone serious about their marketing agency of online marketing strategy would utilise Ahrefs for question related keywords.
The free version of SimilarWeb will help you estimate the total website traffic and search traffic of bigger websites.
You get a summary of where their traffic comes from and goes to.
You can also see the main sources of their traffic.
Drip Email Marketing
Drip is not very different than other email marketing software tools such as MailChimp.
I particularly like the feature that enables you to automatically send emails to those who did not open the first email they sent.
Drip have added designed email marketing templates that are ideal for small business owners like myself and e-commerce store owners.
Drip Marketing Automation
In addition to email marketing, Drip is also a marketing automation tool.
I wrote an in depth guide to using marketing automation with Drip here.
I use marketing automation to send emails to subscribers who purchased my keyword research services to a survey link after they purchase.
I also send automated emails to subscribers who visited my sales pages but did not order.
Additionally, I have Drip integrated with Facebook Lead Ads; so that I can send a series of follow up emails to prospects.
Convert Kit Marketing Automation
I am only in trial mode of Convert Kit but the software is similar to Drip or Active Campaign for web forms, email marketing and marketing automation.
Aimed primarily at bloggers they have a few features that Drip don’t have such as landing pages.
SEO Minion is a useful Chrome Extension that helps you discover the on page aspects of a web pages.
You can preview the page title, description, word count, header tags, alt tags and the open graph tags used on a page.
Harvest Billing, Invoicing and Time Tracking
You can use the free version of Harvest to do your customer billing and invoicing as well as integrate with Paypal and Stripe to speed up payments directly after sending the invoice.
In terms of project management you can use their time tracking feature, add in your hourly rate and then produce an invoice directly from your hours worked.
And that leads me onto Stripe.
Stripe enables me to collect and process online payments directly into your bank account.
I have Stripe connected to my Harvest billing account and also with my SEO membership programme.
The only downside is the bank settlement period; you wait 3 to 5 days for your payment to arrive in your bank account.
Facebook Pages iPhone App
A handy little app to create Facebook posts, review notifications and respond to messages.
Facebook Ads iPhone App
A handy tool to review the status of adverts you are running; check the clicks or other metrics.
I tend to use it more frequently to stop ads that aren’t running very well and revert back to the Power Editor for running new campaigns.
Voice Recorder for iPhone
Here’s what I told a client about how to create content.
The best way to write is install a voice recorder app on your phone such as Voice Recorder Pro for the iPhone.
Then just open up the image and the Voice App and just describe what you see and/or how you created the work.
The app will record a file that you can send to someone who can turn your words into written.
Just change the name of the file to match the image and send by email or SMS to your writer/editor.
SEO Audit Tool from Ahrefs
Great tool to audit your website.
You can identify on page issues, speed issues, duplicate content and other site issues.
A provide a full SEO audit service for websites with up to 500 pages.
XE Currency iPhone App
Handy little tool I use to convert dollars to sterling since I purchase a lot of services from non UK suppliers.
Notes app on iPhone
With Apple handshake I can type up notes on my iPhone and then open up the same Notes document on my iMac.
This saves me a lot of time when drafting web page outlines or writing copy for SEO when I’m out and about on a train.
Elementor for Landing Pages
Elementor have pre designed landing page designs and drop and drag content blocks that are ideal with websites powered by WordPress.
I probably spent about a day creating my SEO service landing page which allowed me to have a customised page outwith the default WordPress page and post layouts.
Elementor costs around $49 for an annual licence and well worth the investment.
LeadPages for Landing Pages
LeadPages is a drop and drag software solution for landing pages that can be used on a standalone basis or with an existing website.
You can FTP pages onto your own website server or use WordPress shortcodes to embed landing pages.
LeadPages purchased Drip a few years ago and the 2 solutions work fairly seamlessly.
Burst Images from Shopify
I sourced royalty free photographs from Burst; a stock photo site from Shopify.
I used these images for a recent website I created.
I used the Burst images in conjunction with images purchased from 123RF; although I would typically recommend bespoke images commissioned from a professional photographer.
Have I missed any tools ?
I’m sure you all have your favourite digital marketing tools; some of these tools should really be paid for; in my opinion.
I’d let you leave a comment but that just attracts spammers.