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A couple of months ago the our old domain name (themarketingguy.net) had expired and we never renewed it. We never reviewed it because of a couple of reasons. The first reason was because our old domain name contained ‘the’ which is a stop word. A stop word is a word that is commonly used and is automatically programmed to be removed because it is so common.

Having a .co end prefix on our domain name would also hopefully help us to rank higher in search engines. This is because a .co domain name is usually more popular than a .net domain name.

We have since updated the domain name to http://www.marketingguy.co which we think is a easier to remember domain name.

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17 Free Tools That Entrepreneurs Should Use to Boost Their Business

It can be hard when you are running your own business. Money gets tight, and every penny tends to count. Sometimes you can’t even afford to buy a can of beans to eat. You have to live like a homeless guy, trying to scrape every little scrap together.

With the launch of our new book; Don’t Work Hard, Work Smart: Tools, Apps and Resources that Every Blogger and Entrepreneur Should Use (That Are Completely Free & Awesome), we thought we would compile a list of the best free tools and resources.

The tools featured in this book are some of the best free tools out there. These tools and resources featured in the book are used by some of the worlds top entrepreneurs such as Tim Ferriss and Seth Godin among many others.

The book features hundreds and hundreds of resources to help you grow your business and take it to the next level.

Pixlr – This is one of the best photo editing tools I have ever used. It is just like Photoshop the only difference is it is completely online and completely free to use. You can edit your images, add filters and layers to them and modify them how you like.

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Pixlr comes as three main versions. Pixlr Editor which is the full photo editing tool, Pixlr Express, which is a quick way to make changes and quick fixes to images and Pixlr O-Matic which adds retro effects and borders to images.

Pixlr is just as good as Adobe Photoshop and has a whole lot of features without the expensive price tag that Photoshop comes with.

GIMP – GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program and is an open source free graphic design software similar to Adobe Photoshop. It’s available for Linux, Windows and Mac.

The video below shows you how to use GIMP. This video is a beginners guide to using GIMP but GIMP is so easy to use that you will be a pro in no time!


There are all the standard tools you would expect from such software like cloning, colouring, enhancement tools, etc.

Logo Garden – Another great website that provides free professional looking logos. It’s very easy to use and is as simple as pick and click.

The logos that you can create on Logo Garden do not long cheap or tacky at all and look very professional. I love the variety of different logos you can choose from and the easy pick and click tools makes it so simple.

Over a million entrepreneurs have already used this. Why not join them?

Flickr – Flickr is a photo sharing website that has millions of photos shared by its users. Flickr contains many great photos and images and you may find what you are looking for on Flickr.

Some users on Flickr offer their photos and images under a Creative Commons (CC) License. Make sure you pay attention to what the photo requires. A photo with a Creative Commons License usually requires you to give credit the photographer of the photo.

I use Flickr to find some awesome photos for my blog. It truly has some great photos that enhance your blog posts and articles and make them look so much better.

You know what they say, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’.

Any.Do – Any.Do is an app available for smartphones on most Smartphones. It helps you keep track of things you have to do. Say if you have to ‘send an email to John’ you can put in a date and it will remind you and tell you that you have to send an email.

A good thing about Any.Do is that every morning it will bring up your to do list and allow you to plan your day. This allows you to complete more tasks and complete your to do list quicker.

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It has a nice simple design and the cross-platform support means you can use it on whatever device you want including your smartphone, tablet or computer.

You can also use Any.Do to send short term and long term goals for you and your business. Any.Do syncs well with its sister calendar app. I highly recommend using this app as it will improve your productivity.

RescueTime – All you have to do is install this piece of software and it will run quietly in the background and you won’t even realise it’s there. RescueTime tracks how much time you spend on websites and other applications and gives you a report of where you are actually spending your time.

The free version allows you to set goals, track how long you are spending in websites and applications and gives you a weekly report. Very handy for improving time management.  The premium version is only $7 a month or $72 a year and comes with a handful of premium features such as the ability to block distracting websites.

42goals – A simple tool that helps you keep track of your goals and helps keep you accountable.  With this tool you can set up your goals, track your daily progress and visualise your achievements.

This is a great tool for your business life and personal life. The great thing about 42goals is it is free! It is only $5 a month to use the premium package if you wanted to upgrade. As it’s a web based app, there is no installing required or any wasting time.

Cliché Finder – Do you find yourself using the same word over and over again and continually having to repeat yourself. Cliché Finder helps you weed out the repetitive words in your sentences.

All you have to do is simply copy and paste the text that you would like to check and click find. It’s as easy as that.

Google Keyword Planner – Google Keyword Planner is usually used for Google AdWords campaigns however you can use it for researching titles for your blog posts or articles.

Basically you can search for a word and Google will tell you the competition of the keyword based on the Google search engine and how many people are roughly searching for that particular keyword.

LibreOffice – LibreOffice is open source software similar to Open Office and boasts all the features that Open Office has. It includes the same applications as Open Office such as Writer, Impress, Draw, Calc and Base however it differs through usability and community support.

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Why pay for Microsoft Office or any other Office suite software when you can get LibreOffice that is just as good as Microsoft Office. The best thing about LibreOffice is that it is totally free!

LibreOffice is available to download for free and is compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac computers.

Just Retweet  – You can use this tool to get your tweets retweeted and liked more and also to get more followers to your Twitter account. This service is completely free and you can also use it with Facebook and Google Plus to get more likes and +1s.

A very helpful tool if you want to build up your social following

Kindle – Kindle is one of the best reading apps made by web giants Amazon. I highly recommend Kindle for its simple design and awesome user interface. With the Kindle app you also can shop from more than 2 million books which include best sellers and new releases.

This is one of the best eBook readers in the market. Kindle is available on all platforms including iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones and tablets, Windows 8 devices and computers and more. The best thing is you don’t need a Kindle to download the app.

I use Kindle to discover amazing new titles that are breath-taking to read. I also use it to find great books to learn from.

Plus from time to time Kindle have free promotions on, so you may be able to pick up your favourite book completely free.

You also get access to free samples of books and with Amazon’s Whispersync technology – you can save and sync your books to read on all of your devices.

Want to make money creating your own eBooks that you can sell on Amazon: Click here

Flipboard – Flipboard your personal magazine and allows you to add any topics, subject or news that interests you. There is a wide array of topics that you can choose from, over 30,000.  You can chose from business, advertising, gaming, entrepreneurship, music and many more.

You can find out all about news in the local and national area while also including international news.

It has great and unique user interface that is simple and elegant.

The video below shows you how to use Flipboard and what you can do with it.

Flipboard is available on Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Nook and Android devices

HipChat – HipChat is a messaging app with a difference, it is aimed at businesses. There is group chat, 1 on 1 chatting and screen sharing as well as the ability to share videos, images and audio files. It’s available for all major platforms including smartphones, tablets and computers.

Wave – Wave makes all your accounting, payroll and invoicing simple. You can create unlimited invoices using Wave completely for free while also doing your accounting and bookkeeping completely for free.

Even if you are not an accountant Wave makes it simple to understand.  You can even use Wave on your mobile device to access your accounts.

CuteRank – Want to see what your website is ranking for in the search engines? You can with this software! All you have to do is download it onto your computer and you can check 1 website and keep track of the keywords it is ranking for.

It allows you to track unlimited keywords on all the popular search engines including Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask and it has many more features.

Quantcast – Quantcast provides you audience demographics and allows you to measure where your audience is coming from. You can check the page rank of yours and your competitor’s websites as well as monthly visitors, age of people visiting your site, income and many other demographics.

The great thing about Quantcast is that it allows you to compare your sites activities with your competitors so you can see where you need to improve your site. Another good thing about this tool is that Quantcast is completely free to use.

Don’t Work Hard, Work Smart: Tools, Apps and Resources that Every Blogger and Entrepreneur Should Use (That Are Completely Free & Awesome) is available to download completely free on Amazon from 25/11/2014 to 27/11/2014.

In Don’t Work Hard, Work Smart you will find hundreds of completely free tools, apps and resources to help you grow your business and take it to the next level.

The tools, resources and apps featured in this book are used by successful entrepreneurs like Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss and Pat Flynn.

Make sure you download your free copy before it’s too late.

I would appreciate it if you could leave an honest review of the book as this lets other people discover it.

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35+ Things You Didn’t Know About Blogging

Before one is able to learn lessons from writing a blog, first thing is first. You need to know what a blog is. So then what is a blog? A blog can be defined as frequently updated personal journals or dairy, that is often posted on the web to be viewed by many people.   Blogging allows you to express yourself to the world. It allows you do literally do some soul searching as sometimes you share very personal experiences with other. You also get to write things that you have a passion for, for example you can write a blog about playing sports.  So in a nutshell a blog is like having your own personal website, which you will update from time to time.

Here are some other definitions of blogging:

“…the first journalistic model that actually harnesses rather than merely exploits the true democratic nature of the web. It’s a new medium finally finding a unique voice.”–Andrew Sullivan

“[a] collection of posts…short, informal, sometimes controversial, and sometimes deeply personal…with the freshest information at the top.”–Meg Hourihan

So now that we have accomplished that, another question enters into your mind. Who blogs? The people who would often blog are fearless people who are willing to post events that often occur in their lives. Daily millions of people, from all parts of the world, write their blogs. Many different types of blogs are posted daily, some sad, some that make you laugh, or cry, some you even learn from. As you read about someone history you can often learn from advice or even draw a lesson from a mistake they had committed. Blogs come in all different shapes and sizes.

Why do people blog?

Everyone may have their own personal reason why they blog. But one thing is for sure, people blog because they wish to make their voice be known. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. As humans we often tend to want our opinion to be known. The fact of the matter is that is not a crime, everybody has a different point of view on different situations. Using the Internet as a medium allows someone to do so. People that blog have a higher probability of reaching out, as the Internet is used 99.99% of the time by millions of people. Another great thing about blogging is that you are your own boss. No one will tell you that you are late for work, or you’re fired. You create your own time, and work on your own schedule. It can’t get any better than that! Can it?

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What lessons can be learned from Blogging?

There is little slang that goes like this, “the sky is the limit” there are millions upon millions of things that can be learned from blogging.  Each person’s brains operate differently; so many different concepts can be drawn, from a person blogging.  Here are just a few lessons that can be learned, as mentioned before, the sky is the limit!

  • Your ability to use the internet expands

An average person may understand a thing or two about using the internet. But until you actually start to operate and build a website, your knowledge will start to increase. Sometimes we may even need to get some professional help. Not to burst anyone’s bubble it boils down to your computer skills and all the little tricks that need to be done here and there.

  •  Am I an excellent writer?

This is a very essential concept. Why? Well, because you need to know how to catch the attention of your readers. You need to have a good attention grabber. So if the person was just skimming through, your content or blog will let them stop and take a few minutes to read what you have posted. I mean, come on, would you want your reader to be yawning when they are reading? Don’t think so. So you may consider spicing it up with some good humor. So the next time the person viewing would want to read your work again. Let them be in a state of desperation, let them be eager, give them some good cliff hangers, especially if you are writing a story.

  • Am I giving good advice?

If you are writing a blog that gives advice, consider writing something that you are very knowledgeable about. For example; if you coached the local kids basketball team, you may want to start writing about basketball, write about something you are good at and enjoy.

  • Don’t wait for the opportunities, just create them.

The beauty of blogging is that you don’t need to ask anybody for permission. Just start a site, choose a name and you are will on your way.

  • Time Management

Do you set aside time every day to check for new comments and discuss the comments that comes in? Even though you are your own boss it may be wise to consider checking your comments from time to time.

  • Am I writing for the right age group?

Choosing the right age category is very essential. Would you want a child to be reading adult content?

  • Am I really blogging?

Have you helped your readers see how blogging is different from other writing? Can they drill down to the essence of something, add images and use hyperlinks?

  • Exploring your options

Have you exposed your readers to great blogs so that they can discover what makes a blog appealing and interesting?

  • I am worth more than just 9 to 5

A blog is a perfect side hustle and will make you feel productive every day — especially if your actual job leaves you unfulfilled. Plus, your blog could ‘wow’ an employer and help you move on to a better situation.

  • Relationships count

As you start to build a blog site you can to ensure that you build a relationship with the persons who will be viewing your work. It is the comments that you receive helps to make your blogging better.Justin_Long_Freelance_Camp_2012

  • All I needed to do was to light the spark

As with any writer the hardest thing is to find the right words to place on paper. Once you have chosen the right topic and have an outline, the rest is like making macaroni and cheese. And we all know that it’s a pretty easy meal to make. It can be done in about 10 minutes.

  • The fastest way to get better is to let your guard down

Allowing yourself to digest a few criticisms may be a plus in your writing career, in the sense that you can learn from any mistake that you make. Also taking advice from the comments can build you.

  • Is my work scannable?

One of the most important tips for online writing, you would want to ensure that your work is presentable.

  • Choose a good theme

Customising a theme is fun, but you’ll need to learn some CSS and maybe even PHP. You get get some great themes from Woo Themes or Thesis themes, both of these sites have some amazing themes and some are even for free.

  • Choose the right Word Press plugins

Not all Word Press plugins are made equally, some are great but others can break your site.

  • Create self-hosting

Self-hosting offers more control than hosting on WordPress.com. It may also be more economical. Hosting isn’t expensive either. It is very much affordable and there are a variety of hosts to choose from. We use Bluehost to host The Marketing Guy as it is cheap and their customer service is exceptional but you can also use Hostgator and JustHost.

  • Ensure your website is up to speed

A good webpage should load in less than eight seconds. If it takes longer, visitors will leave. Consider using pingdom.com  to time how long your website takes to upload.

  •  Choosing the right Headline

Headlines are as important – if not more important – than the blog post itself. You want to pick a headline that intrigues the user to click on your article but doesn’t give too much away. Think about your favorite newspaper and magazines. How do they captivate your attention with their headlines? Try imitating what they do and use it on your blog.

  • Brainstorm your topics

It’s probably a wise good idea to keep a month’s worth of posts in reserve. This way your writing will flow, you won’t get writers block.

  • Add a little flair

Pictures – notably featured images – are almost as important as words.

The second part of this article is slightly different. It is about making money online and the internet. The internet is a very profitable place and there is tons of money to be made, you just have to know where to look.

Everybody dreams of it. A question often asked by many people. How can I make some money online? In a world strapped down with economic crisis that is all a person can think about. How can I make some extra money? Which makes you think, does money really make the world go around? Guess it does. We all need money to survive through our daily basic necessities.  Sometimes I would often wonder why people would say, “Your bread is buttered on both sides”, and I come to the conclusion that, hey they must be making some extra somewhere, somehow.  Then I think again, well if they can do, why not me? So let’s explore our options and see how we can make some money online.

  • Getting Money Back for Regular Online Purchases You Make

Well this is very interesting. Let’s find out some more details, shall we?

  • eBates – [Free $10 gift card after your first $25 purchase.] what a promotion! I know I would love things, imagine I spend $25 and I get a free $10 gift card. Where can I find this deal? Some stores that offer this promotion are, Wal-Mart, Sears, Target, and the list goes on.

 

  • Revenue Sharing Article/Bookmarking Websites

 

Writing and posting articles online is one of the best ways to start making money online, if you are a newbie. It pretty much costs nothing to get started. Some article sharing websites include HubPages and Squidoo.

 

  • Peer to Peer Lending

Peer-to-peer lending is an interesting concept, because it allows individuals to secure relatively large loans without getting a bank involved.  And that’s good news for anyone. Who would want this opportunity and best of all no banks involved, which means no high interest. On its face, it sounds like a risky proposition, but these P2P lending sites generally have good measures in place to mitigate your risk (not to mention, you’re compensated for this risk by earning very high interest rates). Try using Lending Club or Prosper.

  • Freelancing

This is a great way to make money online. Some available sites are Elance, oDesk, Microworkers, just to name a few.

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  • Email Marketing

This is one of the oldest methods of making money online.  It also allows you to stay in touch with people who follow your website, blog or brand. There are many email list providers but the two most popular ones out there are Aweber and MailChimp.

 

  • Pay Per click Advertising

There are some people who make a living with PPC ad campaigns, so it’s definitely a viable way to make money online, either as a publisher or advertiser.

 

  • Answering Questions / Giving Advice

There are several sites that allow you to make money by answering people’s questions online.

 

  • Selling Products You Own

When we think of “making money online,” we often immediately think about affiliate marketing or selling digital products. But has the taught crossed your mind of selling your own stuff? Could be stuff you don’t really need, or use. Have an online garage sale.

 

  • Selling Products You Designed

This a great way to earn some cash online. You are able to sell stuff you designed, for example T-Shirts, mugs, and etc. very economical means of making money online.

 

  • Taking Surveys

What a way to earn some cash.  There are many sites available that do this, for example, Dollar Surveys, Opinion out post, and the list is endless.

 

  • Selling your Photos online

There are sites that are available that allow you do this.  Shutterstock, Dreamstime, etc…

 

  • Tutor or Teach Online

This is a very effective means, as millions of students worldwide seek these services. A very popular site you can use to start teaching online is Udemy.

  • Copywriting/ Sales

Copywriting and being able to sell through words is one of the most all-around useful skills on the internet and possibly life. Copywriting is being able to write in such a way to persuade people to do something. The battle is to hold people’s attention. It’s a skill that will soon become indispensable. Once you can sell well, you’ll always make money, no matter what business you’re in, or where you are.

  • Internet Marketing 

Internet marketing is the art of pointing eyeballs at a certain piece of online real estate. Whether it’s through advertising someone else’s product for a 50/50 cut, ranking sites for popular keywords to sell your own advertising, or drive people to an email list to pitch them on some product, internet marketers are always culling people and pushing them towards a certain something.  Internet marketing is also unpredictable. You can work on a dozen projects over a year and earn nothing, and then suddenly have a tiny project you didn’t care about make six figures.

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  • Web Design

If you have skills in this area, this is the perfect chance to make some cash online. There are millions that seek this service daily. So why not explore your option? The fact is, most people hire people to build a website because they know them. There’s no centralized expert design firm or anything. There’s no industry standard. And the clients have no idea what makes a site good or bad, so they just make due with the lump of crap that’s handed to them.

  • Creating Mobile Apps

Mobile Apps exist for almost everything today. You can actually make a lot of money creating simple apps that people find useful, funny, or entertaining. The business model is very modest. A lot of money can be earned creating simple apps; they can either be entertaining, funny, or even educational.  You can probably charge for download or even sell advertising space in your apps. Use Andromo to create apps at a very competitive price.

  • Publish on Kindle

So what is your talent? What can you place on kindle that can earn you some cash? If you enjoy writing, why not publish an eBook. You can write an eBook that gives people some advice, or maybe some delicious recipes? The choice is yours. You don’t even have to worry afterwards, because Amazon will take care of the rest.

You don’t need a payment processor, website, or even a domain name. Just write your eBook and upload it to Amazon. Once it is approved it will automatically become available to millions of Kindle users.

 

  • Affiliate Marketing

First thing that needs to get done, is to find a very good niche, one whereby a lot of people send on.  Secondly find relevant products to support the niche. Next, drive traffic, on the landing page, where you can presell the products. Without targeted traffic you cannot make money with affiliate marketing.As-Seen-On-TV-artwork-edited

  • Offline Marketing

As with any business marketing is the key to success. Marketing strategies are the back bone to every business. As this is what allows the company to generate profits. Many offline businesses are now realizing that they need and online presence.  There are some businesses that currently exist without even having a website or even a face book fan page.

  • Video Marketing

You don’t have to be rich and famous to become a celebrity. Once you are able to make a video by all means do so.   You can simply make a video about basically anything of your choose. Once you have done so upload it on YouTube.  YouTube also offers their partner program that allows you to not only customize your channel, but also to earn revenue from ads being displayed inside your videos. Imagine you can become a famous celebrity from just posting videos on You Tube.

There are many different ways out there you can make money online. You just have to keep on being consistent and keep on going. Sometimes times may get hard but you have to keep on going.

Blogging is very much of a long term game. You have to set up your blog, add content, get people coming to your blog and then maybe several months down the line you start making a little a bit of money. Don’t think that your blog is going to become an overnight success and become the next Pro Blogger, because it probably won’t. It requires a lot of hard work and effort but if you keep on doing it, you can create a blog with massive amount of following.

I would like to thank you for reading this article and hope you have learnt a lot from this article. This article is kinda long but it does include a lot of information. If you found this article helpful then I would appreciate it if you could share it.

How much money are you making from your blog? What techniques do you use to monetize your blog. We’d love to hear from you, leave your comment in the comment section below!

25 Reasons to Write a Business Blog

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Without doubt, business blogging is the most powerful and cost effective marketing tool I have ever encountered. It’s also extremely enjoyable. Business blogging is a marketing tactic that uses blogging as a tool to increase online visibility of a website and increase traffic. A website may have a blog about a certain subject and write about that certain subject. For example; Twitter and Facebook both have personal business blogs that increase online visibility of their site.
Here are 25 reasons, why I recommend business blogging to you.

  1. Business blogging encourages you to keep learning, so you have something useful to share.
  2. Business blogging can generate regular (daily), targeted business leads. The caveat here, is that you need to learn how to write well and how to market your blog.
  3. Business blogging is the best way to build a huge, targeted, professional network. You don’t need Linkedin or any other network, when thousands of people already know who you are, exactly what you do and how to contact you.
  4. Business blogging allows you to reach people… lots of people, with your message. That’s because blogging scales to infinity. In other words, a post can reach one person or a million people, yet it still takes you the same amount of time to write it.
  5. Business blogging is more fun than watching prime-time TV.
  6. Business blogging is also far more rewarding than watching TV.
  7. Business blogging publicly demonstrates your ability to show up regularly. Reliability is highly valued in business.
  8. Business blogging provides a showcase for your knowledge. This is enormously valuable. People who hire me, know all about my work long before they ever speak with me.
  9. Business blogging increases your professional profile, as new people discover you and your work every day.
  10. Business blogging gives you the best tool on the planet, for building a community or tribe.
  11. Business blogging gives you a voice. If you have something important to say, people will hear you. This is especially the case if you stick with blogging, for long enough to build a large readership. How long does that take? About a week longer than the typical blogger is prepared to invest, before she gives up.
  12. Business blogging sometimes inspires people to email you, to say how your work helped them. This is far more rewarding than most people imagine.
  13. Business blogging makes you a more informed reader, as you understand the work and creativity that people put into their written work.
  14. Business blogging causes you to have to regularly dig down deep, really deep, to find something worth sharing. That sounds like hard work, but just as lifting weights builds your physical muscles, digging down deep builds your mental muscles.
  15. Business blogging makes you a better communicator. I’m convinced that regular blogging has improved my communication skills across the board, not just in writing.
  16. Business blogging is a great way to meet new people, especially if you publish a link to your email, on every post and page of your site as I do. (It’s on the sidebar.)
  17. Business blogging makes you a lot better at asking questions.
  18. Business blogging also encourages you to question your own opinions, to ensure they stand up to scrutiny and are worthy of your readers.
  19. Business blogging encourages you to regularly do research, increasing your own knowledge base.
  20. Business blogging can get you recognised in the mainstream press
  21. Business blogging allows you to build fantastic contacts.
  22. Business blogging teaches you to look at things from more than one perspective.
  23. Business blogging provides you with a creative outlet, which helps you grow as a person. In fact, blogging has been the most powerful professional development tool I have ever used or researched.
  24. Business blogging ensures you remain constantly curious… this is priceless.
  25. Business blogging allows you to build a business asset, which grows in value with every passing week.
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