Let’s face it, as small business owners and entrepreneurs, we’re all looking for ways to save time and frustration. We’re always on the lookout for shortcuts to all things that will represent us and our companies as the fabulous entities we are. Finding great tricks to improve our online presence is no exception. Each of these tools will do just that for you, and every one of them is FREE!
For Website Direction: WhatWPThemeIsThat.com
If you’re planning to build your site (or have it built) with WordPress, you’ve seen a website that really blew you away and you’d like to do something similar with your website, this tool is for you. It’s not always easy to tell what theme is being used, especially if there’s no WordPress theme link or name provided in the footer.
If you know your way around your browser enough to reveal the HTML source, you can hunt down the info that way. Otherwise, use this service to find out. Besides discovering what theme is being used, you’ll be able to see what plugins are active on the site.
For Professional Quality Graphics: PicMonkey.com
For everything from your Facebook Cover Photo to illustrated quotes and other fun things you can use in your social media, on your website and for your blog posts.
PicMonkey makes photo editing and graphic design easy and accessible to everyone. In their words, they “want your images to show your creativity, your style, your spot-on brilliance” because they want you to “rock the universe”. I’ll have some of that!
Oh, and pssst… if you’re looking for a photo editor like Picnik…yep, that’s them. Here are just a few examples of things you can do with PicMonkey:
Thanks to Lynn Bardowski, Million Dollar Party Girl, for sharing her PicMonkey creation!
For Content Curation: Alltop.com
Alltop collects headlines from the best sites and blogs that cover any given topic. Then they “aggregate” them into individual web pages displaying the five most recent headlines pulled from the information sources as well as their first paragraph. Topics run from adoption to zoology with photography, food, fashion, automobiles, and more along the way.
You can think of Alltop as the “online magazine rack” of the web. They subscribe to thousands of sources to provide “aggregation without aggravation.”
For Custom Facebook Tabs: WooBox’s HTML Fangate App
Display anything you want using HTML, an uploaded image or a URL; perfect for bits of code generated by other apps like your e-mail marketing program to add an opt-in form to your Facebook Page. It’s free, feature-packed, and extremely popular.
Custom Tab Icons Use your own tab icon or select one from the library
Fangate Your Content Show content to users only after they Like your Page
WYSIWYG Editor Makes it easy to create and make changes to your tab without typing HTML
Custom Tab Name Default is Welcome, but you can rename it whatever you like
Image Hosting Woobox will host your images for you – no hosting account required
Totally Free & No Branding Not even a powered by link
Just for Fun: Meme Generator
You’ve seen them everywhere on social media – Grumpy Cat, Yoda Wisdom, The Most Interesting Man in the World, Fist Pump Baby and so on. With Meme Generator, you can create your own memes with custom captions to amaze and amuse your audience. For example:
So there are 5 of my favorite online presence tools – I have a ton of ‘em! – I sense a blog post sequel brewing!! What are some of the online tools that make your website, social media marketing and/or e-mail marketing life easier?
Award-winning web professional Bonny Clayton, aka Your Web Chick, offers web design, support and maintenance for small business, with a specialty in WordPress.
A Tech Geek with a Creative Streak℠, she helps small business owners and entrepreneurs everywhere establish and maintain their online presence. She is committed to serving them according to their needs, whether that means “giving them a fish” or “teaching them to fish”.
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