I keep seeing these widgets that show that "so and so just purchased this products X amount of time ago."
Provely.io is a new competitor and has an opening sales for as little as $8/month while their grand opening sale is going on.
https://useproof.com/ appears to have more features, but it's $29 a month and has a limit to the number of visitors
http/www.provely.io shows when people purchase, a few less features, and you can get it during their launch for $17/month ($8/month if you choose yearly). This also enables you to simulate purchases to get the ball rolling.
Social Warfare Plugin - The best tool for sharing things. I love that I can specify the tweet text and the image for Facebook, Pinterest, etc. This is once I don't wince when the subscription payment comes through
Siteground Web Hosting - 10 Years ago I would've sung the praises of Hostgator, and I thought Bluehost was OK. I do not recommend them at all, and I like Siteground. Their support is so much better. I also love Godaddy support, so I created coolerwebsites.com which is my GoDaddy reseller account
Divi Theme (Elegant Themes) - The most flexible WordPress theme I've used and still fairly easy to use (there is a bit of a learning curve, and you probably won't use all of its features). I DO NOT recommend Appendpipity themes. They were awesome, but from what I can tell, the lights are on but nobody is home. I am interested in checking out Thrive Themes, and Themify (very divi like)
Speaking of Websites and Wordpress Management, I LOVE ManageWP and recommend it to everyone who has a WordPress site.
Bomb Bomb Is a cool Video Email service that pays for itself every month I have someone share how cool it was that I sent them a personalized video
Acuity Scheduling is the best tool for Scheduling Appointments. I love that it works with Freshbooks so I can have people book consulting time, get paid upfront and have an invoice in my billing system.
In regards to project management, I love todosit.com
For automated Tweeting, I like Social Jukebox
If I was doing a contest I would use Contest Blitz
If I was creating an Affiliate Program, I would use iDev Affiliate
For Chat on a website, I love https://www.tawk.to/
Ecover Generator is a Tool to use from some of the lead magnets and you get lifetime access for $47.
Nimble is my favorite contact management Tool
Optin Monster continues to reign as the king of Pop-Ups and Opt-ins
Freshdesk is a GREAT Support tool if you want a ticketing/FAQ all in one
For Webinars I use Zoom.us
My favorite Affiliate Network (their new interface is AWESOME) is shareasale.com
The Last Episode of This Version of Weekly Web Tools
On July 28th, 2007 I started Weekly Web Tools as I was doing web design using Dreamweaver and I just started using Wordpress. I was my target audience. I was a person who wanted their websites to
Get more traffic
Convert When people arrive
Look Good doing it
Communicate better with our audience
I use to run into tools all the time, there were new things happening on a regular basis, and I could find great tools from companies (not marketers) and creating the podcast was pretty easy.
Fast forward 10 years later and instead of companies, tools are being launched by marketers who often would release a tool for a small period of time, and either pull the tool, go out of business, offer no support, raise their price, and in the end it was hard to find solid tools that I could recommend to you and be able to sleep at night.
My last episode was the straw that broke the camel's back. I found what appeared to be a cool tool, only to find to "Companies" who appeared to have stolen the code from each other, and one didn't work (its has since been fixed). So I spent the better part of two hours trying to figure out if I liked the tool.
To put it into a single question, after 10 years, I think I've found all the tools that I like, and I don't see a lot of creativity to make new tools that grab my attention.
I always thought I would get more input from the audience on what tools they used, and I did from certain people, but all in all, it was a very, very low percentage.
I don't plan on releasing any new episodes for the rest of 2017 unless something crosses my path. I plan on rebranding the podcast to be called "Small Business Tools" and it will be moved to a "when I have something to say" schedule. I'm also shutting down the Patreon account. I could switch to a patron account, where I am paid when I put out an episode but I've decided just to close it down.
Josh Rivers from CreativeStudio.academy
Ileane Smith from www.ileanesmith.com
Scott Johnson from Computer Tutor Podcast
I found proof software, which is a script that puts a notification at the bottom of your screen showing you that someone signed up for your product and how long ago.
The idea is "Everybody's doing it" so there is a fear of missing out tactic. The weird thing is their plans start at $29/month, and if you go through your 1000 unique visitors they automatically upgrade you to the next plan that is $79/month (you do get notified that you're over quota, and I'm not sure if you can shut off the service completely). See https://useproof.com/pricing
Fomo is a product that looks exactly the same except they don't charge on the unique visitors, but how many times the notification is shown (which to me sounded like a better deal). Except there is an issue, you can't order it (at least not no 9/28/17) See https://www.usefomo.com/pricing
There is a weird discussion on the history of these programs at https://www.producthunt.com/posts/notif
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I found a great plugin for $29 that is a super powerful ad rotation system, but it also will help you design the artwork. So you have all the things you need in one place.
You can sell ads based on
Pay per click
Pay per view
Pay per time
Group ads into a group and put them anywhere on your site
Trigger when a where an ad shows up.
This month at If you go to Themeforest.net
you will see in the middle of the page they give away a free Wordpress theme, free music, free Adobe templates, free 3d art and more. No shenanigans. They give away one free item a month
I came across a couple of companies that if you're constantly looking for royalty free items without breaking the bank, you might want to check out.
Graphicstock was not a concert in the 70's for graphic artists. It's a website with 380,00 images that you can get access to for $99 a year (kind of). You can download as many images as you want and those are yours forever. There are photos, illustrations, and vectors. You can sign up for a 7 Day free trial and take as many images as you want to. Check it out at graphicstock.com
With this site, you have access to 115,00 studio quality HD Clips. There are great looking stock videos, motion backgrounds and After Effects Templates. The price of membership is $149/year. Their website is videoblocks.com Here again, they offer a 7-day trial.
I love this site. Their sounds sound great. There isn't any cheesy music that was created on a Casio keyboard 9 years ago. They have music, sound effects, and loops. The interesting thing is most places will put some sort of beep or branding when you listen to their samples, and they don't. Their price is $99/year for unlimited downloads of any of their 100,000 tracks. Here again, they offer a free 7-day trial to download as many as you want that you can keep. See audioblocks.com
This is an impressive amount of photos, graphics, icons, and templates for $29/month Check it out at https://elements.envato.com/
Discourse: For Those Who Want a Cool Group Without Using Facebook.
Discourse is a from-scratch reboot, an attempt to reimagine what a modern Internet discussion platform should be today, in a world of ubiquitous smartphones, tablets, Facebook, and Twitter. If you wanted to create a community and didn't want to use a Facebook group, this would be something would want to look at. Don't get shocked when you see the $100/month price tag. That is if you choose to have them host it for you. It's open source, and you can use the software for free - you just have to install it.
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is a cool website that focuses on making social image FAST. They have an extension for Chrome and Firefox. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can highlight a quote on any website. Click on the Stencil icon extension on the top right of your screen to add to the Stencil canvas to create an image. The quote pops into the canvas!
They are integrated with buffer, so you can schedule an image (again the focus on fast, and convenient).
You can create up to 10 images for free per month. The first paid plan is only $9 a month and for that, you can create 50 images per month from over 1 million images, 200K icons, 575 templates, and you can upload your own fonts. You can even create logos and watermarks. The Unlimited plan is only $18/month
If you decide to go with the pro account ($9/month) and you're If you're at all unhappy with your PRO account within 7 days of upgrading, they will give you a full refund. I'm assuming that is the same for their unlimited plan as well.
Take it for a test drive at http://www.weeklywebtools.com/stencil
This is a cool tool software/app. That allows you to share text, links, images super fast.Check it out at www.pushbullet.com
Integrate with Gmail
Can be sent via a link (as you end up on a page)
Both integrate with other apps (but Bomb Bomb integrates more).
Bomb Bomb Can:
Do a video autoresponder
Segment different recipients and send email
You can customize the page that people are taken to watch the video.
Can track if someone has not only opened your email, but you are notified when they click the video
The page has a place where you can not only watch a video, but there is a chat box and a text box if you want to put links that you mention in the video. This might be good for teams.
In the end, Bomb Bomb has more polish. They appear to have more features as if they've had a few years head start (they did). If you have it in the budget and would like a video autoresponder, check them out. If you just want video email and don't care that the first frame of your video is awful (and want to kick the tires on the idea) then check out Loom.
In both cases, I've found video email gets great results.
Weekly Web Tools Supporters had access to a behind the scenes video of Loom. See www.weeklywebtools.com/support
Wordfence is a plugin that helps stop people from hacking your site. Today I read you all the different things that it blocks.
I was looking for a tool to make a directory of websites. To make a long story short, they are very hard to find. Almost all directories are created to help you find some address so it can be a local business directory or real estate, etc. I wanted something to list websites at Podcasting Resources.com
Then I remembered I had purchased a theme a while ago from PremumPress called "Responsive Directory Theme" which I don't feel is available anymore. They too have niched their directories into coupons, dating sites, instead of a once size fits all. I will say the tutorials to get up to speed, and the ability to somewhat customize the look is good. If you're looking to make a directory listing that is not zip code related, good luck. The PremiumPress Themes are $80.
There is one thing that makes it easy to find something you're looking for and that is to buy a product, and whatever you are looking for will jump out of the woodwork. This was the case with Web Directory 2.0. It is an all in one directory script, and for me, I like the looks of it as you can turn off the ability to submit a listing (as I just want my listings) you can charge (but I'm not ) for listing. The only thing that would be nice is a place to have advertisements, but I can always add an advertisement rotation plugin for that. The plugin is $34.
This Aparg Smart Add is sweet, you can create video ads, pop-up ads, adds that you can put in sidebars, you can have images, code, etc. The plugin is only $30, and if you are a person that is selling ads, you can limit their view and have them expire. It looks super flexible. It doesn't facilitate the sale of ads, but controls the view of the ads. For me, I'm not selling ads on my site, I would more than likely put affiliate products.
Facebook Messenger WordPress Plugin
Based on Facebook Messenger, this plugin runs like an instant messaging system. After setup, which is normally less than 2 mins, the blue badge of Facebook Messenger and the button Message Us on Facebook will appear on your pages.
Your customers find it convenient to ask about your products or services.
This plugin is sure to help your business with time and cost saving, yet obtain a prompt reply to visitors.
And what else, from those received messages, you will be able to build a rich customer base for online marketing and remarketing later on.
Here is a quick video
Special thanks to Scott Johnson who produces the Computer Tutor podcast where he gives weekly computer tips at www.computertutorflorida.com if you ever need some work done on your computer, Scott can often fix your computer remotely.
If you found all the options of Evernote a little overwhelming, when all you want to do it sync some notes in the cloud, then you might want to check out Simple Note. Another bonus of Simple Note is you can share a list, post some instructions, or publish your thoughts with other Simple Note users (like your family)
Scott is using it for simple things like a grocery list that is shared with his family, as well as notes that come up during the day.
One key point about Simple Note: backups, syncing, sharing — it’s all completely free
Thanks to everyone who helps pay for the podcast hosting, web hosting, email list, and all the other things that I use to create the podcast.
I've used Covideo in the past, but I had to go into my Gmail when I used it and change some settings that set off all sorts of security warnings. Their answer was to send it through their website. In the end, I ended up not using it and eventually unsubscribed.
I tried creating videos in Camtasia and uploading them and sharing them on a Google Drive. That strategy was free, but it took forever. So the BIG thing that bomb bomb delivers on is speed.
Their smallest package allows you to send video emails to 2500 people (unlimited emails and videos). It does not give you the ability to auto responders (drip), or create landing pages.
The individual plus plan $69 a month ($49 if you purchase a year) allows you to create landing pages, and send auto responders. It also gives you email and phone support. The smaller package you just have access to their tutorials (which are very good).
Check it out at www.weeklywebtools.com/bombbomb
Speed Up Videos For Free
As I was watching the tutorials for Bomb Bomb at 2X, I was euphoric I had the Video Speed Controller extension. It works on any HTML player (including Netflix).
Clean up the Typos
In the past, I've told you about Grammarly, but somehow I was not using it to its full potential. Now when I start an email message, a Facebook post, a forum post, etc. Grammarly is there to make sure I don't look like an idiot. As I type this now, i see that I have six issues in the above paragraphs that I will troubleshoot before publishing this. It's a great tool to stop those of us who are spelling challenged.
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Today we look at a cool tool that is a combination between tweetdeck, and meet edgar (or social jukebox). It is super versatile. See video at
Maybe you are a creative person, and you came up with a great product. The bad news is you're not a sales person, and you need some help with your marketing. Script Engage can help with this. Here is how it works. You enter your target audience (the avatar) and fill out a survey about your audience and what your product does. Script Engage has Copywriting Templates that then take the information you've entered, and created great Sales Copy that is going to convert. In watching the video, I like the idea. I don't buy into the "click a button and it's done theory." There was a tool I looked at previously called Script Doll. This is very similar, but the interface seems a little easier to use (not that Script Doll was hard) I think the bottom line with tools like this is they well take you further than you would on your own, and then you can add the special details that are specific to you and your product.
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I let an old website die on the vine and it got hacked, which lead to more of my sites getting hacked. Here is what I learned. The site lock protection that Host Gator sells for $10 is good against "baby" issues, if you need a real person to clean your site, you are looking at $80/month per website. For the record Site lock's support was great, but I was not happy when I found out the service I bought was more reactive, than protective.
I ended up using Sucuri who I've used in the past. Their support is good, and it is going to cost me around $200 a year. It's a pricey lesson learned. So always keep your site up to date.
I'm using manage wp for that, as I can login and update all my sites in one place. Also on my " do not use this anymore" list is bluehost. My sites are taking 10-15 seconds to load. When I get on their chat and wait 30 minutes, they are no help. I can barely do a post.
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Today I have two tools for GMAIL and they can save you some time and money.
Do you have an email that you send over and over to different people. Now you can do that with Google Canned Responses.
Go to setting and then go to the labs tab and you will see where you can enable it. (Supporters have a video showing your how to set these up. Become a supporter today for as little as $2 a month)
Send email campaigns from within GMAIL and get reports on how the campaign delivered. Technology in place to ensure you don't exceed GMAIL sending limits.
Built in follow tool allows you to get the most of your campaigns.
Do a mail merge with Google Sheets .
Check it out at www.weeklywebtools.com/gmass
Today we have an easy way to create support and educational videos and some tools for finding the best hashtags
Thanks to Mark Johanssen of podcastgeargroup.org for the tip on this.
Tools mentioned today
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Thanks to Daniel J Lewis of The Audacity to Podcast for sharing this tool. It's called Themifyflow which is from the Themify people who make premium themes and builders. Themiflow is more of a frame work, it's open source and powerful. Check out this video
Todd Gross is the new Nickleback. He was cool at first but over saturation is leading me to hate him. He seems to be THE GUY to promote every single marketing tools (and I understand, his job is to do voice over, and video work, but apparently he will promote anything - which I feel is bad for HIS brand). Today I play a clip from a video that is built on the backend of Facebook. Is sends automatic messages if you leave a comment. It even will switch up its messages if you leave two responses (cause people will never figure out that they are talking to a robot). My point is I know two companies now that have had tools that worked with Facebook (three if we count Soundcloud) and Facebook changes their backend on a regular basis and it breaks stuff.
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Lead pages has now got into the email list game with DRIP its super powerful, comes with a clean drag and drop functionality (18 different triggers) so it so its kind of Convertkit on steroids. The weird thing is (apparently) you can't order month to month. There are no options on their website. You can only order annual packages. You can try it free for three weeks.
Easy Quiz Player - Make Lists Building Fun
This is a great looking, powerful tool to create quizzes. These can be text, photos, videos, scales, and order questions. It looks great and professional. The best part if you can (with the pro plan) keep track of high scores and have tools to let the visitors brag about their score and invite their friends
Then you can later export the names and addresses. This could be a fund way to drive traffic and grow your list. I could see trying it for a month to see what happens
Check it out at www.easyquizplayer.com
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New Show on the Power of Podcasting Network: Alexa Cast
If you've been thinking about getting an Amazon Echo or Dot you can talk to Alexa, check out the Alexcast at alexacast.com to help you get the most out of your Amazon Echo, Tap, or Dot.
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If you are a web designer and have been thinking about adding mobile apps as a service to your customers, then today we have a tool for your.
You can build apps for iOs and Android and Web Apps.
Build apps with a drag and drop interface and point and click.
Easily build apps for restaurants, stores, bars, Coaches, gyms, Marketers, Media Organizations, Schools Governments and Churches.
Build and unlimited number of apps
Add unlimited pages
Add your QR code,
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Get analytics on the app and audio updates.
Each app has its own unique dashboard. To make it super-easy to find and manage, each app you build and sell will have it’s own unique admin panel, enabling you to keep an eye on your overall operations with just one glance
From this back office, you can easily edit and update apps, send push notifications and in-app messages, manage coupons and special offers, track your user base and easily view sales and app owners can have a personal at a glance view from this dashboard.
You can give your users access to this dashboard and charge them for the privilege… Or why not offer an extra service and manage it all for them…and charge them a monthly fee! (For hardly any extra work on your part!)
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Divi 3.0 Allows You To Edit From the Front of Your WordPress Website
I've been a big Divi fan, but the latest version of the popular theme allows you to edit your site from the front end, so no more switching back and forth check out this video
I've used Schedule Once. I switched to Appointlet because I wanted to charge people for my consulting calls. Appointlet was $30 a month. It was a fee I would put up with to avoid chasing down invoices. Then I heard about Acuity Scheduling. If you are a person that books their time, this is HANDS DOWN, as in no contest the best scheduling tool. Here is why.
I can create multiple types of appointments (if I want to go there each with their own time constraints)
It syncs with any calendar out there (both ways)
I can customize my schedule page, and it embeds in everything (they even have a Wordpress plugin)
I can create coupons and/or products to upsell.
I can have a separate link for each appointment type. For me I have one link for consulting (which involves fees) and another for interviews (which are free)
It integrates with a ton of stuff. For me, it creates a client, and an invoice in Freshbooks.
It accepts a stripe and paypal (I'm using both).
The best part is all of this is $10 a month. If I go $20 a month I get reminder emails and text message
If you go to the $36/month they take off the " “Powered by Acuity” on scheduling page.
In three words. I love it.
There is also a free plan, and a free trial. Check it out at acuityscheduling.com
I've been using tawk.io for a while as my chat system. It works. shows me what people are looking at, and I can load it on multiple websites. It also acts as an app on my computer. Recently the people who created Fresh desk ( a ticketing and support system I love) released Fresh chat. This is super simple, light and fluffy. You can edit the text and appearance of your chat box, specify what information you need before you join the chat. With freshchat they say "With contextual information available in Freshchat, you can make a decision to manually or automatically, and send targeted messages to the people who you think are interested in your product."
Right now it's free, and while I like the interface and tools, I didn't see anything that inspired me to move off my current system, but I need to kick the tires a little harder to make sure I'm not missing anything.
Check it out at freshchat.io
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Hotjar.com is one of the jaw droppign tools I've found in a while. If you want to know what is going on with your website, this takes ALL the guesswork out of it. You have heat maps, Recordings of your visitors (like I said, no guesswork) as well as suveys and polls. The best part is you can try it out for free. Check it out at www.hotjar.com
Want to know what got the most tweets? Mytoptweets.com goes over the last 3200 tweets and gives you the results. Want to know what the top tweets of your competitor is? Yep, you can see that too. Check it out at www.mytoptweets.com
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Dave explains how Zapier seems more "business oriented" see Zapier and ManageWP - Automation and Time Savings Both IFTTT and Zapier have free versions.
Dave uses Zapier
To add customers from Appointlet to his Freshbooks
Adds new students from Thinkific to Nimble
Then adds a task to Nimble to check on the entry
It will tweet out when a new episode is out from Weekly Web Tools
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Freshsales.io is a free CRM tool. For me I wanted a tool that was a simple place to store my contact, and track tasks and this will do it and send me email reminders when a task is due. It also has a mobile app.
They have an extensive knowledgebase, but for me, I want a video tutorial that I can play on 2X to blow through the video manual and get to work. I know why companies don't do this.
1. English may be language number two for them.
2. They have to update the videos when they update the software.
For me, I found it frustrating. In all not a bad tool. I wil lstay with Nimble as it checks my social sites as well and does everything (maybe not territories) that freshsales.io does.
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