9 Free Tools I Cannot Do Without

There’s nothing quite like getting something you want, need, or can make good use of. That’s especially true when the item is free, absolutely free.

I mean no out-of-pocket cost. Nada bucks. It costs you nothing. That’s free. You don’t have to sit through a boring, lengthy webinar. Or give up your email address and go through numerous up-sell pages. Free is best when you go to a website and get the goods.

Well, here’s my gift to you today. These free tools serve me well. They are useful and I use them often. You can upgrade to paid versions if you wish. I’ve done that when absolutely necessary. Otherwise I go with the free version. Click on the name and go directly to the web site.

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6 Favorite Free Applications

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Like most of you I spend lots of time working on my Internet businesses. I’m always on the lookout for time-saving applications that actually save time and help me organize my files and to-dos.

There’s no sense complicating a business that promises fewer hours with greater return. The following is a list of my most favorite application programs. I use them constantly. They definitely work for me simplifying my work day.

I encourage you to check them out. My word of caution – do not download unless you believe you will actually use an app. Why clutter your PC or laptop with stuff. Download only what you will use. Keep your PC, Mac, and all mobile devices clean.

You can thank me later.

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Is Social Media Good for Business?

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So you have a website, do you also need social media?

Yes, you do.

It’s good for business.

I’m active on virtually all popular social media sites. Each has its unique user types with some overlap. Users favor one social media over others. They may be active on several. But they favor one and spend more time with it.

I post to the most popular. This allows me to repurpose content. No reason to post only original content for each site. Simple headline changes are a must. Reworking some wordage is important.

These simple things give me better standing with Google and ranking. Google wants fresh, unique content. Taking a moment or two – and that’s all it takes – gets the job done. Google’s web crawling spiders like change to content, no matter how small.

I like social media’s immediacy. Something comes to mind and I post. I use Buffer. It allows me to schedule posts to several social sites at one time. I set social media posts for a week at a time.

There’s a strong return from social media. That’s especially true when followers share posts. The reach is exponential. I shared an item on Google+ that astounded me with the response.

Granted Google+ is not a priority. Many expect it to go away any hour. But this one graphic with a product link got nearly 20,000 clicks! I learned this only when checking my stats for that product and traced a jump to Google+.

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