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Welcome, this directory has grown and been updated over the years.  Some categories are regrettably old, some listings are out of business, some are recent.  Want more?  Check out our good friend Robin Good's Tools.

 


 

Software for Entrepreneurs

 

Small Business Toolkit

 

LinkedIn Tricks

 

 

Google

Tired of waiting a few minutes for each LinkedIn search?  Do a blazing fast search on Google in a few seconds.  Use the phrase "site:linkedin.com" in your search to return only results from LinkedIn.  Now this doesn't always work.  Some people make public only a limited part of their profile, or none at all.  But it's a good place to start.   Search example -

http://www.google.com/search?q=site:linkedin.com+"marc+freedman"

 

LinkedIn software

 

Lead Generation

 

 

RIP

LinkedinContactManager (thanks while it lasted, Arnnei!), LinkedInaBoxe.

 

 

Other networking-related sites and services

 

SocialNetworkPlatforms

 

Address scrapers

LinkedIn provides no way to extract contacts such as new connections. An address scraper is useful for this and other applications. Just point it at a block of text, a web page, or file or folder on your hard drive and it returns a list of sorted unique email or web addresses. I use and recommend Data Extractor.

 

Sending email yourself

If you use your regular computer email like Outlook, you typically rely on the email service provided by your Internet access service provider. ISPs today have a severe limit on SMTP (outgoing mail) use. They restrict the amount of email you can send in a single message (using BCC) or over an hour and other periods of time. If you're sending hundreds of messages you must break up and queue your email. If you have thousands of messages that is impractical.

 

One solution is a specialty email service provider that gives you an SMTP account that enables far higher mail volume. I use and recommend http://fastmail.us .

 

Business Email Software

 

Clients

See our directory and tips on using group email software on your own PC. It's a good approach if you have a lot of lists and frequently do list merging, cleaning, importing, etc. Such software often includes its own email server so it can directly transfer mail to recipient ISPs. This avoid your ISP SMTP server and its mail limits.

 

Server

 

Business Email Services

Another option are web-based email services that provide convenience, automatic list maintenance and message sending, and high availability servers. They can get through corporate and ISP spam filters you might not from your PC. There are a few hundred such services.

DallasBlue uses iContact.

 

  • Aweber
  • Benchmark Email
  • Contant Contact
  • EasySendy
  • Email Brain
  • Email Contact
  • Hey Emma
  • iContact.  A DallasBlue sponsor
  • Mad Mimi. Less expensive than others
  • Mailchimp
  • Mailgun. Excellent solution if you create your own emails.  Just send your email via email to their list address.  They personalize and blast it out to your list.  10,000 free emails per month!
  • SwiftPage
  • TinyLetter.  A simple and FREE solution oriented to personal lists. 
  • Vertical Response

 

SMTP

  • Fastmail. Personal and commercial email service also supports up to 4,000 SMTP messages.
  • Mailgun
  • Mailjet.  6,000/month, 200/day free
  • Mandrill
  • Ongage. $39 for up to 200K/mo
  • SendGrid

 

Email Validation

Prices shown - if possible - for 10K emails (monthly or one-time)

  • Proofy.io - $30
  • InkThemes $20/ MailGet $20 / Pabbly - $25. Appear to all operated by FormGet and run similarly.  Looks like a high quality service but accepts email column only.  So unless you're just sending one-off mass mailings, you'll likely have to reconstruct your records with other fields like name.  There is no credit for a partial order.  You pay a flat fee for a number of addresses whether you use them all or not at the time of order.

 

More expensive

 

Be aware

  • Deliverbility - $10. Low quality service.  But customer support is not responsive and service is flaky (may not accept uploads and doesn't provide a service message)

 

Articles

 

 

Open source and Group software

Include alternatives to paying for Microsoft Office

  • LibreOffice.  Top open source (free) software with text editor, spreadsheet, presentation, and database.  Is a fork from OpenOffice, which has been bought by Oracle and neglected.
  • Group Office.  Open source software that includes collaboration for groups and small businesses.
  • Thunderbird.  Excellent open source email app from Mozilla.  My favorite had been Eudora but development there was stopped.  Thunderbird too is  slowing down as more people go direct to the Web, such as Gmail, and such services provide an offline version.
  • More at MyLinkPro.

 

Meetings & Events

 

 

Registration

A few typical and new or interesting sites.  Many have no charge for free events.  free4free means there is no charge to list and provide tickets for free events.

  • EventBrite,  The leader with lots of features.  You pay for it. They charge $1 + 2.5% for processing + 3% for credit card fee per ticket.  free4free
  • Meetup. Now provides their ticketing.
  • PayPal. The least expensive option.  Functional if all you need is credit card processing, basic shopping cart, buyer comments, and transaction export.  But little or no support for typical features like an event page, invitations, etc.
  • WannaDo. Just 3% for credit card processing. No added fees like EventBrite. Paid monthly.  free4free

 

Media

 

Video conferencing

  • Webrooms.net. HD video & audio, chat, screen sharing, whiteboards and more. Free for up to 8 people.

 

Screen video recording

For demos and showing bugs to developers

 

Images

 

Online photo editing

 

Image Search

  • Pixelmob.co.  Searches four top creative free image libraries online.

 

Streaming

  • StreamElements.com.  Improve fan engagement in your live video events with themes and overlays, and monetization with tips, contests

and awards. Everything you need to make live video streaming a professional activity.

 

Marketing

 

PR

Press releases used to be a standard part of the marketing toolset pre-Internet.  But they've declined, particularly with a renewed focus on lead generation over branding.

 

They're known to be a great way to get noticed by, yes, the press.  But it's typically a poor investment as the media is already deluged by a torrent of releases, many poorly written or clear company puff pieces.  The key value today can come from SEO.  Backlinks from releases distributed to hundreds of sites can help companies with little SEO equity and increase leads.

 

Some service providers have capitalized on this by killing the press angle and specializing strictly on super-distribution for a large fee.  However Google is increasingly wary of such forced search engine rankings.

 

Do-It-Yourself press release posting sites for small businesses typically cost $100-$500 per release, with packages based on the media and extent of distribution

  • PRWeb.
  • EIN.  Get your first release free. This low-cost site starts at $60/release.

 

Misc

  • Ubersuggest. FREE.  Put in a keyword, get a list of more keyword ideas and content ideas. Put in a domain, get traffic stats, see what pages are the most popular for any domain, and see what keywords drive traffic to those page.
  • SEMRush.  Top All-in-one Marketing Toolkit.  Many and deep features for competitor, keyword, PPC, site audit, brand monitoring, and social media tracking and posting.  Incluydes research, analysis, and recommendations.

 

Other Software

 

Clip management

Write stationery for standard LinkedIn communications, such as sending invitations, sending introductions, forwarding introductions, etc., just look you would for business letters. You can store your stationery in a MS Word or similar file. I recommend using a clip manager and in particular ClipMate, where you can manage your clips, and point and paste to use. ClipMate has many cool features, such as PowerPaste (automatic clip pasting), screen capture, and direct clip editing.

 

Expense reports

Cool features can include automatic scanning from your phone and direct access to your credit, debit, and checking accounts to pull in expensible transactions.

 

CRM

 

Project & Time Management PM

See PM

 

To Do list and Task Managers

See ToDo

 

PDF Converters

CutePDF, PDF995, PriomPDF, PDF Creator. Recommendations from Craig Wiggins, Steven Tylock, and Marcel Ekkel.

 

Calendars for your web site

An article and a few links at Techsoup, also here

 

Password/Form filler

Cnet has a good roundup here.  Roboform has a great product. I use LastPass.

 

Windows update management

Windows automatic update is fine for most people. But Microsoft has been known to automatically install bad patches and spyware in the guise of Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA). A few options are below.

 

Secunia Software Inspector. http://secunia.com/software_inspector/ . Service is available as both Web and software flavors.

  • Detects insecure versions of applications installed
  • Verifies that all Microsoft patches are applied
  • Assists you in updating your system and applications

 

NetChk Protect. Note - this used to be free but is now is not. I've used Shavlik NetChk Protect. On the plus side, it also updates others apps. On the minus, it's complex, intended for enterprises, not easy to use, and so only for real techies. NetChk Protect: simple single user directions - download.

 

Email Encoders

Encrypt email addresses through Javascript code in your web pages.  Your browser executes the code to display it correctly.  But bots and search engines can't see them.

  • Hivelogic Enkoder. Full-featured with link text, link title text, and email subject fields.  Can also be used to disguise any web text or links.
  • Iconico email protector.  A simpler version of Hivelogic's.
  • reCAPTCHA MailHide. Google has a nifty approach.  Enter your email address and they generate HTML code that displays a CAPTCHA that forces the user to enter the displayed test to gain access.  It doesn't obscure your email.  But it does force a visitor to prove he's human-ish and so stops bots and search engines.
  • Use Javascript.  A simple (but not the most robust) technique that uses JS to break up your address.

 

Web service integration

These site allow to synch or initiate transaction between web services.  For example, when you receive a payment in PayPal, add the payor to Google contacts.

 

Organizers - Mind Maps and Outliners

Got lots of thoughts? Outliners improve on Microsoft Word outlining, while Mind Maps add a visual display to that.

 

Mind Maps

Hive Five: Five Best Mind Mapping Applications

Mind Mapping Software Review

Which is the best mindmapping software?

 

Outliners

5 free tools to organize your thoughts

 

Web sites

Includes startup and entrepreneur resources, such as landing pages, forms, quick web sites, shortlinks, mockups, crowdsourcing, building teams, backoffice, funding, and much more.

 

Entrepreneurs

Our sister site at BlueEntrepreneurs.com has sections that include:

 

Admin

  •     Building Teams
  •     Startup Jobs
  •     Legal Documents (resources, recommendations)
  •     Human Resources
  •     Crowdsourced Work
  •     Backoffice    


 Finance

  •     Capital
  •     Crowdfunding
  •     Be an Angel
  •     Find an Angel
  •     Fundraising
  •     Business Plans
  •     Accounting

 
Product/Web

  •     Analytics
  •     Customer
  •     Design (logos, boxes, graphics, web design)
  •     Ecommerce (stores)
  •     Forms
  •     Libraries
  •     Mockups
  •     Mobile
  •     Registration
  •     Shortlinks
  •     Sites
  •     Support


 

 

 

 

MarcFreedman

 

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