This update from DragonBlogger.com is about some of the top free software and other information/materials you can find online to help you in just about any online venture you are participating in. So here is my list of free online stuff that I use and recommend to other bloggers or social media promoters.
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Free Online Stuff
- Office Suites – unless you are working in a corporation where you need Microsoft Exchange chances are you don’t need to purchase Microsoft office to do your day to day work. Open Office is fantastic as a desktop installation office suite, and Google Docs is probably the best cloud suite. If you want collaboration then Google Docs is the way to go, if you prefer to work with all your documents offline then Open Office is for you.
- Paint / Graphics Programs – If you need to do some logo work or some image editing, then these programs will work very well. I can create some decent images with Paint.NET and GIMP is virtually as featured as Photoshop though has a littler higher learning curve. With Paint.NET you can easily outline or border images and text as well as add blur effects and make dozens of other simple edits.
- Free Images – As a blogger I am constantly looking for free stock images to put in my posts, images help draw eyes but you can’t afford to pick images randomly from Google Images or you could open yourself up to a lawsuit. These image stock sites offer free images, all you have to do is credit the source in a link in your article. I will also sometimes contact the photo author on Flickr or Deviantart.com and ask to use their images in exchange for a credit.
- Free SEO Tools – Whether its tools to find keywords, trends or analyze your pages/posts for keyword density I rely on SEO tools. SEOQuake is a great toolbar for Chrome that will show you all the rank metrics (Alexa, PR, Links, Dofollow…etc) of any website just by visiting it.
- Free Blogging Resources – Okay this was for all the other resources that just didn’t fit into their own category, these are a list of tools specifically for helping bloggers. MyBlogGuest will help you find free content in the form of “guest articles” for your site, ComLuv.com is a blogging network that has a great search engine that lists all blogs who will link back to your site when you comment on them. BlogEngage is a great article submission directory to both network and submit your blog articles too. Dlvr.it is a great RSS feed broadcaster which helps promote your articles or other RSS feeds to your social media accounts.
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