By Ann Smarty
Are you starting a new online business? It’s always overwhelming! Here’s your ultimate resource list to help.
Maybe you have had an idea for a profitable venture for a while, but are only now diving in? Good news!
There are quite a few excellent tools and resources out there to help you along the way. From the first steps to the last, these 20 links are must-clicks for the modern small business mogul.
Online launch tools
One of the oldest tools I am still using as of today, Bustaname lets you check the domain availability on the fly. It’s great for the brand name inspiration! I believe I was using that tool to come up with my very first domain name seosmarty.com
Knowem is the tool to check any time you are looking for the brand name for your business. It will show how many social media sites have your name registered. Don’t go with the name that’s not available on major social media networks!
This will cause constant confusion and misunderstanding! Use the platform to lock your chosen brand name across the board too.
Serpstat is multi-purpose online marketing platforms with lots of great features but its competitive research functionality is what you are going to find particularly useful at the launch. Keep it handy! You can see the list of your future competitors:
You can compare two or more domains side-by-side:
You dig deep into any of your competitors to research its rankings, strongest pages, advertising tactics and more.
Another competitive research tool, BuzzSumo will open your eyes on your competitors’ content and social media marketing tactics. You can search your competitors’ most popular content by using site: command. You can also compare your competitors’ Facebook pages.
You can also set up email alerts to be notified when any of your competitors are mentioned online.
5. Netpeak Spider
No matter how much you invest into building and testing, the new website is always full of errors. Protect your new visitors’ user experience by crawling your site again and again. Netpeak Spider will go through your site never missing a page, signalling any SEO or usability errors.
It will also create a XML Sitemap for you to submit to Google Search Console.
I am listing the easiest email marketing platform, Mailchimp, here. But you can use any of the alternatives. The main thing here, set it up prior to launch to collect some leads to market to on the big day.
7. Launch Rock
Speaking of collecting leads prior to the launch, Launch Rock will let you create a beautiful pre-launch page and the whole process will take you minutes!
Launching a website can be overwhelming! Chances are, you won’t have time to dig deep into your referrals for weeks and months after the launch. Set up Whatagraph to send you daily traffic reports with important insights for you not to miss anything.
Don’t you wish you could find a simple, easy to use CRM that had all the tools you needed? Well, Insightly is just that. But is has an added bonus that really sweetens the deal… it’s free. Manage all of your business needs, have a reliable CRM handy that is usable for up to two people, and never pay a dime for it.
It is guaranteed free for life. Need access for more users, or some of the extra fancy features? They have affordable plans that start at only $12 per month, per user. Even their enterprise pricing is ridiculous…only $99 per month, per user. Making them one of the most affordable CRM’s in the industry.
10. Shopify Free Business Tools
Shopify is probably one of the best shopping cart and ecommerce super stars available to the average joe. But if you are just looking for some tools to get things going, you may want to check out their free features first.
They have a logo maker, slogan generator, business name generator, wholesale product search, pay stub generator, QR code generator, and that is just to start.
My favorite thing about the Shopify Free Business Tools is that they cover both physical and digital business needs. So you can get a physical barcode to put on a label, but you can also get a bunch of templates for emailed invoices. So brick and mortar, or purely online, they cover your needs without spending a single penny. And we all know how important it is to save money.
Online launch resources
Do you have any tools that belong on this list? Let us know in the comments!
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