Essential Resources In My Internet Marketing Toolbox

Posted by Mark Thompson - March 22, 2010 - SEO, Tools - 13 Comments

Glen from Viperchill recently wrote a post about the resources that are in his internet marketing toolbox, so I thought it would be a good idea to share the tools I use on a daily basis.  I think I should mention that I probably have used hundreds of tools to perform various tasks, however there are a core set of tools I have grown to love and use almost every day.

Keyword Research

Google Keyword Tool:  There are probably around 5 different keyword tools I use, however I will always start at the Google Keyword Tool.  It is a great starting point for building your initial keyword list, finding PPC estimates, and competition data.  Typically I will gather a long list of potential keywords, then export and sort the list based on keyword segmentation.

Others I Use:

Competitive Analysis

SEO Book Toolbar: Usually when I first go to analyze competitors I will start by looking at the data provided by the SEO Book Toolbar. All of the core data you would look at is provided by the toolbar.  I look at the pages indexed, inbound links, PR, domain age, which main directories they are in, and social bookmarking data. Of course an in-depth competitor analysis is much more than just looking at the toolbar data, however this is a great place to start to get some basic information about the site.

Others I Use:

Website Audit

Xenu:  I will use the Xenu tool to help identify broken links, site depth (directories), title/meta tags, 404 error pages, internal linking, possible loading issues.

IBP or Webste Grader:  Both of these tools perform similar tasks, however I have used both to help analyze a website.  These tools will help gather meta data information, inbound links, pages indexed, blog information, social media data and other SEO factors.

Others I Use:

Analytics and Rankings

Google Analytics:  Like 95% of other sites, I use Google Analytics to look at site and visitor engagement.  I will usually check my stats first thing in the morning and then once again in the afternoon to see if a post went viral during the day.

Feedburner:  To keep track of my RSS subscribers I will use Feedburner.  There are some other nice customization features that you can add in your Feedburner account.

Rank Checker:  If I need to check some keyword rankings really quickly, I will use this firefox addon.

Rank Tracker: If I am working with a client, I will have Rank Tracker automatically pull rankings usually once a week.  This saves me time from having to manually pull updated rankings for all clients.

Other I Use:

FTP Files/HTML Editing

Filezilla:  If I need to pull files from the server, Filezilla is the easiest way to do it.

Notepad ++:  A great notepad editor that has a number of cool features (for a text editor)

Dreamweaver CS4:  Any HTML edits that need to be made for a clients site, I will use Dreamweaver.

Firefox Addons

I try not to install too many firefox plugins because it really slows down the performance of the web browser, however there are some that are essential.  Here is a list of addon I use (besides SEO Toolbar and SEO for Firefox, which I already mentioned).

  • Web Developer Toolbar: Diasble/Enable elements,
  • Firebug: Inspect page elements, HTML and CSS, and other development aspects.
  • YSlow:  Test page load time and makes recommendations on improving load time.
  • WASP: Easily Identify what Analytics program a website is using.
  • OnlyWire Bookmarklet:  Social Bookmark content across mulitple social bookmarking sites.
  • LastPass: Stores passwords so you never have to worry about logins again.

Blogging

WordPress:  My blog uses WordPress, so normally I will just use WordPress for writing/editing blog posts.  I have tried a number of blogging software tools however I just prefer to write within the backend of WordPress.  Depending on if I am writing a guest post for another social CRM blog, I will use whatever blog platform they are using.

Project Management

Basecamp:  There are a number of project management tools out there, I felt that Basecamp was the most user-friendly and can be customized enough to manage my projects. I am able to setup task lists, see when projects are due, monitor communication with clients, and add project notes.

What are some of the main tools you use on a daily basis?

About the Author

Mark Thompson

Mark is the creator of StayOnSearch and president of Search Creatively, a full-service Internet Marketing Company located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also contributes to many industry related blogs including Search Engine Journal and is active on Facebook and Twitter. Follow Mark on Twitter