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    New web tools appear daily. Often I don’t even manage to bookmark them all, let alone try them. Nonetheless I try as many Internet tools as I can, I’m just a serial early adopter. I can’t stop it. These are mostly 30+ free tools which are either web tools or tools for the web I discovered and bookmarked as useful.

    I tested most of these tools and I use some of them regularly as a web professional. Most of these social media, web design & development, search, SEO and analytics, e-commerce, blogging and Internet tools are not yet widely known main stream tools. The average webmaster will hopefully find them useful. I selected the 30 most useful tools from the hundreds available out there.

    Social Media

    • Topsy is a search-like interface showing the most popular links on Twitter
    • Trunk.ly collects all your links from Facebook, Twitter, Delicious etc. and also show those shared/saved by your friends
    • Browzmi is a real time social browsing and chatting tool, it’s like a more advanced StumbleUpon
    • Hellotxt lets you collect and organize social media activity or crosspost to several sites/networks

    Web Design & Development

    • Cushy CMS makes any static site a CMS site, it’s so easy I’ll recommend it to my mother who already uses Jimdo
    • Pokform is a Jimdo-like Flash online CMS that allows you to create smooth websites with ease, currently it’s a nono for SEO though so you should only use it for an artists or photographers page
    • Pingdom allows you to test whether your site is up and how fast it is
    • Splashup is the real web based Photoshop, the Adobe online app can’t match
    • BricaBox allows you to create your own social site, be it a map mashup site, a wiki, or a voting site. They compare it to WordPress and Ning to underline the ease of use of creation of a site but it appears to be even easier than WordPress

    Search

    • Blekko is a highly customizable search engine for power users (English only)
    • Grooveshark Lite is a music search engine that lets you listen to what you find
    • Tineye lets you search for images or rather their sources and appearances based on the image itself
    • Google GEO Search Tool allows you to see Google results from other locations as Google localizes your results based on your IP usually

    SEO and Analytics

    • Piwik is the best open source Google Analytics alternative. Some aspects of it are already better than GA.
    • Rank Checker by SEOBook, been around for several months now but after more traditional ranking checker software has been crippled recently by Google a very good alternative
    • Raven SEO Tools, this a a whole web based suite of internet marketing tools which will also track your rankings over time among others
    • Woopra is an advanced web analytics suite which can compete with Google Analytics and in some cases offers better and more timely data
    • Google Insights for Search is a keyword research tool similar to Google Trends but much more exact

    E-Commerce

    • Shopify is a very simple online shop application virtually anybody can set up a shop now, it’s been around since 2005 and nobody told me!
    • PPCalc is a “PayPal fee calculator”. As you know PayPal is very widely used but rather expensive and also not the most reliable solution. I’d recommend Moneybookers as alternative
    • ChipIn is a PayPal connected tool that facilitates so called crowdfunding. It’s like crowdsourcing but with money. You ask many people to fund your project

    Blogging & Internet

    • BuySellAds does exactly that buy and sell banner ads taking 25% commission, it’s easy to use ideal for bloggers and worked fine for me
    • Proxify “is a web-based anonymous proxy service which allows anyone to surf the Web privately and securely.”
    • xrl.us by Metamark is the better TinyURL, I use it daily
    • issuu is a YouTube like website for magazines and other print publications, you can upload them and allow people to read them only using a sleek Flash interface

    Bonus

    • MagMyPic – You always wanted to get famous and end up on the cover of a magazine? Now you can! ;-)

    You might know some of these web tools, especially if you’re a SEO expert you probably will know the SEO tools. I made sure that the list contains both the best tools currently available and those which not everybody outside a certain industry knows yet. Also these 30 tools can be used by anybody. You don’t need to be a full fledged web professional for most of these.

     

    Last updated: April 21th, 2011 – Several defunct tools removed and new tools added.

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    29 Responses to “25+ Great Web Tools You Might not Know Yet but Should”

    1. Paul Burani, Clicksharp Marketing says:

      Definitely the dark horse on this list would have to be Ranksense. But also, for help building out keyword lists for Adwords and other PPC campaigns… try Keyword Lizard, http://www.keywordlizard.com/

    2. Audun Kjelstrup, Secondbrain says:

      Hi!

      Thanks for the mention!

      Audun from Secondbrain

    3. Ash says:

      I have another perspective of SEO for blogs. This article might be very helpful and interesting to read.

      http://www.hurricanesoftwares.com/2008/08/15/7-tips-to-optimize-your-blog-for-seo-success/

      I have written this article for the bloggers looking for SEO Success.

      Hope it helps!
      Cheers

    4. Smarmy says:

      Cuil? Really? What Google do you use that makes Cuil even look close to that? Did you miss their launch day that made them a laughing stock?

    5. SEO Canada says:

      Great list, not to sure that Cuil was worth of it however :)

    6. Utah SEO says:

      I think rank checker is a pretty sweet tools, it is fast and easy. Sometimes it is a couple of spots off. But it sure beats the days of SEO Elite, when I would wait for an hour to get the rankings.

    7. ahnShev says:

      Thanks for the list ;)

    8. Jason says:

      Good article, thanks for the links. There we definitely some on there that I hadn’t seen. But honestly, I was with you until you made the comment that “Cuil’s results were as good as Google’s”. You simply lost credibility at that point.

    9. Tad Chef says:

      Thanks for the feedback. For all those who don’t like Cuil I recommend some vanity search compared to Google and others:
      http://seo2.0.onreact.com/yahoo-search-results-total-crap-now

    10. The Linkback Project says:

      Cuil? Just that tout alone makes me weary of the judgment used to compile the remaining list.

    11. zuborg says:

      If you like Pingdom FPT (full page test) tool – take a look at http://Site-Perf.com/ – another site performance tester, but more detailed and realistic :)

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    17. Geoserv says:

      Good list, the one for Cuil is definitely a joke.

    18. Great piece – and hats off to you for sharing it. People cannot expect all of them to be software superstars but there are quite a few in there I didn’t know about, which I may well add to my SEO arsenal.

    19. aion gold says:

      it is the first time that I heard aboove tools . I only know google tools …

    20. True Studio says:

      Brilliant info!

      Thanx

    21. Some really great stuff! Yeah the Shopify is a nice piece of appware from the people at headscape ;)

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    23. Damian Doman says:

      It was probably difficult to choose the thirty knowing the amounts of such tools in the Internet. These are truly great. Thanks for the list!

    24. Hillary says:

      This is really amazing list.Thanks for sharing. I found to know some new sites here.

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    26. Sethia says:

      your list in 2009 predicted some of the great tools for 2012 like Issuu.com and Grooveshark and Shopify

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