5 Internet Marketing Tools I Use and Why I Use Them

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It should not be any secret to anybody that Internet marketing (either SEM or SEO) has raised the bar this 2012 and as we move to 2013 it’s really going to make a big impact, and become more challenging and demanding. I am not only speaking about the waves of new Panda updates now and then on Google, or the outstandingly strong effects of its Penguin update. All in all, there are new websites sprouting here and there all the time, and a lot of work to do in terms of search engine optimization and website marketing.

As these tasks can sometimes get daunting, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my secrets with the rest of the Internet marketers out there. They won’t guarantee you a first position in any ranking per se, but I am sure they are going to ease things for you.

OK, without further ado, here they are (in random order):
This tools were provided by George which is member of the Search Engine Optimization and Internet Marketing team of InTechCenter, an international company with headquarters in Florida, which provides, besides SEO and Internet Marketing, web and software development services to a growing number of satisfied clients.

UberSuggest

ÜberSuggest

http://ubersuggest.org

Most people know and use Google Adwords’ Keyword Suggestion Tool, and it is a great tool, actually, but there are more options there. Among the long list of online keyword tools and resources, I have found ÜberSuggest to be very smart, giving you dozens of suggestions for a word you include on their search bar. ÜberSuggest takes its suggestions from what people type in the Google search bar, so it is reasonably reliable.

Choqok

Choqok

http://choqok.gnufolks.org/

Social media marketing requires you to be there, online, connected, so I use Choqok to see and remain connected to all my Twitter accounts in one single application (and I use that one because I am a Linux user with KDE. You can use whichever you want, because it is important to be there to reply to the mentions you receive or thank the new followers, to stay connected, to be there. Your social media cannot rely solely in automation.

Hoosuite

Hootsuite

http://www.hootsuite.com/

Hootsuite is one I love.  I mostly use this for Twitter and Facebook.  There is a paid and free version.  In the beginning I used the free version but as you manage more and more sites social properties it’s just well worth the $10 a month to help automate your tweets, wall post, ect.  With a paid account you get unlimited access.  Not to mention there is a cool dashboard that allows you to see who mentioned you.  This really allows you to keep tabs on everything, quickly.

TweetStork

TweetStork Retweeters Search

http://www.tweetstork.com/retweeters/

Back to the manual alternatives, in my opinion one of the most useful is TweetStork’s “retweeters” search. In short, the tool will surf a Twitter account and tell you who retweets the posts shared by any specific Twitter user. This list is pure gold, as they are active Twitter users who can potentially retweet what you post too. You just need to do your job and get them to notice you.

Su.pr

Su.pr

http://su.pr

I have and use a Bitly account now and then, but when speaking about URL shorteners, I like Su.pr. StumbleUpon is one of the largest communities out there, one which really makes websites get traffic. Some years ago, when I was young and innocent, I tried to spam the site with my links just to notice they have a really good anti-spam protection. Fortunately, there is a side path: For those willing to motivate people to add their sites to StumbleUpon without spamming, Su.pr is the way to go. I highly recommend it.

With these tools, I think I got your covered for some of the most time-taking Internet marketing tasks, hope you enjoy it and, for sure, should you have suggestions, please feel free to add them in the comments.  I would like to know what all tools you have found beneficial to maintaining your blog?


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  • http://inspiretothrive.com Lisa

    I’m excited to try out ÜberSuggest and see what keywords come up. I had not heard of Tweetstork either, another one I will explore. I have used Hootsuite over the years – a great one especially on mobile now. Thanks for sharing these great tools Garen.

    • Garen Arnold

      Hey Lisa,

      I have a lot more tools I use too. Didn’t want to make the post a mile long so I will be sure to add another part to this list shortly.

  • http://JonBarry.co.uk Jon Barry

    Hi Garen

    Interesting list, not what I was expecting!

    Good to know alternatives to Google for Keyword research, and will be handy to know, when I do start using keywords as a starting point to writing my blog posts…. At the moment, just writing what I want to say, not worrying about whether it is the “best” thing to say….

    Interesting too that you seem to have a strong focus on twitter, and for people tweeting – RTing etc…

    I was heavily into Twitter, but have gone shy of it recently…. and not really using it to my advantage. Something I probably should look at rectifying this year….

    Thanks for the info and tips, will check out the apps now!

    Posted By Jon Barry of http://JonBarry.co.uk

    • Garen Arnold

      Hey John,

      Yes, I am a big fan of Twitter and use Facebook and Google +1 a lot too. I do use Social Metric Pro which helps me keep a tab on how my post are doing.

  • Yetunde

    Thank you for sharing these ideas. Some I have used previously but will certainly look into them again.

    • Garen Arnold

      Hey Yetunde,

      Thanks for dropping by; hope to see you again :)

  • Mark Walsh

    Hi Garen

    Good information here. I use 2 of the 5tools you mentioned.
    I agree the paid version of Hootsuite is great

    Interesting about alternative to Google ad keyword which I use a lot
    I’ll give it a try

    thanks for sharing

    Mark

    • Garen Arnold

      Hey Mark,

      The more tools we have in are arsenal the better :)

  • http://lydiajbrown.com Lydia Brown

    Hootsuite is my favorite for automating my comments to Twitter. I don’t use it that much usually if I am going to be traveling and when I am working on a campaign other than that I like posting myself.

    • Garen Arnold

      Hey Lydia,

      I use Hootsuite to keep track of who mentioned me and make sure I thank them. Also, schedule 3-5 per day on social profiles.

  • http://www.kerrisandphil.com Kerris

    Hi Garen

    What a wealth of information, you have explained all the products and services you use in a clear and simple manner, I shall certainly be checking them out. I didn’t know that there was things that I could use to make things simpler for me
    thanks for the advice

    Kerris

    • Garen Arnold

      Hey Kerris,

      Thanks for dropping by. Yeah, anything that can make my job easier is a good thing :)

  • http://www.donnamerrilltribe.com Donna Merrill

    Hi Garen,
    Well this is timely for me. I am very active on the social platforms but have ignored the power of Twitter. Only a few weeks ago, I started getting more serious about it.
    Here, you have given great tools to use to make my Twitter Time more useful.

    Many many thanks,
    Donna

    • Garen Arnold

      Hey Donna,

      Yes I have mastered Twitter, Facebook, and Google +1 now. There are so many Twitter tools out there though. I could probably write a top 100 post on them, but that would take sometime.

  • NettieMae

    Thank you so much for this information. The only one I have heard of, and use often, is HootSuite which I love. I will definitely be trying the others as well!

    • Garen Arnold

      Yeah check them out :)

  • http://JonRPatrick.com Jon R. Patrick

    Thanks, ton of tools here I’ve never heard of. Particularly excited about su.pr. Thanks, and looking forward to part 2 of this list!

    • Garen Arnold

      thanks I want to do a Facebook list too :)

  • http://www.inspiredgiftgiving.com marquita herald

    Very interesting Garen, and this is the first time I’ve come across a list like this where I’m not using a single one of the tools. I’m aware of Hootsuite of course, but the others are new to me. As far as all things keyword related, I’ve been with Market Samurai since it was in Beta and am very happy with the ever growing number of options. The others are new to me, so it’s always nice to find new tools and options.

    • Garen Arnold

      Hey Marquita,

      Yeah, I wanted to do a post that wasn’t the same old, same old. I too use Market Samurai since the beginning of time :)

  • http://hollyfulfordjef.com Holly

    Hi Garen,
    I have heard of Hootsuite, but not the others.. Hmmmm so much to learn. I have a whole new year ahead of me and a goal to do more online, so I guess i’d better start making use of some ‘new’ to me tools!! Don’t think I have one to add to your list as I am not too familiar with too many…

    • Garen Arnold

      Hey Holly,

      I was commenting on your blog same time you commented on mine…lol. Great minds think alike. Yeah, there are tons of tools out there. Let me know if you have questions about some of them. Some of them are useless and all hype.

  • http://www.personal-success-factors.com Steve Borgman

    Thanks for the great list! I’m always on the prowl for new tools to help me stay on top of things. I currently use Ubbersuggest, Hootsuite, and su.pr. However, I had not heard of Tweetstork. Ever since FollowFriday helper went away, I’ve been looking for something to help me stay on top of generous Twitter followers. This will help a lot! Thank you :)

    • Garen Arnold

      Hey Steve,

      Yeah, I never did participate in Follow Friday. I think some do it, but I think it’s better just to say thanks to people or mention them. I do like Facebook Fridays, which I actually started for this site this week :)

  • http://geeklesstech.com Steven Hughes

    Damn, a list where I don’t know 40% of the tools mention. Awesome. Never heard of Ubersuggest and Choqok. I will definitely check them out. I love HootSuite, use it everyday…Su.pr gets used for every post as well. So pumped to check out two new tools. I know, it doesn’t take much. Thanks for bringing them to our attention Garen.

    • Garen Arnold

      Hey Steven,

      Haha, yeah don’t want to write something that has been read a million times before :). Yeah, check them out they are pretty good!

    • http://intechcenter.com Jorge (I wrote this) :)

      Hi there,

      Choqok is only for KDE desktop on Linux. There is an initiative to bring KDE to Windows, but as far as I’m concerned, it is not fully operational yet. Gnome users usually connect through Gwibber. I can’t suggest an application for Windows users because I stopped using Windows awhile ago.

  • http://intechcenter.com George (I wrote this) :P

    Hey Garen,

    10 stars! I am excited to see your visitors liked my post. I’ll add a couple of comments:

    The first one is that Choqok requires you to have KDE installed. There is an initiative to make KDE available to Windows users, but it is not fully operational yet. Gnome users would rather try Gwibber, which does basically the same thing. There are other software available for Windows, but I cannot give names. I’ve used Linux for quite awhile now. I already lost track about Windows software.

    The second one is that yes, Twitter is becoming more powerful than Facebook in marketing. First, because it requires to “entertain” less your followers, next because the younger generation really uses it a lot, and lastly because Twitter does not purposely hide your updates to 90% of your “likes”. OK, the younger generation are not exactly the best buyers, but still, their parents do. It’s not worth ignoring them.

    Just in case, my personal Twitter handle is @tedel. I do write personal stuff there, but I also publish a few things there which some of you might find interesting.

    • Garen Arnold

      Hey George,

      Thanks for stopping by. Good information on tools than many people have not heard of!

  • http://www.aharmonyhealing.com Shelley Alexander

    Hi Garen,
    You made some good suggestions in this post. I will be checking out Hootsuite this year and also the ubersuggest they both sound wonderful. Thanks!

    • Garen Arnold

      Hey Shelley,

      Yeah, I use Hootsuite everyday. Couldn’t survive without it!