Welcome to my tool set post, although I have been planning a post like this for a while I have recently received a number of requests for a list of the internet marketing tools that I use regularly. Rather than just churning out a list only containing the internet marketing tools I used I have decided to also include productivity tools, WordPress plugins, browser plugins and a number of other tools that I use regularly to work towards my goals.
Automated Backlink Creators
GSA Search Engine Ranker is one of the most widely used automated backlink creation tools on the market right now. It is based around prescripted templates that target a number of content management systems that are in widespread use to allow a large number of links to be created in a very short time.
That being said the tool can do so much more than just create links, it has a built-in search engine scraper, proxy scraper, media scraper and link extractor amongst a bunch of other features.
Although I do currently consider Ranker X to be the best-automated web 2.0 tool on the market I would like to say that this is due to the fact it has no real competition rather than because of the functionality of the tool. Although Ranker X does have some ability to post to content management systems similar to GSA Search Engine Ranker, my main use for the tool is to post to some of its premium social network and premium web 2.0 engines.
Although Scrapebox does have the ability to create automated and semi-automated backlinks my main use for the tool is search engine scraping as well as index checking.
Manual Backlink Submission Services
Although the vast majority of my link building comes from the automated tools above I am starting to use this manual web 2.0 submission service for my tier one web 2.0s. The service offers a stronger set of domains that tend to have a better stick rate than automated web 2.0s and it is cheap!
I am yet to find an automated tool that has a high success rate on high end social bookmarking sites so I am forced to either do it manually or use this manual social bookmarking service. Just be sure to select the manual package rather than the automated ones.
Similar to the above, the manual profiles tend to have a better stick rate than automated submissions but I tent to stick with the lower volume manual profile submissions just to add a little domain diversification on tier one.
Automated Image Captcha Solving
In my opinion, GSA Captcha Breaker is the undisputed king of automated captcha solving, it is a one-time payment and currently supports 1262 captchas with new captcha types added on a regular basis. It also has a native filtering system to enable the user to select captcha types to send to external captcha solvers to further increase the users success rate as well as the ability for the user to add their own custom captchas.
The new kid on the block, the service literally launched a week before this post but I have been using the tool since the very start of open beta. I had all but given up on OCR captcha services until I began speaking to the developer of 1Captcha and realized he is in it for the long haul rather than to scam people new to internet marketing.
On the first day of its open beta, 1Captcha was outperforming all other OCR captcha services I have ever used and over the course of the beta it has received a number of updates making it better and better. Due to it being a SAAS based tool I recommend users start with GSA Captcha Breaker and get used to the tool before further supplementing it’s capability with 1Captcha with Captcha Breaker doing the majority of the heavy lifting and 1Captcha being left to take on any captchas left over.
Owned by a totally different team to 1Captcha even though their names are similar and their sequential numbers directly relate to the order I personally process captchas in. In my experience, 2Captcha is the best human solved captcha service on the market right now. Due to it having a per captcha pricing structure I only send captcha types to it that require human interaction such as ReCaptcha.
Automated Text Captcha Solving
I have already covered 1Captcha above, rather than separating their image and text captcha solving services as every other service I am aware of do, the 1Captcha team have included them both in the same service for no additional fee!
Throw Away Email Accounts
Similar to how 1Captcha restored my faith in OCR and text captcha solving services SEO Spartans restored my faith in catch all email services. Easy to use, cheap and lightning fast for link building with GSA Search Engine Ranker I can’t recommended them enough! However, catch all emails do not perform very well with web 2.0 platforms so I use actual throw away emails for my web 2.0 projects.
With Catch All emails doing the bulk of my heavy lifting I use actual throw away email accounts from Fiverr in my web 2.0 projects.
VPS’ And Servers
This is a nice entry level package for anyone’s first VPS, it retails at around the $30-$40 per month mark. I know there are cheaper packages out there but I see no reason to spend money on a machine that will struggle to run tools. You can read my post here to see how I got this exact VPS to over 600 links per minute.
A total beast when it comes to VPS’, I have used these in the past and managed to get them upto over 900 links per minute when using GSA Search Engine Ranker. It retails around the $60-$70 per month price range meaning it may be more efficient for you to get yourself a dedicated server and keep 100% of the machines resources for your own projects rather than sharing them as you do with a VPS.
Depending what you are doing the low end dedicated servers can be more efficient than the more costly ones due to tool limitations on RAM usage and their processor requirements. Similar to the Wizard VPS, these are total beasts that cost a little more than a highend VPS but the system resources are not shared between multiple users as they are with a VPS helping to take your performance to the next level.
Auto Generated Content
The new kid on the block when it comes to content generation and like most other tools from the GSA toolset, GSA Content Generator quickly became the dominant tool in the space taking over and outperforming its competition extremely quickly.
The king of the scrapers, Scrapebox is an excellent scraping tool. It has seen off a number of attempted competitors, it is cheap, relatively easy to use and supplemented by Loopline their customer support and forum support is excellent. In addition, the tool has a bunch of free useful addons that I use regularly as well as a number of paid add-ons that I also use often but neither are essential for scraping.
Although I haven’t used GSA Search Engine Ranker to scrape targets for years it does offer that ability that may help people new to internet marketing who are on a tight budget. In my opinion, the strengths of GSA Search Engine Ranker (mass automated link building) and Scrapbox (scraping targets) are best carried out in their respective tools.
Express Indexer (Bulk Indexing)
Although Express Indexer did have a dip in performance in early-mid 2016 they definitely seem to be back on form. Having used the service from around 2014 to early 2016 and from late 2016 to now I can say the service is established and is not a fly by night operation.
Since I released this case study on indexing that Express Indexer won, I have received a number of messages about their price. When compared to a bunch of other indexing services their price per link actually comes out just above average but their service works. There are plenty of “indexing services” out there charging more that do nothing.
Index Inject (Instant Indexing)
Index Inject were one of the first SaaS services to offer instant indexing 2.0. I cover it in my blog post here. The TL;DR version is that it is an extremely fast indexing service with a high stick rate but can be expensive.
They offer anyone a free account that can track upto 150 keywords at any given time for you, on top of this their add-on packages are the cheapest I have ever seen! Total no brainer.
Scrapebox has a paid rank tracker addon for $20 that on paper can track unlimited keywords. A total steal at $20 but its drawback comes in it requiring Google passed proxies to run, I rather have my Google passed proxies scraping Google for targets than rank tracking so I use SERPLab for my rank tracking.
Dedicated and Semi-Dedicated Proxies
I have used BuyProxies since around late 2013 if I remember correctly. I have tried a few other proxy providers over the years who were a little cheaper but always ended up dropping the other services for a number of issues.
I currently use their semi-dedicated proxies for link building in my automated backlinking tools, I also have a small number of their dedicated proxies for index checking link batches.
Public Proxy Scrape
In my opinion, the king of public proxy scraping. GSA Proxy Scraper comes with a bunch of native proxies sources with the ability to have custom sources added by the user, you are also able to add custom tags to the scraped proxies as well as various custom checks for the proxies for a number of platforms.
For example, say you are scraping public proxies for both Google scraping as well as Amazon scraping, you are able to set up two exports in the tool that will test the scraped proxies against Google and then against Amazon before exporting each of the valid public proxies to an individual proxy file for your tools to pick up and use.
When using this tool I have it set up to dump various batches of filtered proxies such as Google checked and Bing checked proxies every five minutes to a text file. I then have Scrapbox pick up its proxies from these text files to enable its threads to be dedicated to scraping search engines rather than having to scrape its own proxies.
I usually use semi-dedicated proxies in GSA Search Engine Ranker but it also offers the ability to self-scrape public proxies. This can help people new to internet marketing cut costs and stay in budget when first getting started as it is included in the tools one-time fee.
Public proxies tend not to be reliable due to the number of people using them meaning I usually only use them for scraping search engines but my case study here has proven they can be used at high links per minute.
As I have already touched on, I prefer to let Scrapebox focus on scraping search engines rather than scrape its own proxies but it does have this ability built in. Similar to SER, people new to internet marketing can utilize this feature to acquire free public proxies and keep their costs down.
Premium Link Lists
Owned by Loopline, I have used the Auto Approve Marketplace for over two years now and seen the service go through a number of updates. I have used a number of other lists along side the auto approve marketplace but this is the only one to constantly stand the test of time for me.
Target Platform Identification
GSA Platform Identifier is an excellent stand-alone tool to place in the middle of your self scraping process between Scrapebox doing the scraping and GSA Search Engine Ranker doing your verification. Personally, I would say this tool is only really required by intermediate or advanced users of GSA Search Engine Ranker and depending on your setup can be replaced by a premium target list.
Although GSA Search Engine Ranker does have the ability to identify the platform of target URLs it can lock up your tool for hours or even days depending on your scrape size. This is the main reason GSA Platform Identifier was released.
In all honesty, this is the only domain registrar I can recall ever using. They offer free whois protection on our domains for the first year and they also offer some top level domain extensions for as little as 88 cents meaning you can build up a test network on the cheap with them.
Miscellaneous Free Tools
Googles free analytics solution, I know some people prefer to use other services as they want to limit the amount of data Google has on their projects but personally, I still currently use Google Analytics.
Another free tool from Google, Google alerts has a number of uses based around making you aware of mentions of words or phrased. I have only recently started to use https://www.google.com/alertsGoogle Alerts as part of my traffic leaking strategy for this blog but it seems to have potential for some innovative uses.
Spinner Tools is another free tool that unspins content places in spintax. I personally use it to quickly unspin articles that have been spun.
Percentage Calculator is a quick, easy to use free tool that helps you work out percentages.
Wayback Machine is an attempt at making an entire archive of the internet. Although not my main stratergy, it is useful for checking the history of domains while screening for private blog network domains.
Copyscape is a duplicate content checker, when I initially take a new writer on I run all of their content through Copyscape to see if they are just providing me duplicate content, I also randomly run around 20% of my content deliveries from my writing team through Copyscape to try and reduce the risk of my writers pulling a fast one on me.
Xenu is a free tool that I believe is intended to complete internal audits on your domains but it can have a number of additional uses if you get creative. These include hunting for dead links on a domain that can be used to acquiring possible targets for private blog networks or broken link building it also has a limited link extraction capability that can be used to grow target lists.
Free Google Chrome Browser Plugins
Yea I know, an internet marketer who has sites supported by AdSense using an Adblocking plugin! I initially installed the plugin to counter the ads at the start of YouTube videos that you are unable to skip but realized how much quicker some websites ran and left it running on the majority of sites.
Personally, I feel Adblocking plugins should be forced to allow a maximum of three display ads per page to help support web masters.
Although I have never been tested, I am not sure if I have a mild form of dyslexia or if I am just lazy when it comes to reading and writing but Grammarly helps me keep on top of it. It underlines words you type on your browser and makes suggestions as to how you can improve your grammar or spelling. Although it offers paid plans I have only ever used the free version of the tool and I love it.
Saves the open page in my current tab to my pocket account to read later, nice and simple.
LastPass is a plugin that saves all of your passwords for the different websites you use. It has build in complete password generation and allows you to create extremely difficult passwords to crack to help protect your accounts.
I only recently installed LastPass and I am having some issues with it clashing with the default Google keychain that offers a similar service but I will work this out when I have more free time sometime in the future.
Free FireFox Browser Plugins
Although Quirk does a number of functions, I only use it to quickly work out the real keyword density of a page.
A simple addon that allows you to quickly and easily copy the URLs of every tab open in a window. My main use for this is to find niche relevant authority domains that are not directly targeting the same keywords as my article.
I then open these pages in a new tab and use Copy URLs Expert to quickly copy all URLs before either loading them into my tools or sending them to my writing team as pre-approved pages they can link out to.
Although its use is situational depending what I am doing, I use NoDoFollow to overlay URLs embedded in articles to quickly work out what links are do follow.
A global marketplace of freelancers that you are able to outsource jobs to. This is my main go to marketplace to find members for my writing team but I have used it for a number of other tasks too.
Although jobs now cost more than a fiver, I still use Fiverr on a regular basis for things such as logo design and emails.
Amazon Affiliate for WordPress is a premium WordPress plugin that allows you to easily add amazon affiliate links to your domain. It has a number of widgets available such as product clips, tables, and direct text links. You can see the plugin in action on my reading list page.
Some of the free themes I use on some sites will not have a native ability to fix the sidebar to the visitors screen so I use Q2W3 Fixed Widget as a free workaround to this so the sidebar add scrolls down the page as the visitor reads.
EWWW Image Optimizer is a free WordPress plugin that automatically optimizes your images and reduces their size as you upload them to help your pages load quicker. In all honesty, the free version does not seem to be very efficient so I may look for a premium solution in the future.
Google XML Sitemaps is a free WordPress plugin, apparently is creates a sitemap of your site in a format that Google prefers, in all honesty, I only install it out of habit and have no idea if it offers any benefit or not.
W3 Total Cache is another free plugin for WordPress however it does offer some premium options. I have no idea how it does what it does but when trying to speed this site up it helped me get some of the page load times down from over ten seconds down to around one. I have been using it on some other sites for a while but have never tried any of the other caching plugins so I have no idea if the others are more efficient or not.
Disable Comments is a free WordPress plugin that allows you to quickly and easily disable comments at every possible location on your domain.
Ad Injection is a free ad management tool for WordPress. This is my go to set and forget plugin for my AdSense sites as it allows me to set up my ad spaces within minutes, add my AdSence code and then go about posting my content as and when I require. The plugin will automatically add my ads to the pages and more importantly, in the unlikely chance my AdSence account gets banned or I want to change to a different network all I have to do is change my ad code in the plugin ant it automatically changes the code on every page.
Link Juice Keeper is another free WordPress plugin. I only have this activated on a small number of sites as it is more private blog network orientated. Essentially, it redirects all old pages to the home page in the hopes of further increasing the link juice of the domains home page.
Pretty Links is yet another free plugin for WordPress. It allows you to make custom redirects of links, for example, and long affiliate link into a short custom one starting with your domain name. The main reason I use it is similar to how I use Ad Injection for my AdSence ad spaces, if for whatever reason I have to change a program or link I can quickly do it on the back end within the plugin rather than going back to every page the link is hosted on and changing it.
This is one of the reasons you will sometimes see me describe what the tool does and highlight it rather than name the tool, for example, I use “automated web 2 creator” rather than Ranker X as I feel that a new tool will overtake it in the future. So instead of going through all of my content and changing “Ranker X” to the new tool name I just change the pretty link and its all good.
I have had a few people ask me how I am tracking my word count for the blog in my monthly blog progress reports and this is the plugin I use. WP Word Count adds up all of your page and post content giving the webmaster an easy way to know how much content he has on the domain.
Collapse-O-Matic is another free WordPress plugin, It is how I am able to hide long content such as list data behind and expand button.
Collapse-O-Matic In Action Hidden Content I have tried a bunch of to-do list apps and without a doubt my favorite is ToDoIst. It is free, cross-platform and auto-syncs between your phone, tablet, and computer. If vanity metrics help motivate you to be productive then it has a built in karma and completed task count. In my opinion, Rescue Time is the ultimate productivity tool going. I covered it in my post here, rather than helping save you time or stay focused it provides you with the hard data of how you are spending your time helping you change your habits to become more productive. A free automated recipe based macro tool, I currently use IFTTT with a few core recipes but I can see this increasing massively as I bring my social media strategy online along with a few other promotion methods I have planned. I personally feel Evernote is overrated but I maybe using it inefficiently or have my own systems in place that bypass the need for it. That being said it’s free plan allows you to keep notes synced between two devices and I do use it for a few small tasks. An automated folder synchronization tool, I use Dropbox for a number of tasks such as keeping offsite backups of data, automatic backups of websites, syncing data between different VPS’ and Servers and syncing data between devices. I explain how you can increase your free storage space by 1500% in my article here. Pocket is an app that lets you save articles from the internet to your app to read later even without an internet connection. I initially began to use Pocket in 2013 if I remember correctly. I downloaded the app as I could not get phone signal where I worked at the time so I would load my Pocket up with a bunch of articles each morning and then read them in work. Since then it has became part of my routine and I use the app daily without fail. Although I class Rescue Time as the ultimate productivity tool, Alfred is an extremely close second! It allows the user to make workflows to reduce the time required to do various tasks or macro them all togeather so they are completed on a keypress or keyword entry. It has a built-in clipboard manager as well as a community of dedicated developers who release a large number of free plugins for the app to help it with a number of tasks. I gave just pulled up my stats for the app and on average I use the app just over seventy times a day with common peaks on weekends of around 250 uses per day. I had some major sleeping problems in early to mid 2016, after trying to work out what was causing it I managed to link it to using my MacBook late at night, apparently, it was something to do with the blue light given off by the screen. I then found the Flux app, it allows the user to set time periods for the app to kick in and automatically dim the screen or reduce the contrast to prevent this. Literally, within days I was back to sleeping normally again. Massive thank you to Flux! On top of that, its totally free! Although Reeder is intended to be a basic RSS reader app, I have used a few little productivity hacks to make it an excellent traffic leaking tool.
Free Productivity Tools
I have tried a bunch of to-do list apps and without a doubt my favorite is ToDoIst. It is free, cross-platform and auto-syncs between your phone, tablet, and computer. If vanity metrics help motivate you to be productive then it has a built in karma and completed task count.
In my opinion, Rescue Time is the ultimate productivity tool going. I covered it in my post here, rather than helping save you time or stay focused it provides you with the hard data of how you are spending your time helping you change your habits to become more productive.
A free automated recipe based macro tool, I currently use IFTTT with a few core recipes but I can see this increasing massively as I bring my social media strategy online along with a few other promotion methods I have planned.
I personally feel Evernote is overrated but I maybe using it inefficiently or have my own systems in place that bypass the need for it. That being said it’s free plan allows you to keep notes synced between two devices and I do use it for a few small tasks.
An automated folder synchronization tool, I use Dropbox for a number of tasks such as keeping offsite backups of data, automatic backups of websites, syncing data between different VPS’ and Servers and syncing data between devices.
I explain how you can increase your free storage space by 1500% in my article here.
Pocket is an app that lets you save articles from the internet to your app to read later even without an internet connection.
I initially began to use Pocket in 2013 if I remember correctly. I downloaded the app as I could not get phone signal where I worked at the time so I would load my Pocket up with a bunch of articles each morning and then read them in work.
Since then it has became part of my routine and I use the app daily without fail.
Although I class Rescue Time as the ultimate productivity tool, Alfred is an extremely close second! It allows the user to make workflows to reduce the time required to do various tasks or macro them all togeather so they are completed on a keypress or keyword entry. It has a built-in clipboard manager as well as a community of dedicated developers who release a large number of free plugins for the app to help it with a number of tasks.
I gave just pulled up my stats for the app and on average I use the app just over seventy times a day with common peaks on weekends of around 250 uses per day.
I had some major sleeping problems in early to mid 2016, after trying to work out what was causing it I managed to link it to using my MacBook late at night, apparently, it was something to do with the blue light given off by the screen. I then found the Flux app, it allows the user to set time periods for the app to kick in and automatically dim the screen or reduce the contrast to prevent this. Literally, within days I was back to sleeping normally again. Massive thank you to Flux! On top of that, its totally free!
Although Reeder is intended to be a basic RSS reader app, I have used a few little productivity hacks to make it an excellent traffic leaking tool.