Free Webmaster Resources

Here you will find tutorials, marketing resources, SEO tricks and a lot more. We recommend you bookmark this page as we will be updating it on an ongoing basis.

set up your website

Basics: How to set up a website

What you should know about website creation (even before you start building)

marketing tools

Marketing: Start a Conversation With Your Visitors

If you don’t promote your site you won’t attract many visitors. Luckily there are some easy ways to fix this.

stockphotos

Professional Stock Photos

Great images at no or little cost that can make all the difference to your site

  • Fotolia: offers high quality images starting at $0.75 USD.
  • Photl.com: free high resolutions stock photos.
  • Creative Commons Search: search Flickr, Google and Yahoo at once for Creative Commons photos.
  • Tip! Da Button Factory: Nice little creator for buttons that include text, e.g. for call to actions like “Register now!”.
  • Smashing Magazine: excellent icons and other freebies that can usually be used for even commercial purposes.
  • Tip! Shiny Icon Maker: create free Web 2.0 icons for your site.
  • Just as important as professional images: a professional font type. Dafont.com offers loads of great free fonts.
tutorials

Tutorials

Find tips und instructions on using your website builder.

tools and plugins

Free Tools and Plug-ins

The internet is a fantastic repository of free tools you can use to make your life easier. Here are some tools we use ourselves:

  • Appointment booking: let your clients book appointments right through your website with Appointlet – integrates nicely with Google Calendar. We’re fans!
  • Copyscape: detects copies of your valuable content and helps you find content thieves.
  • Use Disqus for a more sophisticated blog commenting feature – includes email notifications, moderation and more.
  • Google Alerts: get email alerts when your or your competitors’ brand is mentioned on the web.
  • Tip! Dropbox und Google Drive – share files with your coworkers. We use it quite extensively ourselves. Get 2 GB for free with Dropbox or 15 GB with Google Drive.
  • Fireshot - Firefox add-on to create screenshots of the full length of web pages.
  • HTTrack Website Copier: brilliant tool to create backups of your website.
  • Tip! Trello: excellent tool to manage projects the Japanese ‘Kanban’ way. Can also be used to organize your to do list.
  • Free web form builders: it’s fast and easy to create forms with these free form builders.
  • Tip! Screencasts: for short screencasts we can recommend Jing or Screenr. Jing is also great for sharing screenshots
  • Tip! Xenu’s Link Sleuth: finds broken links on your website. Very important, use it regularly!
web law

Web law

Know your rights before launching your website!

  • Legal requirements: comprehensive list of legal information for the U.S.UK and Ireland.
  • Website Law Blog: find information on numerous topics, for a UK audience.
analytics

Free Web Analytics

Two free professional web statistic tools:

seo

Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Boost Your Traffic

SEO starts with your choice of website builder, and includes both On-Page Optimization (everything that happens on your site) and Off-Page Optimization (backlinks from other sites to yours).

earn money

Monetize Your Website

There are numerous ways to make money online, for example start an online shop and sell things, or be an affiliate for another company. Here are some great resources to get you started:

  • Smartpassiveincome.com: Pat Flynn’s highly recommended blog. No pop-up banners, no sales pages. Simply great content.