Cool Free Tools

Cool Free Tools

This is the FIRST ever webinar I created a few years ago. If I looked a bit star-struck then you know why!

I really enjoyed doing the research phase for these “Cool FREE Tools” and I hope you find these resources helpful and of some help.

The webinar goes for about 40 minutes so please put aside some time when it’s convenient for you.

Either now or later because I know you’ll get some real benefits from what I discovered for you.

Cool Free ToolsStill Stumped for Ideas?

I realize there are some fabulous paid tools available and as a guide you usually get what you paid for both online and offline. However, I think I have found some extremely valuable resources you can access for free.

Here’s three extra “Cool Free Tools”

  1. I recommend you give Hubspot’s Free Blog Topic Generator a whirl.

Simply add a few nouns that describe your content areas and it’ll spit out a week’s worth of post ideas.

I put in the words “retargeting” “marketing” and “profitable” and got the following:

Think You’re Cut Out For Doing Retargeting? Take This Quiz

15 Best Blogs To Follow About Marketing

Why We Love Profitable (And You Should, Too!)

7 Things About Retargeting Your Boss Wants To Know

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Marketing

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2. Here’s a way to create some cheeky content title ideas as well as some clever Tweets – check out Portent’s Content Idea Generator 

Cannot guarantee the quality of the tweets but you’ll have some fun trying out this software! Have fun

3.  Having trouble writing your business plan? 

Enloop offers a step-by-step guide  for entrepreneurs and creates customised business plans ready to be shared at any time.

The “Free & Easy” plan allows your startup to create one business plan, generate three-year financial forecasts, rate your performance in real-time and tie everything together in a professionally formatted document.

There you go – hope you got some valuable ideas and tools from this post. Please let me know in your comments below and share what free tools you have found to be of help. 

If you would like a copy of the links I mention throughout the webby then click the “Your FREE Resources Link” below – enjoy 

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Your Turn

I know how busy you must be so many thanks for your comments.

Do you have any questions from the webinar?
Always happy to help so just leave your questions/queries in your comments below.
Care to share what free tools have you found helpful? 

Peter Beckenham

I'm an Aussie entrepreneur who lives and runs his online sales & marketing coaching business from a remote Thai village. I help small businesses to build authority, attract quality leads and generate sales If you enjoyed your visit with me then SUBSCRIBE TO MY TRIBE where you will get lots of tips, ideas and practical, down-to-earth information about how to make the most of your online business journey.

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  1. Hi Peter,

    I always like these types of posts.

    I mean who doesn’t love free tools.

    The Hubspot tool looks cool, so will probably add that.

    Google Alerts is another good one – I’ve been using it for a few years now.

    Tweetdeck is a great tool for folks who are in the Twittersphere

    For bloggers who create regular written content, I think Grammarly is a first class writing tool, even the free version. It won’t make bad copy good, but it can certainly contribute to the creation of a sweet blog post.

    The other day I installed a new Chrome plug-in called Writer. Writers can use it to format their articles or even blog comments like this one. I wouldn’t call it a must have tool, but so far it looks like a nice little addition to make the creation of content a tad easier.

    Thanks again Peter


    • Hey Kim,

      Glad you liked the free tools mate and thanks a million for your useful additions – I just checked out your recommendation re the Chrome “Writer” plugin and it looks like it will be a really helpful addition.

      Apologies for all the issues we had with comments for this post – the dreaded “techo hangup” just got that bit worse for me. lol

      Best wishes from Thailand and as always thanks for your visit and great comment


  2. Hey Peter,
    Congratulations on your webinar which was so well received. I picked up a lot of valid suggestions from your post, as well as from your commenters’ comments!

    I would say the time you spent on this research was worth it to you …. and to us, too, hahaha!

    I’m looking forward to visiting here again.
    Cheers to your next webinar!


    • Hello Sue and thanks for your visit,

      Great to know you got some value from my very first webinar attempt.

      Really appreciate your kind and supportive words and look forward to your next visit to my place.

      Best wishes from a remote Thai village


  3. Hello Adrienne and welcome back to my place…as you so kindly worded this before.

    Yes I do appreciate just how busy everyone is and that at 44 minutes a webinar within a blog post was something I will not try again.

    However, I got carried away doing the research and just wanted to share as much as I could with my readers.

    The content generator sites are fantastic but they still require us to ad our own bit of flair and unique spin on things to make sure we are providing something that is not just valuable but also different.

    I do hope your webinar went well as far as the follow up sales potential is concerned. John Corcoran was certainly a very good and relaxed presenter and the whole thing went really well despite the last minute hitches you guys experienced with the external site that took the regstrations for your webinar.

    My best wishes to you and your family for the festive season Adrienne.


  4. Well thank you Being.

    Appreciate your compliment but can you please tell me what in particular you found helpful.

    I’d really like to know.

    Many thanks


  5. Hi Peter,

    I followed you here from my blog. I did not know until I watched your video on the home page here that you are also an Aussie. I guess you may not have picked up I am one either.

    Thank you for the free tool ideas. I like the idea of a blog topic generator as there are times when I am stumped.

    I only watched a little of your webinar but I would not have guessed it was your first.

    Nice to connect with you Perter.

    Have a wonderful day (from Noosa in QLD).


    • Hello there Sue and wecome to my place.

      Great to have you visit all the way from beautiful Noosa – wow that brings back some great memories for me!

      Glad you followed me back as I really enjoyed my time on your blog and plan to be a regular visitor for you.

      My webinar at 44 minutes is a bit long for a blog post I must admit but hopefully some folks will download it and watch at their leisure if they really want some great online marketing tools.

      My best wishes to a fellow Aussie and I also enjoyed connecting with you Sue

      All the best from a very hot Thai village that is just about to be swamped in rain!


  6. Hi Peter,

    For your first webinar you have done a fantastic job! There are so many free goodies here you have put together. I like newspeg…never heard of that one but I can see how it can come in handy when I’m staring at a blank page.

    Chatwing sounds amazing…I’m a huge social media buff and never heard of that one either.

    I like the way you mentioned another source of content is Google Alerts. That one I do use all the time and I use those latest updates for my content on my blog as well as my email list. It is great to use because we can get the “latest news” and share it with our readers.

    I’ve heard of some others you mentioned and all of this is amazing. I thank you once again and I will be sharing this right after I comment.


    • Hello again Donna,

      It’s always great to have you visit my place and I am excited that you found the time in your busy day to check out my webinar.

      The tools are all really helpful and I was happy to do the research and save my readers the time to look for things like this.

      In fact a bit surprised that many of these tools have never been seen by folks before so that thrills me as well as I bring them to my readers attention.

      Yes like you I’m a big user and believer in “Google Alerts” as it always gives me trending things to blog about – actually this webinar was a direct result of a google alert!

      Thank you again Donna – you’re visits are very much appreciated.

      Best wishes from a remote Thai village


  7. Hi Peter,

    You’ve shared some great tools here. As a cautionary note regarding Mailchimp, I’ve heard that they’re a good autoresponder but for anyone who’s in the Internet Marketing/MMO niche they’d do well to steer clear, as Mailchimp aren’t friendly towards that sort of thing.

    The tool that stood out to me wasn’t one that you mentioned on the webinar, rather it was Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator. As you know, I’ve created a blog post completely on-the-fly twice now, so coming up with ideas for content isn’t something I struggle with. Yet, coming up with good titles is something I can actually agonise over at times! But a great tool like this is sure to be helpful, so I’ve made sure to place it in my bookmarks for future reference.

    As for free tools I’ve found, there are too many to mention, but here are some gems I’ve found:

    XMind – People kept on recommending mindmapping and, for a while, it wasn’t something I could get myself into. But when I found XMind that all changed. For me, this is the easiest, most intuitive mindmapping tool I’ve found. Since then it’s proven to be an invaluable addition to my arsenal and I use it a lot for preparing things such as presentations and tutorials but also for actually using in presentations or videos too.

    VSDC Free Video Editor – This is a very powerful little video editor than can do so much. You can do many of the things that you would expect to be able to do with such a tool, but you can even do chromakey editing with it too! There may well be other free editors out there that do it, but I don’t know of any – this is the only free one I’ve ever come across that does it.

    Handbrake – Quite simply the best MP4 converter I’ve come across. Not only does it just work, it does its job very quickly instead of taking hours like some converters can do.

    Tweetdeck – I find this invaluable for managing my Twitter accounts. It gives me much more customisation and flexibility than the native Twitter interface. Many people recommend Hootsuite and I tried that first, but lasted about two minutes with it, if that – I hated it! But I took to Tweetdeck immediately. For me, a big selling point is how intuitive a thing is and Tweetdeck is exactly that.

    FeedReader – This is another example of a piece of software that helped me ‘get’ something I’d been struggling with. I kept coming across this “RSS” thing but couldn’t quite get my head around just what it was used for and what the point of it was for someone like me. Again, I tried many different readers but none of them helped. If anything, I just became more confused. But when I found FeedReadrer the penny finally dropped! Now it’s another invaluable piece of kit in my arsenal.

    As I said, I could list many more, but those are just a few of the free tools that I have come across and make good use of. I don’t really use VDSC because I have other software that does the job, but for anyone who’s looking for a good, free video editor then that one is a good one to take a look at.

    Thanks for the great post, Peter. Just as a side note, I wonder how many people will take the time to sit through the webinar? As great as it is, I wonder if most will end up skipping it? I don’t put a whole lot of video on my blog, but I’ve found that my video-based posts have usually been the ones with the least engagement. Personally (and I could be wrong!) I think that most blog visitors expect to be able to come to a blog post and spend no more than just a few minutes on it. If they see a video that’s longer than just a couple or so minutes, I think they may be inclined to not want to commit to spending that much time. It’s just a thought and I’d certainly be interested to hear what you find from your experience. 🙂


    • Hi Glenn and what can I say but thank you mate.

      What a fantastic list of additional “freebies” for people to check out and utilize. Greatly appreciate you sharing these with us Glenn.

      I appreciate and agree with your comment re MailChimp and the internet marketing space but for most other niches it still would be a great place to start – it was my first experience with autoresponders when we set up our blog for our Thai Silk Magic business and we’ve continue to use it ever since.

      THanks also for the heads up re the video – I thought the same re the length of 40+ minutes and really did not expect people to sit through it…rather they could just bookmark the post and share it with others if they felt it would be helpful and/or useful.

      My best wishes from Thailand Glenn – always great to have you visit my place.


  8. Hey Peter,
    The year is rounding up and I’m glad I’m here on your blog 😉

    I quickly jumped to hubspot’s tool as I’m excited about any one that helps in content ideas. You know even the toughest bloggers sometimes run out of ideas 😉

    I’ll surely be back to watch the video and thanks for the interaction on my blog.

    Hope you are set for a wonderful 2016

    • Well hello Enstine,

      What a real pleasure and a lovely surprise to have you visit with me – you just made my day mate!

      I’m glad you found the hubspot tool of help.

      As you are such an experienced and successful marketer I’m a little surprised that you had not seen that tool before so that’s great news.

      Actually I really enjoyed my experiences on your blog and realized just much much more I have to learn to make my blogging venture both productive and profitable.

      Thank you for your kind words of support – means a lot to me Enstine.

      Best regards from a Thai village marketer


  9. Hey Peter, great post! Really like the hubspot idea i’ll be giving this a whirl in the future for sure! Even the topic title generator is entertaining. Cheers

    • Hi Sam. Glad you liked the idea mate – hope it works well for you

      I’ve had a lot of fun playiny with this one in particular.

      All the best


  10. Hey Peter this is awesome mate. Thanks for all of that I learnt about alot of new stuff……thankyou for sharing this is great material. There is no reason for anyone not to make a start unless the excuse is not to start.

    • Hi Jennifer and welcome back to my blog.

      Always great to have your input and support. Glad you found these tools helpful – it was a lot of fun researching them actually and I hope it saves people lots of time and effort in their online endeavors.

      All the best


  11. Great Free tools and thank you for sharing Peter.I think you spend a lot of your priceless time to do this research and now share with us.Btw.I love Free Animoto Studio 🙂

    Kindest Regards,

    • Hi Darja,

      Thanks for your kind and supportive comment – it did take quite some time to research these tools but the end result was really worth it.

      Not just for me but also for my readers who hopefully will now take advantage of some of these great resources.

      By the way Like you I also love Animoto!

      Best wishes from a very hot Thai village


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