Resources

Email Service Providers

Aweber – A Weber is the service we currently use to power all our Folk Media emails. If you are new to email marketing they are inexpensive and provide great auotresponders and email link tracking. They also have RSS to email features built in.

iContact – iContact is another good email marketing software company. They have built in RSS, surveys, and autoresponder features built directly into their product.

Constant Contact – With a 60 day free trial (you don’t even have to give them your credit card) you can begin testing to see how email marketing works. Constant Contact is once of the largest email marketing companies. They have a great history of providing excellent service and support.

Blue Sky Factory – For the medium sized business Blue Sky Factory is an excellent choice. They are economical and very supportive. I would say that customer service is the number one aspect reason to use Blue Sky. As a client you are treated to personal one-on-one customer support and training. Plus they offer design and strategy consulting and services.

Market Research Tools

Market Samurai (Free Trial) is an indispensable keyword and market research tool that helps you find the best keywords for your niche, helps you to size up your competition, shows you where to find quality back links, know which online markets are worth avoiding, know what topics you should write articles on for your blog, and much more.

Landing Pages

Ad 2 Action – Powerful custom landing pages. No web programming or HTML needed.

Webhosting

HostGator is the hosting service we currently use for ourselves and our clients. They provide solid website & blog hosting and have outstanding customer service.

BlueHost provides solid website & blog hosting and is very comparable to HostGator.

Measurement

Google Analytics – Free website and blog measurement tool.

Google Conversion University – Free training on how to use Google Analytics.

Listening Tools

Netvibes

Tweetbeep – A free tool to monitor and watch for your name and company on Twitter.

Twitter Tools

Twellow – A Twitter directory.

Hootsuite

Domain Names

GoDaddy Rock solid domain registration and hosting. We’ve used their service and lot.

Domain Samurai is free tool that helps you find keyword rich domains for your niche. It includes an aged domains module that helps you find domains for sale that can have existing page rank and ready made traffic.

Blogging

WordPress.com (hosted)

WordPress.org (for hosting on your own site)

Blogger – Google’s free blogging platform

Thesis for WordPress is a premium template system that serves as a foundation for any kind of blog or website. Fast, flexible, and great for SEO. We use Thesis for many of our personal and client’s blogs

WooThemes provide premium WordPress themes with good customer support. Large selection of themes to choose from. We are currently using a WooTheme on the FolkMedia blog.