Free Business and Life Resources

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  • Kiss: Free legal docs for startup founders and investor.
  • Docracy: An open collection of free legal documents.
  • Shake: Create, sign and send legally binding agreements in seconds. Free for personal use.


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  • Hemingway: Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.
  • Morning Brew
  • Grammarly: Finds & corrects mistakes of your writing.
  • Medium: Everyone’s stories and ideas.
  • ZenPen: The minimal writing tool of web.
  • Liberio: Simple eBook creation and publishing right from Google Drive.
  • Editorial Calendar: See all your posts, drag & drop to manage your blog.
  • Story Wars: Writing stories together.
  • WP Hide Post: Control the visibility of items on your blog.
  • Social Locker: Ask visitors “to pay” for your content with a tweet, etc.
  • Egg Timer: Set a time and bookmark it for repeated use.
  • BlankPage: Writing made simple.
  • Wattpad: The world’s largest community for readers and writers.
  • Known: A single site for the content you create.
  • Wattpad: The world’s largest community for readers and writers.
  • Dbook: Structured and collaborative writing for large documents.
  • CoSchedule: Blog post headline analyzer.
  • When you return your text will still be here.
  • Free Summarizer: Summarize any text online in just a few seconds.




  • Canva: Amazingly simple graphic design for bloggers.
  • Pixlr: Pixlr Editor is a robust browser photo editor.
  • Skitch: Get your point across with fewer words.
  • Empowers anyone to create & share powerful visuals.
  • Social Image Resizer Tool: Create optimized images for social media.
  • Placeit: Free product mockups & templates.
  • Recite: Turn a quote into a visual masterpiece.
  • Meme Generator: The first online meme generator.
  • Pablo: Design engaging images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds.





  • Typeform: Free beautiful online survey & form builder.
  • Tally: Create polls in no time.
  • Free Survey Creator: Create a survey. Get user feedback for free.
  • Batch: The first-ever 100% free engagement platform for mobile apps.
  • Helprace: Customer service tool. Free for up to 3 agents for small support teams.


  • Petit Hacks: Acquisition, retention, & revenue hacks used by companies.
  • Optimizely: One optimization platform for websites and mobile apps.
  • Hello Bar: Tool for A/B testing different CTAs & power words.
  • GrowthHackers: Unlocking growth. Together.









  • UI Names: Generate random names for use in designs and mockups.
  • UI Faces: Find and generate sample avatars for user interfaces.
  • Copy Paste Character: Click to copy.
  • Window Resizer: See how it looks on various screen resolutions.
  • Sonics: Free packs of UI sounds and sound effects delivered to your inbox every month.


  • Hive: First free unlimited cloud service in the world.
  • GitHub: Build software better, together.
  • BitBucket: Git and Mercurial code management for teams
  • Chisel: Chisel offers an unlimited number of fossil repositories.
  • Visual Studio: Comprehensive collection of developer tools and services.
  • Landscape: Landscape is an early warning system for your Python codebase.
  • Swiftype: Add great search to any website. Free with limitations.
  • Gather all the data you want & start getting the answers you need.
  • Coveralls: Test coverage history and statistics.
  • LingoHub: Free for Small Teams, Open Source usage and Educational projects.
  • Codacy: Continuous Static Analysis designed to complement your unit tests.
  • Searchcode: Search over 20 billion lines of code.
  • TinyCert: Free SSL certificates for your startup.
  • StartSSL: Free SSL certificates.
  • Opbeat: The first ops platform for developers. Free for small teams.
  • Pingdom: Website monitoring. Free for one website.
  • Rollbar: Full-stack error monitoring for all apps in any language.
  • Loggly: Simplify Log Management Forever. Free for one user.
  • Devport: Get your developer portfolio.
  • Getting Real: The smarter way to build web apps. A free book by 37signals.
  • Peek: Get a free, 5-minute video of someone using your site.
  • Creator: Build better Ionic apps, faster.
  • DevFreeCasts: A huge collection of free screencasts for developers.
  • Cody: A free library of HTML, CSS, JS nuggets.



  • Noisli: Background noise & color generator.
  • Noizio: Ambient sound equalizer for relax or productivity.
  • Defonic: Combine the sounds of the world into a melody.
  • Curated playlists by designers, for designers.
  • Coffitivity: Stream the sounds of a coffee shop at work.
  • Octave: A free library of UI sounds, handmade for iOS.
  • Free Sound: Huge database of free audio snippets, samples, + recordings.
  • Sonics: Free packs of UI sounds and sound effects delivered to your inbox every month.
  • Deep Focus: Spotify’s famous playlist to focus.


  • Self Control: Mac: free application to help you avoid distracting websites.
  • Cold Turkey: Windows: temporarily block yourself off of distracting websites.


  • Trello: Keeps track of everything.
  • Evernote: The workspace for your life’s work.
  • Dropbox: Free space up to 2GB.
  • Yanado: Tasks management inside Gmail.
  • Wetransfer: Free transfer up to 2GB.
  • Free, fast, private and easy image and file hosting.
  • Pocket: View later, put it in Pocket.
  • Raindrop: Mac app for bookmarking and reading it later.
  • Flowdock: Free for teams of five and non-profits.
  • Typetalk: Share and discuss ideas with your team through instant messaging.
  • Slack: Free for unlimited users with few limited features.
  • HipChat: Free for unlimited users with few limited features.
  • Google Hangouts: Bring conversations to life with photos, emoji and group video calls.
  • Voveet: Simple, free 3D conference calls. Experience the difference.
  • FreeBusy: Eliminate coordination headaches when you need to schedule a meeting.
  • RealTimeBoard: Your regular whiteboard, re-thought for the best online experience.
  • Witkit: Witkit is the secure platform for teams. 50GB of free encrypted data storage.
  • Get things done with your team.
  • Asana: Teamwork without email.
  • GoToMeeting: Online meetings without the hassle.


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This day in search marketing history: March 22

Google Search Console to show event rich results errors for missing locations

2022: Google Search Console’s rich results report could now show you more warnings for event structured data markup if the event is missing a location.

Merchant Center can now be linked to Google Analytics 4

2022: Plus, you could now “see your conversions from free product listings by connecting your Merchant Center and Google Analytics property.”

Microsoft Advertising updates reporting dashboard with recent reports, real-time previews and more

2022: The new reporting dashboard was aimed at streamlining workflows by making reports easier to customize and access.

Instagram product tags rolling out to all U.S. users

2022: Product tagging would make it easy for people to discover and buy your products via Instagram Shopping.

Zero-click Google searches rose to nearly 65% in 2020

2021: Study found that on desktop, 46.5% of searches were zero-click, compared to 77.2% on mobile devices.

Video: Dan Toplitt, SVP, Head of US SEO at Reprise Digital, on enterprise SEO

2021: Other topics discussed: Google My Business, Google Shopping, passage ranking and more.

Google apologizes for rel=next/prev mixup

2019: Related: SEOs frustrated by Google’s belated pagination announcement

New personalized, Shopping Actions-enabled Google Shopping debuts in France

2019: Personalized recommendations and universal checkout were front and center in the update.

AdWords now shows ad version history

2018: Advertisers could compare old ad variations in the new AdWords interface.

Google Posts now gives museums, movies, musicians & sports groups dedicated space in search

2017: The program opened in US and Brazil. The expansion was a sign Google no longer saw it as just an experiment.

Data show that search query volumes on the PC peaked in 2013

2016: 2013 was the high-water mark for desktop search.

Google Webmaster Tools Improves Verification Reporting & Process

2013: Google announced three improvements to the Google Webmaster Tools verification system.

Google Says No To Phone Numbers In PPC Ads, Forcing The Use Of Call Extensions

2013: Starting in April, AdWords ads with phone numbers in the text would be disapproved.

Google Pushes Google Search App With Commercials

2013: Despite the ads, which were clever and cute, they didn’t seem to help uptake on iOS. 

Microsoft Shows Off Coming Improvements To Bing App’s Voice Search

2013: Microsoft shared video of what was a confidential, employee-only demonstration of new voice search capabilities in its Bing app for Windows Phones.

Search In Pics: Google Wonder Girls, Fish, Cylon & Seniors Workshop

2013: The latest images showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have, and more.

Display Gets Its Own Interface, New Keyword Targeting In AdWords

2012: The new interface was built to run display campaigns and enable advertisers to bid, target and optimize display campaigns in one place.

Two Weeks Later, Google Lifts Ban On BeatThatQuote

2011: A search for their name in Google once again returns them at the top result.

The Leaky New York Times Paywall & How “Google Limits” Led To “Search Engine Limits”

2011: How we went from the New York Times seeming to single out visitors from Google with a “5 free visit per day” policy to supposedly all search engines being limited in such a way.

Goodbye “Ads By Google” & Hello “AdChoices” As Google’s Backs Industry Label Effort

2011: Google was moving to comply with an industry initiative from the Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising.

Google Touts Conversion Boost With Call Tracking Solution

2011: Use of Call Metrics helped one client increase response rates by almost 30% and conversions by nearly 20%.

DoubleClick Updates Somewhat Neglected Search Management Tool

2011: DoubleClick unveiling DoubleClick for Search version 3, only the third major update in the campaign management tool’s five-year history.

Googlers: Single With No Kids & Drinking Mountain View

2011: A report matched 6,000 Google employees and 16,000 Microsoft employees email addresses with grocery purchase behavior in partnership with a loyalty card aggregator to determine differences.

Google Book Search Settlement Rejected By Court

2011: Judge found that the proposed settlement terms were not “fair, adequate, and reasonable.”

Survey: Android Most Desired OS By Non-iPhone Users

2011: “A whopping 40% of consumers across our survey suggested their next handset would be an Android phone vs only 17.9% going for iPhone.”

Google Stops Censoring In China, Hopes Using New Domain Meets Legal Requirements

2010: Rather than the expected “pullout” from China, Google hoped to continue operating within the country.

Bing Updates iPhone App

2010: Including private search option as well as search history options, and more.

Magnetic Brings Search Re-Targeting To The Masses

2010: Newly launched company wanted to make search retargeting available to potentially any publisher, ad network or ad exchange that wanted to buy the query data.

For Your Sunday Bullshit Reading: Search Ads Are “Misdirection” Advertising

2009: Search advertising – the biggest form of online advertising – was all about misdirection? Really? (A rant.)

Google Adds Related Phrases To Definitions

2007: Google added “related phrases” to the Google definitions feature.

Yahoo Says 12 to 15 Percent Of Clicks Are Discounted

2007: 12 to 15 percent of Yahoo’s search ad clicks were filtered out due to being fraud, invalid or for other reasons.

Yahoo Appoints New Click Quality Czar

2007: Related: Yahoo Appoints New Click Quality Czar

Microsoft Appoints New Head Of Search & Ads

2007: Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella to head the newly formed Search and Ad Platform Group.

News Corp. & NBC To Launch YouTube Competitor

2007: News Corp. and NBC Universal planned to announce an online video site stocked with TV shows and movies, plus clips that users can modify and share with friends.

From Search Marketing Expo (SMX)

SEO Ranking factors panel: SMX West session recap

Grab More Attention With Google’s New Search Ads (SMX West 2010)

Past contributions from Search Engine Land’s Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

These columns are a snapshot in time and have not been updated since publishing, unless noted. Opinions expressed in these articles are those of the author and not necessarily Search Engine Land.

2022: 11 conspiracy theories about search, Google and Big Tech by Jon Clark

2019: How call tracking is becoming ‘conversational intelligence’ by Greg Sterling

2019: The rise (and further rise) of Google My Business spam by Jamie Pitman

2018: 5 easy but smart SEO wins to boost content and link-building efforts by Jeremy Knauff

2018: 8 types of negative reviews Google will remove by Joy Hawkins

2018: Giants collide: Google’s impending showdown with Amazon by Andreas Reiffen

2017: Google site search is on the way out. Now what? by Paul Shapiro

2017: 3 steps to overcoming site issues that impact performance by Jim Yu

2017: Are technical and content audits still relevant? by David Freeman

2016: Local marketing: What is the true local web? by Garrett French

2016: Evangelizing organic search success: 5 steps to elevate performance by Jim Yu

2016: Link building is a human endeavor by Andrew Dennis

2013: How To Determine Your Mobile & Geo Bid Multipliers For Enhanced Campaigns by Benjamin Vigneron

2012: What People Do Is The New SEO by Aaron Friedman

2011: Behind The Scenes At Yandex In Moscow by Andy Atkins-Krüger

2011: Indistinct Links & Link Building In Difficult Verticals by Ross Hudgens

2011: How To Find Hidden SEO Opportunities On Twitter by Kelsey Jones

2010: Why The “Location Wars” Spell Trouble – & Opportunity – For Local SEO by Andrew Shotland

2010: Internal Linking Tactics For Users & Search Engines by Adam Audette

2007: New Google Mobile Phone Search Patent Applications by Bill Slawski

2007: Destination Marketing: SEM Without Compromise by Stoney deGeyter

2007: President Jimmy Carter Speaks at Google’s Atlanta Office by Stacy Williams

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Google Search Status Dashboard to gain ranking update history

Google is adding a new “ranking” section to the Google Search Status dashboard it launched last December. The new ranking section will include active and historical Google algorithm updates, so that you can see what changed with Google Search related to ranking, not just crawling, indexing or serving.

New dashboard. Here is what the new dashboard looks like, Google added a “ranking” section:

Here is what it looked like previously, with only crawling, indexing and serving:

Algorithm updates. Google will soon add the new ranking section, which “will show the active March 2023 core update, plus history up to 2020,” the company said on Twitter. This is not completed yet, as you do not see the March 2023 core update listed yet, but it will soon.

We’re working on unifying the ranking updates page with Soon, the new “Ranking” section will show the active March 2023 core update, plus history up to 2020. We’ll update this tweet once we’re finished migrating.

— Google Search Central (@googlesearchc) March 21, 2023

Why we care. This is another way to see what ranking changes were released by Google. This is in addition to the current Google Search updates page and of course, our reporting here.

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4 F1 Racing Lessons That Can Accelerate Your Career

For F1 drivers like Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, these racing lessons are second nature, but they don’t just apply to the tracks — they can also help to position you as a leader and accelerate your success as an entrepreneur.

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