Gplus.to: Ever noticed that your Google+ profile url is made up of 21 very not-so-pretty numbers? Until now users were unable to make their drab profile link look nice. But thanks to this free tool, you can create a custom URL with your business name (similar to a vanity URL on Facebook) that looks professional and gives your Google+ account some polish.
Buzzsumo: Be “in the know” with this free tool that provides daily insight into the topics, stories and influencers that are garnering the highest engagement. Anyone visiting Buzzsumo’s site will be greeted with a description of “social insights for content marketers.” Buzzsumo allows users to type in any phrase, click the “try it out” button and instantly see the most shared blog content across all social networks. If you are always on the hunt for relevant and quality content to share, Buzzsumo takes the guesswork out of it.
Wordoid: Struggling to name your business, projects or ventures? Struggle no more. Wordoid describes itself as “a cozy place to pick a short and catchy name for your product, company or domain, or just have some fun with words.” Simply scroll down, put a short word in the box, click “create wordoids” and off you go.
Canva: If you like creating shareable images for social media, you will love Canva. Canva offers the simplicity and fun of Picmonkey but saves users a step by offering excellent images for one-time use purchase for around $1.00. Need an image of a snowman to create a shareable image for your blog and are tired of hunting the image sites? Simply type “snowman” into the search box and Canva displays a wide variety of high quality images that can be purchased for a one-time-use fee. Canva also offers a great selection of free backgrounds if you want to keep your image simple and clean.
Pingdom: Site running slow? Pingdom tests the load time of any webpage. Enter a URL to test the load time of that page, analyze it to find the bottlenecks and then apply the recommended fixes. This tool also alerts users when their website goes down, enabling them to stay on top of their site’s performance. Pingdom is not free, but is still affordable at $6.96 per month for individuals and $19.97 per month for business.