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My Web Toolkit: Rand Fishkin

Last time we have interviewed the creator of Crazy Egg, KISSmetrics and Hello Bar. Today we present you a SEO Guru.

Rand Fishkin is best known for creating Moz (former SEO Moz) – a popular SEO platform offering inbound marketing software, tools and resources.
He also co-founded inbound.org – the community for marketing professionals.

Rand is very popular because of his blogs, where he shares his great knowledge: the official Moz Blog and his personal Rand’s Blog.
I guess you might have heard of Whiteboard Friday – a series of short videos, full of valuable insight, made by Rand and his colleagues.

Rand lives and works in Seattle. Privately he travels a lot with his charming wife Geraldine, who describes their journeys on her blog.

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Rand’s Top Web Apps

Here are the top web apps Rand Fishkin uses and recommends:

  • gmail Gmail“for almost everything in my life, personal and professional”
  • 7Geese 7Geese“for intra-company OKRs, 1:1s, feedback, etc. at Moz”
  • Moz Fresh Web Explorer“for tracking mentions and links about myself, Moz, and projects I care about; it’s vastly superior to Google Alerts”
  • followerwonk Followerwonk“for Twitter analytics, connecting to new people, and improving my use of Twitter (which is my primary social network)”
  • googleanalytics Google Analytics“for web analytics”
  • surveymonkey SurveyMonkey“for designing surveys, collecting data, and aggregating feedback”
  • bitly Bitly“for tracking my social sharing”
  • wistia Wistia“for my Whiteboard Friday videos”
  • pocket Pocket“to collect articles I read later (usually on plane flights)”
  • .@randfish Top Web Apps: @Gmail, @7geese, FreshWebExplorer by @moz, @followerwonk, @GoogleAnalytics, @SurveyMonkey, @bitly, @wistia, @pocket

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Web Apps Rand is involved in

“All the Moz tools – yup! But none of the others.”

How does Rand find his apps?

“No specific blogs, but I do follow a number of folks on Twitter and Google+ who occasionally mention new tools/apps I try. For example, I found Conspire.com via Google+ and love it.”

That’s it.
Stay tuned for another “My Web Toolkit” interview!

My Web Toolkit: Neil Patel

We started this series interviewing a successful Developer, now it’s time for one of the top 10 online marketers and his toolbox.

Neil Patel is Wall Street Journal’s top influencer on the web, also praised by Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, United Nations and President Obama himself.

Neil consults the largest enterprises, including Amazon, eBay, GM, HP, Microsoft and NBC, helping them maximize their revenue. But he’s best known from creating the three brands you surely heard of: Crazy Egg, KISSmetrics and Hello Bar.

Neil blogs at Quicksprout and speaks at 25 conferences a year. He lives in Seattle.

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Neil’s Top Web Apps

Neil Patel uses and recommends the following web tools:

  • googleanalytics Google Analytics“I use this tool to analyze how my websites are doing. It gives me a rough overview if there is growth.”
  • kissmetrics KISSmetrics“This tool helps me track my life time value and if things are getting better or worse.”
  • rescuetime RescueTime“I optimize my productivity through this free tool. It tells me how to save time.”
  • yesware Yesware“This free service tells me if people are opening up my emails. This is useful for sales.”
  • hellobar Hello Bar“It’s a great free tool to help you convert more visitors into customers.”
  • gmail Gmail“My inbox controls me. I run everything through it and Gmail is what I use.”
  • wordpress WordPress“I love blogging and WordPress by far is my favorite platform. Blogging is also how we generate most of our traffic.”
  • googlecalendar Google Calendar“My life is hectic and this app lets me easily organize my day.”
  • unrollme Unroll.Me“This is a great app that lets me remove junk from my inbox.”
  • .@neilpatel Top Web Apps: @GoogleAnalytics, @KISSmetrics, @RescueTime, @Yesware, @theHelloBar, @Gmail, @WordPress, @GoogleCalendar

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Web Apps Neil is involved in

“KISSmetrics and Hellobar. I am the co-founder of both of them.”

How does Neil find his apps?

“Word of mouth. When friends tell me about a app that’s great, I usually try them out.”

That’s all, but another “My Web Toolkit” interview is coming soon!

My Web Toolkit: Brad Frost

With this post we’re starting a new series – short interviews with popular Web Designers, Web Developers and e-Marketers. We ask them to share their Top Web Applications they use in their every day work.

Brad Frost is a web designer, speaker, writer, and consultant (also a musician!). He worked for large brands like TechCrunch, MasterCard, Verizon, Nike and many more.
From his headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA he’s tweeting and blogging, mostly about the web.
He’s also a frequent speaker at many events, including TEDx.

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Here are some tools and resources for Web Designers Brad helped to create: This Is Responsive, Styleguides.io, Mobile Web Best Practices.

Brad’s Top Web Apps

Here are the web tools Brad Frost uses on a daily basis:

  • google Google Apps“for Gmail, calendar, and documents”
  • workflowy Workflowy“I’ve tried just about every to-do app, and Workflowy is the only one simple enough for me to manage and maintain”
  • harvest Harvest“to track my time, send my invoices, and keep track of expenses”
  • rdio Rdio“to listen to music while I’m working”
  • github Github“to host my code and communicate with the community”
  • dploy Dploy.io“to deploy my code”
  • basecamp Basecamp“to manage client communications”
  • mailchimp MailChimp“to send email campaigns” read our review
  • fitbit Fitbit“to keep track of my health, eating, exercise”
  • .@brad_frost Top Web Apps: @Google Apps, @WorkFlowy, @harvest, @Rdio, @github, @dployio, Basecamp by @37signals, @MailChimp and @fitbit

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Web Apps Brad is involved in

“I help with the direction of a tool called Pattern Lab, which helps web designers/developers create interface design systems.”

How does Brad find his apps?

“I follow a few accounts like Lifehacker, The Next Web, and The Verge that post about new services.”

  • .@brad_frost: “I follow a few accounts like @lifehacker, @thenextweb, and the @verge that post about new services.” via @supermonitoring

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