Friday Fun: Cool Tools for Freelancers and Writers

Fountain pen nib

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Today is Friday, so it’s time for some cool tools.

This week, we’ve got everything from a backlink checker to a way to watch your site visits in real time.

Who’s looking at you?

Google Search Console Links to Your Site – this backlink checker shows who’s linking to your website or blog.

Improve your web site sales

Website Optimizer – a Google app that helps you test landing pages, write irresistible headlines, and increase your sales

Bounceapp– use this for website design changes, editing suggestions, and feedback – make your suggestions and share them
Chartbeat – real-time analytics for your site (free trial)

Turn your blog into a book

Anthologize – a free tool for converting your blog content into a book (thank you National Endowment for the Humanities)

Got more?  Share them in the comments.  We’re due for a roundup post, I’ll link them all back to you.

Friday Fun: Cool Tools for Web Developers and Creatives

The letter A in different fonts
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Today’s list has several different font finders (a great help when I needed to help my brother match the typeface on his wedding invitations so he could print matching envelopes), and a little inspiration for writing blog posts when your brain is spinning in mud.

There’s also a link to a thesaurus that helps you rhyme (as well as find synonyms.

Lastly, a search “engine” for icons.  If you’re not quite sure how to get the idea of “content management” across in an icon check here.

Font finders

Got a font you can’t identify? Send the image to What The Font. They’ll find the closest match. Or post it on their forum, where font enthusiasts will sort it out.

If you prefer the do-it-yourself approach, check out Identifont. Answer some questions about the font and their software will help you determine which font it is.

Thesaurus with a twist

Stuck for the right word? Test out the Big Huge Thesaurus. Synonyms, antonyms, even rhymes.

Blog post/story line ideas

The people (or maybe it’s the computers) at big huge labs have this covered too. Try out their story line generator.


Search the iconfinder for free icons you can download and use on your blog or web site.