A colection of Social media Advice.

1. Google Scholar


I don’t know why more people don’t talk about Google Scholar, but I love this tool for researching science-heavy articles and digging into emerging studies. It limits your search to articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Pair it with a Google Alert to get amazing research on your topics of interest delivered right to your inbox.


Google Scholar

2. Open Site Explorer


Described as a search engine for links, Open Site Explorer  allows you to see  a list of the sites that are linking to you (or another site). This is great info for building better relationships with sites that like what you do, or even keeping an eye on competing sites.


Open Site Explorer

3. Google Trends


See what the world is searching for and how interest in concepts has changed over time with Google Trends. For example, I feel like I’m suddenly hearing about “growth hacker” and “growth hacking.” Are you, too? I input those terms into Google Trends and it looks like there is a sudden new interest in the concept.


Google Trends

Ideation Tools

4. Blog Topic Generator


Stumped for ideas? Give Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator a few nouns that describe your content areas and it’ll spit out a week’s worth of post ideas.

Blog Topic Generator


I put in the words “social media” “content marketing” and “aardvarks” (how could I resist?) and got the following:


   10 Signs You Should Invest In Social Media

   Think You’re Cut Out For Doing Content Marketing? Take This Quiz

   Miley Cyrus And Aardvarks: 10 Surprising Things They Have In Common

   15 Best Blogs To Follow About Social Media

   What Will Content Marketing Be Like In 100 Years?


Not bad, huh? Which one do you want to read?

5. Content Idea Generator


Enter a keyword for a fun, irreverent suggestion from Portent’s Content Idea Generator.


Title Generator

Reading and Writing Tools


These tools offer help with readability, keyword density and spelling and grammar.

6. Readability


Drag the Readability bookmarklet to your toolbar to convert any content on the web into a simple, easy-to-read format with an estimate of how long it’ll take you. Also check out the other bookmarklet options here, including one that sends longer content to your Kindle to read later.


Readability format

7. Hemingway


Simple, clear writing – we all strive for it. Get a little help with Hemingway. Paste a passage into the app and you’ll get an analysis that  highlights overly dense passages, unnecessary adverbs and more.


Hemingway app

8. Onpage Optimization Tool


This free onpage optimization tool from Internet Marketing Ninjas is a one-stop look at what’s going on a specific page of your site. Toss in a URL and see stats on keyword density, internal and external links and more.


Onpage Optimization

9. After the Deadline


A Chrome extension, After the Deadline checks spelling, style, and grammar wherever you go on the web.


After the Deadline

10. Readability Test Tool


Enter a web address or a block of text into the Readability Test Tool for an easy-to-understand analysis of your content. This tools measures a ton of different readability scores, and does a good job of explaining each one.

Readability Test Tool

Twitter Tools


These tools help you maximize your Twitter presence, from timing to sharing to analysis.

11. Save Publishing


Instantly find passages under 140 characters with Save Publishing, a handy bookmarklet that highlights tweetable passages on your screen. Post to Twitter with one click (or Buffer simply by highlighting a passage and clicking the Buffer extension)


Save Publishing

12. Followerwonk


We hope you’ve already heard of Followerwonk, one of Buffer’s many partners in amazing social media data. In addition to offering lots of super useful data about timing on Twitter, Followerwonk also has some other neat Twitter features, like the ability to compare followers of different accounts like so.



13. Latest.is


It’s not breaking news. It’s not nonsense hashtags. Latest.is is an automatically generated list of interesting links on Twitter, surfaced through an algorithm that focuses on “the people that always tweet the best links – first” (no, it doesn’t tell you who they are).



14. Tweriod


Tweriod analyzes your account to show you the best times to tweet for more exposure and replies. Bonus: Once you get your peak times, you can sync your Buffer account with them!



15. Must Be Present


A free tool from Sprout Social, Must Be Present calculates how often and how quickly you respond to comments and questions on Twitter (in exchange for your email address and a bit of other info).


Must Be Present

Facebook Tools


These tools analyze one or more Facebook pages to deliver an analysis or report on your activities.

16. Conversation Score


Discover any Facebook Page’s influence, engagement and performance with Conversation Score.



17. Wolfram Alpha Facebook report


To analyze your own Facebook account and get lots of interesting data about your connection, the language you use, the times of day you post and more, try Wolfram Alpha’s Facebook report.


Wolfram Alpha

18. LikeAlyzer


LikeAlyzer provides you with recommendations and feedback on your company’s presence on Facebook based on metrics including presence, dialogue, action and information.



19. Fanpage Karma


Fanpage Karma is all about competition. Compare two fan pages by entering their names or IDs and see which ones comes out on top.


fanpage karma

20. Facebook Page Barometer


Agora Pulse’s Facebook Page Barometer keeps track of how your Facebook performance stacks up against the average performance of 6,000+ pages.


LinkedIn Tools


These tools help you visualize and maximize your LinkedIn connections and presence.

21. SimplyMeasured LinkedIn Analysis tool


Get beautiful view of the action on your LinkedIn Company page – including most active posters, top days and times and much more – with SimplyMeasured’s LinkedIn Company Analysis. SimplyMeasured has quite a few freebie tools worth a look.


LinkedIn analysis

22. LinkedIn Maps


How do all of your LinkedIn connections relate to one another and overlap? Plug your info into LinkedIn Maps to get a new view that might just help you understand and strengthen some relationships.


LinkedIn Maps

Website Analysis Tools


These tools give you an overall look at many different facets of your site or marketing strategy.

23. Quicksprout


by QuickSprout is a really comprehensive website audit, social media analysis and competitor report, all in one.



24. Marketing Grader


Hubspot’s Marketing Grader works similarly, offering you an overall look at the health of your marketing efforts in multiple categories.

Marketing Grader

25. SharedCount


Want to see how your content (or anyone else’s, for that matter) has spread across the web? For sites that don’t display social media share button numbers, just paste the web address into SharedCount. Or use the multi-URL dashboard to enter lots of different web addressed and export a quick report.




Relationship Tools


These tools focus on connecting with new people and strengthening relationships with existing connections.

26. Newsle


Got some thought leaders or industry influencers you want to keep up with? Sign into Newsle through Facebook or LinkedIn and it’ll track your Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections & email contacts and let you know when they’re in the news.



27. Rapportive


Make your email work harder for you by installing Rapportive, a Chrome extension that helps you get to know your contacts better by showing their photo, job, company, LinkedIn profile and recent tweets.