- 7Zip: An open source, free alternative to WinZip.
- Audacity: An open source software used for recording & editing audio files.
- AVG: Anti-virus and anti-spyware protection.
- BrowserShots: Use this site to view how your website look in various browsers.
- CamStudio: Lets you record all screen & audio activity on your computer and create video files.
- CCleaner: Removes unused files from your pc allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up space.
- Color Cop: A multi-purpose color picker – great for web designers and programmers.
- Down For Everyone: Is your site down? Use this tool to see if your website is down for other people.
- DupeFree: Quickly check for duplicate content & LSI keywords.
- Evernote: Scan your notes, receipts, etc … it will OCR the content, sace it, and make it searchable)
- FileZilla: Open source FTP program for uploading files to your host.
- Firefox: Alternate web browser.
- GIMP: An open source program used to create & edit – free alternative to Photoshop.
- Give Away Of The Day: Unique site that offers you a free license digital product daily.
- Kompozer: An easy to use WYSIWYG HTML editor.
- Marketing Forum: Very helpful forum with lots of good info on internet marketing. Friendly members too.
- NicheBot Classic: Online keyword research tool helps you target the correct keywords.
- Open Office: Open source office software – word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations
- OSWD: Open Source Web Design offers free web design templates.
- PDF995: Use this tool to easily convert files to PSD format.
- PDF to Word Converter: Easily create editable Word Doc files from PDF content – for legit purposes only!
- Pixie: Great for web designers – just point to a color and discover the code value for that color.
- Resell Rights Weekly: Free membership where you can download over 300 PLR/RR products for free.
- Roboform: Easily & safely manage your passwords.
- ScreenHunter: Software that allows you to “capture” any part of your desktop, a window or full screen.
- Skype: Make free calls over the internet to other people on Skype.
- Textpad: A powerful text editor. I personally like Textpad for editing HTML code.
- VLC Media Player: Media player capable of reading most audio and video formats.
- WordPress Help Sheets And Resources: 23 extremely helpful WordPress help sheets and resources.
Stock Image Sites
Finding free high quality stock images to use as backgrounds or general images for your capture pages is not easy, and is generally quite time consuming. I have put together a list of sites that offer high quality, free stock photos that you can use for commercial purposes. Most of these sites allow you to use an image without the need of attribution, however do check the licensing and attribution requirement before using an image in your project.
- Pixabay: Offers a huge collection of free to use images (headers, backgrounds etc.).
- Pexels: Free high quality photos you can use everywhere. Free for commercial use. No attribution required.
- Pixnio: Pixnio images are explicitly placed in the public domain. You can use all pixio images from this site for whatever you want, use it freely for personal and commercial use.
- Free Image Bay: Copyright free images for personal and commercial use at no cost. All photos and illustrations are licensed under creative commons and are free to use on websites and presentations. No copyright restrictions, no attribution requirements and no registration needed.
- SplitShire: Delicious free stock photos for personal & commercial use.
- IM Free: Free, only high quality, resources for all design projects. Free images, free icons, free templates. IM Free – the anti-stock photo website.
- Gratisography: Free, use as you please, high-resolution pictures.
- Unsplash: Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution stock photos. Download 10 new free stock photos every 10 days.
- Picjumbo: Totally FREE photos for your commercial & personal works.
- LibreShot: Download photos in High Resolution for free use. All pictures are free for commercial use on your websites, blogs or anywhere you want. Photos are licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0). Just indicate the author (LibreShot.com) and you can do with photos whatever you want.
- Open Photo: Curated open source photos. Free photographs for download. Creative commons licensed images.
- Morguefile: Looking for high resolution stock photos for your illustration, comp or design needs? Search morgueFile for free reference images. Yes, they’re all completely free. whether you’re an illustrator, art director, instructor or looking to add a defining visual to a presentation.
- Unprofound: Royalty free photography, royalty free photos, stock images for design. Royalty and cost free photography. Free stock photographic library. Free photo portfolio and online photo share.
- Public Domain Archive: 100% free Public Domain Images. New free stock photos added weekly. No attribution required. Images released under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.
- Photogen: Photogen images are totally-FREE! Download and use Photogen stock photos FREE for both commercial and personal projects.
- Public Domain Photos: All photos on this web site are public domain. You may use these images for any purpose, including commercial.
- Free Stock Photography: You’ll find stock photos covering a range of categories such as textures, animals, technology, water, fire, jobs and careers, buildings and more. These stock photos are 100% free and are also royalty free.
Optimize Your Images
If you want to use any of the above sites images on your capture pages, then they are not always optimized to speed up loading times and file sizes.
Use the two sites below to turn your images into a more efficient version without losing any of the quality:
- JPEGmini: Reduce image size by up to 80%, without compromising quality.
- TinyJPG: Compress JPEG files with a perfect balance in quality and file size.