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UPDATE: I took this list and turned it into a PDF. You can grab your copy at the bottom of this first post.


I want to compile an extensive list of helpful resources for us offliners. Let's help each other out by adding to this list if you have something that will be helpful. Please post the resource and if it isn't obvious, what the resource is. NO AFFILIATE LINKS.

From time to time I'll go back and edit this first post with the info from everyone's posts below. This way it will be easy to find and you won't have to scroll throughout this thread.

Eventually I'll create a PDF and post it. Want to get a big list first so I don't have to go back and update the PDF and then you'll be without the most up to date version.

**Use at your own risk. I am not claiming to have used everything listed below. Some of the sites/services listed may be horrible or they may be great. I don't know for sure about every single one.


Find Businesses Information

Manta.com - Great for finding business owners names.
Hoovers.com - Like Manta
YellowPages.com - Great for seeing if a business has a website.
Yelp.com - Great place to check for bad reviews if you are doing rep management.
Google.com/places - Also a great place to look for bad reviews.
Company Reach - Expensive but looks to be very valuable.
Jigsaw.com
Local Citation Finder Tool
MerchantCircle.com


Statistics - Charts - Info

GoMo - Google's site about going mobile, great resource if you're selling mobile sites
MarketingCharts.com
Hubspot Mobile MarketingCharts
Local Search Stats
MarketSearch
KelseyGroup
Clickz
More Mobile Marketing Stats
Organic Search click Through Stats
Marketing Data Box
Tech Crunchies
Top Ten Websites For Internet Usage Stats
On Device Research - Mobile related
PDF about mobile - Pretty good, nice charts



Printing

48HourPrint.com
VistaPrint.com
GotPrint.com - Prices are insanely cheap!
OvernightPrints.com
123Print.com - Recommended by fellow Warriors


Staying In Contact

AWeber - One of the leading autoresponder services (what I use).
AmazingMail.com - Create and send postcards to your prospects and/or clients all from your computer.
1ShoppingCart.com
ConstantContact.com - Autoresponder
iContact.com - Autoresponder
GetResponse.com - Autoresponder
SendOutCards.com


CRM

SendPepper.com - Great to use for direct mail, sending emails, postcards, etc.
InfusionSoft.com - Very expensive but has a ton of features.
Zoho.com
SalesForce.com
SugarCRM


Mailing Lists

MelissaData.com
InfoUSA.com
DirectMail.com
Mailing-Lists-Direct.com
NextMark.com - Great search tool with lots of info on lists!
MacroMark.com
USAdata.com
SRDS


Phone Services

Kall8.com
RingCentral.com
AnswerConnect.com
eVoice.com
VoiceNation.com
Google Voice
Skype
OneKate.com
PatLive - Answering service. You give them a script/questions to use and a real human will answer your calls. I used this years ago when I was in the mortgage business. They do a decent job. Make sure you mystery shop them from time to time to make sure they are asking what you told them to ask.
AnswerConnect - Looks to be similar to PatLive.


Text Message Marketing Providers

AvidMobile
Yeez
TXT180
EZtexting
Trumpia
Twilio
LimeCelluar
MobileFushionTexting - Pretty sure this is from a member here


Video

Camtasia - Record your computer screen. Somewhat pricey. Although there is a free 30 day trial.
Jing - Free software to record your screen. Only catch is the 5 minute time limit.
Kodak Zi8Kodak Zi8 - Budget friendly HD video camera with external microphone jack
Wired Lavalier Microphone For Video CameraWired Lavalier Microphone For Video Camera - Cheap one
USB Microphone Audio - Technica AT2020USB Microphone Audio - Technica AT2020 - One of the more popular ones
USB Microphone - Blue YetiUSB Microphone - Blue Yeti - Another popular one
Pop Filter For MicrophonesPop Filter For Microphones - Goes on microphone to help silence "pops" when speaking
Animoto - Neat software that creates cool looking videos very easily.
TrueKat - Like Animoto
JayCut - Free video editor
BB FlashBack Express: Feature rich screen capture, webcam window, screencast, and upload options:
FlixTime - Free video slideshow creator:


Product Delivery - Getting Paid - Billing

Paypal.com
e-junkie - What I use. Only 5 bucks a month.
Warrior Plus - Great for WSO's.
DLGuard.com
RapidActionProfits.com
Q Check - Accept checks by phone or fax
FreshBooks
WHMCS


Images and Image Editing

Free Graphic Creator - Great for making Buy Now buttons and headlines
SnagIt - Neat little tool to edit images, add arrows, mark images up, etc.
GIMP - Image editor, sort of like Photoshop.


Websites

Hosting - Hostgator
Website Builders - Nvu (free), Kompozer (free)
Purchase Domains - GoDaddy, 1&1 (currently selling .com's for $1 plus FREE private registration), NameCheap
SEO Info & Tools - SEOBook.com
Royalty Free Images - ClipArt.com List of Web Directories
Iconspedia.com
Stock.xchng.com
Website Tools - IM Ninjas
Watch site visitors moves - ClickTale

Wordpress and HTML Themes

ThemeForest
WooThemes
Elegant Themes
BestWordpressThemes.com
iThemes.com
PremiumWP.com
TemplateMonster.com
StudioPress.com
WPThemeDesigner.com
DesignerThemes.com


Mind Mapping

MindJet - What I use. Awesome mindmapping software. Expensive, but awesome. Free 30 day trial.
FreeMind - Free mindmapping software
Bubbl.us - Another free mindmapping software
XMind - Another free mindmapping software



Miscellaneous

OrientalTrading - Great for finding things for lumpy mail.
TheGaryHalbertLetter.com - Free resource of MANY tips and advice from the late, great Gary Halbert
HardToFindSeminars.com - Free audio interviews on marketing/business
Dan Kennedy - One of the greatest marketers ever.
Yanik Silver - Great blog post titled 34 Rules For Maverick Entrepreneurs
ILoveMarketing.com - Weekly [free] podcast by Joe Polish and Dean Jackson. HIGHLY recommended!
Headline Analyzer - Can't verify if this is helpful or not
Dean Jackson - Archive of his Marketing Monday site. DJ is one of the smartest marketers alive.
Email Formatting Tool - Use to make your email text a certain width
PPC Tracking Software
Small Business Marketing Calculators
Scott Hallman - Great, quick read on small changes adding up to big money
48HourBooks.com - Publish your own book
CreateSpace.com - Amazon's book creation company
LuLu - Create and publish a book
DropBox - Awesome software to save and view files on your desktop, iPad, Iphone, etc.
Fivver.com - Get things done for $5.
eBook Cover Creator
WebsiteGrader.com - Title says it all.
odesk - Outsource work
elance - Outsource work


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  • Profile picture of the author dlink
    Excellent list of resources.

    I currently use the following that I didn't see above:

    Phone Services
    Voicenation

    Accepting Payments/Invoicing
    Freshbooks - Billing & Time Tracking
    Q-Check - Accepting/Processing Checks

    Websites
    Themes - ElegantThemes (~$40/per year)
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  • Profile picture of the author Mobileman12
    UH< why not sell that for $107

    Good God man. THAMKS!!!

    best TEXT service: www.TXT180.com ./ $17 for 1,000
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  • Profile picture of the author cma01
    Great list!

    A couple more to add.

    WHMCS It is a billing software. It's self hosted and if you have a reseller account with Hostgator, a free license is included.

    SugarCRM There is a free and paid version. Even the free version has a lot of functionality.

    Animoto can't be beat for easy videos
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  • Profile picture of the author danielkanuck
    1-800, 1-888, 1-877, and 1-866 numbers for a low cost:

    www.kall8.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Not So New
    Yah Kall8 is sweet and very cheap and I definitely can't live without Camtasia Studio for videos : )

    Shawn
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    • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
      Domain - Namecheap

      Had godaddy in past prefer "Namecheap" Less upsells
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  • Profile picture of the author Vagabond 007
    Awesome, thanks to anyone who added some links. I updated the first post. I'll add more from my own collection when I get some more time. List is only about half (probably even less than that) of what it will be.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ray Erdmann
      Well...shucks...the things I was going to mention have already been listed...w/the exception of one thing..

      When it comes to mindmaps...I like xMind...(XMind - Mind Mapping and Storming) FREE and way easier to use...at least for me...then FreeMind...

      That's all I can add for the time being!
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      • Profile picture of the author JimmyD
        Great idea and great list Vagabond,

        I'll also vote for Namecheap.

        Plus:
        txtlocal.co.uk - Texting service in the UK:

        proposable.com & bidsketch.com - for proposal generation and tracking.

        And not forgetting fiverr.com for everything from graphics and video to social media marketing and backlinking.

        Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author Voland
    Hello,

    Excellent idea for compiling the list!

    I'd like to recommend the TrueKat Show, here is the link: TrueKat Digital

    Compare to Animoto it has a lot of benefits:

    - You are getting the result movie in real-time - there is no waiting at all. It is easy to tweak the text, the look and the speed of the presentation. Everything is on the fly.
    - There is no monthly or yearly fees
    - TrueKat Show supports Full HD export and direct exporting to YouTube and Facebook
    - Movies can be exported with any aspect ratio: you can make square videos, very wide ones for banners - you can set your own resolution! Now beat that Animoto!
    - TrueKat is releasing new visual styles on a regular basis
    - You can choose the color and the look of the fonts for the text
    - You can make stereo 3D presentations. Now that there are a lot of stereo 3D TVs on the market it is a cool thing to do. You can even export stereo movies to YouTube since now it supports the stereo playback.
    - It is cheap!
    - Probably more but these are the things that jump right into my mind for now

    You can check TrueKat samples here: Gallery . I have it so if you'll have any questions I'll be glad to answer them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Xebekn
      I also use 123 Print for the free shipping.

      I know you said no affiliate links and this isn't but it might as well be so I'll make it short. My company offers routed phone numbers. I use them to track calls from my marketing materials. Direct mail pieces, website, local directories, emails etc. Helps you to put a real ROI with your marketing. Since you asked for no affiliates, I won't put the information here but if you're interested, feel free to PM me.

      Excellent list by the way. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jagged
    For gathering marketing statistics and charts to present at client meetings and use for monthly reports or just for your own use:

    MarketingCharts

    Hubspot Mobile MarketingCharts

    Local Search Stats

    MarketSearch

    KelseyGroup

    Clickz

    More Mobile Marketing Stats

    Organic Search click Through Stats

    Marketing Data Box

    Tech Crunchies

    Top Ten Websites For Internet Usage Stats

    Good Luck,
    ~Ken
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  • Profile picture of the author tuscan
    Great list. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author lyndal
    It's nice to find new resources. Here are a few that are not listed.

    Phone: Google Voice, Skype
    Autoresponder: Get Response
    Free Graphics Editor: Gimp
    Free online movie editor: Jaycut
    Cards: sendoutcards.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
    Really great list here. I can't wait to see more.
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  • Profile picture of the author NateC
    I use Namecheap for my domains. If you have a website that is on shared hosting you are shooting yourself in the foot. I have a VPS on Liquidweb, they have excellent service!

    I also make sure to do my homework on the business and find out what they have and need (for webdesign and marketing) essential to land the deal. Leaving with a check in your hand on the first visit is not only possible, but can be accomplished a majority of the time!
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  • Profile picture of the author angmoore
    For websites: Woo Themes and SmallBiz Themes from Expand2Wn
    Cool word art images: Wordle.net
    Free online meeting client if you can't do oToMeeting: Mikogo
    DropBox for file sharing (can't live without that now)
    Website Grader from HubSpot
    Tweet Adder
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  • Profile picture of the author mike3188
    great resource guys
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  • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
    For a virtual assistant and video conferencing there is Communikate also PatLive is a similar VA
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  • Profile picture of the author Vagabond 007
    Thanks to everyone who has contributed. I updated the list.
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  • Profile picture of the author zoro
    I like to give clients info ebooks. I don't see any E-Book COVERS creation software mentioned here. Anyone know of a good Free or Paid E-Book COVER software?
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  • Profile picture of the author GailTrahd
    Incansoft has a paid option that has some flexibility and is relatively cost effective - especially when you purchase during his sales: GFX Writer | Create headers, ebook and report covers, graphic software boxes; low cost alternative to PhotoShop...
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  • Profile picture of the author danielkanuck
    Self Publishing Book Companies:

    1) Lulu.com
    2) Createspace.com
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    • Profile picture of the author Bon508
      Terrific thread -- thanks for starting this, Vagabond!

      I'd love to see (free) resources that help in analyzing/evaluating a client's website.

      WebsiteGrader.com is one, for instance, but I know there are better ones out there. I've come across some in the past, but somehow lost track of them (that's why I'm loving this thread -- it's bookmarked and will always be handy!)

      So... any suggestions for website analyzer resources?
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      • Profile picture of the author Vagabond 007
        Originally Posted by Bon508 View Post

        Terrific thread -- thanks for starting this, Vagabond!

        I'd love to see (free) resources that help in analyzing/evaluating a client's website.

        WebsiteGrader.com is one, for instance, but I know there are better ones out there. I've come across some in the past, but somehow lost track of them (that's why I'm loving this thread -- it's bookmarked and will always be handy!)

        So... any suggestions for website analyzer resources?
        Thanks for the resource.

        As for other ones, I personally don't know of any. I always just looked at the source code to look for obvious things.

        I assume you want something so it can give you reports and such which will help in presenting? Maybe someone else will post something they know of.
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        • Profile picture of the author sandalwood
          Originally Posted by Vagabond 007 View Post

          Thanks for the resource.

          As for other ones, I personally don't know of any. I always just looked at the source code to look for obvious things.

          I assume you want something so it can give you reports and such which will help in presenting? Maybe someone else will post something they know of.
          I don't know if this one fits your criteria but it is worth a looksee:

          Open Site Explorer.

          They have a paid version but I don't know you will want to pay the, I think, 99/mo. I am NOT an affiliate and I don't make a dime off the above site.

          Somebody already mentioned alexa. They provide a lot of immediately useable data at no cost as well. Again, just my idea.

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  • Profile picture of the author CoachMikeH
    Add for business directories: Merchant Circle.

    For outsourcing tasks, add elance.com and odesk.com.

    The outsourcing is very important when you want to grow your offline consulting business.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vagabond 007
      Originally Posted by CoachMikeH View Post

      Add for business directories: Merchant Circle.

      For outsourcing tasks, add elance.com and odesk.com.

      The outsourcing is very important when you want to grow your offline consulting business.
      Thanks, added them.


      Btw, I turned everything into a PDF. So if you want to download a copy, go back up to the first post and you'll see the attachment at the bottom of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author kevrock529
    This is a great resource list. Glad I found this. For mailing lists , we have had great results from Marketing Lists Direct. Their pricing has been the best thus far for mailing lists and telemarketing lists.

    They also guarantee the deliverability and accuracy.
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  • Profile picture of the author bryson
    Great thread. For those posting links it would be very helpful if you added a short description of the resource. Thanks.

    http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/ 15 minutes online screen recorder for one-click recording from your browser on Windows, Mac, or Linux with no install for FREE!

    https://www.dropbox.com/2GB of space - free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere use on mobile or desktop


    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ allows anyone, anywhere the ability to host a live talk radio show online free

    http://www.findpdf.us/ PDF search engine

    http://www.w3schools.com/ learn to make websites or tweek existing WP themes, html, css, php, etc

    http://www.ezau.com/latest/articles/public-domain.shtml#sources public domain content

    http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html jing project - free SWF video, 5-minutes of screen recording, Mark-up tools for images
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanmckinney
    Saved!

    Thanks -
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  • Profile picture of the author jameswatson2002
    Wow, fantastic list! Thnx, mate!

    Been doin offline marketing for a bit, and this is the most comprehensive list ive seen in some time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Centurian
    Here's a couple of additional free resources.

    Feature rich screen capture, webcam window, screencast, and upload options:
    Free screen recorder - BB FlashBack Express

    Free video slideshow creator:
    FlixTime - Video Slideshows made easy!

    Derrick
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  • Profile picture of the author Alson
    thanks for the download!
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  • Profile picture of the author friendlytf
    another great information for offline business
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      www.jigsaw.com for phone and email info for different people in a company.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gaumnitz5
    Thanks a lot for this comprehensive list of resources. I am just getting started in this industry and I have been trying to get all my resources ready for when I need them. This list and the PDF are a real time saver.
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  • Profile picture of the author natas105
    This is a nice list! I'm impressed! I will check out some services tomorrow.
    thanks y'all!
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    Excellent list. cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author bwh1
    I recently started to use Photo editor online - Pixlr.com edit image to edit PSD files and other images, as it's a online base editor, no download needed. Best for free PSD editing IMO.

    Then I changed my Animoto account for a Flixpress.com pro account, way better videos for business use. They have a free option for a few videos.

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