24 tools to add content and grow traffic to your web siteBy Chris Snider | Posted December 5, 2008
Who says you need a staff of developers and tons of time to make a great web site? These tools are easy to use and easy to add to your site.
CoverItLive allows you to blog live from an event (you can even do it from your iPhone). It’s also a great tool for hosting live chats on your site.
There are a lot of tools that can embed video on your site (YouTube.com Vimeo.com, qik.com), but I’m starting to be a big fan of blip.tv. It create a nice-looking index of your videos and make it easy to offer your videos as an iTunes podcast.
Easy-to-use tool for adding slideshows with audio to your site.
8. Google maps
We all understand the value of maps and map mash-ups. That doesn’t mean we all have the skills to create them. Fortunately there are some tools that help. Such as umapper.com, mapalist.com, mapbuilder.net, quikmaps.com and fmatlas.com.
12. Flickr.com groups
Your readers are already posting photos to Flickr. Why not start a group and embed those photos on your site?
13. YouTube reader videos
Your readers are already uploading videos to YouTube. Create a custom player to put those videos on your site.
You’re a wiz with Powerpoint and/or Keynote. Don’t you wish you could add those presentations to your site? You can.
Text can be boring. Turn speeches into word clouds.
Don’t make your readers download documents and PDFs. Let them read them directly from your site with embed codes from docstoc.
Send text alerts to your readers’ phones – and make money for doing it.
Sure, you’ve got RSS feeds. But can you track how often they are used? Or allow readers to subscribe via e-mail? Or put ads on your feeds? Feedburner can.
Create a widget from your RSS feeds and encourage others to add your content to their sites.
Creates even cooler widgets than widgetbox. Cool enough that you will want to put them on your site, too.
Make it easy for readers to share your content across social media platforms (see example at the bottom of this post).
Reading is hard. Listening is easy. Odiogo turns your text into audio.