Canva – template designs

Hiring a professional designer is great, but it can (and usually does) bring your publishing schedule to a halt when you’re waiting on a graphic.

Canva is a graphic design platform that’s user-friendly enough for those who aren’t Photoshop wizards. It’s hard to believe, if you know you’re not one for design, but you can effortlessly create a logo, create posts for social media, design a flyer, and so much more.

There are hundreds of professional-quality designs to choose from and their site is easy to navigate with categorized templates for any occasion.

The free version gives you access to 8,000+ templates and hundreds of thousands of free stock images. The paid Pro version gives you access to over 420,000+ templates and over 75 million free images, with multiple other perks. While the free version is a generous offer, we suggest upgrading to the affordable Pro version for you and your team.

Creative Market – graphic assets

A big step up from using Canva for your creative projects is purchasing ready-to-use design assets, made by professional creators. This is so much more than just templates for websites or social media (which you can get too); You can buy designs for your lead magnets for your list building or even get product mockups done.

We all love transparency and clarity – especially when it comes to the legal stuff. And Creative Market does it well. Their website provides a thorough explanation of the three licensing options, which just gives you that extra peace of mind when using their design assets.

You can browse through the product range, without signing up, for individual pricing, or you can hire a designer.

VisualHunt – stock images

When searching for royalty-free stock images for your content, the search can be fruitless. VisualHunt is a searchable database of free images (creative commons) that does a lot of the heavy lifting for you.

You can browse through search return results from multiple sources, all in one place. It’s best practice to always check the license before using any image and ensure you’re compiling with copyright laws – or so our lawyers say.

For more options when searching for free high-quality professional images, i also highly recommend browsing through UnsplashPixabay, and Pexels for a great collection of free stock images.

Bitly – URL shortener

Looking for a way to share links without sending an embarrassingly long link?

Or perhaps you’d like to create a new link to mask a permalink. You can turn your links into powerful marketing assets and make them recognizable across your channels. According to Bitly, businesses that do this get up to 34% more clicks.

A major benefit of this link management system is the ability to optimize your link performance by tracking real-time analytics. Once you see what your audience loves, you can share more of it.

Bitly is also on top of ensuring that their links are secure and reliable, so all your links are encrypted with HTTPS – which just means your content is safe.

There is a free plan that allows you to create up to 1,000 links per month, but it excludes a custom domain. The upgraded Basic plan is under $30 a month and allows you to export your data and add a custom domain.

TinyPNG – image compression

Everyone knows the frustration of waiting for a site to load. But did you know that your bounce rates will increase for any extra seconds on your site’s load time?

You need your site running at optimal speed, and a quick way to ensure this is by compressing all PNG and JPEG images to reduce the file size.

This can be done without sacrificing the quality of your images, by using a good compression tool. The effect won’t be visually noticeable but it will make a huge difference to your site’s load time. Take a look at the before and after on their website and see if you can spot the difference between the pandas.

The website is free to use, with the option to upgrade to Pro for $25 per year.

Fancy Hands – virtual assistants

The not-so-secret secret of digital entrepreneurs.

Virtual assistants are a great option if you’re looking to delegate tasks but you don’t want to hire an assistant. “Simply tell us what you need done and we’ll do it for you,” the impressive promise that’s written on their website.

Outsourcing has it’s pros and cons, so naturally you should do your own due diligence on this one. But if you have small, recurring tasks that are robbing you of even just one hour a day, that’s most likely worth handing off to somebody else.

You can easily submit requests to Fancy Hands by phone, text, web, email, or through the app. Their lowest plan starts at under $20 a month. – freelance marketplace

There’s a constant influx of businesses (including names like Unilever and Google) who are recruiting workers in the Philippines, which makes sense given the advanced education and English proficiency combined with availability of workforce.

The Business Process Outsourcing sector, known as “BPO”, is one of the fastest growing industries in the Philippines. As one of the biggest contributors to the nation’s development and growth over the past 2 decades, many view the BPO as mutually beneficial for all.

There are over 1,000,000+ profiles of virtual workers on the site, making this a highly attractive option to all organizations around the world.

But we would be remiss to talk about outsourcing and not to mention two of the biggest freelance services marketplaces, Fiverr and Upwork. While many are familiar with them and use the two interchangeably in conversation, there are differences in what you can expect from each.

As an example, freelancers are able to bid on projects on Upwork. This means that you post a job (for free) and then you get qualified proposals within 24 hours. And unlike Fiverr, Upwork pre-screens freelancers so that you get verified talent.

The upside to anyone offering a service on Fiverr, is that anyone can offer a service on Fiverr. You are able to find an extensive range of services at varying price points, depending on your needs. There are many skilled professionals to choose from on Fiverr, and there is incredibly detailed information on services provided by a particular freelancer when you click on their profile.

As we mentioned before, “due diligence” really is a priority when outsourcing. Just do all the common sense things, like avoiding freelancers who have a poor rating, a low number of previous jobs, or sketchy reviews. If it looks like you’re probably going to be better off doing it yourself, then you’re correct.

Trello – task manager

Workflow is the name of the game. And in this game, it’s safe to say that even large organizations have signed up for costly work management software, only to abandon it for Trello.

That’s probably because there’s something about the ease of collaboration, organization, and prioritization of lists and cards across the Trello boards. It’s just… nifty. No description will do it justice, you’ve just got to use it.

Power your team for free with the unlimited lists and 10 team boards, or upgrade for unlimited boards and access to templates and automations.

Well there you have it, ladies and gentleman. With some new tools to add to your digital marketing toolbox, you should be well on your way to your self-declared super affiliate success.

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