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Create your own website & mobile apps from scratch & learn as you go. These are recommendations of great resources we've found across the web. If you want to design a site these are the best places to visit.
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14 Free Tools & Resources to Make Your Business Website Mobile-Friendly | The Frugal Entrepreneur

14 Free Tools & Resources to Make Your Business Website Mobile-Friendly | The Frugal Entrepreneur | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it
As consumers become more attached to their smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, ensuring that your website can be rendered on these devices has become a necessity.
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Build Links & Protect Your Content with Tynt | Chantilly Patiño™

Build Links & Protect Your Content with Tynt | Chantilly Patiño™ | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

Many bloggers know that external links are the best way to improve SEO, Google Page Rank and traffic to your blog, but how do you get other sites to link up to you? You can learn some of the best practices for how to get external links, but applications like Tynt also help by prompting visitors to share links to your content without you having to lift a finger.


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ACTING BIG TO GET BIGGER: Websites With More Content Generate More Customers

ACTING BIG TO GET BIGGER: Websites With More Content Generate More Customers | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

This infographic from Hubspot posted October of 2011 is surely as relevant today as it was then. 
 
We've long known that business blogging, social media, and great content creation are the keys to successful inbound marketing

 

** To learn more about how often you should be blogging, curating or creating content and how your website traffic increases as your social media presence grows, check out this infographic, "Act Big to Get Big"

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Read article and see infographic here: [http://bit.ly/J3dNyB]


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This Times Roman Font is Killing Me!

This Times Roman Font is Killing Me! | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

Add a line of code to your pages and choose from hundreds of web fonts. Simple, bulletproof, standards compliant... and more.


If you have an average site - this will cost around $4 a month -- just another drop in the bucket.

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RGB Color Gradient Maker

RGB Color Gradient Maker | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it
Create a gradient (gradual color change) between 2 RGB colors...
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IFB’s HTML Cheat Sheet | Independent Fashion Bloggers

IFB’s HTML Cheat Sheet | Independent Fashion Bloggers | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it
We talk a lot on the site about the basics of designing your blog and making your posts look great!

Via Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com
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Here's Why Google and Facebook Might Completely Disappear in the Next 5 Years - Forbes

Here's Why Google and Facebook Might Completely Disappear in the Next 5 Years - Forbes | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

Eric Jackson | Forbes


TDF Comments:  This is a really interesting article that most of the people we know have probably already read. It's as timely as it is a little scary. So if you have no clue how to proceed in the mobile world you'd better start learning. Plus, it's ecoming increasingly more expensive to put your apps out there. Stay tuned.


In a nutshell, Jackson tells us that:


  • Web 1.0 companies never got social.
  • Web 2.0 companies will never get mobile.
  • Mobile companies will never get what's coming next.
  • We will never have Web 3.0, because the Web’s dead.


Read on, friend. You won't want to miss this one (just in case you did already).

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Image Size Calculator/Convertor

Image Size Calculator/Convertor | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

Try this easy interactive tool for converting image size expressed in different measurement units.


Great for pixel to inch or inch to pixel conversions.


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Add Glitter or Sparkle to any online image.

Add Glitter or Sparkle to any online image. | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

Add a cool glitter graphic effect to any of your own pictures on the web. 

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Super Easy Flash Banners & More Stuff to Add to Any Website With Easy Embed Code.

Super Easy Flash Banners & More Stuff to Add to Any Website With Easy  Embed Code. | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

Here are some examples of banner ads, flash headers, and other types of flash content, such as microsites and CD presentations.

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Color Scheme Designer 3

Color Scheme Designer 3 | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

You may already be using this web app or something like it. We've tried a few and this one is an absolute favorite! Easy to find RGB codes in every hue you can dream about. 


An added plus is suggested coordinated schemes, tone adjustments, etc...  if you're designing "alot" this tool deserves a special place on your Favorites Toolbar!


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FREE & Easy QR Code Generator

FREE & Easy QR Code Generator | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

TDF:  If you're interested in generating your own QR code to promote your web or mobile site -- this is a great way to go. It's free and offers inexpensive upgrades for added features.


Create and generate QR codes. Custom QR Codes.

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PR Newswire - Press Release Widget for Your Website or Blog

PR Newswire - Press Release Widget for Your Website or Blog | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

Get content feeds from PRNewswire added to your site. Fast. Easy. Free.

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How To SEO Self-Audit Your Web Site

How To SEO Self-Audit Your Web Site | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Good article by Meghan Keaney Anderson on the HubSpot Blog. If you are somewhat new to SEO and to optimizing your web site, here's a simple and well illustrated six-step process that can you can follow.

 

"When it comes to getting your website found in search, little things can make a big difference. But sometimes it's hard to find the time -- or know where to start.

 

Here's an idea: Set aside 15 minutes in the next week to conduct an audit of what you think are 5 of your most influential web pages.

 

Then audit those pages with the following six steps to make sure you have all your SEO bases covered."

 

Here the six steps suggested (get the details on how to carry out each one in the original full article):

 

Step 1: Check Your Meta Descriptions

 

Step Two: Review Your Page Title

 

Step 3: Optimize Your H1 Tags

 

Step 4: Make Images More User/Search Friendly With Alt Text

 

Step 5: Optimize the Anchor Text of Your Links

 

Step 6: Leverage Calls-to-Action"

 

 

Informative. Very useful. 8/10

 

Read more: http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/32777/The-6-Step-SEO-Audit-Every-Marketer-Should-Conduct.aspx ;


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5 Must-Have Tools for Content Creators and Website Owners

5 Must-Have Tools for Content Creators and Website Owners | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it
5 Must-Have Tools for Content Creators and Website Owners...

 

The problem with all these toys is finding ones that work well AND save time. Lots of times, I find ones with one or two helpful features and this usually means entering the same information into multiple locations. Or, I end up tracking several applications at the same time.


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41 Free Social Media/Networking Icons (PNG) | Premium Pixels

41 Free Social Media/Networking Icons (PNG) | Premium Pixels | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it
Today's freebie is an uber handsome set of 41 social networking icons in both 16px and 32px by Prekesh Chavda. Admit it, you love social media icons, especially when they're this pretty.

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Lost World's Fairs, WOFF & Functional Design

Lost World's Fairs, WOFF & Functional Design | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

Take a


visual leap



for ideas



you didn't



know you



needed.

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Create FREE Mobile Apps - But You'll Have to Pay to Keep Them or Put Them in a Store.

Create FREE Mobile Apps - But You'll Have to Pay to Keep Them or Put Them in a Store. | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

QR = The Daily Feast's skinny-mini mobile app


With Conduit Mobile, you can Create Mobile apps, deploy, maintain, promote, and monetize them. No coding required.


Their platform is easy to use and looks great everytime.


We did a simple app back when putting apps in stores was kinda free. You can still make the apps for free... but if you want them in a store --- you'll need to pay for shelf space AND AT A MINIMUM you'll need to buy a mobile registration (ex., Android). The app didn't take long to build and while it's still simple... it's something to be build upon.  It's worth doing so if you haven't done it yet -- get on it!


Conduit was free not too long ago and now they're beginning to charge via monthly plans (or you can pay a one time fee of about $1K to keep your app forever, they say) -- it's still free to make the app -- but if you want to keep it just the way you want it you'll need to pay a fee.


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The Real Truth About Blog Comments (When They Matter and When They Don't)

The Real Truth About Blog Comments (When They Matter and When They Don't) | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it
If you’re a blogger who doesn’t receive many comments on your blog posts, you might be feeling inadequate. Your favorite big blogs have heaps of comments, so you should too, right? Not exactly.

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FreeFavicons.org | Free Favicon Generator

FreeFavicons.org | Free Favicon Generator | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it
Free online Favicons generator that give a professional look and feel to your website..
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Get FREE Full Sized & High Quality Photos & Vectors at Shutterstock

Get FREE Full Sized & High Quality Photos & Vectors at Shutterstock | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

If you're new to web design or blogging you may not know that the major online retailers of high quality imaging offer a free vector + a free photo every week.


All you need to do is sign up to get them.


At Shutterstock you'll need to scroll to the bottom of the home page to see the current freebie.

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Download Free Brushes for Photoshop

Download Free Brushes for Photoshop | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

Free Photoshop brushes featuring handpicked collection of the best brushes for Photoshop on the net, all free to download.

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Lifesaving site-builder for those with no web experience.

Lifesaving site-builder for those with no web experience. | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

If you can write an email, you can create your own website!

This isn't your Daddy's website builder.


Also serves as a great editor for those who code. One-click toggle between HTML, Java, CSS (whatever code you want) and visual editors with all the stuff you don't want to have to think about organized to help you keep your sanity.

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deepWidget Helps DIYers Design Better Site Experiences

deepWidget Helps DIYers Design Better Site Experiences | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

Dummy-proof next-generation web widgets for interactive media, advertising, promotion, campaigning, rich media, show-casing, e-commerce, and much more.

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How to do Content Marketing “Without” Content – Be a Curator!

How to do Content Marketing “Without” Content – Be a Curator! | DIY: WEB & MOBILE | Scoop.it

TDF: Designing a website is just the beginning. It's best to understand how you plan to market the site before you begin planning one. For those who are looking for insight and options, here are some good tips on curating content.

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Fact #1: You don't need to be a content producer to market with content.

 

Fact #2: Not all curators work in museums and have elbow patches."

 

Interesting analysis on the role curation can play in a content marketing strategy, coming from... a content creator.

 

Sharon Hurley Hall is a professional copywriter & blogger who wrote this as a guest post on Unbounce's blog (and you can find her on Scoop.it here). While she makes a living creating content, she rightly shows how curation makes sense in a Marketing Strategy (which to me doesn't mean creation doesn't or that the two should be opposed when they actually complete one another as - I think - we both agreed in the comments).


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Sharon Hurley Hall's comment, April 19, 2012 12:16 PM
Definitely complementary strategies, Gerrit. :)