I’m finding it’s often good to take Mike Arrington’s lead. Early last month, he ran a spot called, 2007: Web 2.0 Companies I Can’t Live Without. I’ve been wanting to do this ever since I read his post, but haven’t found the time. So today’s the day.

Lots of folks followed up. I found it on through Obviousness & Tell Ten Friends.

  • WordPress – in opinion, the blogger’s blogware. Easy install, themes, plugins gallore, easy-to-use interface and great development community. Best of all – free. I’ve not used MoveableType, but with WordPress I don’t fee like I’ll ever need too.
  • FeedBurner – everything I want to know about my feeds. Who, what, where, when. And now, new and improved with site stats.
  • Google Analytics – I’ve looked at a lot of stats packages. Google Analytics, for me, is the best of the free options. Lots and lots of stats, easy-to-read charts and graphs, Adwords integration, keyword tracking, e-commerce and marketing funnel tools. Great solution. Just glad it’s free.
  • GMail – I don’t use my GMail account all the time. But when I do, I’m always impressed with some new feature I find. I’ve used Hotmail and YahooMail – I feel GMail is superior.
  • Google BlogSearch – I’ve not been happy with the search results in Technorati. But I’ve been quite happy with the results in Google BlogSearch. Leave it to Google to get search right.
  • YouTube – just an awesome resource for video. Love that I can stream video from YouTube on my blog.
  • Skype – I get a handful of international clients each year. Skype has made it easier to work with them.
  • MyBlogLog – so far, the best community I’ve joined. And some good stats.
  • LiveOffice TeleConferencing – free, anytime, on-demand teleconferencing service up to 250 users. Also free mp3 recording.

What I’m turning too next

  • Ma.gnolia – haven’t been into del.icio.us yet. Guess I’ve been waiting to check out Ma.gnolia.
  • Blinksale – I may take my invoicing online (though I know the service isn’t free)

What are your favorite free web-based apps? And, what do you use that I should be checking out?

Reader Interactions


  1. Dawud Miracle says

    VOIPCheap huh? I’ve heard of it, along with a bunch of others, but have opted for Skype just because I’ve used it for a long time. I’ll give VOIPCheap a look. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Sarah Lewis says

    I really like Side Job Track as a more functional (and free!) alternative to Blinksale. Nothing against Blinksale; I just found SJT better suited my needs and was beyond affordable.

  3. Dawud Miracle says


    Yeah, I know of Side Job Track but haven’t used it. Somehow it’s dropped off my radar. Thanks for bringing it back up. I’ll definitely check it out.


    Bubbl.us is pretty cool. I had seen it on a blog post before and bookmarked it. I already use FreeMind and OmniGraffle Pro. So bubbl.us’ a bit overkill for me. But definitely one to include on this list.


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