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Social Media
Facebook
http://www.facebook.com
Networking for personal and business use.

Facebook: Creating a Page
http://www.facebook.com/help/127563087384058/
http://www.facebook.com/help/382987495087424/
Information on setting up a business or book page on Facebook.

FriendFeed
http://friendfeed.com
Allows you to manage all of your networks in one place.

LinkedIn
http://www.linkedin.com
Networking targeted for businesses and freelance work.

MySpace.com
http://myspace.com
Networking for personal and business use.

Mashable: The Social Media Guide
http://mashable.com
A leading authority on social media.

Mashable: The Twitter Guidebook
http://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter
Offers a large Twitter tutorial online.

Social Oomph
http://www.socialoomph.com
For Twitter management (formerly tweetlater.com).

Tweetdeck
https://about.twitter.com/products/tweetdeck
For easy viewing of tweets, direct messages, and updates.

Twitter
http://twitter.com
The micro-blogging platform of social media.

The Urban Dictionary
http://www.urbandictionary.com
For definitions of abbreviations and social media slang.

Blogging
Affiliate Help, by Jon Rhodes
http://www.affiliatehelp.info/category/blogging/
The "blogging" section of this blog is packed with useful tips for bloggers, including info on how to increase your visitor rate, how to earn money with your blog, and more.

Authors Blogs
http://www.authorsblogs.com/
Each article is packed with illustrations that help the reader visualize what a great blog can look like. There are also loads of useful tips on starting and running a blog, including tips on choosing the right software, what to write about, what to do when you can't think of anything to write about, and so forth.

Blog
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog
An excellent overview of what blogs are, including definitions of commonly used terms.>

Blogger
http://www.blogger.com
One of the most popular sites for developing and posting blogs.

A Few Good Blogging Tools
http://www.techsoup.org/support/articles-and-how-tos/few-good-blogging-tools

How to Create a Blog
http://websitesetup.org/create-blog/
This really does look like the perfect "getting started" guide for a would-be blogger. It provides excellent guidance on how to set up a blog on your own website or domain. It's a great step-by-step guide with links to other sites and pages for more detailed information where needed.

How to Make Money with a Blog
http://christianpf.com/how-to-make-money-with-a-blog/
A good overview of blogging techniques in general, plus tips on how to earn income through AdSense and affiliate programs.

StartABlog123, by Gary Dek
http://www.startablog123.com/
An excellent guide to getting started, with detailed how-to instructions. So far there are only a few articles on the blog, but it's growing and definitely worth watching.

Start Blogging Online, by Mike Wallagher
http://startbloggingonline.com/
The name doesn't say enough. Whether you're just starting a blog or are an experienced blogger, you'll find this site useful. It's packed, from the step-by-step tutorial to the loads of useful tips in the "Blog Tips" and "Useful Stuff" sections.

Starting a Blog
http://www.startingablog.com/
A variety of how-to articles on getting your blog set up.

Starting Your First Blog? 29 Tips, Tutorials and Resources for New Bloggers
http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/01/30/starting-your-first-blog-29-tips-tutorials-and-resources-for-new-bloggers/
Links to a variety of blogging articles and tips.

Weblog Matrix
http://www.weblogmatrix.org/
Compares the features of a variety of weblog tools, including Blogger and Wordpress.

Website Design and HTML Tools
Bare Bones Guide to HTML
http://werbach.com/barebones
A list of every HTML tag, plus tutorials and links to other Web design resources.

Bravenet.com Webtools for Webmasters
http://www.bravenet.com
A wide range of tools for websites, including clip art, hit counters, guestbooks, java scripts and more.

Christian Webmaster Resources
http://www.clickfire.com/christian-webmaster-resources/
Tools specifically designed to aid in building Christian websites, such as Christian content (cartoons, trivia, quizzes, etc.), search tools, Bible search tools, etc.

Clickfire Web Authoring Software
http://clickfire.ezthemes.com/pcenhance/dt/main.phtml?blank+Movies+G
Various tools and scripts for websites.

Formsite.com
http://www.formsite.com
CGI scripts and other forms that you can add to your site.

Google Analytics
http://www.google.com/analytics/
This is becoming the big name in web traffic analytics, though you may find that your own ISP's tracking information is just as good.

HTML Goodies
http://www.htmlgoodies.com
Tutorials, primers, images, software, and a host of other resources on HTML, java, and Web site development.

Matt's Script Archive
http://www.scriptarchive.com/
Free CGI scripts that can be used to create forms, feedback messages, forums, visitor counters, site search tools, and more. Not updated since 2009, but still offers many useful tools.

StatCounter.com
http://statcounter.com/
A very simple, easy to use but effective web tracking system (I use it on several of my sites). It offers a wide range of free tracking data services, with options for paid upgrades.

TinyURL
http://tinyurl.com/
Create shorter URLs for long links; especially handy when citing URLs in newsletters. (Editor's Note: I have tried other URL "shortening" sites and have encountered problems transmitting the shortened URL by e-mail; I have had no troubles with TinyURL.)

Associate/Affiliate Programs
Amazon Associates program
https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/

AssociatePrograms.com
http://www.AssociatePrograms.com/

Commission Junction
http://www.cj.com

PayLoadz
https://www.payloadz.com/
Enables one to set up affiliate programs through PayPal.

Shareasale
http://www.shareasale.com/
A site where you can search for affiliate programs to partner with on your site.

Softseller.com
http://www.softseller.com/SS/
A very useful site that enables you to sell electronic products with encrypted PayPal links; the download is processed through Softseller for 25 per transaction. It streamlines the PayPal checkout process (helpful if you ever have customers coming back to you and complaining that they can't find the download page after having made their payment). It also enables you to set up multiple products in your shopping cart with multiple encrypted download pages. You can also set up a PayPal affiliate program.
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Recommended Reading


An Author's Guide to Building an Online Platform

The Author Online:
A Short Guide to Building Your Website

Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community

Blogging All-in-One For Dummies

The Coffee Break Guide to Social Media for Writers

Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More)

Creative Blogging

How to Blog a Book

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

Red Hot Internet Publicity

Social Media for Writers

Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books

Start Your Own Blogging Business

Sticky Readers: How to Attract a Loyal Blog Audience by Writing More Better

We Are Not Alone: The Writer's Guide to Social Media

 

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