Sign-Up Forms for Groups

If you need a virtual sign up sheet for just about any event you can think of, Sign Up Genius has you covered. They have dozens of ready-made forms for businesses, sports teams, clubs, nonprofits, churches/temples and more. 

Cost: It’s free to create forms, but they offer three premium levels with advanced features, ranging from $9.99 to $24.99 and $49.99/month. They also offer an optional to accept payments using Paypal.

Get Copywriting Help—Fast—With Boom! Headline

Are you struggling with how to write something? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a professional writer’s input to make it the best, snappiest copy possible?

My friend Patrick McLean of Good Words, Right Order has launched a great new service called Boom! Headline. It’s like a help desk for copywriting: You send him something you’re working on, and he will send you back a critique and his suggestions. This will help you get unstuck or quite likely find a better way of saying what you’re trying to convey.

As I example, I sent this gem through:

What hath God wrought?

A few minutes later, I got this back:

It’s good, but could be a little archaic, depending on your audience. Here are some suggestions:

  • What is this thing the Lord made?
  • What is this Work of God?
  • Check it out. That God-dude made somethin’ cool!
  • Check it out. That God-dude made somethin’ wicked trippy!
  • Good Lord, what fresh digital plague have you now sent to scourge the faithless luddites among us?

Cost: For now, it’s pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth. You’ll want to earmark a slush fund to run stuff by Patrick—he’s that good.

Look Up Website Info Using BuiltWith

BuiltWith was likely built with Web geeks in mind…which is why I love it. Using this site, you can glean a lot of key information about the infrastructure of anyone’s website.

The types of information you can gather using BuiltWith includes:

  • Where their site is hosted
  • If they are running ads on Google or other networks
  • What types of analytics they are using
  • Any special widgets or plugins they are using on their site

For web developers and marketers especially, this can give you a lot of clues about a company’s level of sophistication.

Cost: Free

Learn How To Pronounce Words Properly With Forvo

You say Po-TA-to, I say Po-TAH-to…so who’s correct?

Turn to Forvo to learn the proper pronunciation of any word—even something crazy like pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism.

Forvo has a lot of neat features for word nerds:

  • Listen to pronunciations in 306 languages or by topical categories
  • Add words you don’t know how to pronounce
  • Keep track of your added and pronounced words
  • Create your own favorite pronunciations list
  • Download mp3 audio pronunciations

Cost: Free