Tools and Resources

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Royalty Free Music Resources

If you need music for your videos, podcasts, or other projects than these places can help you.
  • AudioBlocks* – This website offers unlimited usage of audio files with one annual subscription. You can sign up for a free 7 Day trial first to see if you enjoy it. It features music, sound effects, and loops all in the same place.
  • Pond 5* – Pond 5 is a great source for music, videos, pictures, and more. This is a paid site with lots of great content.
  • ShutterStock – This website is a perfect place to go for music, videos, pictures, and anything else you need to make a great piece of content.
  • Incompetech – This website is run by Kevin MacLeod. Sort by Genre and Mood with many choices. Completely Free.
  • AudionautiX – Jason Shaw created this site and it’s completely free to use. Great selection that is sortable by Genre and Mood.
  • YouTube Audio Library – YouTubes free resource for music and sound effects. Great resource, but some of the music can be overused since it’s such as commonly used source.
  • Bensound – More free Creative Commons Music. You can sort by Genre.
  • Free PD – This site features all Public Domain music, meaning all free use with no credit needed. Over 700 tracks are currently there.
  • PacDV – This site has over 200 music tracks and even some sound effects for free. Nice collection here.
  • MusOpen – MusOpen is a site dedicated to setting music free. It offers music recordings for songs whose copyright has expired. Most of the content here is classical music.
  • Josh Woodward – A talented artist that lets you use his music for free, attribution required.
  • Purple Planet – This site features free and paid music. This page is really good with a lot of options. Terrible design, great resource.
  • Public Domain 4U – The free music on this site are all in the public domain and are free to use without attribution.
  • Free Soundtrack Music – This website design is awful, but there is a lot of free music there. Be aware some tracks do require you to purchase credits to use them.

Photo & Video Resources


If you need photos for your blog posts or video for some B-roll, these sites can really help you out.

  • VideoBlocks* – This website offers unlimited usage of video files with one annual subscription. You can sign up for a free 7 Day trial first to see if you enjoy it. It features great clips you can download for your content.
  • Pond 5* – Pond 5 is a great source for music, videos, pictures, and more. This is a paid site with lots of great content.
  • ShutterStock – This website is a perfect place to go for music, videos, pictures, and anything else you need to make a great piece of content.
  • 123RF* – This website is a great place to find photos and videos for use royalty free.
  • Adobe Stock – This site from Adobe offers up stock content for use. It’s paid, but there’s a lot of great content here.
  • Pixabay – Free video and photos for you to enjoy. It comes with a Creative Commons 0 license so no attribution is required here.
  • Split Shire – Great photos and a huge selection. All free for use in commercial projects. Love it!
  • Pexels – Pexels is my top pick of the list. Lots of images and videos to choose from, all copyright free. Use away.
  • Unsplash – This is a basic site that features a lot of beautiful HD photos for use. Many different categories are on this site. It’s a go-to for many of my projects.
  • Fancy Crave – I like Fancy Crave. It’s free just like the rest, but they also offer “Collections” you can download. One click will download a set of photos under a specific niche. Certainly, a great option.
  • Stock Snap – Stock Snap is great as well. Professional quality photos all free of copyright issue. Easily searchable as well. This is a top-notch site.
  • Public Domain Pictures – This site features a variety of pictures that are free. Keep in mind it does feature advertisements and photos that are not free however thousands on the site are free.
  • Viintage – Yes, there are two I’s in the name. Viinatage is different from the rest because this site features vintage style vector graphics that are considered public domain. There is also a premium section, but there are thousands of free options available.

Video Editors


Editing videos can be quite a task. In order to get it done easily a good video editor is needed. These video editors are a great solution for your editing needs.

  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC* – I use Premiere Pro for my video editing needs. It’s a staple in the editing industry and should be something you look at.
  • Corel VideoStudio* – This program is easy to use and powerful. I’ve used it in the past and liked it. Many creators also use it with amazing results.
  • Cyberlink PowerDirector* – Another great one that I’ve used. This is a common program and it’s one that is worth a look as well.
  • VEGAS Movie Maker* – Some love it, but personally I’ve never used. The format is a little different than others and I’m not a huge fan of it. To each his own I suppose.
  • Filmora by Wondershare – This is an easy, user friendly program that people seem to really enjoy using in the YouTube field. I’ve never personally used it, but it comes highly recommended from others.
  • DaVinci Resolve – DaVinci Resolve is an awesome program and it’s completely free. That’s right, completely free. The learning curve may be there for a new user because it’s very professional, but very powerful.
  • HitFilm Express – HitFilm Express is an amazing piece of software as well. Requires a good computer, but it sure is powerful.
  • VSDC Free Video Editor – Personally I didn’t like it. They say it’s like Vegas Movie Studio, but it is free and an option for you.
  • Lightworks – The free version is very limited and the learning curve is tough. However if you can get started on this program it is very powerful.
  • ShotCut – A free and simple program. It is a little more limited, but should provide all of the tools to put together great videos for YouTube and Facebook.

Photo Editors

If you need a Photo Editor than this entire list is right here. This is a nice grouping of paid and free versions mixed together to make a great list of options for yourself.
  • Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom* – Adobe is the prime place to find great software. Photoshop is the go-to in photo editing and vector editing. Certainly a great solution that I use myself.
  • Paint Shop Pro* – Corel produces a great product to rival Photoshop. Paintshop Pro is a really nice program.
  • Gimp – Gimp is the open source program that’s been helping people edit for years. Free, similar to Photoshop, and powerful.
  • Canva – An easy point and click design program for making graphics for your website, thumbnails for your videos, and promotional content for social media.
  • DxO Labs Optics Pro* – This is a professional quality enhancement software. Needed for YouTube etc? Not really, but if you wanna enhance your photography it could certainly help.
  • CyberLink PhotoDirector* – CyberLink makes good products. This is a very affordable alternative to Photoshop. A little easier learning curve for beginners.
  • Photoscape – Very simple, yet surprisingly powerful. This editor is free.
  • Photo Pos Pro – This is a free, simple software. It is a little limited compared to some of the paid options, but if you’re on a budget it may be worth a look.

Other Tools

These tools do not have a particular location to put on the listing so I’ve currently lumped them right here. There are some great tools in this section, many of them web based. Scroll through and see if there’s anything that can assist you.
  • TubeBuddy* – This browser plugin is great for anyone on YouTube. The tool can help you create thumbnails, select winning keywords, and so much more. Try the free version and upgrade later if you like.
  • VidIQ – VidIQ is another great tool for YouTube. It gives great keyword suggestions and other features. Start free and work your way up as needed.
  • HootSuite – This website is great for scheduling posts ahead of time on social media. I use it to make Tweets and Facebook posts in advance so I am not worrying about it later.
  • Audacity – This sound editor is great for tweaking your audio. Think professional sound program at the best price: free.
  • Any Video Converter – Convert video formats or even pull the sound from a video so you can enhance the audio. It’s free and I love it.
  • Buffer – Like Hootsuite, this site allows you to schedule Tweets, Posts, and Instagram pictures.
  • Social Blade – This site gives you valuable information on many of your social networks. This is a great source to compare you with other pages similar to yours.
  • Gramblr – This is a solution for posting to your Instagram account right from your desktop. I really like this program and highly suggest.
  • Open Broadcasting Software – Great tool for screen capture on your desktop and it also will allow you to stream on YouTube Live

Books

Books are awesome places to learn. This collection of books will help you with a variety of topics including marketing, social media, and entrepreneurship. These books are all linked to on Amazon and some can even be used on the Kindle Unlimited package.
  • Crushing It By Gary Vaynerchuck* – GaryVee shows you how to build a business and your influence on social media. Take it from a proven pro, this is a book you’ll wanna grab.
  • Vlog Like a Boss by Amy Schmittauer* – Amy has a popular YouTube channel and has really come into her own as a vlogger. The perky young lady really knows her stuff and you can learn a lot here, even if you’re not a vlogger.
  • Tube Ritual Volume 1 by Brian G Johnson* – B to the G Johnson is a pretty cool guy that build a YouTube channel up in a jiffy. There are a lot of great tips in here regarding SEO and some great nuggets you won’t wanna miss out on.
  • Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff* – If you’re wanting to Pitch a product or your brand to potential advertisers than this book may just have what you are looking for.
  • Known by Mark Schaefer* – This book shows you exactly how to become better known in your field. Although it’s not directly geared towards social media, it hits home in a big way. Lots to learn from this one.
  • Primal Branding by Patrick Hanlon* – Patrick Hanlon gives us a few great factors that contribute to a great brand. Afterall, you personal page IS your brand.
  • Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss* – The author of the famous 4 Hour Work Week book has just come out with a new book. This one contains advice from a large group of successful people.
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