— Issue #110

Hey, it’s Friday again, which is weird ’cause it feels like it was Friday yesterday, but that means I’m back at the keyboard hammering out this newsletter for you. I hope you’ve had a good week!

Tool of the week

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You may have heard me touting the benefits of running static sites via services like Netlify, and using a code generator like Jekyll. My team runs both the site and the CrankWheel site this way. The disadvantage used to be that you’d need someone with a little bit of coding skills to update the site, write the blog posts in Markdown format, and so on. No longer — Forestry does a fantastic job of taking a well-structured Jekyll or Hugo site and letting you fully manage your blog posts and pages without ever doing anything more difficult than if you were using WordPress. Highly recommended. Very nice freemium plan.

Tools discovered recently

Cookie Consent by Insites | Easy and free solution to complying with EU cookie law

If you haven’t already implemented a cookie consent on your web page, the upcoming GDPR changes make it even more important than before. This completely free, easily customizable, self-hosted drop-in solution works just great. Just customize it on their web page, then add the JavaScript snippet to the header of your site and you’re good to go, although there are also advanced options for those who need them.

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ColorZilla | Chrome extension to capture

This is a neat little Chrome extension that saves me time once in a while. Previously, I would capture a screenshot and then open up GIMP just to figure out a color of something found on a webpage, now I can do the same in a couple of seconds. Also has a gradient generator and other nice stuff. Free.

Namelix | Business Name Generator

Namelix generates short, catchy names from keywords you enter, and makes up quick logo sketches as well. It doesn’t check whether the domains are available, but makes it very easy to click through to check and purchase. Works pretty well, makes up some interesting free-association combos from the keywords you enter. Free.

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Lighthouse | Chrome extension for

Lighthouse comes from Google and is an open-source, automated tool for improving the performance, quality, and correctness of your web apps. Just visit your web page and then click the lighthouse icon to have it run analysis. The performance suggestions are especially useful. Free.

Podcast of the week

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Mike carson

The One Person, Million Dollar SaaS

Interesting story of how Mike Carson managed to build a SaaS startup with about $1M/year in revenue, where he is still the only employee.

Articles for this week

Ultimate guide to building an audience and preselling products and services
Ultimate guide to building an audience and preselling products and services

Ultimate Guide To Building an Audience And Preselling Products and Services — Abdo

Huge guide with lots of details and case studies on how to get folks to pre-pay for your product before you build it. Good stuff as always from Abdo.

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5 Actionable Steps to GDPR Compliance with Google

If you’re using Google Analytics, there are some steps you should take to make sure the way you use them is GDPR compliant. This is a good article outlining them. Once you start implementing the steps, you may need details on how to strip PII before it gets collected by Google Analytics, and I found this article to help you with that.

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Backlinks the definitive guide social

Backlinks: The Definitive

Another massive guide from Backlinko, this one claims to be “the most comprehensive guide to backlinks on the planet” which may just be true. Check it.


How founders can write a quality blog post in 1

Nice guide to churning out quality content yourself, for your blog. In a nutshell, write what you know and share as much valuable stuff as you can — but read the full thing for actionable advice on getting a blog post out in an hour.

That’s it for this issue

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