Everyone loves free things, right?

I know I do.

Here are a few free tools, templates and little odds and ends you may enjoy exploring if you are trying to build a blog, brand or business around content.

– A really great free Q and A plugin from Designwall – a little known design & development shop that makes some kick ass WordPress themes.  The plugin is very cool for creating Q and A style content that allows your users to interact with your community…and that can help position you as an expert or authority in your niche (using the Content Community Continuum model that many of you remember from my various “challenges) …and of this writing, is 100% free.

While you are on their site – check out their free “Minion” blog theme – it’s something a few of my current clients are using for their personal blog – it looks great – is easy to configure and is also 100% free.

– Speaking of free WordPress themes……another good one that is literally a world class design that is 100% free is BIGFOOT from The Happy Bit.

As a matter of fact……

I used it on this blog for about last month, and it has some really, really cool features that are incredibly cool and unsusual for a $100 theme – let alone one you can download gratis – right now.

The very special “showcase page template” is really an AMAZING way to quickly and easily create killer landing pages on your blog – with prominent above the fold buttons for exponentially higher click through rates…..if you want to look like a world class designer for local website offers – (i’ve seen a bunch of people SELLING $1000+ webdesign services who are using this theme for clients and for their own blogs..:-) or are an affiliate looking for a quick and easy way to create high converting campaigns that look great and get the click – BIGFOOT is truly a crazy cool steal of a deal.  (if you can call free a deal 🙂

This week only, you can get PINTO from Themebeans for free as well –

…….a simple, modern and super easy to install blog theme specifically created for creatives, bloggers, and photographers or otherwise really interesting people like you and me – it’s usually 30 bucks or so I believe – but until the 25th of this Month, you can download it on CreativeMarket for free. 

Speaking of a blog platform for writers and creatives…..I’ve been playing for the last week with GHOST – and if you are addicted to simple, sexy and straightforward blog publishing platforms…….GHOST is well worth checking out.  I initally started toying around with GHOST last week, simply because as many of you know, I’ve been doing a fair amount of work with the “psychic”, personal development and spiritual coaching/author market since the summer, and trying to get a bunch of people who claim to speak to spirits to start a blog ain’t ‘easy.

It occcured to me – what better incentive than a blog platform called GHOST, right?

Should be an easy sell, don’t you think?

Let’s hope so.

I had no idea.

Some of these people are nuts.

Anyway – you can check out GHOST here – it’s 100% free – but in beta – and a little bit glitchy – yet……I really love it.

You can also see my own GHOST blog here.….

I’ll be changing the domain to something a bit more branded to  “me” and memorable over the next week or so – but I plan on doing a lot of fun things with Ghost over the next few months for a few personal writing projects, which my shrink says would be a good idea to share with the world, rather than keep all bottled up for another decade, which i’m perfectly happy to do.

Lastly, speaking of all bottled up…….I have a really interesting “Challenge” idea I’m thinking about launching over the next week or so for folks who are interested in building an online agency style business from home…….where I will share a whole bevvy of brand, blog and business building blueprints for going literally from ZERO to your first $1000 + in income, within 30 days, on a boostrap budget……..while getting REAL cash paying clients in your LOCAL community.

The truth is, from my perspective – building a growing, flowing, enduring brand and business that has real value is super duper easy if you look local & THINK REAL PEOPLE WITH REAL BUSINESS NEEDS –

…….find something you want to specialize in – and offer a suite of superior services that professionals are already paying for where you currently live……and quite often, getting far substandard results than they deserve.

If you have interest in particpating in this – i’m still sort of fleshing out the details a bit in my head – and how it will be delivered……all current clients will get access to it of course for free – but if you are a “lurker” in the background like most who read this blog unfortunately are, this will be a good opportunity to build something significant through getting involved.

More on this to come – it will be extrememly limited (maximum 50 people out of an overall email list of close to 10K will be taken) feel free to get in touch with me (or leave a comment) if you’d like to know more.

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I am an author, artist and entrepreneur. My 2 passions are writing about, and teaching Marketing and Meditation. I like to think I’m a lot like Eckhart Tolle, if only he was taller, and a much better tennis player. (it turns out in person, he’s super short, has a terrible backhand and wears this weird scottish hat thingy that makes it really difficult to concentrate while serving) Plus he refuses to keep score and says ” it’s always NOW” when you ask who is up. Enough about me. We barely know each other. Stop staring. You’re making me nervous.