Nifty Clicks: Edicy, TubeMogul, StatCounter, Faster Audio

by Andrew Lock

Looking for cool Web tools? Andrew Lock’s latest resources let you build a Web site for free, distribute videos online, track Web analytics, and speed up audio files to learn in half the time.

Andrew Lock


If you’re a non-technical person who wants to get your own Web site, then you’ll love Edicy.com. It’s genuinely one of the easiest ways to create a good-looking Web site, and it’s free. Free is good. Head over to edicy.com and start by taking the overview tour.

Then, to get started, simply enter your email address. No other information is required. Enter the text, add some images – it’s a drag-and-drop style interface, and you can even include a blog. You can have a fancy new Web site in a matter of minutes, so now there’s no excuse for not having a presence online.


Once you’ve created persuasive videos to help sell your products, what do you do with them? That’s where this Nifty Click will help you out. It’s called TubeMogul.com, and quite simply it will distribute your video to sites like YouTube, Google video, AOL video, Metacafe and many more. It’s all done automatically, and you even get to see stats of how many people view your videos on each of the sites. Tube Mogul is very easy to use and, best of all, it’s completely free.

Now for those of you who want to distribute your videos to even more sites, as well as have them converted to podcasts, the best tool is called TrafficGeyser.com. Now it’s not cheap, but it’s the ultimate way to get your videos out there. I’ve managed to get top-ten rankings in Google within 48 hours using this tool, so I definitely recommend it.


It’s very important to know who visits your Web site, and a great tool that lets you to do just that is called StatCounter.com. It’s a free service, and it’s easy to install by simply pasting a piece of code into your home page.

You’ll get access to all kinds of core reports that’ll tell you how many people vist your site, which country they’re from, whether they’ve visited before, or if they’re first-time visitors, what search engine they used to find your site, what keywords they entered, how long they stayed on the site, which pages they visited, and so on.

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There’s a lot of information, and you can use that information to make your site more appealing to visitors and, ultimately, to help increase conversions — the number of people who took the action that you wanted them to take on the site. So check out StatCounter. It’s a great entry-level service for monitoring your Web stats, and it’s free so that makes it even better.

Faster Audio

Now I don’t know about you, but I like to listen to audio training programs when I’m out in the car – a traveling university as Zig Ziglar says. The challenge is that most recordings run slower than I would like, so I was delighted to discover Faster Audio software because it greatly improves the learning experience.

You can find it at TryFasterAudio.com, and here’s how it works. Very simply, it sucks in your MP3s or other audio files, and it plays them faster so you can learn faster. It’s simple to use, it works perfectly, and you can even adjust the speed to match your exact taste.

I now learn at least twice as fast as I used to, which is a huge time saver and a lot less irritating. I highly recommend Faster Audio, because you’ll be able to plow through audio books, podcasts, seminar presentations — all those good things and more — in a lot less time. Go to TryFasterAudio.com for a free trial.

You'll find lots more marketing tips and resources from Andrew Lock in our Small Business Essential series, Lock in Your Marketing Resources.

Andrew Lock is a self-described maverick marketer and the creator and host of Help! My Business Sucks, a free, weekly Web TV show full of practical marketing tips, advice and resources to help small businesses "get more done and have more fun."

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This article was originally published on Tuesday Oct 13th 2009
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