447 Growth Tools You Can’t Live Without


The niche that I enjoy being top of, with regards to SEO and search, are the keywords of Hacker Tools, which I hope to stay top of throughout the year.

Content Written By Henry Dalziel, 2020

I’m also trying to get some traction with Growth Tools because clearly that’s a similar niche in my view.

So, really, this site is predominantly a resource to help Cybersecurity Professionals and Growth Marketers (“Growth Hackers”) with tools they can use to enhance their security or grow their business.

In this resource, I list out a bunch of tools that I use as well as scraped lists from the likes of BlackHatWorld forum (which is a forum I highly respect and encourage you to check out).


My Recommended Tools For 2020

Free Website Tools & PlatformsFree Email Management ToolsFree Useful Things (Bit Random)
Free Branding & Logo Creation ToolsFree Social Media & Community ManagementFree Developer and Coding Tools & Platforms
Free Invoice & Legal Template ToolsFree Customer Service & SurveysBackground Tunes To Stay Focused With
Free Flow-Chart & MindmapsA/B Testing Tools For Growth HackingOrganize & Collaboration Tools
Free Business Name GeneratorsFree Design Resources For Growth MarketersDigital Nomad Tools For Remote Workers
Free Blogging and Content Growth ToolsColor Picking ToolsPlatforms To Find Tools
Free Trend Analysis ToolsInspiration ToolsCommunity Sharing Networks
Free SEO + Analytic ToolsFree Stock PhotographyGrowth Marketing Courses
Free Image OptimizersFree TypographyNewsletter Tools
Free Image EditorsFree Icon Generator ToolsUseful, Random & Founder-Related
I update this resource often so stay tuned friend 🙂

So, here’s the list!

Free Website Tools & Platforms

We’ve come a long, long way.

When I first started out in 2002 (pre WordPress) is was expensive to get a site going. The cost of a domain, hosting, and web design were all expensive, but these days you can easily pick up an amazing WordPress Theme for free or next-to-nothing.

Here are some resources which I can’t live without.

  • Inovatik * Recommended!
    For on my list which I highly recommend is Inovatik.
    These themes are excellent. There’s a choice between free (basic) or paid that includes all the PHP you need to get your contact forms working.
  • HTML5 UP: Responsive HTML5 and CSS3 site templates. This is good when you need a stand-alone (non-CMS) resource.
  • Bootswatch: Free themes for Bootstrap.
  • Website Ripper: Free tool to rip (download) an entire website.
  • UIDeck: Another excellent batch of templates that can be used for your next project.
  • Templated: A collection of 800+ Free CSS & HTML5 site templates.
  • WordPress.org | WordPress.com: Create your new website for free.
  • Strikingly: Free, unlimited mobile optimized websites.
  • Layers: A WordPress site builder so simple. It’s free, forever.
  • Bootstrap Zero: The largest open-source, free Bootstrap template collection.
  • Landing Harbor: Promote your mobile app with a free landing page.
  • OnePage Love: Mix of excellent themes, all one-pagers.

Free Branding & Logo Creation Tools

Creating a logo for your business is obviously a vital element when getting it going but it needn’t’ become a hassle. These tools can create you a fast awesome logo for your next project!

As ever, when it comes to logos, simplicity is always key.

  • Logaster: Professional online logo maker & generator.
  • LogoMakr: Very nice simple way to make logos
  • Hipster Logo Generator: It’s Hip, It’s Current, It’s Stylish, It’s Hipster.
  • Squarespace Free Logo: You can download free low-res version for free.
  • Signature Maker: A free web-based tool that creates your handwritten digital signature.
  • Logo ShapeFactory: Excellent tool that works really well and creating simple vector style logos. If you just need a logo knocked up in a few minutes then this one might be the best one.

If you’ve been in the Internet Marketing game for any period of time you’ve likely come across the need to generate an invoice, an LOI (Letter of Intent), a receipt, expenses form or an SEO Proposal document – and these tools listed below will help.

There are several approaches you can take when trying to find a god invoice or legal documentation tool. You can either:

  1. Use a tool listed below (my favorite is Proposify);
  2. Or, use a Google Dork. To use a Dork run this search parameter in Google, copy and paste this:

SEO Proposal filetype:pdf

What this does is pull any PDF’s that have been created with the terms “SEO Proposal” in it. The chances are that someone has inadvertently placed their SEO Proposal online to a client, and naturally, as a curious Growth Hacker, you can take a look and crib it and improve it! I’ve done this multiple times, even for “founder decks” – try it, you’ll be amazed at just how much you can find online!

Some of these tools will undoubtedly help too:

  • Invoice to me: Free Invoice Generator.
  • Free Invoice Generator: Alternative free invoice generator.
  • Slimvoice: Insanely simple invoices.
  • Wave: Free & easy accounting, invoicing and more.
  • Invoice.to: Free invoice generator
  • Kiss: Free legal docs for startup founders and investors.
  • Docracy: An open collection of free legal documents.
  • Shake: Create, sign and send legally binding agreements in seconds. Free for personal use.

Free Flow-Chart & Mindmaps

Personally I always start everything with Paper and Pencil Mark 1.

Mind maps are definitely a solid idea especially when you’re working with freelancers and need to explain your business or a process that you’ve asked them to do for you.


Free Business Name Generators

Chosing a domain in 2020? Good luck with that.

The chances of finding your .com domain is doubtful if it’s a basic English word or a combination (also known as a portmanteau). However, these tools really do help you get the creative juices flowing and you’ll be up and running in no time.

I’d advise on three things:

  1. Make sure the business name you choose is not in use;
  2. Make sure it has relevance to your niche. An example is this, I own and manage an InfoSec Conference Directory, and the domain is, hardly surprisingly, infosec-conferences.com. It’s clear what the domain is and what you’ll find there!
  3. Don’t be tempted with vanity domains. I registered and still own Hacker.Clothing and Hacker.Equipment and at the time I thought that they were awesome ideas but the truth is that the general public doesn’t seem to trust these domains – just stick with the .com variation which is tried and tested.

Free Blogging and Content Growth Tools

It’s all about content in 2020. These tools will help you churn out that all important SEO’d content and keyword rich posts and pages.

  • Hemingway: Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.
  • Grammarly: Finds & corrects mistakes of your writing.
  • Medium: Everyone’s stories and ideas.
  • ZenPen: The minimal writing tool of web.
  • Editorial Calendar: See all your posts, drag & drop to manage your blog.
  • Story Wars: Writing stories together.
  • WP Hide Post: Control the visibility of items on your blog.
  • Social Locker: Ask visitors “to pay” for your content with a tweet, etc.
  • Egg Timer: Set a time and bookmark it for repeated use.
  • BlankPage: Writing made simple.
  • Wattpad: The world’s largest community for readers and writers.
  • Known: A single site for the content you create.
  • Wattpad: The world’s largest community for readers and writers.
  • Dbook: Structured and collaborative writing for large documents.
  • CoSchedule: Blog post headline analyzer.
  • A5.gg: When you return your text will still be here.
  • Free Summarizer: Summarize any text online in just a few seconds.

Free Trend Analysis Tools

Identifying trends is key for any niche. Being able to predict search would stand you in a highly competitive position.


Free SEO, Keyword + Analytic Tools

There are a bunch of gems here.

Honestly though, if I were you I would not buy any tools for SEO. The best approach is to use Google Auto-prompt since all the answers are there.


Free Image Optimizers

Fast-loading images are a must for fast-loading websites. These tools will help you on your quest to have a faster-loading website.


Free Image Editors & Social Media Creative Design

Some of these tools will really help you get your content to stand out.

  • Canva: Amazingly simple graphic design that I use for everything, social media, creating ads, etc. Excellent tool and totally worthwhile getting an account. I’ve used the paid account but free is good enough.
  • Pixlr: Pixlr Editor is a robust browser photo editor.
  • Skitch: Get your point across with fewer words.
  • Easel.ly: Empowers anyone to create & share powerful visuals.
  • Social Image Resizer Tool: Create optimized images for social media.
  • Placeit: Free product mockups & templates.
  • Recite: Turn a quote into a visual masterpiece.
  • Meme Generator: The first online meme generator.
  • Pablo: Design engaging images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds.

Free Email Management Tools

Email lives on! There’s no doubt that email packs an unbelievably high ROI compared to other media. Email has stood the test of time and well-written email content will offer you the highest ROI when it comes to your digital marketing efforts.


Free Social Media & Community Management

There’s a bunch of great resources here to ramp up your social media. I haven’t used all of them but I’ve heard of them and my scraping brought these to light.


Free Customer Service & Surveys

Understanding what your niche wants is clearly key to being able to monetize your site effectively.

  • Typeform: Free beautiful online survey & form builder.
  • Tally: Create polls in no time.
  • Free Survey Creator: Create a survey. Get user feedback for free.
  • Batch: The first-ever 100% free engagement platform for mobile apps.
  • Helprace: Customer service tool. Free for up to 3 agents for small support teams.

A/B Testing Tools For Growth Hacking

If you haven’t done an A/B test then you’ll never know what works and what doesn’t. I’d absolutely recommend that you implement these tools.

  • Petit Hacks: Acquisition, retention, & revenue hacks used by companies.
  • Optimizely: One optimization platform for websites and mobile apps.
  • Hello Bar: Tool for A/B testing different CTAs & power words.
  • GrowthHackers: Unlocking growth. Together.

Free Design Resources For Growth Marketers

“People buy images not words” said some clever chap, and I couldn’t agree anymore. Images are vital for the success of your content and growth marketing.


Color Picking Tools

These tools do exactly what the title says above!


Inspiration Tools

We all need inspiration and you’ll get it from these tools.


Free Stock Photography

There’s more than just unsplash!

Whatever you do never, ever, ever, use anything created or owned by Getty Images. If you haven’t paid for an image and you have it on your site they’ll come after you with everything they’ve got. They’re a nasty bunch and they have software that picks up images that you haven’t paid for. Anyways – pardon my rant – just avoid them and use free images instead.


Free Typography

Stop paying for fonts and use these.

Also – remember, if you want your content to show in China then your Google fonts wont load because, well, China doesn’t like Google.


Free Icon Generator Tools

As well as a catch logo, name, images and excellent well-written SEO’d content you’ll also need icons! Here’s a bunch to get you going.


Free Useful Things (Bit Random)

These are random but helpful nonetheless.


Free Developer and Coding Tools & Platforms

For those that code, then you’ll find some useful gems in here.

  • Hive: First free unlimited cloud service in the world.
  • GitHub: Build software better, together.
  • BitBucket: Git and Mercurial code management for teams
  • Chisel: Chisel offers an unlimited number of fossil repositories.
  • Visual Studio: Comprehensive collection of developer tools and services.
  • Landscape: Landscape is an early warning system for your Python codebase.
  • Swiftype: Add great search to any website. Free with limitations.
  • Keen.io: Gather all the data you want & start getting the answers you need.
  • Coveralls: Test coverage history and statistics.
  • LingoHub: Free for Small Teams, Open Source usage and Educational projects.
  • Codacy: Continuous Static Analysis designed to complement your unit tests.
  • Searchcode: Search over 20 billion lines of code.
  • TinyCert: Free SSL certificates for your startup.
  • StartSSL: Free SSL certificates.
  • Opbeat: The first ops platform for developers. Free for small teams.
  • Pingdom: Website monitoring. Free for one website.
  • Rollbar: Full-stack error monitoring for all apps in any language.
  • Loggly: Simplify Log Management Forever. Free for one user.
  • Devport: Get your developer portfolio.
  • Getting Real: The smarter way to build web apps. A free book by 37signals.
  • Peek: Get a free, 5-minute video of someone using your site.
  • Creator: Build better Ionic apps, faster.
  • DevFreeCasts: A huge collection of free screencasts for developers.
  • Cody: A free library of HTML, CSS, JS nuggets.

Background Tunes To Stay Focused With

Soma FM is my station of choice, but you might prefer some of these resources to keep you totally focused on the tasks as hand

  • Noisli: Background noise & color generator.
  • Noizio: Ambient sound equalizer for relaxing or productivity.
  • Defonic: Combine the sounds of the world into a melody.
  • Designers.mx: Curated playlists by designers, for designers.
  • Coffitivity: Stream the sounds of a coffee shop at work.
  • Octave: A free library of UI sounds, handmade for iOS.
  • Free Sound: Huge database of free audio snippets, samples, + recordings.
  • Sonics: Free packs of UI sounds and sound effects delivered to your inbox every month.

Organize & Collaboration Tools

We all work best together but staying on top of bizzle can be a tricky task so these tools will hopefully help

  • Xtensio: Perfect platform to create powerful business content together.
  • Trello: Keeps track of everything.
  • Evernote: The workspace for your life’s work.
  • Dropbox: Free space up to 2GB.
  • Yanado: Tasks management inside Gmail.
  • Wetransfer: Free transfer up to 2GB.
  • Drp.io: Free, fast, private and easy image and file hosting.
  • Pocket: View later, put it in Pocket.
  • Raindrop: Mac app for bookmarking and reading it later.
  • Flowdock: Free for teams of five and non-profits.
  • Typetalk: Share and discuss ideas with your team through instant messaging.
  • Slack: Free for unlimited users with few limited features.
  • HipChat: Free for unlimited users with few limited features.
  • Google Hangouts: Bring conversations to life with photos, emoji and group video calls.
  • Voveet: Simple, free 3D conference calls. Experience the difference.
  • FreeBusy: Eliminate coordination headaches when you need to schedule a meeting.
  • RealTimeBoard: Your regular whiteboard, re-thought for the best online experience.
  • Witkit: Witkit is the secure platform for teams. 50GB of free encrypted data storage.
  • Any.do: Get things done with your team.
  • Asana: Teamwork without email.
  • GoToMeeting: Online meetings without the hassle.

Digital Nomad Tools For Remote Workers

Bunch of nice tools here for the Digital Nomads amongst you.


Platforms To Find Tools

Looking for work? Then hit thees links up.


Community Sharing Networks

Often we need feedback. The folks at these resources will do exactly that.


Growth Marketing Courses

Keep learning my friend…


Newsletter Tools

There are some interesting resources here for those looking to improve their email ROI and open rates.


Random stuff that doesn’t hurt.

Henry, "HMFIC"

I'm Henry, the guy behind this site. I fancy myself as a bit of a Cyber Expert Specialist and I've been Growth Hacking since 2002, yep, that long...

2 thoughts on “447 Growth Tools You Can’t Live Without

  1. Awesome collection Henry! Thank you very much for linking Inovatik in the website templates section. This kind of feedback helps so much with motivation. All the best to you!

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