What Resources do you seek?

Best Search Resources

Some of the best free search resources listed below range from software to blogs to books. You will see a lot of Google platforms or solutions below. There is a reason.  Google is the beast of search. Google also maintains the largest dataset of search and online behavior. It will serve your brand well to have as many Google data points enabled and accessible as possible.  Below you will find the best online search resources, along with a few paid search resources. Please bookmark this page. As we find more, we will update this page accordingly. If we missed a solution that you have found valuable, please email us.

Free Search Resources

Google - Rich Results Test

See which rich results on your web page can be generated by the structured data it contains.

Google - Structured Data Testing Tool

Check to see how Google is reading the structured data on your webpage.

Knowledge Graph Checker

Does your brand website page has a knowledge graph or not? Find out here.

OpenLink Data Checker

Not sure what linked open data (meta data) is on your site?  This browser plug-in and supports all major website browsers (ie Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, etc) and will sniff your website to see what meta data it can find.

Google - Webmasters Tool

Google Webmasters (Search Console)  will give you queries, landing pages, impressions are generating website traffic to your site. Must have admin access to your domain/website to setup.

Google - Analytics

Google Analytics will give you insight on website visitors to your site. Must have admin access to your domain/website to setup.

Google - Webmasters Tool

Google Webmasters (Search Console) will give you  queries, landing pages, impressions are generating website traffic to your site. Must have admin access to your domain/website to setup.

Google - Tag Manager (Advanced)

Google Tag Manager will help you add tags to your website to tag and track analytics. Must have admin access to your domain/website to setup.

Google - Structured Data Markup Helper (Advanced)

This will help you create structured data for your website. Creates the code to copy and paste to your website to add structured data to the web page. Must have a Google account to use application.

Paid Search Resources

*WordLift - Bethanie's Preferred Solution*

My preferred solution to help scale my Schema Markup efforts. It is effective, well designed, built wit AI and affordably priced.  If you want a 10% off discount, click here.

Yoast SEO (WordPress only)

Another well supported and affordable option for WordPress sites. Free version is good enough to get started. To apply Schema to your website through Yoast, you will have to buy the Premium version, which starts at $89/year per site. 

Schema App

Another Schema automation solution to help scale your Schema Markup efforts. They are one of the OG's in Schema and have a solid R&D team to constantly learn better ways to stand out with Schema in Search

Best Voice Resources

Some of the best free voice resources listed below range from software to blogs to books. Remember, voice is still pretty young in our online marketing world.  With new platforms come new problems and the need to provide new solutions. Below you will find the best voice search resources, along with a few paid search resources. Please bookmark this page. As we find more, we will update this page accordingly. If we missed a solution that you have found valuable, please email us.

Free Voice Resources

Voicebot

Information on the research, news, and data in the Voice Industry.  The most comprehensive source for reliable data as it becomes available. Voicebot also hosts a podcast.

Voice Principles

Thanks to Ben Sauer for creating a site with all of his design lessons and principles that he follows on his voice projects. 

VoiceFlow - Design & Build VUX

VoiceFlow gives you the ability to build voice user experiences without any coding. Works across multiple channels and it is free to start (3 project limit).


VoiceFlow - Tutorials

In addition to the software, I would recommend the tutorials, which are a great place to understand how to build VUX in VoiceFlow, which goes across platforms, which all have different terms and nuances in their design and build processes.


VoiceFlow - Community (Facebook Group)

Also free group to join to get awesome and fast support from VoiceFlow and it's community. Great to join and learn or engage with the community.

BotTalk - Voice Session Management

BotTalk is a great solution to take your VUX experience to the next level. BotTalk remembers the session details, so the voice user experience feels more dynamic and personal. This prevents your voice assistant from repeating redundant information in the experience.


BotTalk - Tutorials

Another training perk, I would recommend the tutorials, which gives you a general understanding of voice platforms by creating your own voice UX. If you do better by learning by doing, this is great for you.


BotTalk - Community (Facebook)

A free group to join to connect with the BotTalk community. Great to join and learn or engage with the community.


Accessibility Design

Learn more about designing experiences that include everyone. Material Design's website gives you an easy to understand explanation of Accessibility Design.

Voxa (Advanced)

Voxa is a framework that provides a way to organize a conversational experience into a state machine. Works for Alexa, Google, and Cortana. Created by RAIN Agency.

Paid Voice Resources

Book - Designing Voice User Interfaces: Principles of Conversational Experiences

Written by Cathy Pearl, Head of Conversation Design Outreach at Google.  Gives you an in depth understanding of voice user experience (VUX) design considerations.

Book - Don't Make Me Tap

Get an understanding of how different voice user experience is from traditional user experience on a smartphone, computer, or device. 

Robocopy Conversational Academy

Learn the fundamentals about conversation design. This is a great place for people to start voice learning journey.

Voicebot Insider 

Data curated and email to you weekly Insider info on the research, news, and data in the Voice Industry. This is a paid service, priced between $8-$40 per month. The more expensive plans, include advertising, are currently sold out ($60-$75) per month. 

Speak2Web - Voice Activated Shopping 

New voice activated bot to install on your website shop. Great for eCommerce sites. *This is a new solution for us. We are just starting to test on a few sites.

Pulse Labs - Voice Testing

Is your voice user experience is ready? Consider testing it before sending it out to the world. We often miss usability issues as designers. This helps reduce that risk for you. 

*You can setup a free account. The free account connects to your Amazon Alexa skill. The paid account gives you more data, analytics, and testing insight.

Applause - Voice Testing

Another testing solution for your voice experience. We often miss usability issues as designers. This helps reduce that risk for you.

This page was last updated: August 18, 2019

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