The Best Free Tool Ever Invented!

Evernote: The Best Free Tool Ever Invented!

When it comes to succeeding online, and staying sane in the process, the number one enemy is not a lack of traffic or not knowing which niche to promote or even knowing where to start.

Don’t get me wrong – those are important things. But they are not the #1 killer of success.

The #1 killer of success is information overload.

And today we’re going to solve that problem. Because today you are going to be introduced, or re-introduced, to the best tool on the planet for staying organized, gathering information and keeping things simple.

Best of all … it’s completely free.

The tool is called Evernote. It’s free, it works and it literally changed my life when I started using it.

You should know that there is a paid version but it’s only necessary in very limited cases. I use the paid version because I work with so much data. But I used the free version for about a year before upgrading.

For most people the free version will do all you need.

As the owner of the Directory of Ezines I do a lot of research into ezines to include in the DOE. Lots of ezines want to be in the DOE but they don’t all make the cut. Which means I have to do a lot of research about them, plus the research I do finding ezines on my own, plus my own marketing.

In other words, I visit a lot of sites and gather data.

In the old dark days (before Evernote) I used to bookmark sites. But that was a hassle. I had to organize the bookmarks manually by creating folders. Then the bookmarks would not work on my laptop at home or my iPad.

And if I wanted to include notes about the site, or a PDF or copy of an email, I was out of luck.

There had to be a better way!

There was, and it’s name is Evernote.

Here is a video from the Evernote site, used with permission of course.

Here is one way I use Evernote…

I use Evernote so much that it’s hard to talk about how I use it without writing a novel-sized article. Since you don’t need to spend all day reading, let me show you one way I use Evernote that might apply to you.

Never lose another good idea again! 

I use Evernote to write down article ideas as I have them. The process I use can be used for any idea.

I have Evernote on both my Macs (iMac and MacBook Air) and on my iPad and iPhone as well. Yep … I’m a Mac guy.

But you don’t have to use Macs to use Evernote just like I do. It works on almost any platform.

Back to the article ideas. Have you ever had a great idea for an article, or for anything actually, and not written it down and then later forgotten it? We’ve all been there and it’s frustrating.

Evernote solves that.

What I do with Evernote is to write down the article idea the moment I have it. But I don’t try to write the article then. I only make notes about the article and give it a working title. Sometimes I end up writing the entire article in one sitting but most of the time I make notes or create an outline like I teach in Article Marketing Live.

Here are three views of my Evernote to show you want that looks like.

Here is a partial snapshot of my Evernote notebooks.

There are too many to fit on one screen. I’ve covered up the names of people I work with for their privacy.

Notice how the Article Idea notebook is highlighted? That is the notebook we are going to look at next.

Next is my “Article Idea” list.

I currently have 89 article ideas, with notes, that have not been written yet. This is one of the greatest things about using Evernote if you are a blogger or article marketer, or writer of any kind.

Over time you will gather into one place more ideas than you ever thought possible because you are doing it as you go. “Inch by inch it’s a cinch” as they say. It would be very hard for me to create 89 good article ideas in one sitting.

But because I write the idea down immediately I’ve gathered that many quite easily.

Here is a partial screenshot of my 89 article ideas. Please don’t use them! :-)

NOTE: Notice the blue word “Strategy” in the “Going Broke” listing (the one in grey)? With Evernote you can use tags to find things quickly. So what I do is add tags to my article ideas that match the categories of my blog and then I know at a glance how many article ideas I have for each section of my blog.

Next is a view of my notes for the “Going Broke” article.

You will notice that these are notes only and they are kind of rough. But I can turn these notes into a full article in about 30 minutes because I captured the idea when I had the idea and don’t have to strain to remember what I wanted to say.

This concept alone – making the note when the idea is fresh – will save you hours of time and much frustration as well.

Notice too that I had this idea over 6 months ago (as of the time I’m writing this) and that idea is still fresh and ready to go. Having an arsenal of ideas at your fingertips is incredibly important when doing content marketing.

There are many other things you can do with Evernote, such as …

  • Clip entire webpages
  • Clip parts of a webpage
  • Share notes with others
  • Save PDF files inside Evernote
  • Dictate notes into Evernote
  • Automatically sync between all your devices
  • Format notes in almost any way you want
  • Drag images into notes
  • Print notes
  • And much more

I strongly encourage you to get Evernote and give it a test drive. It’s one of those tools that gets better with time — the more you use it the more useful it becomes.

I hope you enjoyed this short review. Please do leave a comment below.

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  • Auli Ekman

    Reply Reply October 22, 2014

    Great information Charlie – I do have Evernote but have hardly used it….
    Now I’m sure I do !
    Thanks,
    Auli Ekman

  • Raquel

    Reply Reply October 19, 2014

    Thank you so much for such valuable advice, Charlie. I will definitely start using it today.

    Raquel

  • Ake Hedman

    Reply Reply October 18, 2014

    Thank you so much for that review and for being a MAC Guy.
    The first one I bought was $3500 including the matrix printer!

    • Charlie Page

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Wow – matrix printers go back a ways! Macs are expensive up front but so much easier to use and there is almost no upgrade costs. I just installed Yosemite free of charge. I don’t remember that ever happening in my Wintel days.

      Appreciate your comment.

  • Joe Washburn

    Reply Reply October 18, 2014

    Evernote came with my laptop and at the time I didn’t know what a useful tool it was. I started learning about it a few weeks ago and now I’m using it to organize my writing projects. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Criss

    Reply Reply June 12, 2014

    Thanks Charlie , i do use ever note in a very small way , but makes a lot of sense , so i will look / learn to use it more , cheers, Criss.

  • Mitzi

    Reply Reply June 12, 2014

    Thank you Charlie. I never imagined “Evernote” could be my organizer. I had it once on my computer but lost it and never downloaded it again. I will do that now. Thanks again.
    Sincerely
    Mitzi Robinson

  • WorkFrmHomeForte

    Reply Reply February 18, 2014

    hank You Mr Page. This is a great tool to organise my IM business.

    Sincerely,

    Louis oyeMike

  • Leonard Gorski

    Reply Reply February 17, 2014

    Thanks Charlie Page (page – 4 letter word LOL). As usually great value! I’m going to download and? Used it!

  • Mark Mansfield

    Reply Reply February 17, 2014

    Hi Charlie, thanks for giving me more information about “Evernote”.
    I’ve been racking my brain all day to find videos so I can back them up but I’ve forgotten where I put them, if I wrote the local down I would know where they are! Great stuff Charlie

  • Noel Guilaoro

    Reply Reply October 7, 2013

    Charlie thank you for telling me about Evernote. I am going to learn how to use it. I always have a little block note in my pocket to write down the ideas when they come. I have to learn how to substitute the block note.

    • Charlie Page

      Reply Reply October 8, 2013

      You don’t really need to do that. Moleskin makes a great notebook that integrates your written notes with Evernote. You can learn more about it on the Evernote site.

      Charlie

  • Lorenzo

    Reply Reply May 4, 2013

    Here is a tip for Evernote: add the web clipper to all of your devices.

    Since it is cross-browser and cross-platform, it will work on your PC, Mac, and even mobile devices like iPhone or iPad.

    Now you can save content into Evernote while on the go.

    • Charlie Page

      Reply Reply May 4, 2013

      Agreed! I love the web clipper. Another tip – add Evernote as a printer and print receipts and more directly into Evernote.

  • Ira

    Reply Reply November 19, 2012

    You did not say how to get the “Evernote”

  • Frank Claassen

    Reply Reply October 2, 2012

    This is a blessing because when I get an idea I always think that I will remember what it was about, but in 99% of the cases I just plain forgot.

    With Evernote I hope to capture the moment so that I came use at a later time.

    Thanks for this valuable piece of free information

    • Charlie Page

      Reply Reply October 2, 2012

      I have suffered from the same thing. Evernote fixed it for me. Evernote can even capture handwritten notes, using a cell phone camera or a camera on your laptop, and make them searchable! The more you use it the more you will want to use it. I’m happy you found this helpful.

  • Maurice Boulay

    Reply Reply September 11, 2012

    I heard about Evernote before but didn’t pay attention. Well your article somehow made me notice. Maybe its because since I first heard of it I have accumulated what seems to be tons of information!

    Thanks for the Post

  • Lanny Loreto

    Reply Reply September 10, 2012

    Hi Charlie,
    Thank you for telling us about Evernote. I am going to try to use it eventhou not knowing yet how to use it.
    Thank you.

  • Goran

    Reply Reply September 1, 2012

    Wow I didn’t konw there is a tool like evernote,
    I will defently try it, why not it’s free.
    Thank you very much

  • gold account

    Reply Reply August 11, 2012

    I think I am a more prolific writer because of Evernote. Right now, I’m writing a $100 million budget movie. It’s a period piece that requires a lot of documentation. I’m able to use the Evernote Web Clipper to capture my research and organize it so that I can create a character that feels alive at a very specific moment in history. Without Evernote, I’d be lost. Evernote helps me feel free. It helps me connect the dots between different notes and ideas and ultimately, Evernote has helped me become more creative. It’s helped me find things I wouldn’t have found without it.

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