Google Tools for Business, Blog Series – Part 1

Google Tools for Business, Blog Series – Part 1

Over the course of the next few months, I’m going to provide a review of the top five free Google tools you should be using if you have a website. Here is my challenge to you: make a commitment to set aside time to read these blog posts and setup the Google tool that I cover for that day. I promise not to lead you astray; I’m only going to cover applications that will give you actionable information about your online presence and ways to improve it.

One important note: I am going to cover Google products that may be dependent upon each other. For this reason, you will need to fully complete configuring each item before you move on to the next topic I cover in this blog series. If you run in to a snag or would like someone to walk through any one of the topics covered, feel free to contact me and we can set up a no-charge consulting appointment. I can be reached via phone at 319-273-4333 or by e-mail at [email protected]. With all of this said, let’s start:

Gmail – Google’s Approach to E-Mail

In order to use any of the tools I’m going to cover in this blog post, you must first have a Google account. What better way to create a Google account, then to open a new Gmail e-mail account? Even if you don’t use the new e-mail account, it will be a valuable asset in the long run to have one central login for all of your Google business tools. Heck, if you end up liking the way it works- you may even end up configuring all of your e-mail accounts through Gmail! To create your Gmail and Google account, go to the Gmail homepage, and click on the ‘Create an account’ button. From there you can follow the step-by-step options.

Now that you’ve got your newly minted e-mail address and Google Account set up, you are ready for all of the other services I’m going to cover this week. If you already have a Gmail account, sit tight! Here’s a sneak peak of many Google products and services which you can explore on your own, or at least until tomorrow’s post :).

Here are links to the other posts in this series:

Rob Williams is a Business Analyst for the University of Northern Iowa

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