5 Internet Marketing Tips To Get You Unstuck
|September 16, 2011||Posted by Louise under Online Business Ideas|
Don’t waste all your time and frustration on technical snags, like these two! Be proactive and set a plan in place on how to deal with the technical issues you run into in your every day internet marketing duties.
A very funny video!
You may have seen this video already. It has over 4 million hits. But thought I would share it here, because it encapsulates in a very sweet and funny way what beginner (lets be real here also not-so-beginner) internet marketers struggle with on an almost daily basis. Technical difficulties and getting technical savvy.
Despite what your mother (and maybe some episodes of TV’s Highway to Heaven) said, you DO have to keep up with the Joneses. You know the Joneses – those guys with the smart phone, ipads, Skype accounts, tablets, Facebook & Twitter pages, and every new technical gadget and application on the market.
Let’s face it, the Joneses represent a big chunk of our population. If you want to reach them with your message, you have to tech-up baby! And teching-up means struggling at times like our dynamic duo in the video, without a quick-fix from your spouse, friends or Google.
The good news is there are tools online that can be very helpful. So look at this list next time you get stuck with some glitchy plugin or learning a new software.
5 Internet Marketing Tips To Get You Unstuck
1)Tutorials: When using anything new such as plugins, software or any online service and there’s a tutorial, do it! Take the 10 – 15 minutes and run through some of the tutorials. This should also be one of the first things you do when you run into a glitch.
2)Support section: Initially, you should also check the support section. Sometimes you can do a search by entering a keyword. If you’re lucky, the support information will be categorized to help you along. Quite often, products or services will have a support team you can email. But be prepared to wait a day or two for a reply. At times, I’ve waited much longer and usually resolved the issue on my own.
3)Support Forums: If tutorials and FAQs fail and there’s no support desk, go to the software’s or the service’s support forum. For instance, WordPress has a forum just for WordPress users at www.wordpress.org/support. If you are on WordPress and like to improve your website, make sure to register there. The forum pulled me out of deep water a few times. So, if you install or buy any piece of software, check to see if they have support and a forum. These can save you a lot of grief and time!
4)Forums: If the product support fails, internet marketing related forums may provide the solution you seek. Here, I’ve included a few well-known forums with brief descriptions. But you can also do a search using Google or the forum search engines I listed in this previous post. Here is the list of those popular forums:
http://www.cybertechhelp.com/forums/ offering free computer help and support for operating systems, hardware and more.
http://www.warriorforum.com/index.php?referrerid=153049 a very big and active forum focusing mostly on internet marketing and making money online.
http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/forum.php also large and active community focusing mostly on web design, coding and programming.
http://forums.digitalpoint.com/ large and active community here too with a mix of internet marketing with lots of web design, coding and programming.
5)Membership coaching sites:A great way to break free from familiar traps is to turn to membership coaching sites made to help you with online business. These sites teach you and coach you along through your journey, giving you the helping hand you need as you plod along.
I joined Internet Business CodeX (IBCX) a while back and tapped into it countless times for solutions. I dealt with real people who catered to my needs. See, the right membership site for you becomes a friendly community. Within it, you learn and you build relationships. You are not bombarded by marketers using it as an advertising board. I usually got replies to my SOS’s within hours. With a membership site, you are getting real help from your peers – not always the case in large public forums. Read about how to pick a good coaching course/membership site here.
Wasting time will kill your online business. There’s so much to do, especially in the beginning that you have to be laser focused on productive tasks. Trying to solve technical blunders can make hours disappear, hours you don’t have and will lose forever. You can’t get them back.
So be a problem solver, not a time waster. Be proactive.
- First, choose mostly software and services that provide support.
- Second, have a plan like the one above to follow. Try a few items on the list and give yourself a time limit.
- If still unresolved, leave a request in a forum or in an email to support staff, and then turn to another productive task as you wait for the reply.
Don’t keep trying to resolve it to the point of frustration.
What about you? Do you have some additional resources you use to add to the above list? What did you think of that adorable couple in video?? If that clip isn’t real, then they are amazing actors!
Keep moving forward…