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Where Do You Start?
Note: This is the 1st in the “GetStarted” sequence.
Where Do You Start? For many Internet Marketers, this question is so far in the past that the answers may have no value to those who are just beginning. It is easy to forget all the steps that we have internalized into (what seems to us) simple processes. (*NB: Mom says, “Don’t tell me which file to use, start with the On Button.”*)
Starts and Restarts provide us with the opportunity to apply what we have learned to our efforts. It all sounded so simple in the beginning. “Find something useful and share it with the world.” “Make a website and they will come.” “Just push a button and you will succeed.” For those of us with absolutely no familiarity with the Internet, there is an amazing amount to learn. Just taking a look can be a nightmare.
My first days on the Internet spawned a storm of Emails that still deluge my original account. One of the first things that I realized was that I was going to need more Email accounts. Make a note.
The second thing I realized was the importance of researching the opportunities and services offered. “Let the Clicker Beware” is something you should write down and place where you will always see it. There are many excellent offerings but we should always remember that there are Monsters in the Internet Jungle. Research is your best tool.
Information sources abound in today’s Internet Environment. Fortunately, some of these sources are the same ones that you will need when you start your own communication campaigns to draw attention to your Internet Efforts. Google Plus, FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn are four of the most important Social Media Networks. Pinterest, Flickr and YouTube are valuable to those inclined towards Graphic and Video communications. For building your Networks in all of these, I find IBO Toolbox to be an extremely useful tool.
Data Overload can quickly become a major problem. Without tools to keep track of everything that you are doing or considering, you will quickly become lost. The problem for newcomers is the lack of insight to the oncoming data flood. *NB: Noah had it easy.*
On the other hand, how do you know if you are getting lost if you don’t have any Idea where you are going? I started with a Will and an Idea. Watching the flood rush by, I took note of the lack of answers in so much of what I was reading. All too often, promising titles led to platitudes and generalities. I just wanted to know what I should do first.
So, here is my real question. Where do you start?
If you already have a Product, Business or Idea, it is likely that you have already begun setting your goals and mapping your processes. If not, then perhaps you are still in the Research stage. Either way, you need the tools to keep track of your Ideas and Efforts.
That is my suggested starting place. If you are using Microsoft Office, then you probably have access to Microsoft OneNote. If not, there are other Free Notebook tools available. (Feel Free to let us know what works for you.)
To keep track of your Passwords and where they are used, I recommend keepass.info. As this is a primary security tool, you should find it by conducting your own internet search to make sure that you are not using some spoofed site. I found this tool through a Librarian at a major educational institution whose advice I trust. (PS: Be Sure to use the site links on the LEFT side of the page. Ignore the advertising buttons on the right.)
Building relationships and continuing education are very important to making the most of your business opportunities. At IBO Toolbox, you will find a community of Internet Marketers willing to share what they know to help you achieve your goals. You can learn what is working and who is making it work.
First Tools – Microsoft OneNote; KeePass or other password control tool; and IBO Toolbox.
First Tasks – Begin keeping track of your Goals and Processes; Set up your Password Tool; Set up your account with IBO Toolbox. (It’s FREE and you will need it to take advantage of the rest of this PR Sequence.)
It has been more than two years since my first exploration of the world of Internet Marketing. One thing that I have learned is to take advantage of my Starts and Restarts. In this cycle of IBO Toolbox Press Releases I am going to review the process and information that I wish had been available to me from the beginning. The biggest question facing most people in the beginning remains the same. Where do You Start?