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Revisiting The Plan:
Note: This is the 16th in the “GetStarted” Sequence.
From "Where do You Start?", the beginning of this sequence, we have been using Microsoft OneNote as our notebook tool, KeePass Password Safe and IBO Toolbox as a starting place for building your relationships online.
In Goals and Processes we created a folder on your Desktop for “Work Efforts”. In OneNote, you created a Section for “The Plan” containing the pages; Why, Goals, Processes, and Theme. You should be visiting these daily and adjusting as you learn and grow.
Set Up Your Password Tool was the third in our series. You need a Password Tool to keep track of the Passwords you use. I recommend the KeePass Password Safe. We got our Password Tool set up and initiated it with your first Email account.
The next step was to Set Up Your Account with IBO Toolbox. While it is possible to succeed online with only one Social Network, I believe that the better approach is to present a complete your complete Online Identity. IBO Toolbox is an excellent place to learn what you need to know while growing your networks. As part of setting up IBO Toolbox, we created a new Section in OneNote for IBO Toolbox with the Setup page. A review of “The Plan” may have helped guide you in your choice of your UserName for IBO Toolbox.
*Note: Transparency is the key to your Online Identity. People do business with those they know, like and trust.*
In Why You Need Multiple Email Accounts, we presented the need for multiple Email Accounts and the different *Free accounts available. Google, Hotmail/Outlook and Yahoo each offer excellent *Free services. The related Profile Pages are another way to help present your Online Identity.
Setting Up Your eMail Accounts returned you to “The Plan”. On the Theme page, to the Theme of your online efforts, your color scheme, your slogan or catch phrase and perhaps your Logo, you added, “What is your Brand Name?” Keeping that in mind, you opened your new eMail Accounts and added them to your KeePass Password Tool. As part of our Process, we created a new section in OneNote for Setups, copying the information from the IBO Toolbox Setups to this section and creating a new page for each account.
In Profiles for Google, MSN and Yahoo, we presented the need for real pictures to be used in your Profiles. You are working to create Brand Identity. While there are advantages in some networks to frequent changes of your Profile Pictures and Cover Pages, you want to maintain continuity so that you will be easily identified across networks. We added your Profile Picture information to the Theme page of “The Plan”.
In Setting Up the Google Profile, we completed setting up our Google Profile and the Google Plus page as well as setting you up for the MSN and Yahoo Profiles. In each case, you should have added information to each Setup page in your OneNote.
Getting Started with Your Social Networks – Facebook was the next step in our Process. As the most popular of the Social Networks, Facebook is the perfect place to continue your efforts to present your Online Identity.
Your Social Networks – Twitter takes us to a fast moving stream of interactions across many communities. Reinforce your efforts to present your Online Identity with your choice of Profile Picture, Cover Page and Tag Line (Bio). As mentioned, I strongly recommend UnFollowSpy as a Twitter Management Tool.
In Your Social Networks – LinkedIn we get you started with one of the most professional networks on the planet. While we aren’t planning to do much with this early in our Internet Career, it may easily become the most important as we go along. For now we will simply be building our Connections slowly and preparing the most Professional part of our Online Identity.
Why Create a Facebook Fan Page is the question visited next. Simply put, you need a Fan Page to support your business efforts on Facebook and recent changes to IBO Toolbox make this even more important. If you haven’t set one up yet, I think this will help you get started. After the Graphics were ready, I was able to set up a new page within minutes.
In Tying your Social Networks Together we added our Social Networks to IBO Toolbox and Google Plus. I have also tied my Facebook and Twitter accounts together in a way to cause each to repeat to the other. This has solved some of the problem of having things to share on both platforms. The new Facebook Page, I am using to share the bulk of my interactions on IBO Toolbox.
In IBO Daily by Nove-Noga we presented a Daily Routine for IBO Toolbox that would maximize the possibilities for getting and maintaining the Five Stars necessary to earn free credits for your PR/Video Comments as well as demonstrating your participation in IBO Toolbox.
Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Yet was the topic for the 15th Press Release in this Series. It is easy to get all excited over possibilities. That is good. You will need that excitement. Just don’t let it push you too far, too fast.
Revisiting The Plan:
This brings us to Today. Our OneNote Sections are; The Plan, IBO Toolbox, and Setups. Consider how you can use OneNote to keep track of and assist your efforts.
How many ways can you Greet new Associates? Do you need a place to store information until you are ready to Post it? Do you have a place for the Links passing by that are Interesting? The advantage of computers is that they make it easy to store and re-use our Ideas and Thoughts.
In the next section of PRs in this sequence we will be covering (in no specific order); Simple HTML Tips, Creating Graphics, Your IBOsocial Profile, Creating your IBOsocial FrontPage, Your Introductory Press Release, Creating Social Media Posts, The Visual Social Media, and More Tips and Tools for your Internet Career. Nove-Noga!