With the speed of everything on the internet these days, everyone seems to want to just "Flick the switch" and get online. Well, I have learned over the years that there is much more to consider, if you are really going to be successful with your online campaigns. This information is designed not to overwhelm and confuse you, but educate and prepare you to not set yourself up for failure. If you find this all confusing or just too much, I have put together a list I like to call "Baby Steps to getting online"
How to get found online explained from a kids point of view In this example we are going to talk about getting online for someone who sells only 1 thing, wiggly worms. If we were really dealing with a 4 year old, every one of these would be followed by “WHY” or “HOW”, for this example we are going to not answer those here. “Hi, my name is Tiffany and I sell wiggly worms” “You can find me at www.wigglyworms.com" Create a web-page about wiggly worms and your web pages must talk about wiggly worms. Talk about the fact that you sell wiggly worms in places like Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. “Hi YouTube! We make wiggly worms, see how we do it, check out or website at www.wigglyworms.com The more other places that have links that point back to your website talking about how you sell wiggly worms the better. your business should be listed in as many online directories as possible “You want as many people talking about what you do and how to find you as possible” That's really it!
While this is greatly simplified, it really is that easy to get started. Sometimes people can get bogged down with information overload and not do anything at all, which is the worst thing you can do.
If you do a Google Search for “why do you need a website” as of today it returned About 3,880,000,000 results – OMG!
If you have any kind of product or service, the answer is probably yes so we will waste no time on this one.
Because the internet is so incredibly powerful and unlimited as to what you have available to you it can be information overload.
The best quote I ever read, that makes this point perfectly is, “Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant” a quote by Mitchell Kapor.
The typical scenario when someone is trying to make the transition to going online, is they research it to death, and get so much information they can’t move forward.
Here is the best thing you can do to get started.
The only thing you need to do immediately is decide what you want to call yourself online like www.paintbrushes.com. Once you find a domain that is available, purchase it immediately! If you change your mind, or come up with something better later, fine! You can have as many of these as you want all pointing to the same site. Also, no matter what else you do, this will be the foundation of everything else you will need, and it does not matter if you do the work yourself or hire someone.
One place I use for this is Godaddy, because they are usually the cheapest, and I like their tech support, but use anybody you want, it does not matter!
If you are not sure what you would need or do with a website, here are a few things to consider.
Its the most affordable way for you to tell people who you are and what you do.
Its where people will be looking for your product or service.
Its the best place for you to answer your customers or visitors most frequently asked questions.
And finally, you can be sure if you have any competition, they will have a website!
The newest iPhone’s have just been released as of September 2018, and the newest Samsung and Google devices have been announced. I originally wrote this article in 2014, but I think the same philosophy applies today, and have re-published this to help people decide which phone is best for them.
I don’t know how or why everyone started acting like kindergarten children when it comes to the technology we use, and bragging about how their device, is so much better than your device, but no doubt, you have gotten into one of these discussions yourself, and may even be confused about which phone you should buy?
You also need to be careful about taking someone’s advice or “opinion” on what you should get because lets face it, opinions are like, You-Know-What… and everybody has one. The problem I have seen, is that their needs, or situation, might be different from yours, and these devices have become so “personal”, that you really need to take your own needs into account when deciding.
I normally would not even bother giving my opinion, because mine is not necessarily any better than anyone else’s, but I get asked so many times, almost daily, about which one is better, So here goes.
While my preference is usually with the Apple devices, because I have other IOS and Mac products, I have asked a lot of people about their devices, and rarely have I had anyone say it was a bad experience, and the reality is, you will probably love any of the current offerings out there. The most common feedback from people who buy other devices, like Samsung are, that they can do things you cannot do with an IOS device. This can be technically true, but I have interviewed hundreds of users and rarely have I seen a useful example, for the average user, of when this is true. Most people I have interviewed, that like the ability to customize or “tweak” their devices , are usually more technically inclined too, and average users are usually more concerned with the whole user experience, and again, everyone I have interviewed, has provided feedback that they love their device, no matter which one they had.
I do a lot of support work about not only mobile devices, but also desktops, laptops and many other technologies, and one important thing not always discussed is the “entire” user experience. What I mean by this is, if you have other Apple products, an iPhone might be the best choice for you, where as, if you are entrenched in the Windows world, maybe a Windows phone would be a better choice? Without going into too much detail about this one, let me just say that feedback from users has been more positive from the Apple world, than with some of the others. Does that make any of the others bad, absolutely not! It really depends on your own needs. Very rarely do I talk to anyone who does not use either an iPhone or a Samsung, these are without question, the 2 most popular.
That being said, here is what I own. The iPhone XS Max 256GB. I usually always find a reason I want the newest, which is the iPhone XS Max, as of this posting. iPhone, iPad, iMac, IBROKE!
Top 3 smartphones
With the millions of apps available, I have found I can carry out anything I could ever want to do, and creative ways of using these devices, are being discovered daily.
Interested in learning more about how to use your current IOS device? Or maybe not sure if you need one? For those of you that live near Minden or Gardnerville area, I will be giving a class at the community center. More classes and subjects will be offered in the future as well.
There are a number of variations of this scam around the internet, but the symptoms are very common, and here is just one example. This example happened in Google Chrome, on a PC, I have not tested on the MAC yet, but have had similar situations on my MAC.
You type into your browser to go to YouTube but you accidental type the address incorrectly, say “YouTuber”, in this example.
Next thing you know, a Pop Up or “PUP” (Potentially Unwanted Program”) comes on the screen and says your computer has been infected. See the following message and screenshot.
Your computer with the IP address (an IP address will show here) has been infected by the Virus RDN/Yahlover.worm!055BCCAC9FEC-Your information (for example, passwords, messages, and credit cards) have been stolen. Call the Technical Support number below to protect your files and identity from further damage.
It even locks you onto the page, with seemingly no way to get out of the browser, and for a lot of users, this only reinforces, that the message must indeed be legitimate.
I have heard they will ask you to pay an amount, say somewhere between $30 – $150, to fix your computer, usually by someone pretty rude!
I was going to actually call the number listed, in this case 1-888-373-0151, and record the actual phone call, but trust me, this is a scam and there are many variations of it!
I recommend if this happens to you, launch task manager and “End Task” on your browser to force it closed, or if on a MAC OS “Force Quit” your browser.
I personally clear my browser cache, and immediately run something like Malwarebytes scanner, just to be sure.
One other thing worth mentioning, I always recommend to people, to use a password manager, to store your usernames, passwords, etc. This is just one more reason to use one. Don’t store your password or login information in your browser, that’s one potential place they are probably trying to steal it from.