Is It Time for a Web Intervention: 7 Indicators You Need Help with Your Web Stuff

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You’ve created your blog or next email to go out to your list and are very excited. If only you could get the image to go in the right place; if only you could correct the spacing, then it would be just right and you could send it off to your list. Or you want the font to be a certain size or color or the paragraphs to line up just so, but now you’ve spent an hour trying to figure this all out and it’s just not working. Someone told you it’s easy, you can do it yourself, so why is it such a task?

When it comes to technology you really have to LOVE it and I mean LOVE it!

The computer isn’t as smart as it may seem. In fact it’s dumb, dumb, dumb! It will only do what you tell it. And if you don’t know the right commands, it will still do exactly what you say.

Ever played the programmer game? One person is the leader (“coder”) and everyone else are members of the team (“computer”) and they are to follow exactly what you say. If the leader says “throw the can in the trash” well the “computer” has no idea how to do that or what you mean by a can or trash, so you have to give exact instructions. This is why doing it all yourself may be more of a challenge than expected.

Have you been a DIYer and spent way too much time working on your blog or HTML email and now the deadline is quickly approaching? Or maybe you’d rather be doing something else and let the “techies” handle that stuff.
 
It’s time for a web intervention.

Here are 7 Indicators You Need Help with Your Web Stuff:

  1. After spending an hour trying to tackle code you still aren’t getting the results you want. (There’s a “techie” that can solve that!)
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  3. You have absolutely no idea how to get your pics in your blog and you just don’t have the time to do so. (There’s a “techie” that can do that!)
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  5. You’re more interested in the content vs the how-to. (There’s a “techie” that can handle that!)
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  7. The thought of looking at code gives you a headache. (There’s a “techie” that gets high off of that!)
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  9. You could careless about the hype around WordPress 3.0. (There’s a “techie” that is excited for you in that!)
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  11. If I were to ask what’s your FTP info and your response is what’s that? (There’s a “techie” that can explain that!)
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  13. You’re not sure who’s hosting your website. (There’s a “techie” that can get to the bottom of that!)

What do you say? Let the “techies” intervene so you can get on with what you do best.

Failure to Launch

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Something very interested happened recently. I signed up for a free report. After confirming the opt-in I got a message explaining the report was not ready. That it was still being proofed. Now this was a blog post that went out to thousands and thousands of people. Not being prepared can make or break your launch.

Being the understanding person I am, I’m going to wait it out and see what’s in the report because I do want the information. However, I just wonder what else is not ready. Could it be they are not ready to service or don’t have the time just yet to really deliver on their promotion pitch?

What’s the solution?

Don’t try to give a report if you don’t have a report. This is why I chose to go with an emini course. It basically bought me some time to put everything together.

When I first started I had 2 emails for the course. Although I needed a total of 9 with the introduction. By sending the emini course out each week I had time to develop it. And each week I’d add more emails to the autoresponder system. I learned early on that you don’t have to have everything in order to get started. You just need a plan and a little something to start you off.

No excuses! So, what’s holding you back from launching?

5 Reasons to Purchase an iPad

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Somehow I got bit by the iPad bug. I don’t own any iProducts, however for some reason the iPad has really got me excited. I’m just sniffing around it to get all of the information however I can see myself blogging from my iPad like an expert iFan.

What I’ve learned about the iPad:

  1. It’s super slippery. You must be very careful with the iPad. Not only is it slimmer than slim, but it’s also slippery too and can easily slip out of small hands.You’ll want to purchase a case for your iPad as soon as you make your purchase. I highly recommend you research different cases before settling on one. They’re all kinds of choices however not all will meet your needs.
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  3. A data service plan with AT&T is not required. However, the information you’ll read appears as though you must have the data service plan. Not so. The iPad comes with a built in Wi-Fi system. This means you can log on wherever Wi-Fi service is available. So if you currently have Wi-Fi at home, the iPad will work just fine. However, the purchased data service plan is great for traveling.Let’s say you’re going on vacation for a month and must take your iPad along with you because you’re now living the Internet lifestyle. You can purchase a monthly plan with AT&T for just $14.99. There are no contract agreements and you can cancel after your vacation. This is awesome! Additionally, you don’t have to go into the AT&T store to purchase it. Everything can be done all from your iPad.
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  5. The iPad gives you the qualities of a Kindle plus email, blogging, web surfing, watch movies, and so much more. Forget the Kindle and any other mobile reader. As I mentioned previously I don’t have any mac products as of this blog post. I own a PC and a BlackBerry. And my BlackBerry is too old for the new Kindle app. Hence I’m eyeing the iPad even more as I like to read wherever I go.
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  7. An added bonus, you can sync your iPad to your mac or PC. You’ll never lose information or have to transfer information manually from the iPad to your computer. I still haven’t gotten the BlackBerry software to play nice with Windows Vista.
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  9. The iPad battery last up to 10 hours. When I saw this I almost rushed out and purchased an iPad on the spot. My laptop only gets 2.5 hours on a good day. And my backup laptop doesn’t do anything without being plugged in. If nothing else the battery time span is worth it for me as I’m always on my computer. The flexibility of taking it wherever I go is oh so wonderful. I look forward to taking my computer on the go without the cords, Verizon card, and all the other stuff I’ve got packed in my computer bag.

I’ll keep you posted on whether I decide to purchase an iPad. I know for sure the price will need to come down some and any kinks need to be worked out before I make it official.

Are you one to rush and get the latest gadget? Or are you like me and wait for all the kinks to be worked out and the price to go down before you take the leap?

WordPress.org or WordPress.com?

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If you're a control freak you'll love WordPress.org.

You have total control over your website when you use WordPress.org over WordPress.com

How would you like to be told what you can and cannot have on your website?

If you're an affiliate, don't even think about using WordPress.com as they will not allow you to use any affiliate/referral links on your own website.

If you're monetizing your blog with ads, don't even think about using WordPress.com as they will not allow you to use ads such as TextLinkAds, Adsense, Yahoo and others.

This is very interesting to me because they may include ads on your blog although you do have the ability to turn them off.

Did you know you cannot have a custom theme on a WordPress.com hosted site? That's right you can "customize" their free themes, however you cannot really personalize the themes. You also cannot manipulate the PHP code behind the scenes.

This may not matter to you however when you need a certain item added to your site, your web designer or developer may be limited because of WordPress.com restrictions. There are thousands of plugins and millions of downloads and widgets that can be used on WordPress.org, however these cannot be used on WordPress.com.

I know it's really confusing, however the most important thing is if you want total control of your website and/or blog go with WordPress.org.