Newbies Guide To Asking Questions On The WF.

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Hi Warriors,

I was thinking about how to help people get the best answers when they come here looking for help and it occured to me that the WF is very much like Google in this respect.

The quality of the returned information is massively determined by the way you ask your question.

In Google if you type "help with pain" you'll get millions of results about all types of pain, medication, treatments, cures etc...

If you type "using hypnosis to avoid pain at the dentist" then you'll get much more specific information.

This forum is the same.

If you title your thread "help me with this" - you're already going to struggle because people need to know more about what you want help with.

If you're looking for help with create a newsletter (for example) then a thread title something like "newsletters - how to create one?" would let the right people know to read your thread.

Then once you're composing your post the same applies. Don't just put "how do I get traffic to my site?" since the answer to this type of generic question will ALWAYS be - "it depends." There are way too many things for anyone to consider that without some more context they can only give you a poor or generic answer.

So, if instead you asked:

"Traffic in the PC gaming niche - Any tips for this?" and then provide some information such as "I have a PC gaming niche website where I do video reviews for new games as (and sometimes before) they're released. I get some traffic from people finding my site when searching on Google but I'm new to marketing and hoping some warriors could give me some thoughts on how to help increase my traffic. My ideal visitor would be a male 13-40 years of age into multi-player gaming and my most desired action from them would be to join my email list to get tips and find out when I release new videos. I sometimes put them on youtube but don't really understand video marketing so any tips on improving that would be great too.

Any and all advice greatfully accepted.

Thanks in advance"

Do you think you'd get better replies than the usual "do articles" or "get links"?

The more information you can give your fellow warriors to make their answers suit your situation - the better then answers will be and the more likely you are to get the right people responding to you.

Just a thought that might help you help yourself.

Andy
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  • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
    I would similarly suggest that newbies, actually, everyone first gets into the habit of doing a search on the subject they plan to start a new thread on.

    There are subjects here which get repeated day after day, ad nauseum, all of them attracting more or less the same responses from the same people.
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  • Profile picture of the author IronRing
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    It's good to ask as specific a question as possible and to be as detailed in the description
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by IronRing View Post

      It's good to ask as specific a question as possible and to be as detailed in the description
      Err. Yeah - Why didn't I think of that?
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      nothing to see here.

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  • Profile picture of the author Shane N
    Well said Andy!

    Too much vagueness going on in the questions, I concur.

    "How do I get traffic?"

    "How do I monetize my site?"

    "How do I internet marketing?" - LOL

    Andy brings up a great point people... Be specific!

    Let people know your niche, your situation, or at least as much information
    that's pertinent to your question that you are comfortable sharing in public.

    Thanks for the great post Andy.

    Guide them!

    Best,
    Shane
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  • Profile picture of the author willN
    Thanks a million Andy,
    This will make a great addition to my newbies guide!
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    Newbies, you will want to check this out! I made it for you free of charge to help you get started here in the WF.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    I would just like to add that I have a term for some of these questions.

    When a question is vague and could have endless answers, I call them "how long is a piece of string" questions.

    Gee whiz, I don't know. How long IS a piece of string?

    Of course while we would prefer new people ask specific questions so we can help them, it's also possible that they are not yet at a point where they can be specific.

    Anyway, to all the newer people here, Andy's post is spot on and will help you get the help you need; however, don't get so hung up on HOW to ask that it prevents you from asking at all.

    Don't worry, when it comes right down to it, we can handle the non-specific questions too...BUT...if possible, be as specific as you can.

    All the best,
    Michael
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    • Profile picture of the author belegeuseman
      That's something not even I considered, which is the level of comprehension of the person asking the question.

      This is to say that the question normally comes out based on
      how much information one has gathered.

      At the point that we want 'an answer' or 'the answer',
      we are so overwhelmed by getting the answer that our minds
      are not concentrated.

      Great share from all on here. To be focus is important in learning.
      Andy thank you for the post.

      I'll leave with this point: "There is even the circumstance that people who think that they can teach, are unconcerned about the learning side."

      Regards,
      belegeuseman

      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      I would just like to add that I have a term for some of these questions.

      When a question is vague and could have endless answers, I call them "how long is a piece of string" questions.

      Gee whiz, I don't know. How long IS a piece of string?

      Of course while we would prefer new people ask specific questions so we can help them, it's also possible that they are not yet at a point where they can be specific.

      Anyway, to all the newer people here, Andy's post is spot on and will help you get the help you need; however, don't get so hung up on HOW to ask that it prevents you from asking at all.

      Don't worry, when it comes right down to it, we can handle the non-specific questions too...BUT...if possible, be as specific as you can.

      All the best,
      Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author barbling
    I've been teaching now for 14 years online...and it's just not the questions but also how the people *read* the answers.

    Soooo many newbies/etc. want everything handed to them on a silver platter. So if your answer involves actual hard work, they immediately tune out your suggestions.

    I can always tell when someone is sincere about learning how to make money online...and when someone just wants to whine about making money online.

    The ones who want to whine will immediately reject every idea offered because it's not a silver bullet.


    The ones who want to succeed, however, will put into *practice* ideas and sweat the blood, sweat and tears required.

    They'll also learn to ask the more productive questions to, ie, instead of

    How can I make money blogging

    to
    Okay, I've now set up a blog in the moose-wrangling niche and I want to monetize it. I've ensured I have an autoresponder and am now an affiliate for X and Y and Z. I've thought about my free giveaway and wrote up the Free Report

    How to Feed Your Mooses For 2 Cents a Day

    My question is the following.....
    See the difference?

    A whiner newbie would look at the above and say, that's stupid, that person actually spent lots of time doing something! I want it NOW!!!!!!

    etc.etc.etc.

    It was that way in 1997, and alas....I don't see it changing any time soon. The ones who succeed are the ones who take ownership and learn.
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  • Profile picture of the author profitmaster7
    Hey Andy , thanks for a great post.
    I'm new to the forum and have found the volume of info overwhelming sometimes , and i guess its just too easy to start a new thread just to get an answer without doing the right research on the forum.

    'Think before you start a thread' could be a good motto , i bet the answer must be in the forum somewhere.People are just to lazy to look for their answers when its probably staring them in the face.

    Paul
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by profitmaster7 View Post

      Hey Andy , thanks for a great post.
      I'm new to the forum and have found the volume of info overwhelming sometimes , and i guess its just too easy to start a new thread just to get an answer without doing the right research on the forum.

      'Think before you start a thread' could be a good motto , i bet the answer must be in the forum somewhere.People are just to lazy to look for their answers when its probably staring them in the face.

      Paul
      Sometimes the onsite search function can create more confusion than it solves. If I can't find the answers I'm looking for using the forum's search feature, I'll go to Google with:

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      [what I'm searching for] site:http://www.warriorforum.com/
      You can search the subforums using the link to the subforum in place of the one above, i.e., to search the main discussion forum:

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      [what I'm searching for] site:http://www.warriorforum.com/main-internet-marketing-discussion-forum/
      You can further limit results by using Advanced Search to specify a date range, for example.
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  • Profile picture of the author robp12
    Excellent advice from a guy who clearly knows his stuff. The mods should think about stickying this, it would certainly help out anyone looking for direction in how to post.
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