It seems most often that, to some at least, it's better to just ask a question than it is to go out and actually try something to see what works.
You're assuming that what works for others will work equally well for you.
Now don't get me wrong -- asking others for advice is OK -- sometimes.
But I will tell you from my own experience that jumping in and trying something, even if you screw it up royally, will teach you more and better about how to actually DO THINGS than if you simply ask for something to be handed to you on a silver platter.
The art of learning from one's own mistakes is one of the most useful skills an IM professional can develop! Become an expert at it and your income will skyrocket.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Make them often. Get over them quickly. Learn from them. Move on. Don't repeat them.