How many computer screens do you use to run your IM business?

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Do you use more than one to do the different tasks (maybe PPC campaigns on one, general website marketing on another, research on another), or do you just have several browsers open on the same computer to carry out different tasks?

It would be especially interesting to hear from well established marketers who earn a very good living because I think they are more likely to do this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    I have just one laptop and do everything on it.
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    • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
      Why would you need more than one? Creating unnecessary work for yourself?
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Elss
      Originally Posted by Cool Hand Luke View Post

      Working with a dual-screen setup is a lifesaver. I honestly don't know how I could do without it now that I know how easy it is to use and how much it helps.

      Great setup. I use my laptop for the most part but there are many tasks I do on my desktop and do use two monitors. Two come in VERY handy.
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    • Profile picture of the author Inspired, Inc.
      Originally Posted by Cool Hand Luke View Post

      Working with a dual-screen setup is a lifesaver. I honestly don't know how I could do without it now that I know how easy it is to use and how much it helps.

      nice set up... I'm not sure if I can keep my table that clean... I always have my stuff "around" me, within my reach...
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    • Profile picture of the author BloggerDeen
      Originally Posted by Cool Hand Luke View Post

      Working with a dual-screen setup is a lifesaver. I honestly don't know how I could do without it now that I know how easy it is to use and how much it helps.

      Are you sure you didn't clean up everything before taking photo?
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      • Profile picture of the author vicdublin
        I use two mostly. my laptop and desktop.
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    • Profile picture of the author kenzik
      Originally Posted by Cool Hand Luke View Post

      Working with a dual-screen setup is a lifesaver. I honestly don't know how I could do without it now that I know how easy it is to use and how much it helps.

      Important question... can we get a close up of the guitar?
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    • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
      Originally Posted by Cool Hand Luke View Post

      Working with a dual-screen setup is a lifesaver. I honestly don't know how I could do without it now that I know how easy it is to use and how much it helps.

      I've been looking to set myself up with something like this!

      I have a macbook pro now and everything from that but I need to upgrade...

      Trying to decide whether to get a imac, macbook, or a desktop dual-screen like that one.
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  • Profile picture of the author bizoppmaster
    2 monitors are good enough for most tasks.
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  • Profile picture of the author angshuy2k
    Originally Posted by Anton543 View Post

    Do you use more than one to do the different tasks (maybe PPC campaigns on one, general website marketing on another, research on another), or do you just have several browsers open on the same computer to carry out different tasks?

    It would be especially interesting to hear from well established marketers who earn a very good living because I think they are more likely to do this.

    Have two Monitors attached to a Quad,
    3 Desktops again attached to one each.
    3 Laptops when I am away.
    Rest on VPS



    But love my dual monitor to run multiple work on one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Just 1... just my dirty little money-making laptop.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Anton543 View Post

    How many computer screens do you use to run your IM business?
    One.

    I can only look at one at a time. I don't do anything that requires splitting a huge image over two adjacent screens, or anything like that.

    Originally Posted by Anton543 View Post

    or do you just have several browsers open on the same computer to carry out different tasks?
    Yes, I typically have 4 or 5 or 6 windows open at a time, and my word-processor, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew de Goede
    I use a laptop with 3 additional screens. It does allow me to multitask. So typically I have one screen for emails, another for research, another for skype, and the last one for running programs such as for link building. Just makes for easier monitoring.
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  • Profile picture of the author johndetlefs
    Yeah i'm all about 2 screens. A 24" Imac for the main stuff, and a 19" monitor for email, skype etc.

    I've got a staff member who uses four, but we give him a lot of crap, he's like something out of the minority report.

    As a random bit of trivia, apparently most staff at Google have 2 screens, on their sides so that whole documents can be read at one time. Seems kinda cool.
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  • Still now using one monitor devices. One desktop and one laptop.
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    • Profile picture of the author JonPL
      I like to stick to one 24" screen and do a lot of work with 2 windows open side by side.
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  • Profile picture of the author CaesarSEO
    I use 2.

    1 for the working. And 1 for the watching tv at the same time. It's nice.
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  • Profile picture of the author TomYevsikov
    Moi use only one screen.

    However, two screens seems comfortable although Im not a women and I cant do two things at a time..
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  • Profile picture of the author BrianDouglas
    2 monitors. I use one for main work, the other helps in its own way -

    I can play vids/movies on it, I can keep my twitter client (destroy twitter, is awesome and simple) on there, xchat goes on there, sometimes I need two monitors to work in two sites without feeling cluttered, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    At the moment, I still have 1 external monitor hooked up on my laptop and hopefully, I could add 1 more monitor shortly.

    In my opinion, web developers and designers really need more than 1 screen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hani D
    Originally Posted by Anton543 View Post

    Do you use more than one to do the different tasks (maybe PPC campaigns on one, general website marketing on another, research on another), or do you just have several browsers open on the same computer to carry out different tasks?

    It would be especially interesting to hear from well established marketers who earn a very good living because I think they are more likely to do this.
    I have a laptop and a PC.
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  • Profile picture of the author retsced
    I have a desktop with one screen at the office and my lappy for when I need to get out for a change of scenery. I get more inspiration when I take the laptop out to the park, beach or down to my local coffee shop.

    No idea why I said "my" local coffee shop though, I have neither a coffee shop to call my own and I drink tea
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  • Profile picture of the author fivestarexec
    One screen with several windows open, that's about all I can manage.
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    • Profile picture of the author Haroon Ballim
      One monitor should be more than adequate . Just keep multiple windows open .
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  • Profile picture of the author whland
    I just have one computer and one screen I use at the moment. I have been thinking about using dual monitors sometime in the future though.

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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    Laptop, my mobile phone and desktop....
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  • Profile picture of the author Anton543
    I myself use one at any one time (desktop upstairs) and laptop in the living room with multiple windows of a browser open and the TV on the wall so its not all work. However, if you do a bit of day trading (I do it on the same computer which is not ideal) on top or extensive research, I think may be wise to have more than one screen as switching between windows can make you a little less productive than you would otherwise be. If you do go with multiple screen setup, I think the monitors have to be side by side and of equal size to get the full value.
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  • Profile picture of the author bhmseoservices
    I use one screen with multiple tabs open. Two screens often become confusing and without a proper setup if can really hurt you neck.

    I prefer one screen, I used to use 3 and it's just so much in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    I guess I am doing it backwards. 4 desktops run into one monitor with one keyboard running them all. I can right click between towers or do it through a button on the keyboard. I have several laptops also but do not care for them at all. They look brand new and my desktop keyboard has very few letters left on it lol.

    I would take a picture of my desk but .. you can't see it at the moment. It looks like someone is living at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I have 15 computers with 45 monitors but one computer is just for goofing off.

    just kidding. One monitor, one computer.
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  • Profile picture of the author fern
    Two computers and my smartphone. I use two computers because some software is only available on Windows so I have to keep that computer around. The bulk of my work (writing, email, web design) is done on a different computer/OS. Quick browsing and answering emails is done on my phone.
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  • Profile picture of the author Blaine Smitley
    I need a lot of real estate for what I do. I could never get by on a laptop, or dual monitor system. By this time next year I will be running four 50' flat screens. I build my own box and it's always a screamer. Right now I'm using 3 asus 24" monitors and a 42" for when I need a national view of things. But then I operate in a lot of areas too.

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael D Forbes
    I simply don't think I could ever go back to a single monitor. I use two on my main computer and I have a very hard time adjusting when I have to do serious work on a single monitor setup. I often don't feel like two monitors is enough when I am working on certain projects.
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  • Profile picture of the author satrap
    I use my desktop computer for doing the actual work, but for reading and researching I mostly use my laptop and iPad.
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  • Profile picture of the author faisalmaximus
    I use 3 Desktops and 1 Laptop. Desktops for running automated tools like SEnuke XCr, Xrumer, Scrapebox etc and Laptop for making all contacts.
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  • Profile picture of the author QuanWar
    One lap, but loads on open tabs
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  • Profile picture of the author kencalhn
    i use 4 big widescreen viewsonic monitors... then again I'm a trader so that's par for the course
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  • Profile picture of the author TheSalesBooster
    I tried the whole dual monitor setup, but I always found it annoying. I loved it for when I was coding, but other than that it was more annoying than helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author PrestonSr
    Thanks for asking :p
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    • Profile picture of the author Bobby Asburn
      Originally Posted by PrestonSr View Post

      Thanks for asking :p
      It's a computer shop!

      I have one desktop and one laptop.
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      • Profile picture of the author Rick Wilson
        I use two 23" displays with my desktop because it's convenient for me with the way I work. The extra 'real estate' is extremely helpful at times. While I can do just about everything on my 15" notebook, if needed, I appreciate the extra workspace an extra display gives me when I'm at home.

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        Works For Me!


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        • Profile picture of the author rhinocl
          I only use two when I'm remaking voice-overs (old sound in one ear-playing a few seconds ahead so I can repeat it into mic timed with video on #2 computer).
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      • Profile picture of the author Kruciall
        Originally Posted by Bobby Asburn View Post

        It's a computer shop!
        It's actually a World of Warcraft boxers setup.

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    WoW!

    Get it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Roslyn Agosta
    Only one currently, with loads of tabs. However I wouldn't mind getting dual, can see it being very helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author danilion55
    I have a Notebook and a desktop Computer
    When I am in university I use notebook while at home i prefer desktop. Mostly word on desktop. notebook is just for urgent work
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Cole
    This is my setup. I couldn't go back to a single monitor now ...

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  • Profile picture of the author betterwtveter
    Just my laptop that needs to be reformated, but just do not have the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlmightyGreg
    Wow, thats pretty cool guys. Some while ago I used stocks to make some quick cash and I so wanted to buy more than one screen/computers. But too bad I stopped trading. Do any of you with multiple screens have trouble listening to music? the earphone cords most break in a matter of months for you guys.
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  • Profile picture of the author MRamocsai
    My laptop does the job.
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  • Profile picture of the author lanew
    Multi tasking has been proven to be detrimental to productivity. I love having two screens to work on one task and project at a time. For instance, one for FTP while I'm building out sites, but I also just use my macbook and shortcut keys to do what i need. I do like having it hooked to larger monitor though. It works for me. When I started in IM, I didn't have money (pawned my comp after 2008 crash and being laid off) and I worked from the library computer. So, really it's what works, works.

    Be well,

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  • Profile picture of the author James Campbell
    Between 2 and 4 on any given day.

    However that will be increasing when I start doing my forex/stock stuff in the coming year.

    This may sound like a lot of screens, but I don't actually multi-task, when I'm working each screen as an aspect of the current task I'm working on. It allows me to jump between everything quickly.

    James
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  • Profile picture of the author ReveryMarketing
    I'm running dual 30" Cinema displays. I couldn't live without them. In fact, when I do... It pisses me off! LOL

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    • Profile picture of the author PrestonSr
      Originally Posted by ReveryMarketing View Post

      I'm running dual 30" Cinema displays. I couldn't live without them. In fact, when I do... It pisses me off! LOL

      This looks epic!
      Just a caution to me and other; using comps in a dark room is bad for our eyes Hope thats true
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        Originally Posted by PrestonSr View Post

        This looks epic!
        Just a caution to me and other; using comps in a dark room is bad for our eyes Hope thats true
        Haha! Thanks bud.

        This picture was taken in a fully lit room. I don't use the screens in the dark. It was just a cool effect I gave the picture.
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  • Profile picture of the author williams5678
    Only one desktop does the job for me. As well thinking about to add a new laptop.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mitchell H
    Its just me and my laptop and that is it no extra screens or computers. Plus I think its better to take IM at a step by step basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author Damien Roche
    Anybody who doesn't have 2 monitors now, has *never* had 2 monitors in the past. Once you experience the productivity and freedom 2 monitors can bring, you can't degrade to 1.
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  • Profile picture of the author 247acheiver
    Two laptops...One main machine for 99% of the work and also a second for workhorse duties and also a backup machine for my main one
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  • Profile picture of the author jodamy
    Just my trusty Macbook Pro that I just updated with 8gb ram instead of the 2gb that it came with. Runs like new again.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimK06
    Hi Anton543! Personally I only use my one macbook pro, but I have heard of

    cases where people use multiple computers simple because everything that

    distracts them( Facebook, Twitter, and even world of warcraft) is linked to one computer so they don't use it when they're supposed to be working.

    I even heard of a case where one fellow couldn't shake world of warcraft and

    ended up going out to purchase a brand new pc(personally world of warcraft would be uninstalled now) just for work. In closing I would

    just say to each his own but I think personally it can be done with a little

    discipline of course with just one laptop/desktop.

    Kind regards
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    • Profile picture of the author miklanderson2
      I use two screens most of the time. Sometimes I have my laptop open which is also connected to a second screen, so I have 4 screens going at once. Add in my 65-inch TV for background noise and smartphone and it's not uncommon for me to have 6 screens all on at once.
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  • Profile picture of the author thatkeywordguy
    One machine and 4 monitors. I love all 4.
    There are a few studies online showing how productivity increases as you add a second monitor to your workstation.

    Theres a big boost in productivity after adding the second one.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave147
    I have just the one desktop. Looking at the pictures above, ye motivated me into clearing out the clutter
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  • Profile picture of the author sniperdomi
    I have two laptops.
    One for writing and everything for marketing (like writing now) and the other one to run some softwares (This one suffer a lot).
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