How To Get Your Online Education -- Part One

Written by Joe Bingham

STARTING ON YOUR EDUCATION We all need to learn and keep on learning, and we are all at varying stages of learning. Today starts a new series focusing on where, how, and from whom we should get our online education. It's not just a matter of reading, and no you can't just lay your head against your monitor and 'absorb' things while you sleep. That DOES work with college text books, but since we are talking about learning from online resources, it's ruled out. There are skills involved in learning, and one of MAJOR importance is Discernment. WHO SHOULD YOU LEARN FROM? It never pays to believe everything you hear or read. It does pay to choose your sources carefully, and keep a discerning mind at all times. Your main sources of learning should be Experience and Expertise. No matter what, when you are first starting out learning about any topic of interest, you need to rely onrepparttar experience and expertise of others. Those that have already done or learned what it is you are seeking arerepparttar 119005 ones best qualified to enlighten you. Sure, learning from experts is obvious, but what's not so obvious is how to decipher who truly is an expert. It's not always easy. Take Internet marketing for example, everyone in every program is claiming to have 'the secrets' to whatever you need. Many times it's just a sales tactic, but some do have relevant knowledge to offer you. QUALIFYING EXPERTS The best way to determine who is an expert is through their works. Do they write articles for ezines or have other written information for review? Do they run a web site or business that appears successful? Do their works exhibit knowledge or are they merely regurgitating others' information? What experience do they have? I'm not saying you need to conduct an extensive interview and background check on people before you listen to them, but you do

How To Get Your Online Education -- Part Two

Written by Joe Bingham


The Internet is loaded with information. It literally isrepparttar reason for its existence. Therefore, it is completely possible for anyone to findrepparttar 119004 education they are looking for on any topic.

However, sometimesrepparttar 119005 Internet can seem so big that it's hard to locate what you want. Below are a few direct methods for finding what you are looking for.


Not my favorite, but oftenrepparttar 119006 obvious place to start. However, they are best used to locate topics in general, get to a related web site, and then work forward from there.


There's an ezine on everything. Plus, unlike web sites that often stayrepparttar 119007 same for months, ezines contain new information in each issue as well as refer you to relevant sites and other related ezines. If you subscribe to several ezines coveringrepparttar 119008 same topic, you'll get a range of opinions and views that can help you develop your own ideas over time.

It's ok to subscribe to quite a few ezines and let them compete. Determinerepparttar 119009 ones that continually bring you what you want and stay with them. Root out a few ofrepparttar 119010 best on your chosen topic and letrepparttar 119011 rest go.

After you read an ezine, and you likerepparttar 119012 information presented, visitrepparttar 119013 ezine's web site and look at their archived issues as well. This can be a quick way to surmise what kind of information and interestsrepparttar 119014 ezine will cover.

A great place to start your search for ezines is an ezine directory. You can search by category and read brief descriptions of whatrepparttar 119015 ezines contain. My favorite directory isrepparttar 119016 Ezine Locator run by Jeff Wilson. To me it's more easily navigable and makes better sense than many others.


Another worthwhile endeavor is visitingrepparttar 119017 sites ofrepparttar 119018 people who actually authorrepparttar 119019 articles that you enjoy. Some ezines run original articles, but many just pick up articles from freelance writers. Determinerepparttar 119020 actual author of good articles and see what their site has to offer or watch for more of their works. Most articles contain a resource box atrepparttar 119021 end identifyingrepparttar 119022 author and providing a link to his or her site.


You can read articles and sites all you want, and you can learn a great deal. However, sometimes you just plain need personal contact from someone who can answer your specific questions.

Not everyone onrepparttar 119023 Internet is easily approachable, but those inrepparttar 119024 business of selling information usually are happy to make personal contact. When you do write to someone with questions there are certain steps you can take that will increase your odds of getting a response.

1. Call them by name. 2. Namerepparttar 119025 article or site where you read their words. 3. Be courteous. 4. Be specific.

Addressing people by name tells them you know who they are and that you are not just sending out bulk emails to anyone who would respond. Letting them know where you heard of them gives you more credibility as well. Being polite is, of course, expected by anyone, and being specific will get you better answers. Asking general questions that require volumes to answer will not get results. This isrepparttar 119026 Internet where working marketers can literally get hundreds of emails every day. If you show specific interest, you'll be more likely to get a legitimate response.

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