February 29, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 2 Comments

Have you forgotten about Google & YouTube?!

google-and-youtubeHello everyone!

It’s Monday, the busiest day for any online business, as we need to process all the orders that came in over the weekend. And answer all the emails too! And that’s actually what today’s blog post is all about.

You know that I always welcome emails & comments from my blog readers – ALWAYS! I have personally replied to every comment left on this blog (thousands!) and the same goes for every email that’s sent to me asking for help. That’s not even considering my customer emails and comments left under videos in EAB video course or in the forum.

And this is all completely fine! I really like to help people out and share my knowledge, and of course it helps to make this blog more of a community rather than just a platform purely for my own opinion.

But as I was going through more than 30 emails that you have sent in over the weekend, once again I realised that some of those emails were simply not needed at all. You could save your time and my time, and most importantly get the answer to your question straight away by…

JUST GOOGLING IT! 🙂

Seriously, sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who uses Google & YouTube to find answers to something I don’t know or to learn a new skill (YES, I don’t know everything and still have to learn new things & skills every day!).

Just to give you a few examples of what I’m referring to. Questions like:

  • How much does eBay’s basic shop cost per month?
  • How fast does DHL deliver from China to UK?
  • Does Turbo Lister work on MAC?
  • How to resize an image in Photoshop?
  • What shipping methods qualify under the FAST & FREE feature on eBay?
  • Can I open more than one eBay account?
  • What is the cut off time for Christmas delivery with Royal Mail?
  • What is the difference between air freight and sea freight?
  • What is PayPal micropayments?

You can get answers to all of these questions simply by doing a Google search. In fact, in many occasions, the results will include a post from MY BLOG that covers that question in detail (for example the Turbo Lister & MAC dilemma or image re-sizing, for which I have multiple extensive guides).

Many of my blog readers may have not realised that I’ve complied all of my previous blog posts on the Start Here page. I named that page Start Here for a reason – so that new people start exploring my blog from that page and read through archived posts:

start-hereA great way to find my posts relating to YOUR problem/question is by doing a Google search like this:

Andrew Minalto + your question

For example, if you search for:

Andrew Minalto how to watermark product images

The first result in search will be this page which is a step by step guide on image watermarking:

google-searchAnd not only that – Google will also show related posts from my blog in the remaining search results. So this is a very handy way of looking for a post I have already made in the past covering the topic you’re interested in learning about.

Next – when you need to find something specific about eBay rules, the search phrase you should use is:

eBay UK + your question

Make sure to add the UK part or simply eBay.co.uk to get results from UK based eBay help pages. If you’re in the US, you would use eBay.com, if in Australia – eBay.com.au and so on.

For example, if I wanted to find out how much a basic shop subscription costs on eBay UK, I would search this on Google:

ebay-shop-feesAnd the very first search result will lead you to eBay’s page which clearly shows how much each subscription costs and what features you get in return:

http://sellercentre.ebay.co.uk/ebay-shop-subscriptions-fees

And this works for almost any basic question you may have! Sure, there will be topics/questions that are much more complicated and you won’t be able to find an answer by doing a quick Google search – and that’s fine! Luckily you still have me and you can send me your question via my help desk here!

It goes without saying that I am more than happy to help whenever I can. I just wanted to illustrate that sometimes people don’t even try to do a little bit of work for themselves and instead opt for the lazy, “easy” approach and hope someone else will do the work for them.

YouTube is another, SUPERB resource which you can use to learn new things. Yes, it may come as a surprise that YouTube isn’t just for dancing cats and tech product reviews but there are millions of how to guides and tutorials available on YouTube, all 100% free for you to watch and learn from.

YouTube is particularly handy when you need to learn anything hosting/software/PC/image editing related. I’m talking about stuff like:

  • Learning Adobe Photoshop
  • How to use FTP software to upload product images
  • How to use auctiva.com for listing creation
  • How to back-up your computer
  • How to set-up an email address in CPanel
  • How to re-direct a domain name
  • How to change domain name servers
  • Etc.

For example, last week I started learning how to use Adobe Illustrator CC – the world’s most popular vector creating/editing program. I went to YouTube and quickly found FULL courses teaching Adobe Illustrator! Hours upon hours of video lessons, all for free!

In less than one day I basically learned the software inside out! I’m not and won’t be a designer any time soon (not that I even want to be) but I’m now familiar with how everything works in Illustrator and can create and edit files, save them for web/print use and utilise many more of its functions.

To sum it up – we’re INCREDIBLY LUCKY that we have the internet at our disposable nowadays, filled with valuable resources. The only thing you really need to learn is how to FIND that information!

Here’s a quick tip to help with that! If, when searching for something on Google, you don’t get very targeted results, put your question/phrase in quote marks, like this:

“How to import from China”

By doing this, Google will only show pages that has ALL of that phrase in the page’s text.

But do this ONLY if a default search doesn’t give you the answers you’re looking for, otherwise you may limit your search results too much and won’t actually get the best resources.

Okay, that’s it for today! Hopefully this will have reminded some of you about a very simple, and maybe slightly forgotten, way of learning new things using Google and YouTube.

Of course I’m always here to help so if you can’t find an answer to the question you’re looking for, you’re more than welcome to contact me via the help desk here. I’ll personally answer your question within 24 hours, Mon-Fri and the best questions will be featured in next week’s Questions & Answers post!

Have a productive week everyone! 🙂

Thanks,
Andrew

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  1. I agree with you 100%

    YouTube is my favourite website
    I have learnt so many new skills such as removing backgrounds from products to have a clear white background using photshop magic or pen tool
    changing product colours in the photoshop hue / saturation function, instead of taking separate photos of the same product
    plus many more skills on Microsoft word

    YouTube is ACE

    1. Andrew Minalto

      good stuff Andrew!

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