• http://blog.cre8asite.net/bwelford/ Barry Welford

    That’s an excellent article for the DIYer (Do It Yourself-er), Bill. The Internet is incredibly rich and complex and requires the sort of exploration you map out here.

    Another important way is to try to find a techy friend, a mentor or a consultant you respect and can work with who will be there to offer suggestions on how best to prioritise your time. Many business owners should get on the Internet rapidly since it can be an important proof of credibility to new customers. I think you should regard it as a priority task and get the help you need.

  • http://ttp://www.seobythesea.com Bill Slawski

    Thanks, Barry.

    Having a mentor, a consultant, a forum full of friends, those are things that can help accelerate a familiarity with the Web. As a DIY-er myself, I’ve also come to value the many tutorials and blog posts I’ve found online from people who share their knowledge and experience.

  • http://www.newfangled.com Eric Holter

    Hi Bill. Fantastic and detailed post. Thank you! I write a monthly newsletter called Web Smart which is written primarily to advertising agencies and design firms to help them keep up with the many web related topics you’ve mentioned here. I think it’s very relevant to your subject.

    Thanks again!

    Eric Holter
    CEO – Newfangled Web Factory
    http://www.newfangled.com

  • http://www.solaswebdesign.net Miriam

    What a good and comprehensive post for beginners, Bill. You have really pooled together a ton of important resources in this one.

    Even a simple, one page site is a step in the right direction for any business that has yet to make the leap onto the web, and I think this post would be tremendously helpful to them. Good job!
    Miriam

  • http://www.seobythesea.com Bill Slawski

    Thanks, Eric.

    I like the approach that your site takes, and the way that you format and present your articles. Your recent introduction to social sites is a very nice presentation on the topic.

    Thank you too, Miriam. My inspiration for this post was a class on internet literacy that I taught at a local community college. A lot of people getting their businesses online focus so much on their own businesses, and businesses like theirs that they don’t look at the framework that their business will exist within.

    I think that it’s good to take a step back, and just experience the Web – try out forums and social sites, post pictures and videos, experience the different things that the Web has to offer, so that when they do put up a page, or a number of pages, they have a broader perspective of how the Web works.

  • http://www.welovelocal.com Dan

    Great article Bill, really covers the essentials well. Living in a very advanced tech world that most of us do it is often easy to over look the basics.

    At welovelocal.com we are particularly keen to try and engage businesses actively in local search, to us they seem to be the silent partner in the growing local conversation. Often it is lack of assistance / knowledge and DIY articles such as this are great resources to point people towards. I’m not sure what it is like in the US, but here in the UK services such as Business Link which help get small businesses up and running do little more than tell SMEs that they need a website.

    We think welovelocal.com offers some pretty unique services for small businesses looking to jump start their online presence.