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Hot Topics For Online Group Discussions
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Hot Topics for Online Group Discussions


“I broke it”

“I need more traffic”

These are some of the typical hot topics that you will find in many group discussions or chat rooms. They primarily come from online beginners who know they can be successful online but just need some help through the initial building of their websites.

For many of us that work from home on our online business we often work in isolation for hours, with little feedback and support and, sometimes, with little compensation. This is often difficult and frustrating work and we might wonder why we are doing it.

Open for Business

I have found it to be critically important to have an online community that is available to me when I need them and even when they need me! If I’m in the middle of a project, such as a new post, and get stuck or can’t change the size of my image…or whatever, I am looking for an answer right now!

“Call during business hours” doesn’t cut it when you could be working from anywhere in the world on your website. Those hours don’t work for the online world and you need to know that answers will come when you ask your questions.

Which Community Should You Live In?

And because we are working from home we need to have not only online training but also online support. Therefore, you must choose carefully the online community that you work and live in. These people will become your mentors, your coaches, and even your followers.

So you don’t need a lot of fluff, glitz and upsells. You need other hard-working people that will offer their expertise and experience whether they themselves are a beginner or an expert. “Two heads are better than one”.

Here’s What I Look For

There are the resources that I look for from my online community:

• Training or classrooms – is it targeted for what I need?

• FAQ’s – maybe my question has already been asked and I will find answers already posted.

• Search box – this, for me, is critically important because then I can quickly pop my query into the box and go straight to the answer I need.

• Real-time discussions or chats – you need a place to go if the above resources have not provided you with the answers you need.

This is a model that I follow, whether I’m working my regular job or working on my website. You need to be taught what to do…and know where to go with your questions. That is the path to success.

Hot Topics = Everyone

If it’s a hot topic then that means that it is a burning topic right now…for everyone! Whether it was a recent scare one of the social media giants had or new changes one of the search engine giants made, you need to know now what has happened and what you need to do.

And that all comes back to the community that you are a member of and that you are relying on to support you. They need to provide you with the resources and the answers now and in real time so that you can move onto the important things: creating a successful website.

Many are either timid or outright afraid to ask their questions, fearing that it is either too simplistic or obvious. So we often wait for the other person to ask and then we’re often surprised that many others have the same questions.

So don’t be afraid to ask…there are no stupid questions…and the right discussion group will open their arms to help you.

Street Talk

I don`t think I would ever have made it as far as I have without the backing of a strong community, and I`m not even through my first month! I`m so glad that this IM world is available to the "uninitiated" such as myself!

  about 6 years ago

That's exactly how I felt when I started last December and it's only gotten better. I'm often on Live Chat with the same folks given the many differences in time zones and you begin to develop an online relationship with them, to the point of sharing personal events as well. It's great.

  about 6 years ago

That the schools are good and the shopping is close by. and hopefully the neighbors take care of the places ; O) This is neat, you are right. at WA we have people like you who have all kinds of encouraging words and help lickity split (snap) You really never feel alone in you sometimes overwhelming adventure.

  about 6 years ago

Thanks Kymee. I am often working away and when I need a break often pop into Live Chat. Not for too long as it can get distracting.

  about 6 years ago
RC Stude  

Wow Rick... the three statements I seem to make all the time. Really great article!!!

  about 6 years ago

Thanks for reading. It's important we have online discussion groups we can rely on because we do so much work on our own and in isolation.

  about 6 years ago
RC Stude  

Ya' know Rick, the one thing that I can't seem to get the hang of is using FAQ's. I imagine that I could get quite a bit of help going there. My browser (Firefox) doesn't seem to allow a scroll bar inside of the forum site so I haven't used it as much as I probably should. But thank you for reminding me. The theme I'm using right now is giving me a run for my money and I imagine I could get some answers to my problems pretty easily! Thanks again Rick!

  about 6 years ago
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