Social Media Marketing for Dummies – An Alternative

Alternative to Social Marketing for DummiesI'm writing about an addition or alternative to the book Social Media Marketing for Dummies, that you might find as helpful as I have.

It goes without saying that the Social Media Marketing for Dummies book is excellent, they always are.

However, what I really needed to get me going in Social Media was something more interactive than the book.

So here are my experiences with the training course I signed up for earlier  this week. Hint – the course can cost less than the book!

I've thought for a long time that if “we” could get together a group of friends all helping promote each others' sites, we might stand a chance. But there was no way I could get something like that together myself, because with Social Media, I AM the dummy!

My favorite tool is email marketing, as most of you know, but before I can market to people on my list – I have to attract them there. So where can I find them?

Everyone tells us that Social Media – Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter etc, are the best places to find prospects. And looking at the paid ads that pop up to greet me every time I log into Facebook – many advertisers agree, and put their money where their mouths are.

However if, like me, you imagined you could use Social Media to build your business fast, I'm willing to bet you very quickly became disillusioned, finding it harder than you'd expected.

I started out with high hopes, put hours into it and just kept hitting a brick wall, over and over again.

Tweet, post, update, pin, like, G+, subscribe, link, share, comment – then just as you get the hang of one platform, another pops up on the scene.

My problems were:

  • Where could I possibly find enough time in my already over-busy schedule?
  • How to learn all the different techniques necessary to make Social Media work?
  • How to prevent the overwhelming feeling of not being able to use all these Social Media platforms in the best and most  effective way?
  • Who to talk to when I hit the next brick wall?
  • Who would help me promote all these wretched posts even when I had made them? They were just floating past, with about 4 viewers.

So I was more than pleased to spend just a few $$ on the Social Media Spiders Web course that I wrote about earlier in the week, and having made it to video 11, I feel qualified to share my continuing experiences with it in this review.

It is a video based training product which steps you through the whole process from understanding why a strong social media presence is crucial for your business, right through to solid techniques to build a community on each platform.

It focuses on how to optimize, integrate and automate your Social Media marketing on the 6 main platforms:-

  • Twitter,
  • Facebook,
  • LinkedIn,
  • Pinterest,
  • Google Plus,
  • YouTube

… with WordPress at the centre of your Spider's web.

Although there's a lot of content, it's split into small, manageable chunks, which is good for me as I find it hard to set hours aside at one time. The videos and PDFs can be downloaded or accessed online.

I'm working my way through the course to check that – with such a low price – it gives real value for money. (Which it does!) Even a few dollars paid for rubbish is more than we want to waste!

In fact there's so much value in there, including practical help in a closed Facebook group, that I signed up for a monthly membership too, where you get additional training and support. (This is NOT needed to get full value from the training course.)
Once again, I was amazed at what the trainer, Sue, is offering each month. (To be honest, I think that when she realizes how under-priced this is, the price will be going up for new members – so I'm glad I took an early membership.)
How am I doing? Well, I've got those profiles set up and you may have spotted a few changes already made on this blog and my health blogs.
I have to confess I'm finding it tough going. But that's good – it means I'm learning.
If you need practical help with your Social Marketing (including help from others in the groups) you can't do better than shell out a few dollars for this.



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RobG - February 19, 2013

Hello Joy nice post, social media is the best way to promote anything you do online.

Some work better then others because people have their favorite ones they use.

No one said it will be easy just like anything else in life it takes hard work and dedication, and that’s were most people fail because they have the impression it will be easy.

I think people just have to give it some time and stick in there and things will pick up after awhile.

Thanks again for a great read Joy have a wonderful day.

Joy Healey - February 19, 2013

Thanks Rob. Perseverance is a good point and a necessary quality for success.

I think many people quit because they believe the lies spread about “making fast money online”, then give up when they don’t see results in the ridiculous time-scales “promised”.

It’s a great shame.

Have a good week Rob, and thanks for dropping by again.

    RobG - February 19, 2013

    Your very welcome Joy,Do they ever stop to think if it were that easy no one would be working.

Joy Healey - March 11, 2013

Hi Harry

Thanks for your comment – and glad you found it useful.

Sorry for the delay in replying. This one slipped through the net!!


Angela McCall - March 16, 2013

Hi Joy,

Like I said, the price on this is a steal. I read all of her stuff there what she has to say. Do you get the actual CDs to your home or is this something you can download right on your computer?

You know, she mentioned tweeting on LinkedIn there. The thing about LinkedIn is they changed their format there and deleted the Jetpack, the one that allows you to post your post from your blog. They put it right on your profile. But now, I don’t even see those tweets I tweeted on LinkedIn they have removed it. Does she have another way of doing this?

From what I heard, Google doesn’t want to index this twice. Say you posted your latest blog on Google+ (which I often do) then again, you post that same post on LinkedIn. What happened is Google indexed this on there search twice and they don’t wann do this. Twitter, however, is another story. They are different. If you post the same post on Twitter, often times they truncated your verbage making it short and so they’re not a problem.

So how did Sue solve this LinkedIn changes?


    Joy Healey - March 16, 2013

    Hi Angela

    No, the CDs are in the back office. I think you can download them, but I didn’t.

    Sue is going to redo the LinkedIn section of the course now it’s changed.

    I don’t mind that Google won’t index those posts twice as I’m just hoping that PEOPLE see them but sending them to different places.


Sue Worthington - March 25, 2013

Thanks for your post Joy and thanks for your comments Angela – yes do plan to update within the next week – where does the time go?


    Joy Healey - March 26, 2013

    Thanks for stopping by Sue and look forward to the update.

    Rescue Time tells me where the time goes – but I still don’t believe it LOL


MIc johns - July 25, 2013

Hi joy,

I have created a page on facebook recently which i want to promote.Can you give me name of course which you did. I will find the other videos also on youtube to learn.I have same question of which answer you found from your course.


Joy Healey - July 30, 2013


Sorry for the delay in replying. The course I recommend is the one mentioned in the post:

Social Media Spiders Web:

I’m still finding it useful after all these months.


Suresh Natrajan - September 30, 2013

Well said madam,

Nowadays lot of people using social sites to increase their visitors which gives even prospectus too.It is important to get followers then it gives success and you know in this world of competition we need to keep updated our-self as well as client so this is good way.

Appreciated blog.


    Joy Healey - September 30, 2013

    Hi Suresh

    Pleased you found my blog helpful and hope you will continue to learn from it.


Stacie - August 15, 2014

I need that book! I’ve been feeling so lost in all the noise. But hey, all is not lost as somehow you found me, thank you for your supportive words over on Riley’s Smile…. they mean a lot <3 Stacie

    Joy Healey - August 15, 2014

    Hi Stacie

    I know what you mean. When I first found the blogging community mentioned in my post it was like a breath of fresh air to meet up with other bloggers and I couldn’t believe how helpful they were to me as a newcomer to their very experienced community. And in time I find myself more able to give something back.

    In fact that community is one of the few that has stood the test of time as I am still a member all these months later. (You might find the free plugin in my latest post below very helpful too.)

    Your blog is very special and really moved me.

    Have a good weekend.


Stacie - August 17, 2014

Hi Joy, I should explore comment etiquette:-)… sometimes the comments is almost a strange place to reply. But I know you via blogging, so… Thank you for thinking of Riley. He is having a slow recovery. We discovered a pressure wound under the braces and as his parents are reeling over it with guilt. But, in the long run are both sure this was the right thing to do. He is improving every day. Thank you so much for keeping him in mind! I truly appreciate it.

    Joy Healey - August 17, 2014

    Hi Stacie – you’re doing great on the etiquette, and YES – I’ve “met” some wonderful people via blog commenting.

    Don’t beat yourself up over the pressure sore. The important thing is you DID find it, and now you’ll be watching it like hawks!

    So glad to hear he is improving. Have a great weekend. Joy

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