Are You An Experienced Marketer Who Sometimes Behaves Like A Noob?

Do You Act Like A Noob Sometimes?

Do You Act Like A Noob Sometimes?

Are you an experienced marketer who sometimes behaves like a noob?

For those of you who don’t know what a ‘noob’ is it’s someone new to internet marketing!  Also known as a ‘newbie’.

I have been online since 2008 and have had my own domain since 2009 (I started with a free blog!).  I have been internet marketing online for most of that time and find that every now and again I do something that makes me feel like a real noob!  I almost don’t understand why I do these things, it’s just every once in a while, and I forget a really elementary step when I’m performing a task.

For example, sometimes when I am writing a blog post I simply forget to include tags!  Such an elementary step and I know it has to be done, but it simply goes out of my head!

I have a theory about why it happens.

I believe it happens because we become so very habitual in our tasks that we no longer think about exactly what we are doing, leaving the door wide open to forget a simple step.  And that one simple step means the whole process is thrown into chaos and we have to trace back through everything to find the missing link!

Have you ever driven a car somewhere you go all the time and found when you arrive you forget completing a part of the journey?

Because it is habitual we don’t THINK when we are doing these things.

I know when I’m driving it’s more than likely because I am thinking about something else while I drive.  But when I am doing online work I can’t possibly be thinking about anything else because I am so painfully non-techy I have to concentrate and make a concerted effort to get things right.  So that makes it even more frustrating when I miss something out! Trawling through everything from the beginning is draining and I severely chastise myself when I do something incredibly stupid!

So do you sometimes make newbie mistakes in your online business?  How do you feel if you do?

Enjoy the journey!

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  1. Hello Mandy! You caught be off guard here with this ‘noob’ word of yours! HEHE I was thinking you were saying NOB!! HEHE I do sometimes feel that way LOL

    Great Share
    Thanks
    Chery :))
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    1. Hi Chery, thanks for visiting. I would never be so rude! Is that a rude work where you are?? It is here, very rude!

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  2. Hi Mandy,

    I know exactly how you feel. I too forget those little things like tags and sometimes even screw up my Alt Text by leaving it blank. I don’t have a technical bone in my body lol. I do have to think hard to do all that stuff.

    But the good thing is that I do have a creative mind and can deliver a message in a creative way that’s not so boring I think.

    -Donna
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    1. Hi Donna, thanks for visiting. It’s always something so simple I really think I should know to do it, and that’s why it irritates me so much when I realise I’ve made a mistake with something.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  3. I’ve gotten into the habit of planning ahead and that has made a huge difference. I add my post to my blog and wait a day (sometimes 2) before publishing it. That gives me a chance to review everything with fresh eyes and I find that has really helped me eliminate pesky noob stumbles. In fact, I follow the same process with as many creative projects as I can – and often read my writing out loud to further test the readability.
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    1. Hi Marquita, thanks for visiting. Planning ahead is a great way round it. I must admit mostly when I make the mistakes it’s when I am doing something hurriedly so I forget some simple step.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  4. I think most of us do not have enough time in the day to accomplish all that we set out to do. Multitasking and stress only add to it. Plugins help remind me to use tags on each post that I write. You are right though, even the basic set up can be difficult to implement every time.
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    1. Hi Sharon, thanks for visiting. I agree, it is often about time so we hurry something and don’t think it through totally so bits get forgotten. I’m terrible for it!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  5. Hello Mandy, I as a experienced marketer felt this many times. I feel that this happens due to the multitasking we do usually but needs some extra planning in some situations. ANd its clearly explained in your theory of why it happens.
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    1. Hi Rajkumar, thanks for visiting. Yes, multi tasking can be a big cause of this, and we multi task due to lack of time often.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  6. Hi Mandy, it happened to me today! After I spent quite some time doing my latest post I didn’t use my new graphics that I should have. I noticed it after it was shared and thought Duh! What did I do? I may update it but why I didn’t do it from the get-go I don’t know. Probably was not a habit yet. You have to do something so many times to make it a habit.
    It just go to show us that we are only human Mandy.
    Love your title!
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    1. Hi Lisa, thanks for visiting. Aw, you should add them if you really meant to. I often forget things on my blog, but it;s also about creating products and I just miss a key step out, really irritating.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  7. I can totally relate to what you are saying. I actually only do a small portion of the things that I know to do. The reasons why tend to vary a bit.
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    1. Hi Rachel, thanks for visiting. It’s so frustrating when I know that I can do it properly but I miss a key step out!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  8. I make newbie mistakes at times too. Maybe it’s because sometimes, I’m in a hurry thinking that I’ve still a lot more to do.
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    1. Hi Sammy, thanks for visiting. I agree, hurrying is a key factor in forgetting simple steps.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  9. Hi Mandy

    It happens with me at times, I forget to add tags to my post. I am not at all a technical person . I can very well relate to you.
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    1. Hi Sonal, thanks for visiting. I am not techy either so I just miss simple steps!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  10. Hi Mandy,

    “Tags?” “I got no stinkin’ tags!”

    Really don’t because you just made me realize the theme I’ve been using for over a year doesn’t default for adding them (tags). Gotta check that out.

    I also forget to do simple things with my blog too. Last week’s guest post showed my name as the author for days until I noticed and changed it to the actual author. Thanks, Edward
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    1. Hi Edward, thanks for visiting. I forget simple things with product creation too. It’s a minefield of techy stuff I find hard to grasp.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  11. Hi Mandy, I think even the seasoned pro can fall foul to this problem. It ca just be from lack of time or inconsistency to just pushing something out that is not to the required standard just to keep ticking over.
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    1. Hi Dexter, thanks for visiting. Yes, sometimes we try to get things done too quickly and that makes us forget steps.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  12. Hi Mandy..
    I always make mistakes… lol and I’m NOT a newbie. Just seems the amount of little things to do escape me sometimes.
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    1. Hi Lesly, thanks for visiting. I agree, there seems to be a never ending list of little things.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  13. Hi Mandy, I know just how you feel. I still make mistakes. I often forget to add the alt tags. Need a list of things to check off I think when writing an article, and I am no noob! lol
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    1. Hi Kathryn, thanks for visiting. Yes, a few have suggested a checklist.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  14. Hi Mandy,
    I feel like I am an experienced blogger who behaves like a noob and it’s for the same reason. I take for granted I know what I’m doing. I leave post-its but I don’t check them.
    Glad to read it’s not just me.
    Janice

    1. Hi Janice, thanks for visiting. Ah, yes, have a checklist but don’t check it…that’s another good way to forget stuff!!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  15. Yes Mandy,
    You’re right that experienced marketers some times make mistakes, but it doesn’t mean that they completely behave like a noob. But making mistakes makes them more strong.
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    1. Hi Sandeep, thanks for visiting. Yes, learn from your mistakes.

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  16. Yes,

    What I forget is to put tags on my social media posts. So simple, yet I get excited when I post something new and I often forget. Somehow, I am better at remembering to tag my blog posts.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica

    1. Hi Dr. Erica, thanks for visiting. Yes, I miss tags too, and I miss the whole SEO plugin data sometimes!!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  17. Hello Mandy,

    Great stuff 🙂

    I know how it feels when we miss off real simple things while getting into something.
    In your language I not that much techy. I have repeated inserting the tags most often and for that I have to
    start from the beginning.

    Its always to our homework before we get into any thing but the over excitement leads to the mistakes generally.

    Thanks for the share.

    Shantanu.

    1. Hi Shantanu, thanks for visiting. Someone else said we should make checklists to avoid missing bits off. Seems like a good plan, I must try to implement that.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  18. After a recent mess up with my hosting, and forgetting to download most recent backups, I had to reconstruct some sites. So I can relate to making mistakes despite experience. I’ve now paid for an app to automatically save backups offline. To compensate I cancelled a sub to a more interesting app which wasn’t doing anything for me.

    I don’t chastise myself for mistakes but don’t like the time wasted correcting them. I don’t use tags on my blog so that’s not an issue but I still often forget to add them to Twitter posts.
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    1. Hi Sue, thanks for visiting. I agree, it’s always a learning curve so suck it up and get on with it. No need to make a meal of our mistakes is there!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  19. I definitely know what you mean Mandy, even more-so i’d wager, since i’m still far less experienced in this field as you Mandy — only started learning about content marketing earlier this year.

    One recurring issue I personally have is.. Every now and then, I skim over my about-to-be-published articles a bit too fast, and end up leaving some mistakes in, from formatting errors to typos here and there! The worst part about it is that I actually don’t realise the error is there ’til a week or two later when i’m doing a fortnightly/monthly check-up/maintenance!

    You are definitely on to something when you say we make these uncharacteristic mistakes because we’re not thinking/focusing hard enough, since for me I tend to make more of these mistakes when i’m not feeling super productive, like at the end of a long day, where I just want to take it easy.

    What helps (at least for me) is in the evening, instead of trying to force yourself to complete a piece of writing when you really don’t feel like it, set it for the next morning and spend a portion of the time that you WERE going to use to brute force your way through that piece, on scheduling and organising how you are going to complete it in the morning. In my case, it’s to draft up a quick and crude summary of the remaining subheadings along with setting up tasks for the morning. This way when I get to work in the morning, i’m able to instantly get in my zone and cut through all my morning tasks with maximum efficiency with little time wasted in between on figuring out what to do next!!

    Sorry for the long piece haha, just wanted to contribute a little to this amazing blog of yours! Keep it up Mandy!
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    1. Hi George, thanks for visiting. Thanks for your reply, I can totally identify with checking over writing! I miss the most obvious mistakes sometimes. It pays to always take a break, move away and read again later with fresh eyes. Also you can get someone else to proof read, I know a few bloggers who do that!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  20. Hey Mandy,

    I am that “experienced marketer” who almost always behaves like a noob when it comes to a lot of things.

    — Several years (more than a decade) of writing for others. When the time came for me to start taking blogging seriously to grow my agency, I now struggle to just keep up with my own editorial calendar.
    — Recently, I decided to start focusing on growing my list (I know this line is everywhere) but it’s such an overwhelm just to entice people to part with their email addresses.
    — When I helped clients setup tools for their marketing stack, I was all pro. I had to set up tools for myself and I miss little details that prove to be expensive.

    I guess I moved from the “Habitual Marketer” to a “Self-aware, Not-so-noob Noob” 🙂

    Ash
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    1. Hi Ash, thanks for visiting. That’s funny! I just find that almost simple tasks that I should really know how to do without making mistakes seem to end up being the ones I get wrong the most! Someone else said have a checklist. I must start to put that into practice!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  21. Hey Mandy,
    Nice post!

    Yeah, it happens sometimes, especially when I work on my blog.
    But, there is a simple solution for all of this, to have a procedure check list, for all your tasks, and to do one thing at a time.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Regards
    Hussain
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    1. Hi Hussain, thanks for visiting. Yes, a check list! I really should make them every time I learn something new. Good point, thank you!

      Enjoy the journey!
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    • Ashish Jha on June 19, 2017 at 3:41 pm
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    Yes, I think that it happens sometimes.

    1. Hi Ashish, thanks for visiting.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  22. Great to know this.
    Even if we have much experience, but when it comes to work we need special checklist to evaluate things.
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    1. Hi Prasad, thanks for visiting. A checklist would be a perfect way to make sure you don’t mess up for sure!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  23. Hey Mandy,
    I think sometimes to behave like a noob is not a problem.
    We are all only humans and can’t work perfectly like roboters :S
    All in all thanks for the article it helps me alot.

    1. Hi Capo, thanks for visiting. Ha! I love this, thanks for sharing.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  24. Great to know this.
    Even if we have much experience, but when it comes to work we need special checklist to evaluate things.

    1. Hi Aman, thanks for visiting. Yes, a checklist is a great idea.

      Enjoy the journey!
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    2. Hi Aman, thanks for visiting. Yes, checklists are always a good thing. I have started to use them now.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  25. Hi Mandy

    I did not know the word Noob is newbie. Great to learn a new word. You are so right that we can become so used to a thing that we forget to pay attention to details. You have highlighted some we bloggers should watch out for.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care
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  26. Guilty as charged. The most common one for me is forgetting alt tags on images. Such a simple task, such a forgettable task.

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