Internet Marketing Is Not Easy

I have just spent the past week preparing a new eBook for sale on eBay and thought I was ready to go.  So I uploaded my listing, only to find that it didn’t display properly in Internet Explorer.  Everything looked fine in Firefox on my computer, so I thought it would be okay to upload my listing.  But after I uploaded it, everything was different:

  • Firefox displayed okay, but continued on after the listing with the background for a considerable time.
  • Internet Explorer left-shifted everything into the background, so that it couldn’t be read.

I have just spent the best part of Sunday afternoon and evening stuffing around with html and css code and have finally come up with something that I can live with.  I have also checked out my listing with the other major browsers, with the following results:

  • Internet Explorer 9 now displays my listing perfectly.
  • Google Chrome now displays my listing perfectly.
  • Firefox 4 displays my listing, but does not seem to know when to stop the background.
  • Opera displays the same as Firefox.
  • Safari displays the listing, but it has a limited “letterbox” view and needs to scroll to see the listing.

What a crock of .

Many Internet Marketers, who sell to prospective Internet Marketers, will tell you that you don’t need to know anything about html, css or anything else.  But I have found that you need a reasonable amount of knowledge in this area to at least keep your head above water.

Luckily, I have a background in Computer Programming and have studied HTML/CSS, which is just another computer language.  But many do not have any idea of what to do in this area and the differences between Internet Browsers seems to confuse the issue.

I’ll continue to concentrate on Internet Explorer and Firefox, as these are the most popular.  But things may change as more people use Google Chrome and Apple Safari.

Anyway, my eBay listing is up and running and you can access it here with any browser you choose, and let me know if you have any problems.


9 Responses to “Internet Marketing Is Not Easy”

  1. Tell me about it Don,

    Sure is a crock of poopu. I don’t know if you know this but if you look at your blog in IE your optin box name and email submit areas are off.

    Don’t feel bad though, all the Materclass Optins on all students blogs are this way. You can fix it although you will not get it perfect. I don’t know why? Go to the John Thornhill MC helpdesk for the so called fix.

    I think this happens because all the browsers read the html code differently. Why can’t they all read it one way. I just don’t get it?

    I like the name of your ebook. All the best to you there Don,

    Terry Conti
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  2. Thanks Terry,

    Yes, I know about the optin box problem and I’ve seen the so-called fix. That’s why I left it as is. It seems incredible that the specifications are all there, html and css have been around for some time and yet all the browsers render the code in different ways. Now html 5 is here, with all the multimedia complexity, what will the browsers display?


    P.S. How do you like the new optin box?

  3. I knew about this problem Don, viewing sites in different browsers, so I adopt my usual stick my head in the sand tactic. I just work in Explorer and get everything looking OK there. I don’t check the other browsers because I wouldn’t know what to do if there was a problem.

    My tactic must be correct, because if you have trouble even with your computer programming background, I wouldn’t stand a chance.

    With my head in the sand, in Leamington Spa, England
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  4. Hi John,

    I set up an old computer with Apache, MySQL and PHP and copied my blog to it in order to test the changes that you now see. I also installed all the latest browsers just to see how it looked.

    I was surprised to see how the different browsers rendered the same page and displayed it differently.

    What happened to standards? What is wrong with displaying a page as it was intended?


  5. Dear Sir,

    As you know I am spoilt from the brain inward and understand little of the internet gibberish you and your web-mates speak.

    Sounds like you might be onto something though.

    Say uh, does your bathroom have a fan? I gotta go…

  6. Hi Barry,

    Nice to see you’re still around. I must admit I haven’t gotten out as much as I would like to lately, but I’ll try to make an effort again.


  7. Hi Don

    I remember reading a piece of advice many, many moons ago about checking your webpage on other browsers. But I forgot to do this when putting together a sales page recently.

    I was getting some feedback from a copywriter and he kept coming back to me with some very helpful tips but at the same time suggesting I move “this to the left” and “that to the right”. I couldn’t understand what he was talking about.

    Until, duh, I went and checked on Firefox…what a mess.

    Now, I’m no expert with html but I’m pleased to say I did manage to resolve the issue.

    But what a lot of time I spent doing this when I should have been concentrating on marketing the product.

    So with your background in computer programming, there’s a challenge for you, Don. Create a common language that produces the exact same result in all browsers, so the rest of us don’t have to tinker with html.

    Ah, we live in hope…and frustration.

    All the best,

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  8. ‘Weight Loss By Eating’, now that’s my idea of dieting!

    Everything looked fine on your Ebay page Don, the best of luck with the ebook.

    I agree with your comments on having a knowledge of html etc. for internet marketing, too many ‘gurus’ say otherwise but that’s BS. All the successful marketers are up to the mark on techie details.

    A-U-L, UK

  9. Thanks Bill, after all that, it didn’t sell.

    Hi John, there is already a standard for displaying web pages. It’s called HTML and CSS, but through the incompetence of the various software houses, the “standard” is displayed differently.


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