Friday Four: Four Things You Might Not Know About Experts Exchange

Posted by · November 4, 2011 12:36 pm

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re making some changes here at Experts Exchange.  Last week, the EE Tech News and EE Corporate blogs got a makeover and early next year, the entire site will be redesigned.  Along with next year’s redesign will come a number of new features (think job boards, video tutorials and a store filled with Experts Exchange apparel and merchandise).  We’ll be sure to let you know about the new features as they launch, but here’s a few things we think you need to know about Experts Exchange right now.

You can access Experts Exchange for free

There are two way to access Experts Exchange: You can sign up for a digital subscription or you can give back to the community, answer a few questions a month and earn free access to the site.  To get started with your free membership, simply create a username and password here, input a few tech topics you think you might know a thing or two about and click the “Become an Expert” button.  After you log in, you can go to the “Answer” tab to see a list of questions awaiting an answer.

You can also set up filters on the Answer tab to view only questions that you think you can answer.  In addition, we’ll notify you when questions in your topic areas of choice have been asked.  Answering about seven questions earns you Qualified Expert status—and one month free membership to Experts Exchange.  After that, you’ll just need to answer three questions a month to maintain free access.

Experts Exchange has a face for radio

Well, actually for a podcast.  Over the past few months, my co-worker, Gary (a.k.a The Cheap Sherpa) and I have been producing a bi-monthly podcast that covers the latest in tech news that week and features some of our top Experts here on Experts Exchange.  So far, we’ve had demazter, whackamod, jimdettman, tigermatt and the infamous Netminder as guests on the podcast, covering heady topics like Exchange Server migration and Access database corruption to more consumable subject matter like the latest Facebook updates and what went wrong at Netflix.  You can subscribe to the podcasts via iTunes or check out our repository on the Experts Exchange Soundcloud page.

Experts Exchange boosts your career

Chances are, you already know how valuable the answers you receive and articles you read on Experts Exchange are to your professional development, but you might not know about the training we offer through our Cloud Class webinar series or the way that Experts Exchange helps IT consultants and small business owners promote their expertise and their business.

Each month for the past year, we’ve held a webinar (also known as a Cloud Class) on different technology topics including search engine optimization, writing faster SQL server queries and debugging in Microsoft Access.  These hour long presentations allow some of our top Experts to give thorough, in-depth instruction on certain technologies.  All of our Cloud Class webinars are available on our YouTube channel (yes, we have a YouTube channel too).

Finally, for the past few months, we’ve been hosting networking events in different cities around the country.  Last month, we were in Atlanta and this month, we’re headed to Chicago. (Make sure you’re subscribed to our marketing email list in order to receive notifications about the networking events.)  If you’re in the area, drop by and let us buy you a beer.  You’ll meet other technologists in your area, so be sure to bring your business cards!

Experts Exchange gives back

If you follow Experts Exchange on Facebook, you’ve probably seen the pictures of our monthly visits to serve breakfast at the local homeless shelter.  In addition to our local efforts, however Experts Exchange community members and staffers raised money to build not one, but two water wells in remote regions of Ethiopia.  Experts Exchange Product Manager Megan Farrell recently returned from a trip to Ethiopia where she visited the men, women and children whose lives have been changed as a result of our efforts.  Experts Exchange owner Randy Redberg was so inspired by the stories, photos and videos from Farrell’s trip that he has agreed to match all donations (up to the cost of one well) made to WaterRun, the non-profit we partner with to build the wells, over the next few weeks.  You can read more about Farrell’s trip and our efforts to build the wells here or you can donate to WaterRun here.

As I mentioned earlier in the post, we’ll be sure to let you know when new features and updates are released on Experts Exchange.  In the meantime, feel free to post questions and comments about the site to this blog.  If you’re new to Experts Exchange and still not sure what we’re all about, maybe this will help you understand who we are and what we’re all about: