Here’s a quick tip that will help anybody who does their market research on more than one computer using Market Samurai. A little bit of consolidation and you will always have access to any research you’re doing and you’ll always know it’s the most up to date. Here are the steps:
Go get the Dropbox application for PC, Mac, Linux and iPhone and install it on the hardware you want to share. You’ll need to create an account and you get 2 GB of storage for free. Make sure you set Dropbox to start up when the computer starts or this could become messy.
Find Your Market Samurai Files
Regardless of which platform you’re using Market Samurai on, the easiest way to find the location of your files is to select “open project” from the menu and you’ll see where Market Samurai has been storing these files.
Create A Market Samurai Folder In Your Dropbox Desktop Folder
It might not hurt to delete some of the ones that install by default that you won’t be using just to make it easier to find.
Copy Your Market Samurai Files Into This Folder
Make sure to use the “Open” button initially rather than selecting a file name from the listings on the front screen of Market Samurai to force it to use the files from inside your DropBox folder rather than the originals from their old location. This well help them save to this new location as well.
Also, don’t forget to delete any files you know you are no longer using or never used. Again, this helps reduce file clutter and makes it easier for you to find the stuff you DO use.
Repeat This Process On All Machines
If you are prompted that a file you’re trying to save already exists in the Dropbox folder, I just check to make sure which one is larger and keep that one. That’s the easiest way for me.
I mention the above because the main thing that prompted this project is I would research the same things on different computers and then I’d have duplicated work on more than one machine. Plus, I wouldn’t know which one was more developed. I would find myself wasting time just because I was on another machine and didn’t want to bother going back to the other file.
Once you’ve consolidated all of your Market Samurai files on Dropbox, it’s your call if you want to save the originals in their original location. I deleted mine because any active files will be worthless in a matter of minutes if I’m updating them on another machine. Being able to go back to a file that’s days or weeks old is not much more help than starting from scratch in my opinion.
Save Time And Frustration
If you follow the above instructions you should always have access to the most recent research you’ve done with that incredible marketing tool, Market Samurai. That way, whenever you get the idea to work on a site, you have everything you need to hit the ground running.
One Final Word Of Caution
It is imperative that you set Dropbox to start when the computer starts or you’ll find yourself working on an old file or you’ll update a file and it won’t upload so it can change the files on the other computers. That’s not even to mention that it might cause a renamed file to be uploaded to the other machines. So, please, make sure Dropbox starts when the computer starts.