This is my 1st time writing here & I am so excited to find such a dynamic QA Forum.
I know nothing about Software Testing, and I am trying to learn & read on my own about it.
But I just don't know where to start & what to focus on.
Please someone advise on what would be the easiest software testing product out there that I should start learning first & what is the best way to learn it. And how long do you think it will take me to learn software testing techniques?
First of all learn software testing and experience so that you understand testing.
Once you understand testing is the time to move into automation.
Look for courses at your local college - these may assist you to gain some understanding.
You may learn a lot of theory from courses and books but you need to actually work in testing to understand the practicalities. Every body learns at a different pace and there is always something more to know about so there is no real answer to your last question.