Many people take online marketing as a refuge from the real world where you can hide behind a computer and hope to make an income without having to deal with people. However, this is far from the truth. Although you can hide behind your personal computer and make some money online without the help of others, it is going to be a very hard and daunting task to grow your business fast and in a larger scale if you do not work with others and build your network accordingly.
One of the saying out there goes like this, ‘It’s not what you know that matters, it’s who you know that will get you the networking success that you’ve always wanted’. And this statement rings a bell in the internet marketing world. This is not just any statement that is made up by just anyone, in fact this statement holds a lot of truth and it comes from real people who have been there and done it. One of the best ways to grow your business is to actually try your best to build a network online so if you socializing and building your network is not your strong point, then pay attention, because you will learn a thing or two about how you can improve on your networking skills online.
First of all, before you start any networking efforts, always remember that the basic to good connection and relationship is to smile more. This can be done digitally as well. What this means is that you should always use a smiley in your chat or messages or even in your emails. This helps to improve the impression on you that you are actually a very outgoing and friendly person. This is the basics of the most basics so you have to make sure that you get it right.
Whenever you place a smiley which is very easy to do, people will notice the emotion when you speak to them. And with a smile people know that you are in a good mood and being friendly. Joke around with when you are networking and bring a sense of humor to your communications. You will find that by doing this, you go a long way to connect with others. Because on the internet, you are rarely communicating face to face with the person that you are trying to reach out, and most of the time you are a complete stranger to them, the smiley can help break the ice and help them ease up when responding to your messages.
Make time to contact your partners.
Networking takes time. And if you really are sincere to become a friend of your partners or the people who you are trying to connect with, you absolutely need to make time to contact them. Try to engage them on their social network accounts such as on Facebook or you can just contact them via chat software’s like Skype.
It is very important to understand that you need to elevate your communication from email messages and slowly move on to communicate using chat messages or Facebook messages. From there, try your best to actually become their friend and as time goes by you will have to move on and take things a step further. The way you can do this is to actually get them on the phone and talk to them. If you are actually living somewhere near each other you can actually ask them out for a drink and buy them a cup of coffee. This kind of real life interaction can actually secure your success in the future.
The more people you connect with the better your chances to huge success is. And the best way to do this is to actually aim for people who are ‘strong’ enough to help leverage your business to a whole new level. One of the best networks in the internet marketing game today was asked a question about how he was able to befriend so many big time marketers and get them to help him out and promote his business. His answer was that everything was part of the plan. Yes, even if you have motive to become a friend of another marketer, the important thing is that you need to be sincere in helping each other out. That’s what friends are for!
Help them out without being asked.
When you are in the process of befriending fellow marketers and trying to connect with them, it is always a good idea is you can help them out in their business without ever being asked to do so. You have to take the first step and ask them how you can help them out. Ask them about their current project and see if you can lend them a helping hand. The more you help them out, the more you will leave an impression in their mind and the more they will be inclined to know more about you. Needless to say they will want to help you out as well when you need it the most.
Do extra for your partners every single time.
Every single time you decide to help out your JV partners, you should try your best to go way beyond their expectations. Give them extra help and opinions. That’s how they will realize that you are someone who has a big heart and it is worth being your friend. Make sure that you do extra and show them your sincerity and wow them every time you do something for them. In fact, this is also the time for you to show them your talents and capabilities so that they will be attracted to work with you the next time you decide to find a new partner for a new online business venture.
Networking efforts: One at a time.
Try to focus on building relationship with one marketer at a time. Of course this will take up a lot time before you can get a sizable amount of network. But focus is the key. When you devote most of your time and attention that you can spare on one single person, they will be unable to ignore you and they will without a doubt notice you more as no one else is willing to do what you are doing for them. Remember, connecting with others online should never be something that is in the short term. If you plan to become friends then make sure that it will be a lasting one and you will be rewarded more than you could ever imagine.