Where is the Networking in Network Marketing?

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True Network Marketing and the power of community is a major contributor to our business success, whatever we sell or promote online.  This is what originally attracted me to the PAC community and I’ve not been disappointed.

I’ve been blogging since 2006 on my own sites, for web building clients and as a volunteer for a few charities. At first, my own blog was a way to record all that was new in blogging and social bookmarking, for my own learning purposes, and to satisfy my need to teach others. I started leaving comments on other blogs, here and there, but it wasn’t until I offered to help another blogger  that my own blog really took off. I hadn’t realized how popular her blog was. She put my site into her sidebar blog list and her followers started following me. Most blogs had those lists back then, before the days of widgets. Anyone remember them?

My own blog started ranking well and, much more importantly for me, I discovered the wonderful world of being a part of a friendly blogging community. Real friendships developed. When social media platforms started to take off we helped each other get noticed there too.

Network Marketing Confusion

Fast forward a few years and I started trying to make money with my blogs. The blogging world I knew and loved didn’t seem to exist in this new world of online marketing. I wondered why it was called Network Marketing. It was all “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch my own too”, “join me in this wonderful opportunity, if you do you won’t hear from me again”. I was lost. Why, in this age of social networking, was it so hard to network?

This time it took longer to find a real community but, again, it started when I found someone who also believes in the power of mutual support, Gavin Mountford. Gavin’s new program, which Lesly talked about in her post Team Site Traffic Product Review , is based on these principles. I started to get to know members of his own networking group and their own communities including, you’ve probably guessed it, some of the PAC members.

True Network Marketing Found

When I was invited to join the PAC Power Blogging and Affiliate Community (PBAC) Facebook Group, I jumped at the chance. I’ve learned more about network marketing from supportive, hard working, bloggers and marketers, than I ever did from extensive research, training webinars, and various paid for “earn and learn” services. And now we have PAC itself with all the extra benefits it provides us: member forums, affiliate rotators to help us sell our products and services, and a developing affiliate school.

Non members only see our public face. Behind the scenes there is a huge amount of activity going on. We are busy building our businesses, writing on our own sites, and communicating with each other on our blogs and on social media. We talk to each other privately, and as a group by chat and Google Hangouts. We share our skills and knowledge. If I need to know something outside my own areas of expertise there are people who will help me and I’m always available to do the same.

Results At Last

It’s so satisfying to see our group members succeeding and growing their online and offline businesses. I’m so grateful for the success I’ve achieved. My marketing methods changed. I found out the best things to sell and promote, and I learned how to help and mentor others.  Importantly, I’ve made friends who motivate and inspire me to do my very best.

Some of us are in the same niche but we don’t look on each other as competition, instead as the best way of individually standing out from the crowd and beating all the other competitors.. As John Qunicy Adams said “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

Quote: Inspire others and become a leader 

Your Turn to Network

If you’re not used to leaving comments on blogs, or don’t do it often, try it now. To get benefit from your comment, follow the example of the PAC members who comment here. Comment luv will give us the link to your own site and you’ll get more visitors. Some tips:

  • Leave more than a couple of generic sentences and never post links, unless asked.
  • Show you have read the post by referring to it in some way.
  • Ask questions – these will be answered and you will stand out more, or
  • Add extra information about the power of community in online marketing.
  • Reply to others who leave comments or ask them questions.
  • Tell us about your own experiences with social networking. Is it working for you or not?

And Network More

To benefit more from our collective knowledge and desire to help others:

  • Come back here and comment again.
  • Visit PAC members blogs and comment there.
  • Connect with us on Social Media sites and get to know us better.
  • Communicate with us and don’t pitch your opportunity. Remember that people are much more likely to buy from or join you if they know you and they already know what you’re offering.
  • Set up your own self hosted blog if you haven’t got one.. We can help you and it’s not expensive.
  • If you already write quality content on your blog, and believe in our aims and principles, consider joining us.

OK, I’ve written enough.so its your turn now. Comment below and get more blog visitors yourself:

Susan Bride

PS – Like this post? Tell us what you think, comment, like and share .. we sure do appreciate it!


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Sue Bride is a long time blogger, web developer, social media enthusiast and online marketer who works from her home on the Mornington Peninsula in Australia. She blogs for her web clients. Her own blog, sueblimely.com, specializes in tips, tools and resources for blogging, social media and web images. She also creates Wordpress sites.

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18 comments on “Where is the Networking in Network Marketing?
  1. Hi Sue,

    What an awesome post and we are so happy to have you as a part of our community. I believe we have created something different and real here at PBAC and PAC.

    No where but here have I seen the term “Together We Achieve More” TEAM being proven every day with each and every one of our members.

    Thanks again for the great post and success to you always, my friend. Monna
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    • Sue Bride says:

      Thank You Monna. Together We Achieve More has been so true for me. It’s not just what we do for each other as far as sharing. It’s getting to know each other, feeling valued, finding people to trust who know what they’re talking about. For me it’s inspiring and a huge motivator. I am now not only full of ideas but confident enough to put them to work.

      • Susan,
        Connecting with people, getting to know them, brainstorming with them is a great source of inspiration … YOU have been a great source of inspiration and have helped inspire what we do here on PAC to grow … thanks you …

  2. Hi Sue ,
    you did a great job with your post,
    very nice explained and we are really all
    so fortunate to have this group where we can do things
    together and support each other ,This is how it should be 🙂
    Thank you very much for this great post
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  3. Hi Sue,

    Thank you for sharing your blogging journey with us. My early days of blogging were not so different from yours. It’s a changed game now, if we want our voice to be heard in the busy, bustling world of blogging. The very purpose for my blog is quite different today from what it was in 2003. The reward for putting more into it now is that we get to know a group of people in a way we never could back then.
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    • Sue Bride says:

      My experience was different, Willena. I got to know a lot of great supportive people when I first started blogging but none of them kept going. It became harder when social networking sites became really popular. Dedicated blogging communities became scarcer as efforts were being spread much wider. They’re still not all that common among online marketers because many consider others to be competition. Even if someone is in direct competition to me I think mutual support benefits both parties especially if each has different skill areas. No-one can know it all.
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  4. Hey Sue,
    Love the quote from John Quincy Adams.
    Nowadays, more often people are tarnishing the image of network marketing by unethical techniques on social media and internet.
    I am happy to be a part of this community that helps inspire each other by sharing knowledge and experiences.

    Best wishes. – Justin
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    • Sue Bride says:

      It took me quite a while to sift through the masses of online marketers to start to find those I can trust who do use ethical methods.

      It’s so easy for newcomers to join people who hype up poor or mediocre program and make it sound easy to succeed with. Then there are those who know how to recruit,,using various methods, but once you join them you don’t hear from them again. They made their money and have moved on to something else.

      So many must give up because they’re not supported, adding to all those who criticize network marketing. I know a few persistent ones, like me, who naively joined the wrong things to start with, promoted them and then lost the trust of those who joined us because none of us succeeded. We are working hard to regain trust.
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  5. dexterroona says:

    Awesome guest post from Sue Bride, we are lucky she posts here 😉

  6. Scott says:

    We’ve been blogging since 2005 and so much has changed since then. At first you could count on Google to drive you all the traffic you need, but with the rise of social media and other networks, maintaining those relationship are more important.
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    • Hi Scott,
      Welcome to PAC! It’s funny how things have swirled back to basics – building relationships. The stronger they are the better. That hasn’t changed, so the more we focus on that the better the results…

  7. Great post, you were spot on about some network marketers! The other important piece you talk about is this community and also what Gavin is doing with Team Site Traffic. Both of these are ways to grow your network marketing business when you have finished bugging all your friends and family. They also build a great sense of community and support which is always great.

    Thanks for Sharing

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  8. Lauren K says:

    I really loved this article. I was lost with network marketing at first also.I was having trouble gaining web traffic. Then I found this group on Facebook and so far it has done wonders. Thank you for helping out others by setting up a great program like this.
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  9. Sonia Freer says:

    Great article Sue 🙂 I agree that our community is awesome! I too am grateful to have found everyone here after being ‘ditched’ by others who got me to join their opportunities.
    I love that we are all here for each other and can learn so much from each other too.

  10. Sonia says:

    Just revisiting and really took notice of the John Quincy Adams quote 🙂

    I’ve been told for a long time that I am a leader and now reading that quote, I know so many awesome leaders and am only now starting to believe that perhaps I am one too!

    Thanks Sue – I will find that quote to use on my page as it is very inspiring.
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  11. Liz Delaney says:

    Networking is great. At first, I thought it would be scary. I have been let down by so many. But I have gained many new, supportive friends through joining communities, commenting and sharing. Apart from that, I learn heaps of new things which are helping me on my way. I am gradually building up my trust in people again. It is well-worth putting in the extra time to comment and share each others’ work.
    Thanks Sue. I really enjoyed this.
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  12. Jenni Ryan says:

    what an excellent post Sue and I agree the PAC community is one of the most supportive and organised communties I have seen in this industry.
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