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.”
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:
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