By Eren Mckay
Filed under Miscellaneous
There are literally thousands of social networks on the internet. Before we go into the explanation of why online networking is important for you personally and professionally, I want to list a few of the most popular social networks that are online today.
Of course this is not an exhaustive list. It’s just a few of the basic ones:
You can also find thousands of “niched” social networks by searching for individual ones on Ning.
Another great tool for social networking is using voip services which allow you to call and talk to people all over the world for free. Having conversations is one of the fastest ways to establish relationships with people online.
There are several services but my favorite service is Skype. You can download Skype for free to your computer. Anyone in the world who has an internet connection and Skype installed on their computer will be able to talk to you (free of charge).
Grab Your Name on these Social Networks
If you don’t have an account on the places listed above, I strongly suggest that you go sign up with your first and last name (or your first two names) in each one of them. Even if you’re not going to start using them all right away, it’s always a good idea to grab your name so that no one else gets it. (Some people will grab others’ names just so they can “squat” on it and sometimes even impersonate others.) So if you don’t yet have your name on them you should do so A.S.A.P.
Brand Yourself and Be “Findable”
Another reason for you to use the same name everywhere is so that you may brand yourself.
For example; my username on all of these different social networks is Eren Mckay. By having my username be the same across all online networks, it makes it easier for people to remember and find me. This is why it’s so important not to change your username in each place as it just makes branding and “findability” more difficult. Make it simple for people to find you.
Why is it that people use social networks? What kind of mindset should we have when social networking?
The true goal of social networking is to establish relationships with people. Unfortunately not everyone has this mindset when they go onto social media sites. There are those who look at the people there as dollar bills. Their sole purpose is to see “how much money they can make” off of others. This kind of mindset is a Taker – User mentality. If money is at the forefront of anyone’s thinking when social networking then their mindset is just plain wrong. Social networking is not a means of personal gain without actually caring about others.
The Giver Mentality
The right mindset is to help others while being open to learn and grow in the process. Being selfish may even work for a short amount of time but not in the long run.
There are even those who attempt to act like they care but in reality they’re just faking it. Eventually their masks fall off.
There’s a saying that goes something like this: “People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care”. Having the “people first” mentality will help you go much further personally and professionally.
When networking we should be asking ourselves: How can I be of service to others? How can I help people get to where they need to go? The financial gains are a natural consequence of having the right intent when networking, but should never be the primary goal.
Advantages of Social Networking
Other than forming relationships with people, one of the biggest advantages of social networking is learning. There are many things that we would otherwise not even know existed if we didn’t network with others. There’s so much to learn that can help make our lives easier or better. When we network we end up being warned about things that could hurt us and also discovering helpful tips. As good networkers, we should always freely share information that we find useful. By communicating our experiences with each other we can go so much further in our knowledge base.
And Example of a Great Networker
For example Kristi from Kikolani.com is an excellent example of someone who is great at social networking. Every Friday she writes a post called Fetching Friday Resources where she links to other blog posts that she has read and found useful. I thoroughly enjoy her Fetching Friday posts. I’ve found some golden nuggets of information through her blog and her tweets.
So What’s the Next Step?
Now that we’ve covered the basics and the advantages of social networking, let’s talk about how to maintain relationships with the people that we meet on social media sites.
One of the things that you should keep “top of mind” is that it’s always a great idea to bring people back to your blog. If they come to your blog and like what you write, they might subscribe to read your blog through an RSS feed or even sign up to your mailing list. This is a sure way to maintain long lasting relationships.
I created a graphic to make understanding this principle very simple:
Be a Blogger Who Gives Back to the Community
Whatever your niche may be, as a blogger you want to always provide the best resources for your readers. One of the reasons blogging is so great is the the interaction between readers and the blogger.
The readers can leave their valuable insights or ideas in the comment section.
Unfortunately, by default WordPress has the commenters’ link to be no follow. The fact that it’s no follow will prevent any link juice from passing on. It may be that your readers also have websites or blogs and if so, you will be helping your commenters by installing the do follow plugin. This will allow the link to their website get some juice for ranking purposes in the search engines.
If you are a blogger who really cares about other bloggers then I strongly suggest you turn your comment section into do follow.
Spread the Love Through Linking
There’s a community of cool bloggers out there who not only reward their commenters with a do follow link but also have a plugin installed called commentluv which pulls the commenters’ latest blog post and links to it with their title.
The commentluv plugin in conjunction with the do follow plugin will actually help your commenters’ webpage get ranked in the search engines for their keywords. This is the ultimate in social networking while blogging. You’re having a conversation with people and also helping them get ranked for their keyword phrases.
Bloggers with the Right Mindset
Bloggers who link to other bloggers have the right mindset when it comes to social networking. Sire is one of these bloggers. He wrote a really smart blogging poem and linked to fellow bloggers.
I’m happy to say that I’m a part of this community of bloggers who give back. This blog is and will always be do follow. I also have the commentluv plugin installed which will give you a link to your latest blog post with your title keywords in it. I think these two plugins are awesome because they enable you to help others while blogging. So don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed so that you can see every time I add a new blog post.
I hope this post has helped clarify why social networking is important and how to incorporate it into your blogging journey.
What about you? What are your experiences and ideas about social networking? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below 😉 .
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