You have labored extremely hard to setup your own Internet business, but your business is not where you would like for it to be. You may well know a lot about your business niche, but does anyone else recognize that? If not, it’s time to set yourself up as an expert.
At times it is WHO you know that counts, like whenever you are trying to accomplish something and require help. On the path towards expert status, you will need others to reach the destination.
I know, I know – you are not the type of individual to shamelessly self promote. Do not worry because there is no shame involved. To do any less, than inform others regarding what you have worked hard to learn, is selling yourself short and that IS shameful. Even for shy individuals, networking with others in the business world can only help. What makes it a bit easier is that you and those you network with are each and every one after a common aspiration – improved earnings.
Networking is essential in business. Making associations along with others in the online world increases your visibility which matters whenever you need to get your web business noticed. Who do you rub elbows with? Begin with someone with authority in your business area like a guru of sorts. Get to be knowledgeable about them by hanging out wherever they hang out – on their blog, in their social networking groups and by attending events they host or are speaking at.
Networking equally benefits both parties. At the same time as you are getting to know them, don’t forget to let them know who you are. Whenever you comment on blogs, link those comments to your own blog and/or website. If you host a podcast, invite them to be a guest.
Other Ways to Network
Blogs and forums are not the only way that you can formulate a useful business association to promote your expert business standing. Join local and online business associations. This is not in name only. Do your part and get involved so that others see your face, pay attention to your voice and become aware of your work.
Your involvement in these professional organizations is a two-way street. Utilize the time to give but also get. Raise questions when you need to. Sharing small business tips, tricks and secrets is a part of the perks.
Do not ignore the social networking communities. Facebook and MySpace are a lot of fun for connecting with old acquaintances, but they are also big forums for sharing online business ideas. You can post new accomplishments on your website and links. You’ll be surprised who sees and takes advantage of the information. Invite all of your fellow organizational members as well as clients and other business contacts to be your friends so they can view your posts.
Networking can be daunting especially for small business owners who are not good at self-promotion. But, as soon as you begin, you will notice the payback and get hooked.