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5 Tips to Network Online Like a Pro

Posted on: June 4, 2010

business networkingSocial media is big. We don’t need to hear it twice. It is becoming the most important web-based tool to increase sales in online business and to expand socially. But how do we use social media and social networking sites to our advantage?

There are so many sites to choose from, so many ways to design a site, and so many mistakes we can make online. So what do we do?

It’s so simple! Use many different websites, but use each one to its fullest potential, respectively.

Use your Facebook and Twitter to build better relationships. Use your WordPress and LiveJournal to blog about your business and give releases to people who want more information. Take advantage of programs like LinkedIn, APSense, and Plaxo to organize your business networks and relationships.

Eventually, you may need a social media platform to help you manage everything from one place.

Use these tips to network online like a pro:

1. Tell Me About Yourself

Having an online presence means you get full control over the content you publish. Customize your websites and define who you are online. Be authentic and make people want to be associated with you. You are in control.

2. Make Friends

You have an unlimited amount of space to network. You are not limited by location, culture, language, finances, or really anything. Social media gives you an unprecedented amount of freedom to build your network, so do it! Request friends on Facebook, follow people on twitter, add contacts to your APSense, it’s all at your fingertips.

3. Explore

Each website has different forums, boards, and applications that all pertain to certain interests. If you are a running shoe business, go post some discussion topics at a forum that discusses the coolest places to run trails. People connect through common interests and it’s important to express those interests to reach people on a personal level.

4. Be Real

The difficult part of exposing who you are online can be the very fact that anyone has access to the information your publish. So be authentic. Don’t plagiarize, and don’t be facetious. Everything that goes online, stays online, so don’t post anything you might regret. Be cognizant of your internet actions.

5. Invest Time

The most important part of maximizing the use of your social media sites is the fact that you have access to them all the time. You should constantly update your profiles to give your audience a sense of participation. You cannot just exist in your network, you need to contribute value to your network.

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1 Response to "5 Tips to Network Online Like a Pro"

Great post – I completely agree with point#5 – time investment is the key for online networking

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