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How to Take your Face Book Marketing to a Deeper Level..Part 2

In my opinion the whole key to success in social networking is turning strangers into friends and friends into business partners and/or perhaps customers. I am tempted to go on a rant here but I will restrain myself. I am not the only one saying this so if this sounds redundant that's because it probably is but I feel it is worth repeating.

The problem is most of us don't want to take the time to build relationships. We would rather believe that somehow people clicking on our affiliate link by way of Google adwords or pay per click is the answer. That some company or automated system we pay money for will quickly build us an income by delivering hits to our website. But hits to our website or affiliate link in my opinion are nothing more than tire kickers at a car lot. People who are curious but not really serious.

Having tried all of these methods in the past and measuring it with the current success I am having on Face Book and recently Twitter I can say without hesitation that social networking will wipe the floor with any method out there when it comes to finding customers or people to be in business with you.

If you do the right things DAILY. If you have the right attitude.

The following is a list of things you should be doing daily:

1) Build Your Friend List

Like I said a lot of this is going to be redundant perhaps yet there are still people that can't seem to even get started doing this. If you have no friends or people you are following how can you possibly expect to go forward in the social networking arena. This is not the place to be quiet and lay back and wait for something to happen. Like my hockey coach used to say "get out there and make something happen boys"

2) Genuinely Make Friends with Your List

I am starting to see that it makes no sense to have tons of friends and not know very many of them at all. The more people I connect with and care about on whatever level the more the hits to my blog goes up. I didn't join twitter for a long time because I couldn't see the connection between listening to all the little things of people's lives and how that translated into business partners but now I do. Does that mean I sign up everyone to my program. Of course not. What it does mean is I suddenly have tons of people who know me and who may just help me in one way or another. Face Book and Twitter really is like a giant party.

3) Post Interesting Content

Even if you don't have a blog at this point (but you really should) you can still post good interesting content on your face book page. It might take a little searching around to find content you are excited about but as I have mentioned before it doesn't have to be your content if you don't write well or do videos. Most of us out there who write articles, do videos, or podcasts are thrilled that you want to use our content. Just give a mention back to our website and anything is fair game for you to use in most cases. There have been times when I have slowed up on this a bit and wondered why I wasn't getting any action to my blog. In a nutshell "he who doeth nothing getteth nowhere" is the slap in the teeth I needed.

4) Keep Chatting it UP

You may want to set a goal of getting to know 5 to 10 people a week or even more if you're aggressive in your efforts. Imagine where you will be friend wise down the road six months. Remember friends have friends and so on and so on..well you get it. Eventually someone stumbles onto you that is right for your product or business by way of your friends.

5) Stop Barfing Your Business at People

It doesn't seem to matter how many articles I write or how many times it gets said there are still people that can't seem to stop this idiotic approach. I have discovered there are many different forms of barfers. Chronic barfers, under the table barfers, sucker punch barfers, brain dead barfers, my business is the only business barfers, this is the me universe barfers..etc. In case you don't know what barfing is it is someone who can't talk about anything until they burp up their business opportunity at you. They haven't bothered to get to know you and they don't care who you are. You don't even have to ask them about it because they are just looking for an opening to puke at you at some point.

Here is the end of the matter.


There that should settle it (probably won't even scratch the surface on this problem though)

Lastly don't get discouraged and start buying into all the crap floating around out there. Networking is not a sales business or a numbers game or even a million hits to your website.

Although it is important to do a certain number of tasks a day as I mentioned above it is still all about building a good reputation.

People need to find value by connecting with you. Do this and you are a brand people can trust.

Your sales and business partners will show up and you may not even know where or how.

Your Home Business. How not to be part of the 90% That Fail

Lately I have been running into a lot people here on Face Book that are being lead astray from the truth. Possibly because they haven't been on the internet very long. I thought maybe I would share a few of my thoughts on this being from the school of hard knocks.

The first thing you need to understand about the internet is that you are going to run into more exaggerated crap than you can shake a stick at. You can go ahead and sign up for everything if you want to and lose a lot of money like I did. I invite you however, to learn from my wounds instead.

I'm going to need you to go ahead and stop being enticed by companies that promise HUGE overnight success and you won't have to do a thing. "Just sit back" they say "it's all automated". Although most companies have some kind of autoresponders for you to fool around with this is not the issue.

I can't tell you how many opportunities I joined on impulse because I believed the testimonies or was told I wouldn't have to do anything. That the magic spillover ferry would stop by and visit me . "Every one is joining this so don't be left out" they warned. "Just get in on the ground level" I was advised.

The truth is that when you attract people that don't want to do anything guess what happens to your magic spillover and your perfect world scenario. It disappears because your upline was told they didn't have to do anything either. Not real hard to figure this one out but I went for it over and over. The fact is most companies don't teach people how to mentor at all. I shouldn't say all as there may be a few exceptions.

The question then becomes whether or not you can afford to stay in their program long enough to be in profit.

Most of my experience has been that the magic spillover ferry will be flying off into the sunset with your wallet looking back and winking at you with a smirk on his evil little face.

People need to stop thinking that they have to generate leads and be recruiters. You need to be a sponsor and a mentor. Is the system you are considering something easy to duplicate? In other words can you see your self doing it? Can you afford it? If the guy bringing you on board is full of greed and ego why is that a good thing? Chances are that's all he can show you how to be also.

If you want a name, an email, and a phone number of somebody who filled out a business opportunity capture page then join one of the free lead opportunities I have on my blog. You can have 1250 a week for nothing if you want. You can call them or email them with your business opportunity if this sounds like fun.

If you can stand cold calling and all that face to face rejection.
Not saying it doesn't work but most people I know would rather die than do this(my wife especially).

Load them into your autoresponder and see how many simply delete your email and block you from ever communicating with them again. You may have some success but probably it will be dismal. How do I know this? Because I did it for years. It is very ineffective and time consuming to say the least.

Eventually you will come to the conclusion "This ain't working" or as doctor Phil would say " how's that working out for you". The truth is people want to join people they know, like, and trust. They can't know you very well if all you do is email them can they now?

Very rarely will anyone sign up to your business just because they stumbled on your link in an email or clicked on your ad in Google adwords or a free classified ad. Ask yourself if you would do it? You probably deleted quite a few business opportunities emails today alone didn't you? Come on now..fess up!

If however you collect their name and email and then contact them in the hope of mentoring I guess I can understand that. I don't know why you don't just go to Face Book from the start where 235,000,000 leads are and start there for FREE? This is just been my experience to date and why I steer away from anything telling me I have to be positioned to get lots of clicks to my website. It is not the clicks that count but the follow up I do or rather the people skills I possess. Isn't it? Unless of course you just want to sign up a bunch of people take the money and run. Then maybe leading with your business is good.

The more I discover about social networking the more I understand that network marketing is not a sales game but a teaching and mentoring calling. If you don't get excited about someone else's success because of what you taught them then you are wrong for network marketing. Maybe you should move on to something else.

Tie Your Face Book Account into Your Blog

I wanted to share some of the viral success I have been having lately using social networking. In all the years I have been writing I have never seen the number of reads for my articles build up so quickly. I am able to track this at Ezine Articles and it seems to me it has tripled.

The primary reason is the number of people I have been making friends with on Face Book. One individual after reading my article passed it on to 50 people. Who knows where it went from there. Write a decent article and it seems it will get to everyone.

It has been said that Face Book is a party and your blog is your home.

It seems some of you don't have a home yet and I want to encourage you.

Face Book is where you chat and mingle and get to know people on one level but your blog is where you invite people to know you on a more intimate level.

Don't be like the guy at the party who stands in the corner and won't talk to anyone.

I don't know if everyone realizes it but a blog will be crawled by the search engines spiders that are hungry for content. If you want to know if your blog has a presence on the Internet simply plug in the name of your blog and your name into Google and see what comes up. The same can be done for any article you have written by simply putting the "title of your article" in quotations in the Google search bar.

Personally I like to use blogger as my blog choice for a few reasons and here are a few things I suggest you should do if you use blogger.

1) Do change your blog template from time to time

There a number of templates to amuse you if you get bored with one. Simply click on layout and then choose a template. You can preview it before you publish it and commit to it. I find that lighter backgrounds with darker print are easiest on the eyes. You can fool around with colors, fonts, or style of writing at any time on any template.

2) Do post a banner for your business on your blog

This is done by pasting your html code from your banner in the blogger back office. First click layout and then add a gadget. Next select html/javascript and paste it in there. Give it a title and click save. Also create a badge from Face Book and add it to your blog. You will find this on the bottom left of your profile page at Face Book.

3) Do have a You tube area

If YouTube is the number 3 most visited website (and Face Book is number five) getting billions of hits a day it will pay you to take advantage of this traffic. Have a YouTube area on your blog where people can watch videos. You do this by once again clicking add a gadget and then add video bar. Don't check off anything in the set up area. Only select the topic of the videos you want to rotate on your blog in the keyword area. Punch in the keywords and leave it alone.

4) Do post to your blog regularly

This freaks a lot of people out because they feel they have no content to use. If this is the case don't sweat it. Simply use other people's content. Go to Ezine Articles and poke around. Every article there can be republished as long as you keep the links from the author in tact on your blog. There isn't an article writer with Ezine Articles that doesn't want you to post his article on your blog. Take advantage of this. Just remember to keep the author and his links on your blog post and you know longer have to fuss about having no content. If you do write articles remember your posts are sent to the search engines each time you do.

5) Do embrace other blogs that are similar to yours

If you tie yourself to other people's blogs and they to you there is reciprocal traffic everyone receives. Try to post comments on other people's blogs and invite comments on your posts. You can moderate them if you like which will require you to look over people's comments first and either reject or publish what they said. Remember the more you comment the more links you have out there for the spiders to pick up on.

The power of social networking can propel you forward very rapidly if you are diligent. Just do the little things daily and watch it snowball.