Let’s Talk About Networking

Hi everyone

This week’s lesson was a very short one, but a very important one. It was all about networking.

What is Networking?

Networking means making connections with people in your field of interest. For example, many of our members are travelling to Manchester UK for an Internet Conference. Here they will meet and mix for the weekend with other internet marketers. Possibly they will make many friends in the process. I hope to attend the next conference.

However, networking in the context of this course, means connecting the entire ‘Partner to Success’ members’ blogs together. In this way it will be much easier for us to connect with each other on line.

How Do We Network?

It’s all in the technology. We have been given a plugin to download. (A plugin is a piece of code that is programmed to slot itself into your blog when activated.) The plugin is called ‘Widlink Widget’ which was created by Dave Nicholson especially for the course members to use.

We downloaded Widlink then installed and activated it on our blogs. After submitting our details, for inclusion in Widlink, a list of members’ names appeared on our blogs. I now have a list of ten randomly occurring names on my blog, but the option is open to show as many as you wish. However, ten is recommended by John Thornhill.

When Do We Network?

Ideally we should network as much as we can, every day if possible. Making time to do this will help with our online marketing careers. The purpose of this exercise is that we can all help each other to achieve a better on line presence. The other members will make comments on our blogs in return.

Why Do We Network And Why Is It Important?

As I have already pointed out networking is to create an online presence for ourselves and for our blogs. As we become well known in the search engines, possible customers or clients will find our online presence and realize we are just normal folk like them, not somebody trying to rip them off. It is very important to gain their confidence because without these people we have no future in online marketing.

Until next time

Pauline

34 Comments

  • Gill Potter

    Reply Reply April 4, 2014

    Hey Pauline

    Networking is definately what internet marking is all about. For far too long I thought I could ‘go it alone’ as I considered myself to be someone who helps and not someone who needed help but I think there are very few people who don’t need some help at one time or another.

    Since joining P2S my outlook has changed so much. I consider fellow students, like yourself, to be friends and the way in which we try to help each other is nothing short of awesome.

    We can learn so much from each other and make so many friends along the way too.

    Keep up the good work with your posts and hope to meet you in person in the not too distant future.

    Gill

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply April 4, 2014

      Hi Gill thank you for your comment.
      It would be good to meet up sometime in the future.
      Maybe at the next conference.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Graeme Ashe

    Reply Reply March 30, 2014

    Hi Pauline

    Great post and so many great comments too so networking is definitely working for you 🙂

    It took me a long time to realise that if you want to be successful with internet marketing then you have to get out and be interacting with other people in the industry, making connections with them. Why? because when it comes to promoting your own product they are the ones that will help you by sending to their email lists and helping you get sales. They will also share their knowledge and expertise.

    Thanks,

    Graeme

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 30, 2014

      Hi Graeme,

      Thank you for your comments. Yes with internet marketing it will all be about your networks and connections in the end.
      If we can get to know as many people as possible this will help us a great deal.
      I hope to start making it to conferences soon.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Keith Purkiss

    Reply Reply March 18, 2014

    Hi Pauline,

    I wish I could have made it to Mancheseter, maybe next year.
    I’ve been to a lot of events in the past, and they are as you mentioned very important. I think most of use are pretty cut off, not knowing many people working online.
    I’ve also installed widlink on my blog, I seemed to have missed that step out when I started partnership…

    Enjoy the course

    Keith

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 18, 2014

      Hi Keith
      I really feel that I’ve missed out by not going to Manchester. ON the other hand, I am determined to go next year because by then I will know a lot more of the students.
      Even chatting on line is a great way to get to know our member students.
      Also I shall hopefully find out about it sooner and get booked in early.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Robert Chenery

    Reply Reply March 15, 2014

    Hi Pauline,

    I totally agree with you networking is important both online & offline especially in the world of Internet Marketing because there are plenty of people out there who want to put you down and tell you that you are wasting your time.

    With the help of offline events where you can actually meet and interact with like minded people in the flesh and also online forums, groups and blogs you can make some great new friends & business associates.

    The key here is to build great relationships & not to think of others as your competitors but as possible potential joint venture partners.

    Regards

    Rob

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 15, 2014

      Hi Rob. thanks for dropping by.
      Until I started my course with John Thornhill I had never given networking a thought.
      I now know how important it is, but also how enjoyable it is. I love chatting to so many different people and slowly getting to know their ways.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Alonzo Stride

    Reply Reply March 15, 2014

    Hi Pauline!
    I just want to congratulate you on an excellent post, Let’s talk about networking.
    That is one of the most important aspects of this course, so lets keep this going, and everyone should benefit from it.
    Again, an excellent post Pauline, and I look forward to returning soon for another visit.

    Thanks
    Alonzo

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 15, 2014

      Hi Alonzo
      Thank you for your kind comment.
      Networking is a must, yes we must keep it going.
      Although I couldn’t make it to Manchester this weekend I did meet up with one of our P2S members and had a great morning.
      Hope to meet up with others in the future.
      Please do return again. I am just about to publish a blog about my first encounter with Google+.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Jon Crimes

    Reply Reply March 14, 2014

    Hi Pauline, excellent post, reconfirms to me that I’m not doing this all alone!

    One of the great things for me so far has been looking through everyone else’s blog and seeing the wealth of different experiences and knowledge that we seem to have.

    It’s a great way to learn about Internet Marketing and you know you’re never far away from help if you need it.

    I hope it’s a great networking event in Manchester. I can’t be there this time unfortunately but I hope someone writes a post about it afterwards….

    Cheers

    Jon

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 14, 2014

      Hi Jon

      Thanks for visiting. I wish I was going to Manchester too. Maybe next year. There has been some chat on the blogs about meeting up in Chester some time. I would be up for that. Not sure where the best place to meet would be though, or how many would be willing to come. What do you think about it Jon?

      Take care Pauline

  • Karen Thomson

    Reply Reply March 13, 2014

    Great post Pauline. I’m just catching up now after having a dreadful couple of weeks so my networking has been dire. I’m so glad I’ve got back into it though and not just given up because of too much effort. And I’m glad I did when I come across posts like this. Well done.

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 13, 2014

      Hi Karen
      I hope you can get back on track again now.
      Yes you should get back into it, please don’t give up.
      We are all here to help each other. There will always be someone in the group who can help.

      Thank you for you kind comment.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Kim Miller-Hershon

    Reply Reply March 13, 2014

    Pauline:

    Great minds think alike. I wrote about networking today in my blog. I agree it’s good to network in person and on the internet.

    I laughed when I got invited to Manchester on Friday…I live in San Francisco, California.

    Then again, when I implement my plan and have the additional success I am looking for, jumping on a plane at the last minute to England will be a no brainer.

    Have fun. Can’t wait to hear about what you learn.

    Kim

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 13, 2014

      Hi Kim

      Thank you for dropping by.
      Wow thanks spooky. I will pop over and check it out, and leave a comment for you.
      I am gutted, I can’t make it to Manchester myself this weekend. I only live about 50 miles away, if that.
      Maybe next year we can meet up at the next Manchester Convention. Once your plan has worked, that is.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Joy Healey

    Reply Reply March 12, 2014

    Hi Pauline

    Good post. I used to belong to a group where we could meet up once a month to share experiences, but then it got closed down and I miss it. (Yes, I suppose I should volunteer to take it over, but….. LOL)

    Thanks also for clarifying what the “Other Cool Blogs” widget is that I’ve seen on this lovely new batch of blogs I’ve bumped into. Nice. I suppose I’ve used CommentLuv in a similar way.

    Joy

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 12, 2014

      Hi Joy
      Thank you for your comment.
      Are you from the 2013 P2S Course. I have come across blogs that are using CommentLuv and I did wonder if it was something I should Use.

      I know what you mean about volunteering to take over or start a group out in the real world. It is good to let someone else have the hassle, which we all thank them for, than to arrange things ourselves. Maybe we should step out of our comfort zone and take control. Who knows what will come of it. Says me who quakes at the thought. LOL

      Take care
      Pauline

      • Joy Healey

        Reply Reply March 13, 2014

        Hi Pauline

        No 🙂 I’m guessing that the 2013 P2S course is John Thornhill’s. He has a great reputation.

        I found you via a link from a blog in someone else’s widget – so it’s working!!

        Yes, CommentLuv is great. in fact I think I’ll turn on the feature that shows the top commenters – it may get me more visitors!

        I’m another who would quake at the thought of taking over a group. Hiding firmly behind my blog LOL

        Nice to “meet” you, though!

        Joy

        • Pauline

          Reply Reply March 13, 2014

          Hi Joy
          Yes the previous course was P2S 2013, I am a member of the P2S 2014 course.
          John Thornhill does indeed have a great reputation and from what I’ve done on the course so far, he deserves it.
          I am glad you found me anyhow.

          Keep in touch
          Pauline

  • Peter Jackson

    Reply Reply March 12, 2014

    Hi Pauline.

    You are correct about actually meeting people face to face, instead of hiding behind a Internet façade.

    I would have loved to go to Manchester this weekend, but prior arrangements made it impossible.

    It would have been good to put a face to some of the names, especially those who use a Gravatar similar to mine, because I have a face only fit for radio.

    I look forward to another chance to meet fellow PST2 members.

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 12, 2014

      Hey Peter
      Thanks for dropping by.
      I would have loved to go to Manchester this weekend but it was not to be.
      Maybe we could start by meeting up with those of us who live not far from each other.
      I don’t know how feasible that would be. Who Knows?

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Jennifer

    Reply Reply March 12, 2014

    Networking also helps us learn something faster; I know without the support of others who have traveled the road before me, I would not ‘catch on’ to things as easily. Networking helps us support others and help others which I love.

    Really enjoying your posts Pauline; keep up the great work!

    Jennifer

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 12, 2014

      Hi Jennifer
      Thank you for visiting.
      I can’t agree with you more, we learn so much from other people. Hopefully we can pass our knowledge on to others as well.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Steven Spiller

    Reply Reply March 11, 2014

    Hi Pauline!

    You are so right when it comes to actually meeting people. The connections you make today are so important in the future; they can often make the difference between breaking even and “making it” later.

    I look forward to seeing you create your products!

    Fred

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 11, 2014

      Hi Fred
      I am really looking forward to meeting people in the future.
      As for my product it isn’t even a twinkle in my eye yet.

      Take care
      Pauline

  • Sky Nealon

    Reply Reply March 11, 2014

    Hi Pauline,

    Indeed networking is very important as apart from creating an online presence, like you mentioned, it certainly it helps people decide whether they wish to follow you, listen to what you have to say, and whether you have similar views which they can relate to which then lead to trusting your recommendations. On a business side of view, networking is also beneficial in that you could possibly collaborate on project and do joint ventures deals with other similar minded marketers and online business owners, thus expanding your presence even further.

    Keep up the great work and congrats on getting your 10th blog post!!!

    Sky

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 11, 2014

      Hey Sky
      You have hit the nail on the head. In every aspect of our businesses networking can only help.

      Pauline

  • Jim Martin

    Reply Reply March 11, 2014

    Pauline,

    Good points here. One other thing to note is to seek out opportunities where the on and offline worlds collide and where you can move someone from one to the other.

    For instance if you have offline clients who you feel could benefit from your online services, and could in turn help increase your network ability online, you need to grab this opportunity with both hands.

    Speak soon.
    Jim

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 11, 2014

      Hi Jim
      You are so right. Wherever our clients are we can help them in some way
      Pauline

  • Steven Cousley

    Reply Reply March 11, 2014

    Great post Pauline. By networking we help each other. Everybody has different skills and by networking we get to learn from others as well as sharing our own knowledge. Everybody wins.
    Regards
    Steven

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 11, 2014

      Thank you Steven.
      Great point you make. I do see networking as giving and gaining skills.

      Pauline

  • Bill Allen

    Reply Reply March 10, 2014

    Hi Pauline,

    I couldn’t agree with you more on the importance of networking. Especially if you’re an online entrepreneur. It can be a lonely job. So friends to push you as well as help and guide you is so valuable.

    And if you have the right mindset and realize no one is really your competition, then networking opens up a whole world or joint ventures, partnerships and other very profitable endeavors.

    Anyways, just stopping by and want to wish you the best on your journey. Hopefully this comment can begin our relationship.

    • Pauline

      Reply Reply March 11, 2014

      Hi Bill
      Thank you for dropping by.
      I am amazed how people are willing to help each other on this course.
      I am sure it will be the same once we start to network outside the course.

      Pauline

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