So, you have your website, you may have an online store as well
and your newsletter is all ready to send out.
Now what do you do????
Now comes the work….
You will not get rich quick. There may be days you may wonder,”What was I thinking?”.
So, right now get it in your head you will do this one step at a time and have fun doing it every step of the way.
First you build your web community then you build your business with the social marketing.
I do highly suggest connecting to places you can learn from and people you can look at as mentors who offer good prices and learning packages that fit into your budget.
A strong support for your ideas and marketing strategies will help you go far a lot faster.
It is easy to do and there are plenty out there, just take your time and find the right ones for your budget and business.
This is a personal thing in your life now and a good fit will save you sooo many headaches.
Trust me on that. I will have to donate an entire posting that issue alone. What fits for one does not fit for all.
When you decide to make an internet business, you decide to learn how the internet world works.
Unless you have the money right from the get go to hire someone to do it for you.
I highly recommend that even if you do hire someone to do it for you that you still learn the basics.
For one day when they are not around and you need to fix or change something on your sites you will be in a mess if you have no idea where to start.
Plus when you give up that much control of your sites creation to someone else, how can you actually call it your site?
Now, I am not talking to the, hey, I am picking up a quick get rich niche product to sell, people.
I am talking to those of us who are serious about having our own business and know we can do it ourselves.
By selling our own products and planning to take it step by step to build a trusting community, then turn it into trusting clients or as I like to call them, guest customers. Always treat them as if they are visiting you personally.
I am not going to overwhelm you with soo many sites you are scratching your head going… WHAT:(!!!!!
I am only going to start with what I consider some main game players that you and everyone else seems to be connecting to and where you can make friendly contacts without being blacklisted as a spammer.
The top sites I recommend in getting started on are….
Facebook… What?!!! did I hear you moan. Get out!!! It is not that bad.
Here I suggest you make a separate site for your business from your personal one if you already have a Facebook site. There is the Facebook site where people can friend you and then a Facebook Page for just people to like your business and keep up with the latest news you may want to share.
The page is great for following other businesses as well.
You can then use your business Facebook site to sign into many of the Social Networks and use the address to link back directly to your business Facebook and not your personal Facebook, so others can follow you at the right site or page and not your personal one you most likely want to just keep to friends and family..
Believe me when I say many people use their personal Facebook for signing into their business social sites and when you try to contact them you can be alerted you are trying to contact someone who may not know you and could list you as a spammer!!!
This is the ugliest word in the world to someone like us
who just want to get along and make new internet friends and contacts.
A business Facebook page, in my mind, is a must to go along with your Facebook site.
For a Facebook page just look in the help section in your widget icon at the top of the Facebook site and type in the search help window, “ How to make a page”. Another great thing is, that on the page after you have 30 follows you can use your insights to track your views. This is about keeping up with your traffic flow and your business analytics. Do not freak out… analytics will be my topic in my next newsletter. Help is on the way:)
Now you have your site and your page what next… Go to that little search window and type in like minded things that you and your business can connect with to share, learn and grow from and send friend request and follow other pages right away..
Congratulations, you have just started building your community.
Now, doesn’t that feel good? Yes, it is good you are smiling.
Your community will not grow on its on. You need to visit here every day or at least 4 times a week and comment, message your new friends and share what you really think is super interesting.
Here is my Facebook page link. Let me know how this works for you and if you need any help I am here.
OH yeah, please like my page and I will like you back. My Motto is, “ Sharing is Caring.”
Pinterest. This is one of my big time fav.s as I am a scrapbooker at heart.
You can connect with other like minded people here, get inspired and inspire others.
You no longer have to be invited to Pinterest and they have a business section now you can sign up to. Very cool.
On My Pinterest site I have a freebee board and it has plenty of sites you can learn from on all topics of Social networking and marketing here on the internet.
Please follow me and I will follow you back.
Anytime someone follows you, shares one of your pics that are called pins, or just follows a board, you are e-mailed with a link to their page.
I make it a habit to visit their page and if I like what they are pinning, I follow them back.
This really does work for building your followers.
This is one of the easiest places to connect and start building your community. To me this is LOVE-LOVE site:)
Google Chrome and Plus… You may hate Google. Trust me, they are not my favorite but they are one of the big fish in the internet world and us little fishies do have swim with the big fishies.
They make connecting sooo easy. and once you work with it a little you may like the ease of the free e-mail, documents, spread-sheets, making friends circles, and the multiple chat tool, for starters, that are all free.
I do recommend opening a YouTube channel, that can be done through Google just look at the top of your G-mail page. and click the YouTube link there.
If for nothing else you can search any problems you have with doing any of these networking ideas and watch a video on how others do it and learn for free.
It is not as complicated as you think.
Heck, I learned how to crochet from YouTube.
I am more of a visual person than a read and follow direction kinda person.
The last one I am going to talk about today is…..
Twitter… Now to me this is very personal choice and will be fine if you do not get to this one right away. I have plenty of contacts here and read it once a day and it will be fine if you choose not to use it.
It is just very short little updates about your business that you go and post and maybe check out what others are sharing. You never know where your next contact, lead or idea may come from and I like variety to keep me on my toes.
Below is my Twitter link.. You have to join to view it and if you do please follow me. And you know… I will follow you back.
What is the importance of all this follow and following back?
When it comes to being recognized by the search engines they have these little sider things that crawl the net and follow all links and link backs.
This helps you get recognized by the search engines.
This too will help build you as a real business and not a, God forbid….Spammer!!!
this is called Organic recognition and it does take time to get even a little bit of recognition from the search engines.
An easy way to keep a check on it is to just search your business name on all the different search engines to see what comes up.
A little something to think about… in this realm of reality,
just because you build it and follow it and favorite it, they will not just come to your business.
You really have to stay on top of connecting, talking, and sharing what matters to you from the heart and just be honest.
It may take awhile for you to get the clientele you know is right for your business and will be a, what I consider a friendly guest customer. Who will refer you and always buy more from you. Just take your time and do it right because it is worth the time and effort to network the right way and build a real, customer satisfaction, long, lasting business.
Just know if you are confused and a little nervous it has happened to most of us who was around when there were no computers and we have come to the internet to create a business for ourselves.
I love to help and support you as much as I can.
Just let me know, even if all you need is an encouraging word or two.
Good luck and I am wishing you all the best.
and always stay in touch.
Ms. Scarlet Faith