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So, what’s the buzz on being a shameless NetShaker? Can you keep a secret? To sum it up in one word. . . “collaboration.” It is one of the most important keys to shameless self-promotion on the Internet. Some call it “connectivity;” others call it “networking.” Whatever you call it, having a community of support to assist you in your self-promotion efforts must be a top priority.
Collaboration (connectivity or networking) is using your creative talents to help others achieve their goals as you cultivate a network of people strategically positioned to support you in your goals. . . expecting nothing in return!
It’s the “expecting nothing in return” that stops most people. I suggest that we are all in this to help others and ourselves. . . in that order. What you put out to the universe, always comes back to you.
Disappointment may follow if you expect a return from the person or Website to whom you have contributed. Collaboration is about building supportive personal and business relationships; it’s consistently connecting with new people and making new friends, sharing ideas and having lots of fun in the process.
Having a clear understanding of the definition of collaboration is a prerequisite for Internet success.
Never fear the competition. When you fear the competition, it’s like your feet are nailed to the floor. Everyone is moving and shaking the Internet except you. Fear is an energy drain. It thwarts your creative imagination. Your worry keeps you from moving forward.
Whatever you are doing to shameless promote yourself on the Internet is either moving you closer to your goals or further away. There is no middle ground.
Know this. There is no competition. . . only insecure people who fear losing something or someone to another website. AND they usually do.
Studies of the Internet have shown that the majority of people find other relevant sites by clicking on “links” to other interesting sites.
While search engines do bring hits to your site, keeping them updated can cost you time and money.
Getting “linked” or linking to other related Websites through your collaborative efforts is an opportunity for your site to be discovered and a much more reliable way to ensure steady traffic to your site.
It’s also a lesson in the economics of collaboration. It doesn’t cost you a cent. . . only the time and energy you are willing to put forth in making the right connections. This is something you can do. You will only need the services of your webmaster to post the links to your site unless you learn to make these simple changes on your own site like I did.
First-time hits to CelebrateLove.com more than quadrupled within two weeks of posting, not one, but several links pages and making those pages more visible on our Website.
To most of the major search engines, the more links coming “into” and going “out of” your site make your site appear more valuable when someone is searching for your product or service. Having links to your web site is essential to getting a good listing in most of the major search engines.
The innovative trend of trading links will multiply hits to your website. Reciprocal links with similar sites are free, and provide long-term traffic. The biggest problem with great information is that people aren’t willing to share it. NetShakers trade links! Trading links is about sharing information.
Our philosophy is that if a person comes to our site and chooses not to stay, we would rather share other quality relationship sites than have them drift off into cyberspace with no direction. We know that they appreciate this opportunity. The fact is that the more links we post to other relationship sites, the more hits we receive on our site.
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