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Nettiquette! Do you practice this?

Jul 16th 2010 at 12:53 PM

Netiquette. Do you have any?

Hello! Thanks for reading.

I received another article for you and it is about

how to properly use social networking sites to

improve your marketing and exposure.


I hope it is value I am providing to you… Enjoy!


Social Networking: Netiquette

Netiquette is the acceptable behavior within a social 

marketing (Web 2.0) or social networking atmosphere.

Failure to recognize these unspoken rules could mean

little or no marketing results, or even worse, a disastrous

effect on your image.


It is actually quite common for people to misuse social

networks, and thus, receive no real benefit from them.

In fact, more than anything among professional social

networks people naturally have the wrong idea, and the

few that do know what they are doing are experiencing  great results. What is the common problem?

The problem is that marketers view these sites

only as a means of advertising and sponsoring

people into their businesses. Don’t get me

wrong though, if used properly these sites

will increase your businesses and income, but

with a much stronger foundation.

First let’s go over what not to do through social marketing.

As a side note, social marketing can mean any Web 2.0

social book-marking, content sharing, or social networking




You should not blatantly shove your product or opportunity.


Instead, you should be attracting people


to you by offering value and information to other users.

If you are becoming friends with users just to send them


advertisements without attempting to build a personal


relationship then you are misusing the site. In most cases

it is also true that these users will not be responsive at all to

your message and will just block or report you.

However, once you have built a relationship with your contacts

it is ok to send them an announcement of your product

or opportunity along with an informative message on

how it will help them.



You should limit how often you do this, do not promote your stuff to them every day, try to keep it to once per week.Instead, bring them


value 90% of the time and 10% promoting yourself
or business. You will find that you are attracting more and more people to you instead of chasing people.





Another pitfall that some people fall into is conflicting with
others within the social network. Know the difference between
discussion and attacking. If you have a different view than someone
else it is ok to voice your opinion but make sure to use facts and
keep a constructive atmosphere.

Now let’s go over some tips for what you should try to do and
accomplish through social networking sites.


1) You should build relationships


This one is obvious, but still needs to be mentioned because of its
huge importance. People buy from people they like and trust. If
that is you they will buy from you. Introduce yourself to other
users, but spend more time asking and talking about them than
yourself. Discover their goals and needs and help them achieve
them. A simple way of showing value to your contacts is by teaching
them how to use the social network if they have questions about
certain features or customization options. You also need to keep a
regular communication with your friends; this can be done on a mass
scale through bulletins or by bulk e-mailing your friends. The
communications should be value based and mostly informational, this
will increase the likelihood of their interest in what you have to


2) Help connect people to others


One thing you can do that will earn you major points with others is
by introducing people to each other. You can do this through
recommending friends who have similar interests. If your friends
are involved in the same opportunity or sell the same product
connect them so they can share with each other. If one of your
friends sells something and another friend is looking to buy it,
then that is a simple connection you can make. Now your friends
will want to help you and the favor will be returned.


3) Evaluate your perspective


Are you constantly thinking about what others can do for you?
Instead consider what you can do to help them. If your goal is to
help others first you will build solid relationships and receive
phenomenal results in your business. Ask others how you can
possibly help them and they will see you as a valued friend.


4) Upload a photo and build a quality profile


Profiles with photos receive up to 70% more exposure. This shows
the importance of adding a photo to your profile. If you do not
have a photo of yourself you can put a photo of anything, the
important thing is that you have a photo uploaded on your account.
You also need to take the time to build a quality profile. First,
write briefly about yourself, provide some marketing tips or
advice, and then feel free to write about the value that you can
provide to others. Every friend of yours should be visiting your
profile at least once, and if the network allows for you will be
having views from non-friends or even non-members also.


5) Add and accept unlimited friends


Finally, your goal within the social network is to connect with as
many people as possible. The more people you are friends with then
the more exposure you can potentially have to your products or
opportunities. Most social networks allow you to bulk contact your
friends. You will use this feature in order to send helpful tips as
well as promotions to all of your friends at once. This is why
building up your friends list is even more valuable. If you are
adding a lot of friends it is likely you will not be able to
personally get in touch with all of them, in this case it is wise
to show them your value and professionalism through your bulk
communications to all of your friends so they can learn about you
and the value you provide.

Social networks offer you the ability to get exposure but so much
more. A huge benefit to social-networking is learning from others
and being in an environment of shared knowledge. Take advantage of
everything social networks have to offer and take the time to build
quality relationships. I still work with other network marketers I
met online over six years ago and these relationships have become
highly valuable! In final words: Networking is a contact sport.


I wish you quality networking,


The Blakester

Robert Blakely
Marketing Consultant

Skype: The-Blakester

Please to comment
Jan 13th 2011 at 10:23 PM by myprofitrocket
Thank you so much, Robert, for this timely article on the do's and don'ts of social networking! I am constantly amazed at how some choose to use this powerful tool in the wrong way...I try to think how I would feel I received the messages or posts I am sending...then decide whether to delete it or send it. You are right...I have met some wonderful, helpful friends through this medium, and I'm sure I will meet many more! Take care! Lisa
Dec 17th 2010 at 10:50 PM by nelica
I like your article Robert, you are exactly pointed what all of us should do. Friendship is rare think today, but in this way we can have a lots of friends helping each other in any way we could. Marry Christmas! God Bless!
Oct 23rd 2010 at 1:55 PM by drkelp
Thx Robert, some good advice in there. I like to use social networking sites to meet with people, not to sell to them.
Sep 21st 2010 at 6:41 PM by javagrandma
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Robert.
Sep 21st 2010 at 8:10 AM by andruha2010
Отличная статья!
Sep 16th 2010 at 7:58 AM by zzoltan
Excellent article Robert.Thanks for sharing it. The term "Nettiquette" is sensational.I would like to learn more from you.
Sep 14th 2010 at 12:58 PM by stevesam
Great review of Net equette! Do these things and you'll do great in promoting what the internet can do for all.See The Blakester-Robert Blakely article 9-8-2010 stevesam
Sep 8th 2010 at 6:06 AM by TheBlakester
I want to thank all of you for your kind comments. This is a wonderful post for sure.
Sep 2nd 2010 at 2:45 PM by Katsplacesandoffers
Thank you so much for sharing this, I found it to be very useful and enlightening
Aug 19th 2010 at 12:51 PM by TheBlakester
Ah but its not a new term just that not everyone knows about it yet. LOL
Aug 19th 2010 at 8:11 AM by catherinedwhite
Love the new term Nettiquette!
Aug 8th 2010 at 11:36 AM by visionary
Well Written there Blakester! When I first joined Imfaceplate my very first intention was to make friends and cultivate relationships, this is what works for me. I have conversations with people and sometimes people will ask me what I am promoting, when they do then I tell them, otherwise I don't mention it. I don't have to really because everytime I make a comment, follow someone, read an article, or post, I get exposure. Someone will go to my plate without me ever directing there. This is enough for me.
Aug 8th 2010 at 10:50 AM by TheBlakester
Absolutely Steve. Hello to you bnmarika. Thanks for the comment GTBulmer.
Aug 8th 2010 at 6:59 AM by SteveCarr
Hi Robert nice to find you outside of GVO.. Great article Robert , I would like your permission to use/edit it! Steve Carr
Jul 30th 2010 at 1:31 AM by bnmarika1214
Hi,thank you:)
Jul 22nd 2010 at 2:53 PM by GTBulmer
Hi, Robert: Great article, and timely. I agree that Social Networking is most effective when marketers focus on attracting people rather than simply trying to push their wares. IMfp provides us with an awesome platform to do this. :-)

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