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Building Your Tribe
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Building Your Tribe

I've noticed something about people in general these day's and that is. They only care about themselves or their immediate family and does anybody want to dispute this? That's not the way I was brought up, in the home, at school, in your sporting team and everywhere else. Sadly, and I believe this is largely due to inept politicians and an almost constant barrage from the media and all else. It's very difficult for people to make up their own minds when the propaganda machine is working full time to ensure that, that's precisely what they don't want to happen. If people think for themselves, they might not vote for me and so stop following blindly wherever I go and whatever I say? You don't believe me? Look around you.

Now I had a friend who was killed playing cricket when he was twenty eight years old. It happens you know. This was of course before protective helmets, and is precisely the type of reason they were brought in, and I'm all for this. But none of this is the point, it's just a pre-amble leading up to something. Which is, that he was the type of person who epitomised all that is good in life as in my opening paragraph, and he was an exceptionally gifted sports person. The obituary for him which had a lifelong effect on me was;

"When the last great scorer came to write against his name. He asked not how he won or lost, but, how he played the game."

Which brings us back to Article Marketing and building your tribe because in actual fact the same principles apply. Perhaps more so.

What this actually means is. Forget about the algorithm, in my opinion it has next to nothing to do with anything. That is if you are just an ordinary person. This doesn't apply of course to people who have their own businesses, or best selling authors, or celebrities of whatever genre. Then of course you are assured an audience irrespective of whether you have something profound to say or not.

So what this means is, as an ordinary person, one has to try and build a following or a tribe. This can be difficult. Now I have articles on Squidoo, Wizzely, Web Nuggetz (one), and Hubpages (one). I also have three blogs but have lost interest in them as nobody visits or seldom do. It becomes disheartening, but, one thing I have learnt, as an ordinary person and that is if you want to get noticed, go and post a comment on someone else's article.

Herein of course lies the problem. Being part and parcel of human nature, people are delighted if someone posts a comment on what they have written. Yet they are reluctant to post one on something you have written. Competition? I doubt it. Jealousy? I doubt it. So why? Whatever happened to, 'I'll scratch your back, if you scratch mine'? So what I suggest is, if your stuff sits there forever and a day, go post a comment somewhere else, you might be surprised by the result. Then again you might not be.

All I know is most of this Internet stuff has passed me by, so all I have left is, posting comments on other people's work. Perchance in the end when my time is up someone might say;

"When the last great scorer came to write against his name. He asked not how he won or lost, but, how he played the game."

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Street Talk

Words to live by in this Article Marketing game. I have started making comments on articles I have read. It has made a difference, so I will keep doing it. Thanks for your words of wisdom.

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  about 9 years ago

I found this to be very true, I wrote article after article and I got a read occasionally but certainly never a follow, then one day I tried something different. It was difficult for me, being a bit of an introvert by nature but I started taking some suggestions. I read in the beginning we should read 3 to 5 articles a day and comment. Of course, I didn't do that for three months but one day I decided I didn't have anything to loose. Low and behold people started reading and commenting on my articles and then it began I started building my tribe.. I was thrilled! I think the whole social climate is different than when I grew up and I am a bit uncomfortable with how things work but I am just glad someone let me in on the secret! Thanks for the article. I appreciated your candor.

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  about 1 decade ago
john bond  

nice article spook, unfortunately like myself in someways you truly are old school, a very good thing as a human being but pretty useless in business, remeber spook business is competition, you have to look out for no 1, because no 2 is no use to any one, one last thing spook when one becomes something ,then one can dictate the pace, when one is nothing then one must work 10 times as hard as the next man to be something, psi dont think achievements are beyond you, a couple of bad weeks do not equal a bad year.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you for your reply John. The thing is, in business as well, it just depends on how you think. So what this means is that when you have a business surely you are not then a nothing or do you have to be Walmart?

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  about 1 decade ago
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