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Make Friends Online: Establish A Social Presence
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Make Friends Online: Establish A Social Presence

If you are an online marketer or have any such ambitions then you may already understand the importance of building a following and one of the best ways to accomplish this is by becoming socially active online. There are lots of social networks available and these serve as excellent sources of traffic if you can build relationships and make friends online.

Say, " Hi"

When joining a social network, the first and most fundamental task is to make yourself known. Let the online community know that you've arrived and now the party can begin! Or, you can just say, hi. There's that, too. A good old fashioned introduction never hurt anybody. How 'bout we give it a shot right now.

How about, "Hi."

Or," Happy to be here."

Or maybe something like," This is my first day. I don't know anybody. Will somebody PLEASE LIKE MEEEEE!?!?!?"

And that was an example of how not to introduce yourself. Any questions so far? Great. Let's continue.

Your profile page is an excellent place to introduce yourself and you can dress it up pretty much any way you like. Pay special attention to what you put in your profile, but don't obsess over it. You can always edit.

Create interest

Your profile page is also a great place to create some interest and grab some attention. This is where you'll include your bio, or mini biography, so make it good. Humor, wit, and deeply personal bios are all interesting, but there is nothing wrong with sticking to the basics. We are all unique and special in our own ways so just being yourself can be a fantastic way to create interest.

In addition to being interesting, it also serves to show interest. People love it when someone shows interest in them. Don't you? Just think back to the last time someone showed an interest in either you or something you also found interesting. Simple acknowlegements and unsolicited positive feedback often reciprocates.

Build rapport

The foundation of a lasting relationship is good rapport. Rapport happens naturally when two people meet on common grounds so when interacting with people it is best to put yourself in their headspace. Empathise. Note what they're doing, where they are, what they're thinking and try to enter their world. Remember, you are the one looking for friends. You are the one building your online presence, so act accordingly. They have no vested interest in you so you must give them a reason and that can be done by entering their world. Do not try to drag them into yours. Not yet.

Stay connected

So you've introduced yourself, created interest, tip-toed into their world and began to build a connection. Now it's time to make sure you stay in touch. Often times an online marketer will have something up their sleeves to offer potential friends and followers. A "free" gift. This is usually a digital product of some kind available by providing an email address, like, or follow. Free gifts offer an excellent, yet impersonal way to build a following because even if someone has no desire to maintain an ongoing relationship with a marketer, they will most likely oblige the small request in exchange for the free gift.

These basic techniques will serve you well in building an online presence and making friends. It's also important to remember that what goes around comes around, so don't be afraid to take the initiative. Social intelligence is just as relevant online as it is off so the more social intelligence you have, the more friends you'll have.


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S. Gray  

Nice tips...good work!

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  about 9 years ago

Good job! Glad you ended up here;)

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks, Cynthia. Glad you liked it :)

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  about 9 years ago

Nicely Done! I try to take and hour a day to stay connected and be "social"! It's not always easy to do, but results in the way of learning and gaining more friends is beginning to show! Maybe an article topic for ya might be "Make Friends, Even Through Your Shyness"! I know many people are afraid to come out of their shell even online! Great info! Looking forward to more from you! Mac

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  about 9 years ago

Making friends, even through shyness is a pretty good topic. I'll do it! Fair warning, though. If like a miilion people read it, it'll be all your fault.

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  about 9 years ago

That's alright! LOL If it works out blame me, but if doesn't work.. It was my wife who gave you the idea! LOL

  
  about 9 years ago
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