2013 Facebook Friends, 22,439 Twitter Followers… So Now What? [Weird Ending]

Social Tribes

[SIDENOTE: The coolest, yet strangest thing just happened minutes before completing this post as you will experience shortly]

Do we subconsciously place some sort of authority rank or superior value on the amount Facebook friends or Twitter followers that someone has?

At first we might all unanimously say ‘no!’, but is that really true?

When you connect with someone on Facebook or find someone on Twitter with a inactive time line, is there a little voice uttering to you that you are speaking to someone with little or no experience in there niche?

Maybe so. Or maybe you are in the same boat and just starting out with Social Media and none of it really matters.

Whether we like it or not, numbers have some sort of status (excuse the pun) attached to it. But as the rest of this story reveals, the numbers myth might just be a lie we all choose to believe.

I got on a Skype call with Malika Duke from http://BusinessSavvyMoms.com for a ‘quick’ chat to answer a few questions about her profile here on thatMLMbeat.

The intended 2 minute conversation turned into an awesome hour after Malika shared this story of one of her coaching clients.

Her clients concern was that although she had thousands of Twitter followers, she battled to connect with anyone of them or further any conversations.

Does that sound familiar? If so, what’s the real point in having all these followers then?

I’m confident that we can all plead guilty for clicking away and excepting friend requests like there’s no tomorrow to simply ‘get it done’ and out of the way.

But how many of those friends did we actually connect with? Just adding a simple welcome note or starting a conversation?

Social media has definitely changed the game of internet and network marketing altogether, but maybe we are still approaching web 2.0 with a web 1.0 mindset?

Let me explain…

Web 1.0 was all about great sales letters, one way conversations and automation. The less interaction you could get away with and automate everything, the better.

So now we play a slightly different game. While all the sales letters and automation still serve our businesses tremendously, it’s the connection which takes place before hand that really counts.

Your sales message only has as much value as the relationship you managed to establish before hand.

The old saying of “People only do business with people they know, like and trust” carry more weight in the social hemisphere than ever before.

So before concluding the outcome of Malika’s coaching client and without trying to preach to the choir, here are a few solutions we discussed that will really help you connect with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers:

1. Get personal

Do something that is un-automated. Type a personal message in a friend request, write on someones wall (Facebook), compliment on something you found on their social profile or try and establish some form of ‘common ground’.

Is there something in particular that this person is involved in that resonates with you? It could be as simple as having kids, coming from the same area or an interest in the same business niche. Use that as the conversation starter show that you are human.

2. End conversations with a question

If you want to build a relationship via direct messages, it’s important to keep the conversations going. If you simply answer the message and not proceed with a question, the conversation simply dies.

3. Do something different

Sometimes you get a direct message that has the feeling of being transcribed or rehearsed. People want to get to know the real you. The easiest way to be different and make an impression is just to be yourself. We are all different and unique human beings, let that resonate through the world of social media.

4. Go live!

Yes, connect! If no one has magically scrolled over to your network marketing opportunity link and joined your business yet, then go live!

If you have the opportunity to pick up the phone, get on a Skype call, have a video chat, then do it! There is nothing better than speaking to anyone face to face and with modern technology no one has an excuse not to. The quickest route to building your MLM business is by having a live conversation.

To conclude our story…

With the guidance of Malika, her coaching client based in Australia got back to her with major excitement for making her first personal connection. They got on Skype, found common ground and have partnered in business.

[Extended] Now here is the strange part…

I have never officially spoken to Malika until our Skype conversation a few days ago. We have only spoken on Twitter and Facebook, but we spoke naturally for an hour like we have known each other for many years.

By the way we connected through the power of social media, we already had common ground before we had a live conversation.

Now I live in Perth, Australia and Malika is based in Keller, Texas.

When I reread this post, I couldn’t help noticing that it seemed incomplete without mentioning who Malika’s coaching client was.

I got back on Skype to ask Malika who the Mystery lady was.

Malika replied saying:

[10:33:49 AM] Malika Duke: I hear you are talking to my friend and client CaptainLiz!

Say what?

Liz Hindley a.k.a. Captain Liz was living in Perth about 6 months ago when I met her through a business associate. She has now moved over east, but we managed to re connect about a month ago through social media.

So here I am, talking to Malika for the first time in the United States, several thousand miles away, discussing a topic related to one of her coaching clients Liz who we both know but unknowingly.

Wow, what a strange MLM / Social Media world we live in?

Liz is a pilot so when your business reaches the heights you are after, you now have a pilot connection to take you anywhere!

Be sure to checkout her MLM blog for some awesome authentic tips and great video footage pilot style!

[Disclaimer: The amount of Twitter followers and Facebook friends mentioned in the title is not in reference to anyone in this post! 🙂 ]

How To Create Dozens Of Blogs For Your MLM Team Or Niche Domination In Seconds

Setting up and managing blogs can be quite frustrating at times.

I am personally guilty of spending way too much time on technicalities of plugins, themes, layout and widgets that don’t contribute to marketing, which should be any top internet and network marketing professionals primary focus.

Furthermore, I’ve seen it happen time again how it brings an entire MLM Team to standstill. They get stuck into figuring out how to blog and social media technicalities instead of getting content up, taking action and building relationships with new prospects.

Now imagine your duplication if everyone in your MLM team is spending time on the how to’s instead of getting into action? That can be as productive as driving with you hand break on!

Be sure to read this post by Diane Hochman for a clear reality check.

That brings us to the first of many classic benefits our PRO Membership offers with our Blog And User Creator tool.

Let’s cover 2 scenarios:

Scenario 1 – MLM Team Blogs

You have 5, 10, 20, even a 100 or more team members that need to start writing articles, doing video blogging and developing content. Instead of spending endless hours getting your team setup with their personal blogs, why not create dozens of blog within seconds and take your team straight into action?

They can still use their own domain name for personal branding and customize their MLM blog with their own blog header. Not much different to owning your own personal blog.

If they need a blog header, our graphics designer will design one for free and you only have to pay if you like it and want to keep it.

Scenario 2 – Keyword and Niche Domination

Using web 2.0 properties for link building and piggy backing off their domain strength is a crucial step in offsite SEO.

{If you are not familiar with the term Offsite SEO, it mainly refers to building backlinks from other valuable and related web sites. Onsite SEO is the optimization that you do on your blog or website.}

The perfect way to increase your ranking in the search engines is to setup remote blogs, a.k.a. satellite sites, on web 2.0 sites like Squidoo, Xanga, hosted WordPress and of course thatMLMbeat! 😉

You then link back with anchor text, like I’m about to do in the next sentence, to the actual post that you want to rank for.

You can read more about this strategy in Front Page On Google In Less Than 18 Hours.

How would you do this on thatMLMbeat?

Well, setup a few remote blogs for keyword targeting and add various 400 – 600 word articles on them!

There is no limit to the amount of blogs you can create, but please use this tool responsibly.

We do not allow cybersquatting (registering domain names for the purpose of holding keywords and not adding any content to the actual blog) and spam MLM blogs get deleted.

No MLM Company names are allowed either.

Other than that… Go Wild!!!

The possibilities of this tool are endless.

If you find any a different use for this tool that you would like to share, please do so in the comments below.

Happy multiple blogging!

New FTC Requirements: Do This If You Cant Be Bothered With The Warnings

FTC Requirements and FTC WarningsFTC Requirements

Tuesday, 1 December 2009, is the Day that the FTC declared as the deadline for all bloggers and online marketing entrepreneurs to make sure that their sites and testimonials are FTC Compliant.

Whether they are going to be as ruthless with their fines and action as they claim they would be, no one really knows.

What we do know is that ignorance is no excuse for not obeying the law.

This is a game that no serious and legitimate online internet and network marketer (especially) want to be gambling with.

It’s definitely no joke and if you are in business for the longhaul, and who wouldn’t be, it’s worth making double sure that the FTC is not going come knocking on your door.

Big names in internet marketing such as Stephen Pierce and Frank Kern have paid tens of thousands of dollars for not being FTC compliant and unfortunately as cliché as that might sound, anyone of us could be next.

Personally I have to admit that there is something about legalities and setting up documents that makes me naturally procrastinate.

But, unfortunately this is not something that can be disregarded. And if you are not based in the United States like myself, don’t think that this won’t affect you!

About 18 months ago when I started my first MLM blog, my mentor recommended that I add all legal pages to my blog.

A side note: Apparently Google checks that your site has a ‘privacy policy’, ‘terms of use’ and other legal documents in place as part of their quality score.

I purchased a small software application by Len Thurmond which completes all your legal documents literally in seconds. All you have to do is complete your name, address, date, etc and the rest is done.

Now, this software is quite old and generally when you have purchased anything as long as 18 months ago, it’s time to make a new purchase.

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the software program a few days ago to redo my legal docs and saw that ALL the latest FTC compliant documents are ready and good to go!

In under 5 minutes all my FTC legal docs were taken care of and I didn’t need to pay for any upgrades which was a plus.

Does this mean that the FTC will never investigate my online business? Of course not. But I do feel comfortable with the fact that I have covered all legal aspects to the best of my ability.

And to Len’s knowledge, for the last 7 years, no one who uses his software has ever been indicted by the FTC.

It is very seldom that I recommend any product directly from this blog, but seeing that being FTC compliant can make the difference of being in business or not at all, I would not do any of my readers any justice in keeping this to myself.

If you have double checked that your blog and testimonials are FTC Compliant and that your business isn’t under any threat, then this won’t be worth it for you.

On the other hand, if you have left this to the last minute like I did and need to make sure that all your online properties are FTC compliant, then this undoubtedly worth every penny.

You can get Len Thurmonds AutoWebLaw Pro here.

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MLM Women: Do They Do It Better Than Men? [Youtube]

Are MLM Women better than MLM Men? While browsing through various Internet and Network Marketing  videos on Youtube, I found this movie and thought it could turn into a fun little debate.

That was before I read how personally so many MLM men took this video in the comments section! Nevertheless, it was enough to change the title of this post which started out as “MLM Women Who Rock On Youtube” to this.

So before continuing with the latter and just to confirm, I still bat for the same team! 🙂 What are your thoughts on this? Do MLM Women have a distinct advantage over MLM Men? Or is fair game for all?

Here is the video that caused the controversy:

Tania Mesar – MLM Woman Why Women do Better than Men in MLM

And now, controversy aside, here are 6 MLM Women that Rock on Youtube:
Dani Johnson – Dani Johnson on The Current Global Economic Financial Crisis – How Did We Get Here?
Diane Hochman – Diane Hochman Mopped Floors To Succeed in MLM
Jackie Ulmer – Build Your MLM Business Online – Jackie Ulmer shares her success story
Kristen Darkenwald  –You Are in the Business of YOU!
Ellie Drake – My Life’s Purpose
Raven K Starre – MLMRealityShow.com-002-Raven Starre left MonaVie for Agel, WHY? Watch Tom Chenault’s Radio Show!
Awesome inspiration with great content!
Back to MLM Women vs MLM Men… Have a strong opinion about this? Why not leave a comment, Or even better, a video comment below.