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 Protect Your thatMLMbeat Blog With Your Own Domain Name

Using your own domain name on your social network profiles and various web 2.0 properties are more important than one might think.

Let’s take the most recent ‘Youtube Slap’ for an example, how many internet and network marketing professionals lost all their content and friends instantly when Youtube decided to terminate their accounts?

Losing all your content is painstaking enough, but what about all the links that you placed all over the web pointing to that profile? Where does all that traffic go? Definitely not coming back your way!

Now unless your intention was to spam (we normally spot those accounts before or by their first blog post anyway), we are not planning on banning any accounts or terminating any MLM Blogs.

Point still remains, you need to control your own domain names as far as humanly possible to avoid being at the mercy of any social site or to redirect your traffic to different sites when need be.

This is why you will see many marketers promote their Facebook and Twitter profiles with subdomains or their own domain names such as MyNameOnTwitter.com or MyNameOnFacebook.com.

That way if any of the social sites give you the red flag, you can simply direct the traffic back to a new social site of your choice.

That’s all good for social profiles, but what about satellite sites? (a.k.a remote blogs on web 2.0 properties)

This is where thatMLMbeat PRO Members take advantage of our domain mapping feature.

If you are blogging on thatMLMbeat and you would like to use your own domain name like yourname.com instead of yourname.thatmlmbeat.com, then this video is for you.

When you use your own domain name, your blog on thatMLMbeat acts as a complete personal blog, but you still benefit from your blog posts being fed to the front page… nice!

In a hurry? Do this:

1. Log in to your thatMLMbeat backoffice

2. Scroll down to the  Tools Menu and click on Domain Mapping (if this is not visible, you will need to upgrade to PRO)

3. Add your domain name

4. Go to where you purchased the domain or your domain host and add a DNS “A” record pointing at the IP address of this server (IP Address provided in the backoffice. Doesn’t make sense? Watch the video!)

5. Email me your domain name so that I can ‘park’ it on our server.

Although we park it on our server, your domain is still YOUR domain name. If you decide to use it for something else later, just contact us and we will ‘unpark’ it for you.

If you have any questions or get stuck, please ask in the comments section below.

MLM Blogs: Pop Corn, Movies and Beating MLM Failure With A Stick

MLM Blog Tips To Beat MLM FailureDo you do what you love and love what you do? If not, you might need to explore the heart of your why, eliminate what’s not working, get focused and become outrageously contagious.

What do I mean?

Well, get out the pop corn and kick back for some inspiration and movie time.

Let’s get focused, Twitterific and ready to beat MLM failure with a stick!

Here’s whats hot on MLM Blogs ‘Brewing at the Beat’:

Taking two steps back
New to this whole home business and network marketing thing? Or simply looking for a new business to embrace?

Greg Martin layes the foundation with 7 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Home Based Business.

At the movies…

Heading over to Palm Spring Studios, Emma Tiebens has been hard out work filming with Author, Mentor and ‘Infotainer’ Joel Bauer and Jorge Bueno discussing how to build a profitable pitch.

Do you love what you do? And do you hang out with people who love what they do?  Carlos Aponte expresses his love in the Real Network Marketing Scoop.

Have you ever heard the old adage that unless you know the “why” for doing a business of your own, then you probably won’t do the “how?” Jackie Ulmer digs deep into Getting to the Heart of Your Network Marketing why.

Are your marketing efforts contagious enough? Maybe you need to work on your greatness? Watch Cassie Strom discuss Greatness is Contagious.

Need the simplified ‘how to’ on Twitter with some great Twitter apps to help you Tweet your way to success? Amanda McClellan shows you how to become Twitterific.

MLM tips to beat MLM Failure

As network marketing entrepreneurs, we all face the constant challenge of staying focus and eliminating distractions. Rachel Henke shares 10 tips for staying focused with Online MLM.

Success is a process, be it in business or in life. Fredric Schwartz delivers 4 Key Points To Consider For Greater Success & Happiness.

Rose Mis is cooking up a storm in the attraction marketing kitchen and talks about why her job is you.

What is Christianity Learning From Network Marketing? Or, what is Network Marketing learning from Christianity?  Jhanna Dawson wrote about a  topic that few people dare to discuss regarding Christian Network Marketing.

Have you ever thought that it was interesting and amazing how we are very naturally and intuitively drawn to particular people, incidences and ideas? David Anderson wrote about a Candle Loses No Light By Lighting Another Flame.

Enjoy!

Don’t forget to register and grab your own thatMLMbeat blog so that you can connect and join in the conversation with these great MLM bloggers.

Front Page On Google In Less Than 18 Hours – Part 2


In yesterdays case study of Front Page On Google in less than 18 hours, we were ranking no 7 for long tail keywords free blog syndication and no 17 (page 2) for social tribes.

Although I was planning to focus on really drilling these keywords for a good week with various content syndication strategies and tools before documenting another update, I simply couldn’t resist!

I’m also learning lots in the process. Today I started out by doing a short utility post on Better Networker titled Free Blog Syndication With Social Tribes (Thanks To 3 Facebook Pages).

The shorter utility post only talks about the original post on thatMLMbeat and links back with anchor text with our 2 targeted keywords.

I then wrote a whole new article touching on different aspects of the topic and posted that on Blogger. I did another mix with the title which concluded as Social Tribes Being Used for Free Blog Syndication (Thanks to Facebook).

Monitoring the search engine placements, three different Google searches have delivered 3 different results. Is this a result of Google’s recent alignment with Twitter to include real-time search results?

The ranking for free blog syndication has climbed one up to no 6, back to 7 and after checking for one last time, back to 6 but also adding the utility post on Better Networker in on 9th position.

Social Tribes have reached the goal of the first page which has been alternating between the 9th and 10th position. What’s interesting is that we are also ranking no 9 for the single plural social tribe, which adds 50% more searches to the mix. Nice!

Let’s see how much higher we can rank for these long tail keywords and then I’ll reveal the entire process. Can you see how the keywords are positioned within the last 3 posts and what’s causing them to rank high?

Is there anything that you’ve noticed that can be improved upon? Would love your feedback in the comments below.

REVISED:

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Front Page On Google In Less Than 18 Hours – Part 1


Front page on Google in less than 18 hours? Yesterday I completed a post about Social Tribes and free blog syndication.

The purpose of this post was to get the word out on 3 Facebook Pages independently managed by Kary Rogney, Ken Pickard and Michael Feil that focus on free blog syndication.

What this post also accomplished was to get placed on the second page on Google for one keyword and on the front page on Google for the other. This all happened in less than 18 hours!

Ironically, all I did was complete the post and hit submit. That’s it! The only promotion I did for this blog post was to update my status on Facebook and Twitter.

How did I do it? You will be shocked at how simple it is to be positioned within the first 2 pages on Google with a single blog post.

WordPress blogs are extremely powerful and all you need to do is position your keywords in the right places and tweak a few minor things.

Don’t worry, I am going to share the complete step by step process that I followed to do this in a later video.

But first, I am putting myself up for a challenge. At the time of writing this, Social Tribes – 3 Facebook Pages For Free Blog Syndication is positioned at no 17 on page 2 for the keyword Social Tribes. The other keyword I focused on was free blog syndication and it’s positioned at no 7 on Google’s page 1.

I have to admit, I was a little greedy focusing on 2 longtail keywords, but nevertheless, it worked.

So here’s the challenge:

In the next coming days I am going to focus on improving these rankings. The goal is to get Social Tribes on page 1 and free blog syndication to climb at least 2 positions. Or, let’s say at least 3. (I might regret typing that!)

Over the past few weeks I have been testing a few excellent software applications for content syndication, so this will be the ultimate test.

Now, if Front Page On Google In Less Than 18 HoursPart 2 doesn’t arrive in the next week, then you know that I failed miserably!

If I succeed on the other hand, I will show you exactly how I did it and the tools that were used to make this possible. Deal? Great! How is that for reality SEO? 🙂

REVISED:

Here is part 2 of Front Page On Google in Less than 18 Hours.

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MLM Blogging: How to Be the ‘Cool Kid’ at the Party

MLM Cool KidBeing the ‘Cool Kid’ at the Social Media party is all about ‘being in position’. Unfortunately most MLM and internet marketers in general haven’t grasped this concept as yet.

While some inspiring network marketers are attracting as much as a 100 leads in a single day by providing true value, others are ruining the credibility of the industry (a.k.a. the party poopers) by practicing their one line closes to pitch their MLM business opportunity on Facebook and Twitter relentlessly.

This makes the industry look cheap and distributors desperate. Or as Randy Gage likes to call them, MLM Morons.

So how did social media turn into a MLM pitch festival?

Well, plenty of answers to that question raging from pure ignorance, bad marketing habits and honestly not knowing, but here is my guess:

Not enough clarity and guidance between the difference of social media and direct response marketing.

Back in the day, most marketers started out here:

Direct Response Marketing

MLM Direct Response Marketing

Direct response marketing is a fairly simple concept: You have a problem, here is the solution. You want it, here it is. You provide a solution to a problem and if I need it, I’ll buy it or join your business in our case as network marketers.

Pay per click (like Google Adwords) is the perfect example of this.

Now let’s look at the opposite scenario…

Social Media Marketing

MLM Social Media

With social media marketing, people simply want to socialize and ‘hang out’. Or, as Perry Belcher likes to call it, the party!

No one’s looking for solutions to any problems or looking to join any network marketing business. That’s what Google is for. People want to socialize and build relationships.

Perry’s training takes this to a new level and is a lot more in depth than this, but here is the basic concept:

Social Networking is the party to chitchat and get to know people, your blog is the barbecue at your house that furthers the conversation and develops the relationship.

From there, if the relationship is sound and the need exists, you might invite them to your office (sales letter or network marketing opportunity website) to discuss business.

When looking at Perry’s approach, it’s easy to see why so many network marketers become the party poopers!

Then again, Social Media is a new playing field and a huge temptation for any network marketer who is new to the online world to try and implement offline marketing strategies online, similar to direct response marketing.

So how do you make social media work for your MLM business?

It’s all about positioning.

Positioning and providing value through content that has an impact on peoples lives in some shape or form. To provide valuable content, you need a place which you can call home.

Not your page on Facebook or any other social site, but your own personal MLM Blog.

Your blog should become your central hub of communication, a place where people can find out more about you and what your values are. If you don’t have a blog yet, this video will show you how to get a free blog in 5 minutes flat!

Next step is to change your website links from your social networks. Instead of all the links on your social profile pointing to your replicated company website, have it point to your MLM blog.

Even better, to your about page or a page with a video welcoming them from that particular network.

What a great way to continue the conversation and build real relationships.

Build your central hub and be generous when sharing information about yourself. After all, your blog replaces your voice to build relationships for you when you are not present.