Ask any internet marketer where they have made their most money and they will respond by telling you that their most profitable initiatives have been through a joint venture, a mastermind group or from their mailing list. The common trait about these sources of income is that they involve other people and relationships.
This is the power of forming mutually beneficial relationships in this sphere of business. Your income level as an internet marketer is directly related to the number of influential relationships you have nurtured. Not only do relationships provide you with increased opportunities but you can also gain specialized knowledge from others’ who have a greater level of expertise than you do.
But how do you form relationships online and how do you win the trust of a more accomplished internet marketer or marketers?
1. Let People Know Who Are You?
Many marketers choose to go at it alone and they end up isolating themselves from other marketers and pursue an underground style of marketing. This approach is a guaranteed route to a lone island where the only relationship you will form is with your keyboard and monitor. If people are not exposed to who you are then there will be no opportunity for you to nurture any sort of fruitful relationship online.
Your first step to forming relationships online is to interact with like-minded individuals. You can do this on forums, Facebook groups or any other social platform where other internet marketers congregate.
2. Make Yourself “Vulnerable”
A large number of newbies read an ebook or watch a handful of videos related to internet marketing and then they proceed to join a forum and offer their “expert” advice. They adopt an arrogant stance that says: “I know it all”. This approach will cause people to repel from you as no one is ever attracted to a person who exudes an air of arrogance.
If you have limited knowledge you need to accept that and make it known to others. Start a thread on a forum and tell people that you are new to internet marketing but you have a true willingness to want to learn. I have come across many threads of this nature, and you know what? It wasn’t long before someone offered to actually coach this person who made them self vulnerable.
3. Develop Trust and Honesty
These two ingredients are the cornerstone of any relationship. Without trust and honesty there is always insecurity, and this insecurity leads to people being fearful to share anything of substance with another party. The thing about lies and deception is that they always leave a trail, and if you are dishonest with others you will soon be found out.
Trust is gained over time by interacting, engaging, and getting to know someone else. For you to win the trust of others you will need to display character traits that impel people to want to get to know you better.
4. Learn the Art of Giving
There is a universal law that runs across cultures and religions: this law rewards those who openly give to others’. Before you can even think of forming relationships with any successful marketer you will need to display a heart of giving. Do you remember the last time someone gave you something valuable? Perhaps it was a $100 or something you needed desperately? Whatever it was, I can assure you, you felt a sense of obligation toward the person who gave to you what you needed.
That’s the power of giving! For you to stroll around in the online world with a magnetic power that attracts everyone to you, you will need to become a selfless giver.
As you will notice the techniques above all begin with YOU. You have the power to form beneficial relationships online but you will have to expose yourself to the online world and adopt a certain character that attracts others to you. If you do, it wouldn’t be long before you build profitable relationships that help your income soar to the next level.
So what do you think about building relationships as an online marketer? Is there some points you'll want to add to the ones discussed in this article? Give your comments below.