If you’re building an internet business, there is no doubt in my mind that you have every chance of success. We all do, but the truth of the matter is, it can be a little lonely, particularly if you’re working by yourself.
When I started working online I knew little more than sending and receiving emails. I had never built a website or had any idea where to start and furthermore ‘how’ people actually used the internet as a way to earn an income.
I had nobody to ask really, because I was the only internet marketer (or aspiring one!) I knew.
I am pleased to share that perseverance got me through many of the initial bumps and grinds but I could never seem to get away from the nagging in the back of my mind that there was so much more to learn and that I had nobody to ask.
Admittedly there were a few times I almost came to a full stop because I had no idea how to get to the next step.
In 2010 I decided to try my hand at “blogging’. This again was a new adventure and learning curve.
I had no idea what I had set myself up for, as blogging really is a whole new ball of wax when compared to managing static sites that I had become familiar with.
Nevertheless, the time felt right … so in I dove.
The experience was both frustrating and exciting all at the same time. Often I felt to be typing posts to myself, until all of a sudden I started to receive the ‘odd’ comment.
‘Wow’ I thought… “But what now?”
Now, I have to admit, I’m a hopeless loner by trade. I’m not shy, but I’m not an overconfident extrovert either.
I really had never considered that reaching out and getting to know others online was even an option nor did I realize how it would prove to be beneficial.
This may have been due to the fact that I had always run my own brick and mortar business where mingling with the ‘so called’ competition was not a regular activity and if you did, you always watched what you said or the questions you asked.
After all, you wouldn’t want to give away any trade secrets or sound like you didn’t have your finger on the pulse!! Right?
Peculiarly (to me anyway) the online ‘folks’ were open and friendly. There were no secrets.
I found almost everybody was willing to help me and many people would actually go out of their way to encourage me and lift me up. Much different from the way I was raised in the offline world!
I found myself mingling amongst many groups of awesome individuals who were (and are) all working to build their internet businesses, and though our businesses may differ from one and other, the common goal of success is shared by all.
At the beginning of 2011 I had developed quite a community of friends from all around the world and couldn’t be happier. What I found amazing was that I had met real people who cared. They just ‘got me’ and I ‘got’ them.
Why had I not stepped out sooner? (OH the time and headaches I could have saved and avoided!)
In mid January 2011 I was invited to participate in the ProveIt2011 Blogging Challenge. This requires 70 pieces of fresh content written between January 15 and April 15. Quite a challenge I must say.
The benefits have been numerous and immeasurable. Not only has my Alexa Ranking dropped for 699,890 (worldwide) to 229,00 and counting, but the tips and advice I’ve learned from my fellow bloggers has likely saved me months (or years) of struggle.
Furthermore, I know at that at the click of a mouse, I can ask a question and receive the answer almost 24/7.
Enter March 2011 our friend and leader Heather Stevens also created the ‘Clever Marketer Mastermind Community’ which is a blog marketing forum to assist us further; this I know beyond a shadow of a doubt will only propel each and everyone of us closer to our goals.
So why am I sharing this with you?
I’m sharing this with you because I know the value of pulling together and the power of strength in numbers and how I wish I had this advice when I first started.
It might be a difficult concept to get your head around if you are used to doing everything yourself, but the truth is, by working together you can change the world!
Here are a couple of analogies:
If you decided to build a house all by yourself, from scratch, there’s a pretty good chance you’d run into hurdles along the way and it would definitely take you longer to sort through some of the roadblocks all by yourself than it might if you had the advice from experts.
If you had people around you who were willing to lend a hand and offer various levels of expertise, there’s a heck of a chance that one or many of them may have solutions or at least know who to ask in order to help you move forward.
Now also imagine laying bricks one at a time all by yourself, then all of a sudden you were joined by others who could show you a faster, more streamlined method … who would also chip in to boot! I’m sure you can agree the process would not be quite as overwhelming and you’d get to the next step with energy left over!
Besides even geese need a little help sometimes! Here’s a short inspirational movie to further clarify my point!
So you see… the same applies to participating in a good blog marketing forum!
You will find like minded individuals who are all there because they want to be. Everybody brings different skill sets and knowledge to the table and loves to share freely with the rest of the group.
You not only learn a great deal from being involved, but will forge valuable friendships, (some life long) which is what this industry is all about.
The point I’m attempting to drive home to you is that if you are currently building an internet business or even considering it, yet feel you have no support and nowhere to turn, and then take my advice.
Get involved and network with others. Join our Clever Marketer Mastermind Community Blog Marketing Forum.
Not only will you learn from others so that you may also assist those in need, , but you will gain a built in cheering section and find the support and encouragement to boost your personal empowerment.
This will help you build the courage and acquire the knowledge to get you to where you need to be. It’s a lot nicer than going it alone!
Besides, everybody needs a little help sometime. If you pull together and get involved you just might find the wind beneath your wings that you’ve been looking for!
If you’ve participated in a blog marketing forum, or might be interested, please leave your thoughts or questions below!