And I can’t help but wonder whether part of the missing ingredient for a lot of us is the human connection. Hopefully by now you’ll be thinking that maybe creating a face to face connection is a good idea. It was a huge step for me as I’d built up a lot of brand equity as the Blog Tyrant and was pretty concerned that the “buzz” on my blog would die off after I opened up. Blog Tyrant was going really well for me but when Glen asked me to join the Viper Chill team I knew that things would really take off.
By the end of the year I think they are going to have a pretty cool blog and product ready to go.
And it all happened because of a phone conversation.
Some of the simple but extremely important lessons I’ve been told by my family members include: So why wasn’t I applying these things to my work as a blogger or copy writer?
It’s often really tempting to think that just because our services or products are online we can just use email. But what I’ve found recently is that some of the most impressive sales and business relationships have only come about because of a face to face meeting. Meeting in person is even better but with Skype we can create personal bonds that were hard to develop before.
There are a few big players who dictate how things are done and then everyone else follows for a while.
But within that narrow spectrum of teaching and following there are vital business practices being overlooked.So why is it that talking on Skype or meeting a person for lunch can be so much more powerful for selling a product or creating an important alliance? One of the most common questions that you guys asked on my unmasking post was about how we can speed up the whole process. Do the Blog Tyrant — unmask If you are blogging anonymously I think it might be time to consider getting your face out there. Collaboration potential – arrange Skype chats with bloggers whenever possible This is probably the most important point because by getting on Skype with bigger guys in your industry you often open up a lot of doors to new collaborations.So many new bloggers get upset at how long it takes to be successful. As you might already know, I blogged anonymously for exactly 99 posts before revealing my identity. My old friends and loyal readers became more friendly and I seem to be getting lots more personal interactions with people who visit the site. But if you think it worked well for me, have a look at what happened when James Chartrand from Men with Pens revealed that he was a she! And collaborations are the things that really grow careers.The reason for that is simple: if you put all your eggs in one basket you’ll end up getting hurt.Believe it or not, I learned this lesson from Google when they de-indexed my one and only blog back in University.This blog was my only income – the Adsense clicks were almost 100% of what I earned. Since then I’ve tried to keep a sexy mix of affiliate income, premium content writing, blog design and consulting work to help me make a living online. Prior to the phone meeting I’d been emailing a long-term client for weeks and weeks about a new project that we were hoping to get started. We’d been emailing back and forth ideas and concepts and I’d told them I was ready to move.