If you haven’t heard it a million times already… well, you must be new, or else you haven’t been listening to the right people. Networking with your fellow writers is absolutely key in this online article world. Don’t ask me why right now. That’s another time. Right now I want to share some ways to network with your fellow Contributors and other writers.
Networking can seem like a daunting, time-consuming task, particularly if you have no real direction. Start your networking adventure with these 7 ways to network with your other Contributors.
Networking is pretty much the entire purpose of the forums. Go there. Introduce yourself. Ask questions. Respond to other posts. Share a few of your best articles. There are different sections for all kinds of things. Spend a little time there, and you will meet lots of other writers. And once you meet a Contributor, they are probably going to do you the courtesy of stopping by your profile and reading a couple of your articles.
You should be doing the same. No, you don’t have to read their entire article list. After all, some Contributors have hundreds or even thousands of articles. Just a few here and there.
There are ways to use Facebook and Twitter to network with other Contributors. I believe there are specific pages and a list in the forums. If you can’t find it, go ahead and ask. Asking will only help you connect with a few more Contributors anyway.
This is a perfect way to network. If someone leaves you a comment, send them a message thanking them or go read some of their articles and leave comments. Make sure to put time into your comments. If you don’t say something relevant to the article, the author probably won’t take the time to read your articles or visit your page. Hey, sure, they’ll take the page view without complaint, but that doesn’t mean they will give you any in return.
If you don’t put the effort in, you won’t get the effort back.
Say you have visited a Contributor’s page and have learned a lot from them or enjoyed a whole list of their articles, send them a message. Maybe they wrote just one article that particularly moved you. Send them a message telling them what article and why it was special. Thank them for writing it.
All authors love to hear their work is appreciated, and if you take the time to read and thoroughly process their work, they will be grateful and probably return the favor.
Some authors send you emails in their messages or offer their emails. If you want to connect with them that way, it is about the same as messaging them on the Yahoo! Contributor Network. But hey, maybe you don’t log on all that often but check your email frequently.
Subscribe or Fan Other Contributors
By doing this, you let an author know that you like their work and style and want to read more of it. Authors take notice of these things and will probably let you know that they appreciated it.
Return the Favor
If you receive a comment or a message, return the favor or reply to it. Say another Contributor commented several of your articles. Send them a message thanking them for the comments and for reading and possibly invite them to consider becoming a fan or subscribing to your page.
The thing about networking is that it takes time and effort, and the more you put in, the more you will get out. It might seem like writing is the most important thing about writing, but if you want to work on the online community, you need readers. Other Contributors are oftentimes your biggest readers. Connect with them, and you will have a permanent base of readers.
Wondering why networking is important in the first place? Read this article to find out.