Sunday, December 6, 2009

How Important is Networking?

I have been selling online since 2003 and have seen many changes happen since then and wonder what the future holds. I started to sell on Ebay and things were pretty simple you put up an item and often had many bids and it was exciting to watch an item sell. I also sell on Amazon and Bonanzle . Things today are not the same and more and more people are selling online including all the big stores that were only brick and mortar stores years ago. I think anyone and everyone now has some kind of presence online and is selling something. How do you make yourself stand out in the crowd?

That brings me to the question of how important is networking in this new world of online selling? I believe that it is very important and is the same as word of mouth referral in the brick and mortar world. My next question is how much and how often do you network?

This blog is one way our group of online sellers network and we all post on many different topics and it helps our online presence.

Some of us have joined paid membership sites to learn and grow our businesses such as OSI Rock Stars and Web Sellers' Circle. Many of us have our own website including blogs with our businesses names, we Twitter, use Facebook and any other way we can to add to our network and generate sales.

There are many ways to track the traffic to your online venues and see what networking works the best for you but that is another post for another day. If you take a look through this post you will see how I used my links in the post to show you how easy it is to network. Today there is no excuse not to be doing some type of networking.

1 comment:

Shell Russell said...

How do you make yourself stand out in the crowd?...I believe one of the most important things a person can do online is be yourself.

Why? Well, because if you want to stand out, you have to be unique. Who is more unique than you?

Especially online, where so many people emulate those they admire to the extent they copy them.

So be yourself & stand out in the crowd!Use online networking as YOURSELF, let that unique personality shine for all to see. It really does work if you use it correctly.