When I was doing Network Marketing 3 important elements that the leaders stress were to commit yourself, connect with as many people as possible, and be able to build your list and sell your products and/or opportunity.
They use to fire us all up about going out to build our network marketing businesses. We all wanted to make a better life for ourselves and to have the option to leave our dead end jobs.
But this goes for anybody!
We all want to be more than our jobs!
We all want to live a better life and have a lot less restrictions to do so.
But a lot of us really don’t know where to start, or how to go about doing it when it comes to any type of home business we start.
There’s so much information out there that it can be overwhelming and have us go in so many directions without making any type of progress.
Well lo and behold, I have a great guest that will simplify things even further for you. His name is Yusuff Busayo and he will give you a powerful perception and focus of how you can build your home business.
Take it away Yusuff!
Can you relate to these?
The dull Monday. The annoying boss. The incurable longing to do what you love.
If you’re anything like me, you’re done with paid jobs.
You’re bored to death with waking up daily to resume a job you hate.
You believe you’re cut out for more. Every one has some talents, some potential.
We all have something we can offer. Something the world needs.
And you know you’ve got that. You’re strongly discontented with the frustrating task of staying behind that prison bar called your day job and you want to launch fully into online business.
That’s the latest fad.
That’s the craze.
And you’re all up for it.
But it doesn’t always come that easy.
But it won’t come that easy.
Yes, you’ve heard that before, read that before, seen it on TV so much you could literally pick the words off the screen.
But in practice, it’s not that simple.
Care to know why?
A Long Shot From Online Success
You know, back in the day, when Al Gore was young and every fool could pack their blog with ads and drab content, digital businesses swelled.
You could launch a blog and in two weeks, publish ten lame contents, put up few ads and you’re up and running; making cash like some minting machine is at your backyard.
Your neighbours are wowed by your quick progress because you’ve joined the likes of those hucksters who got lucky at a time when the web was a baby.
An infant who didn’t know the fools from the lemon brains, and the lemon brains from the truly original.
But with time? Al Gore soon grew and was able to kick the sloppy busters out.
He went further to prune the self-proclaimed original till the sturdy ones stood and lemmings took a walk.
That’s tough. It’s tough. It’s darn sodding tough.
And you had better hold on for what’s coming. Because Al Gore isn’t taking this game any lesser.
The competition is sordidly intense and will grow on to become even more intense you will fry your neck to even get a tweeny-weeny piece of attention.
Want to know your best bet? Your only way out?
Yes, every Tom, Dick and Lackey wants to start an online business.
They want to become online power users. Trim their writing skill till it cuts through the hide of an elephant.
Yes, a paltry number never want to be obsolete. So they take courses, buy products, watch all the webinars they can, buy all the premium products…to separate themselves from the pack.
Andrew Warner is a pro at being everywhere and doing great stuff. That should get you worried.
Adrienne Smith is an engagement superstar whose blog suddenly picked up pace because she got into the habit of being a serious blogger.
Kevin Duncan is a great dude who publishes daily musings, packed with breathtaking stories and inspiration to knock the brains out of you.
And Sherman Smith? He’s the Southern California bloke doing great stuffs as an online solopreneur that you’d have to be a Barry Allen to catch up with him.
You should be worried. Bothered. Think suicide even.
Hold on though.
The commonalities with these guys?
They committed to their art.
Andrew Warner had a blog that was as popular as a needle in haystack. Until he got into the habit of being everywhere, guest posting, helping people and giving oodles of helpful blog comments on big blogs, like this one:
PS: Google five BIG blogs max and youll find more of Andrews epic comments on at least three posts on each blog. (How in the world did you think I found him?)
His effort returned with an outstanding growth for shadeofinfo.
Adrienne Smith had a good blog but middling blog traffic. She took to practicing what an influencer taught in a course.
Tempted to quit along the way, Adrienne stuck with that singular practice, saw her commitment pay off few months in increased blog traffic, blog comments, social media shares and even got a name from uber-online marketer, Danny Iny, as the “Engagement Superstar.”
Kevin Duncan is some cute guy who had great times teaching high school kids.
He simply poured his heart into a post published on Boost Blog Traffic, wrote another crazy content on how his blog became popular in less than six months it started, ramped up the craziness by publishing a blog post of over 8000 words — precisely 8, 317 words on how to write a blog post.
And Sherman keeps knocking tails out with his networking smartness.
What’s the thing with these guys?
They defied Al Gore. They stared him in the face, donned the wicked hat to commit and gave the hell of commitment to their art till it shone.
You think the web would pity you? You think master bloggers will hand you free link juices on a platter of gold?
You think you’ll simply quit your job, start an online business with your content creation skill and watch it grow into an empire in ten months?
It’s a crazy wish. Not impossible. But crazy.
You just may not be good yet. Heck, your writing may suck to hell. Your marketing skill may be as lame as kitten litter.
But you sure had the guts to start a blog in the midst of so much noise.
That’s taking your dream up a notch.
All great digital entrepreneurs had a few hitches at some point. They dealt with them. They learned. They committed.
And it all worked out.
Commit to the art. Commit to building your dream. Commit to doing all it takes to make it work.
And like Jon Morrow who suffered a few pitfalls before he hit success in blogging, you will definitely make it through to building successful digital businesses.
Only if you commit.
But that alone doesn’t do the work, you think?
Want to know what else expedites that success?
Takeaway: What’s ONE thing you could START TO do today to make you better at what you do? Take a moment to think it through. Do it. No delay. E.g. I’ll read 5 blog posts by two of my blogging mentors daily, to improve my blogging skill.
Back in the day on the blogosphere, you could lurk behind your darling baby — your blog— share all you want, keep all those good stuffs to yourself and your little ole blog and still watch it grow.
But you know, these days, you want to become an online writer. A digital entrepreneur. An online marketing geek. You’ll probably start blogs around your digital businesses.
And becoming popular is a big thing on your list.
But there’s a truth you’ve gotta smack into your brain…
You can’t successfully monetise your online business if you don’t do this.
You can’t successfully put yourself out there and be noticed if you don’t…connect.
As Sherman puts it:
“When it comes to growing a successful business, 95% of the sales are the relationships you build whether it be directly or indirectly.”
And you know, of all the blog works, this is the toughest. The dandiest. The far-out, scariest for the beginner.
See, writing an epic blog post doesn’t count for crap. You could spend 72 hours writing an article, publish it or sell it to an online client and nobody, not even your dog, would smell what it looks like.
Let alone read it.
And you know what? That’s your effort going down the drain.
The only option?
Sucking up to those who’ve been here (and succeeded massively) long before you came.
Start to build relationship with other bloggers like crazy. Start to connect with your blogging mentors.
No one would care about your great chops, even if their mixed with oats and Asian thymes.
Unless they know you.
To do that, I identified 50 influencers Id like to follow using AllTop, subscribed to their blogs, sent personalised messages to a few, replied their newsletters, commented on their blogs, tweeted their posts and you know what I got in return?
Twitter follow. Like this:
Relationship. That resulted in conversations like this:
And I’ve loved and enjoyed the benefit ever since.
Beyond getting yourself and your work noticed, you’ll meet guys who’ve got more brains than you.
And you know, those guys up there are smart *freaks*.
Your only way out of this vast wasteland of bazillion bloggers and digital entrepreneurs?
Connect like crazy.
But knowing this alone won’t bring money to the table, right? It won’t pay your hosting bill let alone shut the kids up, would it?
What’s the next step?
Takeaway: Visit AllTop. Identify at least 20 bloggers in your niche. Subscribe to their blogs. Reply the “thank you for subscribing” email. Include the ONE thing you’re struggling with if they do ask in the email (they always ask). Here’s a template to help:
“Hi, [THE BLOGGER],
It’s great to finally get on your mailing list. I’ve heard so much about you. Great things actually.
And here’s ONE thing I’m struggling with: [STATE YOUR STRUGGLE HERE. CLEARLY, AND IN ONE SENTENCE. TWO, MAX].
I look forward to reading the awesome content you share.
Seven out of ten times, they reply. Here’s an example from Andrew:
Now you’ve made the friends. Now you’ve contacted 20 influencers, have sent them personalised emails, have started commenting on their blogs and have even started sharing their posts.
It’s two months now and some have noticed you. You’ve started exchanging personal emails.
It’s time to do the gut work. Suck up to them. Yes, write an article, if you’ve started a blog, and send them a link to it.
Mention them in your articles, use them as case studies, be nice to share the great things they do, and be smart to let them know you did.
When I published this post, I made sure to send these emails to Andrew Warner, Linda Formichelli and Kevin Duncan.
I didn’t care if they checked it out (but wouldn’t it be nice if they did?). It just mattered that they know I appreciate their friendship and that I’ve mentioned them.
A smartly converted relationship with another blogger would result in request for guest post, like Kevin did:
And Siimon Sander of SVTmedia did, too.
Not because they lack content on their blogs, but because they see you now as a trustworthy person who deserves to be given a trickle of attention.
Wait, are you trustworthy?
Takeaway: From your list of “blogger friends”, identify a blog you can write a guest post for. Find a relevant, breathtaking post idea and pitch “your friend”. If you’ve truly built a good relationship, you’ll get a “yes, send the body content” reply. If you get no answer, send a reminder a week after. Still no response? Keep giving your love regardless. Trust me, you’ll get paid sooner than you thought.
Crawl Out of Obscurity and Start to Build Your Dream Online Businesses
Yes, it’s tough work.
Yes, it’s back-breaking to start to prune your writing skill as a newbie online entrepreneur, look to start a blog or blogs, dream to start digital businesses and have to go through all of these.
But you see, if these methods didn’t work, those bloggers wouldn’t be using them.
And they wouldn’t be getting results.
I, for one, wouldn’t be getting results either.
So they work, writer.
Al Gore won’t be fair, we all know that.
But commit to your art; to building digital businesses using your content creation skill.
Commit to connecting with influencers in your niche. Make the relationship about them and never about you. That means don’t ask favours until you’ve exchanged at least seven emails.
Share their posts. Appreciate their efforts. Let them know you truly care.
Then, be smart and gutsy to ask a request. They sure may be too busy to consider it but I’ve seen how a master blogger can indeed go out of his way to help a worthy follower.
You can’t get the best out of quitting so early. But you can get the best by hanging in there and using these tips.
Do you believe this?
Share your thoughts with me. What’s your bother? Why aren’t you starting your digital business? What’s holding you back? And what’s your best strategy here? What’s ONE thing you’re struggling with as a digital entrepreneur?