Home | About | What is a VA? | Services | Rates | Testimonials | FAQ | Articles | Products | Contact
Online Networking for the Newbie

 

An In-Depth Guide to Building Strong Business

Relationships through Web-Based Discussion Forums

Ready to Take Your Online Networking Efforts to the Next Level?

Perhaps you're a "newbie" to the world of online networking. You've probably joined a couple of Internet forums, and everyone is telling you to "network, network, network," but you aren't quite sure how to get started.

 

Maybe you've been sitting on the sidelines for a while and you're ready to come out of "lurker" status, but you don't think you have anything valuable to say. Perhaps you've been actively networking online for several months, but you're having a hard time making personal connections with other forum members. Maybe you're hoping to begin subcontracting for other virtual assistants while you're setting up your own business, but you don't know how to find these opportunities.

 

You Need to Get Connected!

Well, the honest-to-goodness truth is that there isn't a quick way to build an online network or to obtain work as a subcontractor. You can post messages every single day, but unless you reach out and make personal connections, you won't get very far. You can answer RFPs until you're blue in the face, but there's no guarantee that you will be one of the lucky few to land those coveted positions. One of the only tried-and-true ways to find work as a subcontractor is to begin networking at online forums so that you can build relationships with other virtual assistants. But how exactly does one go about doing this?

The e-book, Online Networking for the Newbie, will explain the whole process from beginning to end. It was written primarily for those who are just getting their feet wet in the world of online networking, but it also offers practical and powerful tips for those who want to take their online networking efforts to the next level.

 

By Reading This E-book, You'll Learn How to Do the Following:
 

●    Stand out from the crowd. Learn how to make a great first impression at every Internet forum you join. We'll walk step by step through the process of setting up your forum profile correctly and making that all-important first post.
●  Do things right the first time around. Avoid making rookie mistakes that may hurt your credibility. We'll discuss 20 forum faux pas that you should avoid like the plague.
●  Get known. Become a well-known and well-respected member of the forums you join. We'll discuss easy ways for newbies to get involved in new forums and become forum regulars.
●  Make personal connections. Learn proven techniques for getting in touchand staying in touchwith fellow forum members. We'll discuss 7 types of people you should connect with and 10 specific techniques for getting in touch with them.

 

By Making Strong Personal Connections, You'll Achieve the Following:
 

    You'll build strong referral networks and become the go-to person for your clients and colleagues.
You'll improve your chances of getting direct referrals or obtaining subcontracting work from other virtual assistants.
You'll develop meaningful, long-lasting business relationships online, which may eventually lead to new and exciting opportunities.


Free Excerpt: "10 Forum Faux Pas to Avoid Like the Plague"

Would you like a free sample from the e-book? Click the link below to receive your complimentary excerpt:

 

10 Forum Faux Pas to Avoid Like the Plague
 

 

Why Should You Listen to What I Have to Say?

You're probably wondering why you should take my advice when it comes to online networking. Well, for starters, I built my virtual assistance business solely online. I never stepped one foot outside my door to find my clients! Although I work with several non-VA clients, I work primarily with other virtual assistants (and their clients) whom I've met through online discussion forums.  I never intended to build my practice by working with other virtual assistants as a subcontractor, but it's a huge perk to doing something I love—networking online with my fellow VAs!  During the time I've spent networking on "the boards," I've learned and developed tons of techniques for establishing connections with other forum members, and these techniques can be used in any forum or community on the Web.

 

Contributions from Industry Leaders

When you purchase this e-book, you'll be getting more than just my perspective about online networking. The e-book also includes contributions written by some of the most successful virtual assistants in the industry. You'll hear unique insights from two different forum owners. Tawnya Sutherland of the Virtual Assistant Networking Association provides guidance on choosing the right Internet forum for you, and Becki Noles of the Virtual Assistant Revolution discusses her biggest forum pet peeve along with a powerful technique for building social capital. You'll also hear from a number of other networking pros who have built strong businesses by networking online.
 

 

"Online Networking for the Newbie is an informative e-book, simply delivered, to anyone who wants to learn about networking online in forums or e-lists. This ebook offers both newbies and veterans a strong base of networking tools and tips to make anyone feel at home and welcome in a new online community. Angela's rules of etiquette should be made aware to all forum users in business or pleasure use. As the forum owner of the Virtual Assistant Networking Association (VANA) at www.VAnetworking.com, I believe it would be a bonus if all new members came in with the networking knowledge found within this e-book since it would save them a lot of time and frustration learning to get around and network in our forum. Networking online is one of the keys crucial to success in any online business. If you aren't doing it yet, you should be! I highly recommend picking up this fabulous networking guide to help you build stronger business relationships through online discussion forums."


Tawnya Sutherland
Certified Internet Marketing and Business Strategist (CIMBS) Founder of the Virtual Assistant Networking Association (VANA)

 

 


What You Won't Get in This E-book

You've probably heard a lot about LinkedIn, Ryze, My Space, Facebook, Twitter, newsgroups, and various other business and social networking sites. Well, I've poked around in each of them, and they just aren't for me. Thus, this e-book doesn't contain information about how to network at sites such as these.

 

What You Will Get in This E-book

I personally prefer to network at web-based discussion forums, so that's what I've focused on in this e-book. For me, forums are more interesting than networking sites such as LinkedIn and are more personal than mailing lists. With that said, many VAs enjoy the mailing list format, so I've included a short section with special tips and tricks just for mailing lists.

 

Free Bonus Pack with Purchase!

You knew there'd be bonuses, right? With your purchase of Online Networking for the Newbie, you'll receive a Free Bonus Pack that includes the following items:

 

●  Directory of Forums and Mailing Lists
Includes a list of 34 discussion forums and mailing lists for virtual assistance, marketing, and general business.
●  Dictionary of Forum Lingo
Includes basic forum definitions and common (and often confusing) Internet abbreviations.
●  Forum Tips & Tricks
Includes tips for posting photos, learning how to use the forum bells and whistles, setting e-mail notifications, and using basic bulletin board code.
Online Networking Checklist
Includes a bulleted summary of the entire book, which can be used as a checklist for putting the information into action.


Quick-and-Easy Reading

Online Networking for the Newbie isn't a long, drawn-out e-book that will bore you to tears. At just 47 information-packed pages (plus the 16-page Free Bonus Pack), it's a quick read. You'll be networking online like the pros in no time!

 

Lifetime Money-Back Guarantee

Online Networking for the Newbie comes with a lifetime guarantee. If you're not fully satisfied with your purchase, I'll be glad to refund your money immediately.

 

Free Excerpt: "10 Forum Faux Pas to Avoid Like the Plague"

Would you like a free sample from the e-book? Click the link below to receive your complimentary excerpt:

 

10 Forum Faux Pas to Avoid Like the Plague

 


Ready to Start Capitalizing on Your Online Networking Efforts?

If you're ready to purchase Online Networking for the Newbie for the
low price of $14.95
, click the button below to go to the Purchase page.

 

 

 


Not Quite Ready Yet?

That's OK―take your time to think about it. Don't forget to bookmark this page so you can find this information again later.

 

More Comments from My Readers

"I just wanted to let you know that I purchased and read your        e-book, Online Networking for the Newbie, and I absolutely loved it! I started my VA business in November 2007 (officially in April 2008), and now I wish that I would have read it sooner! It is such an easy read, and it contains the necessary steps to get out of 'lurker' mode and ensure that you are networking professionally and respectfully. Thank you for this priceless tool and support for the VA industry. I will definitely be suggesting your book as a necessity to allnew and expertonline networkers."

 

Paula M. Belyeu

Integrity Virtual Solutions