How To Get Paid For Social Networking
It's no secret that the fastest growing web properties are the
social networking sites. Sites like Twitter, FaceBook, and Sokule
are all the rave.
Part of the reason that these sites are so popular is that the
Internet can be such a lonely place. People who run online
businesses from home-based offices, as I do, sometimes want to
just reach out to others who understand their world. So they drop
by social networking sites "just to visit."
Marketers like me look at these sites with millions of users and
wonder if they can't be used for something more than just
socializing. We wonder if they can't have a business application
Social networking purist will scream "NO." They will insist
that you definitely should not sell on these sites. Others teach
that you use these sites to build your brand, but lure people off
these sites to your marketing site and into your sales funnel.
To those who wonder, "Can't I market while still being
social?" my answer is "yes." The key is to do it in ways that
feel natural (inoffensive) and in places where it's expected.
Let me give you two quick examples:
1) Many people on sites like Twitter and Facebook are constantly
pointing out online videos to their friends. They notice videos
on video-sharing sites such as YouTube that are inspirational,
touching, or thought provoking, and they want to share them with
their friends. They see music videos of their favorite songs, or
maybe really sexy videos, and it's natural to share these with
online friends that they know have similar interests.
What most people don't know is that there are many ways that
they can get paid just by pointing out videos to their friends. I
personally do this using the system at:
GetPaidToShareVideos.com This system pay Google AdSense
revenue, plus pays you in other ways just for doing something
that you already do.
2) Jane Mark and Phil Basten noticed how popular Twitter was
becoming, but also that Twitter wasn't designed for marketing.
So they created a site very similar to Twitter, only it's set up
to encourage you to market.
Key differences include that it allows members to add up to five
links to their favorite sites, it allows members to add their
Clickbank ID and display ads for Clickbank product on which they
passively earn commission, and it allows members to earn a
commission when free members upgrade to membership levels that
make more tools available.
This site is called Sokule (pronounced "so cool"), and it is
also set up to make it easier to gather a lot of followers. I
have often told my students that they should not think of their
Twitter following as a list - because they are not "a list."
However, on Sokule, you can think of them as a list. Sokule is
actually configured so that some levels of membership actually
allow you to send a direct message to ALL of your followers.
You are only allowed to send a direct message to all of your
followers once every three days, but that does make building a
following much like building a mailing list on the platform. When
you set up your Sokule account, you enter three areas of
interest. Those following you can find you by searching the
database for others interested in the same topics that they are
Presumably, those following you are interested in the same topics
and would therefore welcome direct messages from you
periodically. If not, they can always stop following you, just as
they can on Twitter.
You can see how I've set up my Sokule profile page at:
These are just two quick example of how you can get paid for
doing thing that you are already doing on the social networking
sites. As you can see though, the key is knowing which sites to
It is possible to earn more than many "Internet marketers" earn
selling affiliate products, just by "being social."
Check out the two sites above today, and I'll share other with
you in future articles.
Willie Crawford is one of the world's leading Internet
marketing authorities, and an in-demand joint venture
broker. Most of his mentoring is done in a group
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