Well I have finally moved! Be sure to stop by my new site. Friday, Mar 20 2009 

moving-boxes

I have been talking about upgrading my free wordpress blog to a self hosted blog for several months. I had a hard time deciding on the wordpress theme that I want to work with every day. Thanks to all of you that gave me your input and ideas.

Please be sure to follow me to my new site. The new site is a combination of internet marketing and social media marketing for real estate & mortgage professionals. The new and improved site can be found at…DRUM ROLL PLEASE….

Social Media Marketing

Go check it out and let me know what you think! Leave some comments, subscribe, keep coming back and stay a while! Thanks for helping me to get to the 1st page of Google for the search term, “internet business blogs”. We will see you on the other side…

Naomi Trower

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Social Networking – A Waste of Time? Tuesday, Mar 10 2009 

Social Networking

Social Networking

There has been quite a buzz about social networking and whether it’s a waste of time for your business. Can you really market effectively on social networking sites? How is this possible? Most people believe that these sites have a lot of people that are attempting to sell their opportunity to each other.

However, statistics show that there are 75,000 people/day looking for home based businesses. I’m sure this number is growing daily especially with 70,000 layoffs on Bloody Monday. What a better place to find these people than on social networking sites! The key is to find your target market and focus your efforts in those areas. Here are some of the sites that I visit and have had many people join my business opportunity.

Myspace – This is my #1 lead source for my business in the social networking arena although many people continuously bash Myspace.  That’s ok because I’ll just take that business, thank you very much!

Facebook – is quickly taking over the #2 spot and could be my #1 source very soon. There are some great features such as Facebook Pages for your business.

Twitter – is the newest buzz word in the neighborhood and I’ve actually had a few sales from this source already! Make sure to check out my Twitter tips to grow your business. I also highly recommend following Mari Smith on Twitter and Facebook.  She gave me all the tips for my Facebook business page.

Sta.rtup.biz – is a great place to meet like-minded individuals and those looking to start a new business. I’ve received my largest amount of traffic from posting this article to this site. I also gained 700 new Twitter followers from one twitter blog post on this site!

Youtubevideos are the wave of the future. Many people love watching videos more than reading content so this is a great avenue to promote your business.

Here are some professional networking sites that you can align yourself with potential business partners.

Professional Networking Sites
Ecademy
LinkedIn
Ziggs
Xing

One of the main keys to success is to plan. Many people spend too much time on the social networking sites and do not get much done with their actual business. I’m not advocating joining every single site but choose a select few and focus on them.

Be sure to allot a certain amount of time for each site so you don’t run into the problem of spending all day on certain sites. For example, I try my best to get on Twitter in the morning, afternoon and evening for 10 – 20 minutes each time. This allows me to interact with different people as there are different high traffic times for Twitter.

My top places to visit on a daily basis are Twitter, Facebook and Star.tup.biz. Go make some friends as people are more inclined to buy from people they know. Which ones are your favorite social networking sites?


Naomi Trower