Since joining WA in August 2019, I have been fairly deliberate about who I follow here at WA and who I will accept into my network. Preferably (but not always) I like to follow members who will add value to my learning journey which in turn helps me build a better business. Equally there are WA members here who pursue a "come one, come all" approach and have a multitude of followers in a very short space of time. Two very diverse strategies with many more in between.

So what strategy do you follow when networking here at WA and why?

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PLuh1 Premium
i follow members who either offer posts I can learn from or write about something I enjoy reading (Twack) and others. When I notice an intelligent comment/reply on someone's post, I look up their profile and most likely follow them.
However, it seems to be helpful to have tons of network followers here at WA? I am having troubles reading all the posts (or those with promising titles) as it is, lol.

How do you decide?
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IAnum1 Premium
PLuh1, just do what you can as and when you make time for it. Everyone faces that problem so its understandable.
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FluffyDuck Premium
Hi Petra, I too would be interested to know if having lots of followers at WA brings any greater benefits to one's profile. I imagine it would be very helpful when you are posting a new blog that your 5k or 10k of followers are immediately notified and available to comment before most people check their dashboards for new posts.

However, the evidence available in this thread doesn't seem to support my assumption. Dave07 and Twack, who I would consider to be two of the most prolific and insightful WA members, often rank very highly with their respective blogs and yet by their own admission, maintain a deliberately small number of followers. Conversely, you have Megawinner who is also a regular blogger and provider of great advice, and he ranks very highly too as well as having a large following. This would indicate that it is the quality of their work, and not the size of their following, that matters.

For me I cultivate my value-add network by doing the following:
1. reading bios of both existing and new members looking for areas where I can relate to that person through shared experiences or common interests (improves chances of meaningful engagement if we have something in common);
2. participating in blog and question commentary and following those members who offer insight, advice or diversity of thought (some of your greatest learnings will come from people who are opposite in their thinking to you);
3. following members who have introduced themselves to me or follow me (although I generally don't follow members who have no profile description - made a couple of exceptions if they meet the other criteria above).

Like Catherine, I endeavour to be courteous and professional in all my dealings here at WA. If that is not in keeping with current social practice or norms, then I guess I will always have a limited following because I'm not changing.

Thank you Petra.

~ Randall
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PLuh1 Premium
That is very well put and I fully agree. There are some awesome deep thinkers here and there are new members that don't reveal anything about themselves, so I don't feel enticed to follow them.
I am still so new here, I haven't figured out cause and effect yet here at WA.
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Willow29 Premium
From reading everyone's responses on here, it seems that the best thing to do is what you are comfortable with.

I've never been one for social platforms, and that is one reason I actually hesitated to become a premium member in here, as that seemed to be what was supposed to be done.

I am very glad though now that I have gone premium, as I have gleaned much information from several other members on here, both old and new.

I'll automatically follow someone when they follow me, to follow social norm. If someone has an interesting post on here, I will follow them for the information I may learn from them.
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FluffyDuck Premium
Hi Cynthia, I agree that most people will do what is most comfortable for their situation, which makes total sense. Why make things harder for yourself when you don't have to?

The responses to this question so far tends to indicate that most are quite deliberate in how they engage/network within the WA community, which is exactly what you would do in a business if you were networking the traditional way - meeting like-minded people at a conference or industry event. You can't meet everyone at the event because there are too many people, so you have to decide who are the attendees who will be of most value to your situation and network with those people only.

I would be interested to hear from WA members who don't follow a deliberate strategy for networking (ie. they are a lot more socially-orientated in how they connect) to understand why they take the approach that they do. It's all great learning at the end of the day.

Thank you for commenting, Cynthia.

~ Randall
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gnoose Premium
Good question. WA has been sort of a social media primer for me. Until coming here, I was absolutely caveman ignorant of social platforms. But since starting my journey here, I'm learning all sorts of new stuff. I follow this one or that one more on a whim than anything else, but I'm learning how to gain value from each written word.

Greg
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FluffyDuck Premium
I hear you Greg. It can be a steep learning curve when you first start out here at WA, particularly if you don't have a previous reference point or baseline to work from. I think the key thing about networking, however you do it, is that you are extracting the value that is relevant to you. From there you can't help but keep moving forward.

Thank you Greg.

~ Randall
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TheCatherine Premium
I follow anyone who gives value here at wealthy affiliates. They don't necessarily follow me back which is fine, because it's not something I expect.
I also follow everyone who follows me irrespective of how new they are, whether they are likely to stay etc. I think in my mind it's just a matter of courtesy.
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FluffyDuck Premium
I find it hard to believe that there are people in this community that don't follow you Catherine. They are missing out on so much good practical and proven advice. Their loss I guess.

Agree with you about being courteous. One should never forget their manners, not matter the situation.

Thank you Catherine.

~ Randall
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Camfani90 Premium
I think I would have little experience with this? But networking has some general associations to me and can have many strategies depending on the goals and personality of the person. For example, networking would have afforded me success faster in life, but is THIS necessarily the case? I think so...so for me, my strategy is all about building those relationships and once my "net" is cast, it is to "work" on what I catch in that net through communication and sharing. I do not force the building of relationships all the time; it just depends on my need for help I guess. Some of those fish may be strong, weak, need to go back in the water, ect depending on my own goals. Truth is, I don't think I have a strategy per se, but more like a cardinal rule that seems to produce strategy depending on how I respond to the fellowship? I think there is always some form of manipulation that is the objective for help but the proper network will be producing equality and results. The goal for my networking is to give more than I take...like newton's laws in action in humans. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction (hopefully). Your question helps me explore my own experiences. I hope this was not too metaphysical and maybe helps to see networking in a different light. I'm following the training and I had to give my 2 cents if I want to succeed! lol
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FluffyDuck Premium
Hi Cameron and thank you for commenting. As a new member, you are probably in the best position to start out at WA with a deliberate strategy for networking or just follow everyone you can.

One practical element I realised early on is that by being selective in who you follow (choosing people you can learn from, have good advice, etc.), this acts as a natural filter for your notifications whenever someone from your network posts a blog, question or training. That way you only receive notifications of value and this will hopefully make your learning journey more effective and efficient. I've certainly found this method very helpful, but as with anything here at WA, it's all up to you.

Good luck Cameron and I hope to see more of you in the discussion threads.

~ Randall
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