Why Follow People or Have Them Follow Me?
A question I get asked a lot is, "Why are people following me?", or, "What's the reason to follow other people in WA?"
People may follow you or you can follow them as part of the Wealthy Affiliate
social network". On the surface, it's just a fun aspect of Wealthy Affiliate that you can choose to participate in, or not. Some people enjoy making friends and chatting about their website, other people want to keep this private, and just want to get work done!
Should I Follow People?
The advantage of having many followers is that more people will get notified when you ask a question or post a blog post. This means you get more feedback and more answers to your questions. You get more help, and many people will go out of their way to help you fix problems or motivate you.
Though you have a coach (mentor) as well, they are just one person. Even for me, someone who logs in multiple times per day to answer questions, can only spend so much time on the WA platform! I have my own sites I need to work on, so I may only be able to answer questions once every couple of hours, at most.
If you participate continually in Wealthy Affiliate and grow your network of friends, peers, and mentors, then you have access to hundreds, maybe thousands of support options. Not only will you connect with experts who can answer your questions within minutes, but you also gain a supportive network of friends who can motivate you when you feel down, or inspire you to work hard when you hit slump.
On top of that, you will also have the opportunity to help others! Being that rock for someone else in their time of need is an incredible feeling. Even if you can't fix their WordPress issues, you can definitely lend an ear, and let them know you faced a similar hurdle and are still around to talk about it!
Learn From Others, Indirectly
Another advantage of following other members and being active in the community is that you can see problems that other people run into, or learn about successful strategies they discovered.
You can see what they are asking, and get answers to questions that you will probably have in the future. As you participate in discussions you'll get to ready different expert opionions, or you can follow a thread where someone learns something new (and you learn along with them!) You don't always have to leave a comment, but when you at least view and follow blogs/questions/chats, you're expanding your knowledge of affiliate marketing and online business.
You can also see other websites people are working on, and borrow ideas to improve your own. Plus, you can meet the "experts" in a casual situation, then probably feel more comfortable asking them questions.
It's a snowball effect. The more you participate, the more you learn, and the more options you have for learning.
Being part of a network of like-minded folks that are working towards the same goal as you can have a positive influence on you, your website, your business, and ultimately, your profit!