Why Follow People or Have Them Follow Me?

Last Update: March 07, 2014

Hey guys, it's been a while since my last post :) I was writing a PM today, and it turned out pretty long, plus it's something I get asked a lot, so I wanted to make a blog post out of it!

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. It's just a social 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!

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 you questions. You get more help, and many people will go out of their way to help you fix problems or motivate you.

The advantage of following other members (active members) is that you can see problems that other people run into. You can see what they are asking, and find answers to questions that you will probably have in the future. You can also see other websites people are working on, and borrow ideas to improve your own. Plus, you can meet the "experts", and probably feel more comfortable asking questions while they are in chat, or sending them a PM.


They say that "no man is an island", and I think that's true for the WA community. 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!

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Flash4 Premium
Yes, too true, I learn so much from people's comments & subsequent answers.
Good desscription Nathaniell, unusual name I must say.
Cheers Jae
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DNicholas Premium
Great information. It definitely clears up a grey area for me. Thanks.

Don
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BMoon Premium
That was very helpful! I'm very new to social-type media and did not at all get what "following" someone meant...is it like stalking?...: ) Thanks for the clear explanation. Sounds like a good idea to be involved, but can also see how it can get overwhelming!
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Andreethib Premium
Thanks Nathaniell for the precious info. I now see how and why following or being followed is positive.
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Labadie Premium
Hi Nathaniell, Lots of useful information here that you provide for the WA community. Wanted to say thank you and ast a quick question if I may? Have you ever been to Las Vegas for the Super Affiliate Conference? Or do you know someone who has shared their journey on how they got there within WA?
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ibav8r4 Premium
thanks for updating me on why to follow others.
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tommyf8 Premium
Hi Nathaniell, just stumbled on your post here. A few questions or rather a whole lot of them lol ...
1. Anyone who join WA can write a blog post at WA?
2. I don't remember clicking the 'follow' button but it appeared that I am following you, Carson and Kyle. Is that done automatically?
3. What are those buttons I see next to a person's name - Premium, Ambassador, Follow Me? I know about the Follow Me button but what about the Premium and Ambassador buttons? Why some buttons not clickable?
4. Can I send PM to anyone or must I follow them first?
5. Is it advisable to follow as many people as possible?
6. Am I right to say that if I follow a person, I will get notified whenever he/she posts a question or update blog post?
7. I noticed below this box where I am typing these questions, there is a question that says "Need community help with your question? Yes/No". If I click Yes, that means my questions will be made public to the whole community in WA? Where do the community sees my question on the WA website?

Thanks for the answers! :)
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nathaniell Premium
That's a lot of questions. lol :)

1. Yes
2. You automatically follow me because you came through my website and are my referral. Same with Kyle/Carson because they are the owners so you can get important updates when they blog.
3. Premium means the person is a paying member of the website. Ambassador means that they are in the Top 25 members, and very active within the community.
4. You can send a PM to anyone if you are Premium
5. No. Just follow the people you find interesting, helpful, or friendly. Follow the people you want to connect with!
6. Yes, exactly!
7. All your questions are public (except PMs). That button you mention sends out a "help signal" that notifies some members (who have notifications turned on) that a WA member needs help. THis is a great way to get more attention to important questions.

Hope that helps! Let me know if you have more questions :)
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tommyf8 Premium
Thanks for the quick reply! I'm understanding more of how things work here lol. Definitely will have more questions coming soon :)
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nathaniell Premium
Haha. No problem Tommy. Send 'em my way :)
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TonyHamilton Premium
Wonderful post Nathaniell,

Thank You for sharing your knowledge and experience with us all here on Wealthy Affiliate my Friend,

Tony
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TIMNAGLE Premium
HI WHAT IS A PM?
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DIGGER12 Premium
A PM is a Private Message
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EdwardLarry Premium
See I got to see some of your work It's great to listen to you did you answer my other post It seems better to write on my network But I'm getting Ideas in your network Just like you said follow me gives you ideas.
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Apeng Premium
This is a very good way to learn and share what has been learnedly! Dynamite tool!
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Suparena Premium
Thanks for the explanation. I really needed to know this.
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hmmmm, that does not really answer the $$$ motivation for people clicking on 'follow'
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MarineMom Premium
That's because there is no $$$ motivation in following people here at Wealthy Affiliate.
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nathaniell Premium
There is no monetary incentive to follow. It's just like facebook friends. More follower means your questions get more exposure and you get more answers to your questions.
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Yaz-08 Premium
Thank you for the explanation, very helpful!
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Affmarket Premium
Thanks Nathaniel. You've made a lot of good points!
Sharon (Affmarket)
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What points? Where are Sharon's comments Nate?
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MarineMom Premium
Affmarket IS Sharon. What points? The ones discussed in the article.
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johnoflet Premium
Thanks for clear explanation nathaniell.
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justbobw Premium
I started following more people and liking their responses. I'm sure this will help me and hopefully the people I follow.
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lindasea Premium
Hello Nathaniel. I shared this post with a member who was wondering about this very thing. Thanks for thinking about putting this information up so others can benefit.

Linda
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leluka Premium
Brilliant thought you've shared.Thanks...
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Eflood Premium
Absolutely, Nathaniell. WA is our internet marketing master mind!
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jeanmarc Premium
Thanks.
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DaleBell1 Premium
Thanks for answering this question.
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MasterEd Premium
Cool stuff - right attitude and frame of mind is always good.
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MarineMom Premium
I see this question a lot.
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uniqueone Premium
Yes this is true. I find very often that it is good to address questions by blogging and than all your followers get the question in there email and can go right to it. It is great.
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Thank you for the explanation. It really helps. I am more of an introvert and see following people I don't know as being intrusive to them though I don't feel that way when people I don't know follow me.
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pas1745 Premium
Thanks nathaniell, you explained this very well. Take care.
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jeanmarc Premium
Thanks for the like pas1745. Talk soon.
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pas1745 Premium
Welcome to WA jeanmarc.
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josephtai Premium
Well said. Thanks
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wb5yjs Premium
When I go to my WA Profile Page, I see in the right column where it says: "Create A New Blog Post".

Tell me about these "Blog Post".
1. What happens to them after they are created here in WA?
2. What is the intent or purpose of creating them here on the WA site? I understand about creating a Blog Post in Wordpress for the Website but I don't understand about creating Blog Post within WA.
3. I have created a couple at this location & I see them listed under my Blog Post. Now what?
4. If I try to create another one, I get a message saying that I can only create one Post per day. Why is that... I'm Premium & paid-up for a year?
5. Who see these Blog Post created here within WA? How do I get more people seeing them?
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Pauric Premium
Hi Wally

Thank you for asking all these questions. I would like to know some of the answers too. I do know that it can sometimes be quite easy to get your blog ranked on Google page 1 which is always good if you are looking for more traffic to your site.

Pauric
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wb5yjs Premium
@pauric - Thanks for the comment. I sent you a PM.
Wally
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kholmes Premium
I usually post a blog about something I learned here or somewhere else to help other people that might be having a problem with the same thing, and other people post blogs about how there site is coming or just to add any topic of choice.
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judebanks Premium
Answers:

1. Your WA blog posts stay alive on the web until you delete them.

2. Search engines love WA, so anything you post on WA, including your blog post, will be indexed and ranked quickly for anyone to find.

3. The keywords in your title and post will help WA members find your post via the WA search bar if they are looking for that information.

4. Not sure about that one. I don't blog a lot here and have never tried to post more than once in a day. I suppose if that's true for everyone, it makes it a level playing field.

5. Anyone who visits your WA blog post from search and decides to join WA will be your referral (if they don't visit another WA site in the meantime).

Using attention grabbing headlines and keywords that rank well in the search engines, inside your title and the first paragraph of your post, will help get more traffic not just to your WA blog but also to your website, as some visitors may subsequently visit your website as well (if they see your site URL listed in your profile, under Websites).

You will notice next to the blue button with the white anchor the word "affiliate". When you click on the down arrow next to the anchor, a link, with your affiliate referral ID will appear.

You can refer any visitor to another member's blog post (on your website, in forums and social media), using the affiliate link that is provided with any post (it is your affiliate link).

I recommend giving priority to posting on your own website first and foremost, as that is your main business. ~Jude
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wb5yjs Premium
Hey Jude - * That would be a good title for a song :) *

I appreciate your reply/answers to my posted questions.
There are several thing I like about your reply.
* You answered ALL of them & numbered them + added info.
* You seem very knowledgeable & very organized.

Since you are an organized type person, I think you will like something I recently found. It is * workflowy * - I receive nothing for recommending it... it's free. Check it out on google & YouTube. It will save you time & make you more productive & will be a Brain Dump & Organizer for you. www.workflowy.com - Let know what you think of it.

Thanks Again,

Wally [ Following You ]
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nathaniell Premium
Jude answered quite a bit. Blog post creation may be limited for two reasons

1. You are a "newer" member, so there may be some limitations on how much content you create here. I know that new members cannot create training for 3 months

2. It may be that there's just no reason to create more than 1 post per day in WA. You should be working on your site!
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kholmes Premium
Thank you for the tip and the compliment Wally, I will take a look at it.
Here is my site link, not quite finished yet, but getting there. I am very pleased with it and you will notice that it's very organized. Thanks again! http://brightoncomputerandretailstore.com/
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wb5yjs Premium
@kholmes - Are you using "Siloing" techniques on your site?
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kholmes Premium
I don't know, I have never heard of that...is that a bad thing or a good thing. I thought this idea up myself.
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wb5yjs Premium
It's a good thing. I sent you a PM.
Let me know what you think.
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kholmes Premium
Yes it is, went and looked it up! Thank you.
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wb5yjs Premium
My Philosophy:

There are things we know... they are called "KNOWNS"
There are things we don't know... they are called "UNKNOWNS"
The major category is "The Unknown *UNKNOWNS* "
With the right strategy, over time many of these “unknown unknowns” can be converted into “known unknowns”.

The first step is discovering what we Don't Know.
The second step is Deciding if it is something we want to Know.
The third step is applying the “L. I. S. T” principle, which is:
* L = Learn, I = Implement, S = Share, T = Train

It's a good feeling, becoming Aware of something that's Unknown & making a decision if it's something worthy of Knowing.

In business, finding the answers to the obvious questions must be done to even play the game. But what separates the good from the great businesses is their ability to dive deep into the world of Unknown Unknowns and come back with pearls.

Unknown Unknowns are opportunities that fall far outside of the day-to-day of our business. These include things like:
• Market segments we haven’t discovered yet
• Features that people want or need
• Product innovations
• The “why?” behind customer behaviors

Maybe we can help each other discover & learn.
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judebanks Premium
Thanks, Wally. I try my best. I will check out workflowy - I can always use a brain dump! Might even discover some unknown unknowns!

~ Jude
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sdawson Premium
So tell the rest of us, what is a Siloing technique?
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kholmes Premium
I'm getting ready to go somewhere, I was going to send you a link but I couldn't find it, I lost all my bookmarks when I changed from Mozilla and went to Google Chrome. I can't remember who sent that to me either. I'm not sure exactly how to explain, but apparently my site looks that way. Maybe start a discussion to find that person.
Good Luck.
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wb5yjs Premium
If you used "Workflowy", you would never loose information like that & it would be Organized (Siloed) so you could find it quickly & easily.
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wb5yjs Premium
The term “Siloing” means grouping related information into distinct sections within a website, like the chapters in a book. A silo represents a group of themed or topic-specific content on your site. The reason this grouping is such a high priority is that search engines award "Results" based on the page PLUS the rest of the site.

Siloing is a SEO technique that creates strong keyword related themes on your site, improving the relevancy of your site in the eyes of the search engines & humans.

Siloing is Organizing your content hierarchically.
Reinforcing that structure through menus, breadcrumb, linking and URL structure.

Bruce Clay is a master at Siloing. Do a Google & YouTube Search for him & his articles

Articles that cover siloing in more detail:
SEO Siloing: Building a Themed Website by Bruce Clay
How To Silo Your Website series by Michael Gray (aka Graywolf)

Think of a very large jar filled with jellybeans of many different colors… this is like an unstructured (not Siloed) Website. If Visitors & Google are only interested in ‘White’ Jellybeans, they are faced with chaos.

Now, think of many small jars, each containing only jellybeans of one color… this is a Siloed Website. Visitors & Google find exactly what they want, without distraction or fumbling around. There is organization instead of chaos… Happy, Impressed Visitors & Google Rankings.

If you do a search for “WordPress silo premium themes” you get around 335,000 results. The one I like best is: "ULTIMATE SILOSTORM PRO".

If you need more information, go to my WA Profile & send me a Private Message.

Wally Wiki
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nathaniell Premium
Personally, I don't think siloing is all it's cracked up to be.
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judebanks Premium
Wally, Interesting. Some people thrive in chaos...lol. I think it depends on the individual.
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wb5yjs Premium
What's the advantage of "Thriving on chaos"?
What kind of individual does that?
Do you think search engine thrive on Chaos or Organization?
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judebanks Premium
Chaos is a negative - I get that. I'm saying that some people are adaptive and make the best of chaos to create and grow. There have been studies on the theory that the brain self-organizes at the edge of chaos.

Search engines are software programs, bots and crawlers. They don't self-organize at any point. They perform according to the software codes and algorithms that humans create for them.

Search engines don't thrive. Humans do. ~Jude
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GwendolynPD Premium
Why is that?
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ECrosbyJr Premium
Thanks for your information. It is very helpful!
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sdawson Premium
Thanks for the thoughts.
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LisaShuman Premium
Thanks. I understand now.
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ryan81894 Premium
Very well put, especially to someone new to all of this. The more people that follow you or you follow the better support team you have at your disposal
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jjohnson777 Premium
More follow more emails get so more likely you are to remember to visit site.
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Jim-WMP Premium
Thanks i belong to the private club but get the point and working on it as i`m just making a comment.
Defo following you.
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IraI Premium
You have summed it up with such precision.
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MLundrigan Premium
No matter what goal we have set for ourselves, achieving it will never be a solo act.
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Well said.
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Stepo Premium
Funny, i was just asking myself this question 30 seconds ago, thanx
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3three3 Premium
Although some folks may tend to over-share, & may need to be periodically "unfollowed" to preserve your own sanity, as well as space in your In-Box, following & being followed, not like that creepy Police song, can be a tremendously helpful practice. Well put, nathaniell. Always enlightening, sir.
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nathaniell Premium
I'll be watching you.......lol
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BigDubbayew Premium
And your are being watched as well........
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BigDubbayew Premium
That answers a question I asked of my future mentor.
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Scorpio15 Premium
This web of kindness we have at WA links us all to each other and there is so much information that we can access.Good story!
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SamEmporium Premium
I think it is obvious why you rank 13. I plan on reading a lot more of your blog posts. Thank you for sharing.
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bap0304 Premium
Thanks for the input, great to see you in the blog posts and discussions. I have read all of your emails and watched the videos. Thanks for keeping up with me.
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Sibylle Premium
Great post Nathaniel. Thanks for the reminder. This community is so helpful in so many ways. There are answers to questions everywhere I look.
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Sades143605 Premium
This is why I love WA so much. It's a community and there is power in numbers!
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phylevelyn Premium
nathaniell good to hear from you and get a good motivation to following benefits. thanks. i have my pictures up and now for some blogs and teachings.
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Karyskis Premium
Great clarification. This community is a wealth of knowledge. Thank you.
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dembler Premium
I often wondered this question as well, good answer -
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dhdejordy Premium
Good answer
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BeckieG Premium
Together, everyone achieves more! Love my WA family!
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TJ Books Premium
I was wondering why I do this, Nate! I'm not kidding! lol John
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rufat Premium
Great post, very informative, thank you Nathaniell
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Blessings44 Premium
Hi Nathaniell, I couldn't have explained it better! I was depressed one day, you know how it goes, so I wrote a blog on how I felt. Well, within minutes I was getting replies of encouragement! I was so overwhelmed, it was just amazing.

It just proves your point of no man being an island! Thanks.

Lydia.
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pas1745 Premium
I like your explanation nathaniell. Well explained. Thanks
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Bill67 Premium
It is great to be here and share the learning to reach a goal and achieve success in online marketing and to watch others also achieve success. No one has to give up here we can all succeed if we keep learning and asking question and keep moving forward. My slogan
Ffailures are Stepping Stones to Success".
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MikeGue323 Premium
Great Post, my good friend, Nathaniell!Q
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welshy Premium
You make some good points Nathaniell. Thanks for sharing.
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Melanie1508 Premium
Very well said. Thanks for sharing. *Melanie*
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jc5499 Premium
Very well written Nat...I enjoy following high ranking members for insight, web ideas and general motivational support. This community wouldn't be as productive without "can-do" marketers like yourself. Thanks for paying it forward.
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Tanti1969 Premium
Thanks for the reminder.
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annikaerbe Premium
I feel like such a veteran now - reading this, because my first day (waaaaay back in January) I was wondering what this all meant.

Great to share for all newcomers.

Now - back to my coffee : ) Happy Saturday!
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OSherrie Premium
Thanks Nathanielle, I believe you are absolutely right. That is what makes this community thrive.
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gracesystem Premium
Thanks Nathaniell, very informative, this follow thing helps to pull me out to socialise more
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bauguste Premium
good information!
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masirois Premium
Well stated Nathaniell. The community is a sharing support environment. You get a lot from those out there who are willing to help, but it's also really gratifying to give in return.

Andy made some great points too. When helping out others, try to reference others who may have put the content out there before. That way you don't have to re-invent the wheel and you give credit to others' contributions.
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terenzia Premium
Great blog nathaniell,

Thank you

Terenzia
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ChristineRa Premium
Good information and nice reminder when we get all those notifications. I have found useful information, gotten questions answered and great ideas looking at other blogs.
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Browjack5 Premium
I agree jujuman
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jujuman Premium
I think that the interaction between members is one of the greatest assets WA has to offer....thanks!
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feelfree33 Premium
Hey nathaniell, good post, it is informing and straight to the point.
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JSKentopp Premium
I love this post. It is so true that being involved in a community where individuals have the same desire and goals as you can keep you motivated in this long journey.

I find that my WA family keeps me motivated and wanting to wake up every single morning early to get my work done.

I'll admit that sometimes I get caught up having too much fun here and it causes a delay on my website. But's its well worth it. Any interactions here at WA are learning experiences and always contribute to any future aspects of my website.

Thanks for sharing Nathaniell!
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caylynn Premium
Nathaniell, So eloquently stated from a successful businessman who I have learned from and highly respect. Your expertise and positive influence in the WA community, with Chris in the MediaFreshPress hangout, enables success together. The circle of social friends we build by following, supporting one another makes good business happen.
Success in any field especially in business, is about working with people. Networking is central to creating alliances and affiliations of mutual benefit. Without the knowledge and inspirations of others businesses have failed.
Gosh, you got me inspired. Kudos.^_~caylynn
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Goldie6 Premium
Very nice blog. Now I know the answer to that question..
Thanks, Linda
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AntoniOom Premium
Hi Nathaniel. The only way of putting it right. Try to socialise in order to benifit and feel free to do as much as you are able or like to. Why bothering in trying to find out the new (round?) wheel? Have a nice weekend. Regards Antonius.
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divadejunk Premium
Great post! It's all about connecting with others. I like being part of the WA community in giving support and congratulations. So very much is always going on here. It's a great place!
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Trialynn Premium
I find asking for help much easier if I have helped. I enjoy the friendships that develop so naturally in sharing a common cause. Thanks for letting the newer people in the community see the advantages or at least choices involved.
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rodkrug Premium
I enjoy following and keeping up with folks on here because it keeps me motivated to see their success! Especially after I have followed some of their struggles. Great explanation.
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judym Premium
Absolutely appreciate the community here at WA. Great post, thanks!
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nomda ploom Premium
agreed, and I would add in to the mix that we need clarity about what we want to give and what we would like to get from the increased interaction that more followers/followings means..

It is too easy to get overwhelm and a bulging inbox that spins out of control-

Be genuine, give support to others, especially newer members, comment where you can add value, and if another member has answered a point or question before- post a link to that answer and give credit- otherwise we will be looking at thousands of re-invented wheels.

Use the search box for answers before asking questions, and that should help to tidy things up a bit so we can all make progress to our goals in the right way.

Andy
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freedomforus Premium
Digger 12 stole my thunder. Thanks Nathaniell. Larry
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DIGGER12 Premium
In my opinion it is ONE of the great things about WA I love being part of it and try to keep up with them all :-) Thanks for the post, great explanation
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merryman88 Premium
Hi Nathaniell ,
Good post and it does pay to take part in the community, i've only been here a few weeks and I have drawn a lot of inspiration from it, also it tends to lift you up when you are a bit down and Negative , which can cause you to lose your enthusiasm so I give myself a boost by getting involved - Plus it gives you ideas for your sites and is an awesome source of Knowledge and should not be underestimated .

So Good Blog and reminder .

Ray Bowley ( Merryman88 )
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Lady May Premium
This is why I love WA. THX Nathaniell
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gibbadan Premium
Every question Ive had has been answered so quickly. All thanks to being an active WA premium member. It pays to engage yourself.
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Chris2005 Premium
If you joined this website for help in your business, why just do it on your own. Each person who is in your community will be an asset to your success.
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