Written by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta

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The Internet isn't designed for a one-man team. Instead,repparttar Internet thrives onrepparttar 125115 principles of cooperation and information sharing. Partnerships, joint ventures and mutual cooperation arerepparttar 125116 ideal models forrepparttar 125117 online environment.

And in order to develop successful partnership undertakings onrepparttar 125118 Internet, someone needs to take that first step. Thus, I know that online, my shyness won't get me far. It won't bring me my desired results. I won't achieve them unless I get rid of some of my shyness and muster enough courage to approach people and ask for their help. And it begins with a simple and direct e-mail introduction.

And really, that's all there is to it. I approach people, ask them politely and see if they're receptive and willing to work with me side by side. If they give me a no answer -- well, it's a good thing they didn't have to give it straight to my face!

But seriously, approaching someone onrepparttar 125119 Internet with sincerity and honesty isrepparttar 125120 only way to be successful online. No, it isn'trepparttar 125121 best way. It'srepparttar 125122 *only* way. Show anything short of that, and true success is going to be elusive.

Shery wrote the e-book, "How to Create & Profit from Your Own E-mail Workshops in 3 Days or Less!" She offers a customizable free workshop, "Create Your First E-mail Workshop in 3 Days!" that publishers and webmasters can use to promote their e-zines and sites.

Be Human Online

Written by Shannan Hearne-Fortner

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You can dorepparttar same thing. One of my personal favorite tricks is to print double sided business cards. Team up with someone who caters to your same niche market but does not directly compete with you. Print each person's business card on one side of a standard business card. Print twice as many and each of you carries a stack. Abbraa Cadaabbraa! You begin helping your friend make personal contacts while they dorepparttar 125114 same for you.

It always pays to be human instead of pushy. Don't be overly aggressive or scary in your contacts. Just friendly and helpful. I always give my initial contact emails and letters a final reading over and ask myself, if this were coming from my already pesky little sister, would I be irritated? If you can pass that test, then you area ready to go.

Are you writing people you don't know, and letting them know you're out there? Email makes it SO easy. Just don't "bug" people unnecessarily.

There was a time when onlyrepparttar 125115 most aggressive of sales people seemed to really utilize this human contact networking approach. More and more people are doing so today. Withrepparttar 125116 growth of online communities, we are becoming more comfortable withrepparttar 125117 process. But don't be fooled into thinking that involvement in a community alone is not networking in this intensive form. You have to make personal, one on one contacts. It isn't enough to be known in your group. You must be known by your group.

Go to and pull uprepparttar 125118 home page for any email list that you are already subscribed to. Note how many subscribers there are. Now compare that number torepparttar 125119 number of regular posters. There is usually a huge difference. Don't just readrepparttar 125120 emails. Participate!

Remember,repparttar 125121 Internet is about community. Some people take this all so literally and focus like hell on makingrepparttar 125122 discussion forums on their site active. That's fine, but there are many ways to build up a community of peers who can be called upon to do little favors for you. The endorsement of already respected online authors may well be more valuable to your site than a little bit of chatter amongst anonymous participants in your or somebody else's forum.

It is so important that you be on a prospect's mind when they actually decide to make a purchase. That is why drip and viral marketing are so popular. That is why so many of us use autoresponders. That is why we create mailing lists and use them over and over and over again.

Make a point of bumping into more well-placed people atrepparttar 125123 "virtual water cooler" via email, and don't be surprised if many of them find a way to incorporate you and your site into their plans.

This is not one of those crazy get rich quick schemes. It's real networking. It is how each of us can build a successful online business doing whatever it is that we do. As such, this strategy has real staying power.

Grab your virtual broom and step out your virtual front door. Sweep some virtual steps and be human online. Make some new virtual friends.

Shannan Hearne-Fortner is the President of http://www.Success and has been involved in the successful launch and growth of many businesses and online communities.

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