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Discussion Lists: Another important area in your networking efforts. You should know where best two-way discussions are taking place and subscribe to a few. With discussion lists you'll be rubbing elbows with "Internet Elite." Not only can you learn a lot by actually contributing to these lists your comments will be posted live to thousands of eyeballs. Make sure you use a good signature line when posting.
This tactic will drive curious to your site and again, maybe a potential customer later on. Be ready to give sincere help and show you know your stuff. By doing so, you'll be establishing yourself as an expert in your field. You may even obtain some level of "Internet Notoriety" for yourself and you'll meet and make friends with many other experts along way.
Make sure you spend time reading posts and visiting any websites that may further your own Internet business. I honestly believe what you put out comes back to you threefold. So, if you help someone, eventually it will come back to you. When you help someone else you're also helping yourself. Again, join lists related to your field. Some of my favorites can be found at Adventive's site. http://www.adventive.com/join.html
Message Boards: If you've been working Web for any length of time you know what a message board (aka forum) is, and where best ones can be found. Again, make it a habit to post to a few every day with a good sig line. You'd be amazed at number of powerful people you can meet through a board. Make sure you share information, resources, and answer others' questions when you can.
Before long you'll be known as a helpful reliable resource who knows what they're talking about. If you do a search you'll find thousands of boards on which to post. It's up to you to decide which ones are worth your time.
Some of my personal favorites are:
You'll find a nice list here http://www.entrepreneur-web.com/index_1.shtml
As you can see networking online means getting involved and getting your name out there every chance you get. Don't be afraid to participate. By utilizing these three networking tools it won't be long before others turn to you for advice and guidance, and who knows, you too may wind up becoming one of "Internet Elite."
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