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How To Get Paid For Social Networking
How To Get Paid For Social Networking
Copyright 2009 by Willie Crawford

It's no secret that the fastest growing web properties
are the social networking sites. Sites like Twitter,
FaceBook, and Sokule are all the rave.

Part of the reason that these sites are so popular
is that the Internet can be such a lonely place.
People who run online businesses from home-based
offices, as I do, sometimes want to just reach
out to others who understand their world.  So they
drop by social networking sites "just to visit."

Marketers like me look at these sites with millions
of users and wonder if they can't be used for
something more than just socializing. We wonder if
they can't have a business application as well.

Social networking purist will scream "NO." They will
insist that you definitely should not sell on these
sites. Others teach that you use these sites to build
your brand, but lure people off these sites to your
marketing site and into your sales funnel.

To those who wonder, "Can't I market while still
being social?" my answer is "yes."  The key is to do
it in ways that feel natural (inoffensive) and in
places where it's expected.

Let me give you two quick examples:

1) Many people on sites like Twitter and Facebook
are constantly pointing out online videos to their
friends. They notice videos on video-sharing sites
such as YouTube that are inspirational, touching,
or thought provoking, and they want to share them
with their friends.  They see music videos of their
favorite songs, or maybe really sexy videos, and
it's natural to share these with online friends that
they know have similar interests.

What most people don't know is that there are many
ways that they can get paid just by pointing out
videos to their friends.  I personally do this
using the system at: http://GetPaidToShareVideos.com  
This system pay Google AdSense revenue, plus pays
you in other ways just for doing something that
you already do.

2) Jane Mark and Phil Basten noticed how popular
Twitter was becoming, but also that Twitter wasn't
designed for marketing. So they created a site
very similar to Twitter, only it's set up to
encourage you to market.

Key differences include that it allows members to
add up to five links to their favorite sites, it
allows members to add their Clickbank ID and
display ads for Clickbank product on which they
passively earn commission, and it allows members
to earn a commission when free members upgrade to
membership levels that make more tools available.

This site is called Sokule (pronounced "so cool"),
and it is also set up to make it easier to gather
a lot of followers.  I have often told my students
that they should not think of their Twitter
following as a list - because they are not "a
list."  However, on Sokule, you can think of them
as a list. Sokule is actually configured so that
some levels of membership actually allow you to
send a direct message to ALL of your followers.

You are only allowed to send a direct message to
all of your followers once every three days, but
that does make building a following much like
building a mailing list on the platform. When you
set up your Sokule account, you enter three areas
of interest.  Those following you can find you
by searching the database for others interested
in the same topics that they are interested in.

Presumably, those following you are interested
in the same topics and would therefore welcome
direct messages from you periodically. If not,
they can always stop following you, just as they
can on Twitter.

You can see how I've set up my Sokule profile page
at:  http://Sokule.com/postit/williec

These are just two quick example of how you can
get paid for doing thing that you are already
doing on the social networking sites.  As you can
see though, the key is knowing which sites to use.

It is possible to earn more than many “Internet
marketers” earn selling affiliate products, just
by "being social."

Check out the two sites above today, and I'll share
other with you in future articles.

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Willie Crawford is one of the world's leading Internet
marketing authorities, and an in-demand joint venture
broker. Most of his mentoring is done in a group
setting on the member-only discussion forum at:
http://TheInternetMarkeingInnerCircle.com  Join that
discussion to experience phenomenal business growth.

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