• Favors

    Posted on June 25th, 2012 Sharyn No comments

    I discovered Favors a few weeks ago when I contact from Google Plus asked me to join the site. As usual, it’s hard to imagine yet another Social Media site where I could find it useful.

    But the funny thing is, there is always another site, another resource and more people who are amazing. There is no limit.

    What is different about Favors is you can respond to other’s favors request and they will respond to yours.

    Let’s say you want to have more traffic added to your website, just ask. You might get a few people to come to your site and subscribe to your newsletter and information.

    When you help others with their favors, you will gain points and the points are worth exchanging for additional favors.

    It’s a fun site and you’ll find it is worthwhile. There are more and more people you can meet, exchange favors with and get to know on a deeper level. You will be able to build relationships and find new friends as well as create new business endeavors.

    So go and check it out and see what you think. You can spend ten to fifteen minutes a day creating favo.rs

  • LinkedIn Routine

    Posted on May 2nd, 2012 Sharyn No comments

    I was number 78 to join Linkedin, I believe it was early in 2003. I was taking a Business Management course at San Jose State University when the instructor brought Reid Hoffman in to our class to talk about Social Media and how it impacts businesses and how he believed it would be the wave of the future. Reid asked if we would sign up for a profile and connect others we knew to our profiles and help him build the site’s membership.

    It wasn’t until eight years later when a client of mine said he knew of a way to have LinkedIn become more effective for me. I had been saying the majority of the users are IT (Computer) professionals and staffing firms looking for IT folks. I had never been able to build a good relationship (in compared to Facebook) with anyone I didn’t already know since it took someone to introduce me to someone they knew before I could make the connection.

    I diligently made connections for others, but never had a single person ever return the favor. It was discouraging and by this time I had shrugged it off (like Tagged and MySpace) as being less than a high priority site such as Facebook had become after 2008 for me.

    But he proved me wrong. I had just started converting my websites (28 at the time) to blogs and testing the productivity of Plugins and Widgets when he told me about using the Groups on LinkedIn.

    I was learning how to use groups on Facebook, so it made sense to me, but LinkedIn was well ahead of Facebook at that time when it came to mature groups, as in 3,000+ members in area specific groups.

    The great thing about the groups is when I asked to be added, 99% of the time, it happened within a couple of days. I learned to put backlinks (a hyperlink) to my sites in concept related groups and develop traffic immediately.