A few days ago I talked a little bit about Twitter, and told you guys to add me. I just kind of talked about how social networking related to blogging interested me, and that I was going to start using Twitter to connect with people.
Well, the more I’ve started using it, the more I realized how it can be beneficial to your affiliate marketing business. Twitter is a great tool to network and just chat with other affiliates. I used to just “tweet” random things and then move on with my day, and then I download the application Twhirl. Twhirl is basically a little instant message screen that shows all the action going on in Twitter. This kind of put me in instant message mode, and now that’s kind of how I use it. If someone says something interesting, I’ll reply to them and ask them something back. Or I’ll ask people questions and just start talking with them. Just yesterday I think it was I made a tweet saying “I need help real fast with a design problem, hit me up on AIM – uberaff”. Within a minute I had like 5 IMs with people willing to help.
So how does this related to affiliate marketing? While talking about lifting weights and Rickrolls won’t help me make more money that second, it does build relationships with other people in my industry. If I chat enough with certain people, I’ll start to feel like I know them. This can lead to just IMing eachother in private and talking about affiliate marketing. Potentially then we can help eachother make some more money. Everyone (including me) always talks about how networking in affiliate marketing is key…well this is actually a great way to network.