Maryann Mason's blog maryannmason.ws/blog&rss Maryann Mason's blog en-us Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:55:30 PST Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:55:30 PST How To Get Twitter Followers http://maryannmason.ws/blog&p=C23437F232757B45E040A8C0AC0076FD  Is Your Business Website on Twitter? Twitter has become one of the fastest-growing social media sites with top celebrities and high profile entrepreneurs joining the ranks. Because of its mass popularity, people and brands have run to its doors hoping to capitalize on the millions of users.  You would think that because Twitter is so popular with hundreds of millions of users worldwide that virtually anyone could acquire followers. Yet, most people find difficulty growing their profiles and this is one of the most talked about subjects in social media. Acquiring Twitter followers is not difficult, it just requires some specific strategies. Focus on Quality Before discussing specific techniques, I would like to stress to you the importance of acquiring quality followers rather than just attaining a large quantity of followers who do not add value to your profile. Twitter is NOT a numbers game. There are many services which promise to increase your followers, but consider why you are on Twitter in the first place. Your goal is to build a reputation for your brand and acquire a group of like-minded entrepreneurs to engage with and build rapport. This will build your business by attracting followers who are interested in you and what you do. Your Profile Your profile is the first impression you give your potential followers which is the most important aspect of gaining potential followers. Make it great or risk losing an opportunity to grow your audience on Twitter. A professional personal profile picture gives people a feeling of trust and puts a face behind your brand. Your Bio Your bio should include both personal and professional information. Use keywords so people can find you easily and be creative. Explain a little bit about yourself to appear "real" and to attract others who feel a personal connection with you and your business. Post Content The most important aspect of your profile is the content you post. Here are some exclusive tips to creating interesting tweets that will help increase your followers:  Relevant content is the most effective. Although a small amount of personal tweets on a variety of targeted subjects can be equally as effective and appreciative if it addresses the specific needs of your potential followers. If your profile is new, create a minimum of 15 to 20 tweets before you start following people. An empty profile will not attract followers. Use #hashtags on  some of your tweets so people can find you.  Stay updated on trendy topics in your niche so you can post about them when they happen. Retweet often, especially when you are new to Twitter and are just beginning to post on your profile. Retweeting shows people that you are interactive. It makes you appear more professional and shows others that you appreciate and value their content instead of always promoting your own. Engage your followers and reply to comments. Any potential valuable follower who sees a profile with no engagement or replies will disregard it. Be careful not to post one excessive content technique and try to diversify with interesting tips, images, links to relevant content, retweets, replies to followers, engaging information and questions. Refrain from excessive advertising. Follow the 80/20 rule (80% valuable content and 20% self promotion) or you will turn people away. Follow the Right People  The best way to acquire more followers is to follow the people who want to follow you back. Before you begin this activity, make sure your profile is attractive and worthy of a follow by using the following tips; Find followers based on keyword, interest or location. Resist the urge to follow everyone! Stay focused on the people who you feel would benefit from your content. Not everyone will follow you back. Refrain from following people who do not display a personal profile picture.  Here are some unique ways to find people to follow: 1. Twitter Interests – Browse people directly on Twitter by their interests: 2. Listorius – Browse your followers’ Twitter lists to find people with common interests. You can use a tool like Listorius to automate the process. 3. Wefollow – Wefollow is a directory/search engine for Twitter followers. You can search by location or keyword. 4. Tweepi – A great way to build followers and reputation is to follow the followers of industry leaders. Use Tweepi to search the followers of any person on Twitter. Tweepi also has many more interesting features to help you maximize Twitter’s full potential. It is a paid tool but the free version has many great features as well. 5. Who to Follow – This is Twitter’s follow suggestions based on who you follow. 6. Local Follow – Find people categorized by location and interests. 7. Basic Search – In Twitter’s search box, input keywords related to the people you want to follow you. The results will display tweets containing those keywords along with the profile of the tweeter. Offline Twitter Methods If you have other methods of contact with people, consider using alternative methods to gain followers. Here are some additional ideas: Blast your Twitter profile to your email list Link to your profile on your website / blog Offline advertising such as mailings, business cards and letterhead Announce your Twitter profile on other social pages Email signature Offline networking groups Email contacts Add profile to bio information in published articles Online Newspapers  Paper.li  is a newspaper which allows you to extract tweeted content and share it with your followers. The paper will inform the followers whose content you used. By sharing great content, you can also become the subject of someone else's newspapers and be exposed to all of their publisher's followers which is a powerful strategy. Stay Consistent The true secret to acquiring Twitter  followers is to keep at it consistently. None of these strategies will work if they aren't practiced on a regular basis. Schedule some time each day to perform these simple activities and watch your followers increase over time.     2012-07-18 19:03:22 Affiliate Marketing http://maryannmason.ws/blog&p=BA421AE5BC9A8CA9E040A8C0AC003403  Affiliate Marketing, in my opinion, is the BEST way to make money online. But there are certain techniques required to be successful at affiliate marketing which are very important and these                              techniques are simple and very easy to learn.   For example, choosing the right products to promote which pay well and are of value to your customers is critical. Promote products you are passionate about and do your research thoroughly to determine what people are looking for.  To accomplish this is really easy. All you have to do is search for what other people are searching for. Then just help them find what they are looking for and offer them a solution with an affiliate product which serves their needs. It can be as simple as a free download, ebook, recipe, "how to" ... the options are endless.   There are millions of people searching the internet every second of every day looking for answers to a multitude of things. You can make some serious income by helping people find those answers and it isn't hard to do. Say for example someone is searching for how to make an apple pie. If you happen to have your grandmother's famous apple pie recipe, then you can provide that information and make money.   You may also want to create a short You Tube video demonstrating how to make your grandmother's famous apple pie to generate an interest and direct them to your website to obtain the recipe and other recipes or offers they may be interested in.   The ultimate goal is to always provide value when choosing affiliate programs and to monetize your efforts at the same time. Just be honest, show that you truly care and be willing to help people get what they want. Be a giver ... give to give .. .not to get ... and you will be successful beyond your wildest dreams.   If you would like more information about affiliate marketing and are looking for someone to guide you in the right direction, please don't hesitate to contact me.   To Your Success, Maryann Mason 928.230.8704   2012-03-10 13:46:20 Social Media Marketing http://maryannmason.ws/blog&p=B8005485EA2CAB03E040A8C0AC000A25 Social Media sites such as  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn (just to name a few) are the gateway where thousands of Network Marketers and business owners are going to generate business leads and to connect with others. Is it really possible to meet people, share a business concept and sponsor others into your business without that face to face experience which we are taught about in our Network Marketing business? Can a person really build strong relationships using the internet?   The answer is positively yes, and to be effective online, there are a few areas you’ll want to establish for yourself such as your goals, your target market and providing valuable information on a consistent basis. Participation in Social Networking Sites should always focus on creating trust and building relationships. Meeting people online follows the same basic principles as meeting people offline - say hello; ask questions, post positive comments and be genuinely interested in your online connections and their interests. One incredible tool with social sites is the power to create a profile about yourself. With one click, your friends can visit your profile page and learn more about all aspects of you, including your business. Make your profile very broad; and keyword rich. Make it about more than just your business and you’ll attract people of many interests. What are your interests? Where do you like to travel and vacation? Do you have children, pets, grandchildren? What are your hobbies? What clubs and organizations do you belong to? Share alot about yourself so your prospects can get to know you. Always share some information about your business, but keep it simple and always include your picture.  You can quickly develop a network of contacts online through the “friend request” and "groups” features offered by most social sites. As you seek out people with whom you share common interests, you can network and connect with their database of contacts as well to grow your online database. Don’t hesitate to make contacts with people in other companies. You never know who might be looking for a change, or who you can develop a referral relationship with. Each person you connect with has the potential to put you in contact with hundreds and even thousands of others.  Now, the idea is NOT to blast into an online community, spamming everyone with your product and your opportunity. Many people on these forums are turned off by Network Marketers and the Network Marketing Profession as a whole because of those who do nothing but push their opportunity.  The time to tell someone about your business is when they ask you about what you do; where you work, etc. Or, if they visit your profile, they can learn more about you and it’s their choice to do so.  When you enter into a community or a friendship online always be thinking about how you can add value and resist the temptation to talk about yourself or what might be in it for you. Ask questions; offer ideas and advice if people are asking; share your personal stories and what has helped you. Share valuable information and links so others can benefit and learn. Post motivational quotes and build rapport with your subscribers. Ultimately, people will click your page to get more information about you and what you do.  Gain trust by being authentic, honest and genuine. Build a presence and through that presence, you will build a following.  Be consistent and be a contributor. Set yourself apart from many of the others who are just there to promote themselves.  Building a successful business of any kind takes time, commitment and patience. Developing a following of potential friendships, prospects and partnerships online requires consistency.  Have a daily and weekly action plan for visiting and contributing to each social network site you belong to and stick to it. As your name becomes seen and known people will begin to seek out more information about you. You will establish yourself as credible, trustworthy and knowledgeable. People will begin visiting your website and requesting more information from you. This is your goal. Here are some guidelines to follow - Always use your full, real name. Never bash or trash another company. Offer valuable ideas and suggestions. Don’t advertise, be subtle. Be a consistent visitor, and establish yourself. Always be honest, ethical and have integrity. Give up your need to be right when a topic comes up that you disagree with. The only secret to mastering this form of online recruiting is to simply â€œshow up” regularly and have integrity. The ultimate goal is getting people to come to YOU! Have fun, meet new people and watch your business explode by building authentic lasting relationships. To Your Success, Maryann Mason         2012-02-07 22:11:37 About Maryann http://maryannmason.ws/blog&p=B8005481983DAB03E040A8C0AC000A25 Hi, My name is Maryann Mason and thanks for stopping by.   Are you here because you are looking for a way to build a successful business from home? And, maybe you want to incorporate some online methods into your plan? Great! I am happy to tell you that I am a home based business entrepreneur living a  lifestyle of financial and time freedom. But, it didn't happen overnight, and it didn't happen without many failures and a lot of learning along the way. Does that sound at all like you? I have learned by the best how to implement high tech (internet), high touch (phone), social networking (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and personal networking techniques to grow my business. Would you like to do this, too? And by the way, I only share this because I want you to know that it can be done by anyone willing to commit to and put forth the effort required to be successful. I'm a very ordinary person, just like you, and you can do it too! Before My Home Business   My background is similar to many, maybe even yours.  I had a bright, promising career in Banking.  I enjoyed my job, but it was very stressful.  Although I was paid well, my time really wasn't my own.  I had a boss and an alarm clock. I had no time or energy to enjoy life.   After much thought and consideration, the choice was simple.  My family, time and health came first. There had to be a way I could work from home, with an opportunity to earn a great income, live the lifestyle of my dreams, and have time and financial freedom. I had read numerous stories of people that were doing just that….working from home, raising their families and finding a balance doing both, and I wanted that too. Network Marketing was the last thing on my mind and the last thing I was looking for. I had always heard those things were a scam and never worked  for normal people like me, only the MLM gurus who got in on the ground floor. But what I did know was that Network Marketing was the one thing that seemed  to fit the profile of exactly what I was looking for like flexibility, working with people, full time income ... part time work ...lifetime benefits ... from the comfort of home. After educating myself, I quickly became aware that I was uninformed about what Direct Sales and Network Marketing truly was. I  almost let my insecurities prevent me from taking advantage of a home based business opportunity that fit my criteria perfectly. But, I jumped in anyway. I read every piece of information I could get my hands on, listened to CD's, read books, attended webinars and trainings with the best of the best in the industry. I faithfully absorbed every ounce of knowledge possible to educate myself  and learned how to implement the skills and mindset required to become a professional networker and leader. I did not have immediate success, but I did develop my business skills over time and became a better communicator. I did a lot of research and chose something in the industry that was unique, proven, recession proof, and something people wanted and used. I felt a deep desire and invested my heart and soul into something I was truly passionate about that appealed to the masses. I especially focused on the needs of traditional business owners to help them grow their business and provide personal and professional growth, training and success. I also wanted something that would provide an on-going residual income.  You know, something that would pay me over and over for the work that I did one time! I began by making my list and contacting everyone I knew. It worked and I did okay, but I was not finding the time freedom or the level of income I wanted. I wanted to  create multiple streams of income. I wanted to truly work from home. I wanted to have hundreds of people looking at my business daily! I had a growing fascination with the internet, its potential and the idea that one could make an incredible income online, while at home in their pajamas!  One thing I know for sure, the internet is here to stay and it has made the reality of having your own successful home based business better than ever. Combine that power with the fact that 96% of people polled want to own their own business and most want to work from home! I began my research and, quite honestly, haven't stopped.  After investigating a lot of things, I settled on the ones that work for me!    Creating Multiple Streams of Income  I made a decision when I started not to leave all my eggs in one basket. You need to know right now that it is possible for you to build multiple streams of income online. There's a very precise way to do it, and I will teach you how. I will show you exactly how it's done and then it's up to you to decide if you want to follow along.  You'll want to define a specific business plan with network marketing; affiliate programs that complement what you are doing; and eventually, your own products. Please understand that I don't offer get-rich-quick schemes.  While you can make a lot of money fast, it usually takes time, focus, effort and consistency.  But, that is the only way you will get what you truly want. I'm happy to tell you that you too can have a thriving home business!  One that provides a great income, allows you to be your own boss, be with your family, travel the world and still make money.  It can provide ongoing personal development skills, growth, education and the chance to help others get what they want! What I've Learned Along the Way     I've learned a lot along the way: how to choose the right programs, how to build a successful business, how to teach others to do the same and how to create multiple streams of income, thanks to the internet. I want to share all of this information with you.   My time is my own! I work in an industry that is recession proof, fast growing and something used by everyone. I get paid while I'm with my husband doing fun stuff; playing catch with my adorable silky terrier; at the lake or lounging by the pool during the middle of the week; on vacation….even while I sleep!  That's the benefit of residual income! If you are serious, and committed, let's work together to create the same thing for you! To Your Success, Maryann Mason 2012-02-05 21:14:38