Welcome to another breathtaking whoosh through my world with Twacks Way Community Service. Today children we’re going to be talking about the essence, not vanilla essence, which, if we’re honest, smells vile but tastes divine.
Now we’re going to try to have a look at what else WA has to offer, apart from the obvious, awesome things that you’re starting to get a taste of. Like a phenomenal writing platform, in site content, access to JAAXY, a great tool for helping you find keywords and other techy internet stuff, which I don’t wholly understand. How about the training, duh, second to none. Made for affiliates by affiliates, what could be better.
Now, enough of that, well maybe a bit but more on how the platform breathes through the interaction of its members. The Community.
Why Get Involved
That is a really good question. I should have thought more into this before asking myself, or you. If you’re like me in any way at all, I’m sorry. No, I’m kidding. I was going to say that I’ve been on plenty of forums in the past, mainly to do with cars. There is some interaction but not a great deal. You tend to do your own thing and everyone just gets along without actually getting along, if that makes sense.
Well, WA is vastly different. Here everyone wants to get on with each other. Bizarrely they all want you to succeed. It can feel a bit surreal. So, what can you do ? Well, when in Rome.
Follow Me Follow You
This, really is the framework of how everyone interacts. Not the ‘why’ just part of the ‘how’. I suppose, though it pains me to say it, it’s a bit like…no I can’t say it as you’ll make assumptions and we don’t want that, not unless they’re mine. Don’t get me wrong, Facebook has its place and there are rather a lot of users, like over two billion. Anyway, any similarity between the two is only to do with having the ability to connect with other members. So don’t stress.
When you first sign up and get going, you are asked to add an image for your profile, as well as a few bits and bobs about yourself. That image stays with you wherever you go on the site, don’t worry, you can change it anytime. So wherever you interact on the site, leaving a comment, asking a question or posting on your blog, everyone knows it’s you. As well as that you also have a ‘green ‘ button’ that stays with you. The button says ‘Follow Me’. If anyone clicks on it, it changes to ‘following.’ Simples.
Now, if you follow someone and they follow you back, you can both see what each other is doing around the site. Through your notications you’ll be able see when they’ve posted a new article or asked a question. You are now part of each others network.
A couple of things worth pointing out. You’re under no obligation to follow someone just because they’ve followed you. If you are following each other you can see their personal websites if they have them listed on a feature called ‘Follow Me On’ which is on their profile page. This is a section where you can show your personal sites so others can visit them. Worth noting here that this and your profile are the only places you can do this. Self promotion on other parts of the site is not allowed, otherwise it would turn into one big advertising board
Don’t just click and go.
Staying with the whole following thingy, there is one aspect which is a personal choice. You can just click on every button you see and create a huge network in a matter of months. That’s fine but it’s a bit like building a house on a balsa wood foundation. In truth, it’s not fine. Well not in my opinion. If you hover over someones picture a small box appears with a section of their profile biography, enough for you to find out a little bit about them and their name. There’s also a text box for you to leave a message. So, every time I want to follow someone, I hover, read, add a message and follow them. It’s just courtesy and it means they are far more likely to follow you back.
As of writing this, my ratio is about two to one. That means that for every two members I follow, one of them follows me back. For me, this is the best way of doing things as it means that my network is built on solid foundations. The quality is going to be higher and it means that when I post or ask a question there is a better chance of it being well-received and not just ignored. Make sense ? Good.
Consistency rules the day.
There are a lot of parallels between the Wealthy Affiliate site and an actual website. One of the many is how being consistent will reap benefits. How so ? It’s a way of creating a presence. You are building for the future and that’s not going to happen overnight. You have to gain trust, a bit like paying your dues but in a more accepting manner. It’s about interacting. Now there are those who have been around for a while and tend to spend less time at the forefront of the site, choosing to spend their hard-earned time on their websites, creating content and improving the user experience. I have absolutely no issue with that at all. At the end of the day that is why we’re here and your website is your future. They still pop in, now and then and their input is invaluable. They’ve talked the talk and walked the walk and they’re awesome.
As you’re network grows you will come across some of these members and you’ll be surprised to find that they are more than happy to help and assist you wherever possible. In all honesty, that goes for everyone.
So how does this relate to consistency. Here’s how I approach it and I stress, it’s my way and may not be the same as others, yourself included. I like to get myself out there through my blogs. Sounds alright but that was never something I saw myself doing. I’m more of a wallflower, sitting back and watching the world go by.
I blog and then I blog and then I blog some more. I don’t just do one and go away and come back a week later and do another. I try to blog as often as possible. I’d like to say they’re all good quality and add value. That may be true of some, others are just fun and a bit random. Either way, what it does, is get me out there on a regular and consistent basis. If people like what you have written they might leave a comment and before you know it they’re ‘following’ and you’ve just made a new friend. Next time you post, they and all the others will get a notification which will give them the opportunity to see more of your work.
Your network will grow in proportion to how much you interact on the platform. If you have the chance, it’s worth trying to do something every day, it doesn’t just have to be blogging. There’s loads more you can do, live chat, answer questions, leave comments on others websites (and earn while you do, we’ll cover that in another post)
Ii thought it best to clarify again exactly what I meant by the title. Sometimes I tend to lose focus on the point I’m trying to make, it all goes a bit wibbly wobbly and I end up forgetting where I was. If you manage to read some of my blogs, you’ll understand what I mean.
It’s two-fold, the reason behind the title. Firstly, in some countries community service is used to reprimand. If you do something wrong you may well be given an amount of hours, where you’ll have to perform some duties to help the community, giving back maybe.Little picking, graffiti removal as well as other things. Providing a service for the community. Although this is not the case here there is a parallel.
The community on Wealthy Affiliate is truly incredible. Sure, there are those who will say that you should be wary of spending too much time on the site as it distracts you from building your business and I get that, as I’ve referred to earlier. That being said, the site has been built on the ‘Paying It Forward’ belief. Just to put it in perspective, If you had a legal problem and wanted some top quality advice you’d go and see a lawyer. Now I know there are some that do ‘Pro Bono’ and free consultations but they are not the norm. To get consistent quality help you have to pay and it’s not cheap.
Here at Wealthy Affiliate the advice is free, each and every time. Plus, if you’ve built up a good rapport with members they will continue to help and guide you, for as long as you need it. Awesome. If we all just came into this and took what we needed and left, never giving back, then the whole thing would come crashing down around our feet. All the resources would still be there, Jaaxy, Siterubix, Site comments, Site content, Training, Site support and live events. What happens when there’s something you don’t understand or are unsure of ? What about when you would like someone else’s’s opinion to get a fresh perspective ? All these things will come from other members.
So you see, you help make this platform unique. You help give it the edge over other websites that offer similar programs. You make Wealthy Affiliate the front runner in the Affiliate market place.
You are Wealthy Affiliate and together we will achieve great things. Together We All Create Kindness. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
Well I think I managed to get my focus inline and deliver the point I originally set out to do, hopefully. Any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below. As always I thank you for taking the time to read my post and I look forward to sharing more with you.