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We are all trying to make a living and advertise our work but there are right ways and wrong ways of doing this. I am going to share with you business etiquette. The Internet is a big place but we still need to have etiquette and manners.
What is business etiquette?
Sitting behind a computer monitor at home gives people a boldness they wouldn’t have in person. You would never go to another person’s home carrying a poster advertising your place of business or a product you are selling and nail it to their living room wall. And yet, time and again I see people who I don’t even know show up and post links to their website or another they feel strongly about.
You may say, “Well, I do mention to my friends products and ideas I feel strongly about while in their home.” Yes, this may be true but it isn’t left on the wall for everyone who comes to visit after you leave. When you post links without permission that is what you are doing. Leaving your mark where they live.
Helping a friend
I don’t mind helping a friend from time to time and I’ve had some ask permission to leave a link to their website or article. That is proper business etiquette; asking permission before posting.
People I don’t even know, thinking just because I get a lot of traffic they’ll leave a link or two and help their own website. That is not the proper way to make friends or get traffic.
I will delete them
Make no bones about it; I will remove them, especially if I don’t even know you. If you are a friend, asked permission or I asked you to leave a link, that’s different. That is a mutual agreement.
Aggressive advertising is rude; I don’t care what anybody thinks. There are right ways and wrong ways to go about getting your product out there and this is not the right way.
Some get away with it especially if there is a lot of traffic but most people won’t click on your links because they see it as pushy and rude. No one likes a forceful person.
You can get traffic to your website the right way, you don’t have to mark your territory everywhere you go.
Advertise the right way
If you leave great comments on other people’s work and your name is the same as your website or pen name people will find you. They’ll think, “I like what Pamela N Red has to say I wonder if she has a website?” If they Google my name, guess what? They find me all over the place because I put my name out there, not by being pushy but by writing content people want to read.
Making a name for your self takes time
It doesn’t happen over night. No one out there right now who is a well-known writer made it quickly. We all had to work and work hard.
Make friends or as they say in the business world, network. Networking is important but must be done the right way. There are many books on the subject if you need help marketing your product but don’t push your links on other people’s websites. That is just rude.
I want to back up my statement with links
If you disagree with a writer and want to make a point the proper way to go about that is to leave a quote and author’s name. Dr. Know It All says this, “People with attention deficit hyperactive disorder have trouble focusing,” and he wrote this book, “I Know Everything About Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.”
Those interested can either look for the book or put in a search for Dr. Know It All’s website.
When you feel extra strongly about a subject, write your own article about the subject. Great writers get ideas all over the place and this is one of those writerly moments.