Are you Spamming or Networking?
As a writer in the freelancer community there are many times when content comes in the wrong from from other writers. This wayward form is identified as spam This is not the correct format to approach fellow writers in the biz. The wrong format is spamming. There is a thin line between spamming and networking and knowing the difference is actually a responsibility every freelance writer needs to accept. Do unto others and all of that good stuff.
The recipient of the information receives these messages and determines whether you are spammed or networked.
This article will outline some of the difference between spamming and networking.
• Networking is a relationship that benefits both parties in some way or another. You are providing information and the recipient finds that information useful.
Spamming is sending irrelevant information that you won’t find useful. Buying tools or devices not related to your niche (?)
• Networking is nice for the newbie writer. They will receive dos, donts, pitfalls and ways to make their online article writing life easier. This is beneficial to the novice.
Spamming doesn’t provide any information you would find beneficial. Canned or copy and pasted information is characteristically seen
• Networking lets the writer that has been online for quite some time the benefit of sharing advice that they wish they would have received.
Spamming doesn’t provide any benefits for the newbie that would be useful. Many times as a newbie you don’t even understand the process or information provided
• Networking is sending a referral for wonderful sites they belong
Spamming is sending referrals to bogus or any kind of site. You may receive information for a site that earns 4 pennies per day for 4 hours’ worth of work
Note-many mistakenly believe that when a person has been referred the person referring is getting a “leg up” at your cost. This is typically not the issue. Almost all of the sites I belong to don’t take anything away from the referral. You earn and they earn
Networking in the writer or freelance writer community is important. There are powers in numbers and belonging to a group can sometimes feel pretty good.
Networking allows you to build a portfolio by seeking out personal referrals for a resume
You find new clients and freelance writing jobs many times through network connections that can earn you revenue and help you to build long term writing relationships which are both good in the freelance writing world.
You may have a large job that you need to subcontract and through your network have identified some wonderful writers that can allow both of you to earn revenue.
There are those that simply do spam. They take the network of freelance writers they have built and simply use them selfishly.
The selfish writers are the spammers to the core. They are simply sending information to a listing of potential buyers/customers that will benefit only them. They never say hello, read your articles or care if you respond or not. You hear from them when they need something from you.
Writers have the intelligence of more than the average person. When you are receiving a message from a fellow writer, you know whether you are being spammed or networked.
It’s okay to let the spammer know you don’t want to be spammed. Be honest with them. Give them the benefit of the doubt that they may not realize the implications of the communication.
Have you been spammed or networked?