Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Useless Story my Greek connections!

Hi there

Do you have a vision board? with nice pictures

you'd like to turn into YOUR reality on day?


This is why I am asking...


You probably know by now (as I've said it million times...)

about Santorini Yoga Retreat and Business Bootcamp right?

http://santorini.yogaonlinebusiness.com/


...and here is a real STORY how it all started:


I first created my Vision Board back in January 2009. Bought

bunch of magazines and cut out pictures I liked to have in my

life one day.


One of the pictures I quite liked was blue Orthodox church with

STUNNING sea view and white houses...so I put it on my board too,

thinking "if I must work, I'd like to do so from the view like
that" :)

(You know I was stuck in the corporate rate race that time...)


As it happens after some time I forgot about that "view" I put on

my board...


...Fast forward and I am making million phone calls between

London and Greece, trying to find suitable venue for 100 people

we need to accomodate for Santorini Yoga Retreat and Business Bootcamp


...and one day there I was talking to Erietta Papadopoulou, (the

lady who helps us with all of that) whilst staring at my

vision board... Erietta told me


"Tamara we found the ideal venue for your guests, with

* yoga place to practice,

* Conference room, tea and coffee included...

* Internet...etc

In SANTORINI, TOWN OF FIRA, June 25th-27th, 2010, have a look"

And she sends me this one here http://www.elgreco.com.gr/"


..And as she talks I am staring at my VISION BOARD...

at the white and blue Orthodox church,

* with STUNNING VIEW of the sea,

* white houses,

* and a note written in small white fonts in the blue

background of the picture "SANTORINI, TOWN OF FIRA"!!! :)


...anyways this is how it all started really and I've

warned you it was pretty useless story about

my connections to Greece, Santorini and Yoga Bootcamp :) but also

sometimes this is how dreams can come true too! :)


We look forward to meeting you


SANTORINI, TOWN OF FIRA, June 25-27th, 2010 and help you

turn YOUR DREAM INTO REALITIES TOO!


Register here:

http://santorini.yogaonlinebusiness.com/


With Love

Tamara

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Very Powerful *Offline* Marketing In The Internet Age For Yoga And Therapists

Hi again


I would like to share powerful OFFLINE marketing strategies

in case right now you need to RAISE additional money FAST

Have a look!!


I wrote 8 steps how to raise extra cash right now and if you are in

Yoga and/or Holistic Business this will help to make money SUPER FAST:

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PRINT THIS NOTE AND REFER TO IT LATER AS NEEDED
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1) Decide on your target market even if you already have a niche

review once again! Go SUPER narrow, for example narrow niche

would be "Yoga For National Health Care Services", or

"Message For IT Professionals Only".

Why? Because narrower the niche easier to reach them!!!


2) Then go ahead and find at least 100 Institutions in your chosen

niche, for example, if you chose "IT Professionals" find 100

companies in your local Yellow Pages, or Business Directories,

you can still use the Internet to find Directories! :)


3) Decide how many new students in the group you would like to have!


4) Go ahead and SET A DATE and hire a venue, say in the local

community centre room for 50 people to practice yoga!


3) Call those companies up, usually Human Resources are good people

to talk to, or if they are located in your neighbourhood walk in,

and TELL them you are holding a

*FREE YOGA DEMONSTRATION FOR IT PROFESSIONALS ONLY*

(You may want to dedicate certain hours to call, for example
10AM-1PM you will be busy making telephone calls)


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YES Let Me Repeat Offer For FREE
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(You may take a refundable small deposit to secure a booking)


4)You will find that many will say YES to FREE offer!

Make sure people confirm their attendance by giving you their

NAMES AND EMAILS!!!


5) When people start signing up make sure you KEEP reminding

potential customers about coming FREE event!! And remind them a

day before!!!

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DONT DO ANYTHING WITHOUT STEP 6 READ ON
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6)Have ready at least TWO different offers for your potential customers

For example:

* PACKAGE NUMBER ONE:

"Special Price For IT Group Yoga Class"

* PACKAGE NUMBER TWO:

"Special Weekend Retreat For IT People And Their Families"

You get the idea

7)Give your BEST and WOW them with your gift of teaching yoga!

At the end of the class make an announcement BUT make sure to
follow these guidelines

* Announce that you have 2 special offers you would like to make

* Do NOT feel you need to RUSH

* Explain into very details WHAT you offer, WHY you offer, How
much it will cost them, and that if they sign up NOW they get
special discount, or bonus!! (you will have to know that yourself
in advance right?)

* Give very SPECIFIC instructions and TELL people EXACTLY what you
would like them to do, for example

"To sign up for your next weekend retreat, see me at the back
of the room and sign up there, we take cash, cheque, cards"

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Get 50 in the room and you are guaranteed to get at least 10
new paying customers on the day!
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8) Wait, you are not done! Make sure you send them a follow up
emails next day and remind those who have not signed up about
"last available places"!!!

That will generate additional sale for you, I'd say another 10
will become your next customers!

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BIG TIP: NEVER lose contact with your new customers and if you

want to find out how to maximise your sale all year round and

how to turn every prospect into lifetime CLIENTS watch my emails :)

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Hope you enjoyed your lesson

Tamara Machavariani

PS. Is contacting 100 people a bit of work?? Do you want to make
money FAST? then just DO it!!

PPS. You are not comfortable selling? Get comfortable, you are
ADDING VALUE to people and GIVING what they WANT!

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Resources for Yogis, Therapists and Wealth Creators
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How To Make Money With Internet Marketing Home Study Course
http://www.yogaonlinebusiness.com/yoga_teacher_marketing/yoga_teacher_marketing.php

Internet Business Masterclass for Yoga Professionals DVDs
http://www.yogaonlinebusiness.com/yogabusiness/

Subliminal Software Power
http://www.yogaonlinebusiness.com/subliminal-power




Friday, 5 March 2010

DONT Read, All About ME, Long, Mistakes, My Extended Life Abstract with HUGE GAPS in Between! :)

I cant sleep so writing instead...

...They say when the nation is old that makes people of that nation very proud, and I am incredibly proud to be Georgian. Georgia - little dot on the map everyone forgot about, but still THE most beautiful country on the planet Earth!!

Dad used to say ...proudly, I was born a girl by mistake, thought was too brave, daring with a free spirit..well was proud at least untill he eventually had enough of my free spirit anyways :)

Mom made me believe that anyone could and should achieve anything in this life!

Happy, normal childhood, loved and cared... same goes for teenage years, tried my first cigarette at 14, partied lot....kissed wrong guys, felt in love, failed exams, hitch hiked CONSTANTLY ...with zero sense of fear that jumping in random strangers cars could have been dangerous! And yes was ALWAYS in trouble with my dad! :)

...I also became friends with a neighbour, lady in her 50th at the time, Physicist - she was the first one who explained to me how we were all nothing but PURE ENERGY, talked about atoms and the universe, I just liked listening and it kind of made sense without making sense...

Grandfather brainwashed from the childhood to break FREE, never got tired of explaining that the progress would never come by staying in a small country where not much was happening...and guess because Shakespeare was and is still his favourite believed England would be an ideal place for me to be.

And there was not really happening much in Georgia, or the opposite was happening A LOT! Revolution, collapse of the Soviet Union, government default, country shaken by war(s), unemployment, inflation, no hitting, electricity and long lines to buy bread.... it is still surreal... I remember exactly what I was doing in the precise moments when the history of those years had been written!

We had fun regardless, laugh and happy days, with NO money me and my friends jumping on night trains, heading towards the Black Sea, AND having time of our lives :)

Dad passed away when I was 18. Took some time to find my way of accepting! But now in the moments of despair when my prayers take all kind of forms Jesus, Shiva, or whatever... I know that above all, prayers go to dad and it is HIM helping and protecting me from the less known world!

... Back in my mind a voice always kept screaming “get a life, break free”. So when the time came I could only choose and move to England, I said was brainwashed, did not I? :)

...It took me one year but saved some money, bought a ticket and landed in Heathrow 8 years back. I felt in LOVE with London, I felt welcomed, accepted. I also found myself with only £300 pounds in my pocket, and with a big stamp in my passport NO RIGHT TO WORK.

I was told I could only hope to work in the pub collecting dirty glasses, ye not even as a barman or maid :) but it did not matter who said what, what mattered was what I thought! I looked up at tall buildings in Canary Wharf and said to myself “I REFUSE TO BELIEVE that everyone else here is smarter than me”, I genuinely believed that if anyone could live like a “normal person”, I had equal rights to be one of them!
I’ve always dreamt about studying in the university in London when I was a kid, it just sounded way too cool to give up on that dream. I also saw myself working in “posh offices”, wearing a suit and looking extremely busy woman! :)

I found my first job in the publishing house in Angel, just after 2weeks I came to London. I saw the Ad in the International Students House looking for part time staff to help with the databases, I called the guy who asked me to email CV...I said OK but instead went to his office and knocked at the door. He was angry I turned up without appointment and without sending CV but I was there, so had no other choice but to interview me. I worked for him for about 10 months, later he helped me, gave references for the University... and of coz I saved myself from clearing the glasses in the pub :)

I did not have £11,000 to pay for the Masters I wanted to do. But I still applied for the courses, pretending “as if” I had money, I just refused to believe that because of lack of money I had to give up on my dream. I passed pre-university exams, still pretending I had money...well now I know that we get EXACTLY what we wish, so the universe gave me all money I needed to study exactly THE course I chose.

I met my first mentor and guru, Joseph Tanega in the University at the right moment when my self esteem was bouncing between optimism and pessimism about my future. Now I know that someone will always come to you when you need help, just have to accept them in your life, and it seems like Joe was on a mission to save me and give me back my faith about my life dreams.

I quit smoking after all, did lots of sports. I would naturally and by all definition and every time went to Waterstones or Borders find myself staring the sections about Spirituality. Alexa gave me a book by Dr. Brian Wise, that was the start, I read and re-read spiritual books and laws of success.

Oh yes eventually British Government decided I was Highly Skilled and good for the economy :)

I got a job! Exactly as I imagined, finally started my career in the city, was great, met AMAZING people, I was just lucky, chose the right company and the team to work with, Tim, Paul, Matt, John, Kim to name some.. you don’t have to do anything, but just by being who you are you already make difference in this life, and I’ve watched and learnt a LOT from the people around me, peoplee who were happy, successful, non judgmental to mention some qualities, for the rest I did not care much.

I also found Yoga. It was THE defining moment in my life. I was searching for something, trying all
sorts of things, but the moment I stepped to the class felt as if someone plugged a missing part in my body. I did not know what and why I felt the way I did but I did know it was too important to give up. So I became obsessed with yoga, practiced daily, went to retreats, became vegetarian...

Yes I did achieve things I wanted to but that voice in my mind never left, “get a life, break FREE”, and I did know that wearing corporate suite, and looking extremely busy WAS NOT the life I wanted after all. I’ve also observed that most happy and wealthy did not really work that much, they could take holidays, worked from home, had money to travel. So I just started to ask myself what did they know that I did not!

There was the second defining moment in my life. I read “The Secret”. Suddenly realised that I stopped wanting things after some time in my life, and guess what? I had what I had, no more no less. The second defining moment came as I was having a dinner with Kim, I told her “You know Kim, I’ve achieved 100% of what I wanted to achieve when I came to London, the reason for example why I don’t have right now a million dollar in my bank account is because I don’t want to”! It really was a defining moment, because after dinner I started replaying my own words over and over and thought, wait! why exactly I don’t want to have a million???

I had LOTS of attachments to the life I had, job, people, environment, I was too attached to them because it was THE life I created for myself and was and still am incredibly proud of! But every single cell in my body screamed it was not THE life I craved for.

So I decided had to escape. Since I had no idea how to I Googled “How to start a business in London”. London never disappoints me, so many cool events are happening and they are free too. So I went to Business Start up events organized by Business Link. AMAZING, inspirational, I felt out of place a bit though as people were asking about my business and I did not even had an idea what I wanted to do, was fun though:)

Eventually came up with 9 ideas, all around food and opening my own vegan cafe. It really excited me, I was going for it, did lots of research, joined British Library, attended events, even checked out catering suppliers, looked for space to rent for the cafe, YES exactly following my intuition and pretending “As IF” I had all money I needed to open one. Eventually decided to test the market and started trading food on Sundays at Petticoat Lane, was a wrong market for food, but also the only market available and I just wanted to take a step forward without waiting for the perfect moment...

...After all I developed a habit of doing things without good reason when every single cell screams for something I surrender! In September 2008, I woke up and felt someone dragged me from my bed, went to my laptop and Googled “Greek Classes in London”. I did not have a reason why I would want to learn Greek but I thought had to be the reason. So I joined Hellenic Centre just off Baker Street.

...By then I had started signing up for number of newsletters around business and make money and was getting emails I almost never opened. I was really annoyed with ONE particular email getting every week or so about How to Make Money online, I thought SPAM, unsubscribe, but you know takes time to click unsubscribe button! :)

...It was my last food trading day at the market, just before Christmas, tired, and exhausted, totally frozen and already thinking I loved cafe idea but did I want to work sooo hard, and not seeing enough cash coming in??? So I thought OK let me open this email I get every week and see what this guy wants, it was an interview recorded and I said to myself OK I’ll listen for 2 minutes and then unsubscribe.

I was surprised that the voice was NOT American, ye stereotype I know, and then the guy said he grew up in Greece, oh that was a coincidence,OK let me listen what he has to say. And so Mark explained how to make $100,000 a year through e-books on the Internet. It made sense, instantly, I listened twice, made notes, checked out websites he recommended, did more research I could not stop. I knew I found something that would change my life. I just knew in the moment that my life has changed however crazy it sounds.

I tested if I would make money online, I put an effort into it and I did. Not much but I did. Making $1 on the net was enough for me to convince myself that I could build a fortune online. But I still had to meet the people who were in the industry just to FEEL that all was for real.

April was a good timing. I went to Mark’s 3 day Millionaire Bootcamp. Kim asked a day before what was my plans for the weekend, I said going to learn how to make a million, she laughed:)

After the seminar I decided to quit the job, I mentally let go of it but how, I had to pay bills, send money to my mother, savings?? I’ll talk about that next time.. bank refused loan, CRUNCH... and was just no way out. Well again I thought I’d do something “as if”. Everything in my body was asking me to go home, to Georgia. So I booked a ticket and went home, I had no idea why I was flying, but suddenly on the plane I realised I knew exactly why I was going home, I just knew I would find the way to quit my job and twist my life into different direction!

...When I lived in Georgia I worked for one company, I always admired the director, he started his business out of nothing... and in Georgia in those yeas when nothing was happening, but he built a multi million empire. That was not the only reason why I’ve admired. He is wealthy, spiritual, has four children, beautiful wife and a happy family. I just felt like keeping in touch with him even though I lived in London. I would always make an effort to visit him once a year, even if it was for 5 minutes. I did that time too, he asked me about my life and I explained wanted to quit my job because I wanted to have my business and was looking to find the way out somehow. He asked how much money I would need, I explained to him how much I would need to live in London, invest in my education, and give money to my mom! He just said “OK I will give you the money you need, take it and don’t worry, if you win you win if you loose you loose!”

I HAVE TO SAY: People don’t help because they have millions; they do because they want and because they TRUST. And that TRUST they put in you becomes THE UNIVERSE OF ALL POSSIBILITIES!!!
I quit my job. I found a mentor, Tom priceless, and funny enough ended up serving yogis through my business. I established myself as a Coach for Yogis!

Ah yes something else happened in between... I’ve leant now, don’t put money in one account:) In August my bank card was duplicated... I only realised when my account went into negative £900. ALL my money was GONE. And when I was still in the process of finding clients, building my business... luckily I had £100 cash at home:)

Mark's seminar coming up in Heathrow I did not want to miss, as I went into the habit of attending seminars every month, the energy I get from being amongst like minded people like Mili, Laura, Vesna... is electric and just felt soo wrong to miss. But I only had £100:) paid half for the ticket...went to the hairdressers of coz...and had £10 left to travel to Heathrow and for my lunch!

I decided not focus on not having money. I let bank worry about that (btw still waiting for the refund, investigation in process) :) well you know what happened right? I had four times more cash in my bank account within 3days than I had before!...

I am still writing my next chapter in my life, and go through moments of frustrations as I do, but there is one thing I am very clear about, there is NOTHING FRUSTRATING ABOUT DESIGNING YOUR LIFE EVEN WHEN YOU ARE FRUSTRATED!!!.......

I just love my life and give thanks to all of you around me!!!! :)

Tamara

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

If you ever doubted marketing...

Hi there,

I am not sure what your marketing plan is but whatever you do, you must be super CONSISTENT in your marketing and promotions, be it your classes or products, and here is why, from the father of marketing Jay C. Levinson, by the way, his book Guerrilla Marketing, is highly, highly recommended:

So Mr. Jay says:

1. The first time a man looks at an ad, he does not see it

2. The second time, he does not notice

3. The third time, he is conscious of its existence

4. The fourth tine, he faintly remembers it exists

5. The fifth time, he reads the ad

6. The sixth time, he turns up his nose at it

7. The seventh time, he reads it through and says "Oh Brother"!

8. The eights time he says, "Here is the confounded thing again!"

9. The ninth time, he wonders whether it amounts to anything

10. The tenth time, he will ask his neighbour if he has tried it

11. The eleventh time, he wonders how the advertiser makes it pay

12. The twelfth time, he thinks it must be a good thing

13. The thirteenth time, he thinks it might be worth something

14. The fourteenth time, he remembers that he wanted such a thing for a long time

15. The fifteenth time, he is tantalized because he cannot afford to buy it

16. The sixteenth time, he thinks he will buy it one day

17. The seventeenth time, he makes a memorandum of it

18. The eighteenth time, he swears at his poverty

19. The nineteenth time, he counts his money carefully

20. The twentieth time he sees the ad, he buys that article or instructs his wife to do so


Yaps, could not agree more, try consistency and watch what happens


Tamara

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

How Mr. Patel Drives *Traffic* To His Shop!

I like Mr. Patel!

He owns a small shop next door to my house... just off Foley street, in London.

I always go to his shop to buy my flapjack (with raisins and walnuts...)

I went there yesterday too and noticed he has a "pay" machine..you know which one I'm talking about? You can top up card etc..

Anyways I asked him if he made any money on that and he said something that made me FEROCIOUSLY CURIOUS!

These are his exact words

"...Not directly Tamara BUT you see, I do this for FREE for people who come to my shop. ONCE they are in my shop, and whilst I SERVE them...Free.. they end up buying OTHER items for which they pay me money...like chocolate, flapjack, water...

But that is not all, now that they know that I serve them free, they seem to LIKE me, therefore keep coming back for more... you see and as they keep coming back regularly that increases my revenue consistantly too!!!"

And I am standing there and thinking WOW I spent £3,000 going to seminars after seminars in the last 8 months or so and that is ...pretty much all marketing gurus taught me really...like:

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*Give for free something of a great value

*Communicate with customers so they KNOW you

*Give more and more value so they LIKE you

*Be consistant in your communications so they TRUST you

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And it kind of made sense, if they KNOW, LIKE and TRUST Mr. Patel of cause customers go back to him and become his loyal clients so long Mr. Patel keeps on adding value to their lives!

Anyways that is the story how Mr. Patel drives traffic to his shop :)

What do you use in your business?

With love

Tamara

My Story How I Went Into Headstand Practice!!!

Yoga had THE defining moment in my life, so I thought I'd share
my JOURNEY and the first headstand experience!

Read to the END and then let me know how do you relate the story
to yourself if you would?

(...By the way this is off the topic nothing to do with Internet
Marketing, passive incomes and financial freedom, just a story.. :))

Yes I felt in LOVE with yoga from day one, I did not quite
understand WHY but I did know it was too important to give up!

The first time I practiced yoga, was a Jivamukti class, pretty
advanced, so pretty much half class went into headstand and there
I was standing, doing bit of "watchasana" and thinking nooo wayyy I'm
not doing that, never...

...I mean how could I even dream of getting myself into headstand? I
had never done anything remotely similar to...headstand.

But the teacher, seemed quite confident, "one day you will", and
I am thinking "I am a positive person and you are nuts" :)

Anyways I became TOTALLY OBSESSED, I just wanted to be able to
do a headstand, but it was not happening, I just could not... I
even went to retreats,
did inversion workshop with David Life...Just
to stand on my head... nothing...but I wanted it so much...

(By the way SORRY, to be off the topic I know this has nothing
to do with what I teach normally...wealth creation and passive
incomes...)

But I kept on trying..from practicing once a week, I continued to
practe SEVEN days out of SEVEN... every single day I would show
up with my blue mat and practice.

So whilst I was very anxious, my teacher kept very calm and just
FOCUSED on teaching the TECHNIQUES how to do a headstand,
without injuries...

I felt hopeless, frustrated, angry, but somehow I made a DECISION
and COMMITTED to FOCUS ON THE OUTCOME and kept on practicing daily...
went through moments of humiliations, oh just in front of myself
really noone else cared, made myself vulnerable...

You know the feeling?? like when you have no idea what you are doing
and how you are going to arrive??

But the teacher knew what she was doing, stayed focused and made
me subconsiously (now that I think about it) focus on the end result...

8 months later I was in the class, practicing as per usual and WOW I suddenly
went into headstand as if I had been doing that all my life...

You know that really calm, peaceful feeling when you are upside
down? so much in control of your movements, YOU CONTROL everything,
every breath, movement... is not it joy to finally be there? ARRIVED?

Where did all frustrations, pain go? DOUBTS? fear, judgment?

WOW it is so easy and joyful to be upside down...in the UNKNOWN
territory...

Anyways that is ALL I wanted to share really :)

With love

Tamara

PS. I know this is not a story about Internet Marketing and your
journey towards financial freedom...

PPS. It was the journey how I went to headstand practice and how
my teacher helped me to stay FOCUSED on the OUTCOME :)

PPS. What is YOUR story?

Monday, 28 December 2009

10 Reasons Why Facebook Is Brilliant For FREE Traffic

Facebook, at its most basic level, is what it sounds like. In the olden days before the Internet, when I was just a wee girl, a facebook was a book with photographs in it, meant to help people on campus get to know each other, from alumni and staff to students and teaching faculty. If you know someone on Facebook, that’s reason enough to join.

Yes, like AOL was, it is a “walled garden”, meaning it’s a closed network where the general public can’t see what you’re up to – you have to be a member to get beyond faces, or to interact with the faces you see.

Sometimes, privacy is a good thing, don’t cha think?

People present a different side to themselves when the doors are closed, when they can control who is observing what they do.

And this is what is wonderful about Facebook. You get to know people on a more personal level than you would with email. You can learn what their interest are, and see how they interact. I’ll get into more details about the tools in Facebook that actually make this possible later on.

Right now, here’s a quick list of what makes Facebook the place to be right now.

- You can be yourself more, and still be professional.

- There are ways to say things on Facebook that aren’t exactly risque, but that you wouldn’t put on your blog, either, due to audience conflicts or content compatibility issues.

- It’s easier and faster to get to know people you admire.

- There are many people whose content I enjoy, that I’d like to get to know better, in a deeper way than commenting on their blog would allow, but is not as intrusive as random emailing or calling them on the phone out of the blue.

- Facebook allows me to find and talk to those people, and soak up a whole different batch of their wisdom than the public at large gets to see.

- So if you find out that someone you admire is on Facebook and they aren’t yet overwhelmed with noise, get on and Friend them before their list goes over 100 – that seems to be the point at which the noise has the potential to overwhelm the signal.

- It helps you establish common ground to facilitate deeper bonds when networking.

- You have a lot more leverage to introduce yourself to someone if you participated in several of the same discussions and are interested in the same things.

- With a blog you have a fleeting connect until someone comments repeatedly.

I mean, honestly, how many blogs do you visit every single day, of the ones that are in your reader?

Facebook has a system that reminds me to care for and feed my relationships with people in a way that a blog doesn’t. When you bump into someone enough within this remnder system, you’ll want a way to connect to each other more often.

It’s intimate.

This point can’t be overstated. Facebook feels like a bunch of small gatherings, even when there’s a conversation in a big group taking place among hundreds of people.

This makes people feel comfortable, when they’re comfortable they relax, when they relax, they’re more open. Meeting colleagues, potential clients and your favorite gurus is a completely different experience than when you meet them in a more public part of the Net – for better or for worse, you’ll often get the most accurate version of a person you can online.

Facebook friends are more likely to help spread your content.

In the past week that I’ve been more active than usual on Facebook, I’ve been included on fanpages and events which led to getting on the first page of Google.

I didn’t even know these people read my content, we’re really only Facebook and Twitter friends, it’s not like I know the guys, though Facebook makes it feel like I do.

I also have had more of my other content either replied to or submitted to social news sites by people not on my team than in just about any other community I’ve ever particpated in.

You can display your expertise instead of just talking about it.

It’s one thing to get compliments by peers, or to be published in a prestigous online publication because of somethng you wrote – in fact, it’s a great thing. A wonderful enhancement to that is when a potential client sees you edified by one of your peers. It’s extremely powerful, because it happens in real time.

Many of the activities you flit around the Web doing can be accessed from within Facebook, which can help organize and simplify your day.

I can Twitter, Jaiku, share blog posts I like, and do a LOT of other social media related things that are imperative to my business from within Facebook. Of course, I don’t need to have Facebook to do this. It just makes it easier and more fun.

So what happens to me when Facebook is down? The same thing that happens to me when Google is down. I don’t rely on Google for ALL my traffic, and in the same way I don’t rely on Facebook for access to my friends, social networking, etc. The part of the online world that gets pulled into Facebook is still retained on the outside of the garden – ie, I can still Twitter from the Twitter page if I like.

Facebook brings you 30 million potential people for you to market to – Without Necessarily Actively Marketing to Them.

Facebook is not a place to spam your link and people who do are mostly ignored, and occasionally chastized. Yet, even though I have not done one single thing to market myself on Facebook, I’ve got a whole new audience stream from it.

No, really, besides doing the best three things that can get people from my Facebook profile to my web page, I have done zero marketing on Facebook – and yes, there are ways to market on Facebook besides networking, I just haven’t used any of them.

And yet I get constant traffic.

It feels like a fun waste of time but it can actually double as highly productive time spent on your online business.

I know I don’t have to explain to you why feeling like you’re goofing off, when you’re growing your business, is a good thing.

The additional stream of traffic I get to my blog from Facebook is more interactive.

With 1879 friends and one network able to see my full profile – the people who come here from there are more likely to reply to posts, and they leave deep conversationsl responses. Makes sense when you think about it – traffic from a more interactive community is more likely to… um… interact.

You’ll find all kinds of long lost friends.

There are people I haven’t heard from, literally since school, that I found again through Facebook. It made my eyes mist up to see some of them around again, and doing well. That’s the best present I could ever get from being online and it was totally free!

Dr Wayne King

http://www.askdrwayneking.com/