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How to Approach Authority Sites and Bloggers to Make Killer Connections

The world of online marketing and business is like no other, especially when it comes to making connections with others and being able to grow a worldwide voice of your own. Think about this for a minute… even if you were to build a successful offline business in your local area, how much reach and success could you ultimately have? You are not only limited by how many people can actually visit your location, but you will also have to deal with the very high overhead costs of retail space, paying your employees and much more.

Networking to the TopOne of the most important reasons why I love doing business on the internet is that it allows you to connect and meet with people all over the world, even when you may think they are in a league of their own! Just think about the affiliate marketing industry for example… names like myself, John Chow and ShoeMoney are just an email away, and most of us will always reply back to you.

If this were the “real world” of business and we all worked at a high level company, it would likely be very hard to get in touch with us, and may even cost your some money!

The internet is completely different and this is one of the driving reasons why it’s much easier to find success and fame on the internet than in any other industry.

So what does it take to connect with some of the top online marketers, bloggers and sites in the world? Here are a few ideas for you to try out.

Attending Conferences

One of the absolute best ways to get your name out there and start connecting with major players in your niche is to get out there yourself and attend an internet marketing conference. A decade ago there were only a few conferences across the country; now they are all over the place and happening all the time. Whether you are focused on ecommerce, affiliate marketing, blogging or another online business, attending a conference is the best way to physically meet with the people you need to know and get that first introduction.

Commenting on Blogs

Connecting with Social UsersIf you can’t make it out to a conference, another great way to build a relationship with a well-known person or website is to interact with them and leave comments on their blog. Bloggers always appreciate when people take the time to leave real comments that provide value on their sites. In addition to leaving comments you will also be building out your brand with your avatar, name and link back to your site with each comment.

Sending a Nice Email

Lastly, it’s important not to forget about the value in sending a real email to someone. Sure, the top bloggers and online marketers get thousands of emails and pitches every day, but if you take the time to write something of value and not come off as a leech, there is a good chance you can form a relationship and possibly work with other big names online.

As you can see, you have plenty of options when it comes to expanding your reach online and connecting with some of the biggest names in the industry. I highly recommend that you step out of your comfort zone and attend a networking conference in your area, or at the least send out some emails to your online mentors and just let them know how much of an influence they have been to you. You never know where it might lead to!

 

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About the Author Zac Johnson

My name is Zac Johnson and I have been an online entrepreneur for the past 18 years and blogger since 2007. This is my personal blog and I welcome you to the site. In full disclosure, it is safe to assume that I am benefiting financially or otherwise from everything you click on, read, or look at while on my website.

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jeremypenguin says

Don't forget to follow and actually interact with those same people on the social media platform they use the most. A couple of shares and re-tweets can get their attention before you do your outreach.
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EmitezBoy says

Awesome Post I think engagin' with other bloggers means success
thanks for this post!
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Gurjit Singh Khehra says

Hello Dear Zac,
Thanks for these tips. I've tried all of them except the first one that is 'Attending Conferences'. In my country there are not so many conferences of Bloggers. But i shall really try it and then analyze its power.
With Regards.
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Sunday says

Hi Zac , your ideas of approaching authority sites and top bloggers to make "killer" connections are noted. However, while the ideas of attending conferences and commenting on blogs could yield faster results, sending nice emails is often the least option of connection – it is easier said than done!

Let me explain. I have written valuable emails to top bloggers I admire in my niche but most of them often do not reply. Is it because they are getting thousands of mail? I think some prefer replying mails of established bloggers.

I have shared this comment in the IM social site – kingged.com where this post was "kingged"

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Vivek Kumar Poddar says

For me one of the best way to make connection with any reputed blogger is to perform guest post on his blog. This not only gives me change to meet more new bloggers and webmasters but also helps me to increase my website's value " in terms of SEO ".
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Kumar Suhas says

Hi Zac,
Connecting to authority bloggers will be great at any time. You tips are useful and now I will be more prepared to attend internet marketing conferences if happen to be around me.

Jackson Nwachukwu says

This is great tips! Zac reading this post really gave me the inspiration and drive to get to work.

I will for sure put them into use.

Thanks.
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Jay says

Good tips not sounding like a leech can go a Long way:)

When I get an email from someone WHO is sincere, respectful, has good intentions, and actually wants to learn something.
I respond 100% of the time.
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