Networking, Writing and You

You're writing in a niche market, and you need to get on social networking sites to make yourself a success in this huge pond called the Internet. However,  the fact remains that you are here to improve on your writing, and get more people interested in what you have to say- before the next step of earning both money and respect happens.

Some people complain that no matter what they do they can't make a go of writing online. 

They simply have no drive to improve upon where they are, or they believe they know too much about the people reading their information.   With Google Analytics and all sorts of other insights you can find on the various social networking sites, you might think this is the way to go, but people are not machines and they make choices a computer cannot predict. Making money and writing seem to be interlinked in the online world.  You want what everyone else has and you can see it played out in real time with "insights" and "analytics."  

This includes niche markets, which is why you will find a lot of people pushing their writing on social networking sites to their disadvantage. Simply put: you will need to make money to do this, or with the book you have published. In fact, you will likely need both.   It was harder to make money on my book about Transylvania until I learned that the networking sites demanded of me to care about what people were doing with their time on my website, or reading my book.

What goal to making money are we talking about when it comes to writing about Transylvania?   After all, a person can argue there is a lot of information out there about this subject.  The sort of money where you make enough to buy something you might want each month but still work outside the home? Or the kind of money where you never have to really work outside the home again-- unless you want to?

What sort of business do you want to build? Networking on Twitter can only help you so much, but if you're always talking about Dracula, or how to build a model Bran Castle, you will need to know who else is doing the same thing.

You have to become a bit of an expert in knowing what people want and need.  People who love Transylvania want pictures, whereas people who are interested in history want the facts.  They have all probably seen a million pictures of Bran Castle, or know that Dracula is a fictional character, but they might not know that you, as a writer have been inside Bran Castle and have a personal point of view.  The key to success is to build ongoing relationships.span>

You might be able to show a few maps, but when it comes to networking about Transylvania, telling and showing are two different things. A blog post is all about writing for an audience that knows as much as you do.  Twitter and Facebook are great for building such connections, but it is important you spend as much time learning more about a niche market and becoming a better writer.  You are the key to creating more success for your websites and blogs, because you are writing about things you love.