Finding an "effective" online business network strategy that you can fully trust and rely on to bring you real, profitable leads and business referrals is rather hard to come by online. While there are many free network hubs online that you can easily join, you have to first look at their effectiveness. Some of the things I believe they need to be effective are: 1. An easy way to spread your business and brand throughout the network via an intuitive interface that pushes your business and what you do, out through the network automatically. 2. Extremely good training as part of the service, so you know without a shadow of a doubt that the steps you follow are going to be successful for you, because their built on proven strategies from real experts in business who have "done it" before.
3. A way to connect with other members in "real life" if you wish, you see there's a tonne of online business network hubs about, but hardly any have a local chapter, or member you can connect with live. And live one-on-one connection is the key to bringing in business for your company or business.
4. Engulfing of all other online business network hubs, business networks, and marketing methods, so that it compliments the other businesses, rather than is seen as a competitor and when you apply for membership, you're restricted in your access due to membership in other business networks. 5. Access to referral partners, that are highly qualified in their chosen area, who have been accepted as members because of their expertise, not just because their out there trying to flog their services / products to everyone.
This is extremely important when running a "high quality" online business network operation, as trust and effectiveness is the key. So as you can see, some of the most important feedback I've had from people in certain online business networks and local hubs is that the members are being "sold to" too much and feeling pressured by their clubs, or their club has too many "restrictions" or "rigid rules", and finally that they simply aren't getting the results from their investment. Which of course means they aren't making and investment in their business but rather, discovering their network membership is a "liability" instead. I don't want this for you and your business, but just saying it isn't enough. You need to fully research and explore your network hub before joining, read testimonials of real results, if they can't give you any, think long and hard before you invest any money.
The same goes for so called free online business network hubs, if their free, but you get no results, it's a liability in eating up your time and effort in building your business network. And because there's already so many other activities all competing for your time, you only want to invest your time into the ones that return you the best value. I hope this helps you to "open your eyes" so that you can grow your business and learn the art of attraction marketing online.
Adam Price is a professional online business networker and author around effective referral networking & attraction marketing. Learn how tap into the powerful online world of networking by visiting: http://www.Law-Of-Attraction-And-Success.com/BusinessNetwork.html