When you’ve built a strong online influence, it likely looks like you have a large online community who follows you. For instance, maybe you have a big email list or lots of Facebook followers or a popular blog or podcast or Youtube channel. (Or a combination of the above.)
And, of course when you have that, it’s so much easier to build a successful, profitable business.
But, having online influence is more than just collecting followers on the various social networks. It also means people are actually reading your words and listening to your message.
And, when that happens, it’s truly magic. Because then you’re in a position to share your gifts and message in a much bigger way.
And when you want to make a big difference in the world, who wouldn’t want to have an influence?
The secret to making big money and a big difference in the world? Grow your influence.
The problem, of course, is how … how do you do it? How do you grow your online influence (especially if you’re just starting out), and do it in a way that’s authentic and doesn’t feel slimy, or like you’re twisting people’s arms? (In other words, how can you do it in a love-based way?)
Well, while it’s not particularly complicated or difficult to develop and grow your online influence, it DOES take some work. And you also need to accept a few hard truths. Let’s take a look at three of them:
1. It’s an inside job.
Learning the latest, hot new way to attract followers on whatever platform you’re focusing on isn’t actually going to build your influence.
This inner work can be tough—I get it. But, the clearer you are, the more people will be able to decide if you’re someone they want to listen to, and become a part of your community.
The less clear you are, the more likely people will ignore you—not because they aren’t interested in what you have to say, but because they’re too busy to try and figure out if you’re someone they want to pay attention to.
2. Be authentic.
People are savvy. They can sense if you’re walking your walk, or if you’re just telling people to do one thing while you do something else.
The more you and your business are in alignment with your message, the more influence you’re going to have.
At the bare minimum, it’s important to reflect what you offer in your business. So, if you’re in the health industry, make sure your health habits mirror what you teach. If you teach marketing, make sure your own marketing is in order.
But, you may want to look deeper. Are you someone who pays your team and other contractors on time? Do you believe in investing in yourself (since you’re asking others to invest in themselves through you)?
It may not seem like this would move the needle much, but it really does. If you believe in Law of Attraction, you know that the more you have your own act together, the more the Universe will deliver to you. But, even if you don’t, if affects how YOU are showing up. If you’re out of integrity, it likely will show up in YOUR energy, which people will sense even if they never say anything or are even completely aware of it. And that will affect how people see you, and their willingness to be in your community.
3. It’s going to take time.
Ah, this one is tough. Building online influence isn’t going to happen overnight. It might not even happen in six months. Or a year.
People need time—time to get to know you. To see if they like what you’re about. To see if they resonate with your message. To see if they resonate with YOU.
To make things worse, all of this happens on THEIR time, not yours. You need to land some clients because you need money for next month? Tough. No one is going to be compelled to follow you (much less buy your products and programs) because you need the money.
There is no question this is a long-tailed marketing strategy, which by definition means it’s going to take time … BUT once it happens, it will start to take on a life of its own.