Networking is a word often bandied about these days. Whilst it is not compulsory utilising social networking websites online will help your online writing. It will increase the exposure you receive and could help you make more money.
You do always have to progress with caution. There are still many people online who are not whom they appear to be. That said there are many other would be writers who will be all to happy to reciprocate if and when you tweet their article. Your peers could also offer valuable advice which they have learned during their writing journey.
Sites come and go so it is best not putting all of your eggs in one basket as the old saying goes. Look at MYSpace and its meteoric rise and spectacular demise.
Currently it is probably a good idea to join Facebook, Twitter, Pininterest, LinkedIn, Google and Storify. All of these will offer you a means to push your work. Of course you will need to glean some followers along the way for the "plan" to work. Choose wisely and gather your veritable army of boosters. Consider joining other sites such as Digg and Stumbleon but give yourself time. Remember Rome Was Not Built In One Day!
Most of us have neither the time nor the inclination to be online 24/7 but it is up to you. It may be that as you begin your freelance online writing journey you need to spend a little more time gathering followers, reciprocating tweets and commenting on other writers work. It will be up to you to decide. Networking can prove addictive and time consuming so it might be as well the set a time limit on such activities.
Joining the networking sites listed is easy. Once you have joined writing websites or created your own you will be add to add links into your profile, for example at Facebook. Decide if you want to write as you or want to opt for a pen name. If you choose a pen name you could use this for networking also. Set the notification on all of your online accounts so that your privacy is protected at all times. If not you could end up with a inbox full of spam or worse.
Lesson Five - Your writing and the right host for it
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