Today I wanted to share a few tips for Networking. Why Networking? Because it's no secret that people who are well connected are the ones who are the most successful when it comes to running or building a business online or offline.

I'm not going to explain why this is the case in this post today but instead wanted to just initially offer some tips for Networking that will really help you build a large and very useful network. Detailed below is a list of tips for Networking that are simple to carry out and if put into action will grow you a network that will serve you well in business and in life.

#1. Attend Events

Attending local, regional and national events and seminars is one of the best ways to meet and interact with people in your niche. You may consider attending a local event that you find on Meetup.com . There are many many local groups that hold weekly and monthly meetings you can tap into. Also look for larger events in your area or taking place nationally. "You Just Never Know" is one of my favorite sayings and when it comes to attending large events...ya just just never know who you are going to meet or what connections you will make that could have a huge impact on you and your home business in the future.

#2. Network On Facebook

Second to attending events is networking on Facebook. This social media platform has really opened up the whole world to everybody. Make sure you have positive and quality interactions with people you meet and connect with. Remember Facebook is not a place to openly promote and push your business on others. I prefer to use it for genuine networking and then make more effective invitations at the right time if it makes sense.

#3. Keep track of everyone you ever meet

One of my mentors taught me some time ago that you should make a note of everyone you ever come into contact with. Record their names and important information like , their email, address, birthdays and make a note of the circumstrances of how you met them. Then any time you have some form of contact with them you log it. You will be shocked when you do this as to how fast your network will grow in size because you are actually keeping track of them. The list of your network will be your MOST valuable asset in your business moving forward. You don't have to be amazingly organized... you just have to keep some sort of track of your interactions.

#4. Have regular contact with your network

Make sure that at least 3 to 4 times a year you have some kind of contact with your network. Birthday cards, Hand written notes and gifts, Phone calls just to see how they are doing, emails and facebook messages just to say "Hi". This is a super important step as you want to make sure you nourish your network.

#5. Connect your network together

One of my mentors made this suggestion to me and it really works very well. A couple of times a week a week I will always try to introduce people in my network to each other. I try to find people in the same niche or area of business and just make an email or Skype introduction. It only takes a few minutes each week and it shows that you really care about the people you interact with. It also has a very positive benefit for you... many people you do this with will return the favor and also introduce you to their network!

If you want to start or grow any type of business - online or offline - networking is really a practice that you want to work regularly at. In fact it may your MOST important activity for long-term business success. You just never know when things will change in your life. By using these tips for Networking you can build a large and supportive network. In doing so you will always have someone to help you out of the hard times that you may encounter or inspire you to greatness in your business venture.

Author's Bio: 

Merv Stevens works in Internet and Network Marketing. For strategies and advice and to learn more about tips for Networking, go to his Pure Leverage Blog. Act now and discover how average people are achieving extraordinary results online by cashing in on the DIGITAL gold rush!