As I wrote in earlier posts on this theme (Dave Mendoza, open networkers), I looked at invitations over the past 3 months. I was surprised. I though open
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, Mar 28, 2008
As I wrote in earlier posts on this theme (Dave Mendoza,
open networkers), I looked at invitations over the past 3 months.
I was surprised. I though open networker invites would be going
up. They're not (see previous post). I expected non-open
networker invites to be flat. Wrong again. Instead they're
going up. (most recent invitation counts are on the left of the chart
I attribute that to general branding. People now come in contact
with me in many ways - my profile, DallasBlue, MyLink500, MyLinkGroups,
all our DallasBlue groups, etc.
The moral of the story - if you're a true open networker and intent on
expanding your network:
1. Continue to participate in the open networker lists. You'll
receive a rush of several invitations and likely a few thousand
invitations from already active open networkers. Once you get into
a steady state like where I' at, invites slow to relative
trickle. 30 per week and 1,500 per year is nothing to sneeze
at. But it's also not a magical elixir that will skyrocket you to
2. Don't forget other open networking techniques - publishing your
email address, QuickLink, and LinkedIn profile on your LI profile, email
sigs, web site, blog, etc.
3. The dominant source will be your own networking, branding,
marketing, and natural good looks. In my case only about 30 of 200
invites per week, or 15% come from people using the open networker lists.
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