Well for those of you who hate posts about making a living in the Philippines, especially making a living in the Philippines on line, or supplemented by the online world, this will likely be another post you don’t enjoy. Sorry about that, I write when I’m “in the mood” and this is what I’m “Moody” about today.
If you think I’m somewhat unidimensional from the impression you have of me, you ought to see the view from inside my head … it’s absolutely flat as a billiard table from inside here at times.
It’s really hard for me to believe how many people make a living without the power of the ‘Net in today’s world, and it’s even more of a surprise to see those who succeed do so in spite of their on-line efforts rather than becuase of them.
If you feel you’ll never be doing anything to make money online in your life, that’s ok, read along, becuase for sure you’ll run into a friend or relative here in the Philippines who does want to and I’m going to reveal a couple of elemental truths that everyone can use.
I’ve been having a discussion with several online associates about the importance of responding to people on the web, and I recently had a prime example when someone whose site I had featured in a write up here on PhilFAQS months ago left me a comment.
Now the fact it took that person months to respond is neither here nor there. I’m not writing because my nose is out of joint about not getting instant gratification. I wrote about a lot of people and sites who never respond … that’s almost the norm … and the fact it is almost the norm is what today’s message is about.
Here’s the bottom line suggestion I have for anyone interested in people, money or both:
Number One … answer your email. In the Philippines, especially, this is a huge, huge problem which costs millions of dollars ayear in lost revenue.
I know more than one fellow foreigner who was ready to come to the Philippines for a visit or to invest here and then decided to go elsewhere becuase no hotel, airline, ferry company or real estate agent would answer his email.
Folks, answering an email is free. And it can lead to money, publicity or friendship.
Years back when I first started this blog I picked 100 sites that were in my folder of “Useful Philippine websites” and asked the owner (when I could find contact information that is) to write me back if they would like their site featured on this blog. Free. No strings attached. Want to know how many bothered to return my email?
Yep. Zero. If I had a dollar for every time I have heard a friend trying to get a blog started complain about no one coming to his/her site, I’d be as rich as people think I am
I’ve been working with people who want to visit and or move to the Philippines for more than 8 years now. A lot of things have changed, but one thing stays the same. Filipino businesses just do not answer emails.
Second, the related issue that got me going today. If you have a standard blog, a ‘brochure’ type website, an ecommerce site or anything else on line you can find out who is linking to you.
If someone links top you it is a tremendous vote of confidence in their eyes (and in Google’s automated ranking scheme) and it makes good sense to link back to them, and to thank them persoanlly for noticing you and linkinmg to you.
Once again, it’s free. And you know they are not total strangers you have to be shy of … they are the ones who took the initiative to get in touch to begin with.
What could be easier or more welcome than a note to let them know their work was appreciated?
I link, on average, to at least 50 Philippine-oriented sites per year … at least one a week. Do you know how many site operators/bloggers ever even notice? Almost no one.
I guess they all have more traffic/on line collegues than they can deal with. I surely don’t.
You blog/web site can tell you a _lot_ about where your visitors and business is coming from, if you let it.
Some people ask me if I don’t often feel lonely and isolated, living here in the Philipines so far from my native country. My answer is, I’m better connected in many ways than ever before … but I didn’t get that way by ignoring links and emails.