Have you ever felt like a "spammer?"
Why do I ask that question? Well, honestly because I have sometimes been made to feel that way.
Normally, when I give someone a link and ask them to check out a program or service - especially something that requires an investment, I do it because I honestly think that it might be something useful for the person for what ever reason.
Recently I did that in a Skype chat room and it sort of came across like I was trying to "push" something on someone. Yes, this does happen far too often, and I can understand the negative feelings behind it, but the Skype room I was in is a room I have been a member of for a number of years. Meaning that the people in the room should know me and understand my intentions. Which leads to the theme of "Considering the Source."
There are spammers galore out there. But not everyone who posts a link in a public forum is a spammer. We need to think seriously about who posted the link and why. If it fits our personal category of "spammer," then so be it. But If you realize someone is just trying to pass along some useful information, then take it as that.
There is a reason that there rules in public forums for posting links. Those rules are very important. But sometimes someone may make an error in judgment and post a link somewhere they really shouldn't. Does that make them a spammer or "program pusher?" Not really.
I have taken a look at a great number of links posted by people in my networking circles. I know that the people aren't simply trying to make a quick buck. I have even joined or purchased things from their links. Sometimes I even do it simply to support them if I can when I know that they will get some sort of commission from it. That is my way of helping people out in my networking circles. To be honest, we are ALL trying to make money in our industry - but we should understand how to use discretion.
So, the next time someone you know (or should know) posts a link in your Skype room or some other public/semi-public forum, consider who the link is coming from. Maybe that person thinks that you will understand their intentions. You can at least give it a "courtesy look" and tell them what you honestly think about it and why it's not for you. That's a part of what networking is all about folks!
There is no felling more terrible than when people in your networking circles think you are a spammer when that is the furthest from your intentions. If there is someone in your network that seems to do a bit much "suggesting" things, why not speak with them privately and say something like 'hey, I know you mean well, but when you do that so often you come across like a spammer.' I think the person would appreciate the "tap on the shoulder." If they don't appreciate it - then that's their problem.
Thanks for reading my blah blah blah.
Till next time!
Yours in Success,