3 Mistakes You Should Avoid on the Web

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…that makes the occasional mistake on the Web.

The Web is a great place to connect and improve your hunting business and Website. There are so many great people you can meet that will add value to your life.

And it’s likely that you have something remarkable to offer as well.

However, there are a few common mistakes people make on the Web; especially business owners.

These mistakes are frowned upon, but all too common in social media, forums, blogs, etc.

So, if you’re looking to make a positive impact on the Web, here are…

3 Mistakes You Should Avoid

1.  Pushing Yourself/Business in Hunting Forums, Blogs, and Social Media

I really enjoy participating in hunting forums. I really love reading and commenting on hunting blogs and blogs in general. I seem to have a thirst for knowledge.

One of the mistakes I often see from newcomers to the Web is the blatant “pushing” of themselves, their business, and the product/service.

An example of this mistake is going to a forum, starting a new thread; something like “New Hunting Website”, and then giving a description of the Website.

These people are generally well intentioned, but the problem is users on hunting forums and blogs are not pulling your business into the forum. You’re pushing the business onto them.

Actively add value to the conversations going on in the forums and threads. Give your insight and help the users and hunters.

If you have a valuable and remarkable business, the users will eventually pull your business into the discussion in hunting forums.

Sure it’s tough and it takes hard work, but it really pays off (for you and others) when you start to gain traction.

2.  Not Allowing Users to Share Everything on Your Hunting Website

There is a lot of work and effort that go into programming a Website.

I have to admit that I know very little about code and programming.

While it’s difficult and time consuming to program a Website, it’s important to remember to make sure your Website is “shareable”.

You have a valuable and remarkable hunting product/service; make sure your fans and followers can share it with their friends and family.

Make sure your logo can be copied. Make sure you have contact information to share so your followers can contact you. Make sure you have a way for users to share your articles, products, services, etc. on all of the social media sites like Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon, etc.

Make it so easy to share the content (and attribute it back to you and your business) that your Grandma and 4 year old son/daughter/niece/nephew can share it.

It sounds easy, but it’s actually difficult.

It may take some hard work and extra time, but it will be worth it once people start sharing your remarkable content.

3.  Not Participating Off of Your Own Website

There are tons of hunters participating in forums, blogs, photo galleries, video galleries, etc.

It’s easy to get caught up in your own world.

While it’s important to spend time working to make sure your hunting Website is easy to use and valuable to users, it’s just as important to venture out on the Web and make connections.

How will people know you exist if you stay on your Website 99% of the time you’re on the Web?

Participate (see #1) in hunting forums, read and comment on hunting blogs, view and create videos on video sharing sites like YouTube, and view and share photos on hunting photo galleries.

Start an account on Twitter and use Twitter Search to find other hunters. Use Twitips.com for information on how to use Twitter in a valuable way.

Don’t get caught up with your own hunting Website all the time.

Get out and make a connection.

I’d love to get to know you: @DayneShuda 🙂

Conclusion

There are a lot of great things you can do on the Web for your hunting business and Website.

Avoid these common mistakes and you’ll be on your way to successful participation and connection.

Do you have any other mistakes or pet peeves that people make on the Web?

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Dayne Shuda

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