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Tribal Networking for Newbies: Part 1

This post was most recently updated on January 22nd, 2012

Nothing is more powerful and immediate than tribal networking when you are presenting yourself, your ideas, and your opportunities online. Tribal networking primarily ignites the interaction between your personal blog and the Social Media. It involves the cross-syndication of content such as blog posts, You Tube videos and Facebook fan or business pages.


Tribe members comment on each other’s blogs, re-tweet posts, link them to their Facebook walls and so forth. This brings each tribal member a lot of attention and new friends to add to their contact lists. You’ll be surprised how fast you can connect with new friends and business partners by developing your tribal networking.

Cross-syndication is the way that members of a tribe get involved in the process of helping each other. They bring attention and credibility to each other’s work by visiting their sites and blogs, leaving comments and sharing perspective on each other’s content. They join each other’s Facebook communities, subscribe to their You Tube channels and follow each other on Twitter.

Tribal networking is designed primarily for cross-syndication. As a tribe member, you commit to syndicating the work of your other tribe members, just as they have committed to syndicating yours. Everybody gets recognition and social interaction in this way.

Why does Tribal Networking focus primarily on your BLOG?
Your blog is your central hub. It’s where people come to learn more about you… who you are, what you believe in and what value you have to offer to them. It’s also where people can buy into your product or information, of course, but that will only happen AFTER they have come to know you.

That’s why tribal networking revolves around the syndication of your blog.

But syndicating your blog is not the whole activity of tribal networking. Training and accountability are other key roles that tribes fulfill.

When you are part of a tribe, you will learn from others. They will critique your blog, notify you if something is not working. Tribe members can also give you ideas or criticism about your content. So you always have someone to help you present your posts in the best light. You might find out how to add plugins to your blog to will enable you to make it more functional. You might learn to integrate different designs, add banners, integrate picture and videos and so many other things.

Your tribe connections are always available to help you in your training. This training might include technical things to juice up your blog. Or content assistance, such as what to write, how to write it better, or how to make videos or screen capture part of your online presentation. And, of course, as you learn more and more, you’ll be willing to help others with what you know.

This is a critical part of your tribe networking experience. Your tribe will always be there to encourage you to keep your commitment to yourself… your commitment to succeed! In my primary tribe, we commit to write one blog a week to syndicate. Your responsibility is to read your tribe members blogs and comment, retweet and link it to your facebook page. This way they get credibility and so will you. It’s an equal exchange. You meet more people on your facebook and twitter that way. These will be people that are interested in YOU.

We do not spam, i.e. the ethics of a tribe is Not to sell your product, but to gain interest in who you are and what you are doing. This is how the internet marketing works. No one wants to get a sales pitch. They just click off when they sense spam.

The most important thing about the accountability feature of tribal networking is that it keeps you working to develop, refresh and improve your blog and social sites. If you’re not doing this, then all the other efforts you make in the marketing arena will be to no avail. So be thankful that your tribe is here to show you the way and keep your feet to the fire!

Tribing Syndication is all about going to one’s blog, responding to it, re-tweeting it and facebooking it, It is that simple. This gives you higher ranking. AND…your connections will amaze you. It is all about GIVING to one another and building up relationships to help one another out.

Tribing has become all the rage in internet marketing, and it will only become more and more popular in the future. So if you are not in a tribe, get into one now. Begin your journey to Tribal Networking and put yourself on the internet map!

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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19 Responses to Tribal Networking for Newbies: Part 1

  1. Robin Lynn Brooks April 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    TMI has brought a wonderful community together and I am so
    excited to see it is spreading and the vision is unfolding
    as predicted.

    But of course! It’s a “dream” community based on sharing,
    giving and lifting each other up! And it’s quite contagious!

    Love your post and your style 🙂
    .-= Robin Lynn Brooks´s last blog ..Becoming True Friends =-.

  2. admin April 10, 2010 at 3:40 am #

    To me The Tribe is a “family” because I found more friends and giving people here than anywhere in my life. Glad to be your friend.

  3. Mary Lou Kayser April 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    I am so grateful for the Tribal experience I have had thus far, and it has only just begun! I look at the comments written above and recognize just about every person from the Tribe. 2 months ago everyone here was unknown, a stranger. Your post brings to light how powerful being a part of a tribe can be. How else could all these amazing spirits come together? Terrific!
    Mary Lou
    .-= Mary Lou Kayser´s last blog ..Why Are Teachers Leaving the Teaching Profession? A Personal Perspective =-.

  4. admin April 9, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    Thanks Jenifer,
    We are learning every day. Tribing has been the most successful part of my business.

  5. Jennifer Hart April 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    Hello fellow tribe member! What a wonderful post about the importance of like-minded community and the learning & growth it can create. Great post Donna!

  6. Jan Hill April 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    Being in a tribe – syndicating, friending, supporting each other – you are right on Donna! Being a Go-Giver – it all comes back to you! Hugs to you!
    .-= Jan Hill´s last blog ..Is Your Dental Practice Suffering from the Revolving Door Syndrome? =-.

  7. Dona Merrill
    April 2, 2010 at 4:47 am #

    Kellie, thank you so much and Sharon I see it could be a beginning of some lessons on our tribe. http://tribe-connect.ning.com/
    If anyone is interested in joining this new tribe, please let me know.
    We are new and FREE! Right now! So jump into this new ning tribal community if you are already in the TMI. We are sprouting and could use some more people on our tribe.

    thanks, Donna
    .-= Dona Merrill´s last blog ..Tribal Networking for Newbies: Part 1 =-.

  8. Kaye Flack April 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    Donna thanks for sharing how powerful it is to be part of a tribe. Its amazing!! I’m looking forward to you sharing your series for “newbies”.
    Thanks Kaye
    .-= Kaye Flack´s last blog ..3 Key Ingredients for Your Online SUCCESS !! =-.

  9. Sharon Hartman April 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    Great post Donna

    This info will be a great help for all the people new to tribes and syndication!

    Tribes are all about like-minded people connecting and sharing value.

    Keep sharing the great content!

    .-= Sharon Hartman´s last blog ..Internet Marketing…Which Platform do you choose? =-.

  10. Omar Estrada April 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    Yep! Clear, precise and step by step 🙂

    Most people don´t understand the power of syndication and fail to realize that “networking” means exactly that…

    Great post, Donna
    .-= Omar Estrada´s last blog ..Tecnología y Sistemas: los caminos de la Historia =-.

  11. Kellie Hosaka April 1, 2010 at 5:26 am #

    Thank you for this very detailed explanation of tribe networking and syndication Donna! This is incredible!
    I will be posting on my fan page. Thank you! Aloha 🙂
    .-= Kellie Hosaka´s last blog ..Why Your Right Brain Is Crucial To Your Future =-.

  12. admin April 1, 2010 at 12:49 am #

    Thanks everyone for your comments. And David, Let’s Rock!

  13. David Merrill
    April 1, 2010 at 12:47 am #

    Tribal syndication is truly powerful. I can’t believe how much social buzz I’ve received in such a short time since I joined my tribe. You really nailed the 3 main benefits of the tribe in your post. Great job, Donna!
    .-= David Merrill´s last blog ..Social Media Is The Key To Internet Marketing Success. Part II =-.

  14. Val Wilcox March 31, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    What a great synopsis of how to interact within a tribe. It is about giving value to others and being open to learning from your tribe members. You defined the points so well.
    Thanks Donna,
    .-= Val Wilcox´s last blog ..Who Is In Your Target Circle? =-.

  15. Michaelé Harrington March 31, 2010 at 4:29 am #

    Hi Donna,

    This is an awesome post to help newbies understand how powerful being a part of a tribe is.
    Its so important when you are new to blogging to be a part of a group where others are more advanced than you, so that you can receive some much needed constructive feedback.
    Not to mention having a bunch of people who will let you know if some of your plugins etc aren’t working as they should be! That in itself is a huge bonus 🙂

    .-= Michaelé Harrington´s last blog ..Are MLM Replicated Websites Effective At Growing Your Business? =-.

  16. admin March 31, 2010 at 3:40 am #

    Thanks guys, I’m doing a series for “Newbies” my next post will be all about the correct way to blog. I’m taking it one step at a time because Tribing will be the newest and greatest for internet marketing.

    The new clients I have been teaching are Newbies and begging for information. So I decided to do a series that is short and sweet outlining the important features and ethics of it all.

  17. Glyna Humm March 30, 2010 at 11:03 pm #

    “Right on” Donna – The tribe absolutely rocks! Great explanation of the whole concept.
    .-= Glyna Humm´s last blog ..Show Us Your Bright Shining Faces! – A MUST For Online Marketing =-.

  18. Sharon March 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

    Thanks for the needed introduction. The information is very helpful. When is the next installment?

  19. Bill Hartman March 30, 2010 at 9:51 pm #


    You did a GREAT job on this post. You nailed it when you talked about the Tribe Syndication. Keep up the good work.

    Your Friend
    .-= Bill Hartman´s last blog ..The Beginning Of The End =-.

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