Are you looking to establish your credibility and expertise? One of the best ways to establish yourself as an expert in your niche besides blogging daily is to answer questions on LinkedIn.com. LinkedIn.com has an “answer” area where all the questions asked within various groups, both opened and closed, are listed if you do a search with your keywords in the answer category.
Make sure to choose the questions you want to answer carefully. When picking a question make sure that you truly know the answers to, like you know the back of your own hand. If you’re not sure about something skip it and move on to a different question, don’t take the chance of not posting a correct answer.
Let your fingers do the typing on Google and research your answers to ensure accuracy if you’re not 100% sure about something. It’s okay not to know something but it’s not really okay to post incorrect information.
To make sure you can check your grammar and spelling use open office or word to type out your response. When answering questions on LinkedIn.com don’t view it as posting in forums and discussion boards because it is a professional network. LinkedIn commands a higher standard than what is expected many other places online. Using good grammar, correct spelling, and answering as truthfully and as factually as possible, you will find success participating in LinkedIn.com’s Answer section.
Try to spend about 15 minutes per day answering questions on LinkedIn.com. In addition, you can use the system to ask questions that are designed to get participation from group members. You can use questions as a way to help you know what to blog about, write about, and even help you create new information products for your online business. The best products are the ones that your clients and potential clients wanted you to create.
Automate some of the process on LinkedIn.com by putting a LinkedIn widget or button on your website or blog. Connect your LinkedIn.com account with Twitter and share your blogs by including a feed on you home page on LinkedIn.com. A really helpful way to do this if you have multiple blogs is to create one more website that simply feeds all your blogs into one page, then put that feed into your LinkedIn.com profile.
A quick easy way to do this and I only know how to do this via WordPress I created a new installation of WordPress in a folder. I named it http://yourvirtualgirlfriday.com/blog and then I posted for help in the StudioPress Themes for WordPress forum and @Nick_theGeek suggested I use this Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/feedwordpress/. Now when you go to my LinkedIn profile and look at my WordPress Application it has all my latest posts from all three of my websites and it clicks straight through to that respective site.
Don’t forget to grab my free ebook Demystifying the LinkedIn Files. Also, I’m an open networker and my profile states this, I’d love to accept your connection!