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3 Perks of Being a Member of an Online Community

Are you a member of an online, industry-related community?
If not, you’re missing out on some awesome knowledge-sharing, networking, and camaraderie opportunities.
In this post we’ll review some of the perks of being a member of an online community and take a look at some of the more active ones that you should consider joining.

3 Perks of Joining an Online Community

Here are some of the top reasons you should join an online community today.

1. Meet Like-Minded People

Meeting other people who work in the same field as you do can help you feel less lonely and more connected, especially if you primarily work online and/or remotely. These like-minded people will have experienced similar setbacks, client frustrations, and run into similar obstacles, which make them the perfect people to contact when you have an issue!
If someone has joined and is active in an online community, they’re usually more than happy to lend a listening ear and provide feedback if so desired. Don’t be afraid to vent or ask for advice if you’re having a particularly difficult time with a client, as most people are willing to help.

2. Give Your Career a Boost

Fellow community members are great resources. Often, other members include industry influencers or those with more experience in the field than you. Utilise them as a resource to learn more about their area of expertise.
Is there another aspect of the industry you’ve been wanting to learn or master? For example, are you currently in the marketing field but want to learn how to code? Use the community as a jumping off point to ask for recommendations on where you should start and what resources you should consult.

3. Stay on Top of Your Industry

Online communities are great places to stay on top of industry news. Whether a new rule or law has affected the way you conduct business, or a new player has come into the market, stay abreast of trending topics and respond to them in real time.
Not sure how a new tweak in the Google algorithm will affect your rankings? Ask what others are seeing in their statistic dashboards and how you can ensure you’re prepared for future updates moving forward.

A Few Active Online Communities

1. Inbound.org

Inbound.org isn’t just a great digital marketing community, it’s a great resource to find the best marketing articles and ask your most pressing questions and get answers from industry leaders.
Easily show achievements with badges, win clients, get hired, and score speaking gigs, all in one place. They also host awesome AMAs with top experts where you can learn a lot in a little amount of time.

2. GrowthHackers

The GrowthHackers community is a great place to go to if you’re in the SEO, content marketing, design, or product world and looking for great people to connect with.
Participate in AMAs, review top posts, share ideas you have for projects, join discussions, review growth studies, and more.

3. Online Geniuses

Online Geniuses is an online SEO and internet marketing Slack community that organizes events, hosts amazing AMAs, and has weekly online events like the CRO teardown.
This community boasts over 11,000 members and has hosted over 150 events. Learn about the different chapters, sign up for the newsletter, or become a partner.

An Extra Perk

Find a community you love and want to share? talkspirit allows you to link RSS feeds to specific groups. Once linked, the feed will appear on one’s newsfeed, allowing you to stay on top of your favorite communities.

Lauren Spindler

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