Here’s another example of how NOT to win friends and influence people.

I don't know this guy, but he writes a LinkedIn post promoting his 4-week LinkedIn boot camp.

Then he tags 100 LinkedIn coaches so he can leverage our networks.

Did he ask permission?

Hell no.

Did he invite me to contribute to his boot camp?

Hell no.

Is he paying me an affiliate commission if one of my 24,000+ LinkedIn connections signs up for his boot camp?

Hell no.

Think of it this way.

Imagine you had a brick-and-mortar business.

You spend 20 years building relationships and growing your business.

One day a competitor blocks your front door and tells your customers to come to his store across the street.

He's not saying anything bad about you or your business.

He's just redirecting the traffic you spent years building.

Of course, not all of your customers are going to go across the street to his store, but some may.

This is what you're doing when you tag your competitors on social media without asking permission.

Do you think this is an ethical way to grow your business?

- Ted

About the author 

Ted Prodromou

Would you like me to help you? I'm the #1 best-selling author of Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Business and Ultimate Guide to Twitter for Business. People call me America's Leading LinkedIn Coach. I'm the founder of Search Marketing Simplified, LLC, a full service online marketing agency. The SMS team designs and implements advanced LinkedIn and social media lead-generation strategies for small to medium-sized businesses. SMS will set up and manage your marketing funnels using organic, social and paid traffic. Did you know I've been working with the internet since 1991, long before Al Gore invented it?

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