Build Your Bridges And Your Ship Will Come In


I first started blogging on WordPress in 2009.  I’d had a free blog for a while but found a course online with John Thornhill that showed me how to set up my own domain, and using WordPress run a ‘proper’ blog.  I completely threw myself into John’s teaching, following every instruction to the letter, and it was the result of this teaching that inspired my first report, a blogging guide for new bloggers.  I still use the methods taught then and my guide is as relevant today as it was when I wrote it in 2009.  I have an updated version now but the main body of content is still the same.

Following my desire to get everything right and blog to the best of my ability I found I made a lot of very strong friendships with other marketers online.  An interesting post I read today talks about sustainability of blogs and how easy it is to set them up but it’s keeping them relevant and up on the latest blog trends that will enable you to sustain your blog for the long term.  You can read the post here.

One thing about making strong friendships online is they are also sustainable.  I still have a handful of marketers I started out with who have also continued and we are in contact fairly regularly.  My network has become much bigger now with many people I have met both on and offline as I do attend networking events.  In fact an online colleague I have also met at an offline event, Keith Purkiss, and I have a group called Northern Networking, which is aimed at networking offline with other marketers in the North of England.  Networking events are a great place to help you move your online business forward.

And so to the purpose of this post, Build Your Bridges and Your Ship Will Come In.  It is because of those early relationships and how much importance I placed on building strong friendships with people online that I now find I have been asked by not one but two outstanding marketers to partner with them on product creation.  Steve King and I started on John Thornhill’s Masterclass together in 2009 and now we are both in John’s Partnership 2 Success programme.  A few years ago when we were both still very green we collaborated on a few products but never really did much with them.  The product creation became way more important than the selling of it at the end!  But now we are both in a different position online we have decided to collaborate once again and will soon be launching our product, A practical Guide to Making Blogs.  We’ve both come a long way since 2009 and have learned a lot so it’s time to share that learning with others.

The second marketer I have teamed up with is Keith Purkiss and we will also soon be launching our joint venture.  Keith is also a Partnership 2 Success student.  We have known each other for some years having met at Randy Smith‘s Northallerton meet ups.  Our product  is not only an in depth guide but an ‘over the shoulder’ look at how outsourcing can be used in your online business.  It’s a great product that will help old and new marketers to effectively use outsourcing as a model for business.  If you would like to get onto our early bird list so we can let you know when it is being launched please CLICK HERE and we will contact you very soon!

So start building your bridges now and your ship will certainly come in!

Enjoy the journey!


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  1. Hi Mandy,

    A great post and a very good link too, it is so true, the relationships we build on and off line are the foundations, to be nurtured and cherished. I wish you the very best with your new product launch and future ventures.

    From Roger
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    1. Hi Roger, thanks for visiting. Great to see you here! The first product is being launched on 18th April, we’ve set the date since I wrote this post. It’s all done and dusted and ready to go, we’re currently drumming up interest from affiliates and that means looking for people to promote when it goes live! It’s so exciting! I always get excited at product launch time. Such a child!

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  2. Congratulations Mandy, sounds like you have a great collaboration going. I have been blogging for over 7 years now and couldn’t agree more with you about the wonderful relationships that have grown over the years. Thanks for sharing and wish you all the best with your new venture!
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    1. Hi Marquita, thanks for visiting. I work hard at creating good, sustainable relationships both online and offline. It really pays off when something like this comes up as the partner thinks of you as a collaborator and that reaps benefits. That sounds rather contrived but it really isn’t.

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  3. Hi Mandy,
    On reading the title of the post I was focused to read the post, But after reading the post, it looked really good.
    And i must say that good post.
    Thanks for sharing
    have a good day ahead.
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    1. Hi Robin, thanks for visiting. I believe partnering with one or more people is a great way to make things work. We can’t all have the same skills at the same level and collaborating allows you to work with your own skills while others fill in the skills you do not have.

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  4. Hey Mandy,

    Glad to read your interesting post and I truly enjoyed a lot while reading it from top to bottom. Today, we know very well without a healthy relationship we cannot achieve our goals in online businesses.

    It is considered as main foundation of businesses where our goals stands. Eventually, thanks for sharing your worthy experience with us.

    With best regards,

    Amar kumar

    1. Hi Amar, thanks for visiting. Healthy relationships will always benefit you in the long run and having help online is always a good thing, don’t you think!

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  5. Hello mandy,

    Yesterday night i read your blog. nice blog to write how to start you blogging & online business. and advise to your friends John Thornhill’s Masterclass inspire of the master class

    Great job mandy,



    1. Hi Advika, thanks for visiting. I’m so glad I started blogging, it really is such a lovely occupation.

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  6. Hi Mandy, I love masterminding online and offline. For a few years, I just enjoyed the online connections but began to miss the occasionally meeting with people offline. It is fun to get together offline especially when I find some of my online friends offline.
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    1. Hi Lydia, thanks for visiting. I agree, meeting with people offline is so important to our development online. I love networking events and attend them quite regularly.

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  7. Hello Mandy! What an Awesome title right there girlfriend! Seems like you are on the right road to me..

    Thanks for sharing your experience’s with us,
    Chery :))
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    1. Hi Chery, thanks for visiting. It’s funny because when we start out without any knowledge or experience we have no idea whether we are on the right road, but as we go along little things happen that make you think ‘I should do more of that’, and so it was with blog hopping and getting to know other marketers. It builds a network of relationships that can benefit you in the future.

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  8. Hi Mandy,
    Great title, made me curious.
    Great to see that you have made great friends online.
    Good to see that you have some collaborations with these friends coming up soon.
    The Practical Guide to Making Blogs looks like a great title
    and the outsourcing for your online business looks interesting.
    All the best to you with these products.
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    1. Hi Kathryn, thanks for visiting. The Practical Guide to Making Blogs is a great little product. Steve is so very good at the techy side and I so all the other stuff, writing, support, advice. All the stuff I am good at. It’s great to find others with different skills that you can collaborate with.

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    • emi on February 17, 2017 at 10:30 pm
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    Hi Mandy,
    I agree with you, it is important to build a relationship and it’s so much more fun that way 🙂
    And courses are very helpful also, I am glad that they are available online now more then ever.
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Emi, thanks for visiting. It is great fun building relationships, isn’t it. I love courses where you can work alongside other people and get to know them a bit better. Some are not like that, which is a shame.

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  9. Hi Mandy,
    Your article is interesting as it sheds light on the benefit of relationship building.
    It is an indisputable fact that good relationship with people is critical to success in life.
    I wish you the best in your new project.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Taiwo, thanks for visiting. Relationships are something that needs work to build but can reap benefits once established. And everyone you meet online is not going to be fruitful, sometimes we simply won’t be able to build that relationship with someone no matter how much we might want to.

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  10. I also used some of John Thornhill skills. A great help and now make significant gains in new traffic to the website. Just about to try getting facebook to produce traffic. Failed so far
    Thanks for your inspiration. i have take n away so much

    1. Hi Duncan, thanks for visiting. It’s great when you find a mentor who teaches you the right way to do things, a lot don’t.

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  11. Hi Mandy,

    Great title that suggests an pleasant visual, bridges and ships…

    Your take on the benefits of networking make a lotta sense. Although, I’ve always been more of a lone-wolf kinda guy, I’ve made some awfully good connections with members of Lesly Federici’s lively Power Affiliate Club. Thanks,

    1. Hi Edward, I love to use words that create an image for the reader, thanks for sharing that. Lone wolf is ok but sometimes we can go further forwards if we collaborate. I can be a lone wolf sometimes too!

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  12. Mandy,

    I have also seen the effect of long term friendships online and offline. When I decided to start creating summits, I started with my sexology colleagues because I was attending the live conference and knew I would see many of them there. The summit housed 32 speakers.

    Then I created my second summit about touch, somatics and body psychotherapy. And again I attended the conference, I was planning to attend both of those conferences anyway, and again I invited people – many I knew and some I had never met before. The summit housed 42 speakers.

    Now I am creating my 3rd summit and when I reach out to my colleagues, many I have known for decades and a few who have appeared on my previous summits, some tell me they are “honored” to participate.

    A summit is a real collaboration among many people and when they already know me it is so much easier for them to say Yes. So I’m having fun with this. One of the people I just invited had been in a blogging tribe with me a long time ago and we have made contact intermittently on Facebook.
    But there is a sense that we know and trust each other.

    Friendships and collaborations over time are beautiful.


    Dr. Erica
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    1. Hi Erica, thanks for visiting. Lovely that you have found friendships online have been carried offline and been of benefit to you. And no doubt they were of benefit to the others too. I think we are all able to bring something good into the lives of others if we look hard enough to see what is needed.

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  13. I just celebrated my 12th year on one of my blogs today and you’re right in the connections one can make that can last a very long time. I haven’t really stayed in as good a touch with marketers (like you; it’s been a long time lol) but I have kept in touch with a few people from the beginning of that blog and my others (I have 5 now; whew), and it’s always a pleasure to see others from the past stop by.
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    1. Hi Mitch, thanks for visiting. Long time no see! It’s great to reconnect with you. 12 years, wow, good for you! I know there are marketers that I have not stayed in touch with. Of course there are also a lot who have disappeared now, got fed up of the whole online thing, no doubt! Me, I just love writing so having a blog is a great outlet for my writing creativity, and it has led to greater things too!

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  14. Hey Mandi,

    I really liked the title. It’s the title that intrigued me to read this post. Networking is an essential part to be successful in blogging. It’s an opportunity to meet and interact with people who have real life experience. Building strong relationship can help a business grow, it will also come in handy in terms of referral marketing. People buy from people. Wishing your good luck with your new venture.
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    1. Hi Nishant, thanks for visiting. You are right, networking both online and offline is very important. They say that great partnerships have been formed at networking events and I would agree with that.

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    • Saeed Jatoi on February 24, 2017 at 10:01 pm
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    Hey Mandy,

    Great Thoughts, I tOtally agree with you that relations are important either they are online or offline.

    1. Hi Saeed, thanks for visiting. Relationships are so very important yes, and if you build them of firm foundations you will reap the rewards.

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  15. Hi Mandy. This is so true. I don’t even know how many years I’ve been friends with Lesly Federici. We are both in a totally different place now, but we keep holding each other up. I have know you for years, also, and I love coming to your blog because there is so much to learn here. Thanks for continually sharing your expertise.
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    1. Hi DeeDee, thanks for visiting. Relationships are so very valuable if you treat them responsibly and nurture them. Thanks for your kind words about my blog!

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  16. Hi Mandy,

    One of the great benefits of blogging as a business model is that it is a wonderful launchpad for building relationships and even Joint Venture partnerships.

    It’s all about networking and collaborating.

    You’ve just demonstrated this perfectly in this article.

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    1. Hi Donna, thanks for visiting. I have always been a friendly sort and it’s been wonderful to find people online that I can connect with. I’ve even met some of them at events and when I have visited other countries I have connected with fellow bloggers. It’s been a great way to open up my own personal network of friends too.

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  17. As someone who works from home (going on my 10th year), I really value my online connections and networks. This post gives lots of food for thought. Thanks for sharing!
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    1. Hi Karen, thanks for visiting. I agree, working from home can be a lonely place but with connections and online friendships it makes it so much more social.

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  18. Hi Mandy

    Short and very powerful. Building relationships is very important and thumbs up for sharing your story as it is a reminder that building bridges will eventually leady to ships coming in.


    1. Hi Ikechi, thanks for visiting. Building bridges is so important. Our online relationships are really important.

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  19. Happy to peruse your intriguing post and I really delighted in a great deal while understanding it through and through. Today, we know extremely well without a solid relationship we can’t accomplish our objectives in online businesses.

    1. Hi Seema, thanks for visiting. You are right, solid relationships will help a great deal.

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  20. Thanks for sharing this article. I believe in the ladder of success you meet many people but the people you start your journey with, they are the ones with you till the top. Success can come to everyone but very few are able to celebrate with their loved ones. Really loved this article.
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