Leading a pack of wolves
by, 06-11-2012 at 08:13 PM (1802 Views)
Well, I've been meaning to write up a new blog post for a few days now, and really, when you're a leader, you lead by example - you teach others, and give out advice on various things.
Especially if you're a teacher - teaching students on various subjects, without teachers, a lot of people wouldn't be as educated as they are today - and without teachers, we wouldn't have great students.
So basically, when you lead by example, you're leading others into believing things that you do - such as, let's take an example. Google is leading the search engine game[wow right?] and nobody else in the industry as tapped the search engine market like Google has, so thus, they're leading by example, and others want to follow in their foot steps, well, they really can't because Google is the best at doing what they do best.
I'm not quite sure why there's a lot of people across the internet - that claim to be leaders, when they haven't lead anything, especially in terms of the SEO[search engine industry], you see a lot of newbies claiming to be experts in the field, when they barely know jack shit, and it makes other people in the industry look bad. So basically, if you're trying to lead, then learn how to lead, learn how to be a boss, and learn how to listen to your community.
A true leader motivates their users, but they also keep themselves motivated Without a good leader, a site will have a tough time succeeding.
Now, let's take Neopets for example, they sparked a ton of interest in the virtual pets community, which means, a lot of players decided they wanted to create their own pet game, thus, using Neopets as an example - they're the leader in this community because they have the most features, a lot of staff, and are owned by a multi-media company. Thus, a lot of pet sites try to mimic off their success - either by creating things similar to them, or try to advertise and target their members.
And that's a good thing right? Of course, because when you try to tackle a leader in an industry, you have to learn what has made them successful, and why so many players enjoy their site.
Also, Apple is one of the leaders in the mobile industry - their iPhone, iPad, iPods are one of the best things that has ever happened to the mobile industry, so thus, other phone companies try to mimic their products - whether its right or wrong, they still do it, because they want to generate money like Apple does, and sell as many products on them.
So, basically, what I'm saying here is if you want to be better than someone, then try to lead by example. If you want to be better than a certain pet site, then knuckle down and tackle them at all costs - surely, there's a lot of great minds on the internet, and players across the globe, so if you market correctly, your site's potential depends on your ideas, your users, and your community.
We all know that Subeta is the second biggest pet site on the internet - compared to Neopets, Marapets, and Powerpets, and you know why? It's because they have a wonderful leader leading the pack of wolves[their users], and plus, they're the only one truly making an impact in the virtual pets community, and I can honestly say they're in a league of their world - because there isn't another site, pushing their product like they are - and also, that means, they're the only one who can truly compete against Neopets on all grounds - because they have a wonderful staff team, and a group of players that go all out to refer.
Aywas is the fourth pet site leading the pack of wolves, and really, they're on the same ground of Subeta - in terms of having an active user base, and having a great leader. We all know how much success is determined by a true leader, and basically, Aywas will someday surpass Marapets in terms of - active users online, because Marapets' leader doesn't really update so frequently anymore, so thus, players are leaving and getting fed up..
But, let's say Ian did actually work on Marapets full time, like a true business owner should, Marapets probably would be a lot bigger than it is today, and it probably wouldn't have a lot of community problems - why? Problems occur on the community when things aren't getting done, and that is a problem.
So, the moral of this blog post is "Leading a pack of wolves" is like leading a whole community, and quite frankly, when you're a leader, you also motivate your users to go above and beyond, a true leader is defined by his/her personality, and how he/she can handle things in certain situations.
A leader doesn't back down by anything, a leader carries his team, like he's a big bad wolf.
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