As you know, 2011 was a great year for Maven. We grew faster than ever before, connected thousands of experts with our customers, paid out record consulting fees and referral commissions, and added several new products. That growth has accelerated in the first month of 2012- in fact, 50% more Mavens got paid to participate in January than in any previous month!

The theme this month is MORE – more Mavens, more customers, and more opportunities for you to profit from your membership. To do it, we need your help. Here are a few ways you can help Maven grow and get paid in the process:

Refer Smart People to Maven

Everybody Knows Something… and Someone! One of the things we know at Maven is that the best way to get to great people is through other great people, and we built our one-of-a-kind referral system with this very idea in mind.

Surely you know at least one person who would make a great Maven. Show them you think so by introducing them to us – and when they get paid, you’ll also get paid! Click here to learn more.

Use our New Widgets to Build Your Network and Generate New Consulting Opportunities!

We recently launched three new features that can help you publicize your Maven participation, generate new opportunities to consult, earn more Referral Commissions, and build your Maven Network: your Maven Public Profile, your Connect with Me widget, and your Consult with Me widget.

Connect with me on Maven

Since launching these tools, thousands of Mavens have improved their visibility to search engines via their Public Profiles, and we’ve seen Connect with Me and Consult with Me widgets popping up all over the place.

The data is clear – Mavens who use these tools build MORE network connections, generate MORE consulting opportunities, and earn MORE Referral Commissions.

Maven is Hiring!

That’s right, the Maven team is expanding. If you think you’ve got the chops to help change the way professionals source and share expertise- or know someone else who does – . We’re looking for Sales and Account Management professionals in all geographies.

We hire exceptionally bright individuals with positive attitudes and incorruptible scruples. Click here to learn more.

New Opportunities to Consult

New consulting opportunities on the Maven Bulletin Board include topics like Natural Gas Fracking, Coffee Packaging, Cloud Document Storage, Mac Software/Tools, Insurance Regulations, Submarine Exploration,  Mammography, Oxygen Scavenging, Internet Search, and many, many more…

To view more details on these and other opportunities, simply login and check out the Bulletin Board.

Thanks again for being part of the Maven community!