Are you looking for additional ways to market your online business? I make a good online income and one of the best marketing strategies I’ve found is forum marketing. It is, without a doubt, a great way to market your online business.
Quite simply, forum marketing is a type of social networking that employs the use of online forums as a place to market your online business. Forums are all about people who have similar interests coming together to talk, share ideas and opportunities, provide feedback and promote their businesses.
The way you market your business through a forum is not through blatant self promotion in your posts. You will find few friends that way. The way you promote your business is through your signature. That’s right – your signature. Your signature can contain information about your online business along with a link. Interested people will click on this link and find their way to your website. Sound easy? Well, yes and no. Yes, the concept is easy but forum marketing does require energy, effort and persistence. But, so does starting a home based business and generating an online income. Forum marketing is just another thing to do on your road to success.
The only forums you want to be on are serious ones where you can receive great information and resources from other members. Know in advance, that these members know their stuff! Don’t think you, as a noob member, are going to waltz right in there and steal everyone’s thunder. Respect others first and foremost. Don’t expect to make a couple of posts and then receive a ton of traffic to your online business. If you are going to do forum marketing for real, you should expect to help others more than you are helped yourself. If this isn’t your mindset, forum marketing isn’t for you.
Forum marketing can be a superb lead generation tool, but it does require a real investment of time; at least 5 – 10 posts per day minimum.
In order to do forum marketing effectively you must create a credible online presence. One way to do this is through providing useful information and solutions in your responses to others’ posts. This requires that you be constantly learning new things. If you see a post you want to respond to, make sure you know what you are talking about. You can’t offer valuable advice without researching the matter and educating yourself first.
The Benefits of Forum Marketing
- It is a great way to market your online business and is completely free.
- There is no waiting period, you can begin immediately.
- It can produce great leads because your forum friends already know you, like you and trust you before they get to your website.
The Law of Reciprocity and Forum Marketing
- Forum marketing is a give first strategy.
- You must give a lot in order to get a lot.
- When you provide valuable solutions to others without asking for something in return, you create a subconscious attraction.
- By actually finding others who need help and providing them with solutions, you gain instant respect.
1. Find a forum that is a right fit for you
If you are interested in creating an online income or starting a home based business, you do not want to be joining a forum on basket weaving. Look for forums specifically about online businesses or home based businesses that have large amounts of members – at least 1,000. Make sure that most of the forum threads have lots of recent posts.
2. Create an account and profile before posting in earnest
Forum membership is seniority based. Some forums will have a waiting period before accepting posts from new users. When you create an account make sure you fully flesh out your profile, complete with credentials, expertise and experience. Add personal interests, hobbies and any other information that will help a person get to know you from reading your profile. This step is crucial because it will be what gives you credibility.
3. Spend some time looking through the forum first
Before you jump in and begin posting, read through the forum to get a sense of what people are like as well as which topics are the favorites. Some forums do not like newcomers so it can be a bit of a test to be accepted. Do your homework first. Get a good feeling for what the community is like, if there are any definite things that are frowned upon and, basically, what the cultural norms are. Read the forum terms of service and abide by them.
4. Offer valuable contributions
This is most important and where you can really shine. If you want to answer a post but aren’t sure how, research it until you can give an informative, educational solution. If you do this long enough, people will begin to relate to you as an expert in your field. They will want to click through to your website to find out what the heck you are doing. This is an important step in generating leads to your home based business.
5.DO not overly promote yourself
Nothing is going to turn people off more than reading a post full of self-aggrandizing verbiage. You are there to provide service to others through providing incredibly useful information. Leave your sales pitch out the door. Your purpose on a forum is to be seen as helpful and knowledgeable. Leave the pitch for the signature box! If people respect you and like you enough, they will click on the link in your signature to go to your website.
6. NO Personal Drama
Just don’t do this. Ever. ALWAYS take the high road.
7. THE All-important Signature
Use good copyrighting to create your signature. It should have a strong CALL TO ACTION such that readers will be moved to click on your website link. Avoid overly long messages and flashy images.
Forum marketing isn’t for everyone but, if can be an excellent form of lead generation for your online business. If you have a home based business and are looking to create online income, I highly suggest you implement forum marketing into your marketing strategies.