Any serious online marketer should take advantage of the many home based business and marketing forums available across the internet. These forums serve many purposes for online marketers, but first and foremost they are an informational resource. By being active on these forums a home-based business owner can brand themselves a professional in their particular niche, and create product awareness without having to ‘sell’ their idea or product.
By posting regularly to these forums, and properly utilizing the signature tags, you can also generate much needed back links to your web page which helps with search engine optimization for your site. The more your website link appears on the internet, the more priority it will receive from the search engines. This is extremely important, as your true marketing online marketing ‘residual’ is built by properly utilizing search engine optimization.
One thing you don’t want to do while using forums is to shamelessly and excessively promote your product or opportunity, because this will destroy your credibility with that particular forum community, and you will never brand yourself a professional there. Any communication over a forum should be done by offering valuable information and ideas, and only promoting your programs and opportunities through your signature tags. Unless of course, the forum thread allows for promotion of your particular business.
Almost all full time marketers are extremely active on forums. it’s a great way to get brand awareness out about your program, while at the same time making contacts you probably wouldn’t otherwise have. By properly networking through these social mediums you can build your networking base extremely quickly and find like minded people in abundance.
Many new online marketers choose to promote their opportunities in chat rooms. However, chat rooms are much less effective then forum promoting. Mainly because chat rooms don’t allow for signature tags, and the complete lack of moderation in many chat rooms keeps the quality of information received low. A good forum usually has great moderation, and an established community of users who share ideas and promote ideas the correct way. (through signature tags etc)
Some marketing forums also reward you for posting to them. Including advertising credits, text ads, banners etc. If these tools are offered, you want to fully utilize them to maximize your exposure and get people aware of both you and the product that you are promoting. Even further, some of these forums offer advertising threads, where you are free to post information about your specific business or opportunity. These types of threads are extremely valuable in a high traffic forum, as search engines will index your website and even your opportunity post.
In closing a big part of every online marketers efforts should be focused on forum marketing. Its another tool that can be utilized to brand oneself. And branding yourself a professional in a community is the best form of advertising and promotion you can have. There is no price tag you can put on ‘trust.’