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The Value Of Forums In Business Growth

George Marshall

October 11, 2006

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Recognition as an expert in your field leads to acceptance and respect which in turn leads to Sales! One of the fastest ways to become recognized as an expert is to offer helpful and valuable posts on a regular basis in forums where your target market or audience gather.

To be honest, a membership in a forum offers more in the way of advertising value than all the eBooks, training programs, and membership training sites you could possibly join. Have you noticed that most of the publishers are in fact active forum members themselves?

It has been said that to be successful, you have to hang out with those who are successful in whatever business you have chosen. Is there any better place in the world than a Forum?

If you participate consistently in a forum, you will learn quicker, and start earning more, and you can take that to the Bank!

A forum is an online community for discussion among Internet users, used by some of the best Internet marketers in the world. It is also a training ground for the up and coming. It is a place to share ideas, find answers, solve problems, make friends, and develop partnerships. It is also a support system or resource for most any business, on or offline.

It is no secret, but takes some longer to learn than others, that to be successful you must market yourself first. Forums are the perfect place to promote yourself and your business. By adding value to discussions, you are promoting yourself as an expert in your field, gaining recognition.

There is etiquette in forums. Most forums do not allow sales pitches in general or business discussion areas, but some may have a section designated for posting ads. Other topics that are taboo include disparaging or derogatory comments. Foul language, and or anything of a sexual nature.

Registration is a simple process in most forums, entering basic information of user ID and a password along with a verification email sent to your primary email address for you to click on to validate your email address as being real. You will also want to fill out the signature box which posts below your content posting in which you may ad a short comment about yourself or what you do plus a link.

Once registered, there is usually an introduction section to introduce yourself before browsing the forum topics. You can post a simple hello to introduce yourself to learn the ropes and become familiar with the forum's procedures.

Search "forum" plus the topic of your choice using Google or AltaVista to find a whole list of forums available. You may also contact some of the professional organizations in your trade to see if they have a forum.

There is a legend in most forums that the more posts you have, the more money you make online. By becoming an active contributor to forums, you gain recognition, and people pay more attention to your posts and your signature file. Posting to many forums can be a little tedious if you have to log in and browse through your previous postings or find new topics you can respond to. I recommend an automated posting package or software to enable multiple thread tracking. This will speed up the task of message posting and an unlimited number of forums while managing multiple conversation threads. You can automatically track all replies and organize them as you continue to respond and post to multiple forums. I am sure there are many to choose from but I use and recommend Forum Fortune as the submitter of choice.


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