Forum Marketing Minefield

Forum marketing is a great way of marketing if you can do it the right way. But it can be a financial equivalent of stepping on a land-mine. Forum marketing is basically showing your expertise and building a reputation. It does exactly that if you do it the right way. But done wrongly it reflects your lack of expertise and turns your name to mud.

Once you have decided the forums to use, go through their rules and regulations. Each forum’s rules are different. Many have some topics banned, some allow advertisement and some don’t. First learn the rules of the road. Not following the rules will make you banned in the forums. Even if it is allowed you should not advertise through your posts or comments. Rely on the signature to promote you and your business.

Before you start actual postings go through the contents of the forum thoroughly once. By reading the forum you will have a good idea about what the forum is all about and the best way you can approach it. If you try to barge in, that will have a negative impact within the forum and that is one land mine you would surely want to avoid.

 Always remember that along with the new comers the best known brains in the online marketing industry are also posting in these forums. So, before you post something on a given topic or try to comment on a post make sure you have the necessary expertise to do that comment. If you do not have the necessary knowledge and shoot from the hip then at best you will be ignored or at worse, experience marketers will call you to task and that will ruin your reputation.

There is nothing wrong in creating a little controversy in these forums. I sometimes acquire some of my best and most successful business ideas from such forum topics which have created some form of arguments within the ranks. But this is entirely different than from being called a fraud.

Comment when you can help someone with a problem, the forums is all about helping each other with a common goal. If you can provide help then go for it. Good or bad the reputation you create in the forums will be synonymous with you throughout your online career and internet marketing.

For the Internet Marketer, affiliate marketer a good first stop to go to is the Warrior Forum

Forum Participation

Being a part of any online marketing business you will know that forum participation is an effective way to grow your down line if you can do the right forum marketing. If you are using forums to build your down line, these two basic things you must do regularly to get hundreds of target audience interested to check you out and then join your team.

 

Regular Participation

Inability to use forum everyday is quite overlooked. Most people think after joining a forum and participating for a few days that people will check them out. But they generate no leads because you must post a lot before anybody will check you out.

For maximum results here is what you should do.

First locate 3-5 forums that are in the network marketing field by searching on Google. By doing this you will get a list of forums to join and participate in.

While doing your search make sure to look for forums which have more than 10000 members and above. This will increase your chance of getting enough traffic that will subsequently pay for the time you have spent on posting.

After this prepare a good signature from your profile settings. Create something that will get everybody’s attention towards you after reading it. However do not overtly try to advertise on your signature, rather be subtle and get the message across. Every little detailing you think will add to your credibility must be added in the profile.

Once you are through with this, introduce yourself to the community. After that make sure you are regular with you postings on the forum. The traffic would not come if you have not posted in the forums regularly for at least 2 weeks.

 

Only Post High Quality Content.

Every day you will encounter new people who will post questions. Try to reply to every post that you have answers to or opinion about. Do this for 5 people (at least) each day on each forum.

You can also ask relevant questions yourself for attracting replies so that many people will notice your signature link.

Sometimes try to write posts which are very informative and has relevance. This will benefit other people in the forum. You must write articles based on your experience. For example: in areas you have been successful in getting traffic or any similar useful tip that would help others to build their business.

Why Does Forum Marketing Work

Internet forum marketing is the form of marketing where you market your business through online discussion groups. First you join a forum and start adding posts to the discussions. You are though not allowed to advertise or market directly through your posts, this is called spamming. After registering as a member of the forum you can create your own signature file.

In this signature file you can hyperlink a keyword phrase back to your website, which when clicked can bring on the traffic to your site.

 

The following are the five benefits of forum marketing.

 

1.   Always remember when you are posting you are helping out someone. It is a great felling when you are of any help to the other person. If you are a believer of the law of when you give you always receive something then online forum marketing is the place for you.

 

2.   You get to learn a lot for free. When I started my website I never felt the urge to post. I only read other people’s posts. I hung out in the Warrior Forum and learned a lot which helped me grow the business.

 

3.   You’ll get free advertising from your signature profile. People read your posts and view your signature profile and click on the link for your website. This type of traffic is very passive and a great source of sales.

 

4.   Search engines would give you credit for a backlink when you hyperlink your keyword phrase back to your website. As for example, my article writer website hyperlinks the phrase article writer. And now we feature in the top 10 on Google because of the backlinks from forum marketing. I try to be very regular and post on these forums several times a week. You can try Google search and you will get a large list of forums and discussion groups. Find the few which has any form of relevance with your business.

 

5.   One other huge benefit I get is that I acquire ideas to write articles on my blog by going through the different kind of questions people ask. A good question usually stimulates a lot of discussion. Such questions can be made into good articles.

 

These are several reasons good enough for you to include internet forum marketing to be part of your advertisement strategies. Be consistent and reep the benefits.

Have A Product Now What?

So you have a great product, now what? The average Internet Marketer does not approach the product launch process properly. They spend time creating an awesome product only to fall short of reaching their income goal. They just don’t get the affiliate support they need to hit their sales goal.

Why do you think that so many fail when it comes to building their affiliate army? Why do you think that so many internet marketers believe that “if they build it, they will come?” The reality is, that if you build an amazing product your sales are not just going to appear.

There are Internet Marketers that think that by posting on a product on a particular selling platform that they are going to make tons of money by default. For example, posting their product offer on a forum. Many people solely rely on “organic platform traffic.” The reality is this, if you were to go to the Warrior Forum and you were to post an offer today, and do ZERO traffic driving, and use no kind of affiliate network just depending on organic traffic in the forum… your “launch” would likely be a complete failure.

Building an affiliate army is crucial to your launch’s success.  You have to set aside time for this and you have to follow a plan if you want to get powerful affiliates on board to promote your launch. Remember, that when you’re recruiting for your army that the super affiliates are business people. Before you try recruiting them, you need to make sure that you’ve got all your ducks in a row. You should get to know them first because a stranger may perceive your launch as “risky.” This is their business and they have to make sure that their income continues to come in. If they don’t know you, they just have to “TRUST” that your offer will convert well and that you will treat their customers properly.

There are two super affiliates that recently covered this in great detail. These 2 guys are always at the top of the leaderboard for huge launches and they opened my eyes to quite a few important Affiliate Recruitment Tactics. Omar Martin & Dave Nicholson know EXACTLY what to do and have generated millions of dollars online. Together they created an awesome product on how to recruit affiliates and create buzz for your launch. The product is called WP-Affiliate Builder and you can check it out here:

When you get inside of the WP-Affiliate Builder members area you’ll find an ebook with 7 chapters of tactics that will help you grow your army, there’s also an audio version so you can download it and listen to it on the go. The site also has JV video training that teaches you the exact steps that Omar Martin & Dave Nicholson themselves use to teach their affiliates how to make money by promoting your products. They include a JV blog development training section that will teach you how to create the JV pages that your affiliates need in order to be armed to promote your product PROPERLY.
These videos are not only going to teach you what you need to know, but it’s going to provide you with the resources to do it well. WP-Affiliate Builder is more than just training, it provides you with Word PRess plugins that help automate a huge part of your product launches.

The site is absolutely amazing. You definitely don’t want to miss out on what these guys have going on.  You should definitely go right now to get access to their site. You won’t be disappointed. I hope to see you there:

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