|February 25, 2009||Volume 8 Number 06 Issue 218|
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Interesting week. Helped a number of folks on a forum I frequent by critiquing their salespages. Got a couple of ideas for new products. Hopefully I will get time to develop them before we go back into hospital.
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Forums for Fun and Profit
by Jim Mr Idea Green
Posting on forums is a great way to make money. Although it is possible to use Search Engine Optimization and Pay Per Click advertising to reach the same audience, forum posting is much cheaper - free, and more fun.
Most entrepreneurs are well versed in the tactics needed to market their products on-line, but getting the initial rush of traffic to their sites is always a problem. Without traffic, it is difficult, well actually impossible, to do split testing, gather feedback and pick up the necessary testimonials.
Posting for Traffic
A great way to get traffic to your site is to post on forums. And you don't have to pay a cent to do it! By posting carefully, you can attract quality visitors to your sites, or your affiliate sites. And you don't even have to search for them, they will come to you.
Regardless of your niche, you should be able to find popular forums pre-loaded with truckloads of eager buyers. The folks are visiting the forum because they are passionate about the topic. That means that they are already inclined to buy your product. You just need to convince them to buy from you. Unfortunately, you cannot make an overt sales pitch on most forums. Some forums do have a special place to make offers to the members of the forum, but this is not usually the best way to get people to buy from you.
Since most people like to be “in the know” about topics they are interested in, forums are a great place to keep up to date. With a modicum of knowledge, a forum visitor can ask intelligent questions to get the opinion of other readers.
If they have good knowledge, forum posters can help by answering these questions. Beware of the vacuous individuals who just want to speak to hear their own voices. They tend to do the same thing in forums. Make sure that you do not appear to be one of them. Many great posts can be forgotten because of one ill thought out one.
Build Your Reputation
This is a great place to forge your reputation as an expert in your field. It is not necessary to post an answer to every question to appear to be an expert. That’s one real beauty of forums. You get to pick and choose when and why you will post and no one will notice that when you don't post. Even if you have already posted on the topic, if you don't have something valuable to add, give it a pass. You don't want to risk looking stupid just to inflate your post count.
A Source of Knowledge
Another great way to use forums is to search them for specific knowledge about some aspect of your niche. I find that I get a lot of great ideas just reading other people’s posts. I find out what problems people are having and what trends are developing. Once I get an idea, I visit several forums to search on the topic to see if there is an opportunity for me. Many great products have been developed this way.
Once I have a product that I want to promote, I use my signature to do it. If I have a website for the product, I just take the headline or other good line from the salespage and put it in my signature with a link to the sales site.
Remember that signatures are sticky but not persistent. Because of the way forums work, your newest signature is seen on every post you have ever made on that forum. This allows your newest ad to instantly be seen on many posts and will be gobbled up by the search engines. For this reason alone posting to forums is immensely valuable and a worthwhile use of your time. Just sales page overdo it. It’s easy to spend your whole day posting and not doing other valuable, money-making activities.
Starting a Forum
This is all well and good, but what happens if there are no forums in your chosen niche. Well, this is an opportunity in itself. You can start the forum and just by doing so instantly earn credibility in the niche. You can also monetize the forum itself by the use of well-placed ads. Although setting up a forum will take a little bit of work, it is well within the ability of most entrepreneurs - that means you.
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