Forums are a very valuable tool, especially when you are new to the internet
and marketing. I, fooli
shly, put off joining forums for a long time. I have since realized
how much information, advice and connecting with other marketers I was missing.
Just one bit of warning! Don't let forums consume too much
of your time. Maintain some balance in using them, you have many other things that will need your
Forums and What They Can Do for You
Forums can be a great source of information, and can keep you in touch with what is new and happening
on the internet.
On a good forum, no well intentioned question, is too foolish to ask. There will be folks with all
levels of expertise who will be willing to answer your question.
Forums are a good place to get user reviews of software and marketing materials.
Forums are a good place to learn about things you've never heard of before that you may find useful.
Some forums can be a place to offer help, and post your signature file.
Forums are a great place to become acquainted with people you may joint venture with at a later time.
And, Forums are a place where you can be in touch with like-minded folks. This can be very helpful in
the beginning if you don't have a business partner to talk to. Starting a homebased business can
be lonely at times, and interacting in forums can help keep you motivated.
Forums and What You Should Know
Do have the
good sense to qualify and research what you see on forums. Not everyone is an expert.
Read the rules and guidelines so that you don't violate them. In
particular, not all forums allow you to post your sig file. Blatantly advertising is frowned upon,
except when there is a section provided just for that.
Treat the other members with courtesy. Yes, as in all other segments of life,
now and then you will encounter a real jerk. Don't get in a dogfight! Politely agree to disagree.
Below are listed several forums for you to check out to see what is a good fit for you.
These cover different element of marketing on the internet. These forums will give you insight on
marketing and dealing with the search engines, as well as insight into certain areas of marketing online.
general marketing information
centered on SEO
Forums and Their Real Value as Research Tools
Forums can deliver all the benefits listed above, but the real value of forums is as a research
tool. When you are trying to develop internet businesses and zero in on a market that will be a profitable online
business, you can get real value from forums in terms of research.
Forums can really be of help in helping you find niches that have the potential to be
profitable. While forums centered on internet marketing can provide information and keep you in touch with what is
going on in the field of marketing and seo, that is just the tip of the iceberg.
There are many forums that center on pets of all kinds, hobbies and sports, and whatever
activities people find an interest in. By doing a search you can find a forum on almost any topic you can think of.
If you have a topic in mind for a niche business, find a few forums that focus on your topic and pay them a visit.
People who are passionate about your selected topic spend time in these forums discussing their interest and will
reveal a lot of useful information.
This could be a potential target market, and visiting these forums will put you in touch with
the needs and concerns of this market. What are their problems? What are their needs? This could give you a lot of
insight about a potential market and whether or not you could provide either a product or service to address their
needs and make it profitable. By combining forums with keyword research you can find out a lot about a potential
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