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How To Use Discussion Forums Better

Aug 28, 2008
Discussion forums offer several benefits to Internet marketers if they use them correctly. However, many people spend time in discussion forums and are not really benefiting from them as much as they could. In this article we will talk about a few ways you can use discussion forums to benefit your Internet business more than you may currently be doing.

1. One key thing you can do is join only a couple of discussion forums at first. If you are currently not doing much marketing in discussion forums there are a couple reasons why you don't wan to join too many forums all of once.

One reason for this is you want to get a feel for how the forum works. You can't do that if you are constantly jumping from one forum to the next.

Another reason is discussion forums offer an actual way for you to market your business once you become a known entity within them. The best way to do this is to get involved in the discussions as quickly as possible and start to build up your reputation within the forum.

2. When you are participating in the forums never used them to promote your business or products in the posts themselves. If you will just participate by providing quality useful information people will appreciate that and you will begin to become known as a person who is well liked and trusted.

3. Take the time to set up a very simple signature file that includes who you are, and what you have to offer. Of course you want to include a hyperlinked keyword phrase that leads to your website, blog or landing page.

By keeping this simple you will have better results, because you are not confusing the reader with a lot of choices. If you practice list building this is an excellent place for you to provide a link to a free product or report so you can capture contact information from your reader.

4. There will be times when you really don not feel like participating in the discussion and that's okay. Discussion forums are an excellent place to get free information that can help you build your business too.

There is no charge to join a discussion forum and you may just want to spend some time reading the various posts that there are. This is an excellent way to come up with ideas on future content for your own website or blog.

Many of the top article marketers for example use discussion forums as content ideas for their next article. This should give you several ideas on how to use discussion forums better than you may currently be using them.
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