The Forgotten Method of Marketing - Forums by aihaozhe2

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									There are many forms of marketing today, including blogging, articles, email lists etc.
but one of the biggest, quickest ways of getting in front of a crowd of people who are
in your niche is forums!

Forums have been around in many forms since the dawn of the internet, they provide
a means of conversation with like-minded people in a community-driven atmosphere
of helping one another with problems. If you don't know how they work, let me just
tell you a bit about them.

First off, you have to find your forum in your niche, the best way to do this is type in
subject forums as the keywords (replacing subject with your topic) into a search
engine. Once you have found one in the topic you're interested in, with a nice
community going on, registration is the next step.

Registration is pretty simple, its just a case of filling your details in and perhaps
entering a captcha (one of those funny sets of digits and numbers that tell the site that
you are not an automated spammer!) You may have to click a link in your email to
register the fact that you own the email address you registered with.

Usually, there are many sub-forums within the site, i would reccomend finding the
one that usually says introduce yourself, and post a brief overview of what you do and
a hello to everybody there. I would advise against just registering and posting "buy
my product now" or "come to my website" etc. type comments as you'll end up with a
flame war - if you dont know what that is please do a search on it as its not a nice
thing to happen to you!

Get involved in the community, ask questions, post replies and help with any
questions that you can - its a giving and recieving type of affair that you will enjoy
once you get used to it. Active forums have the advantage of many people in the
subject you are interested in, so you can find out some exciting thing in your niche
that is very important to you, you can within the forum reply and ask more.

Some forums have a specific buy, sell or trade section where you can sell your
products, this is the place to be if you want to directly pitch your product. Another
way of pitching your product is to enter links to your website in your signature, this is
shown directly under each post that you make and is updated automatically - be
careful however, some forums dont like this and will ask you to remove them. Some
have rules on the size of images or links allowed, please read these before adding it.

Some of the more advanced forums that run vbulletin have private messaging which
can be great to directly carry out business to people privately on the forum, i've
bought many websites and domain names using this - some sites like digital point
have itrader which is also a way of showing how trustworthy the user is in terms of
buying and selling, similar to the ebay feedback system.
One last thing to remember, forums are a great place to communicate rather than a
place to pitch-fest - if you really badly want to advertise on a forum, and you cant find
any other method, contact the people who run it and ask for banner rates, this is a
great way of getting in front of these people, then you have the right to freely talk
about your product or service!

								
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