Internet Marketing Forums: Is this marketing strategy worth your time?

Forum Marketing

When it comes to getting traffic to your site and building a list, one particular strategy you can use is forum marketing. If you are in the internet marketing niche or make money online niche, then you probably already know there’s no shortage of internet marketing forums online. But when you’re just starting out is forum marketing worth the time to pursue?

Internet marketing forums are excellent places to do your due diligence when it comes to keeping your finger on the pulse of the market. Inside these forums are marketers from every level and the majority of your ‘buyers’ hang out in here alot. Unfortunately some people hang out in there a bit too much and that’s why they struggle to make money online.

Another positive to consider is that when you regularly post on forums, you can steadily build your credibility as you offer useful suggestions and answers to some of the questions that are asked, but … not all that glitters is gold…

The Flipside

The flipside to getting traffic with internet marketing forums is that many forums are overrun with spammers and snake oil peddlers who are there simply for the traffic and the cash. If you’re not careful, when you first enter into these forums you may be very easily classified as one of these.

In order to avoid any of those issues make sure to spend some time contributing to the forum before you place a link to your site in the signature file. Make at least 10-20 posts before you start advertising your site. It’s also a good idea to avoid any outright or blatant comments that direct someone to your sig file as this may be misconstrued as spamming the forum and get you banned unneccesarily.

Watch Out!

Another point to take into consideration is that forum marketing can eat up your time and kill your enthusiasm for internet marketing altogether if you spend too much time soaking in negative information. People are entitled to their opinions, but have a tendency to go overboard, so if you’re following a thread that seems to be spiraling in a negative direction… click to another topic or just get out of there.

So are internet marketing forums worth your time? Yes and no, but time and experience will help you to find a balance that is both uplifting and profitable.

Keep in mind that the internet is changing rapidly and it’s only those that implement ideas quickly that are able to cash in on the trends, so don’t get caught up in the latest gossip or debates that can keep you from putting profitable ideas into action and food on the table.

What’s your opinion? Is there a suggestion you would like to make? Please leave your comment below…
Nando

14 Responses to “Internet Marketing Forums: Is this marketing strategy worth your time?”

  • Ranti@BBN SMS on October 2, 2009

    Thanks for the information

  • Consumer court on October 4, 2009

    Forums are the best place to learn and understand mistakes. You can get tons of knowledge from Forums as it is place where people share knowledge and contribute to well being of everyone.
    .-= Consumer court´s last blog ..Tata mobiles customer service a fraud company =-.

  • hoteles en pinamar on October 7, 2009

    This is a great post. Thanks for the useful pointers.

  • social applications on October 14, 2009

    Nice and impressive post thanks a lot for sharing this unique informaiton

  • Naija Hot Jobs on October 14, 2009

    Forum is good for initial traffic for a new website. However, it is necessary to do SEO and build backlinks in other to start getting search engine traffic which is more reliable on the long run.

  • I think the way we communicate with customers and prospects is changing – it’s all about open, honest conversation. Marketing tools like forums are a fantastic way of creating honest dialogue with your customers/prospects. Sure it can be time consuming, but for certain industries I think the benefit is very strong.
    .-= Victoria@SMEketing: Marketing Agency for Small Businesses´s last blog ..Using Blogs for Small Business SEO =-.

  • Angelo@Ad Agency on November 10, 2009

    SEO and structuring your marketing plan, is very important. If you make the mistake and skip this step, you will come to regret it. Planning is key.
    .-= Angelo@Ad Agency´s last blog ..iPhone App Development =-.

  • C. Loh@Oil Rig Jobs on November 17, 2009

    Haven’t heard forum marketing mentioned in quite some time.

    >> Another positive to consider is that when you regularly post on forums, you can steadily build your credibility as you offer useful suggestions and answers to some of the questions that are asked

    This (building credibility) is important. You need to add value to a thread or conversation on the forum. Typically, that means long posts (300 to 500 words or even longer), with links to independent resources (preferably existing forum posts/threads). Asking questions is okay, as long as you are not marketing a product for that niche. For example, if you are marketing a PPC product, it is okay to ask questions about article marketing but usually not a good idea to show ignorance regarding PPC itself.
    .-= C. Loh@Oil Rig Jobs´s last blog ..Oil Drilling Rig Jobs – Why Look For Entry Level Roustabout Jobs And Offshore Drilling Rig Jobs? =-.

  • sardius@SMSDAM on December 19, 2009

    SEO is really great , good SEO can save ur biz a lot of ad revenue.

    Thanx for the extra advice though.

  • jinnie@chris hobart on December 23, 2009

    Exactly Locke. That said, you do want to include a strong call-to-action with your reviews & recommendations. An affiliate’s place in the market is to position himself between the buyer and the merchant – and to add value to the buying process. This often comes in the form of comparisons, reviews, case studies, and whatever it takes to help in the actual buying decision — which is why people search for this type of information online.
    .-= jinnie@chris hobart´s last blog ..Deck the halls with fraud and con men =-.

  • This is helpful really good for me! Internet marketing to me can really be quite easy – you just need to know what you are doing and no blindly do something and hope that tomorrow you will see money. And once again, thank you for sharing!

  • Niche forum marketing is really great help for any business not only in the internet marketing niche. It not only help for the purpose of SEO but it can also drive targeted traffic to your site and after that bring sales to you.

    Your article is good. It can help peoples that will start doing forum marketing.

  • Thanks for the great advice! Commenting in forums is a great place to start connecting with people and to start conversations with value. I believe that this takes time and effort but in the long run, it will benefit you and your SEO.

  • tronduddy on May 29, 2012

    Hey guys, just letting know the ones of you who loved Tweet Attacks that there is a working clone of the software. you can check the video out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q3FT8t_Qg8 . Selling ends in 2 days btw

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