If you’ve never tried forum marketing before, give it a shot. It is a great way to connect with potential clients and customers in a non-threatening environment. As long as you go about marketing your product or services the right way on forums, you can make a killing at it. Do it wrong, however, and you’ll end up getting banned forever from the site.
Here are a few suggestions to help you get started with forum marketing the right way.
1. Give useful information
If you start advertising as soon as you join a forum you are going to either get banned right away or at the very least nobody’s going to take you seriously. People gather together on a forum to exchange valuable information and ideas with each other. Any marketing needs to be done in a subtle way by providing good information first and then becoming a respected authority on the forum.
2. How to advertise
Once you have built up a following of people that are listening to you and what you have to say, then and only then should you add a link in your signature box. You must never point it out or discuss this link or what you have to sell with anybody. You won’t need to. By providing quality content on the forum people will naturally click through your link to see what you have to offer.
This forum marketing method gives you extremely targeted traffic. The people that are taking the time to see what you have to offer are interested and want to know more. This is all it takes to get started on a forum and it’s very easy to put in place.
3. Join a lot of forums
Once you have mastered forum marketing in one arena, you can join as many forums as you want. Make sure that you look for the types of forums that allow a signature advertisement. Otherwise, you’ll spend your time in lengthy discussions but will never reach your goal of getting targeted visitors over to your offer.
Take it slow when it comes to forum marketing and don’t overdo it. Once you have established that you know what you’re talking about and are an expert in your field, people will come to you naturally and want to buy what you’re selling if it is a good product.