Monday, April 23, 2012

Internet Marketing: Tips to Using Forums to Market Your Products

Demonstration picture for use in articles abou...Demonstration picture for use in articles about Internet forums. You can also use this picture as your own avatar if you want to promote Wikipedia on a forum! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Internet forums can be an incredibly effective place to market your own products or other affiliate products--if you do it right. Forums are not the place to do you "hard sells." Marketing affiliate products on forums can actually be quite lucrative. But it is a skill that you develop and hone over time. Forums are not the place for you to do your "hard sell." There is a heightened level of finesse and nuance that should be employed when participating in forum marketing.
Here are some tips that I thing will help you in your attempt to market your affiliate products in a forum:
1. Remember why the forum exists.
The vast majority of people on this forum understand why the forum exists. It is not a marketplace. It is a meeting place. This forum is a gathering place for like-minded men and women who share an interest in a single subject. Questions are posed and other forum members answer them. Successes are shared and other forum members offer additional support. The forum does not exist primarily for you to come and do your hard sell.
2. Your posts should offer something of value.
The vast majority of people who I have seen succeed online were able to offer some real value when they decided to participate in the conversation on this forum. In fact, their posting histories demonstrated such sophisticated responses that I was intrigued as to what products they created. Often times, I purchased products because I wanted some of their mojo and brilliance to brush off on me.
3. Be the good guy.
Honestly, our lives our difficult enough right now. Nobody wants to make their lives harder. People don't want to face conflict at every turn. People really do like hanging out with people who make them feel better about themselves, not people who make them feel worse. Keep this in mind as you continue to participate in the conversation.
4. We've seen it all before.
If you are new to internet marketing, be careful about what products you are going to promote. Keep in mind, that someone of these people have been doing this for a decade or me. Choose your products carefully.
5. And remember, you are always selling.
You are always selling. The way you act online, how you participate in the forum, the words you share are either going to help or hinder generating traffic to your website. Perception is reality, so help people see how awesome you really are.
Keeping these hints in mind will assist you in expanding your effectiveness in other areas that can provide free or low-cost advertising for your products. Remember, forums are meeting places and--while they may have a marketplace section--selling your product is not their primary focus.
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