Did you know that posting in
Discussion Forums is a wonderful way to make a name for yourself and
increase the chances of your home business success? Well, if you didn’t
know, you do now!
It’s true! If you productively spend
some time in online business forums each week you may find it quite
profitable. When I say “productively” I mean NOT aimlessly posting to
any topic you can find just for the sake of typing. You should actually
offer useful advice and information for people as well as answering
questions that others have. You will also learn a lot of useful tips to
help your business from other people’s posts.
Here is a small list of some of the
great reasons to post in forums:
1) Exposure to your website or product
- In most forums you can put a small information box such as an
advertisement below each of your posts. This is a great way to tell
people about yourself and your home business. You will also gain a link
back to your website to help with your ranking in search engines.
2) Making a name for yourself - If you
consistently offer useful advice and answers to questions people will
begin to notice it. Soon enough you will be seen as an “expert” in your
field. Needless to say, this is very good for your online home
3) Learning - A lot of people
frequently post in discussion forums. Many of them have been in online
business for a long time and know quite a bit about it. You can gain
vast amounts of knowledge by reading other peoples posts. Or you can
simply ask a question and you are sure to get it answered many times
4) Meeting other people - Having a
home based online business can get lonely at times. The people in
discussion forums can be a bit like your “co-workers” at a traditional
job. You might even make some great life-long friends.
5) Entertainment - Often there are
quite interesting topics and replies for you to read. Every now and
then someone stirs things up in a business forum and it can be pretty
exciting to read the responses.
Well, that is just a taste of why it
is great to post in business forums. Of course, there are more reasons
and you may even have some personal reasons of your own.
Now lets look at some ways to get more
out of them so you aren’t wasting your precious time:
1) It is best to post to forums that
get a lot of traffic. There are many home business forums out there but
quite a few of them hardly get any visitors. You can get a general idea
of how much traffic they get just by looking at how many posts they get
each day. If it seems to be getting a lot of posts everyday then it
probably gets quite a bit of traffic all the time.
2) Stay away from forums that aren’t
moderated or that let you post just about anything you want. These
types of forums are generally full of blatant advertising and spam.
Don’t waste your time with them! You won’t really get anything useful
from these forums. Also, DO NOT blatantly advertise or spam posts. It
will ruin your reputation and could get you banned from forums.
3) Restrict your time in forums by
setting up some sort of schedule or time limit for visiting them. You
can sometime lose track of time reading and responding to topics.
Obviously you need some time for other business tasks so you don’t want
to use it all up in forums. Trust me they can get very addicting so
this is an important step.
4) Do not post just for your own
benefit. It is important to offer useful advice and information to
others. By offering valuable comments you will get people to notice you
more thus increasing the chances that they will do business with you.
5) Take full advantage of the
signature paragraph that most forums let you set-up. This is where you
do get to do a little business advertising. Tell about yourself and/or
your business. Provide a link to your website or product so people can
get to it easily. Your link will also help with your search engine
popularity and ranking.
6) Be respectful and polite to others
on the discussion forums. Even if you don’t totally agree with someone
it is best not to attack them. People will notice if you are rude and
obnoxious. It is better for you to just keep your unnecessary comments
I regularly visit quite a few
discussion forums. I have found that they are fun to read and post in
and can be very rewarding. Some are better than others but all can be
beneficial when used properly. You just need to find the forums that
fit what you are looking for. Become a “regular” there and you will be
Here is a huge list of some of the
best online business forums:
Internet Marketing Forum Directory
I am sure that is good enough to get
you started! The above list consists of many of the most well-known
business forums as well some lesser known ones. Pretty much all of them
get good traffic and none of them allow spam or blatant advertising.
Now you can go and Post Your Way to
Home Business Success!
About the author:
Trent Brownrigg is a successful
internet marketer, webmaster, and
author of business articles. He will personally help you build a secure
financial future. Visit his online
home business ideas website for more details.