author/source: Miles Galliford
Forums that cover your niche subject are an important resource that can help you run your business.
You can use them for:
- Networking with people who share your
interests Getcontent ideas by following which conversations attract the most interest Drivepeople directly to your website by putting links in your posts and signature
- Getting questions answered
- Finding potential content contributors
- Finding partners who can help you
commercialiseyour website e.g. by jointly writing books, creating courses, etc.
- Getting valuable
back linksto your website from links in your posts Findpeople who can help you with your business e.g. web designers, marketers, etc.
- Before participating in a forum spend time following some threads to get a feel for how it
works Tryto make thoughtful and valuable comments Avoidpointless and meaningless comments like ‘good post’, ‘I agree’, ‘lol’, etc Avoidblatantly promoting yourself, your website or your products Choosethe best forums and participate regularly
How Can You Find Relevant Forums
My first port of call is Big-Boards (www.big-boards.com). This wonderful site lists hundreds of forums covering every conceivable subject.