Today I would like to discuss about forum marketing which is a meeting place for open discussions about commercial products and services. To start with, we must first understand that a forum is a public meeting or assembly for open discussion. The communication system that we use for assemblage in today’s internet marketing arena can be very powerful once its proper usage is understood.

marketing your business on a forumTo fully comprehend how powerful a marketing forum can be we must also understand that marketing is the commercial processes involved in promoting, selling and distributing a product or service. Now that we understand the two individual words “forum” “marketing”, we can now get into more specific details on how to best use this type of communication system.

Many are mislead or mis-directed on how powerful a meeting place for open discussion can really be. If used properly, you should have no problems with the commercial market of the sales and distribution of your products or services.

If you are going to use a forum to market your products or services, or in other words your merchandise, then you must take part in that marketing community and participate and share with others. It really is this simple! There are too many that teach you should go by a forum and make a post to “look like” you are trying to participate, however the fact of the matter is that this is the wrong way to market.

Making those one line posts or using copy and paste from other sites are not going to get you any respect and most likely, on monitored forums will just end up getting you banned. There are far better ways for promoting, selling, and distributing your products and services.

The key is really quite simple – Participate and become involved in the open discussions with others. This means learn, share, and grow with other like minded individuals. If you know of a marketing strategy that works, something you actually tested yourself, then feel free to share it with others. If you have learned from another forum thread that discussed a step by step marketing plan, then comment on it and share your obtained results using that marketing method with others.

When you participate in the above mentioned fashions, you not only build relationships, but you also build trust and credibility and become known as a person with integrity and strength of character. You will be more successful in your marketing endeavors when others perceive you as a real caring person as opposed to a programmed robot partaking in less than trustworthy methods, or as a shark swimming the waters of forums and public meeting places only as a personal hunting ground.

I understand that by human nature we are lazy and desire shortcuts, but the truth is that there honestly aren’t any shortcuts that will be beneficial to you. If you want to build a business to make money online then you must work at that business to make it successful. Participating in an open assemblage is a great place to start!

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I think most people pretty much understand how forums work but not everyone knows how to get the best results from their threads. By following some simple forum marketing tips you will have a better understanding why some of your threads may not have done much.

Not everyone will reply to your threads but getting those eyeballs to see your thread should be one of your goals. After all you did not sit there for 20 minutes to type this great thread just for nobody to see it, did you ?

It never hurts for you to toss a few bookmarks on your thread to get it a little more exposure and posting it to facebook and twitter is also a great way of getting it seen more by those eyeballs.

You could also even do a pingback to your thread from your blog by posting something similar on your blog. This will help your forum thread you posted and your blog both at the same time.

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