Why You Should Use (Not Abuse) Forums to Increase Your Traffic

Written by Tinu AbayomiPaul

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The focus here, at all times, is to help other members, not just to promote your product. Your link is in your signature, so unless someone asks you a specific question, you get far better results from being helpful than you do by posting forum spam that gets deleted anyway.

3- Lurk, Listen and Learn

If you've been around forums at all, you already know that there are often 8 to ten times more people registered and not posting than there are people who actually visit and participate.

Reading without ever posting is commonly known as "lurking". I usually suggest that at least forrepparttar first week, you should monitorrepparttar 135458 community you wish to join in this way, just reading posts, and learningrepparttar 135459 personality ofrepparttar 135460 forum you'd like to post in - this keeps you from committing any faux pas that might have you corrected by another member, or even worse, banned.

Sometimes you'll find a forum that is appropriate to read, but doesn't seem likerepparttar 135461 right place for commercial posting. Or you might find that you're there to learn and not to teach - or maybe you just don't haverepparttar 135462 time to post as you'd like to. You can still learn a lot by being a lurker.

When lurking in forums, your primary job is to listen (figuratively speaking) and learn. Again, pay attention to questions that come up repeatedly overrepparttar 135463 course of a month or so. Be onrepparttar 135464 look out for rumored product or technology developments. Find out who isrepparttar 135465 resident expert - maybe this isrepparttar 135466 key person for an interview you want to do, or an affiliate program you can join.

The most important thing you can learn from this exercise is what annoyances your market is experiencing. If you sell cat furniture, and you find out that a common complaint is availability in remote markets, maybe you can change your shipping policy to add international ordering and increaserepparttar 135467 scope of your business.

Anywhere you can fit a solution to a problem can bring yourepparttar 135468 sales you need. You may find out that you need to change your product, to enhance it, or perhaps to take out features your prospects just aren't interested in.

This is a good solution when you haverepparttar 135469 time to visit forums and post or read. As you become more busy, you'll find yourself atrepparttar 135470 forums less and less as a poster, so this isn't necessarily a permanent solution. However, if you follow these steps correctly, you'll soon haverepparttar 135471 traffic to foster more community relations at your own site as well.

Tinu is a website promotion specialist who posts free information on a variety of traffic tips in her blog at http://www.freetraffictip.com .

The Viability of Blogging to a Niche Market

Written by Mal Keenan

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The next question then to answer: Can your blog berepparttar perfect vehicle for reaching and marketing to your niche?

You should realize that successful blogs go a step further in providing excellent content, as well as regular updates or new content. Most websites provide these services. Rather it isrepparttar 135381 ability of these blogs to providerepparttar 135382 author andrepparttar 135383 readers’ a venue for one-on-one conversations, in an impersonal medium. By sharing commentaries, thoughts and opinions,repparttar 135384 author positions himself or herself as being an authority in his or her field of work. If you write content that is relevant to their needs, they’ll remember and keep returning to your blog.

But that’s not all; you need to have an abiding passion forrepparttar 135385 subject matter or product you’ll sell. Without this, your blog won’t stand out and carve itself a niche apart fromrepparttar 135386 other blogs.

In essence, a well researched and crafted business blog is a potential revenue center. It hasrepparttar 135387 authors’ personal touch and speaks torepparttar 135388 need of this particular consumer. As every marketing analyst knows, when a seller understands his or her consumers well, this seller gets their business.

Mal Keenan is editor and publisher of the Home Business Tips Blog: http://www.home-business-tips-newsletter.com/blog/ Visit his Internet Marketing Plug In Training site for great strategies and step by step processes in running a successful online business: http://www.pluginprofitstraining.com/

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