8 Tips for Starting and Maintaining a Successful Online Forum

Written by Vishal P. Rao

Nothing promotes a business online better than staying in touch with prospects. The more interactiverepparttar continued contact,repparttar 116787 more of a relationship that is built with a potential client.

This business principle of continued contact and business relationship building has given rise torepparttar 116788 popularity of online business forums, and of course, "theme-related" online forums. Online forums quickly establish empathy, set forum owners up as "experts" inrepparttar 116789 eyes of visitors, and serve as a promotional vehicle for other products and services that forum owners seek to sell.

While online forums are popular andrepparttar 116790 perfect method of relationship building, starting a forum and maintaining one can be challenging, especially inrepparttar 116791 beginning when members can be "few" and "far between". The challenge for most new forum owners is to get beyondrepparttar 116792 initial start up phase and move onto a phase whererepparttar 116793 forum members themselves promoterepparttar 116794 forum simply by posting.

Although each forum is individual and personal, a few general guidelines should be followed or at least kept in mind when starting and maintaining an online forum. These are as follows:

1. Take care when choosingrepparttar 116795 type of forum and forum script or software that will be used. The forum should be easy to access, easy to use, and come with "visitor- friendly" features. All visitors should be made to feel welcomed and findrepparttar 116796 navigability ofrepparttar 116797 forum, user friendly. Forum scripts and software, especially "free" varieties, may be overburdened with ads fromrepparttar 116798 parent company and lead to a poor experience for visitors.

Some recommendations:

http://www.phpbb.com/ http://www.vbulletin.com/

2. The forum should have a good number of interesting and focused topics. The content should reflectrepparttar 116799 interests ofrepparttar 116800 target audience, and every care should be made to have well-written and informative content that is updated regularly. This not only helps attract new members, it keeps older members from losing interest and defecting to other forums.

3. The forum should be Search Engine friendly. High activity forums, like popular blogs, provide a great reason for Search Engines to visit them frequently as they are brimming with fresh content allrepparttar 116801 while. Dynamic urls, session ids, etc. used by most forum software can be very detrimental torepparttar 116802 forum health from Search Engine point of view.

When selecting a forum software, check if they are Search Engine friendly. Open source software like phpbb, have mods (modifications) developed by third party sources, to enhancerepparttar 116803 forum in many ways.

Succeed With Your Own Internet Business

Written by Darrell Knox

An internet business is by farrepparttar best way to support yourself if you just cannot stand working for others for less money than you need to survive. Itís alsorepparttar 116786 best way to get out of a good paying job that just takes up too much of your precious short life working for someone else. Letís face it, you probably know someone who has an internet business. Do they look happy to you? Do they complain as much about work and money as you do? Probably not.

This is not to say that you should quit your job and start an internet business. You should start one while you still have your job. Some people complain that this is hard and takes up too much of their free time. Inrepparttar 116787 beginning a internet business is not profitable Ė you have to work at it like anything else.

Some people eventually go back to work blaming some program or internet business opportunity that wasted their time and didnít work. Unfortunately,repparttar 116788 odds are actually that they didnít work hard enough and stick to their dreams. Many people allow themselves to believe that there are no legitimate internet businesses. Itís easier to go to work thinking this than to let themselves believe that an internet business is possible, profitable, and liberating.

But if you truly believe there are no good internet businesses, that they are all scams, then what arerepparttar 116789 thousands of people doing everyday in your hometown driving around during work hours?

You knowrepparttar 116790 ones. The people you see on your day off that are driving around and standing in line in places you frequent on your days off. They canít ALL be on their days off too! You have wondered, just like I did, what it is these people do. I know you have.

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