Forums - Experience The Power Of The Forums
This Internet Community Of Ours...
It's amazing really. The longer you hang out online the more you realize how small the internet community really is. Sure there are millions of people online, but there are tight communities or smaller niches that people belong to and visit frequently.
I meet people I know in different forums all the time. It's amazing how much we have in common, it's amazing the number of people who are prepared to help, to pay it forward. I have had requests for help (which I am only to glad to give) as well as receive sound advice and guidance to help me move forward.
It's not the first time. It happens all the time.
Why is this a good thing? It is part of doing business online. Building relationships... but you also build personal relationships with some. You share personal experiences. You help each other through good and bad times.
It's truly amazing.
If you haven't already done so, find a good forum to hang around. There are some bad ones, but if you look, you'll find the good ones.
Just start hanging around. You'll start to get to know the people. Then you can start participating... or just jump in.
There are forums for everything. Whatever you're involved in. If you got a career, there's a forum for it. If you are in business, there's a forum for it. If you have a hobby, there's a forum for it.
I hang around mostly internet marketing, tech, and other business related forums.
I don't know where I would be today if I hadn't discovered their power.
The biggest benefits for me have been
- Meeting some great people
- Sharing thoughts and ideas
- Helping others to be more successful
- Profiting from JV opportunities
- Talking directly with some very powerful internet marketers
Beyond relationships you can learn endless things. Not just anything. Things drawing from experience. It's better than a textbook. It's interactive. If you ask there is usually someone waiting with an answer. You can search databases of threads that could contain untold information...
The exact information you need to get started or to turn your business around.
Experience the Power of Forums... Explore and Grow!
How to Enter a Forum...
That sounds silly doesn't it? Why would I have to learn how to enter a forum? I just sign up and post right?
It would seem on the surface to be that easy, but I see a lot of people getting themselves into all kinds of bother and having a real hard time...
Over time forums create a very tight community. Everyone learns the rules and looks out for each other...
That's the first thing... Read the rules. Different forums approach how you display links differently or even what you can talk about, so don't blow it on your first or second visit.
The other thing is don't come in gang busters!! Don't try to prove yourself and get too excited about showing everyone your knowledge etc. Take it easy and build. Build your knowledge as well as your reputation.
Get to know the community first. Hang out for a while. Introduce yourself politely... Usually there is a separate area set aside for intros... And then start browsing.
Get to know the other members and posters... Remember a lot of these people have known each other for a while. They may even be doing business behind the scenes - partnerships, joint ventures etc.
Once you have a feel for it, start helping out.
Helping out... If you have any knowledge to contribute, provide it... Help people with things you know about.
Learn... Read... Learn... Read some more... Ask questions...
Then let it rip if you want to.
The bottom line is very few people will go crazy right from the word go. There is an exception here or there, but usually the community wants to see you contribute for a while before you get too bold. They need to get to know you, and you, them.
Definitely don't provide a sales pitch in your first post... You will getting flaming posts and anger the community. Everyone will see it as spam.
It's just like building any relationship. Easy does it at first until you get to know each other.
Forums are powerful things. Don't abuse that power. And promise me you won't ruin your reputation.
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