Thursday, April 22, 2010

Are You Using Forums to Build Relationships for Your Business?

As with any online networking, it’s all about building relationships. If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I hold value and content marketing in the highest regard.

Adding forums to your online marketing mix in addition to Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social networking platforms, will further expand your contact base. How I use forums on a daily basis is devoting 30 minutes without any distraction. Meaning, I log in, participate, and make a point to wrap it up after 30 minutes. Do this every day and you will quickly see a positive return on your investment.

How you attract people’s attention and start building relationships with them is you. You are the platform and it matters a great deal the quality of your engagement. If you’re using it just to promote your products or get people to join your business opportunity, you will see very little results, if any.

You will gain more friends and eventually business if you use these platforms to connect with people and add some value to their business. The best way to use these forums is to let your signature do the marketing while you focus on engaging with others, without promoting your products or business opportunity!

Here are 5 free sources of traffic to promote your blog or website:

Better Networker

Better Networker is a high quality site with some of the most successful network marketers in the business like Mike Dillard. On a side note: my business has experienced a huge spike since I’ve started learning from him.

In addition to an active forum, there are a ton of useful information on network marketing in general. It’s a fantastic resource!

Ryze

Ryze is one of the early networking sites. It’s free to join and there’s also a paid membership that allows you to network with additional members. Although start with the free membership. You can set up a profile and start building a network within Ryze. WIN is a good group with active members that are very helpful.

WAHM

WAHM is one of my favorite forums with a lot of active members and lively discussions on a daily basis. Unfortunately you won’t be able to have a personalized signature until you’ve contributed at least 30 posts. The fastest way to get the 30 posts is to introduce yourself and replying to other threads. Keep it short so you can quickly build up the 30 posts to get a personalized signature. Your signature is your free business promotion tool.

Sales Moms Forum

It’s similar to WAHM. Again, lots of active members and another good forum. There’s a nice section on local expos and online events. Before you invest your time in any forums, make sure to participate in a discussion that’s the most current. You don’t want to add to a discussion from 6 months ago.

The Wahm Zone

The Wahm Zone is a little different from WAHM and Sales Moms Forum. You can exchange a link with the site and submit articles. If you’re starting out and want to get the most traffic for your blog, article submission is one of the most effective ways to get a backlink to your blog.

So there you have it, five free sources to get more traffic to your blog. Check out these sites too: MLM Forum, Warrior Forums, and Ning.

How are you using forums to build relationships for your business? Would love to hear your comments, questions in the Comment section.

2 comments:

Mary said...

Great post! Your absolutely right, building a relationship goes so much further. Looking forward to more of your posts, great information here.

Janette Stoll said...

Thanks, Mary! Be sure to subscribe by RSS, if you haven't already, so you can updates faster :).

Janette Stoll