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What Should I Be D oing I n Online For ums To Get M or e Business? By Jon-Marc Spatcher


What ar e For ums? An I nter net for um is: ‘’an online discussion site w her e people can hold conver sations in the for m of posted messages’’ T hey ar e a gr eat place to: •

get answers to questions

• •

Solutions to problems

• •

have a conversation or debate


T hey ar e also... 

Found everywhere - There are literally

millions of forums on thousands of subjects!!  an effective w ay to r aise your pr ofile in:   an

industr y

or  a par ticular subject matter


I gnor ing For ums means... = Missing great traffic to YOUR website. = Missing out on ď‚—

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So, here are simple things you can be doing to ensure that you are making the most of this area of the internet...


Step 1 - R eply to T hr eads

We often forget about forums when we get

busy Take a look through the threads and see what people are commenting on. Cr eate some replies. People don’t for get about you if you are always there. Don’t forget - people love it when others reply Quick tip 1 – “T her e is nothing to their threads!! They will love you!! w r ong w ith w r iting a simply comment such as ‘L ove your blog’ ”


Step 1 - R eply to T hr eads

We often forget about forums when we get

busy Take a look through the threads and see what people are commenting on. Cr eate some replies. People don’t for get about you if you are always there. Don’t forget - people love it when others reply Quick tip 1 – “T her e is nothing to their threads!! They will love you!! w r ong w ith w r iting a simply comment such as ‘L ove your blog’ ”


Step 2 - Post a N EW thr Peopleead often think this is TOO HARD!!

 They think it’s difficult to think of a ‘NEW’ topic or issue to

raise BU T it isn’t!! So, think about... ...something you have read in the news OR ...you may even have news yourself!! R aise it!! Don’t hang around as someone else will do it first and you’ll kicking yourself!! Think quality NOT quantity!! - Don’t just post anything as you may do more harm than good. Quick tip 2 – “T r y and keep it topical. T hese ar e the subjects people w ill be sear ching for ”


Step 3 – T hank People Often forgotten by most of us Alw ays thank people for taking the time to

answer or write on your threads Even a simple 

OR goes a long w ay!!

Quick tip 3 – “U se names w her ever possible. T he mor e per sonal you make it the mor e they w ill r emember you.”


Step 4 – Solve Pr oblems Sounds simple but

Solving a problem = You are a leader /author ity They may tur n to you again in the future They may r ecommend you in the future Use your knowledge to get the edge!!

Quick tip 3 – “D on’t hang about – someone else may get in ther e befor e you!!”


Step 5 - Connect This is what it is all about but how often is this

ignored?

Different forums allow you to connect with other

members – A lot like friends on Facebook

 If someone has asked to connect with you and you

think it makes sense accept them – they could prove useful in the future!!

Quick tip 5 – “Sear ch for people on other social networ k s too. T hey could lead to mor e contacts!!”


Step 6 - R ecommend  There is no harm in recommending someone else’s blog   What I hear you say? – Again, it shows YOU to be an

authority!!

 Remember to say WH Y you are recommending the blog is

always a good idea.

  You never know they may r ecommend your blog to

someone else in the future.

Quick tip 6 – “Be sur e to follow each for ums ‘r ules’. You could end up look ing silly OR wor se, getting banned!!”


T her e you have it... A quick guide to getting started on forums!!  The most important thing is to get you and your

company out there and... 

EN JOY I T !! Quick tip 7 – Visit jonmar cspatcher.com for more helpful tips and a FREE marketing course.



What should I be doing in Online Forums to get more Business?