When looking to find other like minded entrepreneurs who can help you with your business, forums are a great place to go. Forums are a fantastic place to network, benefiting you and also your contacts. While you are learning and providing useful information, you can also spread the news among your contacts about your business website.
One advantage of niche forums is the ability to connect with like minded people. You will meet people who are very successful. Here you are all business people in the same niche and you don’t feel small when you ask questions or ask for advice. The environment is one of people helping one another and having a common goal of business building and increasing profits.
So, how do you go about promoting yourself on a forum? One thing you probably already have realized, but bears repeating, are that forum communities frown on blatant advertising. If your only goal is self promotion and posting your link without providing any useful content, you are not going make any friends or useful contacts. It is understood that it is a privilege to belong to professional organizations so using them the proper way is important.
Usually, you will be permitted to mention your website in your signature line. This is where you can feature your link and any pertinent information about you or your website.
The main key to being seen in these forums is getting involved in the conversations. Find threads that are of interest to you and follow them. When you feel like you have something to contribute, join in the conversation and post a comment.
People become familiar with you when they see you around the forums on a regular basis. You can start your own threads and contribute to existing ones. Explore the different areas of the forum so that others can see that you are an active member and not just there to promote your website. Other business owners can easily spot someone who is hanging around for nothing more than their own personal gain. They will usually address a member that they feel is doing so.
There are ways to get your website mentioned in posts, but only when it is appropriate. When you have pertinent information to contribute and it happens to be found in one of your blog posts, linking to it may be acceptable to forum moderators. Make certain that you ask first if posting additional links are permitted in relevant posts. Remember, you want to be a helpful contributor and not an annoyance.
Another benefit to interacting with a group of professionals is that you can connect with other people that have a large following. Building a relationship with these individuals can lead to their endorsement of your website and possible quality future back-links. Those same people may even be interested in entering into a joint venture with you in the future.
If the forum has a area for posting what’s new with your business, then by all means, talk about yourself and what you have to offer. Even with permission, keep it modest and read about the information of others and comment on their posts. Get involved in the forum whenever possible.
You can promote your business website in professional forums as long as you follow the rules and contribute on a regular basis. Focus on establishing relationships and adding value to the forum. The advertising will come as a result of your efforts.