A forum is a group of like-minded people who share a common interest in a particular subject. It could be anything from fine wine to travel to the best ways an electrical contractor can make more money. What’s great about the internet is it’s one big database where you can search for virtually anything.
Use Google or any other search engine and type in your area of interest, e.g. fine wine, and add the word “forum” after it (there are 2,170,000 results on Google for this). If you type in electrical contractors forum, you get 2,270,000 results. The point is, there are plenty of people that share the same passions as you do.
Forums do have rules you need to follow them. Some are written and some not. If there are written rules, they are usually posted. Remember, this is a social site, not a sell site. Forums are a great place to listen, learn and grow trust with the audience. So how do you get the most out of forums?
Here are 5 of my favorite ones from tips from Nicky Jameson from a recent post .
- Register for a forum – then lurk. Get the feel for the tone, style and interaction of the group you joined.
- Slowly start posting – once you get the lay of the land, start by posting an introduction. Then you can move onto answering questions.
- Build a reputation – do the basic stuff, that is, make good posts. Seek to establish yourself as an expert.
- Answer questions – provide the most complete answer as possible with the appropriate links.
- Share your opinion – make sure they know it’s your opinion so folks don’t confuse it with facts. Contrary opinions can be useful in highlighting an alternative option.
You can read her entire post at: 11 Steps For Getting Free Traffic From Forums.