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Website Promotion Secret Revealed

Website Promotion Secret Revealed
Written by Craig Warren

You’ve finished building your website. Now there’s all
that invaluable traffic, just waiting to beat a path to
your site. You’ve dotted all your i’s, crossed all your
t’s and followed the standard to get the word out. You
wear a path out in your carpet pacing back and forth, In
between your pacing you check your server logs, hoping
for a sudden increase in visitors. The reality is, unless
your corporate America with a huge advertising budget,
the days of staggering increases in traffic are way down
the road. Isn’t there something I can be doing while I
wait for the search engine traffic to come?

As a matter of fact there is. Yet this particular form
of Free website promotion doesn’t make the headlines and
requires no software to install, no backdoor tricks into
the search engines and it’s totally free. What is it?

Now, Before I reveal this technique, I want you to
promise you won’t go near the delete button and you’ll
give me a chance to lay this thing out to you. Promise?
O.K. The Technique is “Posting to Forums.” In the first
couple days of “Going Live,” you can hope to attract a
couple of hundred visitors, at the least. This will be
small in comparison to the knowledge you’ll attain, by
allowing the members of these forums to critique your
site. You’ll then be able to make whatever changes
necessary before the search engines crawl your site.
Having your site critiqued by experienced marketers,
For Free, well, Let’s just say, You Can’t Beat The

If you’ve never visited or posted in a forum. Don’t be
intimidated. These are people no different from you and
I. Merely a group of like-minded individuals seeking to
get answers to their questions or providing answers to
questions asked. Usually on a specific topic or topics.

Side Note: Before you post make sure you read the rules
for posting. Read some of the posts being made. Stay on
topic, You’ll get the hang of it in no time.

Once you get the hang of it you’ll want to make sure you
don’t go announcing your new site to every other forum
you come across. This is viewed as Board Spamming and is
definitely a No No. There are boards that will accept
this sort of post but on a whole you’ll have to remain
on topic and wait for the opportunity to legitimately
slide your announcement in. Sometimes outright and others
in your signature.

Finding forums to fit your needs is easy. Just type
forums into your favorite search box, you can then refine
your search from there. Check to see if the list of sites
meets your needs and go from there.

As a newcomer you’ll want to keep your initial posts
simple. Remember to mind your manners. Be polite and
friendly and always maintain the presence of the
Business Professional that you are. When the time is
right, simply ask them to look at your site. You’ll
receive a pretty good cross-section of positive and
critical comments. Don’t go getting your shorts all in a
knot because someone has posted, what appears to you to
be, a negative comment. Keep in mind that you’ve enlisted
them to critique your site. Be prepared for all the
comments. On a whole, the folks in these forums want to
help. However, from time to time you may run into those
that seem to have nothing good to say about anything or
anybody. Take all comments “Buffet Style.” Take what you
want and leave the rest.

Initially you may want to go look at one or two other
members sites and supply some feedback before asking to
have yours looked at. This will give you valuable
insight. What you may find wrong with someone elses site,
you can apply it to your own and make the necessary
changes. When looking for a site to be looked at, look
for the post who has little or no responses to it. By
responding to their post they’re likely to express their
gratitude by visiting your site when you ask in your
post. This technique may seem a bit sly but nonetheless
effective. Just don’t get in the habit of operating in
this manner.

You will not get a ton of traffic from forums but you
will have engaged in an effective form of site promotion
and all forms of site promotion need to be entered into
the mix. As has been said by someone other than myself,
“You don’t need to get it right, You just need to get it
going.” By applying the above you will have “Indeed Got
It Going!”

Forums are a great place to make new friends and interact
with those that are trying to accomplish pretty much the
same things we are. So keep things rolling right along by
“Posting to Forums!”

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Why You Should Join A Forum

Why You Should Join A Forum
Written by Craig Warren

Human beings are social by nature and online communities
or forums are the latest in a long progression of social
organizations created by humankind. While many people
join forums specifically for the social benefits, there
are several good reasons for internet entrepreneurs to
join an online forums. Here are the top seven benefits
you and your online business can reap.

The top reason many internet business men and women join
forums is for the search engine benefits. Many forums are
tremendously popular with search engines and so not only
rank well but also are regularly crawled. Most forums
offer an introductions area as well as a signature area
where you can promote your web site or sites. In
addition, as you participate in a forum that is relevant
to your site’s topic there will likely be opportunities
to work your site into conversation. All these links can
be of tremendous benefit in terms of search engine
rankings and relevant back links.

However, if you think that search engine benefits are
the beginning and end of the ways you and your internet
business can profit from joining a forum then you are
missing out on a lot of learning.

If you are going to join a forum then join a forum that
help you learn more about your niche. Even if you are an
expert in your field there is always more to be learned
and where else to go for that knowledge than a place
where others knowledgeable in your area also hang out?
That is what is so wonderfully flexible about forums.
There really is an Internet community for everyone and
every interest. Your task is to find the forum where
your peers are already hanging out. Learning more
about your niche is a tremendous benefit of joining a

You don’t need to restrict your forum memberships to
those within your field. It is also wise to join forums
that can help you learn more about how to run your
business. Find forums of other small business owners
and entrepreneurs. You will soon be able to find folks
who are at your level of expertise as well as those with
more experience willing to share their hard-earned
lessons. Soon you’ll have the opportunity to repay that
debt by mentoring other newbies. This sharing and hand-
holding is one of the elements that make Internet
communities so successful.

You should also seek a forum to help you with your
Internet marketing. There are many different approaches
to Internet marketing and while some people prefer the
scatter-gun approach most choose one or two primary
methods. Explore and text methods to determine which you
feel most comfortable with and then join a forum focused
on that method to help you refine your approach and
achieve maximum success.

One of the primary problems with the internet is that it
can be easy to feel isolated. However forums can help
bridge the gap of time and distance by serving as a
community as well as an information source. Friendships
and even love can be found in time and laughter and
camaraderie and commiseration can help sustain the person
as well as the business.

Forums can also help you find customers for your
business. As you participate and share information about
your business some folks will naturally express an
interest. As you share your expertise and demonstrate
your knowledge then you will attract still more. Don’t
be a pushy salesperson, simply allow your expertise to
showcase your business and you will attract a quality
customer relationship.

A forum can also be a great place to find partners to
help you expand or promote your business in a number of
ways. You might discover some like-minded soul whose
business perfectly complements yours or you might
discover the perfect joint-venture partner. Even if you
encounter people you might view as competition try to
view the relationship from many angles to see if there
is a way to benefit from a partnership rather than a

Joining forums can provide many benefits to you and to
your business but remember that internet communities are
social contracts with rules and guidelines. Make sure you
know and understand the rules before leaping into
discussions. It is even more difficult to undo a bad
first impression on the Internet as it cannot always be
erased. Start slow and easy until you are sure of your
footing. Also, be very wary about pushing your business
too aggressively. That type of activity can get you banned
from a forum pretty quickly. Many forums have a clearly
marked area for advertising and sales posts and also allow
some blatant promotion in your signature, but keep your
posts on topic and helpful and you’ll be better off in the
long run.

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