First, you need to know that there's no fluff in this report. If I can say something with two words, I never use three. It's not about quantity: It's about quality. The more someone goes on and on and oooooh about a subject, the less experienced he usually is. But I have written this manual in a "do this, do that, go here click that" manner. No time to waste. As you read each section of this guide, note down the facts that are interesting and offer new knowledge to you. You can use a piece of paper, or even your computer's "NotePad" (whatever you like best).
That way, you will create a smaller "mini report" with all the highlights of the original report. People remember only 10% of what they read. Most don't remember what they had for lunch. This is especially true today (with the great amount of information we are trying to absorb). So, do the smart thing and take notes. After you read the whole report once, you can then refer back to your "mini report" whenever you like. So, open a new text file right now (NotePad or Word or whatever). Or, take pen and paper and place it next to you. This is your financial future and your life we are talking about here. It's in your best interest to read, understand, absorb and then USE this information.
I understand that people have varying degrees of expertise in online marketing. I will try to be detailed enough for the newcomers – but not so detailed that the most advanced users get bored. And I will include some of the stuff that will keep the really advanced "users" pretty damn happy too 🙂 . So, let's get started! I don't want to write 30 pages doing an introduction. That's what the other manuals do. Let's just get to the good stuff, ok? Forums are big authority sites that get tons of traffic and have many loyal members. Forget to try to build all that from scratch. Just tap into it! But you need to be respectful and not an ass, ok? Posting on forums is a great way to make money.
Sure, you could reach many of the same prospects with Search Engine Optimisation and Pay Per Click advertising - but we will use this alternative channel here. Many people know how to market online pretty well – but they have trouble getting that initial traffic that will kick-start the process. Some initial traffic so they can do split tests on their sites. Some initial visitors who will buy the product and offer feedback and testimonials. And, even if you just want to send some traffic to your favorite affiliate programs, that's cool too... Guess what: Forums can provide all that! You don't have to do Pay Per Click and go out there "in the cold, cruel world" and try to "hunt" for your first prospects.
The most popular forums in each market have many members that are passionate about what they do. The internet can be a very lonely place. Forums create a sense of community and a sense of "hey, there are others like me". People use forums every day in different ways:
- They can just browse the newest topics to see "what's new" - as most people hate missing out on new information. They can reveal things that keyword - as most people hate missing out on new information.- They can ask a specific question so that other members will give their opinions. - They may be very knowledgeable and want to help other members by answering their questions. - They are not always knowledgeable but they still want to give their opinion. - They use the "search" function of the forums to gain knowledge about a specific aspect of their industry.
Hanging out on forums is a great way to gain insights into your market. They can reveal things that keyword research tools just can't. People go there to bitch and moan about all the problems they face. They can complain about this and that. This is great for you because you can understand what are the real problems people have. You can also pick up on trends and what some of the "sub niches" in your niche are. For example, if you are in the weight loss industry, you may see many threads about weight loss pills, diets that don't make you hungry, exercise programs for busy people etc. Take your pick. So, how do you make money from this? Your job is to post regularly in these forums.
Then, people who read your posts, will read your signature file (a paragraph that says something about you or your offer) and, hopefully, click on your link. When posting on forums, I would use my real name as my username. This is a great way for people to get to know you and brand yourself as an expert – or at least as someone who isn't hiding behind a screen. As days and weeks go by, you'll see that things start to "look up" for no apparent reason. You will start getting preferential treatment from other members of the forum. Joint Venture requests, getting free review copies or samples of products etc... If you don't want to post with your real name for whatever reason, at least post something that can be remembered. Don't use "bg234rty". Use something like "Spiderman's Uncle" or "Big Bad John". Or whatever. Just make it easy to remember. Before you start posting in the forums, you need to understand...