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Networking on Forums (Part 1)- Probably One of The Most Essential Skills in Internet Marketing

By Preben Frenning Under Network Marketing

Getting friends all over the world is never a bad idea!
Getting friends all over the world is never a bad idea!

Hello trusted readers!

Today I want to talk a bit about networking. – Networking on forums to be accurate. ( This post will be split in 2 because of the length, as I personally HATE reading looong blogposts. This is part 1, and part 2 will come really soon)

As most of us understand, networking is essential to achieve great success in internet marketing. It has numerous benefits, as well as it keeps it a little bit more “social”. When you network on forums, you actually speak with fellow internet marketers, and share knowledge and services. – Which is usually a win/win situation.

I thought I’d share some tips on how to do this, since obviously not everyone totally “gets it”. At least that’s what I think after a few bad experiences in different forums, which have almost made me hate a few people. I’m not a hater though, so it doesn’t really matter that much with me, but others might be able, and willing to do BAD things to your reputation – Which is something you must avoid at all costs!

So here’s the list of my tips for networking on forums with greatest effect:

  • Send PM’s, and lots of it.

This will get you directly in touch with other people, and nobody knows what you are talking about, so you can be a lot more personal, honest and to the point.

And it’s always exciting to see if you have gotten any new PM’s each time you for example log in to the warriorforum, or trafficdrill, which are the 2 I use the most at this time.

  • Help people

Whenever I can, I try to help people. This does NOT include services that should be paid for, like webdesign, graphics, articles etc. but rather simple tasks they are unable to do on their own.

I personally try to help them to help themselves, but that’s not always the best either. And if I’m unable to help, I’ll tell them how to find someone to help them, or give them contact info to someone I know that can. I usually do “proofreading” of products before they are launched, and provide comments about what I like/don’t like, what I feel is missing etc. and tell them if I get any good idea’s they will benefit from. It’s really simple, useful for people, as well as it gives me free products! Now that’s a win/win already!

Next is that I have someone new in my network, who I can JV with later, or get to do the same for me if I need it. Pretty useful if you ask me =)

  • Tell people to PM you if they have questions about anything you have written

This goes for most forums. By getting people to send you a Private Message, you will get directly in touch with them, and then you have it going.

Make sure you don’t “finish” your conversation too early by simply sending an “ending” PM. – A PM tham makes it harder to reply. I usually end my early PM’s with a question, so the people I talk with replies.

Then after a little while, we get to know each other a lot better, and find some shared interests etc. And I have a new contact! Simple as that really. And if they don’t reply… Too bad for them! They have lost the gift of having my creativity at their disposial for free. I just move on.

NB! Don’t abuse this technique! People will consider you annoying if you always reply with a question in the ending. You also need to have a medium-length message as well, and have useful content.

  • Ask people for people to contact if you need help

This is just one of the ways you can use your network. Whenever you need help for something spesific, ask someone you think might know someone good for what you need. You might even get discounts and improved services! – Contact me if you need rebates for a FANTASTIC graphic designer ;o)

  • Stay polite and helpful

Essential,obvious, yet still worth mentioning. Always be like this, and people will like you, and gladly help you back if you need. It’s also good for NOT getting enemies.

You will get more credibility etc. etc… You get the point.

Here’s another thing about helping other people, which I wanted to add in the end of part 1.

You might not always get something back. Trust me, you won’t. There are also quite a few people you help, whowon’t be that grateful. But remember that

1. – You get a good feeling from helping people anyways.

2. – Whenever you’re helping people, you will start to feel better and better, and eventually consider yourself an expert.

3.  – They might not have much to offer right now, but in time, they can become great internet marketers. And great internet marketers definately remember who got them going in the first place, and will definately help you if you need it.

That’s all for today folks!

Next part will be here in a couple of days!

– Preben

16 Responses to “Networking on Forums (Part 1)- Probably One of The Most Essential Skills in Internet Marketing”

  1. 1
    Preben Frenning Says:

    Part 2 is out! Here is the link: How To Network Efficiently On Forums

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    IT Training Says:

    Nice work man..keep it up.

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    Change Your Life for Better Says:

    Oh.. very nice tips.. Thanks for sharing..

    I never thought how much useful a PM can be at times. We need not send too many PMs. But we can send occasionally.

    I had often seen others sending me PMs which are actually like advertisements to a website that I would be tempted to visit.

    This is very nice article.

    Change Your Life for Better’s last blog post..Why Are The Police After Me?

  4. 4
    ohn from JCommunity Home Supply Says:

    great stuff, i think you’re right, marketing really depends on how much info you can get to your prospective clients. and this seems like a really big part of that.

  5. 5
    Preben Frenning Says:

    A PM can be extremely useful if done properly. Advertising PM’s are SPAM. If you contact someone about a reply they have made to a thread etc. and it’s written in a personal tone, it will have a great impact on the person you send it to.
    When sending a PM, you can be sure that you will get answer to exactly what YOU want to know, since the person responding is responding to you, and no-one else will see it.

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    Jenny from Swimsuits For Women Says:

    I think if you network on forums related to your business, not only can you plug your site, but also present yourself as a knowledgeable expert in your field so people will come to you when they have questions or problems.

  7. 7
    Preben Frenning Says:

    Exactly my thoughts here!
    Actually, as long as it’s related, ANYTHING positive you do will positively affect your business back. And forums are an easy way to go.

  8. 8
    Part 2: How To Network Efficiently On Forums » T Says:

    […] Check out part one here: Networking On Forums Part 1 […]

  9. 9
    New blog posts coming up » T Says:

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    Chameleon Auto Business Builder - Totally Passive Set-And-Forget Says:

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    Michael Frost Says:

    I like your tip of being polite and helpful. This isn’t very common on forum discussion. Some people who have lots of knowledge find their way to intimidate other people. They hate it when some share simple stuff that is less better than what they know.

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    Preben Frenning Says:

    I KNOW! Those things can be really annoying. I expreienced it recently as well. However, if you simply ignore them if they are rude, and add what they might add (If it’s useful, or anything at all) that kind of people also benefit to the community in their own way =)

    Being polite and helpful have helped me networking many places, so I can really recommend it in all aspects of life as well, not just in forums. After all, networking is a key aspect of any business, and can help you get massive leverage if finding the right people to network with.
    Still, helping people often helps you as well, in some way or another. I can’t really say I’ve gotten much back for helping many newbies, but it still feels good =P
    Not only that, but it gives you a positive attitude, and some of them might actually help you back some time if you need it. One thing I can’t stand though, is when you help someone and don’t even get a “thanks” back. That’s kind of a turn-off…

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    Jamie from network marketing Says:

    Integrity is the key that will take you very far in life. Great advice!

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    Jack Courtney Says:

    I don’t want to discriminate any race or somebody, but in some forums, most members are very arrogant. Like for example, the superiority feeling of some clients to their workers. Maybe they are thinking that they can do everything because they are paid workers. Plus the fact that they hate answering too many questions even these are for further clarification for a given work or relevant questions.
    .-= Jack Courtney´s last blog ..Capstar Review =-.

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    PLANETwebfoot from Social Networking Software Says:

    Excellent article. I wanted to add my two cents to your point ” 2. – Whenever you’re helping people, you will start to feel better and better, and eventually consider yourself an expert.” Not only will you consider yourself an expert, by engaging in the community others will come to see you as an expert as well.

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    RROD Says:

    The key is to be helpful, while calm and polite, even though there will always be persons to disagree with you. Sending PM’s not sure about that. It depends on what is in that message right? Any form of spam/promotional offer will only annoy the other guy.:)

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