Forums are a great place to introduce yourself, gather information, learn from others, earn money, and help strangers.
One of the most popular forums is Quora, but Reddit, ClickBank, or Warrior Forum are places where you can find offers, introduce yourself to others, and promote products or services.
Can you market in forums?
Yes, you can. Most of the people who visit these forums are affiliate marketers. What does it mean?
Affiliate marketers promote products from other companies, posting reviews or guides. For example, if somebody posts a question about air pollution, a person who knows about Hepa filters can explain the damage of chemicals, the nature of pollution, and at the end of the answer, enter the affiliate link.
It leads to the company’s website that sells these filters.
Marketing in forums can work when you help a lot of people, show them ways how to solve problems. Step by step, you build a reputation. People start to trust you.
Finally, forum members or visitors can check your website and buy your products or services, thanks to your sincere help.
The most important thing is not to spam people. Nobody likes pathetic salespeople who are dull and sneaky.
First is the interest of the public. When you gain trust and show that you are a person who is real, helpful, and caring, people will follow you.
Mistakes to avoid marketing in the forums
First, never bully others with your products. People will think that it is spam and will not listen to you. Nobody likes loud presentation. It is better to help people first, later on, introduce your products.
Second, carefully choose forums that fit your niche. When you show that you know answers and can find solutions to problems, you will attract potential followers. It leads to customers who will check affiliate links.
Facebook is full of forums and groups sorted by specific topics. You can find one that fits your theme or create a new one where you build-up a place for others interested in your niche.
Remember that your reputation is a tool that can do wonders. Word of mouth works nowadays too. Of course, it is an online world. It means that news, positive or negative feedback spreads faster than it was before.
Choose a compelling title because of the danger of disappearing in the sea of spams. I guess that you saw plenty of offers in forums that are shiny but do not bring any money. These offers can lead to the chain of various click baits that are suspicious and not worthy of time.
There is another side to the danger. There many more experienced affiliate marketers that know how to attract attention. They can bury with their carefully chosen click baits, and your thread will somewhere deep below other content.
Okay, is it worth to market in forums?
In short, it is a waste of time. Why?
- Your content disappears when somebody will post answers or questions. It will get buried under other information from members. Of course, carefully picked keywords can help.
- The posted content belongs to forums, not to you.
- There are plenty of experienced marketers who use forums as one of the ways to gain followers.
- Not all forums let post affiliate links.
- Some forums can ban you if you flood space with your offers.
You can earn money in forums, but it takes a long time when you gather followers, gain trust, and build your reputation.
What to do?
The best way is to have your website. It works as a virtual estate. The site is yours. You manage content, affiliate links, and videos in the way how it works for you and your customers. It belongs to you.
You write content that informs, helps, and solves problems for customers. You place affiliate links that bring you commissions if somebody buys the product or service.
Of course, it takes time and effort to gather information, attract customers, but it is a foundation that brings constant income.