Forums and message boards where ‘the place’.
Forums and message boards were considered, during the early days, the top fashion trends in the online marketing world. These sites were the place where people just log-in and discuss their favorite topics. There were also the place where people get advice and also make good friends. Additionally, they were the place where people market, the spot where potential audiences hang out. The bad think, is that these places started to disappear during time, because of the popularity social media platforms gained. These forums and online communities, don’t exist anymore in their original form, but they still in some way, thus as you can see the enormous potential still exists.
How to find these ‘Online Communities’?
For beginners, forums and message boards still exists, the trick is to find the right website that owns its on forum and has survived for a long time. Nonetheless, marketers can also look for other similar platforms on the web. An excellent example is Google+, which is considered another social network, like Facebook, but it has the special ‘community element’ embedded. You can easily join Google+ by having a Google account. After that you just perform a search for the topic you promote, and then you’ll get the same old ‘online community’ power under a modern platform.
The power of Reddit and Facebook Groups.
Reddit is another great platform with these characteristics. All you need to do is create a free account and look for ‘sub-reddits’, which are nothing else but online communities. You’ll find several pages discussing topics of your choice.
Facebook groups, is another alternative to participate in online communities. The good thinks about Facebook Groups, is that members are fans of the pages and have a democratic configuration.
How to use these groups.
In case you have an excellent article for a very specific group, just join one or more of these online communities and share it with all the members. You’ll get thousands of view, thus it will help your internet marketing for sure. A good advice is to do it in a regular basis, consistently. Some marketers claim they get all their traffic by online communities.
It’s very advisable to spend some time in the online communities you join first, before posting. Each community has its own personality, so understanding how they operate will get you better results. It’s imperative to build trust as well. People trust each other in these communities, so it’s a good advice to be accurate on what you post. Don’t use them just to spam your content, some of them have strict rules about spamming, you may even get banned for life if you don’t follow them.
People there can become valuable asset for your business. They can really help you a lot, specially if you’re need in the business or are struggling to get something done properly.