Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The right way to network online

Online forums are a great way to network and build a presence online. But there are some guidelines that need to be followed. It's only effective if it's done the right way.
Follow these simple steps to ensure your are making a positive impression.

1. Make a good signature. Almost all panels allow you to add a signature line. Make it compelling, but not too salesy. It should peak the reader's interest. Use your personal URL in the sig. This is where you want your readers to go. It allows you to sell yourself. Avoid direct affiliate links. Most forums do not allow them.

2. Always offer answers to questions. Add valuable information to other threads. Avoid blatant advertising and spamming. It will not get you anywhere. Actually, it will have negative affects.

3. Post questions and information that requires feedback. It's always great to get a good discussion going. Forum interaction is the best way to network.

4. Subscribe to the message so you know when a comment is made. You can then comment again and it will put the message at the top of the forum. Just make sure your posts contribute.

5. Never poke or put someone down on forums. You can disagree, but do it with style. Remember, information stays on the Internet for a long time.

Keep it positive. Add value to the conversation and brand yourself. It works for me. It will work for you too.

BELIEVE Success!


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