Forum marketing is one of the best ways to advertise your business for free on the internet. This is why you do not want to lose out on this great money making marketing program by not reading the rules that are posted in all the forums. These rules provide guidelines on what you are able to and not able to do on the internet. This will help you learn your limits when it comes to posting so you do not break any of these rules. It will also set limits on how aggressively to make your marketing campaign. Lack of reading these rules of the forums can lead to banning from the forums as well as black marketing of your name.
So reading the rules before you join any forum, it is very crucial that you read the rules and understand them clearly. This is also the first rule of your successful marketing campaign. You will find the rules for every forum right below the guidelines or general discussion section and are not very tedious or hard to understand. Along with the rules you also should follow some simple rules of etiquette.
1. Forums simply disagree or will ban you for any aggressive form of self promotion. Also you will get banned if you make any negative comments that may offend another forum member. The degree of strictness to these rules will vary from site to site. So reading the rules before you, post can save you a lot of problems later on.
2. Remember you joined the forum because of the issues being discussed so therefore you are not allowed to promote your business within the posting portion. Do not start promoting your product like no other product will beat it especially without using proper content first.
3. You need to read what is being discussed before you post. You need to pay attention to whether the posting is either formal or informal and respond accordingly. Also you need to get to know a few of the people on the boards and start a conversation with them before you approach the issue of your website which should be done in a subtle manner.
4. When you follow the conversations you have an added bonus. If you are following, you can follow certain questions that are being asked by other members. If any of these questions fall into your expertise, you can give them an answer to their question or problem. You may even be able to lead them to your site in a subtle manner that may deal with their issues.
Following the rules is a critical part of any forum but following etiquette is a matter of principal. If you follow these simple etiquette guidelines, you will become a well-trusted forum marketer in no time.