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Forums: A river overflowing with resources
Internet Marketing can get very lonely at times.
Many of us spend hours in front of a screen, typing away, building websites, blogging, writing that "killer ad" and the likes.
Unlike other jobs and carreers that most people have, most of our comrads live clear accross the country, or world for that matter. If you go to the bar to unwind at the end of the day, like I do some nights, you leave your co workers when you shut down your computer. Most folks at the bar have no idea what you do, And if you do bring it up, you usually get the usual "I hate computers" speech, the guy accusing you of the last twelve thousand viagra ads in his email box, or the jack-ass that wants to go into business with you, but, rarely anyone that understands anything about what you do for a living.
What am I getting at? An often overlooked alternative, and a great place to connect with others of our kind. Discussion Forums.
Not only can discussion forums be a great way to meet others in your niche or industry, but also, a great place to learn what you don't know, a place to share with others what you do know, a great source of traffic, a place to ask questions,
a place where you can get technical help, and much more.
Recently, I have been putting down the eBooks, forgetting about the 6 seconds to millionaire courses, and lurking about in Affiliate and Internet Marketing Forums. I have found that these can be much more valuable than any course or eBook, and they come with built-in instructors, many of them.
When it comes to my favorite forums, I visit and post in many, but two of them really stick out above the rest....
Self Starters Weekly Tips (http://selfstartersweeklytips.com/) and eWealth Affiliate Hangout. (http://dropshippers-directory.com/ewealth.htm)
Self Starters Weekly Tips is a great forum created by marketing expert Lynn Terry. It contains many sub catagories that blanket just about every facet of internet marketing, including affiliate marketing, the basics of selling online, search engine optimization, copywriting and sales letters, networking, market research and many other topics that are valuable to both the new and the seasoned internet marketer. The folks that frequent this forum are both newbies and experts in the realm of selling online, and this is a high traffic forum, so questions posed here get answered quickly.
Another great thing about this forum, is that if you are a member of this forum, you are allowed to advertise your business in your signature. This can be a real treat if you are building a downline, and I have seen quite a bit of traffic coming from some of the more heated threads. (Of course posting just to get your link there in any forum is frowned upon, but as a member who is contributing to the value of the forum, this can be an enriching bonus.)
Lynn also provides other areas of the site such as weekly marketing tips, free resources, product reviews, and a personal marketing blog that is always interesting. I am constantly spending hours in this forum!
The eWealth Affiliate Hangout is another great forum but is geared to those who are affiliate marketers. Topics at this forum include affiliate program discussion, web design, and individual forums for all of the individual affiliate stations like clickbank, commission junction, linkshare and the rest. What makes this forum unique is that you get paid to refer others to this free forum, and you get rewards for posting. This is also a high traffic forum. You can visit the eWealth forum through my link at http://dropshippers-directory.com/ewealth.htm and post away!
In closing, forums are not only a great place to meet with others, but an everflowing river of knowledge, chit-chat, and just plain fun.
I am off to my favorite forum to see if I can find that list of all the great places to submit this article to.
About the Author: Troy Breitmeyer has been an affiliate marketer since 1997, has been interviewed on The Euntrepreneur Magazine eBiz Radio Show hosted by Chris Malta and Robin Cowie, and currently is the webmaster of:
http://dropshippers-directory.com/ (Product Sourcing Tools)
http://dropshippers-directory.com/affiliates/ (Sparky's Portal to Powerful Internet Marketing)
And many other websites including:
The Museum of Tattoos
TCM Construction and many others.