Friday, March 28, 2008

Using online forums

Many web users frequently involve themselves in at least one online forum. Online forums are a great way to connect with others on a more personal level. Some forums are very informal and involve discussion on everyday issues, while others are more informational.

If you are trying to find free ways to advertise your affiliate link, using online forums to promote website traffic is a great idea. There are several ways you can use online forums to promote affiliate link. You should carefully consider the various different approaches and how you want yourself to be viewed before using a forum as a means of advertising.

The easiest way you can use an online forum to promote your affiliate link, is by simply adding a link to promoted website in your forum “signature”. Many forums allow each member to create a “signature” that is added to the bottom of each of their posts.

If you include your affiliate link to something for free, it is likely that others you chat with in the forums will become more familiar with the website name and probably even check it out. This is one of the most reserved ways to promote affiliate link in online forums.

This is a great option for someone who does not want to be as pushy about the advertising aspect. You can be more natural with the ad delivery by using forums in this manner. You can even begin visiting forums that you usually don’t, just to get your “signature” out there more frequently across the web. Many blogs also allow comment sections where you can leave your affiliate link in your “signature”, so take advantage of these avenues as well.

You can also simply post advertisements into online forums. This is a more direct way of reaching those that read the forum. It is free indeed, however you need to be aware of a few things before using this approach.

First, some online forum moderators do not allow direct advertisements on their boards. They usually don’t do this to be mean or unreasonable; they do it to avoid the entire forum being filled with advertisements. It is possible that you may be able to sneak an advertisement in without being scolded, but it is better to follow the rules.

Another thing to consider when using direct advertisements in online forums is that the entire approach may seem a little pushy. Many people consider online forums as a place that is personal and free from annoying ads.

Therefore, they may not respond well to a direct advertisement as they may see it as being made by an intruder that is not part of the normal forum “family”. Being bold enough to go this route however will most definitely give your affiliate link more traffic, because some of the readers will be prompted to check out more information from your post.

When deciding to use online forums to promote affiliate link you need to consider what types of forums would be most appropriate for your posts. You can certainly use forums that you regularly comment within, even if they have nothing to do with your site.

People who are use to seeing your comments will likely respond warmly to your website just because they consider you familiar. In addition to your regular forums, consider searching for forums that have some sort of a link to the content on promoted website.

Overall, the more people you reach with your use of online forums to promote affiliate link, the more positive results you will get.

Using forums are perfect for those on a tight budget who still want to promote their affiliate link.

Bottomline....Just be sure to consider forum rules and choose an appropriate approach before posting. You don’t want to ruin your promoted site’s reputation or even your reputation...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Write Your Article For Humans to Read

If you are doing article marketing, then you should know about writing an article which is filled with keywords. You have to include the keywords you want in your article, so that the search engine crawler may crawl through and found your article related to your targeted market. However, although writing an article with keywords are important, please don’t write for robots or computers, but write for human, your readers.

You have to understand that you are writing for humans and not computers, that is why you have to write your article naturally
If you write an article full with keywords, it may sounds odd, and when people read it, they know that you are writing that article for other purposes and not providing information that they are looking for.

When you are writing your article, you should be writing a tightly inched article that revolves around a very tightly themed idea. This idea should be contained in preferably 3 or less, primary keywords or keyword phrases. If you simply follow a concept of writing each article with one, two, or at the most, three keywords in mind, the completed article should be naturally keyword optimized, and yet very readable.

If you are using article marketing to promote your site or business, the first and the most important factor that is going to determine the number of article views is the title of your article. The title of your article will imply what your article is all about, and it is the first thing that readers will note.

Creating the first impression is very important. Therefore, you will have to write something that will attract readers. Even if you have the number one information and content in your article, there will be no point if there is no one there to read it. In fact, if your article title doesn’t attract people, most of them will look for other more ‘interesting’ articles. In other words, you’d lose your precious traffic after having written such a long article.

One of the reasons that you write articles is to generate traffic to your site, and if you cannot attract more traffic, your efforts will be lost. And always remember that your title must be related with your article content.

You are writing for people to read, not writing for the sake of submitting and getting more links. If you write your article just because of wanting to get traffic and get more links, don’t think you will ever get what you wanted.

Do what you want, and the money will follow.

As for in article marketing, write for the sake of providing more valuable content for people, and people will pay back by following your advice and recommendations.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Affiliates and light bulb !

How many affiliates does it take to change a light bulb ?

One, and a parasite to take the credit for changing it.....