Wednesday, February 02, 2005

How to Enter a Forum…

That sounds silly doesn’t it? Why would I have to learn how to enter a forum? I just sign up and post right?

It would seem on the surface to be that easy, but I see a lot of people have a real hard time…

Over time forums create a very tight community. Everyone learns the rules and looks out for each other…

That’s the first thing… Read the rules. Different forums approach how you display links differently or even what you can talk about…

The other thing is don’t come in gang busters!! Don’t try to prove yourself and get to excited about showing everyone your knowledge etc….

Get to know the community first. Hang out for a while. Introduce yourself politely… Usually there is a separate area set aside for intros… And then start browsing.

Get to know the other posters… Remember a lot of these people have known each other for a while. They may even be doing business behind the scenes…

Once you have a feel for it, start helping out.

Helping out… If you have any knowledge to contribute, provide it… Help people with things you know about.

Learn… Read… Learn… Read some more… Ask questions…

Then let it rip if you want to.

The bottom line is very few people can go crazy right off the bat… There is an exception here or there, but usually the community wants to see you contribute for a while before you get bold. They need to get to know you.

Definitely don’t provide a sales pitch in your first post… You will getting flaming posts and anger the community. Everyone will see it as spam.

It’s just like building any relationship. Easy at first until you get to know each other.

Forums are powerful things. Don’t abuse that power. And don’t ruin your reputation…