First let me dispel the myths about FREE Network54 forums;
Myth #1… “You won’t get listed in the Search Engines”.
Utter rubbish!…. My own Network54 forum has a number 1 listing in
Yahoo, Altavista, Google, Goto, Lycos, Northern Light, Hotbot, MSN,
It is also listed in just about every other popular Search engine.
Myth #2 … “Because it’s a free site you’ll have to work hard to get it listed”
Actually … Would you believe, no work at all !
I’ve never submitted my Network54 forum to any SE myself….
Network54 do it all for you, free of charge and without you asking them to do it.
The SE's own spiders also visit just about every week!
So expect to get quite a few of your posts and replies listed as well.
Myth #3…. “A Network54 forum is hard to set up”.
Incorrect…. If you can use the Internet, and operate a PC, you can have your own forum up and running in less than 30 minutes.
Myth #4… “ A free Web site forum is not taken seriously”
Wrong… People don’t give two hoots whether you operate from a free web site or you pay the earth in hosting fees. Every one of Ken Silver’s Ezi-Sites includes a Network54 forum, and Ken and many other successful online marketers including Jimmy Krug, and Jason Van Hooft use Network54 forums.
I make more money than you can poke a stick at, operating from free web sites and it has never been an issue.
Consider selling in the real world….
People buy from sales letters and ads in
1. Free community newspapers
2. Free magazines
3. Free Newsletters
Have you ever heard anybody complain, “This company is advertising in a free newspaper, so I won’t buy from them”….
If people WANT what you are selling, operating from a free Web site or paid Web site makes no real difference.
If you want to appear professional… Certainly, have your own full domain name that definitely helps.
A Network54 forum can sometimes be slow to load, granted.
It may not have all the “bells and whistles” of more professional and elegant forums using Web BBS for example, with greater forum owner control and functions BUT….
It is easy to use, easy to setup, has 99% up time, requires no scripting or programming skills and you have a host of pre formatted styles and template layouts to choose from.
That is why I recommend Network54 to my customers and in my ebook because most of my readers are not Internet or Web experts.
The K.I.S.S. principle is what most readers and clients really want. “Why make it harder than it has to be”?
As far as promotion goes, and I’ve written on this topic several times before in Ken’s forum, but the best ways to promote it when you start out are;
1. On your main Web site (With a graphic link).
2. In your ezine if you have one.
3. On other Web sites, that includes forum lists on your subject matter.
4. In your sig file in other forums.
To keep people coming make to your forum, make sure it has plenty of good advice and informative posts and replies…. At the end of the day, that is what forum visitors are seeking.
You’ll have to work hard in the initial stages to “keep it alive” and build up the regular traffic but if you persist it will happen over time.
Don’t set up a forum unless you enjoy and have the time to “write”.
I’ve written enough posts and replies on my own forum and others to fill a couple of ebooks alone!
But never under estimate the power of forum marketing,
I've made forum posts that have resulted in over 400 hits in one day to my site. Believe me, a forum can generate a lot of business.
A statement Ken silver made in one of his posts awhile back has always stuck in my mind; “Sometimes your forum will go dead for awhile…. And you won’t know why”.
How true that is!
Don’t let it get you down… That happens on even the most popular forums on the Web and for no logical reason.
Then all of a sudden, a post is made, a thread gets going, and before you know it…. It starts to generate even more posts!
Hope this helps.
Warmest Regards & Success
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