Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Posting To Chat Forums Can Bring In Business…Here’s How!

If you're a frequent visitor to chat forums, you can use them to your advantage without worry about spamming anyone. That doesn't mean that you have to go in there with the sole intention of promoting your business, but there are a few things that you can do in a subtle way that can possibly land you some new customers. It can be one of the easiest ways in the world to draw business to your website, and you don't even have to do any work to accomplish it.

Most chat forums allow registered users to add a signature line underneath their name. This information shows up each time you post a message to the forum, and can be advantageous to someone who is looking for any of your products and services. Some forum posters don't bother looking at the websites of users unless they are regular users of the forum, and then they might get curious. Also, if there was a discussion and you just happened to mention that you have a website, some people may decide to check it out just out of curiosity. It doesn't matter why they chose to do it, the important thing is that you provided enough interest to make someone want to check your website in order to obtain more information.

Another way a chat forum may help you draw traffic to your website is to casually weave your business into conversations as appropriate. For example, if you distribute parts for race cars, and someone is discussing where to find a particular part, and you know that you can get it for the poster at a better price than he has been quoted, you can casually mention that your company has that part at a lower price and let the poster make the decision to go to your website or to ask you’re the question specifically. You don't want to make yourself a nuisance, or you will find that the forum owner or moderator will remove you from the forum. Some don't care but others are very choosy about the subjects that are discussed in the forum, especially if it's a specialized subject forum.

A third way to bring in business using a chat forum is to search for one that is specific to the type of products or services you provide. Although this may not always be possible, it's an avenue worth researching. It will definitely allow you more freedom in saying things that will draw attention to your website than a generalized forum. The key is to get the word out that you have a business and what it involves so that you generate enough interest for posters in the forum to want to visit. Just make sure you try and add substance to the topics being discussed - you don't want to blatantly advertise unless the forum was created for that purpose. You just want to drop subtle hints and undetectable invitations to visit your website.

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