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Are All Forums a Waste of Time?

Day 10 of 1095

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You found a forum that looks interesting. Elite members post helpful information and there's fun banter between them, making the place look like a great community to be apart of.

It has an attractive glow.

You want to find out more so you register an account, post around, but some time later something changes.... the glow isn't there anymore.

What happened? Did you change? Did the forum change? Or was there no glow to begin with?

FOMO; or fear of missing out, is a powerful driver, and an addictive drug.

FOMO is why we join, and when it's intoxicating effects wear off it's also why we leave.

When you do leave, you may find grief waits for you, at the other side of the door.

This grief wants you to believe you aren't as social as you should be, and because so, something is wrong with you. It's there because we are taught to feel guilty about leaving social situations, so it's natural for us to to think something is wrong with us for leaving forums.

Are Forums Worth it?

Maybe you wonder if there's a way to use forums that is actually productive.

If you go into a forum looking like someone that's only there to do business, it's generally not cool.

There's a better way!

It's all about giving back. You come in on your heavily-stocked wagon after you've staked a claim in the remote wilderness, worked it to success, and come back to civilization to share the harvest.

But here's the key, you stick around only long enough to deliver a feast, before venturing back into the remote wilderness to work the land again.

Or in the case of this spitting-microphone-guy; before traveling through time to save humanity from its dystopian future.

This works to your advantage in 2 ways.

First it creates mystery, while removing obligation. You become apart of the community because you help add to its great mysteries, and you don't have to be active often because you create the expectation among members that you are out in the wild harvesting knowledge just for them.

 

This is the forum strategy I will be using to grow referral traffic to my affiliate sites, but it can work for any business that wants to market on forums.

First it creates mystery, while removing obligation. You become apart of the community because you help add to its great mysteries, and you don't have to be active often because you create the expectation among members that you are out in the wild harvesting knowledge just for them.

This is the forum strategy I will be using to grow referral traffic to my affiliate sites, but it can work for any business that wants to market on forums.

P.S. - Content can naturally gain referral traffic, but you'll need to decide between producing long or short affiliate posts, by picking the one that fits you.

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