Do you use forums and social networking sites to promote your business or online programs? Are you aware that there is a right way and a wrong way? I am speaking from experience as I am a participating member of several marketing forums. The most common mistake I see members make is not reading the guidelines. Most if not all forums make it very clear what is acceptable and what is not.
The first step you should take is introducing yourself..this lets others know that you want to be a part of the community. Then find a topic you can share in and make a post there.
You should never spam your ads as this is not accepted in any forums. There is an exception to this rule. Free advertising forums allow advertising. But, it is important to remember that most members who belong to these type of forums are just there to advertise. So the odds of your ad being read are slim to none.
Most forums allow you to have a signature.Your signature is very important as it is added to all of your posts. So the more active you are in the forum community, the more your signature gets seen. I usually click on links in signatures, because the person caught my interest with their post.
This kind of promoting costs you nothing, yet it can benefit you greatly. These guidelines can be used on most networking sites and forums. Another advantage of using networking sites is the ability to create profiles. Your profile page can be used to showcase yoursef. So make it a point fill out your profile.