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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Find Home Business Leads

Luckily, a handful of people have been saved by starting a home based business. Whether you plan on starting a print shop, web design company, flower shop, or even an online store – you will be experiencing the same benefits as other business owners do. Home business leads can come in the form of e-mail lists, clients from forums, business contacts, word of mouth or your website. Never underestimate the power of referrals by clients and friends to expand your network of potential clients. Web 2.0 sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and MySpace are geared towards meeting new people who could potentially become new clients.

Prior to quitting your job, you should have some money saved up in order to start your dream. Calculate how much rent and bills are along with the total amount required to get your business off the ground. If you find yourself short, you should work an extra 2-5 months or until your business creates a steady income. Another alternative would be to start off on a part time basis until you have enough work to sustain your current lifestyle and to grow beyond that.

Your success in the home business really depends on how much effort you actually put into it. If you are dedicating 3 hours a day, it will take you months to begin your business. It’s better to work at least 8 hours a day just like you would at a normal job. As a business owner, you have 3 different roles. You are playing the marketing guru, sales person, customer service, and even the one who does the work itself.

Home business leads are most often leads attained by e-mail marketing, forum marketing, and more. The most popular one is e-mail leads because you can earn a potential customer just by getting in contact with them later in case they try to leave your website. Start out by offering a free product, and in exchange they will sign up for your newsletter in order to get the free product. It’s a win, win situation for everyone! This is one of the easiest ways to obtain home business leads.

Starting Up Discussion Forum

Having or maintaining an on-line discussion board can also be a tedious task for a web administrator or webmaster. Tremendous amount of work and time is needed to even create one. The challenge is also how to make it very appealing to people so they can start posting comments and eventually earn the traffic that you need. This is usually achieved by thinking the topics thoroughly so as to give users an extra boost to leave a comment or a series of comments. Sometimes, self-posting is also applied and done for a few months just to fuel-up the site until some users discover your message board.

One thing that you should also see is that your members do not spam your own forum. Checking should be done on a daily basis. Having an extremely busy forum may be equivalent to too much time of analyzing and clearing the website. Remember that posting messages can be used as a tool to advertise for many so you have to be sure to screen out every message as frequently as possible. Truly, the maintenance aspect of a discussion forum is the most challenging part, too. Forums are likewise essential parts of a website as it does not only increase the traffic, bit it likewise becomes a good source of income. Being patient and being vigilant in maintaining the forum can be truly beneficial after just a month or two.

Forum Marketing Strategy

What happens mostly is that these forum veterans, with the express permission of business community moderators are allowed to initiate intensive advertising campaigns. Proper forum marketing strategy advocates that, you seize this opportunity to add value to the forum business community. A good approach would be to offer community members special price cuts on products, free sampling of products and services or start fun promotion contests.

When it comes to forum marketing strategy, it is imperative to avoid spamming. Outsourcing for online marketing firms can lead to them using inexperienced staff to send spam to online forums. Therefore, if you have to outsource for this service do your research well and only work with credible organizations with a proven track record.

Some may argue that spamming business communities helps generate traffic. This may be true to some extent but in the long run it will only contribute to you seriously denting your online image thus people shunning your marketing campaigns. It is undeniable that forum marketing strategy is more about building a good online reputation which in turn results to generating free business sales leads.

Get Value of Forums

Forums, online discussion groups, can be found on many websites. Companies, individuals or groups often have their own web-based forums, which are a good source of technical information or just general discussions. They can be closed for private use only or open to anyone to post messages, which are usually sorted within different categories, or topics. Posting to forums is obviously effective when an immediate answer is not required. Forum can be found by searching for topic or subject with the word ‘forum’ or ‘forums’. Forums are a great way to participate in a community that is discussing a particular topic, or communicate with a group of people interested in the same topic.

Rules & Regulations

Before you post to a forum its important that you read the Charter or description of the forum and determine what is appropriate. It is probably not a bad idea to monitor a newsgroup for a few days prior to posting. Understanding what is accepted or not accepted in each newsgroup will go a long way in befriending the participants.

Forum Etiquette

Spam is generally frowned upon, if you require information on general forum etiquette I’d encourage you to read the article at: http://www.small-business-software.net/etiquette.htm . Rules and etiquette can vary from one group to another, so don’t assume what is acceptable in one, is acceptable in another.

Some forums require that you register and provide contact information in order to post a message or respond to messages. The registration is typically simple and requires that you submit general information. An email confirmation is required in order to confirm the information; once the confirmation is responded to posting privileges are granted. Some forums do not require registration and you can post anonymously.

What to Look for In a Forum

Because time is valuable it is best to frequent forums that have a lot of traffic, this will ensure that any posts receive maximum exposure for little effort. The most recent posts should be have current dates and it should be clear that there is regular activity on the board.

Moderated Forums

Some forums are moderated, which means posts are approved prior to being made public. This means that if you post to a moderated forum, there will likely be a delay between the submission and the posts appearance in the forum. Moderated forums tend to have a lower ‘noise’ ratio and have less off-topic posts. The downside to moderated forums is that like moderated newsgroups they are usually less popular because of the lag time between posts.