It's almost impossible to open your email or browse the Web without being blasted by daily invitations to join a membership forum based on any niche under the sun, including Internet Marketing.
Most have a monthly membership fee that gets you access to free monthly downloads, helpful advice and tutorials. Of course, you will be offered multiple opportunities to buy some new product or service from the webmaster. Some membership sites offer different levels of access for different fees. . . basic and different upgrades.
Basic is usually a free membership with limited access and constant prods to upgrade, but it is a good way to test the real value of belonging to the site. Other membership levels can be found usually labeled from the precious metals collection. . . silver, gold and platinum.
For you, the marketer and wanderer in the forest of new marketing forums thrown at you every day, they can be real goldmines for your business. You won't need a pick and shovel to find the nuggets, but you will need your common sense and clear marketing focus. It is easy to get lost in the blizzard of tempting offers to upgrade your membership or to buy the “latest and greatest" whatever.
How will forum membership help you grow your business and, specifically, your list?
The contacts you will make can be the most valuable benefit of all. When you post intelligent questions to the forum, you are helping other members who are too shy to ask the same question. . . lurkers in the shadows. When you provide solutions or sources to fill some need, you are building your credibility and reputation.
Simply having a signature line that leads to your opt-in page for a related and valuable product will surprise you by how many people click to check you out! Being a helpful forum member is a lot like being a good neighbor and brings you the same fellowship and respect.
One lucrative possibility that may come from your forum membership is invitations for joint ventures with other members. That possibility, all by itself, can explode your list membership in a short time. That's your goal, isn't it?
If you are creating your own products, offering something of value free to your fellow members will increase the size of your list in a heartbeat. Make sure your free offer is actually valuable to the forum members and focused on the membership theme. . . Internet Marketing, gardening, collecting, etc. You will be providing the free product or service in exchange for their email address and first name. . . list building.
If you cannot offer a product of your own, check out the PLR products that you can modify and improve to make them something you can be proud of when you offer it to your forum colleagues. Don't just grab some PLR ebook or software to use “as is, " unless you want your reputation to evaporate. Put in a little work improving it and reap the benefits.
One last piece of advice. . . use an autoresponder to handle the double opt-in required before you can market to your new list member. If you get a large response to your offer, you will not have time to answer their requests for downloads and the need to get confirmation of their subscription.
Using an autoresponder service makes you look like a professional and you are, right?
Randolf Smith is a Copywriter and Experienced Internet Marketer who specializes in helping others learn from his own 8 years of online adventures. His site at http://www.moremonthly.com could provide you with the extra help you'd value today.