Everything I know about publishing and marketing my work.
(Metallica, a retrospective)
Obviously, this is an article about the band Metallica. I placed the article in every Metallica forum and chatroom I could find, as well as appx. a dozen different heavy metal and similarly themed rooms. I submitted a link to the band’s official website, and placed a link as a comment on their myspace page. (this article is also full of photos and video clips, if you want to see how that is effectively done.)
(Sarah Palin… A Genuine Idiot?)
An article, obviously, about what an idiot Sarah Palin is. I Threw this one into a variety of different political forums, both republican and Democratic alike. Also to a number of News forums.
(Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor…. But not your Gay)
This was a touchy subject, and nothing breeds views like controversy. I put this one in a variety of gay forums, and a variety of religious forums as well, focusing on the more conservative denominations I guessed would be anti gay marriage.
(Michael Jackson was not a hero)
I published this the day he died… highest viewing article I’ve had by far. Tens of thousands of hits. With a subject like this; one that dominates the news… I put it everywhere.
Now, the thing to remember about forum spamming is that you cant simply come in, sign up, drop a url, and leave. At least not if you want it to work. Take the time to sign up, and create something of a profile, even if it is just for show. At least look like an active member of that forum… i will even throw a picture up. And stop in once in awhile.. I have about 50 forums that I use on a regular basis, and I take one evening a week to visit them… Stop in, pick a topic, drop a few comments. I have found that doing so exponentially increases my views. Doing this requires a bit of insight and creativity, and most importantly, time.
There is one exception to this rule, and that is a forum called Topix. This is one of the bigger forums out there, and you will find discussions fro nearly anything. I have on occasion, dropped a url with a brief description here and pulled hundreds of hits. This is, due to the size and variety, a great forum to cut your teeth on.
Another tool that works very well for me is studying those who are very successful at Triond. If you see an article that stays in the top ten for some time, Google the title. You will be effectively handed a list of the places where these people promote their works. Explore. Dig. There are a nearly infinite number of these places out there; If you write an article on John Deere tractors, google John Deere Tractors. You’ll be spoon fed thousands of possibilities.
The most important aspect of this for me is still the networking. Trade notes with the people in the forum; the exchange of ideas is what can make this work.
So there you have it. It isn’t all that complicated… it simply requires a bit of dedication and diligence, and the willingness to work as hard at promoting as you do writing. It works for me, it works for the people I got the ideas from, and hopefully it will work for you. Good Luck.
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