When all else fails; talk
to your visitors
Newsgroups and Online forums are a great forum for
creating net community and the exchange of ideas, but it is also free
and popular means to promote your website.
Whatever the subject matter of your website, there's at least one and
maybe dozens of newsgroups or online forums which are appropriate for a
You can get a list of newgroups that may
interest you from your newsreader software or your Internet provider.
You can also go to Deja (http://www.deja.com).
and search through all current newsgroup items for content that may be
similar or related to materials on your website. You can also read the
items themselves at Dejavu.com, familiarizing yourself with the style
and culture. And even if you don't have access to newsgroups through
your Internet service provider, you can post to newsgroups through Deja.
Listed below are other possible resources to
locate the perfect newsgroup for you:
Remember, before your first posting at a
newsgroup, always read samples to make sure your message is appropriate
and tailor your message to the audience accordingly.
Many of the same topics discussed in newsgroups and in mail lists are
also covered in public forums (AKA bulletin boards or notes files). The
software typically allows you to post a comment as a new topic or as a
reply to a previous one, so over time a "thread" of discussion grows.
You'll want to participate in the most active and promising discussions
directly related to the content at your site, subtly and politely
letting the people there know who you are and what they would find at
your site. Once you are established, you may want to start a forum of
your own and perhaps scheduled chat sessions to interact with your
audience and let them interact with one another.
For a searchable list of over 200,000 such
forums, check ForumOne