One of the most important skills that a successful affiliate marketer should have is the ability to always be able to learn something new.
There are moments when you must start analyzing what you’ve done well, and what you could have done better.
In such moments, you want a community of media buyers to be next to you.
Because those are the only people who are able to understand what you’re talking about.
As in any business on earth, it’s obvious that success isn’t something you reach on your own.
Nobody gets there alone, mister!
There are always people around you who have an indirect influence on the destiny of your marketing campaigns.
It’s your job to know how to use their input like a pro.
That’s why I decided to write an article about forums – they’re the biggest source of information out there.
They offer sweet affiliate marketing techniques, some new methods, and they also give you the help and the motivational support you need to be successful in affiliate marketing.
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Thought forums had become extinct, like dinosaurs?
And I mean that with a clear emphasis on the affiliate marketing industry.
Because a forum might die, but a community will not.
In reality, forums are one of the reasons why the internet is so huge.
These are the centralized locations for topical discussion at a large scale in differentiated and – at times – highly-specialized ways.
You’ll be able to find forums for anyone:
Mothers, housewives, IT specialists, fans of “Game of Thrones”, gamers, sports cars collectors, wandering travelers, devoted bodybuilders, etc.
Don’t believe me?
Big Boards has a listing of thousands of online forums which can be sorted by size and popularity.
There are dozens of individual forums that have a membership of over one million.
Impressive, to say the least.
There’s no need to get too deep into the technical side of how forums work.
Even so, you need to know the basic structure of most forums.
The Structure of Affiliate Marketing Forums
There’s always a similar directory structure with categories listed.
These will be split consistently into concrete themes and specific discussions.
This is what usually happens in a community for affiliates.
Besides, there are some special people lurking in the online shadows.
These are humans who are moderators and admins.
The Moderator is a person who is employed by the forum owners and who is responsible for the well-being of the forum and for maintaining its atmosphere.
These guys are like a watchdog or a policeman.
They read an affiliate marketing thread and analyze the relationships among all participants.
They clean up a thread for affiliates with class!
To make sure the forum’s guidelines are being respected and to kill trolling remarks and rude comments.
They also check the quality and quantity of the content.
To actually reduce the number of spammy affiliate marketing threads.
They’re the ones keeping the content organized and making sure that the threads created by users are located in specific thematic divisions.
They are a God, solving all the issues which may come about in an affiliate marketing online community.
Want to read threads for affiliates that are subject to some sort of moderation?
Make sure the media buying forum of your choice has a great moderator squad.
This is the famous admin of any forum.
This is the fellow who’s working on the technical part of the community.
The admin can assign a user to become a moderator, create the rules and change them, create sections, change the website’s interface, and perform the operations with the database.
How to know who you’re dealing with in these media buyer forums?
Just check the user’s short description.
In general, you can find it under their name and profile picture.
There, you can check when exactly did the user start to explore the affiliate marketing forum, according to the specific level of expertise they may have.
Newbie, Expert, Senior.
Let’s go concrete.
Do you know the StackThatMoney forum?
It’s got a similar system for moderators, dividing them into Junior Moderator and Senior Moderator categories.
In affiliate marketing, forums come in all shapes and sizes.
They can be super little or mega huge communities.