5 of the Best Internet Marketing and Blogging Forums

best-internet-marketing-blogging-forumsOver the past several months, I’ve been introduced to several internet marketing and blogging forums that I wish I knew about (or were available) when I was starting out on my own. I’d like to share 5 of them with you today, just in case you don’t already know about these wonderful communities of like-minded people who all want to improve their online presence, and at the same time share their knowledge, tips and tricks too. I’ve also included a short analysis of each so you’ll know what to expect.

Warrior Forum

Warrior Forum claims to be the #1 Internet Marketing Forum Since 1997, and I don’t doubt that. If we take a quick look at their statistics (as of 12/23/09), we can get a feel for just how popular this forum is:

  • # of Members: 166,167
  • # of Threads: 112,250
  • # of Posts: 1,228,715

When I just visited the forum to grab those statistics, I noticed that there were 2,330 people actively on the forum at that very moment. That’s insane! Depending on any posts that you write, the likelihood of getting a quick response is very high.

I also really appreciate the fact that there’s an entire section dedicated to mindset within the forum, entitled: Mind Warriors – Success, Power, Self-Improvement. The description of this section says it all:

This forum is dedicated to discussion on all topics related to self-improvement. This most certainly fits into a money-making forum because power, energy and creativity translates into being able to make more money.

Almost everyone I’ve seen and met from Warrior Forum is super friendly, and you can tell that they have great pride in being a part of the community. Adrian from 36pounds.com, and Howie who is actively working on his own eBook project, are very active on Warrior Forum and are some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met online.

The experience and knowledge of the members range from total beginner all the way up to expert, so where ever you’re at with your online business or blog, there will be something you can learn in the Warrior Forum.

Wicked Fire

Wicked Fire is known as one of the top Affiliate Marketing Forums on the web, so if you’re dabbling in affiliate marketing, especially in regards to Pay-Per-Click (PPC) and Cost-Per-Action (CPA) Networks, this forum is for you.

  • # of Members: 55,149
  • # of Threads: 79,103
  • # of Posts: 693,839

Some of the people on Wicked Fire are raking in tons of money and like to share how they do it. My only caveat about this forum is that it can be rather vulgar, and if you don’t know what you’re talking about, they’ll eat you up and spit you out. If you’re a beginner interested in affiliate marketing, I’d definitely read the threads and soak in as much information as you want (which is gold), but I wouldn’t start or participate in any conversations.

I am not a member myself, but I used to read a lot of the posts on Wicked Fire back when I was actively affiliate marketing with PPC.

Self-Starters Weekly Tips

The Self-Starters Weekly Tips Forum (SSWT) is a forum administered by Lynn Terry, a 12 year internet marketing veteran and owner of Click Newz. Because this is a significantly smaller forum than the rest, I find that the advice and the attention given to each post is much more personal. Lynn herself can always been seen on the forums offering her advice as well, which is really cool.

SSWT is a great spot for beginners who may be intimidated by some of the larger sites. The close-knit community is definitely very attractive and always keeps me coming back to see what everyone is up to. Personally, I find myself giving out more advice than I am taking in, which is okay with me because I love to help other people – but if you’re looking for more advanced advice, you may want to check out Lynn’s Elite Members Forum (paid), or one of the other forums mentioned here.

Digital Point Forum

The Digital Point Forum is the latest forum I’ve become a part of and seriously – it’s HUGE. It has sections for everything about internet marketing, including:

  • Search Engines: with subcategories Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Directories
  • Marketing: with subcategories General Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Social Networks, Link Development, PPC Advertising, and Affiliate Programs
  • Business: with subcategories General Business, eCommerce, Payment Processing, Legal Issues, Domain Names, Copywriting, and Buy/Sell/Trade
  • Design & Development: with subcategories HTML & Website Design, Graphics and Multimedia, Content management, Programming, Site and Server Administration, and Databases
  • Products & Tools

The content is great, people are quick to respond to new posts, and from what I’ve experienced in the past week I’ve been a registered user, everyone is very friendly and happy to help each other out, no matter what level you’re at. Here’s a quick glance at the forum stats:

  • # of Members: 336,561
  • # of Threads: 1,537,338
  • # of Posts: 12,453,623

Yes – that’s A LOT of content, but imagine how much great information has been passed between people on those threads.

A couple of notable things to point out. They have a great marketplace where you can post things you want to sell, be it a website or domain name, whatever – and people are usually quick to respond with questions to learn more about your offer. Even further, if you want something designed, you can hold a contest for it and get some stuff designed for you in no time. People scour the contest sections just waiting for a chance to earn some extra cash, so take advantage of that if you want.

There is, however, a 7 day “probation period” that you must endure before you can post within certain sections (like in the marketplace and contest areas), and before you can edit your signature. I like this because it keeps the spammers away and really shows that they care about the quality of posts and people on their forum. Most of the other parts of the forum are accessible from day 1. Good deal.

Problogger.com

Problogger.com (not to be confused with Darren Rowse’s blog at Problogger.net) is a new forum that Darren just debuted in October. The cool thing about this forum is that it’s all about blogging. Here are the sections of the forum, just to give you a sneak peek:

  • Blog Promotion / Finding Readers
  • Making Money with Your Blog
  • Writing Content
  • Blog Design
  • Tech Issues
  • Collaboration
  • Critique
  • Tutorials
  • General Chit Chat

In just a few months, there are over 21,500 posts, so you can imagine how active this forum is. I’ve been a member since the beginning, and the quality of information here is superb. Probably the best part about being part of the community is the ability to connect and network with other bloggers, all with the common goal of managing a successful blog.

There is, however, a subscription fee of $5.95 a month, which is totally worth it. If you really want to take your blog to the next level and join a fantastic community, it’s worth sacrificing a couple of non-fat decaf caramel white chocolate mochas a month. Wouldn’t you think?

You can find me there under the username: PatFlynn :)

Before You Forum Away

If you’re excited about joining one or more of these forums, excellent! Before you do that, I’d like to leave you with a few final things you should know, no matter which forum or forums you may be interested in.

  1. Don’t Join Just to Promote Your Own Site. If you go into these forums and just link back to your website without providing any quality content or asking relevant questions, you’ll get kicked out. Please, don’t do that.
  2. Utilize Your Signature. To promote your site, you can simply place a link within the signature portion of your profile. Your signature gets shown in every post you write, so if you interest people with what you have to say, they’ll click over to your site.
  3. Read the Rules Before Posting. Each forum has their own set of rules and regulations, so take a moment to read them. They are usually posted as a “sticky post” in the very top of the forum.
  4. Before you Start a New Thread, Perform a Search First. Almost every post since the beginning of a forum’s life is saved, so to not waste everyone’s time (including your own), do a quick search to see if any questions you want to post are already answered. Everyone will appreciate this.
  5. Help Other People in Need. If you come across a thread or post that asks a question that you know the answer to, respond! That’s what keeps the forum alive, and remember – each time you post, your signature gets shown. If you totally blow people’s minds with your answers, other people will notice, and you’ll get some clicks to your own site.

And my final piece of advice is this: don’t get lost in the forums. In other words, these forums are great resources that you can utilize for help, and even lend a helping hand in, but it’s really easy to click from post to post and lose track of time and not actually get any work done.

Be a part of the community, but don’t forget about your primary goals!

Which Forums Are You A Part Of?

I’m interested to see which forums, if any, you a part of – even if they aren’t listed here.

Cheers everyone! Happy Holidays! Thank you for making 2009 a special year for me.

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  • http://livingyourbalance.blogspot.com Tammy

    Hey Pat
    Another great blog!
    I joined problogger a week ago and have learnt some realy valuable info from it already.
    I also joined http://www.flyingsolo.com.au/ which is a site specific to Australians who have a solo busienss. Has some great info including the legalities of setting up your own business.
    The thing I like about it is that they have a dedicated blog for anyone who wants to ask questions pertaining to legal stuff and a expert answers all posts once a week.
    Stats are as follows
    Threads: 2,623, Posts: 18,800, Members: 4,570
    Not big I know, but I find I get lost on big forums, lol, as you mentioned, I can read and read and read and not actualy get anything done.

    I am also a big believer in the Law of Attraction and have been a member of http://www.cocreatingourreality.com/ for a couple of years now. Its a site dedicated to 100day manifestation challenge. Some fantastic people, not overly busy at the moment but I luv reading how people are manifesting in the world. I have even had siome visits to my blog site from there. Im on my 23rd day and have already manifested a laptop to work on and ppl such as yourself lol.

    Thanks again for another awesum and relavent post, cant wait till you release the ebook. Keep up the fantastic and helpful work.

    All the best for christmas, have a safe and joyful one.

    Tammy

    • http://www.firsttravelquest.net Gwen Forde

      Thanks for the info. I am going to check out problogger.com

  • http://www.azadshaikh.com Azad Shaikh

    Hey thanks for the list. I was looking for something like this to promote my services.
    And this time i got the first comment. hehehe

    Azad Shaikh
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    • http://www.azadshaikh.com Azad Shaikh

      what i didn’t come the first. thank you Tammy. :)

  • Eddy

    Pat, another great post. I’ll definitely be signing up to those forums.
    Coming from a search marketing background I can vouch for the Digital Point forum and the one that probably taught me all I know about SEM – highrankings.com. Jill Whalen who runs the forum along with some other extremely knowledgeable moderators are incredibly helpful and friendly.
    Eddy

  • http://livingyourbalance.blogspot.com Tammy

    hehehe, I know I thought, wow, Im gona be first this time, lol.

  • http://www.forty2fifty.com Jason @ forty2fifty.com

    Thanks for the information Pat… I am not part of any forums right now and had been considering Darren’s new forum. I’m also very interested in the internet marketing ones you have posted and will definitely give the a look.

    Awesome post again my friend…

  • http://www.blogincomelife.com valentina

    Hi Pat,
    I subscribe to Darren’s forum which is LOADED! … to your point, it is easy to get lost in forums without paying much attention to time.

    There are other forums that I belong to. I signed up in my early stages of being introduced to the internet and now find that they are not really congruent (or no longer congruent) with my criteria etc. A thought for any newbies looking for forums … read the threads. Pay attention to the language and the content. If it does not sit well with you, look for another forum.

    Now Pat … speaking of time, how do you find the time to do all that you do and still be effective on forums?

    Wishing everyone joy during this festive time and lots of good stuff in the coming year :-)

    …………valentina

  • Robert Hagstrom

    I don’t know if I can sacrafice my grande White Chocolate Mocha-easy ice, but maybe I can buy less Doritos or something. Good resources, Pat. I’m in the process of educating myself on all the basics, and am starting to get interested in some of these forums. An amazing network to get what you need to know.

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    This is what people are looking for, honest, easy to digest info and this site does not disappoint. Cheers guys will be back soon to check out more free great information on Affiliate Marketing.

  • http://www.36pounds.com Adrian

    Holly smokes! I’ve been mentioned on this blog’s post!! Niiice!! I like! ;) What an honor! :)

    Now, Pat, and everyone else, I would like to invite everyone to http://www.thefastlanetomillions.com forums. It’s an incredible place where I have gotten tons of support for my 36Pounds.com blog and for my new project. People there are incredibly friendly and their interests range from online businesses to real estate. True entrepreneurs frequent there (some even millionaires!!) and getting insight from them is invaluable! It is even better than Warrior forum, even though it’s not as much about IM as WF. Fastlane was created by a guy who has retired at 33 and drives a Lambo now and shares his advice. He was able to do this because of his online projects. You can find and read his story on the site. It is very inspiring to me! :)

    I don’t want to sound like advertiser but I feel really grateful for chance to be there at those forums!

    Best of luck!

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  • http://makemoneyonlinehow.com/blog2/ Alan Mater

    I’m a huge fan of the Warrior Forum. I’ve been a member for years, and I’ve learned a wealth of information. There are so many members willing to freely give advice and share marketing tactics with others.

    I’m also a member of Digital Point, but I don’t visit their too often. I haven’t heard of the others, so thanks for sharing. I’ll have to take a look at them.

  • http://passiveincomeplr.com Dusty

    A few months ago, I joined Brian Zimmerman’s new forum: http://thenewbieuniversity.com. It is relatively new but is fast becoming my favorite forum. Since it was started FOR newbies, anyone can feel comfortable asking questions and NEVER have to worry about people laughing at them for doing so.

    If anyone joins, PM me and let me know how I can help.

  • http://www.freemanlegacyllc.com Ms. Freeman

    I am a part of the Blogengage.com forum although I haven’t been a regular participant….

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    internet-earners.com

    I just joined yesterday though so i can’t say much about them yet

  • http://www.upgradereality.com Diggy – Upgradereality.com

    Hey Pat!
    Thanks for all the great content this year :) Awesome to read and learn! Happy holidays for you and your family!

    Cheers!
    Diggy

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  • http://lissowerbutts.com Lis Sowerbutts

    Be careful on DP and warrier forums – particularly if you are new to making money online there is an awful lot of mis-information on them – mainly because people are just repeating what they’ve heard without any real experience – and partly because they are great places to flog MMO products to the naive and innocent!
    I can’t comment on the others I haven’t used them. I also like The Keyword Academy forums – they are moderated so the spammers are taken out and its a nice community with an empahsis on devleoping niches sites and Adsense

  • http://www.identityquest.co.uk Paul

    Hi Pat,

    some great content there and certainly some ideas for me to look at it the next stages of my projects. I am sure I will find plenty of useful information to guide me in developing my blog and internet project. Thanks

    Paul

  • http://www.ameaningfulexistence.com Karen

    Thanks for the useful links, Pat.

    This is a good list of useful forums. I also appreciate the new ones given in the comments. I’ll definitely be checking them out.

    I had only heard of the Problogger.com forum before and was waffling on whether to join. I think I can afford the $5.95 investment though and you convinced me to sign up.

    I’ll see you there :-)

  • http://www.flippachick.com Flippa Chick

    I’m a member over at Warrior Forum and Digital Point, however, I’m going to be honest and say I’ve never heard of Wickedfire.com…but after reading your short excerpt, I’d be less apt to visit because one thing I don’t support of the “bite their head off first” mentality. Sure you’ll have new members who would rather post a question that has been asked hundreds of times before rather than use the search function– but that is what moderators are for — to nip these discussions in the bud, redirect the original poster to a “general guidelines” or “read this first post,” and leave it there. No need for a mob mentality.

  • http://www.terrydean.org Jose Anajero

    Thanks Pat for sharing.

    Out of the 5 forums you gave, I have participated in Warrior Forum and Digital Point so far. The people in Digital Point are friendly and helpful, I agree.

    Regarding Warrior Forum, I know you can find participation there mutually beneficial IF you have DISCERNMENT.

    You should have the ability to sift gold out of a mountain of thrash. Some of the advice I think are not really helpful for beginners. But having said that, I agree Warrior Forum can be a useful forum. I noticed that the people in certain sections are more friendly than the others. For example, in the Main Discussion section, I found many obnoxious people. But in the Mind Improvement section, I found really friendly ones. Well, that’s just an experience of one person.

    Jose

  • http://www.supersmartebook.com Kevin @ SuperSmartEbook

    Hi Pat!

    Congrats on the baby! I’ve been following you for a few months now and you are such an inspiration and thank you for this post in particular because I was just on the look out on other internet marketing forums than Warrior.
    Have a great new year!

  • http://www.themannsworld.com K. Manns

    I just had to comment on this post, because you’ve given some good sites to visit for those just starting out in the passive income world. I joined Digital Point before discovering this and was blown away at the amount of information there. Thank you for suggesting other useful sites as well.

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    I use the warrior forum a lot and find it reaaly useful. There are a lot of very smart and generous people there who are very helpful, especially for newbies…

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    Like Aidan (see previous comment) I also use the Warrior Forum. Im also part of a couple of “inner circle” groups which have recently opened their forums to the public. One of those is Steve Clayton and Tim Godfrey forum and the other is Brian G Johnsons forum. Both of these offer great support to newbies and advanced marketers a like.

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  • http://jessiecostumes.com Bo @ Jessie Costumes

    Hey Pat, its been a while since I’ve visited your site so its nice to see that you are still making lots of new posts and your PR has increased as well! Like you, i use the Warrior Forum as well and really find it to be great. Its easy to get bogged down and read everyone else’s posts but if you need a problem solved then its a great place to visit.

  • http://www.halloweensuperaffiliate1.com Philip Kebbell

    Having become a so called “War” Member of the Warrior forum I’ve found people to be most helpful and the programs and software on offer from people in the forum who have created it themselves to be at a much more reasonable price than some of the “normal” stuff publicly available at often over inflated prices.

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  • http://www.activebodi.com Wade McMaster

    Thanks for the resources, I’ts hard to know where good sources of information on internet marketing is because everyone is usually trying to sell you something, which is fair, but its good to know these communities are here for reference.

  • http://www.silvereagleproofset.biz Jestine Kemler

    I agree, the warrior forum should be on the top list. FOrums are great ways to socialize with people that share the same interest as you are. It is a great way to share ideas and learn at the same time,

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  • http://hunting-outfitters.blogspot.com/ Bob

    Stay away from warrior forum special offers unless you want to be sold re-spun junk. There seems to be a group of guys over there that are in cahoots with each other, giving testimonials to each other’s “special offers” so that collectively, they all make more money because the noobs see these seasoned members are all saying “buy this”.

  • http://personaldevelopmentmaster.com Johnny

    Warrior Forum is the first IM forum that I join when I first started :)

  • http://www.dragonforum.org Chris

    Have you guys tried http://www.dragonforum.org?
    It’s kinda new, but I think it will stand against the crowd one day.

  • http://www.internet-marketing-training-for-newbies.info/what-is-the-best-internet-marketing-forum.html/ Sam Frost

    I personally prefer Black Hat World. I think the Warrior Forum is too elitist, and the privileged members of the forum get total run of the house by the moderators to encourage WSO sales and War Room memberships based off their income claims.

    The more you delve into the WF, the murkier it becomes. However, there are some good discussions and useful tips that people leave.

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    Great post! Personally speaking I’m a big fan of Digital Point. I’ve been participating there since 2006.

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  • CrowdCrux

    Thanks for sharing! I wonder how forums will compare with LinkedIn groups, g+ groups, etc. in the coming years.

  • JasonBe

    I’d like to create a blog in which anyone could register, without permission, as an author. I’ve heard this is called a “reverse blog”, or a forum in which the number of comments can be limited. I wasn’t able to create such a blog using Blogger, and WordPress.org was too difficult for me to use. Can anyone recommend a platform?