No wonder people think blogging for an income does not work
I was at a forum which I have been a member of for about three years and have about 60 posts on there.
Yeah, I know 60 posts for three years does not make me the most active member of the forum. And it is one of the more active webmaster forums.
I noticed something odd. A chap who had about 2000 posts for a one year membership declared his earnings. About $80 a month.
I don't know about you by $80 a month is not a lot of money, it's quite bad.
So why did this grab my attention?
This guy has done what he was told to do by the gurus, forum participation and he was actively participating as well.
But if you are going to post 2000 posts in a forum in one year...... Doesn't leave any time for much else.
See what I mean by working smart rather than hard.
Now I am not saying forum participation is bad, in fact it's a good thing and I get a fair amount of traffic from the forums. But you have got to be smart about it. Having one well thought out and relevant answer to someones question is going to go much further than lots of inanae posts. it's about the quality of the message not the quantity.
So if you are a marketer who is doing your own thing and not outsourced, try to focus on return on investment regarding time and effort. it'll help you decide how often you post in the forums and how much time you leave for other effective things like article marketing, social networking, product creation, content creation.... need I go on?