What Work-at-Home-Moms Need to Know About Posting Articles in WAHM Forums
By Denise Willms
As a work-at-home-mom (WAHM) and occasional WAHM forum poster, I've found a plethora of helpful articles in my favorite forums. Unlike an article directory, a forum setting gives readers the opportunity to talk about the article and add their own insights too.
Here's Why You Should Post Your Articles in WAHM Forums
Moms prefer to do business with someone they know and trust. If you're writing articles for moms, posting your articles in WAHM forums can be a powerful way to start a meaningful conversation with them.
Find Out What WAHM Forum Owners Really Think About Your Articles!
You'll notice I call myself an "occasional forum poster." I don't feel I visit forums regularly enough to just pop in and post one of my articles there. But I wondered if maybe I wasn't giving myself enough credit and was missing out on a valuable chance to share my articles with my fellow work-at-home-moms.
I recently had the opportunity to ask two work-at-home forum owners about their perspectives on the issue. Did they prefer articles from active contributors, opposed to fly- by-night posters? And what did they consider an active contributor anyway?
Tammy Embrich of the Real-Wah-Jobs.com/forum explained it to me this way:
"If a member joins my forum and does not introduce themselves and comes and posts an article just to promote there website (and especially just to promote an affiliate link), and then leaves...I don't think that's good business sense or forum etiquette.
"However, if an article has some really useful information and is a good quality article without having motives just to promote themselves...I would have a problem with deleting it."
What does Tammy consider an active contributor? Someone who:
1. Introduces themselves
2. Welcomes members when they have a chance
3. Participates in various conversations and contributes advice and answers questions that they are knowledgeable about.
Sophia McIntyre of WorkAtHomeSpace.com said this:
"There are some people I know who have motives to post anywhere for the sake of getting their signature exposed. It's a hard call if the article is beneficial. Most likely I'd probably leave it, but if the article is not substance worthy then it goes. I don't have a problem if someone who has a good web presence and posts articles on my forum without being active, but I would prefer them to contribute because they are knowledgeable and experienced and it would it be nice for them to share by being interactive.
"An introduction is mandatory and just participating in various discussions either offering tips, info or just choosing to learn by asking questions to me is an active contributor."
This is What You Must Do Before Posting Your Article in a Forum
After listening to Tammy and Sophia, my advice to article writers is to invest some time getting to know the people who spend their time in a particular forum, before you post your article. Even if it's a great article, people will pay more attention to it if they've gotten to know you first.
Also, these are just two of the many popular WAHM forums that are out there. If you're thinking of posting an article on another forum, it's probably a good idea to check with the owner first and find out what her policies are.
And now that I know what an "active contributor" is, I think I qualify after all. See you in the forums!