5 Reasons To Join A Paid Forum Or Group

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Joining forums, social groups and mastermind circles can be very beneficial to your online business. Obvious benefits include business networking, sharing resources, and getting help as you grow your business.

There’s the added benefit of business socializing with like minded professionals, which is a big plus when you work alone from a home office.

But when should you choose to join a paid forum, a membership site or a paid group of any kind? There are five reasons you might find it advantageous to do so…

1. You’ll find a higher quality of people in paid groups such as action takers, serious entrepreneurs, and professionals that are actively interested in networking and sharing.

2. There is a higher level of support, both from the group admin and your fellow members. You’ll generally find paid forums to be very tight knit and supportive groups, as they’re more invested in themselves and in each other than members of a free group.

3. Paid forums are private, which means you won’t have trolls or spammers to deal with. You can also talk openly about your business knowing the search engines can’t index your discussions.

4. The quality of information and resources is almost always better, as the content is more controlled and more heavily moderated.

5. You may also consider joining a certain group if there are specific perks to membership that benefit your business such as quality job boards, private joint venture offers, co-promotion opportunities, etc.

If you’re looking for a place to network, socialize professionally, get quality help with your business and have access to trusted resources… a paid group is your best bet.

Often in public forums or groups you’ll run across a lot of fly-by-night business owners, and people who are only interested in spamming or promoting their business – which can be time consuming (and annoying!) to wade through.

Of course, even with a paid forum there are several things you should consider before you decide to join. See: Need Online Marketing Help? Be Cautious!

I would love to hear about your personal experience with both public and private forums or groups that you have joined. How many do you belong to, and which do you find most beneficial for your online business growth?

About the Author - Lynn Terry

Lynn Terry has been working from home for more than 16 years. She shares her experience, detailed tutorials and creative ideas at ClickNewz. Her focus is on profitable blogging and niche affiliate marketing. She also has a brand new course titled Social Marketing Results that is getting rave reviews!

 

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Don B. August 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

My small experience with both paid, and free, forums has had varied results. I have belonged to a few small forums, and seem to have a better relationship with those. They are a close knit family, and most everyone is more than happy to offer help or advice. With the larger forums, I have to rummage through the spammers to hopefully find new friends to learn from or work with. Many there are very guarded, and are very reserved when it comes to sharing information or opinions. Those that do try and help the newcomers are stretched so thin from all the people that they are trying to help that it is very hard to follow an idea from start to finish. Time is rarely a friend in the IM world, so with that in mind, I would be more apt to actually decide on whether or not to join a forum by it’s size, rather than rather I had to pay or not. Just one newbies opinion.

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Marge Burkell August 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm

GREAT article! I had never belonged to a paid group before joining Lynn’s… and I am SO glad I did! The brainstorming hours are worth the price of admission alone, let alone the forum. It’s a great group of people focused on success and open to helping one another rather than what I had grown used to online, which was people only sharing up to a point. What a breath of fresh air!

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Jon Rhodes August 8, 2012 at 11:31 am

It’s a good idea that I haven’t thought of! I’m always grumbling in my mind about all the low quality conversations on free webmaster forums. In fact most are a complete waste of time. You can spend hours and not learn anything new. If you value your time then a paid forum is probably a lot cheaper in reality. Thanks for the heads up!

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Carolan Ross March 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I’ve been a member of at least three paid online groups. Two of those memberships I still use daily and DO find them to be well worth the price. MUCH higher quality people, more focused information and support, and definitely a higher trust level. Time is valuable. I used to waste so much time searching for information among avalanches of online junk. Chosen well, paid memberships can be an oasis, a port in the storm.

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