Believe it or not, it’s possible for freelancers and service providers to generate thousands of dollars worth of business every month just from forums and message boards. In this article, we’ll cover a few of the most popular internet forums/message boards for finding clients for work-at-home projects.
The Warrior Forum is one of the largest internet marketing forums online. The audience tends to be between beginners to the moderately successful, with just a handful of truly successful posters.
The Warrior Forum has two sections to pay attention to: The Warrior Special Offers forum and the Warriors for Hire section. Both of these sections are great places to advertise for freelance services.
Writing, copywriting, graphic design and web design all tend to do well at the Warrior Forum.
WickedFire is a tricky, tricky place to market on. WickedFire is another internet marketing forum, specifically for affiliate marketers. Unlike the Warrior Forum, WickedFire consists mainly of marketers who make a lot of money. A large percentage of the forum makes well over $10,000 a month.
The downside is that it has a very specific culture you need to get acclimated to before you can do business there. I’ve heared they’r not very particularly friendly towards outsiders or “newbies.”
That said, if you can find a service that attracts this crowd, there is potentially a lot of money to be made.
Services that tend to do well include link building, backlink wheels and multi-tier linking systems. Content does so-so in this forum.
Digital point is yet another popular internet marketing board. The audience tends to be much more entry level and the bids for projects much lower. Another warning: clients here are usually looking for assistance on the cheap.
Unless you’re really desperate to get your few paying clients, you may want to avoid Digital Point.
Don’t underestimate Craigslist. It’s an often underutilized site for finding clients and work-at-home jobs. On one hand, there’s a lot of spam on the site and getting noticed can be tricky. On the other hand, craigslist’s sheer traffic makes it attractive to just about anyone looking for work.
You can post an advertisement in the Services section for free, advertising your services. Alternatively, you can look in the Gigs section for people looking for your services.
Experiment with several different headlines and ads. Consider hiring someone for $1 a post or so to repost your ad whenever possible, instead of spending time doing it on your own.
Elance.com, Guru.com, ODesk.com, etc.
I’m not a big fan of bidding sites; however, I can’t deny the fact that some people have found success utilizing these sites. There are plenty of other boards and job listing sites to post on, but Elance, Guru, and ODesk are three of the more well-known ones.
The main benefit of using freelance sites is that they get a lot of targeted traffic. You have hundreds of thousands of people coming through every month, looking for your services.
The downside is the competition. You’re often competing against people from India or the Philippines who can drastically undercut you because they have a much lower cost of living. Therefore, they can easily win a lot of bids even though they may be no more qualified than you.
Freelance sites are a great place to get low to moderate bids, but it’s difficult to scale up to higher-end/paying projects.
These are some of the most popular message boards online for finding clients. Choose the one(s) that appeal the most to you and attract the type of clients you want to work with; and start fine-tuning your sales message.