If you are serious about becoming an affiliate marketer, you should know the importance of being part of a good forum. In a forum you can discuss news and issues when they happen, you can get help with problems you are facing and in general learn from others. A good forum can offer the best learning material there is, as experts do their best to help newbies. Most affiliate marketing forums offer value, but if you want to find the best ones, here are some factors that decide what a good forum is:
Member count. As long as a forum is active, does it really need that many members? More members is always a plus, because you will have the advantage of more unique opinions. If a forum had 2 very active affiliate marketing experts who helped all they could, that would be good indeed. But if that same forum had 5 very active marketing experts, the forum would benefit more as there would be more unique expert opinions, maybe these experts would stimulate each other and grow themselves, as well as becoming better teachers to their affiliate marketing newbies/students.
Activity. The activity of a forum is maybe the single most important aspect of a forum. If a forum is inactive, people will get fewer answers, people will ask fewer questions, and in all little learning is going to take place. You can say that the activity of a forum is its health. A healthy forum will have many questions and answers, and people will chat and share things both relevant and irrelevant to affiliate marketing on a daily basis.
Range of members. In this I mean that there should be a broad variety in members' experience. It's invaluable for an aspiring affiliate marketer to have gurus and professionals in their forum. It's also good if there are intermediate experienced members as these members often can relate more to a newbie than the gurus can, and still have valuable information to share. Lastly, having lots of members along side you who also are new affiliate marketers can give you strength, inspiration, and the belief that everything is possible and that you can succeed.
Age. A new-started forum doesn't necessarily mean that it's a bad forum. If it's active, has a decent amount of members and range of experience, then no one is to say that it's not a good forum. Having said that, the benefit that many forums give is that they often have lots of valuable "sticky's" - topics/posts that have been immortalized because they provide very good educational material. Affiliate marketing is always evolving, as is Google and the other search engines. As a result, a lot of older information becomes obsolete. Still, old forums can give large amounts of valuable information, even though some of it may be out of date.
Learning affiliate marketing becomes so much easier if you're able to participate in an active and healthy forum, as it's a daunting task to learn entirely alone. If you are looking for a forum, I hope this article can help clarify which forums you should consider joining.
Affiliate Marketing Forums - How To Find The Best Forums