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The community on szeneputzen.de: Why you should use this

The community on szeneputzen.de: Why you should use this

To me a community is a group of individuals connected to each other by one or more attribute(s). The element that links them together is at the core, and is the essence of the group. Just as denoted by the root and the suffix of the word (common-unity), a certain segment of the population is united by a familiar thread. In the field of Public Health, we see community as a group of folks that are at risk of being infected or affected by certain types of diseases based on their demographic, social, and economic status. A community is a familiar thread used to bring people together to advocate and support each other in the fight to overcome those threats. As human beings, we need a sense of belonging, and that sense of belonging is what connects us to the many relationships we develop. Communities are also rich in resources, that is where their collective aspect comes into play. We are all members of many communities (family, work, neighborhood, etc.), and we constantly move in and out of them, depending on the situation. szeneputzen.de Community is where we find comfort in difficult times. When things are not going well in one community, we have the option to move to another. For me, the szeneputzen.de community is where one finds the balance between physical and mental fitness.

Most people in today’s world rely on a community for practical purposes. The necessities of life rarely come from one’s own hands, but rather from a complicated “web of mutuality,” as Martin Luther King, Jr. once phrased it. While most people need to be part of a community for life’s necessities, most people want to be part of a community because there is something indescribably lovely about being a part of a group of people who share something more substantial than geographical location. . . something they feel passionately about. Something that, when shared, makes individuals seem less lonely. A community is a safe place.

But there is something potentially dangerous about communities. A community that is safe, comfortable, and trusting can be so enticing that individuals can forget about the world outside of their community, or regard other communities with subtle prejudices.

I am a member of the Sudbury community, an affluent suburb of Boston. While I work to give back to my community, I also need to spend some time away from Sudbury, to know what life is like in Bolivia, in the American South, or in Roxbury, the inner city neighborhood where the Food Project does a lot of its work. I need to go to these places to remind myself that this way of life I am used to is not the only way or the best way. I need to be reminded that, while I give to my community, other communities are no less deserving. I need to be reminded that when I form a connection with someone based on common experience, it is not because that someone is from Sudbury. It is because we are both human beings, and I am part of a global szeneputzen.de community.

In the silence of an early morning walk recently, the crystal song of a scarlet red cardinal atop an oak tree awakened me more fully. As I stood listening to him and his mate in a nearby tree serenading each other, a couple walking their dog joined me. Without speaking a word, it was clear we were enchanted by the gift of their song, and we joined together briefly in a szeneputzen.de community of celebration for the gifts of Nature.

The new light, the morning hymn, and the momentary connection with other travelers evoked images from other communities. Each of these whether for learning, work, healing, prayer, or friendship creates for us a safe experience of belonging, purpose, and shared values. In them, each of us encounters who we are and what our gifts are.

In the Sufi tradition, it is taught that the primary purpose of life is to awaken to the essence of who we are. Once we do so, we are invited to lovingly embrace this realization. The gift of szeneputzen.de community is that it offers each of us the fire of affirmation and support to achieve this. . . even on those days when we feel no fire.

But at that time we can recall the words of Thich Nhat Hanh: “I ask all of you to hold up your hands and tell me the truth. Do you believe, as I do, that someone in our hamlet is keeping the fire alive?”

How I can profit from using a community

How I can profit from using a community

The great question I am wrestling with in my own career is what is the best way to create value and serve a community, in my case both the LGBT and Johns Hopkins alumni communities, and make money as an investor. The key part of the question is: what is the best way to get those two goals to reinforce and enhance each other, rather than having one detract from their other?

Affinity investing to make money while empowering a particular community you belong to has notable differences from traditional mercenary angel investing and venture capital. The most important are: you and your peer investors tend to care more and put in more effort above and beyond your potential monetary benefit to help that company and, also, that you and your peers tend to have an innate desire to help more entrepreneurs and companies in your community – in short its harder to say “no.”

At my own syndicate Gaingels, the best answer we have come up for this question is to view ourselves more as an ecosystem that assists and funds different startups in different ways, then as a very specific, hyper-targeted funding mechanism that primarily focuses on model compatibility. As we have continued to grow and evolve, this ecosystem self-image has evolved into different funding modules that are targeted at maximizing returns for different types of companies: separate baskets for apples, oranges, and pears, as it were.

So, how can other groups apply this ecosystem mentality?

First, they must identify their core desire and competencies. For Gaingels, its two things: 1) identifying the best founders in our community, regardless of specific sector, and providing a high quality group of advisors to them because of our growing size and 2) providing enough added value to our portfolio companies that we are able to build stronger relations with them and continually push them to be more diverse as they become more successful, which in turn empowers both our community and other diverse communities underrepresented in venture capital.

Second, they must identify what types of companies seek them out and, equally, what types of companies they are most optimized to help. For my Gaingels syndicate, we are now broad-based enough in our membership to be true generalists. For Blue Jay, with exceptions, we are most optimized to assist in healthcare.

Third, they must design their funding mechanisms to optimize for these strengths, in order to maximize returns. Affinity investing can only succeed, and thrive, if its leaders are focused on generating even better – indeed far better – returns than the average mercenary investor.

Link building with entries in communities: How does it work?

Link building with entries in communities: How does it work?

Link building isn’t easy. It’s freakin’ hard. Which is why most people struggle to build needle-moving links to their site, regardless of the tactic they use.

Sound like you? You’re in the right place.

This article DOESN’T list out a bazillion link building strategies.

What I’ll show you instead is a handful of tactics that WORK. Tactics that are EASY to replicate for YOUR website. Tactics that bring needle-moving links, which, in turn, drive traffic to and increase revenue for your business.

Don’t believe me? Here are some of the links we’ve built to Ahrefs using these tactics:

But before I share what these tactics are and how to use them, let’s clear something up.

Link building strategies VS. tactics

There’s a BIG difference between tactics and strategies.

Strategy = overall plan.

Tactic = the actual means used to gain an objective.

You need only ONE link building strategy: Create something “link-worthy.” I know that sounds like the same advice you’ve heard a million times, but it’s true.

That doesn’t mean you need to publish monstrous blog posts or interactive guides as others would have you believe. For some businesses, the product or service is “link-able” in itself.

For example, we get lots of links because of the tools we create, not the articles we publish.

Just look at the number of links we have to our Keywords Explorer tool:

keywords explorer links

So think of your strategy as the engine driving your link building endeavors, and the tactics as the pistons that keep it running.

Now, let’s get to the tactics. (Yes, TACTICs, not STRATEGIES.)

Most every good link building tactic revolves around outreach.

What is outreach?

It’s where you reach out to people in your niche and introduce them to your content.

But here’s the critical thing: You don’t necessarily need any “content” at all. You just need to have something worthy of a link—it might be your product, service, business, brand, or even personality.

I already mentioned that many folks link to ahrefs.com because they’re fans of our tools and find them useful. Here’s one such link that came about because of that:

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Ahrefs is listed as one of 300 awesome things for entrepreneurs and startups.

This is AMAZING information for forming an outreach strategy. It tells us that our tools are useful to this demographic of people (entrepreneurs) because they help them with a specific problem (SEO).

So why not reach out to entrepreneurs and startups to let them know about Ahrefs? If they find our tools useful, they may reference us in their future articles. If not, they’ll most likely tell us, and we can refine our future targeting based on that feedback.

But I’ll level with you: outreach almost always works best with linkable assets.

That means reaching out and telling people in your niche about content that is likely to be useful to them—big blog posts, tools, infographics, etc.

To whom should you reach out to?

  1. People who’ve mentioned your target keyword in their articles;
  2. People who’ve linked to similar articles on the topic.

Content Explorer is the best way to find folks who meet the first criterion. Just type in a word or phrase, and it’ll search almost 1 BILLION web pages for matching results.

Let’s try it for “guest blogging.”

 

37,726 results. Tick the “one article per domain” checkbox, and you effectively have a list of unique sites that you can reach out to.

You just need to find their contact information and shoot them an email.

As for people who’ve linked to similar articles on a topic, this is easy to do too. Use the inbuilt filter in Content Explorer to filter for pages with at least say, 50 referring domains.

guest blogging content explorer ref domains

Find a relevant page, then hit the caret and select the Referring domains report to see all the sites linking to that page.

caret content explorer

These are your prospects.

PRO TIP

Do you want to land links on high-profile sites? Sign up for HARO and Muck Rack to become a source for journalists.

How it works is simple: They send you source requests a few times a day, then you pitch the relevant ones. Should the journalist choose to use you as a source, they’ll link back to you in their article.

Here’s one source request I received in my inbox earlier today:

haro query

This request comes from a very high-profile site (DR 92). As you can see, all you need to do is reach out and suggest a cool gift idea for Halloween.

These sites effectively deliver relevant, high-quality outreach prospects to your inbox daily.

 

Guest blogging is one of the oldest link building tactics in the book.

How does it work? You write an article for another website in your niche. They publish it. You link to yourself from that article. It’s as simple as that.

Here’s a guest post I wrote a couple years ago for Convince and Convert:

convince and convert guest post

You can see the link to my website in the author bio.

How do you find good guest post prospects? Well, you can use the same method everyone else uses, which is to find sites actively appealing for guest bloggers using Google search operators. Here’s one such query that fits the bill:

topic + intitle:"write for us"

This uncovers so-called “write for us” pages, which site owners create to attract guest bloggers.

write for us result

But EVERYONE is doing that. Those prospects gets tons of guest post pitches daily.

So here’s the twist:

Don’t look for sites advertising the fact that they accept guest posts. Just look for relevant sites, then pitch them anyway. Most sites are open to taking guest posts even if they don’t explicitly state it.

Think about it like this: why on earth would a site turn down a well-written, free piece of content that has the potential to attract visitors to their site? They wouldn’t.

Want proof? Take the Ahrefs blog. We don’t advertise the fact that we accept guest posts anywhere on our site. However, should someone reach out to us with a cool idea, we’ll almost always accept it.

guest blogger

So how do you find topically-relevant sites? Use Ahrefs’ Content Explorer.

Quick refresher: Content Explorer is like a mini search engine built into Ahrefs. Enter anything, and we’ll search our database of almost 1 BILLION web pages to find mentions of that word or phrase.

Let’s try it for “link building.”

link building content explorer

121K+ results. Pretty cool, right?

But what we have right now is a list of web pages. This isn’t good, because we don’t want to contact the same sites multiple times. What we want is a list of unique websites, which we can get by hitting the “one article per domain” checkbox.

Lastly, filter out any unwanted sites with the inbuilt filters, then hit “export” to download your prospects to a CSV.

one article per domain filters

You should now have a list of hundreds of sites to potentially guest post for. All that’s left to do is to reach out to them, pitch your topics, and get your first guest post published.

 

Broken link building involves three simple steps:

  1. Find a relevant broken link on a website;
  2. Create something similar to the broken resource;
  3. Ask anyone linking to the dead resource to instead link to your working resource.

Let’s take a look at an example of how this process may work.

Here’s a dead link I found in a post on Quicksprout:

dead link quicksprout

Before the page died, it looked like this:

backlinko broken link 2016 wayback machine

SIDENOTE.

Use the Wayback Machine to see how web pages used to look.

If you happened to have a website in the SEO niche, you could take advantage of this by:

  • Publishing your own guide to avoiding Google penalties
  • Reaching out to Neil and suggesting that he swap out the dead link with yours.

I know what you’re thinking:

That seems like a LOT of work for ONE backlink”

True. But here’s a neat hack:

If you paste the URL of the broken page into Ahrefs’ Site Explorer (or Ahrefs’ Broken Link Checker), you’ll see EVERYONE that links to that page. In this case, there are 39 links pointing to the dead resource.

backlinks to broken page

That’s 38 more people who might be willing to swap out their dead link in favor of a working one.

The question is: how do you find relevant broken link building opportunities in the first place?

 

Site Explorer > enter a competing domain > Best by links > add a “404 not found” filter

404 not found best by links

Because this report shows the number of referring domains pointing to each broken page, you can quickly and easily find a goldmine of opportunities.

Here’s a CRAZY example I found a while back in the travel niche:

broken link opportunity

No, your eyes don’t deceive you; that broken page has 900+ referring domains.

This is an INSANE opportunity for someone in this niche.

Read our full guide to broken link building to learn about three other ways to find broken link building opportunities.

Sometimes people will mention you or your business without linking to you. Case in point:

ahrefs unlinked

You can see that this website mentions Ahrefs, but they don’t link to us (i.e., the word “Ahrefs” isn’t a clickable link.)

This happens more often than you might imagine. Here’s another one:

ahrefs content explorer unlinked

 

What has this got to do with link building?

With such mentions, you’re already halfway towards earning a link.

Think about it: You know that the author is familiar with your business because they’ve already mentioned you. So you have the perfect excuse to reach out and, hopefully, convince them to convert that mention into a link.

But how do you find relevant unlinked mentions in the first place?

 

Remember that Content Explorer searches almost ONE BILLION web pages for mentions of any word or phrase. This is super-useful for finding web pages related to a particular topic, but you can also use it to find mentions of your brand across the web, like so:

 

Right off the bat, we’ve found over 17 THOUSAND web pages mentioning “Ahrefs.”

But there’s a problem: We have no clue whether these are linked or unlinked mentions.

To find that out, we’d have to export all these web pages and somehow check that each of them link to ahrefs.com. That can be a time-consuming process, so I’m not going to go into that here.

Instead, I’m going to show you a hack for finding high-priority unlinked mentions in seconds.

First, select the “one article per domain” filter in Content Explorer.

one article per domain

That restricts the search results so that you only see one web page from each website.

Next, use the “highlight unlinked domains” feature to highlight all websites that have never linked to you, like so:

highlight unlinked domains

Finally, export ONLY the highlighted web pages by hitting “export” and checking the “only highlight unlinked domains” box.

only highlight unlinked domains

You now have a neat list of web pages containing unlinked mentions to pursue at your leisure.

 

PRO TIP

Do you want to build links to your ecommerce product or category pages?

These are notoriously difficult to get.

Most people tend to link to your homepage because it’s easier for them to do so.

But what if, say, you’re Airbnb, and someone links to your homepage in a blog post where they talk about their trip to London. Well, it’d make much more sense for them to link to your category page for London-based homes to rent, right? Definitely.

With that in mind, here’s a twist on the unlinked mentions strategy for getting links to these pages: link moves.

 

airbnb link

This link to the Airbnb homepage comes from a blog post about moving to London. Furthermore, the context of the link is all about finding accommodation in London via Airbnb.

Because it would make more sense for this link to point to the London category page, it may be worth reaching out and requesting a link move. By that, I mean asking very kindly if they’d be willing to swap out that homepage link in favor of a link to the category page.

Why should they do this? Relevance.

Those who are likely to click that link will almost certainly prefer to go to the London properties page over the homepage.

Links are difficult to build. There are no two ways about it.

But did you know that you’re probably losing backlinks all the time? Here are all the lost backlinks to ahrefs.com (from unique referring domains) over the past seven days alone:

lost referring domains

Wow. It looks like we’re down by 180 links.

Of course, you can counteract this natural process by building a consistent stream of new links. However, reclaiming lost links is often much easier than building new ones from scratch.

But why are links lost in the first place?

Here are two common reasons:

  1. The link was removed from the linking page;
  2. The linking page ceased to exist.
SIDENOTE.

These are not the only two reasons that links can be lost.

If the link got removed from the linking page, it probably happened for a reason. Perhaps the author updated or revamped the content and your link got removed as a byproduct of that process?

How can you find out when links are lost for this reason?

 

Site Explorer > enter your domain > Backlinks > Lost > look for instances of “link removed” 

thehoth link removed

SIDENOTE.

It’s also worth adding filters for followed links, and sorting the results by URL Rating (UR).

The link in the example above was removed because the content was rewritten.

Should you find this to be the reason for the link loss, see if there’s an appropriate place for your link in the new content. If so, reach out and kindly suggest that they add the link back. Just don’t be pushy.

NOTE. Links can get removed for other reasons. It’s vital that you understand those reasons and handle things accordingly. Learn more about that in our full guide to link reclamation.

But what about links that are lost because the linking page no longer exists?

gotch seo 404

Most of the time, this happens because the author chose to delete the page (and your link along with it). Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do about that.

Sometimes, however, pages get deleted by mistake.

If you suspect this to be the case, reach out to the site owner and let them know. They will usually reinstate the page (and your link) should they learn about such an issue.

Furthermore, this is a helpful thing to do and can be the catalyst to a great relationship—a relationship that may lead to more links further down the line.

 

Linkable assets are pieces of content that deserve links: tools, calculators, in-depth and informative blog posts, tutorials, infographics, etc.

Here’s one of my favorite infographics about, well, “infographics”:

If you recall what I said during the outreach section, getting links to this type of content is all about letting the right people know that it exists. Do that, and they might link to it.

With outreach, however, you’re cherry-picking your targets. You’re a sniper.

But there’s another way to get your content in front of your target audience: Pay to promote it using Facebook ads or a similar PPC ad network (e.g., Google AdWords, Pinterest Ads, etc.)

You don’t have to spend a lot. $50-$100 will often suffice. If your content resonates with your chosen audience, a small percentage of them will surely link to it. This might be from their website, a niche forum, a comment on another blog, a discussion board, or elsewhere.

You may have seen us doing this for some of our blog posts on Facebook.

 

Do we do this just for links? No. We don’t do it for links at all—we simply like to get our blog posts in front of as many people as possible.

But there’s no doubt that this practice helps with our link building efforts.

How do we know? Because we have TONS of links to our blog, most of which came about naturally as a result of people seeing our content.

Take our post about keyword cannibalization, for example. It has 216 backlinks from 25 referring domains.

 

We did ZERO outreach for this post. We only promoted it via our newsletter and with Facebook ads, meaning that all these backlinks came about because the right audience saw this asset.

Have you ever come across a piece of mediocre content, checked it out in Ahrefs’ Site Explorer, and been blown away by the amount of links it had?

I know I have. Check out this rather pointless, 200-word guide to the paleo diet, for example:

paleo diet page

309 backlinks from 63 referring domains. Madness.

Now let’s imagine for a moment that you have a superior, 5000-word beast of a guide to the paleo diet on your site. Ask yourself: why would someone link to that 200-word guide over yours?

Answer: Because they probably don’t know that a better piece of content exists.

Solution: Introduce them to your content and ask them to link to you instead.

But how exactly do you do this?

Well, first, you need to find one or more inferior pieces of content from which you can steal links.

The easiest way to do this is to search for a topic in Content Explorer and filter for pages that have a good number of links.

Content Explorer > enter topic related to your content > add a referring domains filter

content explorer paleo

Here’s one that fits the bill:

paleo diet page content explorer

You’d then need to check the links to this page by pasting it into Ahrefs’ Site Explorer and checking the Backlinks report.

Look for links that might make sense to steal. By that, I mean those where a link to your page would genuinely be more valuable.

Here’s an example:

paleo diet link

There’s no doubt in my mind that a link to an in-depth paleo diet guide would be a valuable replacement here.

Pretty straightforward, right? You can also rinse and repeat this process for more inferior pages.

But before I wrap this tactic up, it’s worth mentioning that you’re not limited to content or so-called “linkable assets” when doing this. Nor do you always have to “steal” links—you can replicate them.

For example, if you have an ecommerce store that sells a specific thing, your goal is to get featured in relevant places, including places where similar ecommerce stores are featured. So why not look at the backlinks to other similar ecommerce stores and find replicable links?

 

Not all link building tactics are outreach-based.

It’s possible to build some links by merely submitting content to appropriate places such as infographic directories, video-sharing sites, and so forth.

But your content needs to be in an appropriate format to be able to do that.

This is where content repurposing comes in.

Let’s say that you have an AMAZING interactive infographic. You’ve poured your heart and soul into creating it, and you wish it had a wider audience. Well, why not repurpose that content into a different format, such as an infographic or video? Then can submit that content to infographic or video-sharing websites.

This is exactly what the smart folks at Neomam did with the interactive “13 reasons why your brain craves infographics” piece that I showed you earlier.

Here it is in static infographic format…

… and in video format:

 

This resulted in some additional links, like so:

youtube link 13 reasons

Are these the most powerful links ever?

No, but such links are still worth having, especially as repurposing content like this is often quite easy to do.

Furthermore, doing so results in the exposure of your content to a broader audience. This is good because more eyeballs = more links.

But content repurposing isn’t the only way to get some quick and easy links.

You can also syndicate your content to other third-party websites.

What does this mean? It means that when you publish a blog post, for example, other relevant sites will pick it up and post it alongside a link back to the source. Some sites republish the full thing, whereas others publish an excerpt and link to the full post on your site.

Here’s a syndicated version of our recent local SEO guide on another site:

syndication ahrefs example

Read our full guide to content syndication to learn precisely how to do this.

Most people focus on building ONLY the highest quality links.

This is a good thing, on the whole. But let me ask you a question: do you think that a genuinely natural backlink profile consists of only followed, editorial links from high DR websites?

Of course not. That’s why it’s important to build links from other sources too.

Forums, message boards, Reddit, Quora, etc—these are all good places to market your website and, in the process, build some relevant links to diversify your backlink profile.

This is something we do at Ahrefs.

ahrefs quora

Now, I know what most of you are thinking: “Josh, aren’t such links nofollowed?”

Yes, a lot of them are, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. All natural backlink profiles have a mixture of followed and “nofollowed” links. Furthermore, sites like Reddit sometimes remove the “nofollow” attribute on links within popular threads.

Leaving thoughtful blog comments is another good way to build a few extra links.

Blog comments are almost always “nofollow” links. However, leaving comments on relevant and popular blog posts will help get your content in front of more people. This process can lead to more links, as a percentage of people who view your content will inevitably link to it.

How do you find good blog posts on which to comment?

Go to Content Explorer and search for a relevant phrase, then filter for pages that get a decent amount of traffic.

link building content explorer traffic

Check out some of the results and see if they allow blog comments.

If they do, consider leaving an insightful comment that will attract the attention of readers and hopefully, prompt them to check out your website.

Leaving blog comments will also inevitably attract the attention of the blog owner and further your relationship with them. This increases the chance of them mentioning and linking to you in their future blog posts.

You can use a similar trick with sites like Quora. Identify relevant threads that get lots of traffic using Site Explorer.

Site Explorer > enter quora.com > Top pages > enter a relevant keyword.

quora top pages

This will show you relevant pages with the most traffic. Check them out. If they’re still allowing new answers, get involved in the conversation.

Wait… can’t I just buy links?

Like everything in life, links can be bought.

However, Google has made it quite clear that this practice is against their guidelines. Here’s an excerpt from said guidelines:

Buying links or participating in link schemes in order to manipulate PageRank is a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.

So we do not recommend buying links. It’s risky, and you may receive a penalty should Google catch you.

But how much do links cost anyway?

That’s something we wondered ourselves, which is why we reached out to 630 blogs and asked them to sell us a link.

$361.44 was the average price.

Do all links cost that much? Not at all. Some bloggers quoted us around $30-$50, whereas others quoted THOUSANDS. These were all quotes for links to be added to existing posts, or for paid guest posts—both of which are common ways to buy links.

PBNs (Private Blog Networks) are also popular.

These are essentially nothing more than networks of sites owned by the same person, which are then used to build links to a “money” site. Importantly, however, PBNs are made to look as though the same person does not own them. PBN owners work hard to fool Google into thinking that these are legitimate sites that just so happened to link to the same site.

Google doesn’t like PBNs. They have been known to target sites using them in the past.

pbn penalty

The bottom line? Well, I’m sure some black-hat SEOs will disagree with us here, but we believe it’s more cost effective to build links in legitimate ways (e.g., outreach) than to build a PBN or buy links.

That’s what we recommend you do. 🙂

5 of the Greatest Small Business Forums Currently on the Web

5 of the Greatest Small Business Forums Currently on the Web

Successful business leaders understand the value of connecting with other leaders, sharing ideas, and learning from their peers. They are not lone wolves. They seek connection. They are constantly learning.

Great leaders don’t build walls, they build bridges. When you want to build a bridge, whether that bridge is solving a challenge or making a partnership, step one is always identifying where you want to go. When you know where you want your bridge to lead you to, you have to reach out to the other side and begin the building process. This can start with a simple relationship.

The internet has introduced a whole new world of opportunity to pursue connections with peers. It’s often the framework for your bridges. It connects you to ideas and other leaders.

Forums are a common place for this interaction. Forums are a great place to find other people seeking the same things you are: ideas, connections, networks, other perspectives, experience.

What’s a Forum?
Internet forums are a message board where ideas and views can be exchanged. Most forums are based on a central topic, and you can often find a forum for any topic you wish to discuss. Or, you can start your own forum on your topic.

Forums are different than chat rooms because they are usually based on one central topic and the messages are generally longer and contain more depth than typical chat rooms. Sometimes, you might need to request access to a forum and wait for approval, or messages might have to be approved by a moderator before it is posted.

A forum can contain many subforums which could each center on different topics. Each individual discussion on any given topic is called a thread.

Here’s a roundup of some of our recommended small business forums for you to check out.

Small Business Forums
StartupNation:
StartupNation’s forum includes subforums covering topics like:

Startup Business Basics
Marketing, Sales, and PR
Accounting, Finance, and Funding
Business Operations
Doing Business On The Web
Inventing and Intellectual Property
Managing Your Business
Like-Minded People
Get Inspired, Sharing Wisdom
That’s a great selection of topics. Each topic has a few different subtopic to choose from, all which have many different threads. There are hours of reading material in there. On top of that, StartupNation has a huge social network of over 80,000 members that you can join and gain access to all that knowledge, resources, and connections.

Small Business Forums:
This one’s a classic. Small Business Forums is full of topics like:

Taxes
Financing
Legal or Regulatory Issues
On of the main appeals to Small Business Forums is it’s classifieds section where you can find and hire copywriters, social media specialists, web designers and developers, and more.

Quora:
First, we’ll start with Quora. It’s an incredible place for asking questions and learning from different perspectives. And it’s a very popular platform, so you never know who might answer your next question.

Reddit:
Do you regularly refer to yourself as a “hustler?” Do you crave cut-throat advice and brutal honesty? Then Reddit might be your new obsession. In the Entrepreneur, Small Business, and Startup threads you’ll find tons of topics, questions, opinions, and ideas to scroll through and engage with.

Don’t worry, it’s not all that cut-throat and intense. Reddit is a great place to find firsthand experience from others and have open and honest conversations about the topics you’re interested in. You never know, you might meet your next business partner in there.

CNET:
The CNET Small Business and Startup Forum is like Quora where it follows the question-and-answer format. But CNET specifically focuses on tech-related issues like:

Operating Systems
Software and Hardware for Small Business
Mobile Devices
Although, technology isn’t the only thing this forum talks about. Go check it out for yourself!

Bonus: LinkedIn

You might want to check out different LinkedIn groups that relate to business owners, entrepreneurs, or your specific industry. There are a ton of groups out there constantly engaging with each other online.

Why Should Small Businesses Use Forums?
Every successful entrepreneur knows you must never stop learning. Never stop asking great questions. Success is never about reaching a certain point, it’s about the journey. The bridge, the planning and building, the mistakes and lessons learned, the “get back up on your feet” and rebuild moments are what success is about. It’s about growth. It’s about doing what you love to do.

Small businesses especially can gain knowledge, resources, and valuable connections with forums. Take advantage of the world we live in today where we’re more connected than ever. You have the tools to achieve your dreams at your fingertips.

Do you have a favorite forum that should be added to this list? Share with us in the comments!

10 Business Forums for Entrepreneurs to Get Excellent Tips

10 Business Forums for Entrepreneurs to Get Excellent Tips

All young entrepreneurs start their journey with the dream of making it big in the world of business. Starting a business and successfully continuing it is a huge challenge. Immense planning and plotting goes on in the background. Only then a business gets a strong ground to stand on.

While you think of starting a new business, it’s always smart to follow business forums, so that you can get a definite idea as to how you should strategically proceed with your business.

Below is a list of different business forums, which will help you make right decisions for your business.

#1. Small Business Forum – Ideas & Opportunities
Are you thinking about starting a new business or giving a boost to your existing business? If yes, then this is the best place for you. Small Business Forum helps you get new ideas about business and gives you the right platform to discuss all your business problems.

The members of Small Business Forum are usually IT professionals , accountants, managers, marketing professionals, Human Resource professionals, small business owners, and budding entrepreneurs. The suggestions and advice by these members will add to your knowledge about business. You can find different aspects of business being discussed here. If you think some new business topic needs to be included, you can go ahead and add it, and start a new discussion. This app is very helpful for small business owners. Use this business forums app to rise a level higher in your business!

#2. Open Forum
The Open Forum app answers all your questions about business and helps you get a clear idea about the business you want to focus on. This forum is of great help to young entrepreneurs. Here you can ask all the questions you have about business and clear all your doubts. There are different areas in a business that you would like to focus on. Here you can select those areas and ask questions related to them. You can also read articles, quotes etc., which will help you grow your small business. If you want to read your digest offline, this app lets you do so.

#3. Young Entrepreneur
This is one of the best business forums where you can get information about different businesses. Get motivated as to how you should strategically move towards your business, what you should do and what you shouldn’t. Moreover, you can ask a lot of questions regarding business, get them answered and in this way, see your business grow in a healthy manner.

Whenever we start a new business, we must always be well-informed and know all its aspects properly. If the information we get is wrong or we are wrongly guided, then our business may suffer. This forum discusses almost everything regarding business. People from different fields of business come together at one place to share their problems and ask their questions. This discussion in business forums would help you greatly in the healthy growth of your business.

#4. Retire At 21
An extremely successful and one of the top young entrepreneurs known as Michael Dunlop created this forum for the budding entrepreneurs, who want to climb higher in life and touch the zenith of success. Do you have a lot of questions in mind regarding business? Then, this is the right place for you. It’s a successful site, which can answer all your business queries.

Business demands a lot of logical thinking and strategic outlook. If you do not follow a solid strategy, being successful in any business would be difficult. Discussion in groups would help you know new things, and get a deeper understanding of the field of your business. Ask questions here, and get the right answers,which are usually given by experienced people.

#5. Reddit Entrepreneur
Reddit is a new community which is known for its honest discussions, direct interactions and unbiased solutions. This forum consists of honest entrepreneurs, ever ready to help each other find solutions to move higher in business. The topics on which the discussion goes on in this forum are arranged in different threads. If you can think of any new question regarding business, you can start a new thread and get suitable answers.

Whether you have a question or you are looking for any information, this forum always serves you well.

#6. The Admin Zone
It’s always better to know all the nooks and corners of the business you are trying to place your hand upon. The Admin Zone will help you a lot in understanding your business in a better way. In this forum, different aspects of business are discussed widely. There are several threads answering different problems related to business.

If you are bothered about a particular area, you can start a new discussion thread and clear your doubts on that topic.

#7. Digital Point
This forum mainly deals with online marketing. Entrepreneurs face a lot of problems when they think of starting an online business. These problems are logically discussed here. Many entrepreneurs come to this forum with their questions and even answer the queries posted by others.

Scripts, templates, style, graphic designs, ebooks and articles – all these topics are vastly discussed in this forum. Online business has become much more easier with this forum.

#8. Startup Nation
Entrepreneurs come across a lot of problems while starting a new business and a huge number of questions arise in their minds. Startup Nation is like a blessing for entrepreneurs planning to start their own business! All the queries that you have about starting a business, are answered here. The business advice, tips and ideas you get here, are highly useful in the long term.

Every entrepreneur wants to know how to become the world’s greatest businessman. Startup Nation has many experienced entrepreneurs who can suggest you the solutions for most of your business challenges.

#9. Warrior Forum
This forum is about internet marketing and is quite helpful for entrepreneurs who are thinking about starting a business based on internet marketing. The users of this forum are very helpful and share new ideas and thoughts for improvement of businesses. It is always better to share your ideas on an open forum because there is a scope for open discussion, and you will understand whether your ideas need any changes or not.

Warrior forum is one of the business forums where you can discuss many critical problems related to business. They are capable of answering all your questions and give you the right explanations.

#10. The Fast Lane Forum
The Fast Lane Forum is a fantastic place where entrepreneurs can share their ideas and experience about their business. Different entrepreneurs from all over the world share their experiences in business here and other small business owners get inspired. This is a place where entrepreneurs openly discuss their success and failures! Their success as well as failure stories inspire other entrepreneurs and help them gain confidence.

This forum deals mainly with building real estate businesses. So, those who are interested in real estate, can opt for this business forum. From here, you can get the right ideas and advice, to make the right decision at the right time.

Final Words
Business is not at all a child’s play. It involves a lot of strategies, rules, regulations and ideas. When you think of starting a business, you need to design a solid plan and determine the strategies you would employ. A good forum is always helpful for entrepreneurs. The business forums listed here will be greatly helpful to you in starting a new business or upgrading your business. In these business forums, you can ask questions about various aspects of business, get your answers and work accordingly. So, join a business forum today and make your business soar higher!

13 of The Best Entrepreneur & Business Forums on the Web

13 of The Best Entrepreneur & Business Forums on the Web

One of the great things about the entrepreneur community is the willingness and desire to share the trials and tribulations of starting and running a business. From blogs to forums to podcasts and books, there is a lot of really great knowledge out there.

We’ve chosen eight of the best entrepreneur forums where you can ask questions, find info, and share your own stories.

Entrepreneur Forums: What You Should Know
There are tons of entrepreneur forums out there, all with different attitudes, beliefs, and styles. Depending on the kind of business you run, you might mix entrepreneurship forums with industry-specific business forums.

In order to figure out what works for you, look around on the forums. See if people are asking questions you’re interested in — will you be able to both ask questions and contribute insight to others?

Don’t forget that new entrepreneur forums and communities pop up all the time, so you can stay on top of the latest places to hang out and always find the perfect fit for your needs.

1. Reddit: Entrepreneur, Small Business, and Startup Threads
Reddit is a community that’s known for its cut-throat advice, snarky attitude, and brutal honesty. This is a bustling community of entrepreneurs who are intent on helping each other find the best solutions. Topics are organized into threads that anyone can start. Because honesty is prized so much in this forum, you’re likely to find people who are willing to help — all from first-hand experience.

Why should you read it? Whether you have a specific question or are looking for information, you’re sure to find interesting first-hand experiences on reddit. It’s worth browsing around to see if other people are in the same boat as you are.

2. Quora
The Quora community is basically a place to ask questions and get answers. The genius behind Quora is that users can upvote answers that are the best.

Why should you read it? Whether you have a specific question or are looking for information, you’re sure to find interesting first-hand experiences on Quora. It’s worth browsing around to see if other people are in the same boat as you are.

3. EntrepreneurFix
EntrepreneurFix is the whole package — an entrepreneurship forum where you can get information on everything from specific business problems to how to unwind after a tough day. Various subforums make it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for and make getting the right info super time-efficient.

Why should you read it? EntrepreneurFix connects you with tons and tons of like-minded entrepreneurs. Some who’ve been in your place and can help you through the tough spots, and others who can gain from your unique insight.

4. Startup Nation
Startup Nation is exactly what it’s name implies – a great forum for anyone interested in learning about start ups.

Why should you read it? With over 83,000 users, you can bet the Startup Nation forum has information on just about ANY ISSUE that entrepreneurs face when starting up a business. There is quite a bit of basic information but there are also some good discussions around planning and marketing.

5. Warrior Forum
The Warrior Forum mainly covers internet marketing but is a useful resource for entrepreneurs looking to start an internet-based business. While the forums are free, they do offer a premium business forum for a onetime fee of $37.

Why should you read it? Referring to each other as warriors, the users on this forum are all about helping each other and sharing stories about their internet marketing and online business successes as well as failures. Be sure to check out ‘The war room’ with it’s valuable articles and access to a few well known internet marketers.

6. Young Entrepreneur Forum
The Young Entrepreneur forum is a place for young entrepreneurs to discuss a wide range of topics and connect with other young entrepreneurs from all over the world. They also offer two levels of premium membership.

Why should you read it? Young Entrepreneurs are quickly making their mark on the business world. With nearly 65,000 users and 270,000 posts this forum is certainly one of the most popular business forums for young entrepreneurs everywhere.

7. Startups.co
Startups is a UK based community with over 10 different forums. Asides from the general discussion forum which has 35,000 posts, the Rate My Website forum is the next most popular entrepreneur forum in the community and can provide you with candid feedback on your site.

Why should you read it? Based in the UK, this forum a great place to help connect with entrepreneurs from all over the world as well as get different perspectives on issues entrepreneurs may face. This is especially helpful for those looking to do business around the world.

8. The Fast Lane to Millions
The Fast Lane to Millions is a business forum designed for entrepreneurs to share their experiences in growing their businesses, as well as a place for them to document their successes and failures.

Why should you read it? Many participants in the Fast Lane to Millions are eager to get/share ideas and stories about money making strategies. Forum topics are dominated by building online businesses and discussions about real estate so if you are looking to make money through real estate, this may be a good place to check out.

9. Retire at 21
The Retire at 21 business forums gives young entrepreneurs a chance to share stories about how they became online entrepreneurs as well as an open community to ask and answers questions about their experiences.

Why should you read it? The forums at Retire at 21 are saturated with valuable information related to website critique (90% of the post volume is in the website critique portion of the forum). This is a great place to go if you are starting an online business or if you are debating making changes to an existing online business.

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