Which business forums will you be frequenting in 2010?

I love business forums – and have been a member of many in the last 15 years. I love the way I can ask a quetsion and get umpteen answers in a short time, get opinions that don’t necessarily agree with mine, find out about other people’s businesses, and see posts that challenge my own viewpoints and educate me.

The problem is, in the latter half of 2009 I kind of let Twitter fulfil that ‘need’ and let my business forums go a little bit.

And I do love Twitter, and the different people I meet on there, but over Christmas I was thinking ‘I miss my forums’ – so one of my pledges this year is to spend more time taking part in online Business forums.


I’ll be sneaking back to UK Business Labs and hoping that people there still remember who I am, and aren’t angry with me for abandoning them for a while, catching up with the Sales & Marketing Forum and seeing if they’ve missed me, getting up to date with the new Free Index forums, and giving BT Tradespace Communities another go.

I’ll even find the time to check out some new forums I’ve not participated in before, so please feel free to suggest your favourite below.

It sounds time consuming though doesn’t it? But I used to do it all the time, it was the first thing I did at 7am (French time, so 6am UK time) with a cup of coffee and some boiled eggs, mooch around the forums, opening up threads I was interested in new tabs and then working my way through them. It takes an hour at the most, and that hour is well spent in learning, helping and spreading my name around. I just got lazy. And now’s the time to unlazy myself and get started again, so look forward to seeing more of me around in January 2010 – i’ll report back on progress at the end of the month!

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About Nikki

Author of many 30 Day Blogging Challenges, Nikki spends her time helping small businesses with Internet Marketing and Social Media Marketing. With 17 years of experience, she hasn't yet found someone she couldn't help to get more business from their website.


  1. I was disappointed with 3 of the 4 that you have mentioned, so will be looking around for business sections in non-business forums, and expending private sections of my own forum http://www.pimlico-flats.co.uk/forum my most successful Forum find in 2009 was http://propertytribes.ning.com/ – very Property specific, so not of interest to many, but a real Goldmine!

    Great Blog – can I pinch the idea please?

  2. Of course you can Nick – it would be good for other property type people to know more about the places you find useful!

  3. Of the three you mention, I have not tried the Sales & Marketing Forum, so thanks for the tip!

    In the past year, LinkedIn has been my network of choice. Using the Answers forum is the answer to building credibility and hence clients.

    One you haven’t mentioned but I will, knowing we are both at best “inactive” there is Ecademy. I haven’t for the last 18months known where it is going or what it is doing, except wasting my time and filling my Inbox up with mostly spam: disapointing

    One of the great gains of the old Google-indexing Ecad was blogging, but I replaced that with eZine Articles, which indexes twice as quickly and directly – if you target the keywords – onto Google page1. It is so good at doing this, I do consider it in itself a great SN.

  4. Thanks for the mention Nicki we have certainly missed you over at UKSMF and great article.

    I look forward to seeing you there


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