The New Age of Internet Forums – It Pays to be a Member. Literally.

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For many Internet forum owners, the need to reward members as well as the need to stand out in a crowed marketplace means big prizes and fun contests. Is this the Internet’s best-kept secret?

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the members who come here day in and day out and use their knowledge to help others deserve to be rewarded. By running contests like this one, we are able to give back to the members who make us what we are.

Ask any active message board member and they will all tell you the same thing: “It’s addictive.” Message boards offer their members a chance to engage in conversation on topics that genuinely interest them with other like-minded individuals without worrying about awkward pauses or what clothes they are wearing. What’s more, there are always new conversations happening, so there is never a fear of boredom. This kind of environment evokes thoughtful discussion as well as heated debates.

Each day, millions of people around the world log on to their favorite message boards, starting with their first sip of morning coffee and ending at that last message check before bedtime. But for some members, the reward for checking in often goes beyond the emotional and educational support – they log on for the prizes.

With a very crowded virtual field populated by lots of active forums and lots of ghost towns and everything in between, some Internet forums do what they can to step away from the pack. The best way for a board to stand out is to reward its members well. It is not uncommon to see active, well run message boards offering vacations, electronics, gift certificates or any other valuable prize to its members by way of contests and promotions. Get free stuff for just being a member? Not a bad deal at all.

NotebookForums.com is an example of such a forum. From April 1st through April 30th, NotebookForums.com is giving away a high-end custom painted laptop to the member who refers the most users to the board. Laura Alter, one of the site's owners, feels strongly that, “the members who come here day in and day out and use their knowledge to help others deserve to be rewarded. By running contests like this one, we are able to give back to the members who make us what we are.” With millions of posts and tens of thousands of members, apparently their members are feeling the love.

Does this mean that an Internet message board without the budgets or the sponsors can’t compete in today’s Internet marketplace? That's not the case, according to Alter. “While there are many empty message boards that have long been abandoned, there is still plenty of room for new boards to start. All it takes is a passion for one topic, and a need for Internet surfers to talk about it. You would be surprised at what gets people in the door. A simple conversation might be all we need to feel right at home.”

About NotebookForums.com:

NotebookForums.com, owned by StrafeRight LLC, was started in mid-2002 as a resource for dedicated Sager enthusiasts. Very quickly, the site grew to include other manufacturers at the request of its members. Today, NotebookForums.com has over 62,000 registered members and nearly 2 million posts.

CONTACT:

Laura Alter

StrafeRight LLC

512.844.4818

http://www.StrafeRight.com

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