newsgroup is like an electronic bulletin board. Messages are posted
and people log on to read them and respond. Unlike email, the
messages are not delivered to an inbox, but stored on a computer
(the news server), and utilize a different delivery protocol (nntp).
also referred to as forums, have been around almost since the
dawn of the Internet. They enabled scientists to post questions
(and answers) to each other. Today, newsgroups resemble virtual
coffee houses, where people get together to discuss subjects of
mutual interest. Except with newsgroups, the communication is
written, not verbal. Newsgroups revolve around specific topics,
such as internet marketing or organic gardening. You can read
what others have written and post your own comments. Click
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provide a way to quickly meet and communicate with people from
all over the world who share your interests, without ever having
to leave your computer. You can communicate with them anytime
you like. (By the way, you can read what others are posting without
responding.) The great thing about newsgroups is that anyone can
participate, though not all Internet service providers offer access
to every newsgroup.
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to newsgroups is a tricky situation for most online marketers.
We all know that the most vicious flames (vitriolic emails) come
from regular newsgroup users who are bombarded by irrelevant posts
and spam because their email addresses are regularly harvested
by software programs which then generate lists of thousand of
people who are then sent huge amounts of spam. What's worse is
that some spammers then sell the lists to other marketers who
send yet more spam to the original recipients! So, yes, people
who regularly read and post to newsgroups are quite sensitive
and you had better make sure you post appropriately!
The best way to access the newsgroups (or Usenet
as it's often referred to) from the Web is to use Dejanews.
All you have to do is find an appropriate group, take a look at
the posts to see if the group really *is* relevant, and then send
off your post. Dejanews conveniently allows you to select that
your 'real' email address is hidden which prevents you receiving
huge amounts of junk email. In order to post to newsgroups you
first have to register, and use your real email address as your
details will be sent to this email address. As a registered user
of Deja News,
you automatically receive a free Web-based, spam-filtered email
account, sponsored by Deja News. Your Deja News Web-based email
account will be in the form of "email@example.com,"
using the user name you supplied when you registered for Deja
News. Then all the spam you do get will be at this Deja News address
and not flooding your regular inbox. To be fair, Deja News even
tries to filter spam coming into your Deja News email address,
which is a vast improvement over the not-so-distant past when
you actually had to post using your real email address and suffer
It has to be said, before you rush off and post a thousand ads
(not recommended...post selectively!) that newsgroups are not
supposed to be an advertising medium. The idea behind newsgroups
is that people post questions and others post answers on the topic
of the newsgroup. In this fashion, you should not post adverts
but rather see if you can help answer another person's query.
OK, I see you ask, what's the benefit in that? Well, firstly,
you get you name seen and, if you post useful information, appreciated.
Secondly, you are allowed to add your signature file to the bottom
of your post. Your signature file identifies you and also your
website or autoresponder address. It is vital that your signature
file is done properly, there is a complete article which deals
with sig. files, and I suggest you take a look before launching
into the Newsgroups.
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