to Make Best Use of Newsgroups Services
is a Newsgroup or Newgroups service?
newsgroup is a message board on the Internet where users come
to discuss topics of mutual interest. Each newsgroup is dedicated
to a particular subject of interest and consists of messages posted
by participants. You can find several ongoing discussions on various
topics within a single newsgroup. These topics are called threads.
As a user, you can start a thread, post messages to a thread and
respond to other postings.
the Internet era, the way you know it now, back in the eighties
and early nineties, people used to connect to electronic bulletin
boards (bbs) through modems and post text messages for others
to read and answer. Usenet Newsgroups was started as a collection
of these bulletin boards. Along with the Internet, Newsgroups
have also grown rapidly. Thanks to the web interface introduced
by Deja News in 1995, use of Newsgroups has become simple and
convenient and has provided impetus for its growth.
Usenet discussion forums or Newsgroups indexed by Google comprise
over 800 million messages which is around a terabyte of information!
It is calculated that over 10 million people have regular access
newsgroup is formed with a certain purpose. This is described
in its charter at the time it is started. Normally every Newsgroup
has its own single subject. However, there can be many Newsgroups
dedicated to one subject.
are tens of thousands of newsgroups on every subject you can possibly
imagine. The subjects in Newsgroups are hierarchically structured.
Some of them are moderated (somebody controls the postings), most
to Use Newsgroups?
there are so many newsgroups, whatever your interest is, you will
most likely find a newsgroup which will suit you. Although most
email readers have built-in features to subscribe to Newsgroups,
the most convenient way to read newsgroups today is to use "Google
Search". Once you are on the search page of Google, click
the Groups tab on the menu. This will take you to the Groups search
page with a directory of Newsgroups under the headline 'Post and
read comments in Usenet discussion forums'. The most common subdirectories
for businesses are located in alt, biz and misc. For example:
If you are in the import and export business, you might try alt.business.import-export,
which has several groups within it.
a search using a keyword related to your online business that
you would like to promote from the groups search page of Google.
The results will appear chronologically, the most recent one being
at the top. Check out the most relevant Newsgroups from the results.
If your search produces a very big list of results, try the advanced
search option. Try reducing the time frame of postings. By default,
Google searches within all messages posted from 1981.
really worthwhile information, I suggest using moderated groups.
Most Newsgroups which are not moderated easily fill up with spam
and you really have to wade through them to find something interesting.
you notice that Google has a new paid service under the name "Google
Answers"? For a fee, Google nominated researchers will get
answers to your hard-to-find questions. The service is located
at http://answers.google.com. If you go through the questions
that are already asked, you will be amazed to see that by searching
newsgroups you will find answers to many of them without paying
a dime. Newsgroups are indeed a gold mine of information!
of Using Newsgroups Services
an online business you can reap a variety of benefits from effective
use of Newsgroups.
yourself as an expert in your chosen field. People prefer doing
business with you if they know that you are an expert in your
field. Post important and relevant information in your chosen
Newsgroup and answer posted questions. People from the Newsgroup
will soon begin to consider you an expert, and you'll be amazed
at the number of new visitors checking out your site.
Market Surveys using Newsgroup services
Newsgroups can be a great source of marketing information. By
asking questions in relevant Newsgroups you can find out what
people think about your product, your website, etc.
New Clients using Newsgroup services
There are Newsgroups which are formed for the sole purpose of
promotion and making various announcements. Prudent use of these
Newsgroups, along with your relevant Newsgroups, will definitely
increase your site traffic and get new clients.
Your Site using Newsgroup services
In relevant groups, you can post announcements about your site
launch, press releases, product information, etc. Participation
in the discussions on your subject area (using your signature
file which should include your website address) will help get
new visitors and increase the number of backward links to your
Answers To Your Questions using Newsgroup services
You can't be an expert in every thing! Often, you will need answers
to various questions. Ask them in relevant Newsgroups by posting
messages with your signature file. Not only will you receive answers
to your questions, but you will also promote your site.
Friends using Newsgroup services
Newsgroups can be a great place to find like-minded friends and
Do's And Don'ts
have to be very careful when you post to a Newsgroup. Before making
your first post, go through the FAQ and posting rules of the Newsgroup
and read some of the postings. You want to position yourself as
an expert, not an idiot! Some Newsgroup users are pretty aggressive.
If they feel that you are spamming their precious Newsgroup, you
will be flamed in no time.
are some basic rules: while using Newsgroup services
Don't post commercials, advertisements or press releases; unless
the newsgroup specifically mentions that it endorses such posts.
When posting a response, stick to the original topic.
Quote only the portion of the message you are responding to, not
the whole message.
Don't cross post. This means, do not post the same messages in
several relevant Newsgroups.
Never post unrelated messages to Newsgroups. This is considered
When posting a message, be specific and concise in the subject
Post your signature file with each and every message. This is
important for your web promotion!
Check your spelling and grammar before posting a message.
idea is to make a valuable contribution to the Newsgroups and
by doing so, promote your online business at the same time. Ask
questions that you perceive to be useful to you and others. Post
responses to messages which are informative, thought-provoking
and of high quality. You will soon build credibility among your
fellow Newsgroup members and start receiving a flow of loyal customers.
About The Author
Nowshade Kabir is the founder, primary developer and present CEO
of Rusbiz.com. A Ph. D. in Information Technology, he has wide
experience in Business Consulting, International Trade and Web
Marketing. Rusbiz is a Global B2B Emarketplace with solutions
to start and run online business. You can contact him at email@example.com,