A few weeks back, my supervisor asked me to do a blog on my experience as a virtual medical assistant doing a blog and forum commenting task.
While most of you would probably start your blogs like: “ It was a summer of firsts. It was my first time all by myself to travel to a land unknown. Or, it was my first time to fly in a plane.” Followed-up by: “ I clasped the hand rest tightly as little shivers ran up and down my spine. I could hardly breathe. I felt the plane lift into the air, our bodies were suspended on nothingness.”
Well, it wasn’t how mine was supposed to start; my task as a virtual medical assistant at that time was more technical than creative. On the other hand, I didn’t want it to sound dull and monotonous, so I managed to inject some creativity and, this is how it ended up. What follows is the more technical account of that experience that was actually asked of me.
This is a task that asks you to go into any forum or blog site that is in relation to your client’s line of business. There, you will make an account which you can use to make comments or join discussions. These comments is a subtle way to market the business without outrightly selling it. Most of the time, you will need to insert keywords or links that are in accordance to what your client needs other people to know – always, it is anything that has to do with his business.
Forums are a kind of virtual community that act as a support group most of the time. You can find them in the web on practically every topic imaginable. Some develop virtual friendships, over time, from the little support group they have created. Blogs, of course, are written anecdotes and prose of people’s experiences, opinions, or knowledge they want to share with others. People flock to these sites to either get or give feedback and advice to each other.
However, nowadays, forums and blogs have become an effective target for online marketers. Their large number of membership gives such an ideal platform to get a brand or a business known. Online marketers or business owners would join this forums to subtly advertise their products or services to reach a more specific audience for their marketing pitches. There are also those who are callously blunt to just directly promote their business.
In my opinion though, if you want it to work, you need to be more discreet. You would go a long way if you try to earn the trust and respect of the site’s population than using bluntness. For one, your account could get reported and maybe even banned if any one of the members flag a post or comment you made.
How to properly make a commenting task: