How to Use Forum Posting To Drive Floods of Readers to Your Blog/website.
Contents for How do marketers successfully drive floods of traffic from forums?
- 1 How to Use Forum Posting To Drive Floods of Readers to Your Blog/website.
- 1.1 What are online forums
- 1.1.1 How to find forums in your niche that are active
- 1.1.2 How to evaluate if the forum is worth your time
- 1.1.3 What you should take note of when registering an account
- 1.1.4 Participating in the forum
- 1.1.5 BorisQs
- 1.1 What are online forums
A great way to start driving a good number of readers to your blog or website is by participating on specific niche forums. I guess you have heard that many times before. You could also reach a good number of people with Search Engine Optimization when done right and Pay per Click advertising too – but why go looking for traffic from scratch or spending money when you are not sure of its return on investment (ROI). With Forum Posting you are simply tapping into an already existing flood of traffic that is targeted to your niche.
To be honest, I haven’t done much of forum marketing before, which is because I did not understand how that will bring in more readers or eyeballs to my landing page. I mean considering the strict rules of not promoting one’s business in a post, a rule that is enforced by most forums. I tried doing it none the less, and as you might guess, I failed at it. Probably due to the promotional mentality I started off with.
This time I decided to give it a try again and after just a week of posting just 15 short helpful posts I started seeing a few visits from the warrior forum which is the forum I started with this time around. The visits have been growing as I keep posting and sharing what I think can help others.
This improvement has been as a result of a little research I did before registering on the warrior forum. I wanted to find out what I had been doing wrong and what I could do to improve my forum marketing strategy. To my surprise it has been just the simple things that I was overlooking that made the difference. In this post I will be sharing with you some of the things I learned in the course of my research. So let’s get started.
What are online forums
According to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_forum)
An Internet forum, or message board, is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posting messages. They differ from chat rooms in that messages are often longer than one line of text, and are at least temporarily archived.
Internet marketers like to define it as big authority sites that get tons of traffic and have many loyal or targeted members.
How to find forums in your niche that are active
Now that you know a little about what forums are you might be wondering how you can find the forums in the niche you are targeting. Finding the right search result on say Google or any other search engine requires that you type in the right search words that will make it easy for that search engine to give you exactly what you are looking for. So that is why having the right search strings will help you easily find the right forums that target the niche you are looking for. Here below are a couple of search strings you can use on Google to find your targeted niche.
“Keyword”+”forum”(depending on your niche this search string works well sometimes not)
Keyword+”powered by vbulletin” (vbulletin is a software used for creating and managing forums)
keyword+”hot thread” (most forums use the words hot threads to show their popular threads)
How to evaluate if the forum is worth your time
After finding a couple of forums in your niche it would be worthless registering in any of the forums, if there are actually not very many people actively participating in them right. That is why it is important to make sure you are entering a niche forum that you can start posting and having feedbacks from others who are interested. To do that you would want to go through the post and look when the last post was posted. This will give you a picture how active the forum is.
What you should take note of when registering an account
Now that you have found a forum that you will like to participate in, it is important to pay close attention to these two main factors.
The importance of choosing the right profile name
It is important to use a name that is associated with your site. This way those who will be coming from the forum as you start to participate will easily recognize that the content that the link led them to is actually your content. Remember that the forum readers click through to your blog because they want to read more of your content. So having a name like “Monting AKA 007” in the forum when the name you use on your blog is say Boris QS will only make your forum leads to click away because it is harder for them to associate the blog to the name in the forum. Also, using a name that is memorable is an additional plus.
The importance of having a Forum Signature (Sig)
The forum signature is a block of information that automatically appears at the bottom of each forum post you make. The kind of information allowed in this block can be: a plain text, link or image.
It is important to look at this as a small ad block that leads people back to your site so it is important to make use of it by enabling that feature. You have to understand too that this feature in some forums will require you to make a good number of posts before it will be enabled. (For warrior forum it is 10 posts).
Participating in the forum
This is where many people get it wrong including me when I just started forum posting. I use to go in forums looking for ways just to get people to click on my link. Most readers can easily see through those corning efforts to pull them to your blog/sites and they will avoid you and your Link. Instead, if you start participating with the mentality of helping those who are asking for help, many, including those who are just visiting the thread will find your post valuable and they will easily click through to check out if you have more on the topic or another topic that will help them in their endeavors. So look for topics that you are knowledgeable in and provide value.
It is also advantageous if you are one of the first to reply to questions being asked. Being one of the first will ensure you are at the top position of the thread which will bring in more eyeballs to your signature as compared to when your contribution is down below the thread. However, if you find an old post that you have some additional value to contribute, do it. This will bring back some visitors who are still subscribed to the thread to read the latest if they are still interested in the topic. Most often those coming back to an old post will just scan through to the latest post on that topic, thereby exposing your forum sig even more.
Another way of getting even more traffic back to your site is by starting your own thread. That way anyone who clicks through to read that post will be exposed to your sig. You can start a thread by sharing tips or just asking a question you want some answers to.
Following these simple but effective steps and being consistent in your participation will start bringing in more traffic. If you have any other tip on forum posting or the strategy as a whole, do not forget to drop it below in the comment box I will love to learn more from anyone willing to share. If not, just drop down what you think about this post. Just do not leave without your voice heard.
He is also doing this so you and again his mother can use it to make money online. He thinks this is the only way to proof that this is a legit business.
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