Using forums to boost traffic to your website is a tried and tested method used by many webmasters. No matter what you are selling, you should be able to find at least one forum that covers that niche. The best sources of web site traffic will be the bigger more popular Internet forums and you should use a number of different forums to get more visitors. In this article, we will talk about the best methods to make use of forums for driving traffic.
The first thing you must understand is that by marketing in forums you will be able to help your website get traffic from two different sources. The first source of web site traffic originates from within the Internet forum itself. There will be a link pointing to your blog or webpage on the online forum and readers will come across it and hopefully click on it. Your visitors are already targeted as they are members of an Internet forum related to your niche. The second way to attract more traffic is that whenever you post a comment on a forum or ask a question, you will be building links to your site which will help you get higher search engine rankings.
Now you just need to locate forums related to your niche and join as many as you can. However, you will want to be active on these forums so only join as many as you can be active on. Once you join the forums you will want to put up your user profile and leave a link in your profile pointing back to your web site. Then you will get the url of your forum profile and ping it to all the ping services. This will see to it that the search engines index your links to get you started.
Next, set up your signature on the blogs and include keyword targeted links pointing back to your web site. Having done this each time you comment on the forum the signature with its backlink will be included too. To prevent spam comments, a number of forums require you to have commented a certain number of times before on the forum until you are allowed to add your signature to a comment.
Make sure that you become an active participant in each of the forum discussions that you’re a member of and keep logging in on a regular basis. This way you will not run the danger of being seen as a spammer but you will create an increasing number of backlinks for the search engines to find and more link exposure to other forum members. If you are a member of a popular Internet forum, quite a lot of the pages you post comments to may have good rankings in the search engines. This means your links can get seen by those who come across the page by way of a web search. If you become an active forum member, others will see that you have spoken on a certain issue before which can gain you an ‘expert’ status and give further weight to your backlinks.