How To Drive Traffic To Your Blog/Website Through Forum Activity

Forums are great platforms to draw awesome traffic. If well utilized it is more than just a platform for communication. That's why I decided to write an article on how to use forum to drive targeted traffic.

So take a cup of coffee as you learn how to utilize it to the best of your ability.

What is a Forum?

A forum is an online-discussion board where people ask questions, share their experiences, and discuss topics of common interest. Some call it forum boards or bulletin boards while others refer to them as threaded discussions.

No matter what definition you decide to give to forums, one pretty good characteristics of a forum is that it allows you to ask questions or give answers to a question in a threaded format.

Benefits Forums Can Provide To Your Business


1. Exposure To Your Business


Forum is a great way for you to drive targeted traffic to your business-reason being that you have the opportunity to showcase your skills or knowledge to other forumites.

When answering a question on a forum, it’s important you put your best foot forward. This gives room for people to consider you to be an authority. As with life, when people begin to see you as someone who provides genuine information they will certainly want to know you more.

2. Makes You Understand what drives your target market


When you start using forums regularly, you will be able to understand the needs of your target markets, their aspirations, the problems they have and the solutions they need.

Your ability to mine this information is a huge asset as it gives you the opportunity to make money online by providing solution to the nagging problem that affects them.(e-books)

3. Test the Waters


You can use forums to find out if a particular idea might be lucrative. For example in real life, your desire may be to set up a cashew business. To do this you will need to find out if the product is something people are willing to purchase. In essence you can use a forum to do market surveys.

4. Link Building


Forums can help you build quality links especially if the sites have a high PR. However when building links with forums, ensure the forum you place your links are niche specific or you could end up getting your finger burnt. This is because Google consider it important that you only post links to sites that are related to your niche.

This is why it’s also important that when you decide to use blog commenting as a means to build links you do this on sites that also in your niche or Google could end up penalizing you.

5. Generate Blog Ideas


Forums are also great for sourcing ideas you can use in writing future blog posts.All it takes is for you to list out some of the pressing questions that people ask in the forum. The information you source from this method can then be converted into a blog post.



One thing you shouldn’t do on a forum

If you don’t want your butt kicked out of your dream forum, make sure you don’t drop link in every comment you make. I learnt this the hard way some years ago when the warrior forum kicked my butt and told me to go get a life.

Hence it’s important you read the guidelines thoroughly before joining any of them.


Where to find your niche


There are several ways you can find your niche forum:

1. Use Google Search


-One of such method is for you to use a type in “your niche + forum online” into Google search bar.
You could look up the top results on Google. If there appears to be a good amount of activity on the site then you can say hurray and get down to business.



2. Use Social Media


In Google plus for instant, you can key in “your niche + forum.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Ask Questions


Another method would be for you to write a question. You can do this on question and answer sites like quora, yahoo answers, askville e.t.c

What You Need To Do Next.

After getting a list of niche forums, there is need for you to get the Alexa ranking or page rank of the various niche forum. The essence is so that you can be sure the site you may want to link to is considered to be an honest site by Google.

Other factors you need to consider include:

Degree and quality of engagement.

Benefits that may accrue to you

And the rules to follow

There is Need For Focus

Time is an important factor in every area of our lives; hence there is need for you to focus on 1 or 2 forum in order to get the best benefit from it.
The reason is because the fewer forums we sign up to, the more the time we can put into them.

Engagement

Having signed up to a forum, you need to provide information to questions asked; by so doing, you’ll be able build your credibility and ranking in the community. This helps increase your trust value and also make it easier for you to sell a product or service you have in mind.

Engagement is not only a one way street, it also entails you asking question? This helps improve the interaction you have with your target niche.

An increase in interaction is sure to lead to an increase in the visitors to your site

Include Links

Include links to articles which you feel will add more value to your conversation. However find out the standing rules. This will go a long way to ensure that you are not butted out from the forum.

If the forum rule frowns against including links in body of your conversation the next thing you should do is to place your link in your profile and signature.

So below are list of forums, I will be breaking them down into various niche:

1. Internet Marketing Niche


i. https://forums.digitalpoint.com/
ii. http://www.warriorforum.com/
iii. http://www.affspot.com/
iv. http://www.webmasterworld.com/home.htm
v. http://www.wickedfire.com/
vi. http://www.ewealth.com/
vii. http://www.geekvillage.com/forums/
viii. http://www.v7n.com/forums/ source http://seomotionz.com/?p=849

2. Forum+Niche


i. www.foodanddrinkforum.co.uk
ii. www.oregonlive.com/forums/foodanddrink/?initial=true
iii. www.pennlive.com/forums/fooddrink/index.ssf
iv. forums.habanaija.com/forum/lifestyle/...forum/nigerian-food-and-drink
v. http://www.oregonlive.com/forums/foodanddrink/?initial=true

3. Relationship+Forum


i. www.relationship-forums.com
ii. www.loveforum.net
iii. thecoupleconnection.net/posts
iv. www.relationshipsurgery.com
v. www.psychforums.com

4. Writers+Forum

i. www.writingforums.org
ii. www.youngwritersonline.net – for young writers
iii. http://www.bookglutton.com/
iv. http://www.legendfire.com/
v. http://www.nanowrimo.org/
vi. http://www.thenextbigwriter.com/forum/index.php

These are just few forum niches.  If you have any other forum niche in mind please don't fail to include them in the comment box. Please when including any niche ensure the sites are genuine or I will have no option but to delete your comment.

Looking forward to your comment.

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