How To Get More Traffic With Forums!
Despite the advent of social media, the “old-school” discussion forums continue to be a solid way to drive traffic to blogs and websites.
On top of that, they’re a great way to tap into passionate fans and enthusiasts of virtually any niche.
Using forums is also a great way to increase the visibility of your brand online, among other benefits.
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of the time you spend on forums:
1. Contribute and participate!
Forums are typically populated with people who have genuine concerns, problems and issues that correspond to a particular affinity or niche.
As a marketer, your prime objective is to take part in these forums by giving first and often, before receiving. Make significant, non-commercial contributions to any discussions before even thinking about promoting yourself or any product/service that you offer.
Also remember, that it pays to be consistent. Don’t just post a few times and disappear. Be active regularly in discussions and let people see that you’re for real.
Share links to blog posts or articles on your site that are relevant to the discussion and aren’t blatant commercials.
The forum audience will come to appreciate your participation and the value you provide. From these seeds, you’ll be able to grow customer relationships later.
2. Don’t spam!
Forum participants typically come to HATE spammers. So don’t let yourself become mistaken for a spammer. Focus on delivering value, information and build authority with the forum members.
This takes time, but will generate far more goodwill than spamming a forum ever will.
These days, far too many marketers spam forums with blatant ads and promotions. Differentiate yourself from those guys!
3. Use links in your posts wisely!
You want any links that you include in your posts to be relevant and fit in with the discussion you’re having. Do that, and you’ll likely get a lot more clicks, more subscribers and even sales from your activities.
4. Spend some time on your profile!
When you belong to a forum, other people will be able to get to know you from your profile.
Be sure to give them as much information as you can! Include your website, social media links, skype ID, photo and any other details that help people see that you’re a real, approachable person.
Dedicate some time on forums that are relevant to your niche using these tips.
Do it right, and you’ll only gain visitors, subscribers and customers for your efforts!