Forum Posting- Best way for traffic.

Discussion in 'General Marketing' started by sarpras, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. sarpras

    sarpras New Member

    Participating online discussion forums drive lots of traffic to my website.

    I am spending daily 2 hour for forum posting.

    Can you describe your experience in forum posting?
     
  2. getagrip

    getagrip Gold Member

    Well, I get some traffic from forum posting, but not a whole heck of a lot - maybe 5 to 10 hits a day. My main advice with forum posting is to try and give quality advice without being overly self promotional.
     
  3. inter

    inter New Member

    I am getting regular visitors to my site by forum posting. If we give quality advice I think we will get more visitors.
     
  4. tinabee

    tinabee New Member

  5. malibumentor

    malibumentor New Member

    Forum posting is worthwhile when I have something to contribute. There is no doubt that it brings in high quality traffic, but it is labor intensive to generate a lot of quality forum content.

    I focus mostly on long term SEO to get my traffic, but forums are a great way to get people interested in who you are and what you are promoting. I think its far better to promote your own site in the sig line than it is to promote an affiliate site. New members of certain affiliate programs will swarm over the forums to drive traffic to their affiliate sites. By having your own site, no matter how crude, you stand out as a committed marketer.
     
  6. Looking

    Looking New Member

    Yeah, you have to give some worthwhile advice or people will blow by your topic or posts without looking at it.
     
  7. razorlgacy

    razorlgacy New Member

    Forum Posting is a great way of promoting in the long run. Good SEO is a must and linking properly is another. Links from any relevant source is a great strategy and is worth while.
     
  8. Looking

    Looking New Member

    Forum posting is a great way to get people to your site. I do about 1 hour of posting a day and I get people to my sites. You just have to make sure you post about something you know about.
     
  9. Quoting: malibumentorForum posting is worthwhile when I have something to contribute

    I agree 100% When I first started out and was still learning, I was in forums all of the time. Now that I am becoming a little more successful, there is less and less time.

    I stop by here everyday, but don't always have time to contribute the way I used to, But if there is something I KNOW I can help with, I make the time to comment and hopefully give someone new a little direction.

    I do get traffic from forums, but that is not why I still visit. I got a lot from them and now it is time for me to give something back.

    Joe
     
  10. WhitePhoenix

    WhitePhoenix New Member

    It doesn't seem as if forum posting offers that much in the way of bringing visitors to your site, but like Joe said, KNOWING you can help other posters and also receive valid information is the main reason people, I think, visit forums.

    Actually, if I see that a post or a reply in a forum such as this is just a thinly veiled attempt to get people to visit their site, I may read the post anyway, but not click onto their site.

    But then, that's just me.

    Forums are still the best way to learn and inform from and with others in like circumstances. It should never be turned into a deliberate marketing tool in so far as offering lame advice or offering help or advice only if the visitor visits YOUR site for an answer.
     
  11. twnuck

    twnuck New Member

    I believe that forum posting is a great way to get a few TARGETED visitors to your site every day. The key is making sure you have something to give back in the form of advice or input. As long as your signature is not longer than your actual post you will be fine [​IMG]

    Todd
     
  12. ebay_addict

    ebay_addict New Member

    Most of my site traffic comes from forum posting. The best part about it,is its free and your posts will always be there, for months, and even years after you post. Its awesome
     
  13. malibumentor

    malibumentor New Member

    In case people don't know, all these forum sig lines create permanent inbound links to our sites. This is one of the real, long-term benefits of forum marketing. By using forums as part of a long-term link-building strategy, it becomes clearer what role they will paly in marketing.
     
  14. Vishal P. Rao

    Vishal P. Rao Administrator Staff Member

    Although your website is displayed as signature in this forum, it carries a "nofollow" attribute as mentioned in the Terms of Use. As a result, it won't benefit your site's link popularity.

    Also, many forums display signatures and member info only to registered users. Therefore they won't help your site's link popularity either.

    Forums should not be used as a medium to boost your site's link popularity as the more easier it is to get a link on a site or forum, the lesser weight it'll carry. Search engines know it well.
     
  15. malibumentor

    malibumentor New Member

    I couldn't help noticing that this forum also doesn't get nearly the traffic that forums with less stringent rules do. While the content is okay here, I am seeing relevant posts I made a week ago having no response.

    I didn't know about the no follow-rule on this forum. Its too bad really, because it may keep some of the better marketers away who would otherwise share more information and produce more traffic here.

    So forum marketing is useful if people click on your sig lines. But if we can find forums which allow us to build link popularity with the sig lines, thats one better, no?

    Not to be real selfish, but I think I will seek out some other forums which may help my marketing more. I put a fair amount of energy into writing informative posts, but its not out of charity.

    The Warrior Forum also cracked down very heavily on sig lines. It drove me away.
     
  16. Vishal P. Rao

    Vishal P. Rao Administrator Staff Member

    Quoting: malibumentorI couldn't help noticing that this forum also doesn't get nearly the traffic that forums with less stringent rules do. While the content is okay here, I am seeing relevant posts I made a week ago having no response.

    I don't remember making any claims any where about the traffic this forum receives. If your posts didn't get any response, it doesn't reflect anything about this forum.

    Quoting: malibumentorI didn't know about the no follow-rule on this forum. Its too bad really, because it may keep some of the better marketers away who would otherwise share more information and produce more traffic here.

    So forum marketing is useful if people click on your sig lines. But if we can find forums which allow us to build link popularity with the sig lines, thats one better, no?

    Not to be real selfish, but I think I will seek out some other forums which may help my marketing more.

    At any given day, smart marketers would opt for traffic than links.

    Links on a page serve as endorsement for the content. With links in signatures having no relevance at all to the overall content of a discussion, not applying nofollow attribute to them distract the search engines from applying relevant theme to the page and hence it's ranking is affected.

    Therefore it's impossible for a forum page to enjoy top ranking if it displays member's signatures without applying nofollow attribute. And smart marketers know the value of visitors generated from organic search listings.

    Quoting: malibumentorI put a fair amount of energy into writing informative posts, but its not out of charity.

    I'm not a philanthropist either. I also put a great deal of energy into building this forum and I have a family to support.

    I'm fully aware that it's the quality of members that make a forum and I believe I'm giving them back by displaying their signature along with their posts and also rewarding them when necessary.

    You cannot eat your cake and have it too. - English proverb
     
  17. inter

    inter New Member

    I am getting lots of visitors to my site from this forum
     
  18. malibumentor

    malibumentor New Member

    I'm not really so sophisticated about it Vincent, I get forum traffic here and there but its my link building efforts that get me traffic from search engines. I get visitors from forum sig lines too, so they are okay.

    I hadn't though about relevancy being an issue. I guess its because I don't post to forums that don't relate to my stuff. If I were posting to fly-fishing forums with my marketing link that would be weird. It never occured to me to spam forums with irrelevant links to build link popularity.

    Forum posting is okay for getting traffic, but the truth is it has to be done on a regular basis in general, so its kind of high-maintenance.
     
  19. Vishal P. Rao

    Vishal P. Rao Administrator Staff Member

    Quoting: malibumentorI'm not really so sophisticated about it Vincent

    And who is this Vincent?
     
  20. WhitePhoenix

    WhitePhoenix New Member

    Forums such as Vishal's are meant to cater to a particular group of people. It should not be used to build traffic to 'your' website. Such is not it's overall purpose.

    And as far as malibumentor commented regarding his posts as relevant, perhaps others didn't feel the same way. I have found the advice offered in this forum very helpful. There is a wide variety of topics that caters to just about every aspect of working from home.

    If 'you're' attempting to use this particular forum to boost 'your' own business, and are upset that it doesn't cater to that wish, perhaps 'your' reason for coming here in the first place is misplaced.

    There are plenty of other ways to boost traffic to websites. I don't think it's appropriate to complain that this one isn't doing what you want it to do.
     

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