Forums or Articles? What works best for you?

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by larslarson123, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. larslarson123

    larslarson123 New Member

    In the pursuit of getting your website and affiliate links on the web to generate sales, which is more successful, forums or articles. And which are the ones that work best for you guys, ezineartcles, etc.?
     
  2. Vishal P. Rao

    Vishal P. Rao Administrator Staff Member

    It depends a lot on the your target market. I think article marketing is getting saturated in highly competitive markets like "work at home". In such cases, posting on high quality forums with good traffic can give you very good returns.

    Traffic from forums are instant and they don't take ages to build credibility unlike article marketing. But then it's not a do once and forget job. You have to keep posting regularly.
     
  3. getagrip

    getagrip Gold Member

    The problem with most forums is that outside of "work at home" or "internet marketing" forums, they usually won't allow you to use your signature to link back to your website.
     
  4. mountainmom5

    mountainmom5 Gold Member

    You got good answers here - exactly what I was gonna say.[​IMG]
     
  5. larslarson123

    larslarson123 New Member

    Cool thank you, great answers. Does anyone make a decent living exclusively with forums?
    Do you ever run out of things to post? haha seems like it might get kinda hard to maintain interesting discussion without being painfully repetitive.
     
  6. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    larslarson123: ...Does anyone make a decent living exclusively with forums?
    Do you ever run out of things to post? haha seems like it might get kinda hard to maintain interesting discussion without being painfully repetitive.

    Hi Lars,

    I think that most people tend to use several methods to drive traffic and increase sales.

    If you know your subject and are wise enough to continuously learn, then you don't run out of things to say.

    It never gets "painfully repetitive" yet I do repeat things I've said before when someone new asks a question I've answered previously. I don't mind at all.

    I suggest you learn to make use of every method you can find - forums, blogs, Squidoo, Hub Pages, various new and trendy Web 2.0 sites, article directories, etc - to network.

    I enjoy this forum quite a bit. I like to learn and help others. Lots of fun people here - the social aspect is great.

    Learning about efficiency is wise, but the first order of business is mastering the fundamentals of online marketing.

    ~Newbie Shield~
     
  7. Vishal P. Rao

    Vishal P. Rao Administrator Staff Member

    getagrip: The problem with most forums is that outside of "work at home" or "internet marketing" forums, they usually won't allow you to use your signature to link back to your website.

    Also, it's very difficult to find one with good traffic in relatively less competitive niches.
     
  8. larslarson123

    larslarson123 New Member

    Thank you Newbie Shield.
    I love the idea there's a constant flow of new information, techniques, products, services, medium, etc. to learn, grow and distribute material.

    The internet is a truly amazing place [​IMG]
    Now that ya mention it, it's fun spreading advice, even if you're teaching the same lessons; can't foresee this getting old.

    I've got most of the bases covered for the various techniques (blogs, articles, squidoo, hubs, etc.), I was just curious to see how worthwhile forums are for the business aspect. I never plan to stop using them for networking, learning, and socializing, but do they really generate significant income if used correctly?

    ohh, and what are web 2.0 sites? new to me
    thank you anyone with answers!!!
     
  9. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    Hi Lars,

    You're welcome and you're right - the internet really is truly amazing. I've been living on it more than any place else since the mid 90's.

    Forums are very much worthwhile. Lots of folks are able to send traffic to their sig links and many make a decent amount from affiliate links right in forums.

    Web 1.0 is more of a traditional static one way message site something like a commercial on TV whereas Web 2.0 is a social platform that focuses on interactivity largely via two-way comments.

    Good examples of Web 2.0 are blogs, Squidoo, Hub Pages, and I would argue that forums should be included on the list (though no one but me seems to have included them perhaps since they were already out there before the buzz word hit the net).

    ~Newbie Shield~
     
  10. cmw6300

    cmw6300 New Member

    In my short experience, less than a week, I would have to go with forums. You get your link out there right away, people don't have to read through a whole article to get to your link, and there usually is no review period for a forum post.

    Depending on what article site you use, it could take a week to ten days to get your article published. That aside, I have used both articles and forums to try and get my link out there.
     
  11. Kecia08

    Kecia08 New Member

    In my experience, articles are the way to go. Once you get it up, and hopefully indexed in the first few pages of Google, it's likely to be viewed many times. Forums take more care and nuturing, as you have to become trustworthy to the other members before they will start to believe in you and what you have to say. In my opinion, it would take longer to build that kind of trust in a forum than in articles.
     
  12. Lian

    Lian New Member

    First of, Hello every one here.

    I started article marketing a few weeks ago and I can say, from my experience that they are a great way to create back links, especially if you can write top quality articles and some one just decide to reprint them on their sites.

    Forums and social networking sites are also good.

    Lian
     
  13. unselfishbuddy

    unselfishbuddy New Member

    Why not combine both.? I've personally received tons of traffic through forums and articles. It great to have two powerful marketing tools working together. You will surely receive more traffic that way.
     
  14. Homeboy

    Homeboy New Member

    Just a nugget from personal experience - I've had decent traffic from articles, but far more immediate results from forums. Article marketing takes a while to build momentum, you really have to be persistent about it...
     
  15. HenryM

    HenryM New Member

    My assumption would be that good articles rank much better than forum posts and are more permanent, which would make them attract more traffic and send more traffic through your link.
     
  16. ateamfuntimer

    ateamfuntimer New Member

    Im of the mind that both article marketing as well as forums are to be used to be successful in online marketing. Creating good articles can brand you as an expert in your field and being an expert always helps.

    Using forums allows you to market your product to a targeted group of people and network. Networking is the key to being successful online. On this forum are various members that create a substanstial income online and have large groups. By networking you might lure "the big fish" into your group and they will bring with them an instant list to you. In addition the big fish usally congregate in the same ponds so they have relationships with each other. You might lure a few big fish by posting in a forum.

    I also sugges that you have a program that is useful to other home based business owners in your arsenal. I offer free leads which is something everyone needs. By offering this free service I get a ton of sign-up and create a list of subscribers I can then market my other products and programs to as they have gotten to know me.

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  17. jrlehman

    jrlehman New Member

    I prefer forum posting more than article writing. I get quicker results with forums and it is much easier for me to do. As I am not a big fan of writing. Not to mention all of the information you are able to learn from forums.[​IMG]
     
  18. lathalukose

    lathalukose New Member

    I have just started checking my stats. I found that after joining forums my stats have improved (lots of targetted traffic).

    can someone help me find good forums for publishing childrens books please?
     
  19. Dan_dare

    Dan_dare New Member

    I'd say that article posting can work better than a forum posting, if you have good content only. Otherwise forums posting is more effective. You can leave more back links via forum posting.
     
  20. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    lathalukose: can someone help me find good forums for publishing childrens books please?


    Hi Lathalukose,

    You can go to Google and type in a topic followed by the word "forum". In your case it would be "childrens books forum" to locate a desired type of forum. You can also try "childrens books discussion" or anything similar.

    It works for any topic as long as there is a forum in existence for a chosen topic.

    ~Newbie Shield~
     

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