How To Get Traffic To Your Blog From Forums
Hello online friends, now you have a blog to offer valuable information to your readers. We now need to know how to get traffic to your blog. One tried and tested method is to ‘meet’ your potential readers online.
The first question might well be: where online do such people ‘hangout’. One answer is other blogs on similar topics, but that is for another post. Today I am going to discuss meeting up online with interested people, through the relevant forums. So what exactly are these forums and where do we find them?
Please forgive the obvious, but our first step is to go to the search engines – I always start with Google – and enter the term ‘forums+niche’. For example, if your niche were ‘keeping chickens’, the term ‘forums+keeping chickens‘ would provide you with over a million results. In general, you will find enough on page one to learn anything you might ever want to know.
In my own case, because I am in the online business niche, that is the term I enter. I am now a member of the Warrior Forum, Wicked Fire and a couple of others.
Now for how to get traffic to your blog from these forums
Before ‘diving in’ and getting involved, I would suggest you spend some time ‘lurking’ – passively reading threads and posts. This will help you decide which forum to get involved with first. Many allow you to sign up at no cost, so once you have done this, the most important thing to do next is to read and understand any rules or terms and conditions.
This is absolutely vital, because while you are there to ‘sell’ yourself, nobody wants a full on sales pitch, no matter how good the offer. In fact it is the perfect way to get yourself banned – sometimes permanently. Simply abide by the rules, practice interacting and you can gradually be accepted as someone to be taken notice of.
An ideal situation will see you finding questions from those less advanced than yourself, make the time and effort to solve their problems with thoughtful answers. This is a perfect way for those in your niche to get to know you and so eventually like and trust what you say.
Once you are established there, most forums will allow you to post what are known as ‘self-serving’ links, within your signature. These links can take your readers to your own website, or in fact sometimes even to affiliate offers. Once again, make certain you understand what exactly is allowed in terms of these links.
The cost of traffic from forums
While some forums require an investment for premium membership, most allow free participation. This leads many to describe traffic to your blog from forums as ‘free’. This is not quite accurate; the cost is in the form of investment of significant amounts of time. This is not a ‘quick-fix’ traffic method; you need to be prepared to contribute value regularly. You will do so for at least some weeks and possibly months, before you see measurable quantities of good quality traffic.
The good news is that once you are established in your niche, the traffic you do get will be well worth your efforts. As with most things in life, you will get out what you put in. Your contribution to the forum needs to be of value to other members. If you simply turn up with quick quotes and posts, just to leave your link, then this traffic method will not work effectively for you.
Eventually, we need a number of different traffic strategies, but when starting out, it is of great value to to learn and practice how to get traffic to your blog from forums.
What do you think?
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