I’m going to show you how easy it is to get targeted traffic from forums.
This is an old-school marketing strategy, but it still works very well.
It’s all about signing up to niche related forums, contributing valuable posts, and driving visitors to your site through your forum signature.
The first thing you need to do is to find the forums to market you website on.
Just go to Google and search for “niche +forums”, so if you were to target the weight loss niche you would search for:
weight loss +forums
There should be a lot of active forums to choose from if you do this.
Go to each forum and look for these things:
– How active is it? Go through some of the threads and posts and just get an idea of how regularly people post and respond. If there are new posts every day, it’s an active forum, and that’s exactly what you want.
– Does it allow signature links? So a signature is found at the bottom of each post and is usually a link to an external website. This is where you will be promoting your product, so make sure it is possible to place a link in a signature. If you see a bunch of posts with a signature link, it’s a good sign.
Make a list of the best 5 forums you want to become involved in, these should be the most active forums of the initial list.
Now just create an account at each of the forums, read through the rules and just get a feel for what the forum is like.
You want to setup your forum profile correctly for each of these forums.
Use a real name for the forums (or at least a pen name) because this is going to get people to trust you a lot more.
Who would you trust more, some stranger with random words and numbers in his forum name, or someone with a real name?
You also want to upload a unique picture for the profile. Of course a real photo of a person would be the best thing.
Now just write a few lines to describe yourself (or your alter ego) and put your URL in the website space.
The most important part of this tactic is your forum signature. All forums have particular rules when it comes to links in signature, so make sure you read up on what the rules are in each forum, and make sure you follow those rules.
In most cases you won’t be able to use your signature straight away. Usually you have to reach a certain number of posts first.
So just go through some of the more popular threads and start posting helpful responses to them. If someone is asking for opinions, just put your opinion out there, and don’t worry too much about making a really big impression.
The key with posting is to actually provide some kind of helpful, valuable information. Don’t just post useless comments like “I agree” or “great post”. They don’t add anything to the conversation.
Also don’t sell anything in your posts. That is what your signature is for. Just provide helpful comments, and if people find value in it (and they should if you provide value) they will click through to your site once you can add your signature.
This is just one of the many, many highly effective free traffic strategies still available to you today.