I include traffic from discussion forums in my 1 hour a day blog traffic technique.
I use one very popular discussion forum every single day. It’s digital point with more than 55,800 active members. The reason I am using digital point is because it’s a very popular forum and it’s specific to my niche, Internet marketing.
There are many reasons why discussion forums can be a waste of time, the main reason is that they can be a huge time drain. That’s why I never use more than 10 minutes a day (I could use all day, because there are probably thousands of new threads each day).
I believe there’s a right way to use discussion forums, and you’re using it right if you’re helping people and actually part of the discussion (and didn’t join in order to promote).
Traffic will come if you:
- are helping people
- are interesting enough
- add visible links
Now, when it comes to get people to visit your website, there’s one thing that you should be focusing on. Think about it, it doesn’t matter if you’re very helpful and people are very interested in what you do, if you don’t give them a link to your website (well, they can contact you at the forums, but you want them to visit your website as well).
Add visible links
I’ve seen a lot of examples of people who don’t know how to drive traffic to their website by using discussion forums. Some people don’t add links at all, others add the wrong links and links that it’s hard to see.
There are many ways to do it, but one that works better than all the others (at least it does for me).
This is it:
I add a link to my newest blog post next to my avatar. It uses RSS and will always show a link to my latest blog post. I also add a link to my latest blog post in my signature. This way a lot more people will see it.
In order to get attention, I’m using bold and two red arrows.
One link at the top and one at the bottom
I believe that the links should be identical. That’s because then people might get your message twice, instead of only seeing it one time. And you’re also saying that it’s important to you that they click this link (because that’s the only way they can visit your website).
Everytime I publish a new blog post, I update my signature with a link to this specific blog post. This way my signature is always fresh, and people are starting to notice.
Let me hear your story
I’m ready. Do you have any feedback on this? Let me know. And are you using discussion forums as part of your marketing strategy?
My next blog post will be on friday (two days from now) and will be about you and the stars of marketing.