I was reading this SEO guy's blog http://bestseostrategy.blogspot.com/2009/08/link-building-are-you-doing-it-right.html yesterday. He is talking about combining several online strategies to increase targeted traffic to your blog. He mentioned forums as a great source of targeted traffic.
Coincidentally two weeks ago I started another blog. That blog has now about 100 visitors a day just from my posting messages in various relevant forums. My forum posts are helping people in the forum with their annoyances. Search engines have not even found my blog yet. The entire traffic of 100 new visitors a day to my blog is from the forum posts! So I realized this guy's message is absolutely confirmed, forum posting can be a great way to promote a blog.
Sure enough, forums have been around for a while and each has grown into their own style. You do want to familiarize yourself with the forum first before you register and start posting. You do want to make sure that the theme of the forum is compatible with your blog.
Please don't spam. Many forums have built in spam filters, so you are just wasting your time posting irrelevant links. Instead, respond to posts where you can add in some way to the discussion. Your blog has a lot of great content, right? Cool, so you will be able to find forum posts and threads that would benefit from your knowledge. Send forum visitors to a relevant page in your blog. Place your blog URL in your profile in each forum you contribute to.
A word of caution. If you post several posts in a forum and all of them are essentially doing nothing but sending people to your blog, you may be violating terms of service with some forums and may be banned from the forum. Look around on the forum. Contribute a few posts here and there where you are answering questions or asking questions and not posting your links.
With the forum posting strategy you may or may not get 100 visitors a day right away. Just keep returning to the forum and keep interacting with the forum members. Your reputation and traffic to your blog will increase over time.
Your blog is dofollow, right? A number of forums have recognized the value of dofollow links. I found a solid list of blogs that feature dofollow signatures on this site: http://www.peiprofit.com/traffic-secrets/list-of-dofollow-forums.
Here is the list of dofollow forums, that is forums that allow a dofollow signature link, thanks to peiprofit.com:
- Warrior Forum - By far the most helpful and responsive internet marketing forum that I have visted.There are people who are always ready to answer you questions and attend to your need.
- 5Star Affiliate Forum - Another favorite affiliate marketing forums.
- Ableton - Audio and musical forums
- Abestweb - Affiliate Marketing forum for both newbie and experienced affiliates to learn and earn more by sharing information about networks, merchants and best practices
- Abundance - Free advertising forum
- Addicsports - Baseball, basketball, and sports forum.
- Affiliateseeking.com - webmaster and affiliate forums.
- Acorn Domains - A growing community of UK Domain Name owners, buyers and sellers.
- Admin Zone Forums - Resources for community administrator and webmaster.
- Adult Webmaster Info - One of the largest “dofollow” adult webmaster forum.
- Affiliates4U - UK’s leading affiliate and marketing forums
- Allcoolforums - Online Free discussion board
- AMD Forums - official AMD processors support forum
- Baseballtalkpro - baseball forums.
- Blogger Forum - Focused on blogging community, monetizing and promotion of blogs.
- Blogger Talk - Forums for bloggers.
- Business Forum - business-related forums.
- BZ Image - SEO Forum - Web Design Help - Webmaster Forum - Web Hosting Talk
- Capital Theory - online moneymaking forum.
- Clickbank Success - A “dofollow” forum dedicated to clickbank users.
- Clicks Forum - Internet marketing for business.
- Cnet Forums - Software and technical forums.
- Code4gold - Free Webmaster Resources, Webmaster Tools and Search Engine Optimization
- Comic Book Resources - Discussion about comic books and resources
- David Castle - UK SEO & Internet Marketing Forums.
- Deviantart - Join the largest art community in the world!
- DDBoard - Domain name “dofollow” discussion board.
- Digitalppoint - Internet marketing and search engine forums
- DirectoryJunction - New but cool webmasters forum.
- Discuss Names - Another dofollow domain names discussion forum.
- DN Forum - Domain name sales, domain name appraisals, domain name discussions
- DN Lodge - Domain name and webmasters forums. Dofollow signature advertising.
- DN Scoop - Domain and webdevelopers forums.
- Domain Name Forums - Domain name discussion, appraisals, buys and sell, and domain marketplace.
- Dreamteam Money Forum - Moneymaking forums. One of the hottest moneymaking forums offering dofollow forum signature.
- Ecauldron - Pagan and religious forum
- Egadforum - general community forum.
- Ewealth.com - Internet Marketing and webmaster forum.
- Filesharingtalk - file sharing forum.
- Free Ad Forum - Dofollow free advertising forum
- Free Advertising Forum - Unlimited ad posting. Content and signatures both dofollow.
- Freewebspace - Free webhosting guides and forums.
- Fogengine - Web directories forum
- Geek Village - Large moneymaking “dofollow” forum.
- Gento Forum - technical and programming forum
- Golden Talk - High Yield Investment Programs forums.
- Googlecommunity - Everything about google
- GPT Boycott Forums - Get-paid-to forums and ratings.
- Hablarmierda - a Spanish dofollow forum
- Harmony Central - Musicians Community Forums
- Hit Tail - Real traffic, real time, real result.
- Hot4s Online Forum - Australia’s cars and motoring forums
- Hotsurfs - Focusing on making money out of autosurfing.
- HTML Forums - Free webmaster forums and help
- HYIPs Talk - High Yiled Investment Programs forums.
- IDN Forums - International domain names forums, sales, appraisals, and general discussion.
- Intel Forums - Intel software developers community forums.
- Im4newbies - Affiliate marketing forum guide for new affiliates.
- Internet Marketing for Business - Internet Marketing and SEO Webmaster Forums
- IQ 69 - Mainstream Webmasters Forum
- Iwebtool - Offers preview of site in signatures. Webmaster tools forum
- Lex224 - Computer and gaming forum.
- Live Journal - creating a community forum.
- Microsoft Forum - Official Microsoft support forum.
- Money Maker Group - Internet marketing and webmaster forum focusing on HYIPs.
- Movie Lists - Movies and show business.
- Moneyfanclub - A “dofollow” online moneymaking forum focusing on HYIPs and autosurfs.
- Mygamebuilder - gaming forum
- MySQL Forum - database and programming forums
- Namepros.com - An active community of domain name owners, investors, buyers, and sellers of all kinds
- Online Books Club - Book & Reading Discussion
- Oracle Forums - Support forum for Oracle
- Paganforum - pagan and religion forum
- Payment Processing - Online payment and credit card processing forums. Ecommerce forum.
- PhpBB Forum - official support community forum for PhpBB users.
- PokerBRB Forum - Anything about Poker
- Revenue Source - Affiliate Marketing and SEO forums
- Search Engine Forums - Discussion Forum of SEO and Webmaster Related Topics
- Search Engine Roundtabe - Search Engine Forums
- SEO Chat - Programming and development forum online. Folders for all programming languages.
- SEOForum - Australian SEO Forum
- SEO.com Forum - Search Engine Optimization discussion.
- SEO Guy - Search Engine Optimization Forum. Dofollow signature.
- Sidetalks - general forum
- Simplemachines - SMF official support forum.
- Siteowners - A dofollow webmasters forums
- Sitepoint - Webmaster and programming forums.
- Sitesell Forum - webmaster community forum
- Small Business Forum - A “dofollow” business forum for small entrepreneurs and online moneymakers.
- Startups - Business start-up and innovation forums
- Static-Subs - anime forums
- Submitexpress - Search engine forum
- Talkfreelance.com - Freelance webmasters, webdesign, and seo community.
- Tattoo - tattoo forums.
- Textpattern - textpattern support forums
- The Free Ad Forum - Largest free advertising forum now has a “dofollow” signature.
- The Green Nation - Another “dofollow” HYIP forum.
- The V7 - Webmaster Forums
- TheHYIPforum - Another “dofollow” forum owned by Talkgold. Best if you are promoting a HYIP site.
- TriPHP Webmaster Forums - TriPHP Webmaster Forums is a friendly Community for Webmasters of all experience levels
- Ubuntu Technical Forum - technical and PC-related forums.
- W3SEO - SEO forums
- Webdegity - webmaster forum
- Web Design Forums - The place for web designers. A dofollow forum.
- Web Developer - Generally about programming and scripting websites with sections on domain names, and other money related topics.
- Webicy - Webmaster community forums.
- Web Life - A HYIP forum sowned by Talkgold.
- Webhosting Canada - Industry Discussion, Webmaster Forum, Web Host Reviews and Deals forums.
- Webhosting Talk - Geared towards hosting resellers but has some relevant sections on making money selling hosting and running a website
- Webmaster Forums Online - News and Discussion Forums for Webmasters about SEO, Internet Marketing and Advertising, Website Design and Development, Web Hosting and General Topics.
- Webmasters Help - Webmaster and seo forum. Lionks on posts are “nofollow” but offer “dofollow” signatures.
- Webmaster-talk - Programming, webdesign, seo, and webmaster forums
- Webproworld - The world’s forum for ebusiness professionals.
- Webtalkforums - Webmaster Forum is a revenue sharing webmaster discussion forum
- Windows Forum - windows community forums.
- Winamp - Official winamp forum.
- Work at Home Moms - Moneymaking forum for Moms.
- Work-at-Home Moms - Internet marketing message boards for moms.
- World of Warcraft - online gaming forum
- Xandros - website design, themes, and lay out forums.
- forum.notebookreview.com- notebook, laptop, netbook troubleshooting (contributed by annoyances-resolved.blogspot.com )
- computing.net/forum- computer information and troubleshooting (contributed by annoyances-resolved.blogspot.com )
- ocforums.com- overclockers forum (contributed by annoyances-resolved.blogspot.com )
- en.community.dell.com/forums/- Dell Community Help Forum (contributed by annoyances-resolved.blogspot.com )
- http://h30434.www3.hp.com/psg/- HP Support Forum (contributed by annoyances-resolved.blogspot.com )
- HP Touchsmart Community Forum- HP Support Forum (contributed by annoyances-resolved.blogspot.com )
1. http://www.gothamist.com/ Page Rank 7
2. http://forum.fontlab.com/ Page Rank 6
3. http://www.campaignforliberty.com/ Page Rank 6
4. http://www.joost.com/ Page Rank 7
5. http://www.cctvcambridge.org/ Page Rank 6
6. http://www.programmersheaven.com/ Page Rank 7
7. http://www.freedomworks.org/ Page Rank 6
8. http://www.mp3.com/ Page Rank 9
9. http://caloriecount.about.com/ Page Rank 6
10.http://club.ign.com/ Page Rank 6
11.http://my.socialactions.com/ Page Rank 6
12.http://www.postpunkkitchen.com Page Rank 6
13.http://www.britney.com/ Page Rank 6
14.http://www.johnlegend.com/us/home Page Rank 6
15.http://www.writers.net/ Page Rank 6
16.http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/ Page Rank 7
17.http://gizmodo.com/ Page Rank 8
18.http://kotaku.com Page Rank 8
19.http://io9.com/ Page Rank 7
20.http://www.bladam.com/ Page Rank 7
21.http://www.intelproplaw.com/ Page Rank 7
22.http://www.alliancecm.org/ Page Rank 6
23.http://planetmath.org/ Page Rank 6
24.http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/ Page Rank 6
25.http://workshop.molecularevolution.org/ Page Rank 6
26.http://www.webjunction.org/ Page Rank 7
27.http://x7chat.com/ Page Rank 6
28.http://ircbeginner.com/ Page Rank 6
29.http://www.nvnews.net/ Page Rank 6
30.http://www.vetvoice.com/ Page Rank 6
Except for the recently contributed forums at the very end, this list seems to be about one year old. The list includes some of the forums that are driving me 100 visitors a day to my blog.
Depending on the topic of your blog, you do not want to be posting in all of these forums. I'll give you two easy ways to search in all the above dofollow forums for keywords that are relevant to your blog:
First search, search among the "internet marketing related" selection from the above list (70+ forums):
Second, search among general, not directly internet marketing related, forums:
Third, search among all the websites that are linked from this page:
All you need to do is just enter your keywords in the relevant search box above. You can either search among internet marketing forums, among non-internet marketing forums, or all sites linked from this page. Select between internet marketing related forums and general forums. In the search results you will then see the links to forums with relevant posts. These are the forums you should visit and contribute. It is just that easy.
P.S.: If you know of a good dofollow forum please contribute the URL of the forum here. You will be rewarded with a dofollow link to your forum AND to your website of choice.
P.P.S.: Take a look at the entry number 121 above. It was contributed by the owner of the website annoyances-resolved.blogspot.com. The search results from the search three, above, include relevant pages from that blog! One more reason for you to contribute a dofollow forum you like here.
P.P.P.S.: In case you were wondering how I created the search boxes: Take a look at Google custom search on the fly.