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HOW TO DRIVE TARGETTED TRAFFIC TO YOUR WEBSITE USING FORUM MARKETING.

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Posted by Cindy on August 28, 2012 at 3:40 am

I have recently been experimenting with one form of traffic generation with relatively good results. The best thing is that there are both FR.EE and paid methods of generating online with forum marketing. I find this method of marketing to be one that is relatively friendly as everyone is helping one another and in the process make sales for your business.

This is a long post as I list what I have learnt from this process and I hope it will help you along as well.

shout out

By DieselDemon

Forum marketing still works to drive traffic to your website. Much as this method of generating traffic is now less prominent given the array of social media traffic generation methods, it is still a good way to generate qualified traffic to your website.

Visitor and members of a forum cluster in the same place online as they have expressed interest in a particular niche. It is an online equivalent to meet up of people with similar interest.

Thus if you are promoting a travel accessories product, you might find your best prospects amongst visitors to a travel forum.

However, you have use the presell and ‘soft-sell’ approach in a travel forum and not blatantly ‘push’ your product to others as a forum is basically a place where people help one another by sharing information.

By DieselDemon

FORUM MARKETING IS A GOOD WAY TO MARKET ONLINE IF YOU KNOW HOW.

If you are in the Internet marketing niche, here are the top 4 forums you want to be a part of.

(1) THE WARRIOR FORUM IS THE BEST
This is possibly one of the best and biggest forums for people who are in Internet marketing. This forums allows for

  • Post your own signature file that looks something like this…

Top 7 Ways to Get Free Sources Of Laser-Targeted Traffic To Your Site Or Blog
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  • You can include a link to your website, squeeze page and start building your list or a link to promote your blog.
  • This is one of the best places to learn from fellow marketers how to write and promote your eBook, do a product launch or get marketing ideas to promote your home-based business.
  • Although you are not going to be able to get 1000 subscribers in one night or a relatively short time, but it is a good way to get subscribers who are interested in your products or services. It is also a 24-hour silent sales message you can much effort from your part once you have set it up. What I truly call ‘passive-income’ strategy.
  • However, please do not link to any affiliate links as they are very strict about this. You can get your signature files removed if you violate this rule.

 

(2) WICKED FIRE

This forum is more acerbic at times and the language use can be very strong. There are still lots of online marketing gems inside this forum though some of your may find some of the post offensive. They do not allow for sig files.

(3) DIGITAL POINT
This is another forum for experienced marketers and you can learn a lot there. I have learnt quite a fair bit about buying and selling of websites through this forum. The language use here is more professions. You need to register in order to post and add links to your sig files.

(4) ANTHONY BLAKE’S FORUM
AB’s forums is a good place to begin learning about forum marketing as it attracts quite a fair bit of traffic. As usual, he allows links in sig files.

(5) OTHER WAYS TO FIND FORUM

If you are not in the IM niche, you can still use forums to participate in by doing a search for them on Google. Alternatively, you can use your “keyword” +”inurl” operator to find forums related to your topic.

 

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by  Ed Yourdon

HOW TO POST ON FORUMS

(1) POST REGULARLY
In order to use forums as a means to generate traffic online, you have to be a regular poster.  If you are regular on a forum, it shows others that you are trustworthy and in this niche for a long time instead of some ‘fly-by-night’ operation.

You also need to post on highly visited threads in order to gain greater visibility online. It is best to comment and post on threads that have just been started for the past few hours instead of an older post as this means that your post may be buried deep within the comments of others.

by Ingy The Wingy

(2) CONTRIBUTE BY POSTING GENUINE CONTENT

Contribute to the threads only if you have information and wisdom to contribute. Do not overdo it. Commenting on 2-3 or maximum of 5 posts a day is enough to put your sign files in front of a lot of people visiting the forums.

If you overdo it by commenting on more than 20-30 posts a day, you can sometimes be viewed as a spammer.

Do not post senseless comments. Contribute by giving information that helps of deliver genuine value to the formers.

(3) SEO FORUM MARKETING

This is one aspect of forum marketing that some marketers miss. On highly trafficked sites such as Warrior Forums, Google crawls them frequently. If you happen to comment on a highly popular thread, it is not unusual to find your post appearing on the top of the Google page for that particular keyword.

If you are creating a new thread or commenting on one, it is better to include some of the keywords related to your website in the post so that can gain the search engine traffic that comes along from individuals looking for that item.

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PAID TRAFFIC VIA FORUMS

Besides using FR.EE methods of generating traffic online, you can also use paid traffic methods in forums to drive traffic to your website. Here are three ways to do so.

(1) PAID BANNER ADS

 

The popular forums are able to generate a lot of traffic online and hence there are lots of people who would like to advertise on them. Many forums including the Warrior Forums allow for banner ad placement on their sites and they rotate them between the paid ones each day. Banners are usually placed at the top of the page and you can get lots of exposure from them. Currently on Warrior Forum, they allow a maximum of 10 banners on a day.

Here’s what to do once your ad is accepted

  • Design an ad
  • Add a link to your squeeze page or website of you are collecting subscribers or building up your list.

(2) PAID TEXTUAL ADS

There are some forums such as the Warrior Forum where you can be a paid classified ad or a contextual ad to promote your product or service.

On Warrior Forums, you can

  • Pay $40 and create your own ad to promote your product or service.
  • They also offer a classified ad for $20.
  • Since there is a huge amount of traffic running through this forum, you can get a pretty good response for your product or service if you have designed an ad that attracts lots of interest.

There are numerous other forums that have a similar feature for paid ads. As with all forms of paid traffic, the  key things is to remember to set up  your sales funnel ahead of time so that you can convert the leads to subscribers and subscribers to paying customers.

This also includes your plan for adding one-time-offers (OTO) once someone has made a purchase via your online link.

There are many who use this method to build up their list and sell them on the back-end instead of adding a direct link to their sales pages.

Forums, like social media sites give Google a good idea of what people are talking about, what topics are trending, so it is not uncommon at all for posts to show in the search engines. There are benefits to marketing in the forums using both free and paid methods. It pays to learn this method of traffic generation to give your online business a boost.

In the next week, I will be sharing a story of someone whom I know who just started in online marketing and used forum marketing to make a healthy $1,500 per month online in his first month online. And the best thing is he did it without a website, squeeze page and list. Stay tuned and learn how next week.

To your success,

Cindy Siow

 

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