How To Get Free Traffic From Forums Without Writing A Single Post
Online forums can be a good source for traffic. Now, I’m not suggesting that you spam forums, i.e. posting promotional messages.
I’m talking about contributing informative and helpful content in forums. And in your posts, you can include a link to your website in your signature.
Occasionally, you can link to a post on your blog that’s relevant to the discussion.
But here’s the problem with using forums to generate traffic… you have to keep posting to get traffic.
Any post you make or any thread you start will eventually be relegated to the second page and beyond to make way for new threads and posts. And once your posts get relegated, it won’t
be seen by the majority of the forum visitors.
So, it’s not a really effective traffic strategy in the long term. Well, here’s one strategy to help you get traffic from forums without writing a single post.
It’s a really simple strategy that has worked offline for decades.
*Organize a contest.*
Contests are a proven publicity strategy to generate buzz for your business and products.
So, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to organize a contest on forums:
1. Search for forums that share your target market. For instance, if you’re in the dog market, just type “dog+forum” in Google and you should be able to find a few forums for dog owners.
2. Tell the forum owners that you’re willing to sponsor a contest on their forum. You will offer your products and services as prizes. The goal of the contest is to encourage
participation in their forum. So, the person who makes the highest number of posts within a specified time (e.g. a month) will be the winner.
3. The forum owners will then post a sticky thread on their forum to announce the contest and the first post on that sticky thread should contain a link to your site. And the sticky thread will stay up on the first page of the forum for the entire duration of the contest.
So, when visitors arrive at the forum, they will instantly see the sticky thread about the contest. And when they read about the contest, they will see your website’s link.
And that’s how you generate traffic from forums without writing a single post.
Simple enough, right? Now, take action!
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