Three Keys To Unleash The Power Of ForumsBy
A very common misconception about forums (or discussion boards) is that all you need to do is join one, throw a few links in your signature and poof, you will generate loads of new traffic for your sites. Very wrong! The purpose behind forums is to connect individuals with like interests or goals and to provide a network for these individuals to share information.
Key #1 – Find Your Niche.
If you run a website that sells upscale coffee, then seek out a forum for coffee lovers. There are forums for every interest group and each forum has its own personality. It may take you a few tries to find a forum that will match your personality and goals, but there is one out there. Once you find a forum you think is a good match, take time to introduce yourself formally. Don’t just start making posts that beg people to visit your sites.
Key #2 – Share Your Knowledge.
In order to receive the benefits of a forum, you have to be willing to GIVE BEFORE you receive. Share your tips, ideas, support for others and knowledge freely. You’d be amazed at how much more you will get out of the forum this way.
Key #3 – Develop Relationships.
Like blogging, you need to start and continue conversations. Get to know the members of the forum by adding to the threads that have been started.
Over time you will find your traffic will increase, because people are truly interested in your site and respect what you have to say. You may also find additional benefits such as project opportunities, new clients and even some new friends along the way.