How do I find good forums in any niche?

by Max Greenflame 42 replies
Hi, this is Max. I wonder if there's an effective way to find high quality forums in a niche for traffic and back links without wasting too much time? It exhausts to pick up a list after list of them I find trough Google to check out and see that all of them are not trafficked or shut down or those I'm already in. How do I discover country specific forums like webmaster forums list in India for example? I've got a virtual assistant who's ready to rock. Any solutions? Thanks.
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  • The Biggest Boards - Size Matters

    Thousands of forums listed there and you can sort by almost anything you can imagine. Search by niche and you'll almost certainly find something.

    Good luck!

    Michael
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    • Profile picture of the author Malcolm Thomas
      Originally Posted by Michael Levanduski View Post

      The Biggest Boards - Size Matters

      Thousands of forums listed there and you can sort by almost anything you can imagine. Search by niche and you'll almost certainly find something.

      Good luck!

      Michael
      Beat me to it :p

      This is the site I also use whenever I want to discover popular forums in a niche that I am in.
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    • Profile picture of the author seth3000
      Originally Posted by Michael Levanduski View Post

      The Biggest Boards - Size Matters

      Thousands of forums listed there and you can sort by almost anything you can imagine. Search by niche and you'll almost certainly find something.

      Good luck!

      Michael
      I just tried this resource and it was horrible. Is there any other recommended resources?
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    • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
      Originally Posted by Michael Levanduski View Post

      The Biggest Boards - Size Matters

      Thousands of forums listed there and you can sort by almost anything you can imagine. Search by niche and you'll almost certainly find something.

      Good luck!

      Michael
      You should also check out "Big Boards" also. They have a ton of forums in almost all categories, and each one has to have at least 500,000 posts, or they wont be accepted.
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    • The Biggest Boards - Size Matters
      I tried to sort according to category and it simply does not sort. Same results no matter what. Looks like it may no longer be supported. I see a July News 2008 headline
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    • Profile picture of the author megabuff
      Hi i selected "category" on the biggest boards site but doesnt seem to work.

      eg i selected computers, but it didnt bring up computer specific forums.

      am i doing something wrong?
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      • Profile picture of the author agmccall
        Originally Posted by megabuff View Post

        Hi i selected "category" on the biggest boards site but doesnt seem to work.

        eg i selected computers, but it didnt bring up computer specific forums.

        am i doing something wrong?
        try adding "powered by vbulletin" to your search string

        al
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        • Profile picture of the author megabuff
          thanks mate, but it only lets you select one option, and neither seem to be getting the correct results
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          • Profile picture of the author agmccall
            Originally Posted by megabuff View Post

            thanks mate, but it only lets you select one option, and neither seem to be getting the correct results
            I am not sure what you mean here. But, for example, if I look for forums in the golf niche I type "golf forum powered by vbulletin" (without quotation marks) You can replace golf with whatever your niche is.

            The reason I use "powered by vbulletin" is I am familiar with that forum solution and it is easy to see if signatures are accepted or not. you can replace vbulletin with whatever forum software you like

            al
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  • Profile picture of the author Teddy T
    Have you tried using the google search options?

    After you've entered the keyword you can set the results to being country specific and only from forums.

    Just choose the 'Discussions' tab on the results page. Under 'Search tools,' change from 'All discussions' to 'Forums'.

    Hope this is relevant
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    • Profile picture of the author Max Greenflame
      Originally Posted by Teddy T View Post

      Have you tried using the google search options?

      After you've entered the keyword you can set the results to being country specific and only from forums.

      Just choose the 'Discussions' tab on the results page. Under 'Search tools,' change from 'All discussions' to 'Forums'.

      Hope this is relevant
      Thanks, though how do I set it to be country specific? Sorry for newbie's quick stupid question?
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    the biggest boards is indeed the way to go im really fascinated by the numbers. I thought WF would be up there but its lower
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  • Profile picture of the author tolaskool
    extensive research is key to finding good and unbiased info so if i were you ill hit the keyboard
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  • Profile picture of the author Val Wilson
    Try these search strings:
    "Powered by Phbb" your keyword
    "Powered by vBulletin" your keyword
    "Powered by SMF" your keyword
    "powered by IPB" your keyword
    "powered by PunBB" your keyword
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  • Profile picture of the author vgnair
    Your best friend to find the forum or any forum is just in front of you. JUST google! How nice and powerful!
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  • Profile picture of the author GetBack2it
    “Powered by BlogEngine”
    “Powered by Blogsmith”
    “powered by Typepad”
    “powered by scoop”
    “Powered by PHPbb”
    “Powered by vBulletin”
    “Powered by SMF”
    “powered by Simple Machines”
    “powered by punBB”
    “powered by expressionengine”
    “Powered by Tagbox”
    “Powered by DRBGuestbook”
    “powered by bbPressPowered”
    “Powered by PunBB” register.php
    “powered by vbulletinpowered”

    Here is more to add to the list of footprints; add your keyword/niche as well
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    • Profile picture of the author Max Greenflame
      Originally Posted by GetBack2it View Post

      “Powered by BlogEngine”
      “Powered by Blogsmith”
      “powered by Typepad”
      “powered by scoop”
      “Powered by PHPbb”
      “Powered by vBulletin”
      “Powered by SMF”
      “powered by Simple Machines”
      “powered by punBB”
      “powered by expressionengine”
      “Powered by Tagbox”
      “Powered by DRBGuestbook”
      “powered by bbPressPowered”
      “Powered by PunBB” register.php
      “powered by vbulletinpowered”

      Here is more to add to the list of footprints; add your keyword/niche as well
      Wow, thanks, the whole list of formulas, lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Bayo
    If it's outside IM you should try LinkedIn, that's where I get my forum information
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  • Profile picture of the author Bobby Asburn
    How to Find Relevant forums


    KEYWORDS “powered by phpbb” inurl:/forum
    KEYWORDS “powered by vbulletin” inurl:/forum
    KEYWORDS “powered by smf” site: /forum

    KEYWORDS “powered by phpbb” inurl:/community
    KEYWORDS “powered by vbulletin” inurl:/community
    KEYWORDS “powered by smf” inurl:/community

    How to Find Relevant .edu forums

    “powered by vbulletin” site:.edu
    “powered by phpbb” site:.edu
    “powered by smf” site:.edu

    How to Find Relevant .gov forums

    “powered by vbulletin” site:.Gov
    “powered by phpbb” site:.Gov
    “powered by smf” site:.Gov
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  • Profile picture of the author DURABLEOILCOM
    Biggest Boards is def. the first place to check you can also use alexa.com
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  • Profile picture of the author avowzone
    Try bellow method:

    Your Keyword inurl:/forum
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Max,

    You can usually find a good quality forum by doing a search on Google for the:

    Keyword+forum (Example: Dog forum, motivational forum.)

    The forums that are on the first page, are pretty decent and get the most traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      I second this...

      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      Max,

      You can usually find a good quality forum by doing a search on Google for the:

      Keyword+forum (Example: Dog forum, motivational forum.)

      The forums that are on the first page, are pretty decent and get the most traffic.
      Also you can use:

      Keyword+community

      all forums target those keywords. So... they lead you to the most relevant ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author icoachu
    Besides the steps outlined above, I suggest an added step

    Feed the domains of the forums you find into Opensiteexplorer.org

    Look for high DA sources

    Also, if you are looking for DIRECT traffic, feed your results through Alexa site info so you can get a ROUGH idea re their traffic volume.
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  • Profile picture of the author jherewini
    The earliest bird gets the best worms hahah I was going to say check out The Biggest Boards - Size Matters but looks like I am just joining the chain sorry bout it
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  • Profile picture of the author MMartin89
    I would definitely use Google with niche/subniche/niche-keyword + forums

    Or you can use any aggregators like people have mentioned here but I would still use google first
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    • Profile picture of the author preciousscic
      Originally Posted by MMartin89 View Post

      I would definitely use Google with niche/subniche/niche-keyword + forums

      Or you can use any aggregators like people have mentioned here but I would still use google first

      I agree! Definitely the best starting point.

      That's what I do and it's worked well for me too.

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  • Profile picture of the author yogibeezy
    Use some search operators. Bobby Asburn provided a good list.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxsi
    GOOD WAY => use Google with niche/subniche/niche-keyword + forums
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  • Profile picture of the author extrememan
    Your best option would be to do a google search like: your niche + forum
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  • Profile picture of the author FreedomBlogger
    Hi Max!!

    Forums are a great way to gain more exposure online! .. it is great to see you implement this strategy!!

    There are a few sites that I have used, to find different forums online.

    Have you tried these sites:

    boardreader.com
    omgili.com

    These are great sites to search for forums in any niche.

    You just have to take the time to do a research and find the forums you want to use.

    I hope this helps!

    Keep up the great work!
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  • Profile picture of the author beautifulBeamon
    Google "Best forums to follow in [your niche]"

    That's the only way I know which works like a charm every single time
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    Thank you very much! I've been finding ways to build a list of forums, this will help me a lot!
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  • Profile picture of the author Shane Williams
    Check out Findaforum.net and click on the categories tab.
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  • Profile picture of the author Responster
    Obviously just googling "{niche name} forums" and variations of relevant topics to that audience will be your first step, but if the community is in your opinion big or engaged enough but nothing out there is servicing the need, why not create a forum yourself? Quite easy to do these days and you could literally dominate the expert space for your market by being the most popular forum in it. Just a thought
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      Originally Posted by Responster View Post

      Obviously just googling "{niche name} forums" and variations of relevant topics to that audience will be your first step, but if the community is in your opinion big or engaged enough but nothing out there is servicing the need, why not create a forum yourself? Quite easy to do these days and you could literally dominate the expert space for your market by being the most popular forum in it. Just a thought
      Have you ever managed a forum?
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    • Profile picture of the author salegurus
      Originally Posted by Responster View Post

      why not create a forum yourself? Quite easy to do these days and you could literally dominate the expert space for your market by being the most popular forum in it.
      BS.........................
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    I usually find forums related to my niche by searching it for in Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    put "niche" + forums and second method powered by buletin and you search your niche there
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    I built www.findaforum.net back in 2013. I included most of the big-boards forums plus a few new ones.

    I also included a bit of data that I thought might be useful, like whether a forum solicits donations (cheap advertising 4 U!!!), and whether it uses AdSense. There's also a search facility.

    If you've got a forum, submit it and I'll try and add it sometime.

    If there isn't a forum in your niche, then start one! I've had really good ad conversion on mine. On the downside spammers and scammers are a nightmare. For this reason a lot of forums are closing down [this is also a good business opportunity, especially if you have a programmer to help you outwit the spammers].

    I've also heard more discussions are going to social media, but forums do have their die hard audiences.

    FYI the cars niche is about the best one for us little guys. You can get stacks of traffic and it's easy to monetise.
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