How to build traffic on forums?

by xmp
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Hi, I started internet marketing forum in my country two months ago, and I want to take it off the ground in the next 6 months. There was some traction already, but it slowly faded so the site received 10-20 uniques/day. I'd be really glad for any advice. What did help you to start a successful forum website? Should I write some How to's and quality content, get backlinks and wait for better SE ranking positions, or should I focus on building community manually, by targeted email marketing, posting on similar forums and commenting blogs instead?

Thanks a lot.
M.
#build #forums #traffic
  • Profile picture of the author LarryHaywood
    Originally Posted by xmp View Post

    Hi, I started internet marketing forum in my country two months ago, and I want to take it off the ground in the next 6 months. There was some traction already, but it slowly faded so the site received 10-20 uniques/day. I'd be really glad for any advice. What did help you to start a successful forum website? Should I write some How to's and quality content, get backlinks and wait for better SE ranking positions, or should I focus on building community manually, by targeted email marketing, posting on similar forums and commenting blogs instead?

    Thanks a lot.
    M.
    I hope you have a good comment spam blocker in place.. lol. I just removed over 10,200 comments off my blog that was a total time killer. But, I would say consistently add content that has real value, Work on your SEO skills, build backlinks, get on social media, blog with sharing built in and of course keep on learning as you roll on. Have you considered some paid ads as well?
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisnos
    Originally Posted by xmp View Post

    Hi, I started internet marketing forum in my country two months ago, and I want to take it off the ground in the next 6 months. There was some traction already, but it slowly faded so the site received 10-20 uniques/day. I'd be really glad for any advice. What did help you to start a successful forum website? Should I write some How to's and quality content, get backlinks and wait for better SE ranking positions, or should I focus on building community manually, by targeted email marketing, posting on similar forums and commenting blogs instead?

    Thanks a lot.
    M.
    Generally, you need consistent search engine traffic, or a massive email list - something that generates a constant stream of new people or registration, otherwise, literally, if people come to a forum and no one is there, they're just going to leave.
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  • Profile picture of the author DanielP8
    Hi
    What is your forum about?
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    • Profile picture of the author xmp
      Originally Posted by DanielP8 View Post

      Hi
      What is your forum about?
      internet marketing, website programming and design, traffic monetization...
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  • Profile picture of the author jaidevraghu
    You need to post 40 -50 unique threads their with the help of 10-15 members and replies posts too in threads. And start your forum branding in another social media places as soon as it become popular its everything will increased automatically!
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  • Profile picture of the author anurana
    There is not any magic to increase traffic to your forum.Regular active participation,making moderators, attract users from other forums and share information can increase traffic but it is slow process.

    At then end,you will get rock solid traffic to your forum but avoid it from spamming which should be first priority.
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  • Profile picture of the author Slade556
    Well, the thing with forums is that you need content, which is generated by users. So, you could try to hire some forum posters or ask your friends to register and start posting (if they are familiar with your niche, of course). You should also start posting yourself, start interesting threads, maybe write some short articles with some long tail keywords in them (like you normally would for a blog).
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    • Profile picture of the author xmp
      We already have ~100 threads, ~300 posts, but it's still slow. I hope to see some increase in SE traffic soon, as there is some linkbuilding going on, but I thought that you guys might have something special for me
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      • Profile picture of the author sethdrebitko
        At this point it is difficult to just start a forum with the proliferation of already established sites (like warrior forum), as well as communities in reddit, facebook, g+.

        You may be better off starting a blog/vlog growing a mailing list with a community in a known social network that most of your followers use. As you start to hit a critical mass off followers you can then roll them over into your forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jasonmills
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    I found this post from google search results.

    How To Increase Website Traffic to Over 100,000 Visitors Per Month
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    • Profile picture of the author KellyJoHill
      Very interesting, thanks for sharing Jasonmills. -KJH
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  • Profile picture of the author SnackMemory
    Originally Posted by xmp View Post

    Hi, I started internet marketing forum in my country two months ago, and I want to take it off the ground in the next 6 months. There was some traction already, but it slowly faded so the site received 10-20 uniques/day. I'd be really glad for any advice. What did help you to start a successful forum website? Should I write some How to's and quality content, get backlinks and wait for better SE ranking positions, or should I focus on building community manually, by targeted email marketing, posting on similar forums and commenting blogs instead?

    Thanks a lot.
    M.




    I think engagement is important for the life blood of any forum, and user base.


    You need traffic + interesting content + engagement from your user base


    focus on quality and keyword usage when apt. be gentle with your back linking strategy and let most come to you... Take advantage of social media to help that along.


    I rank right under Wikipedia for many topics despite having a small fraction of its backlinks, and that's based on my high page quality.
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  • Profile picture of the author alan01
    Awesome stuff thanks everybody I love to learn from great mastermind , am glad to be a great leader and a great student .
    By the way if you want to build a email list and have traffic going to your website daily I got some good news go to www.TheOnlineBusiness.Info I help and teach newbies and Pros how to generate more traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author jadmac
    Good idea, there's loads of ways to drive free traffic to your site, check out this guide: How to Get Free Traffic to Your Blog - Money Mod
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  • Profile picture of the author Coloradoskibum420
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    Just be useful and helpful, and the traffic will come organically.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    The secret here is you need to come up with a creative solution to the empty restaurant effect.

    Most people would not dine at an empty restaurant.

    It is almost possible. Why?

    Subconsciously they think that there is something wrong with the food because there are no people eating at the restaurant.

    You are stuck with a classic chicken and egg problem.

    You have to start somewhere.

    This is why it is always a good idea to invest in seeding your forum with high-quality responses.

    By high-quality responses, I am not talking about people who just post how-to’s and interesting advice.

    Anybody can do that.

    I am talking about a personality-driven seeding.

    In other words, these people must look like real people that people would want to identify with.

    These people must have a personality that radiates.

    If you are able to do that, then your forum would take off because guess what, anybody can come up with a forum and dump all sorts of information on it.

    That is not going to cut it.

    You have to have some semblance of real interaction.

    That is what separates high-quality seeding from passive or low-quality seeding.
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  • Profile picture of the author sprucevn
    1.visit similar sites for other teams and see what they are doing to attract members. Copy the good things, leave the bad.
    2.visit other Chicago Bear sites and look for ideas the same as above.
    3.network with other Chicago sites such as other sports teams
    4. start conversations which people would find interesting.
    5.interact with others who talk about the bears on Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other sources. Let the world know your site exists.
    6. add social networking to your site. Allow users to log in with their social accounts.
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  • Profile picture of the author smasif15
    To establish a good amount of traffic, you should have to engage in the forum on daily basis. At first, it is difficult to get traffic for beginner in the forum cause there are already reputed member in the forum. After earning a certain amount of points and followers you can expect some traffic from the forum.

    Try to put some new thread and build a community which is demanding.

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    thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author mariajerek
    First you need to increase the no. of members in your forums. Once you'll get huge crowd your traffic will start increasing. So you should join the communities & groups (relevant to your niche) on social networking sites and aware people about your fourms and engage them to your fourm.
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  • Profile picture of the author irweazel
    Post the URL of your forums at social media sites.
    Post it at different portfolio sites to get more traffic as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hubertissick
    You can use facebook and bing ads for getting traffic on forums easily.
    You can advertise your forum by SEO and Guest blogging.
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