I've been using all sorts of free strategies to drive quality laser targeted traffic to my various websites for case study purposes related to product creation ideas. I know most marketers use forum posting to establish themselves as an expert and to get backlinks for SEO purposes, but does it help to bring in quality buyers these days and not just freebee seekers who wouldn't invest a cent in their own online marketing education. Most people search forums for free advice.
I will admit that in the last week alone I have been posting on multiple internet marketing related forums to see if the leads from the forums actually will convert to buyers. On the 07 April from one forum thread alone, I generated about 32 clicks to one of my lead capture pages and got 7 new subscribers to my list in one day.
Forum posting is great for SEO, getting targeted leads related to your niche, but do you think that those leads will eventually buy anything from you?
I also understand that if you join the paid private groups in the forum and market to those people in the private groups, that you are already marketing to a buyer who has already paid to join that particular private group. But then in essence you are paying for those leads.
Or do you feel that forums remove your good threads once they reach a certain view count in the thousands so that the forum owners can motivate you to use the forum's paid advertising services and prevent you from getting quality buyer leads from your free marketing efforts.
What I want to know from you is, are the free methods suggested like posting in forums to get you quality buyers? Or is the hype about forum posting just to get you viewing threads and getting you to use their paid services. bearing in mind that forums are an online business too and they out here to make money from you.