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I am looking for forums in some neiches that have signitutes that I can put a link to my site in that neich. I am not chasing back links and don't care about do follow to much, I am talking about myself posting many helpful mature post in forums, trying to drive some targeted traffic.

Is there anything I can type into the Google search to help find these?
#forums #signatures
  • Profile picture of the author johnes4th
    Here are a couple dozen of the footprint strings I would start out with...

    "keyword"+[XYZ]

    XYZ=

    add topic
    new topic
    post new topic
    new thread
    running:vbulletin version
    most users ever online was
    welcome to our newest member
    the most members online
    view most recent posts on the forum
    board index
    please login or register
    forum
    discussion boards
    members
    message board
    bulletin board

    "keyword"+[Powered By XYZ]

    XYZ=

    vbulletin
    E-blah forum software
    fluxbb
    forum software minibb
    fudforum
    invision power board
    ip.board
    lofiversion
    mybb
    newbb
    phpbb
    punbb
    qucksilver forums
    Seo-board
    smf
    the unclassified newsboard
    ubb.threads
    usebb forum software
    xennobb
    xmb
    yabb
    yaf
    phpbb3
    fluxbb
    vbadvanced
    Smf 2.0 RC1.2
    Smf 2.0
    Vbulletin *3.0.1
    expressionengine
    invision power board u v1.3 final
    aef
    simple machines
    E-blah
    icebb
    javabb
    viscacha
    fireboard
    snitz forums
    fruitshow
    lussumo
    mesdiscussions.net
    ultrabb

    There are a lot more out there, but this should be more than enough to keep you hunting for while
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    • Profile picture of the author REHughes
      Thanks for the list John. Am saving a list of these in my keyword research folder. Great info for forums!

      Robert
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      • Profile picture of the author herbalhound
        Not trying to hijack your thread but I have found it hard to find forums that would let me post a link in the signature anymore. Anyone else run into this problem?
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        • Profile picture of the author SamuraiKat
          Originally Posted by herbalhound View Post

          Not trying to hijack your thread but I have found it hard to find forums that would let me post a link in the signature anymore. Anyone else run into this problem?
          I have seen this as well. Actually, what I have found is that many of them are allowing for signatures after a few criteria have been met. You must either be on them for a set period of time and/or have reached a determined amount of postings.

          It is true that many of the forums are ceasing people allowing a signature file though. Much of this comes from unending amounts of spam. I can't say that I blame them. Go take a look at some of the conversations on sitepoint or flippa.

          I my self have actually posted. "Thank you for allowing me to spam your forum just so I can get a backlink". This was a post that I left and it is still up 3 months later. Crazy
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          • Profile picture of the author johnes4th
            Originally Posted by SamuraiKat View Post

            I have seen this as well. Actually, what I have found is that many of them are allowing for signatures after a few criteria have been met. You must either be on them for a set period of time and/or have reached a determined amount of postings.
            These are the forums where you can really benefit if you become an active member - even just a post or twice a week.

            IMHO there are a few reasons for this...
            1. the forum moderators are likely active, which means other marketers who are only searching for back links won't be there competing with you
            2. once you meet the criteria, the links will likely be "better" because there will be less sig's with links on the page.
            3. plus, once you can add sig links, you immediately stand out to other forum members, which ideally means you will have more credibility whenever you do recommend something or point them to one of your blog posts
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    • Profile picture of the author georgem78
      Thanks, this is awesome. Definitely useful for people building links through forum signatures.
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  • Profile picture of the author JOSourcing
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    My strategy isn't as extensive as johnes4th's. I usually just search for keyword+forum or keyword+"discussion board".
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    • Profile picture of the author johnes4th
      Originally Posted by JOSourcing View Post

      My strategy isn't as extensive as johnes4th's. I usually just search for keyword+forum or keyword+"discussion board".
      Fair enough, most of the time keyword+forum is more than enough...

      For me, I have found that these search strings can help me find smaller forums that have less users because they tend to not rank as well in search engines.

      Depending on the niche, smaller forums can sometimes have a lot more active users. Ideally, this makes it easier to recognized quickly as a beneficial resource.

      It's kind of like looking for a small group of friends hang out with rather than going to the giant frat party and trying to get noticed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dann Vicker
    Great answer Johnes...Just wanted to add that responsible forum marketing has been responsible for about 50-80 daily visitors to my squeeze pages, and that's to encourage the OP. In a month that's up to 2500 clicks. Compare that to a paid soload and you're looking at up to $1,000 worth of clicks.

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  • Profile picture of the author ryanalden
    Well i really like the way john has explained the things. Even i use this techniques , whenever i need i find it by using

    keyword+"powered by phpb" inurl:forum
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  • Profile picture of the author Tiffiney Cowan
    I love how reading the posts on the WF I can learn the answers to questions I hadn't yet thought to ask! LOL!

    Thanks for the great detailed information Johnes4th!
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  • Profile picture of the author FforFree
    This is good info. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author ijohnson
    Ditto, ((Tiffiney Cowan))!!!

    I have only been using >> "keyword"+forum but I will be adding those additional strings shared by ((johnes4th) to my list!

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  • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
    You really have to take some time and just get in there and test the forums, read their rules and see what other posters are getting away with in regard to posting links. You don't exactly need a signature to get traffic, you can post links in your comments, it's just a matter of doing it the right way.
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    • Profile picture of the author JimDucharme
      Originally Posted by sethczerepak View Post

      You really have to take some time and just get in there and test the forums, read their rules and see what other posters are getting away with in regard to posting links. You don't exactly need a signature to get traffic, you can post links in your comments, it's just a matter of doing it the right way.
      Good advice. Every forum is a community and if you want to avoid being stomped, make sure you do some obvservation and get a feel for the community before you leap in. If you do just a little bit of this first and make sure your posts are relevant and have value, you'll have better results IMHO.

      Regards,
      jim
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  • Profile picture of the author Backlinksboy
    forum commenting is a very good way to drive traffic to the site, in fact Q&A sites like answers.yahoo.com and others are very good too, try them
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  • Profile picture of the author jasono
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Ogbin
    It is always a good idea to register in few forums that are related to your niche to get an idea about what the latest buzz in your niche.

    You can get latest news and also know what people are talking about. If you are planning for a product launch or a ebook launch you may want to visit at least one forum in that niche and get views about the forum users.

    This helps you in shaping your product/ebook.

    If you want to use Google search for searching the forum list for your niche, you can use the following method.

    "your niche keyword name" +forum

    Example: "Article marketing" +forum will list all the forums related to the niche "Article marketing". Check it by yourself and pic the best forums.

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  • Profile picture of the author marcelomusza
    Very interesting post John, I didn't even know that I could do searches with that level of precision. Quite nice indeed!
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  • Profile picture of the author Charanjit
    Just a word of advice, register on the forum, wait a few days then update your profile, I mean everything and wait a few more days then get posting, I normally aim for 5 old posts and 3 new ones, so far this has worked pretty good for me so far.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Johnes, there's another good reason to use some of the lesser known footprints. Everyone knows about "niche + forum", which means the best-positioned forums that fit that footprint get hammered. It's like when an old-school sales manager hands a rookie the "prospect list" the phone company is kind enough to provide. The 'A's get hammered, the 'Z's get a few calls, the middle of the alphabet never get a sniff.

      Find active forums that don't match the obvious footprints, and you may find communities that haven't been spammed into putting up defensive measures.
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      • Profile picture of the author johnes4th
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        It's like when an old-school sales manager hands a rookie the "prospect list" the phone company is kind enough to provide. The 'A's get hammered, the 'Z's get a few calls, the middle of the alphabet never get a sniff.
        I think that is a perfect analogy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert T Jillie
    Try this:

    Go to Google and type in:

    site:.com inurl:blog "YOURKEYWORDHERE" "comment"
    site:.edu inurl:blog "YOURKEYWORDHERE" "comment"
    site:.net inurl:blog "YOURKEYWORDHERE" "comment"
    site:.org inurl:blog "YOURKEYWORDHERE" "comment"

    This is a simple search engine query.

    You might not get many results if your keyword is in a really small niche. In general, I find it better to go for broad keywords.

    Hope this helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author learnrope
    Great tips, thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author automationhero
    Heres a killer video on how to create a forum strategy. Hope it helps..

    How to Build Traffic Through Forums
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