Forum Marketing Question

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How can you effectively promote your website on a forum without spamming it to death.
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  • Profile picture of the author papuanac1971
    Very easy... On this forum you can use solo ads or put your website link in your signature and reply to new posts but be sure when you reply to give good, quality answer with valuable content and not just reply to leave your signature mark.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monja
    I never believed it but since I purchased the image ad I can say the following:
    If you provide high quality comments, best would be every other day, then you get traffic. Even if I couldn't be around for some time I still get traffic from the Warrior Forum.
    So whatever I do I try to give a detailed answer to the person asking and it is there for good. People search on Google and may stumble even weeks and months later here over my answer and come to my site. If it fits I'd provide a link but that is actually very rare. I have a signature and people can come and see what I have to offer.
    No need to spam anyone, it all comes down to providing quality - wether on your website or in a forum or with comments, guest articles, etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author JDArchitecture
      You have to become a member of the community.
      Make relevant and useful posts.
      Have a track record before you begin to advertise.
      It takes time and work to really be effective. Don't rush it
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    • Profile picture of the author hometutor
      Originally Posted by Monja View Post

      I never believed it but since I purchased the image ad I can say the following:
      If you provide high quality comments, best would be every other day, then you get traffic. Even if I couldn't be around for some time I still get traffic from the Warrior Forum.
      So whatever I do I try to give a detailed answer to the person asking and it is there for good. People search on Google and may stumble even weeks and months later here over my answer and come to my site. If it fits I'd provide a link but that is actually very rare. I have a signature and people can come and see what I have to offer.
      No need to spam anyone, it all comes down to providing quality - wether on your website or in a forum or with comments, guest articles, etc.


      So just like email marketing or any other type of marketing you build relationships and establish your expertise

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  • Profile picture of the author Monja
    That´s a great advice. It takes time but it always does, no matter if you post in forums, on blogs, if you do slideshows or anything else. Not one comment will make you successful, not one video (at least in general) will get 1 million views. So be consistent with what you do
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by deebee23 View Post

    How can you effectively promote your website on a forum without spamming it to death.
    Add value.
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    • Profile picture of the author JDArchitecture
      A couple more things...

      Used properly, forums have a dual benefit: 1) Direct hits, and 2) Good backlinks.

      One of the worst things you can do, even if you're an established community member, is to constantly make useless "+1", "thank you", or "congratulations" posts.

      Try searching "forum marketing etiquette".
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      • Profile picture of the author mikelmraz
        Originally Posted by JDArchitecture View Post

        A couple more things...

        Used properly, forums have a dual benefit: 1) Direct hits, and 2) Good backlinks.

        One of the worst things you can do, even if you're an established community member, is to constantly make useless "+1", "thank you", or "congratulations" posts.

        Try searching "forum marketing etiquette".
        +1
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        • Profile picture of the author JDArchitecture
          Originally Posted by mikelmraz View Post

          +1
          ......
          Congratulations!




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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Originally Posted by deebee23 View Post

    How can you effectively promote your website on a forum without spamming it to death.
    Buy advertising. Spam your link on WF and it gets you banned pretty quickly. It's probably like that with most forums.

    Originally Posted by JDArchitecture View Post

    A couple more things...

    Used properly, forums have a dual benefit: 1) Direct hits, and 2) Good backlinks.
    The WF now has no follow links, including those in signatures.
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    • Profile picture of the author JDArchitecture
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      The WF now has no follow links, including those in signatures.
      WF ain't the only fish in the sea, and IM isn't the only niche on the planet.
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by JDArchitecture View Post

        WF ain't the only fish in the sea, and IM isn't the only niche on the planet.
        Yep there is. I don't anyone said otherwise. I'm personally glad when people who come here to spam their site links all over the forum decide to go fishing elsewhere. :rolleyes:
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      • Profile picture of the author mrkitty
        Originally Posted by JDArchitecture View Post

        WF ain't the only fish in the sea, and IM isn't the only niche on the planet.
        And it doesn't matter anyway. Nofollow links count.
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        • Profile picture of the author MarketMaster13
          Its simple,being active and providing value to others in the forum
          Not just commenting for the sake of doing it.
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    • Profile picture of the author malcsimm
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      The WF now has no follow links, including those in signatures.
      There is discussion about how beneficial it is to chase "do follow" as opposed to "no follow" links.

      My take from reading many opinions on the topic is that it's probably best to completely ignore whether you are getting a do follow link or not from any particular place.

      First of all, as other posters have said, you are looking for people to follow your link back to your site - giving you natural traffic, which doesn't depend on the link being no follow.

      Secondly, just because you tell a search engine not to follow a link does not mean it won't follow the link. So Google still knows the link goes to your site it's just that theoretically there is no link juice passed from the originating site to your site.

      And thirdly nobody knows - not even Google - how they are going to be treating follow/no follow in 2, 3 or 4 years time. And it might all change. In fact, it WILL change lol.

      So it is best to concentrate on helping people as much you can, giving good value, not talking bullshit and probably trying to enjoy it is a good thing too

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  • Profile picture of the author maxjpip
    Just enjoy and provide VALUE LUE LUE LUE LUE.....
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  • Profile picture of the author mdmizan99
    Add your URL in forum signature option and post some quality post, join some popular discussion and always create account in your website related high PR forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author MKCookins
    As other people before me have mentioned...

    First do not spam -- meaning leaving 1 sentence comments on as many threads as you can get hold of.

    Second, PROVIDE VALUE!

    A simple but very effective way is to just scroll through the first two pages of popular forums and click on the ones that pop out at you that you find you can give some valuable information.

    Also if you do not know an answer, simple make a question. For example about the new Google update to their inbox -- if you just found it, and do not see a current thread about it, you could ask how to work around the current change.

    Lastly, you could create a well written post 200 to 300 words or video (however long it takes) it talk about something you learned that you personally found helpful that other people could benefit from.

    There are some people generating 10,000 + visitors a month to their site with forums alone -- just remember to add massive value and do not spam
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    Originally Posted by deebee23 View Post

    How can you effectively promote your website on a forum without spamming it to death.
    Lot's of people say, "add value" and leave it at that. Often times you find yourself wondering what exactly that means.

    Bottom line is you have to think beyond providing value. You have to BE part of the community. You can't sit from the outside and slam some links down and expect a good response from the community.

    I promoted coupons for women's fashion for close to two years. I solely used three web forums to originally drive traffic to my landing page that had the coupon codes on them.

    I became such a PART of the community that when users would ask where to find the best coupons for the fashions they were looking for, other members would point them in my direction.

    I would argue that I wasn't even providing value with my posts, just really taking part in the community.

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    • Profile picture of the author deebee23
      Originally Posted by BloggingPro View Post

      Lot's of people say, "add value" and leave it at that. Often times you find yourself wondering what exactly that means.

      Bottom line is you have to think beyond providing value. You have to BE part of the community. You can't sit from the outside and slam some links down and expect a good response from the community.

      I promoted coupons for women's fashion for close to two years. I solely used three web forums to originally drive traffic to my landing page that had the coupon codes on them.

      I became such a PART of the community that when users would ask where to find the best coupons for the fashions they were looking for, other members would point them in my direction.

      I would argue that I wasn't even providing value with my posts, just really taking part in the community.

      BP
      You didn't get flagged for spamming?
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      • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
        Originally Posted by deebee23 View Post

        You didn't get flagged for spamming?
        Why would I have? I wasn't outright advertising to the forum. I was simply partaking in threads, with my sig headline directing traffic for me.

        Two of the sites were "opinion on this look" forums, so it was real easy to pop on a few times a day and say, "oh that looks great on you" or "maybe that's not your color."

        It sounds really basic, and while I wasn't providing one line responses or anything at the end of the day I was partaking in the community--in essence becoming one of them.

        I was simply expanding upon the whole "provide value" mantra, in that, sometimes all that takes is to become a member of the forum and simply partake within its universes rules.

        Sales is relationship-building, so when it comes to forum marketing you are simply trying to build the best relationship possible with your potential audience.

        BP
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        • Profile picture of the author deebee23
          Originally Posted by BloggingPro View Post

          Why would I have? I wasn't outright advertising to the forum. I was simply partaking in threads, with my sig headline directing traffic for me.

          Two of the sites were "opinion on this look" forums, so it was real easy to pop on a few times a day and say, "oh that looks great on you" or "maybe that's not your color."

          It sounds really basic, and while I wasn't providing one line responses or anything at the end of the day I was partaking in the community--in essence becoming one of them.

          I was simply expanding upon the whole "provide value" mantra, in that, sometimes all that takes is to become a member of the forum and simply partake within its universes rules.

          Sales is relationship-building, so when it comes to forum marketing you are simply trying to build the best relationship possible with your potential audience.

          BP
          So you are saying that you jump in on other peoples thread instead of starting your own?
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          • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
            Originally Posted by deebee23 View Post

            So you are saying that you jump in on other peoples thread instead of starting your own?
            Most definitely. If all you are doing as a forum marketer is just creating your own threads, then you are severely missing the boat. Partaking in a community means reacting and responding to other users in that community.

            If you partake in a forum organically, much like we are doing right now in this very thread, than the marketing benefit almost doubles.

            Remember, forum marketing is about building relationships directly with your audience. That is why you seek out niche-related forums, to build said relationships directly with those who would most be interested in your product/service/offer.

            Forum marketing was my bread and butter for a very long time, so I tend to get a bit long-winded talking about it. Bottom line is if you are looking for targeted traffic you are leaving a lot of money on the table by incorrectly utilizing forum marketing.

            BP
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelNz
    What do you have in your signature? Just like "check out my website mywebsite.com" or do you add more marketing speech?
    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
      Originally Posted by MichaelNz View Post

      What do you have in your signature? Just like "check out my website mywebsite.com" or do you add more marketing speech?
      Thanks
      You have to use a call to action. Something that piques their interest.

      Which looks better to you?

      "Check out ShoeCoupons.com today!"

      or

      Stop Paying Retail!
      Here Is An Exclusive Coupon Code For Your Next Pair of Shoes.

      Then I just became part of the community, making comments in threads on new fashions and all that jazz. It's really not all that hard. In fact what I am doing now is essentially what I was doing over on that forum.

      You don't simply show up and "start providing value." Nope, you get involved in the community and go from there.

      BP
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      • Profile picture of the author deebee23
        Originally Posted by BloggingPro View Post

        You have to use a call to action. Something that piques their interest.

        Which looks better to you?

        "Check out ShoeCoupons.com today!"

        or

        Stop Paying Retail!
        Here Is An Exclusive Coupon Code For Your Next Pair of Shoes.

        Then I just became part of the community, making comments in threads on new fashions and all that jazz. It's really not all that hard. In fact what I am doing now is essentially what I was doing over on that forum.

        You don't simply show up and "start providing value." Nope, you get involved in the community and go from there.

        BP
        I did that the other day and somebody flagged my comment.
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        • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
          Originally Posted by deebee23 View Post

          I did that the other day and somebody flagged my comment.
          Your going to be a little more specific than that. Did you break a forum rule? That should be step one. If a forum completely and utterly outlaws advertising in any manner, that's probably not one you should be posting on with the intent of advertising in a sig line.

          What you could do though is use your website name as your user name on the forum. Then simply participate just as you would if you had a sig line advertisement.

          I promise you there is more than one way to succeed at forum marketing. It's one of the easiest and simplest ways to get some promotion going.

          BP
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          • Profile picture of the author deebee23
            Originally Posted by BloggingPro View Post

            Your going to be a little more specific than that. Did you break a forum rule? That should be step one. If a forum completely and utterly outlaws advertising in any manner, that's probably not one you should be posting on with the intent of advertising in a sig line.

            What you could do though is use your website name as your user name on the forum. Then simply participate just as you would if you had a sig line advertisement.

            I promise you there is more than one way to succeed at forum marketing. It's one of the easiest and simplest ways to get some promotion going.

            BP
            Nah there tos clearly states that you drop your links as long as it is helpful. Thanks for the advice though
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  • Profile picture of the author Ian McConnell
    Adding value to the conversation, being a nice person and having a great converting signature are all important. But, I have found that your profile name, your profile image and your profile details are just as important.

    You will build more trust by having an actual image of yourself, use your own name, have a detailed description and many different ways people can contact you.
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