Forum posting for traffic a waste of time?

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Hi all,

I just wondered what your techniques are in driving traffic to your sites from forum posting. In the past I have used this method and written great forum posts within my site's niche, but after a while when the post drops I get no traffic.

Do many of you see lots of traffic from the same posts, or do you have to keep adding to the forums in question?

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
    You have to keep posting. Many posts, after dropping off the first page, fail to get SEO traffic. If you want forum traffic you need to be in front of forum eyeballs - which means the first page.

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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      The traffic I receive from the forum is both from recent and older posts with the older ones surprising me at times.

      That being said, my main reason for posting here isn't to get forum traffic, it's to be a part of the community, help whenever I can, discuss topics I'm interested in and to have some fun with my friends. The forum traffic is merely a nice side benefit.

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      • Profile picture of the author troyr88
        Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

        The traffic I receive from the forum is both from recent and older posts with the older ones surprising me at times.

        That being said, my main reason for posting here isn't to get forum traffic, it's to be a part of the community, help whenever I can, discuss topics I'm interested in and to have some fun with my friends. The forum traffic is merely a nice side benefit.

        Terra
        I agree with Terra. Join a forum for the community and to help.
        Then if you get a little traffic great! It's a bonus but don't fixate on trying to get traffic through posting as this will kill your fun. Just let it happen naturally over time, think of it more like long term branding.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    I imagine your posting on forums like most IMers do & spreading yourself thin over a lot of forum threads.

    Create a forum thread that rocks the niche forum then keep that single forum thread updated like a blog, new info., etc... The reason the single forum thread works better is, the thread will become a source of info. that keeps getting bumped to the top of the niche forum.

    Don't spam a forum thread, use the forum thread just like a legit blog, show the traffic info. they want/need without spammy links.

    I get around 1k traffic per day from a single forum thread that is years old, evergreen niche subject that will never dry up as long as the forum exist, which the niche forum is about 10 years old (established forum).
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      I imagine your posting on forums like most IMers do & spreading yourself thin over a lot of forum threads.

      Create a forum thread that rocks the niche forum then keep that single forum thread updated like a blog, new info., etc... The reason the single forum thread works better is, the thread will become a source of info. that keeps getting bumped to the top of the niche forum.

      Don't spam a forum thread, use the forum thread just like a legit blog, show the traffic info. they want/need without spammy links.

      I get around 1k traffic per day from a single forum thread that is years old, evergreen niche subject that will never dry up as long as the forum exist, which the niche forum is about 10 years old (established forum).
      I agree!

      If you can keep something going and let it continue to grow, you can get a lot of traffic from it.

      The reason for this is because even though 500 people may have seen your post, there are thousands or even millions of people out there that would be interested in your post as well.

      I get a lot of traffic from forums, but it's not so much to make money, it's to help build my reputation online as an individual.

      I'm not interested in being another statistics, so I like to share my theories and help people all around the world whenever I can.

      I'm really big into gaming forums and it's funny because there are times where I'll log into a mutliplayer match on my XBOX 360 and people will literally know my first and last night. It's a good feeling and it's what keeps me going

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  • Profile picture of the author stevejhon1
    Forums Posting Is A Best SEO Technique.You Have To Posting Until You Are Not Allowed For Live Signatures.After Getting Signature You May Get Your Desired Results.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by stevejhon1 View Post

      Forums Posting Is A Best SEO Technique.You Have To Posting Until You Are Not Allowed For Live Signatures.After Getting Signature You May Get Your Desired Results.
      Originally Posted by freeadstime View Post

      We doubt that forums are meant for gaining direct traffic. But, we do believe they can bring your signature links some value after a long term fine and responsible postings.

      Forums suck for SEO, that's one of the weakest ways to try & rank a page.

      Forums are better for direct niche traffic.
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      • Profile picture of the author SEO Haven
        Originally Posted by yukon View Post

        Forums suck for SEO, that's one of the weakest ways to try & rank a page.

        Forums are better for direct niche traffic.
        Hit the nail on the head there.
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  • Profile picture of the author freeadstime
    We doubt that forums are meant for gaining direct traffic. But, we do believe they can bring your signature links some value after a long term fine and responsible postings.
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  • Profile picture of the author FredWhite
    I never considered forum posting as a source of traffic. For backlinking yes it is good source however I hardly receive traffic from my postings.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ben Acharyaa
      Originally Posted by jodiesmitham View Post

      Hi all,

      I just wondered what your techniques are in driving traffic to your sites from forum posting. In the past I have used this method and written great forum posts within my site's niche, but after a while when the post drops I get no traffic.

      Do many of you see lots of traffic from the same posts, or do you have to keep adding to the forums in question?

      Thanks.
      Forum Posting could get you huge traffic if done correctly. and by saying correctly i mean posting something of great value and in a relevant forum. IMO there are two ways to gain forum traffic.
      1. Posting something gold. post something that people are looking for. you might have seen people who explain basic SEO step by step get lots of thanks. why? because all newbies here need these information. an example of Yukon's recent thread could be a real example.
      http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...e-traffic.html
      that wasn't just for newbies but if he had a sig. i'd definitely visit his site.

      2.Post something controversial. Yes and i mean it lol. these threads tend to get a lot of attention. especially from those who want to criticize. this'll keep your thread active as people keep on replying to each other. however dont start a "SEO is dead" kind of thread. you'll be raped here.




      Originally Posted by freeadstime View Post

      We doubt that forums are meant for gaining direct traffic. But, we do believe they can bring your signature links some value after a long term fine and responsible postings.
      Originally Posted by FredWhite View Post

      I never considered forum posting as a source of traffic. For backlinking yes it is good source however I hardly receive traffic from my postings.
      Dont listen to these two geniuses. their knowledge is out of the world!! they deserve a separate planet to practice their SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tensegrity
    I wouldn't really rely on it as a source of reliable traffic, but as others here have pointed out writing a killer post and keeping it updated will get more attention and bring more eyeballs to your site, instead of just posting some thin content.
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  • Forum is under the pile of SEO ranking factors but forum is a great way to drive traffic to your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author jodiesmitham
    Thanks for the replies, guys.

    Everyone suggests using different sources of traffic, rather than rely on Google. Problem is, the traffic generated from forums, guest posts, signature links etc don't even come close to organic traffic from Google. For me anyway.

    Yukon, thanks for the suggestion. 1k visits per day is awesome from one forum! On a separate note, did you get my PM about my silo structure? Sorry to hassle you - any help would be fabulous!
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  • Profile picture of the author awj888
    you gotta keep on keepin on, if the post drops and doesnt pick up as much interest as you hoped - make another one! and contribute, youcan also include signiture links which will get some clicks if people like what you are talking about, we get a fair amount of views from ours and we dont even tell you what it is!
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  • Profile picture of the author jfambrini
    Suprisingly forums are not great to attract traffic to my automotive business. One would think that auto forums would bring traffic to auto sites but not many great forums around and one does not draw much traffic from general purpose forums or forums outside our industry.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeMango25
    I'd say play it smart and find a giant forum in your niche... then find the top contributors in that forum, the ones with authority, and ask them politely if you can rent their signature for a month. All the advantages of massive forum traffic without having to spend so much time posting
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    constant forum posting can help in traffic generating.
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  • Profile picture of the author markove
    Participation in forums posting is one of the best ways for getting traffic from different online readers. It can also help to generate high quality back links from different sites. So, leave comments on do-follow forums with signatures is good for your site promotion.
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  • Profile picture of the author radivoj
    it can generate some bulk traffic but getting targeting traffic you better look for SEO or PPC...
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  • Profile picture of the author aadi144
    Posting any thread in forums will not lead you to the top.You have to post something very useful and informative.Unless the direct traffic which comes from forums will not show up.Some even post controversial threads to get traffic,but it too has some meaning.
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  • Profile picture of the author MLMBrander
    Hi Jodie!

    Nice question!
    The KEY -->depends on the quality of your posts.
    If you can improve "Authority" on every post then
    for readers it might mean a lot. They will start
    to be interested to what you can Say or Offer.

    Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Yohance j
    Depends on what forum. Here for instance a signature with info about SEO will give you some of course
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  • Profile picture of the author milina788
    If you are regular on a forum then it is not the waste of time because forums are great source of traffic and you have to post much informative posts that visitors must visit your website. So a website for which you are using your signatures must be relevant to your posts, if not then it can create a chaos about your posts. So do always relevant posts in relevant threads only to get quality traffic from forums.
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  • Profile picture of the author Angelikabartsch
    Nope its not for a waste of time. Forum posting is one of the best and most effective method to get quality backlinks to your site and to improve its rankings in all major search engines, and at the same time it helps to improve page rank as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author pinkhand
    Forum Posting is not a waste of time..You have to be regular participant in the discussions and should give effective answers which can help others..You can get the desired audience for your services or product in forums only..
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  • Profile picture of the author thomco55
    always new updates are on top in forum posting. so if you want to high rank in it then update you post...
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  • Profile picture of the author dagnyjbarber
    Basically What i think is forum posting is good for link popularity instead of traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author HostASP
    do follow forum should help. or if forum has huge number of traffic then it is internal traffice helps. keep postings. :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author qualityweb
      According to me forum posting is a valuable technique to get high traffic towards the website as well as it generates a backlink too for a website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Warock
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    You should try to attract search engine traffic they are more targeted and likely to make some money for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author jodiesmitham
    Great advice everyone - thanks.

    I think the problem is finding relevant forums. For example, let's say your website reviews household products like kettles and microwaves. You're unlikely to find a forum dedicated to just these products and it will be difficult to create an 'excellent' post about these two items. What I find is that I have to search forums where they mention kettles or microwaves and join in the conversation which tends to be a one off. It's not ideal, I know.
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  • Profile picture of the author humili
    High impactful forum blog post will leave traces of backlinks behind.

    I still feel that offering high quality content that is helpful to the online users or readers will still bring you a certain amount of backlinks.

    However, forum posting should be used as only one of your seo backlink tool. There are other attractive tools like article directories, video, high pr blog comments and etc.

    Hope this helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author flinwood
    No forum posting is not time wasting activity. Forum posting is the best technique to get keyword ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author danktg
    I think getting traffic via forums entirely depends on how relevant your link is to that specific forum and the quality of the content you're linking to so that people will reply and leave positive feedback.

    Forums are an excellent way of gaining traffic in my opinion as long as you're not spamming forums with stuff no one will ever read.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tortue
    There clearly seems to be a love/hate relationship with the whole concept of forum posting.

    In my personal, humble opinion, it all boils down to what your niche is, the reputation of the forum you are posting in and most importantly, the value of the content you are posting.

    As yukon posted above, the right content in the right place makes all the difference. Had his post been made somewhere else, it may not have provided the awesome results he is continuing to see years later.

    My suggestion is to research first where you plan on spending your valuable time
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    • Profile picture of the author suwatchai s
      YouTube+Forum

      Post an informative or helpful video on YouTube and post it also on the forum site that you are a member with.

      Doing this is a powerful way to increase your YouTube views and at the same time getting additional traffic from the forum site.

      There are those forum sites that allow the users to post a video. If you find one, then take advantage of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author iconoclast
    Can posting direct affiliate offers in the signature link work to make sales?
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by iconoclast View Post

      Can posting direct affiliate offers in the signature link work to make sales?

      Most times that will get you banned from a forum.

      If forums allowed aff. links it would be a free for all spamfest.
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  • Profile picture of the author seowonder56
    If you are posting on the forum which are having same niche of your website then it might help but I think in most of the cases you wont get more traffic using forum posting.
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  • Profile picture of the author bosspulsa
    I does not agree. Forum Marketing is still good for seo and traffic
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  • Profile picture of the author fantasticate
    Forum posting is still an effective way for SEO.Of course, posts shall be posted to do folloe forum that is also of the niche of your website and try to keep your post on the first two pages. Also, traffic increasing cannot only depend on forum posting,other methods also need to be used.
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  • Profile picture of the author fmac
    Would depend on if the forum is in your niche
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  • Profile picture of the author addisonben22
    I think forum is good way to get traffic but some time we are doing duplicate post so we have not get traffic. So don't worry Forums is great way to promote your business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Acharyaa
    Hey Justin,
    I think you're right, even i think i can do anything. :p.

    The reason for this is because even though 500 people may have seen your post, there are thousands or even millions of people out there that would be interested in your post as well.
    exactly. forum traffic is not a one time thing. i posted something about 6 months ago and i'm still getting the same traffic that i used to get back then. it created a buzz when i posted that thread. even if that thread's gone for a while people keep bringing it back from the dead. i think the value of the information of a thread is the most important thing. however that wasn't an seo forum.
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      Originally Posted by Ben Acharyaa View Post

      Hey Justin,
      I think you're right, even i think i can do anything. :p.


      exactly. forum traffic is not a one time thing. i posted something about 6 months ago and i'm still getting the same traffic that i used to get back then. it created a buzz when i posted that thread. even if that thread's gone for a while people keep bringing it back from the dead. i think the value of the information of a thread is the most important thing. however that wasn't an seo forum.
      =]

      Yea, also if you can post value more than just sharing unneeded responses, you can work less.

      People think you can bring success in 5 minutes, when in reality you can.

      It could take you 5 minutes to write/record/draw something that could go on to help you succeed for years.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dokemion
    Forum is by far the most effective way to learn and to get information and the best way to drive traffic to a site, it will be great if the forum you're in are relevant to your niche or your site visitors will be passers by.

    Here's a few tips to be an effective forum member:

    1. Be an active member.
    2. Contribute knowledgeable thoughts and information
    3. Respond informatively to a new thread especially those who are asking questions.
    4. Give credit to the TS if he/she provided a quality information.
    5. A good signature.
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  • Profile picture of the author bhushan@rancor
    I agree that it is still effective and perspective also.will give a try which are not agree and see the result.
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  • Profile picture of the author ket123
    By forum post definitely you can get good traffic. Many search results show from forum sites, so it is very effictive for seo.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaisonjohn
    Forum posting has gained its importance after penguin update, ensure to participate in top forums rather than choosing low quality of them to get the back links. Forum can help you out in gaining traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Retziki
    Forum posting is a great way to drive traffic to your site.
    Actually in the real world this method is called "networking".
    You meet people and if they feel that you know what are you talking about they take the next step, and get in touch with you for further discuss their current or future projects.
    This is how i found my accountant btw !
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    use forum profile backlink high pr
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  • Profile picture of the author Seodorks
    Although leveraging traffic from other sites and forums is what I term "old school" in the SEO scheme of things, it does work however, you have to be careful in creating a sound balance between the content you post on another website vs the content created on your own. Make sure the awesome content is created on YOUR site, after all your post contribution is what helps these high traffic forums rank high in the search engines to begin with!
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