Traffic Building 101: Online Forums

Traffic is one of the most important things for a website owner to consider when it comes to getting the best out of their site. It is vitally important to have good content, for sure, but if no-one ever sees it then your content can be as good or as bad as you like and it won’t matter. So it is important to attract traffic, and one way of doing this is by promoting your site on forums.

It should be noted that promoting your site needs to be done in the right way in order to be as effective as you would wish it to be. There is no benefit in just placing a link in every post. Unless you give it context and show people why they should be visiting the site this will be tagged as spam pretty quickly, your post may be deleted and you can be banned from using the forum.

The first place you should put a link is in your signature. When you sign up for a forum it is important to set up your profile, and part of this involves creating a signature for your posts. This will appear beneath all posts on most forums, and below your first post on each page of a thread on others. If people like your posts, they will click that link.

This means that you need to be a good contributor to forums. If you are discussing a topic, you can demonstrate knowledge and improve people’s perception of you as a poster and a thinker. If you can find a good reason to include a link in your post (to support an argument or demonstrate a scenario) then so much the better.

Internet Traffic Red Lights To Look Out For

Having a website puts you in control of something that can become bigger than you had imagined, or languish in irrelevance depending on how well you do the job of attracting readers. It’s all about traffic – a word we have been using for years to describe vehicles on public roads, and therefore makes a lot of sense when describing internet users. What we want to do is direct traffic to our website, by giving people a reason and a chance to visit our website.

It is obvious that the more promotion you do for a website, the better chance you have of pulling in a lot of traffic. Of course, this does not mean that more promotion equals more traffic. It would be truer to say that better promotion leads to more traffic. Get a reputation as a spammer and you could end up with some pretty poor stats. Doing something seldom but doing it well is better than doing it frequently and badly.

This means it is important to consider the tone of your promotion. If you are aggressive in advising people to visit your website, they are more likely to think “actually, no – I don’t think I will” than if you give them a reason to visit it and leave the decision up to them. You can also put a serious crimp in your traffic statistics by placing links on irrelevant sites. Get your link seen by people who have a reason to be interested and you’ll attract more traffic.