Discussion forums are websites where individuals who share a common hobby, idea, or viewpoint, can gather to exchange ideas. There are numerous discussion forums in just about every topic under the sun. Normally, members of the forum can include various pieces of their contact information, including a website URL that they own. Most discussion forums allow members to have a “signature file.” This is a snippet of code that is placed after every post made by that member. Many great discussion forums still allow “dofollow” links for established users (those who have participated throughout the forums to give value)
The signature file allows participants to leave a link back to their digital property or properties; very often it lets you leave a keyword-rich link.
Finding Niche Related Discussion Forums
Fortunately for internet marketers, finding relevant discussion forums is quite easy. Google is always head of the game, and they provide a very convenient way for individuals to find countless available discussion forums for any topic needed. The process is incredibly simple. Individuals need to do a normal search on Google’s search box. From the results pages that show up, on the left or right depending on which country version of Google being used, there will be a list of further options including Images, Videos, News, Shopping and Places. On that list is also the option called “Discussions.” Clicking this link will open up Google Discussion Search function and also bring up the top-ranked discussion forums for the keyword initially being searched for.
Fresh Forum Content
Finding discussion forums is not a challenge. What could be slightly more difficult in writing fresh and informative content to post on these discussion forums. After registering with a few discussion forums and setting up the signature files correctly, focusing on quality content creation is next. Quality matters because poorly-written forum posts rarely get responded to. On the other hand, content that is valuable and helpful gets plenty of traffic from members of the forum. Keep in mind that the signature file is being automatically placed at the bottom of these posts.
Link building using discussion forums is effective only when done properly. Spamming forums with poorly-written posts with little value will do nothing more than get a person banned from those discussion forums. Although using discussion forums correctly does take a little more effort than other means of marketing, the links created can last a long time and be incredibly beneficial to SEO and backlinking. Not to mention the fact that the people seeing those links are already interested in the topic that the site or blog being marketed is in.
Fred Meek | MindBOX SEO – Austin, TX
Fred Meek is a SEO Consultant at MindBOX SEO in Austin,Texas