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What online forums have brought you the most traffic?

dann02
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What online forums have brought you the most traffic?

If you don't mind sharing. :-)

Yahoo Answers has brought me a fair amount of traffic but that's after numerous posts of my links...
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cterao
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What niche are you in?

You can get a fair amount of traffic from commenting on popular blogs. If you're early when the publish a new article it can really bring you some good traffic. Plus, if you get brave you can submit a guest post there too :)
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I agree with Clayton. I find I get the most targeted traffic from guest posting on blogs. If you guest post, you are the specialist at that moment for that topic. You can also reply to comments made on that post. Guest posting will also help to brand yourself in that niche.

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cecille.l
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Hi dann02,

This depends on which niche you are in because admittedly, some niches do not have as much forums compared to others. If this is the case, your best shot is to comment on blogs within the same niche since there are blogs in every niche these days. You can do as Clayton and Jack suggests and guest post, but this begins with posting. You have to create a rep first for yourself and your site through blog commenting.

Our article on Forum Marketing Tips & Tricks might also help.

Have a good day!
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jmpruitt
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Some niches have also been so overrun with spammers that many of the best forums don't allow you to link in them. Some of my best traffic forums are actually private forums. These are support forums for some of the products that I am promoting.

Because people have paid for access to these forums, they are all proven buyers, and people that you want on your email list.
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jimcoe
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For my 'Art Head Start' ebook info product, of course it's the forums where digital artists hang out that bring me the most and best traffic.

Art Portals:
I'm not just active in responding to questions and comments in some of the many forums these "Art Portals' maintain (most have one forum for each digital art production program + general ones about art theory, etc. = dozens of forums).

Not just forum threads:
I also produce free video and HTML tutorials and make some fairly easy 3D modeling freebies (advanced textures for models, some fairly easy 3D models, etc.) and give those away on my site. Much of my traffic now is seeking these tutorials and freebies - and it's quite a lot of traffic for such a small niche. Then I attempt (with some success) to get them from those freebie pages to my ebook landing page.

Authority:
And these freebies and tutorials establish me as a recognized 3D modeling and digital art authority, which increases my reputation for the direct traffic to my art ebook landing page.

These art portals also have galleries where I can show my own digital art - gaining more viewer comments and further authority.

Another reason to work in niches you love:
Producing these freebies might seem like a lot of work - but since they are things I love to produce, and I love teaching, I'd probably be making similar things, whether I used them for marketing or not.

Hope this helps...
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cecille.l
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Hi jimcoe,

It works the same way for affiliate marketers. We login to forums within our niches and contribute to the forums and do our best to help out other marketers. This promotes our site and our reputation within the forums. The same way goes for blogs. Active participation in blogs lead to communication with the blog owner and a guest post in the future. :)

Another reason to work in niches you love:
Producing these freebies might seem like a lot of work - but since they are things I love to produce, and I love teaching, I'd probably be making similar things, whether I used them for marketing or not.


I agree. Always go for the niches that you are passionate about, knowledgeable about, or naturally interested in.
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jimcoe
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Just had one of those "wasn't it obvious?" brainstorms.

Here I have these freebies that capture most of my traffic. Never thought of them as anything but "attractors". But I could (duh) Monetize those freebies, even though the affiliate products on them wouldn't have much to do with my main info product.

The potential downside is that it would take visitors away from my main product. But the fact is that few of the freebie seekers ever get to my main product in any case - so it's another chance to sell them something.
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