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How to Increase Website Traffic Without Google


If you can increase website traffic to your page, you increase the number of ad impressions, and ultimately, the money you earn from those impressions. In addition, the more people who view your page, the more likely it is that someone will click an ad and buy the product or service it advertises.

Viewers ordinarily find your page through Google. But if that search engine buries your website on page 300 of its results, no one will ever visit your writings. Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on Google for visitors

© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin

Increase Website Traffic with Forums

Forums are Internet gathering places set up for the discussion of specific topics as varied as politics, knitting, bananas or nursing. Participants can post and view messages on the forum or website. More likely, they can choose to receive any messages through email, and can conveniently respond to them with the click of the Reply button. This means that anything you post on a forum will have an automatic audience of readers.

To increase website traffic to your site without Google, post your message on a related forum.

Finding Forums

Before you can post a message, you need to find an appropriate forum. For that task, Google is a useful first step. Your page most likely relates to several subjects. For example, an article on nursing salaries relates to nursing, jobs, medical careers and employment.

  1. Enter the subject into the Google search engine with the word forum. For example, enter nursing forum. (Do this for each of your subjects.) Click the Search button reveals a list of possible forums.
  2. Click on a forum name to display the forum website. Look for a list of discussions or subject areas, and the number of posts and views for each item on the list. You want subject areas where posts and views number in the thousands. If the forum does not have that many views, it cannot provide enough traffic for your efforts. In that case, move on to the next forum on the Google list.
  3. If you find an appropriate subject area, click on its name to its list of messages and the number of views for each message. Again, you want an area where message views number in the thousands.


Check the FAQ for the forum to make sure it allows messages that contain links to personal websites. Many forums prohibit such links as advertising or spam. If that is the case, you need to find another forum.

  • For example,, meets several of the criteria for number of postings in its forums, but does not allow advertising. It would not be an appropriate forum.
  • On the other hand,, designed for Filipino nurses, has the required numbers and allows links. This is the perfect forum for your message.


You’ll often need to register first in a forum. You may then have to respond to a confirming email message as well. Once you’re approved, you can create your post. Put the title of your article in the message title, and then briefly describe what your article is about. Finally, don’t forget to put a link to your site in the message.

In forums that allow signatures, you can also put a link in your signature. If you respond to other messages in the forum, or start additional threads, your website link will show up in your signature for those messages. Note that some forums require you to post a certain number of pages before you can add signatures. Some allow fancy graphic signatures, although in most, you can only use text.

You’ll want to repeat this strategy of locating related forums and posting messages as often as possible. The more forums you can find for a link to your site, the more likely such a link can increase web traffic without Google.


Once your page starts receiving traffic, examine the statistics. When you create additional pages that are related to the first one, concentrate your postings for those new pages in forums that produce the most hits. You’ll want to respond to any forum replies about your message to encourage discussion. This keeps your message at the top of the forum list.

Though some of my pages are popular on Google, some of my most visited creations have no visitors from that search engine. Instead, the views all come from forum postings.

Please let me know in Comments if this method helps with your page.

For other methods that increase website traffic, please see Increase Website Traffic by Finding the Best Selling Products to Wrote About.


Abby Slutsky from America on July 07, 2020:

Great idea. Thank you.

beindustrial from Effingham, IL on October 28, 2012:

I couldn't agree more! Participating in forums is in deed a good way to promote your site but just like what other said; be a good member of the community and not a mere spammer because you will get good, more lasting flow of visitors for your site if you do...

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on September 22, 2012:

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Thank for all the information---I have never visited but one forum and it was about pets and they wanted to talk about their dead pets---that was too sad for me.

However, you give such great infomation to your readers so I will try again without the pet forums.

I voted awesome and useful.

Thanks so much,

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Tammy from North Carolina on September 22, 2012:

This is a super helpful hub. Thanks for the awesome advice!

Kerry43 on September 20, 2012:

Tweeted, excellent ideas.


Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on September 16, 2012:

Glad that worked out for you, Mary615.

Karen Metz from Michigan on September 14, 2012:

Thank you for this valuable information! I am going to try this and see what happens. I will let you know how the results turn out.

Emma from UK on September 13, 2012:

This seems to be the part people miss out because of the leg work involved, yet it can really help.

Great article, tweeted and Fb'd x

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 13, 2012:

Came back to reread this again. Now...I should get busy and find some appropriate forums! Will share this hub so that others can also learn from it.

ignugent17 on September 13, 2012:

Thanks for the tips.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 13, 2012:

I agree: I have found Forums on Pets, Travel, Cooking, etc. that I have posted on and got great traffic. Especially travel forums.

Great Hub, I voted it UP, etc. and will share.

Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on September 13, 2012:

Very well done and explained, alocsin! It's time to follow your advice. Thank you.

Mary Craig from New York on September 11, 2012:

You're always right there with the good advice! Another hub we need to take to heart. Thanks Alocsin.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Audrey Howitt from California on September 11, 2012:

This is somewhat like the methods used by online poets--poets have a number of online poetry sites and on a given day we may all hook ip at one site or another with a link--and review each others' work--works really well in terms of developing an audience!

healthylife2 on September 11, 2012:

Great idea although I think the majority of the forums don't allow advertising and will ban you pretty fast if you attempt to post a link. I will see if there are any that don't since I haven't really done anything to promote my writing. Thanks for the info.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on September 09, 2012:

That's pretty much how you do it, carol7777. I use Google to find my forums.

carol stanley from Arizona on September 05, 2012:

I just found this hub. I am not sure exactly what to do..I am a computer dud. Do you find forums online for different topics, join them and use links back to your hubs? Or do I have it all wrong.

irvinetraveller from California on September 04, 2012:

Thanks for this Hub. I shall try forums to increase readership in my hubs.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on September 04, 2012:

Had the chance to revisit and vote Alocsin. Forums have really helped my views. Always appreciate your wisdom and knowledge Alocsin.

His princesz on September 04, 2012:

Thanks alocsin. I have a long way to go for my hubs to get trafficked. Great great tips! Voted up and useful! More success to you.

HubTub on September 04, 2012:

Great hub, alocsin! I remember trying to be productive years ago (I didn't even know what spam was). I soon found out, after having my IP address blacklisted after posting a link in a forum. Great advice for those who may not understand how forums operate. I learned the hard way.

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on September 04, 2012:

Very useful...Thank you!

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on July 18, 2012:

Excellent advice, Kyricus.

Tony from Ohio on July 17, 2012:

I've been a forum hound since the day I started using the Net over 20 something years ago. If I search on the "handle" I used back then I can find postings of mine going back over 20 years. (That's kinda scary in and of itself!).

Forums definitely don't like spammers. I post on forums because I enjoy it, just as I am posting this now. What I do, and have found helpful, is rather than promote my hubs/blog whatever by individual posts specifically about them, is I become a valued contributor on the forum and have a link to my hubs as a signature tag line.

By doing that, people are reading your post about whatever the topic may be, and, if they like you as a contributing member, are far more likely to click that link to see what else you may have to say.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 16, 2012:

Thanks for the useful hub, alocsin. I've been meaning to seriously investigate forums for some time. Your hub has prompted me to start on this project!

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on July 02, 2012:

Peggy W., it depends on how much you're earning from the hubs. If you're only earning a few cents a month, then it's not worth the time. But if you're earning in the three or four figures, then the time spent is minimal compared to the money you get.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2012:

I agree with another hubber that wondered where to find the time to do all of this extra work. That being said, I guess it is worth it if it results in more traffic to our hubs. Thanks alocsin for another informative hub regarding increasing website traffic without Google. We can all use that kind of advice ever since those darn cute animals they keep using are chewing up some of our former rates of viewing per day. Pandas, Penguins...such cuties...but really fierce in what they do. Ha! Up votes and shared.

Andrew Spacey from Sheffield, UK on July 02, 2012:

alocsin- great information and clearly written so we can all understand it! I must get around to the forums soon, I keep putting it off as I put more of the HubPage jigsaw together! So much to keep up with for maximum gain!

Tonja Petrella from Michigan on July 02, 2012:

Thank you for the information! I tried this early on and didn't get much out of it, but maybe since I've established myself more on Hubpages, it'll work in my favor!

Katheryn from United States on July 02, 2012:

This was a completely new eye opener to another "traffic source". Great hub. I will read your others containing more good tips. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on July 02, 2012:

Recently I've begun posting on cooking forums. There are plenty of them out there, and many are driven my photographs/images of food. My traffic has increased about 30%, although I can't be sure it's from that source. It's an avenue I definitely plan to explore more thoroughly. Thank you for more great ideas. Voted up and SHARED!

greeneryday from Some tropical country on July 02, 2012:

Great idea, so this is probably the same as to leave a comment on a hub, but difference is that we get to choose forum that is somehow closely related to our article's topic. Voted up for useful, definitely going to try this technique, thanks!

kelleyward on July 02, 2012:

I came back to re-read this hub. I think this is a fantastic idea. Going to find some forums now! Voted up and shared on Facebook! Kelley

shin_rocka04 from Maryland on June 05, 2012:

I've had hubpages for a couple years now, but I haven't really been active until 4-5 months ago. I'm really starting to realize the value in leaving quality comments. You not only help someone but 9 times out of 10 they'll follow you and leave a little tidbit on your own stuff. When you send some good links that correlate to the post, it definitely helps for blog traffic.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on May 25, 2012:

Another great article Alocsin. Couldn't vote up because this new interface. Great points pal. Traffic is very important. Without out, we are nothing. Great job.

chamilj from Sri Lanka on May 20, 2012:

Highly useful information. Thanks!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on May 19, 2012:

Getting traffic is a significant aspect of online writing. You points are useful for online writers. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on April 21, 2012:

What a wonderful idea. It is so simple to do. I realize it takes time but the results must be worth it.

Nicole 75 on April 08, 2012:

simple and effective ways. Thanks for sharing.....:)

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on April 08, 2012:

It's simple, Brett.Tesol, I work 25 hours a day ;)

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on April 08, 2012:

Great information, as always, alocsin! I have looked into a few forums before, but didn't find one that was "comfortable" for me. HubPages has spoiled me, everyone here is so nice and helpful. I really need to spend more time checking out some other forums. Thank you for the prompt. Voted up and useful! Have a wonderful day! :)

dmop from Cambridge City, IN on April 07, 2012:

Thanks for the straight forward explanation of how to use forums to boost traffic to our pages. Voted up and useful.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 07, 2012:

Food for thought. I will definitely keep this tip in mind. Wow, so much to do! Thanks for these great tips!

Brett C from Asia on April 07, 2012:

I don't know where you find the time Alocsin. I find I use up hours just commenting, replying to comments, writing and linking mine and my followers hubs socially.

The forum idea is a great one though, especially for new hubbers or those hubs that just do not seem to draw in traffic naturally.

Voted up, useful, awesome and pinned, tweeted and SHARED ;-) ... may it bring you some non-Google traffic.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on March 28, 2012:

That's a great idea, Rajan.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 27, 2012:

Aurelio, this is interesting and useful information. BTW, do you think it would be useful to incorporate a specific referral tracker for each forum site so that one can know where the traffic is coming from the most?

Bookmarked for reference.

Voted up and useful.

kelleyward on March 27, 2012:

Thanks for a great hub! Once again your suggestions really help increase traffic. I have posted in forums and received lots of traffic from it. Thanks again!

intriguewriter from worldwide on March 25, 2012:

Thank you for such a great post. I am also going to look into the forums. I could comment on every single point you made but I am just going to say I am going to use some of these tips and see how it works for me. Thank you once again. Edina Jackson

Lisas-thoughts101 from Northeast Texas on March 24, 2012:

alocsin, what a great idea. I've read your hubs on reddit as well. Great hubs. I voted up and useful. I am going to bookmark and use your ideas. Thanks so much. Now, if I could just get the hang of linking.


Debby Bruck on March 18, 2012:

You're a genius, Alocsin. Now, if only I had the time to visit forums! Just getting to HP is more than I can handle in a day. Whew! Blessings, Debby

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on March 18, 2012:

I share my online articles on social network and book marking sites to drive traffic. Your ideas are wonderful. I have never tried this. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on March 17, 2012:

What are PPC Facebook ads?

I.W. McFarlane from Philadelphia on March 16, 2012:

Thanks for sharing a rather informative hub. It sure makes a lot of sense.

freemarketingnow from California on March 16, 2012:

I also use PPC ads from Facebook. It's been adding a ton of traffic to my site.

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on February 29, 2012:

Now I have good ideas from you, alocsin -- Reddit and forums. I'm going to be busy trying them.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on February 21, 2012:

Forums, eh? Great idea! I'll be checking that out as soon as my little fingers can eke out more hubs! :)

sfshine from Michigan on February 15, 2012:

Great informative hub. But it is sometime hard to find the related forum. If I find one that will be great. Blogs are also great to link.

formosangirl from Los Angeles on February 12, 2012:

Alocsin, great tips. Voted Up and useful.

Casey Strouse from Phoenix, Arizona on February 11, 2012:

I've had limited success with using forum signature links even on forums where I'm highly active and have a high post count and regularly contribute to the community.

Topongoogle on February 10, 2012:

Internet marketing is also known as digital and online marketing. Internet marketing includes designing, advertising products online and sales. It is a great way of increasing the business online. You can also do marketing through emails and wireless media

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on February 06, 2012:

It really depends on the article and forum. But one forum netted me about 400 hits in one day, and is still giving me from 10-20 hits a day since then.

pinappu from India on February 06, 2012:

I shall try the forums. I think it will do me some good. Anyway how much traffic did you get from forum?

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on February 04, 2012:

I'm glad you're finding this useful. Let me know of your successes if you try these tips out.

carieg on February 02, 2012:

I am a newbie to hubpages and need all the help I can get.

This was really helpful thank you, much appreciated.

cebutouristspot from Cebu on January 27, 2012:

Very helpful. Yes forum is indeed a great way to get traffic and getting fantastic idea on what to write on your hub :D Voting up

Donna Cosmato from USA on January 22, 2012:

Great hub and a constant reminder of how important it is not to have all your "eggs" in the same basket. I also like it because it proves that while Google is a good source of website traffic, it is not the only source.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 17, 2012:

Let me know how the method works for you.

Cliff Mendrez from Philippines on January 16, 2012:

I'm starting to explore traffic sources outside google to increase my site's traffic. This is definitely a useful hub to me. Good job.

rajeev_raju on January 08, 2012:

Where nice Hub man. Full detailed!

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 08, 2012:

Thank you for visiting, intriguewriter.

intriguewriter from worldwide on January 08, 2012:

Excellent hub ! Keep up the great work great job !

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 07, 2012:

You're welcome. Should be a good fit.

nicomp really from Ohio, USA on January 07, 2012:

I've been looking for a place to link to my Filipino Nurse hubs. Thanks! ;)

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 07, 2012:

Sorry you had that experience, JEOrtega. If it's any consolation, that happened to me many times when I first started doing this.

That's the article says that you have to check the FAQ of the forum closely to make sure that they allow links in messages to your personal site. Otherwise, it will be considered spam. As a secondary check, you can also look up different messages in the forum to see if they have personal links.

I've gone ahead and pulled those paragraphs out into a separate title with the word "Warning" so other people don't miss it.

Depending on the topic you're covering, it may take some effort to uncover an accepting forum. For example, I have yet to discover a police forum that allows personal links. However, many model airplane forums allow personal links.

Though finding an accepting forum takes work, the good news is once you've found it, you can post a link to all your posts with the same topic. It's important to become an active member of the forum by participating in discussions and starting threads. That way, they'll welcome all your links and even offer suggestions to you for new topics.

JEOrtega from Southern California on January 07, 2012:

Hi Alocsin!

I found a great forum on which to post and put my URL but my initial reception was less than friendly. I got email telling me to stop spamming and stop trying to sell people something even though the forums on this website clearly allow you to post a URL address and attach it to your posting. How do you do it? How do you attract people to your articles via the link without offending them?

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 07, 2012:

I visited Reddit but still not sure how it works and what it's about. I'll keep investigating.

polyglot from Dallas, Texas on January 06, 2012:

That makes sense. I think the reason why I think it is younger is because the community has changed a lot in the last 4 years. I joined it when Digg was still bigger, and when reddit would actually post news as opposed to reposts of memes lol. But still, it is a great source for lots of diverse people!

theglobalistrepor from Melbourne, Australia on January 06, 2012:

Regarding Reddit, I went and asked the community what there average age was... Check this link out

polyglot from Dallas, Texas on January 06, 2012:

Another source you could use is Digg. It is a social news aggregate site!

polyglot from Dallas, Texas on January 06, 2012:

The google Adwords was really really really helpful ha. I had no idea what a resource that would be! Did I mention it was really good!

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 06, 2012:

Glad to hear that dipless and JEOrtega. Let me know if these work for you.

JEOrtega from Southern California on January 06, 2012:

I have already found a forum on which to advertise my articles. Thank you so much for the idea!


dipless from Manchester on January 06, 2012:

Clear and Concise and contains some good information, i'm still learning about backlinking and SEO techniques, i will put some of this into practice thank you for sharing :D

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 06, 2012:

Thanks Fenn for stopping by.

Fenn on January 06, 2012:

Very simply written, and useful article. Excellent! Thank you so much for sharing your words of wisdom alocsin.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 06, 2012:

I'll check it out. Thanks.

polyglot from Dallas, Texas on January 06, 2012:

No.The demographic is STILL 17-30ish and all of them, for the most part are tech savcy. Furthermore, they pride themselves on using proper english and writing grammatically correct. The only issue you might have is that they are a community, with their own set of jokes and etiquette, so it might be difficult at first. But I think it is a great place to get the word out!

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 06, 2012:

I think if I try Reddit, maybe I have to skew my articles to a younger set.

Turkic on January 06, 2012:

SEO is very useful to! I think I am going to write a hub about the secrets.

polyglot from Dallas, Texas on January 06, 2012:

Yes, I agree. Also, for some reason it seems like the demographics of reddit has become incredibly young.

theglobalistrepor from Melbourne, Australia on January 05, 2012:

Great hub.

I too get great traffic from Reddit. But it usually falls away after 3rd day of post.

polyglot from Dallas, Texas on January 05, 2012:

It's a HUGE website. And no problem.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 05, 2012:

I'm unfamiliar with Reddit, but will check it out, polyglot.

polyglot from Dallas, Texas on January 05, 2012:

This Hub is very good. For some reason I forgot almost entirely about forums lol. Also, another good site to post on is

Tammy from North Carolina on January 04, 2012:

This is excellent. I like all the resources you have here. This is the closest thing I have seen to a Hubpages for Dummies book! Thanks for all the help.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 04, 2012:

Thank you. Please let me know if it helps in any way.

JEOrtega from Southern California on January 04, 2012:

Hi Alocsin!

Thank you for writing this article. I learned a lot. I will try to adopt this new method of bringing more traffic to my hubs.

kikalina from Europe on January 04, 2012:

Forum posting is my main source of traffic to my hubs.

Audrey Surma from Virginia on January 04, 2012:

Thanks for the information - I never thought of posting on a forum; I usually stay away from those, but it makes sense to do as you have said in your article - great tip.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 03, 2012:

Thanks frugalfamily. Depending on your topic, an appropriate forum may indeed be difficult to find.

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