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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, Nurse.com, 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, PinoyNursing.com, 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:
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,
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.