Search Engine Optimization: Forum Posting

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Do you have a question that needs an answer but can’t seem to find it anywhere? Try online forums. Online forums are discussion sites in the Internet where people can freely talk about issues regarding their niche. It’s a wonderful venue where you can have an exchange of ideas and views with like minded people. Forum posting is also an integral part of search engine optimization. As we all know, SEO is a way by which websites and webpages become more visible and rank higher in search engine results pages (SERPs). SEO can be broadly divided into on-page and off-page techniques. Forum posting falls under the umbrella of off-page SEO. Other methods that belong to this group include blog posting, article directory submission, directory submissions, link exchanges and many more. All of these have something to do with backlinks.

There are numerous web forums over the Internet where you can join. The fun part here is you can choose which ones you like to join to. Here are some important tips when posting in forums. Follow them and you’re on your way to become a well respected member and continue to have plenty of backlinks.

  • Most forums now have a strict policy against spammers. Be sure to provide sound advice if you’re going to give it. Otherwise, steer clear of the advice and continue asking relevant questions about the thread or topic. Be genuine so that the members will see your sincerity and respect you even if you don’t know anything…yet. Be patient, your time will come. If you spam the forum, you will get banned.
  • The links that you place in the forum should be relevant or connected to the thread you’re in or the main niche of the forum. You can start your own thread, but I highly discourage you from placing a link at the very start. The thread is the series of discussions and conversations in the forum.
  • Never disrespect anyone in the discussions. Ensure proper decorum. If one is trying to pick a fight or is arguing with you unreasonably, exit politely. Believe me, it’s not worth it. You’re not there to quarrel and no good will really come from it.
  • Don’t advertise or market your products right away. Pick a thread or start one first. Sense the tone of discussion as you go along. If you know the answer to a question, help out and gain a friend. Remember that forum posting is for the long run.
  • The most important benefit you can get from forum posting is that you can add links through signatures that are placed at the end of your comment. Some forums may require you to first have a level of reputation before you can have a signature. Have patience and diligence to wait and keep posting until you reach that level. When you finally get your signature, you can add a backlink. The more posts you place, the more chances of people seeing your link.
  • Suggest your affiliate marketing products directly only when someone asks for a suggestion or recommendation. This projects that you’re not desperate for leads or traffic.

Even if you’re a beginner in affiliate marketing or whatever business you have over the Internet, you will benefit greatly from being involved and contributing in forums. The more backlinks pointing to your site, the more search engines will increase your ranking in their SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages).

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