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Forum posting is one of the oldest techniques to increase traffic to blogs, and it is still very effective until today. It is not only about socializing with other members, but also to share valuable information and learning from others. However, there are some bloggers who find it hard to maximize its usage and think that forums are only for expert webmasters and SEO gurus. While you may already read some forum tips before, I will try to make a different approach here.
Read and follow the rules religiously
Do not be lazy to read the rules carefully, and follow them religiously. Different forums may have different rules and it is their prerogative. The best technique to avoid being suspended or banned is to visit the Search box first before starting a topic. Forums are very strict to spammers and repetitive posting. There are also forums that require a certain number of posts before you can put a signature. Be patient enough and you will benefit in the long run.
Be a convincing thread starter
Before starting a thread, think if you can convince others to reply. One of the effective ways is to provide a convincing thread title and do not just post a link to a post. Add some inviting words that would describe the links. Some forum topics may be repetitive in nature, but can be interesting to follow if you tickle the minds of the readers. If someone replies or oppose your post, you must be prepared with your defense. It will be better if you can make your threads longer.
Ask an interesting question
Ask a question that looks interesting and can invite different point of views, as well as personal experiences. But of course, you must submit it with your honest opinion and explain them in full details. In addition, you must monitor the flow of comments and reply to them. I recently ask a question at Sitepoint that goes like this - Which do you prefer, many subscribers or commenters? For only 5 days, it had almost 600 views and numerous replies, and still increasing.
Be a good Samaritan
If someone needs help very badly, provide immediate assistance and with humility. Never be self-centered and do not act as if you are the best provider of answers. Imagine that there are also other members who can provide a better answer. Moreover, be sure that your answers are correct. Otherwise, the poor guy might be misled and other members will humiliate you. There is nothing better than projecting a good image.
Do not be greed in posting
It may be obvious that the more you post, the more exposure you will have. However, being greedy in posting will annoy others as well as forum administrator. Avoid short and multiple replies that are not valuable, unless you are in the General Chat section. In short, reply only on topics that interest you just like you are doing on blogs. Anyway, you can highlight your signature and make an attractive description of your blog.
I know you are waiting for this. Here is a great list of forums courtesy of Raden of MySEOblog. You can see on his sidebar how many forums he joined and how much traffic he is benefiting from them.
On my succeeding posts, I may make a review on a particular forum where I am very much active.
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Article Source: Humane Blogging Tips
Saturday, July 12, 2008 at 10:29 PM Posted by Angel
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