Again my regular readers know that this is not the best way to use forums to increase traffic. But I wanted to tell you an often overlooked and pretty effective method of getting links to your blog posts.
Before I go into it, getting links to your blog posts and signature links should not be your primary reason for joining forums. The primary reason for joining forums is to
- Build your reputation
- Learn from others in your niche
- Find out up to date information on your niche
- Exchange ideas
If you look in your profile page of whatever forums you are participating in, there often is a slot for you to insert your blog feed.
If you enter your blog feed here, a link to your latest post appears under your user name for every contribution you make on the forum
You must have seen them on the forums
On some forums these links have a do follow link to the particular post
So if you are a member of 20 forums and have your blog feed on those forums associated with your profile, that's a possible 20 instant backlinks, if you are active in those forums
You must remember to ping your posts.
Now I know some people are worried that if they post their blog feeds on the forum profile, competitors on the forums could steal their ideas.
But this is really not a big deal. The potential increase in traffic as a result of good SERPs position far out weighs any risk of your posts being copied.
Another bonus of this is some people actually click through on the latest blog link and visit your blog. If your content is useful, you may have a new follower.
So go to the forums you participate in and see if there is the facility to add your blog feed to your forum profile