Posting comments on forums is regular practice among bloggers, just as is commenting on other people’s blogs, and guest blogging. It’s a simple way of networking, of building relationships with other people on the web.
Forums hold a significant audience and traffic, especially for people that share the same interests as you do. If you’re looking for people to follow, befriend, or learn from, forums are a perfect place to find them.
There are a number of artist forums, for example, that house communities of exceptional artists, illustrator, writers, web designers, programmers, and other professional types. More often than not, the people within these communities have among them individuals with highly specialized knowledge, knowledge that you might not have otherwise come across if you had tried to dig out the information yourself.
In fact the benefits of posting on forums are substantial, especially in building an audience for your blog or website. Forum posting, while not an activity most bloggers spend a lot of time on, still provides opportunities to not only raise awareness of your blog or brand, but also helps you rank higher on search engines.
It’s key advantages includeâ€¦
Browsing through forums, you often see that there are several active members that often have certain forum posting signatures that come in the form of GIFs or images that link back to their websites. These signatures are a simple way to be able to get backlinks to your blog. The more active you are on a forum, then, the more backlinks you’ll be able to give your blog.
Backlinks are important, especially for SEO, as backlinks are a way of proving that your website, and the content in it, is both fresh and relevant. Because the more backlinks there are to your blog, the greater the improvement of your site’s popularity and overall search engine ranking. Think of backlinks as votes for your website. The more votes you have, the greater your popularity and ranking against other competing websites.
2. Pool for Ideas
Forum contribution is idea contribution. People with specialized knowledge in certain fields and topics often flock into respective corners and nooks around the web. That nook is the forum. Forums are a great venue in which you’ll be able to get relevant feedback and ideas for your posts.
If you’ve run out of things to write about, forums and blogs are a good place as any to start looking. The different between the two, however, is the fact that forums often have lengthier and meatier discussions regarding certain topics or issues. Forums are where people often dish out philosophical discussions and debates, give their honest opinions, and showboat their â€œsuperiorâ€ intellect. If reading through forums won’t give you ideas, don’t worry, there’s still one last advantage.
3. Creating Relationships
You never know just who might be lurking around in the forum that you frequent. You never know who might be listening in or reading along, measuring each and every word you say. There might be some big-time scouts, publishers, or recruiters looking for individuals with innovative and creative ideas to help them leapfrog their businesses to the next level.
But even if there aren’t any big fish to find in forums, no one’s saying that the little fish are unimportant. In fact, the little fish are ten times more important to you and your blog, as they are what create actual traffic on your website. If you can convince a hundred, or a thousand members within that forum that you have something valuable and significant that you’re willing to share with the rest of the world, then you have just gained yourself an audience.
Forum posting, therefore, should not be something overlooked and taken for granted. For all you know, forums could be your quickest way to success.