Increasing Traffic, one of that hardest tasks of a forum administrator. I know it was for me. So I have listed five more possible ways to increase traffic to your forum.
Have you tried creating a banner for your board and paying for it to be displayed on somebody else website. This can be a great way to increase traffic to your site as it is another gateway to your board.
Make sure that you banner is appealing and not distracting. That it has a call for action on it and that you are putting it on a site that it’s worth putting it on. You don’t want to put it on a site that only gets 100 visits a month because the chances of it getting clicked are very slim. Look for a popular website.
Make an Announcement on Forums You Already Own
If you already own a community a great way to direct your users to your newly created forum is create an announcement. Obviously the two boards have to be closely related in order for the users to stay. Create an announcement and say something along the lines of
“Hey, I’ve just created a new forum. It’s about gardening. Click here to go to it”
Make sure you create a description and a link so that people know where they are going. Depending on the forum size you could get a nice bundle of traffic from it.
Blog Commenting is another great way to increase traffic to your forum. It is very simple. You find blog posts, you read the articles, you then post a relevant comment to that article. The more relevant your comment is the more chances your link will be clicked. Also I also noticed that if you are one of the first commenter’s on that post then you will receive a higher number of clicks.
Search Engines Organic
Search engines in my opinion is the best way to increase traffic. Several hundred million phrases are searched a day and we need to be apart of that. In order to get the most from our boards we need to SEO (Search engine optimize).
Basic Search engine fundamentals are:
- Getting back links
- Keyword friendly URL’s
- A good descriptive title
- A good meta description
75% of my forum’s traffic comes from search engines.
Guest Posting on Other Blogs
Guest posting in other blogs involves you writing articles related to that blog. Beware, blog owners will not let you write any crap so it’s good to do a bit of research on blogging and how to properly structure your posts. You will usually get a link back to your board and that’s where the traffic will come from.
Just remember take your time to build the post and do some research on the subject. Another great method to increase traffic if used effectively.
What’s Your Say?
Have you ever tried these methods of getting traffic? Do you have any methods of increasing traffic to your forum? Post a comment below we love to hear from you!