You can try all the latest greatest traffic fads that you want but forums and blogs will get you visitors to your site over and over forever. A forum is a message board where people go to start conversations and reply to them, and a blog is a journal where one person adds posts to a website and the visitors can come and leave comments. But they are both sites that are regarded highly in the search engines and contain lots of content which means that many of them are high traffic sites.
Lots of people are on these sites at any given time. If you can have even a few links from those sites to yours, you can capture a small piece of a very big pie. The easy way to get a link to your site is from a forum and not all forums are created equally. But the good ones allow you to place a signature link underneath every post you make. What happens is you register for an account at a forum that you can add to the discussion. You find people asking questions or speaking about subjects that you know about, and you help.
You answer questions, you give advice. You are not there to promote yourself. You simply add to the discussion. After you make about 25 of these posts which might take a day or two, it’s time to edit your profile. And, many of these forums will allow you to place a bit of text or a text link underneath every single post you make on that forum or message board. And, if you go to a forum and you see that a lot of people have this link under their name, it’s a good place to sign up and start talking because now you have a extra link back to your site for every message you have left there.
If you have 50 posts, that is 50 links back to your site. You can have a signature link. You can place a special offer if the forum allows it and if the forum has Chitika or Adsense ads, you can run a ad campaign and target that specific site that every page of that site links back to you. Blogs are slightly different. With a blog, one person posts, many people comments and there are a few ways to get links to your site. Many people wrongly believe that having a link from a blog is not worth it because it is usually a nofollow link. Meaning that search engines are told not to count it and increase the ranking if a good site links to it but that doesn’t matter because we’re trying to get regular human visitors on a blog to click back to us.
And, that means that if you leave a blog comment and type in your url with the comment, every comment that you leave means a link back to your site. Fifty comments means fifty links. You can write a blog post and submit it to that blog owner as a guest blog post, and at the bottom have an “about the author” box and link back to your site. You can give them banner ads or a site target, their domain name if they have an adsense ad. But that’s how to get links back and traffic from forums and blogs.
The bottom line is that you should be sending your traffic back to some kind of an opt-in page, and look at how much of that traffic comes from a particular site. If you see that you get a lot of clicks, opt-ins and sales from a particular message board or blog, repeat it. It means go back and devote more time to posting on that forum or blog because that brings you in some subscribers and money.