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Affiliate Marketing Introduction: Promoting your affiliate marketing site using forums

Online forums have been around for a long time. Initially created for recreational use, forums have evolved to be a very powerful marketing tool.

Forums are used by affiliate marketers to
  • Generate backlinks to their sites
  • Send traffic directly to their affiliate links
  • Send traffic to their websites
  • Get information
  • Create a reputation

Forums are websites where any member can submit a comment or post

How to find a forum in your chosen niche: Simply go to the google search bar and type in your niche term and forun ie hair loss forum, if your niche is on hair loss

How to choose a forum:

Number of forum members: Most forums have displayed how many members they have. If the forum has less than 1,000 members in a competitive niche then I would not be too hot on it. However there are some niches where it is not possible to find forums with a high number of members so think about your niche and how competitive it is before determining what size of  forum is appropriate for your business

Quality of posts: Just take a few minutes to browse the post to see what the quality of the posts are. A forum that is frequently off topic and which does not give valuable information in your chosen niche is probably not one you should waste time on

How many users are online at any one time: There are forums that have a lot of registered members but have only one or two people online at any one time. This just implies that they had a good advertising campaign so people joined but little useful information so people are not coming back .

Do they allow html in their signature: This means that when you submit a comment, your signature can be used to create backlinks to your website using your chosen anchor terms. [to learn more about backlinks and anchor terms see our page on HTML]

How to use a forum:

A great video that talks you through forum etiquette. Enjoy

Always make sure that your comments are relevant to the topic being discussed and contribute some valuable information. 'great comment' or 'that's interesting' just won't do

Do not spam the forum

Find 10 forums in your chosen niche and try and post at least one useful comment in each every day

Use your signature to maximum effect: Use the keyword you want your website to rank for in your anchor. Vary the keyword in the different forums so you rank for a variety of terms

If you are in the internet marketing or affiliate marketing niche, three forums you must join are

  • Conquer your niche: This forum is owned by internet marketing guru, Russell Brunson and he often posts to the forum, You will also come across several useful posts by Clive Anderson, the squidoo chap. You will recognize a few more, heavy weights posting useful information .
 Conquer your niche is free to join and is a meeting place for affiliate marketers who are really serious about taking their business forwards
If you can only join one forum, this is the one.

 Click here to join now!

  • Net Traffic Chat. This forum is like affiliate marketing's well kept secret. A great forum for getting useful information and getting a feel of what other marketers are up to
Because they only allow three lines in users' signatures, there is not so much spamming here so a lot of the posts are honest advice and tips

Click here to view the forum and register. The graphics are not to everyones taste so be warned!!!

  • Warrior Forum:  A must join. All the big internet marketers can be found on this forum. Go there if only for the education.
The guys here are pretty agressive about developing products. If you have ever bought an affiliate marketing e book, the probability that it is by a warrior forum member are quite high.

If it is inspiration and really hardcore marketing methods you want to learn about, the warrior forum is definitely the place you want to hang out

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