Building backlinks through forum participation can be fun and beneficial at the same time. If you own a website, you probably already understand the importance of backlinks. For those that are still unaware: backlinks help you rank higher within search engines as it’s a “thumbs up” that says your website contains great content worth browsing.
Forums are a hotbed of active discussion and can be focused within any niche – if you don’t think there’s a forum related to your niche, just do a Google search, and you’ll be surprised. Once you’ve found your forum of choice, utilize the following guide to help build backlinks to your website.
♦ Step 1: Join a niche forum ♦
Your first task is to join a niche forum. After finding a niche forum related to your website, go ahead and sign up and fill in your basic profile information. Many people skip over their profile but if you take the time to fill out the details you’ll have a higher chance of ingraining yourself in the community, finding friends and increase your chance for backlinks because people will follow you.
♦ Step 2: Participate in conversations ♦
Next, start participating in active conversations and discussions on the forum. If you find a topic you could add information to, go ahead! Each new topic you participate within will give you another page to place your backlink (detailed in the next section).
Once you feel comfortable enough, start your own topics. If you have questions or comments to add, start a topic and continue it by interacting with other forum members.
♦ Step 3: Fill in your signature ♦
Third, after enough participating you’ll be allowed to fill in your signature (on most large forums). Your signature will be the location of your backlink.
When filling in your signature, balance insightful information with your backlink to entice forum members to click through and visit your site – this gives you an added benefit over just a regular backlink; we’re talking traffic here!
♦ Step 4: Strive to be sticky ♦
The final tip/step for this guide is creating content so powerful that it becomes a sticky post. It will take some time but if you write a highly resourceful guide on your preferred niche forum you have the opportunity to be stickied.
A sticky post stays at the top of discussions and will garner thousands of visits as it becomes “essential” for new and old members. Because your content and links are in the forefront of the forum, you’ll not only receive traffic but your backlink is there to stay.