There is a lot of value in forum posting! I recently wrote about about getting the best out of blog commenting here. Forum posting is not much different. If you want to be taken serious, the best way to go about forum posting is just to add value and authenticity to your posts. You don’t need to spam, just be you and make sure you have a link in your signature. Note not all forums allow a link in your signature, so make sure you are posting on one that does. You can usually find that in the terms of service in the forum.
So how do you get the most out of forum posting? First, choose a forum in your niche. I post regularly in a few. I post in two work at home forums and a couple of dating and relationship forums, one of which I happen to own. There are forums on about everything. Recently my daughters boyfriend bought a Mustang. He went to a forum that was specifically for the year, make and model of the one he bought for advice. Forums can be very targeted. There are forums on about anything you can imagine and chances are very good that there is one in the niche of your choice.
Just like blog commenting, this can be something that you do on a schedule. I post on my own forum almost everyday, but others, I may post twice a week. The longer you are there and the more you participate in a conversation, the more people get to know you and this can build up trust, not to mention, you can build a following there.
I can’t write a blog post about this topic without sharing with you that a forum is where I got my start in affiliate marketing, though that was not my intention. It was a forum called dating without drama run by Paige Parker. I was going through a break up and ended up be the go to person there for advice for break ups. I managed to make all sorts of friends there. That was 4 years ago and those same friends followed me to my new forum at lovegirltalk.com. They have also become repeat customers for me. Yesterday I made over $70.00 on my forum signature alone.
So Pajama Affiliates if you aren’t doing forum posting for backlinks and to get more sales, perhaps you may want to start!