Why You Should Use (Not Abuse) Forums to Increase Your Traffic

Written by Tinu AbayomiPaul

Copyright 2005 Tinu AbayomiPaul

There are dozens of reasons why you should look uprepparttar forums that are related to your market and post to them often. Here are 3 to get you started.

1- Get to Know Your Market as both an Associate and An Expert

The research alone is a good enough reason to at least sign up to some forums and read. Just by reading posts in forums, you can hear what your market concerns are, straight from consumers. You'll be able to find what their pains are - look particularly for frequent questions that don't appear to have solutions.

For example, if you sell timeshares, and you join travel communities, you may often hear questions asking forrepparttar 135458 best times of year to visit a certain region or locale. With this information you could start a section at your site for every listing that tellsrepparttar 135459 cheapest time to travel for that area,repparttar 135460 best time of year for good weather, and other special bits of information a traveler might want.

When you're comfortable enough to begin posting, after watchingrepparttar 135461 conversation for a few days, or perhaps even a week, you might find that new people have questions that you can help them with. By consistently becomingrepparttar 135462 go-to person, you increase your credibility as a knowledgeable expert, and people begin to trust your ability to provide information.

2- Increase Your Site's Visibility With More Targeted Links Back to Your Site

Many forums are run by hobbyists who aren't so much concerned with marking money from their visitors, as having an established community for discourse on certain issues. These forums will often allow you to leave a link to your site in every post. The ones that are open to public viewing for visitors are also frequently spidered by search engines.

If you set up your link correctly, you'll then have topical links back to your own forum. Even ifrepparttar 135463 search engine spiders can't see these links at forums that can be viewed by registered users only, you will also find that once you become a part ofrepparttar 135464 community, other members will click your link out of curiosity or because they're looking for something specific that you may have at your site.

Even forums that exist to gain more sales of their own products often allow you to post your link, especially if it isn't to a competing site. For example, internet marketing forums run by people who sell do-it-yourself SEO products may allow infopreneurs who sell a different type of product, such as an autoresponder service, to post their link freely.

The Viability of Blogging to a Niche Market

Written by Mal Keenan

Copyright 2005 Mal Keenan

Niche marketing is an old and very successful marketing strategy whereby a company focuses on marketing and selling to a clearly defined segment of potential consumers. The company earns by supplying a unique product or service to this narrowly defined market which other companies have not met or provided.

Are there potential buyers online? According torepparttar Central Intelligence Agency’s latest figures, there are over 185.55 million internet users inrepparttar 135381 United States alone, of these around 139.52 million active users. The Computer Industry Almanac which compiles statistics on global internet users, records a staggering 934 million users for 2004 and this market continues to grow.

Do these users buy online? Statistics gathered on internet users, show they do and their numbers are increasing. For instance, in December 2004, online sales rose by 53%, from $795 million ofrepparttar 135382 same month 2003, to $1.22 billion 2004, (gathered by CMP Media a service provider of information and marketing services torepparttar 135383 technology and healthcare industries). For each unique marketing hook, product and service, your business blog can tap in, that’s how many niche markets you can serve.

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