In the world of affiliate marketing, there are many free ways to promote your affiliate links. One very overlooked method is forum marketing. Forum marketing is a very effective and free way to advertise. After reading this article, you will be able to use forums as a medium for free traffic to find your site.
Note: When using forum marketing, you must be careful to follow the forums rules. Always read their terms and policies.
The first thing you must do is find a forum based around the niche you are promoting. If you are promoting weight loss products, look for a forum specifically about weight loss. If you advertise weight loss products in a forum about motorcycles, you are not going to make many friends. After you find the perfect forum that is full of potential customers, go ahead and register an account. Now you can post threads or just reply to already existing threads. That's great, but here is how you make money.
At the bottom of every post is the forum user's signature. A signature is a small section at the bottom of every post you make where you can put a link to your site. Most forums don't allow HTML for your signatures but makes you use BBcode. BBcode is very similar to html and very easy to learn.
Make your signature catchy so when people read your posts they will click it and hopefully make a purchase. The more relevant your product is, there better chance of you getting sales.
Example: Someone makes a post asking the forum community how she can lose weight after her pregnancy. You are promoting a product about that very same subject. You leave a post with good information. Never advertise your signature in your post. That is considered spamming in most forums and will get you kicked out. If you leave helpful advice and your signature says something like "Find out how to lose weight after pregnancy here.", then chances are, people will click your link and might make a purchase. The more posts you make, the more sales you will make. Just make sure all of your posts have quality content and support the forum.
Forum marketing can be very powerful if used correctly. The best part is that once you post, it is there forever. You might post a thread and it becomes a sticky; getting hundreds of views and making tons of sales. Forum marketing is a valuable asset and should be used in any affiliate marketing strategy.
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