Drive Authority on the Forums

Day 3:

Well, we have started the comment roll and some small residual traffic is already coming into play. I was shocked to see a couple diggs come in pretty quickly. Up to 3 visits… amazing. (Sarcasm oozing out).

But it shows that if I could get 3 visits from literally 1 hour of work, that would not be too effective. But if I can convert one of these fine people into a daily reader, well, that is 367 page views a year depending if it is a leap year or not. All from 1 hour of effort publicizing my content. Do that every day and we have  something moving up the ratings here. But lets not get our hopes up… On to the quality content about getting traffic for the day.

However, if you take a look at the sites I commented on, there is a new topic that was brought into play, so today I am starting a second post. Forums.

Forums are simply areas where normally, experts trade advice in a single area and niche. The strategy here is to provide useful knowledge that will be the “answer” to the problem. In the signature I will just place a small link back to the site here. I will find one forum to start this effort in, and will try and grow from there. The goal here is not a surge in traffic. The goal is to get a long term stream of readers visiting the site. The post lasts forever, or atleast as long as the forum, and if you are giving an answer, they will seek additional information and could be turned into committed readers.

Craigslist postings are a topic that people discuss. I will try a bit of this later on, but for now this seems counter-productive. While a surge of traffic is possible, the truth is that the community on craigslist goes nuts on flagging anybody who has a link. But if you do participate effectively you may be able to get around this behavioral pattern.

So my goal now, and I will become an active reader, and then contributor to http://www.bloggeries.com/forum/. This seems an active forum and it seems to have good tidbits of knowledge that I can use as ideas for content right here. Always nice to have a win-win.

The real analysis will have to come into play comparing the effort required here and the results that it generates. If this were to generate a user or two a week continually then it is near priceless. But if I only see short lived trickles of traffic, that may be a sign that I am choosing the wrong topics, or that it is just not the right niche for this to work. But if you decide to give it a try, let me know some stats I can share. This is one of those things that definitely could be niche specific.

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