Why join forums?

30 March 2009

Forums are great places to show your expertise.

A forum topic is often started when they have a specific question or problem on there specialist area.

There are forums out there for everything - cars, music, programming languages, animals, etc.

Answering someone elses problem or question shows that you are good in your area of expertise, and that you know what you're talking about and that you should be chosen in that area of work.

Contributing in computer programming and website development forums allows me to show people that I know what I'm talking about and that I'm a trusted source if they have other website problems or needs.

As well as helping others and getting a good name for yourself, you can also use your forum signature to add a link back to your website.

Although this link may be a "nofollow" link, and so not give us any link juice, it is still a way to drive traffic to your website if other forum users are impressed with your answer.

Another method is to answer a forum question by linking to a blog entry or website page that answers the question. Find a question that you know the answer to - write a blog entry in which you answer the question - and then in the forum topic add a thread directing people to your blog or web page for the answer.

If one person finds this helpful, then it's likely to get you more traffic from other forum users as they know that this is where the answer is.

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