What Does Forum Posting Do For Our Clients?

We do a lot of different tasks as part of our organic SEO package. Depending on our clients’ specific needs, we may be posting blog entries; writing and distributing articles to article directories, press release services, and Web 2.0 properties; or submitting the client’s website to a few thousand hand-picked directories. Most of what we do is pretty obvious to even an unsavvy client, but one thing we consistently get questions about: why do we do forum posting as part of our service?

The answer is surprisingly complex. There are a few different reasons why forum posting can be good for our clients, and it’s not always the same reason for every client.

Forum Posting is a Form of Social Marketing
When you post to a forum and you mention your product, you’re not exactly posting about it on your Facebook wall, but you are exposing the populace of the forum to your product. Forum posters are particularly good about responding with their opinions about their board-mates’ ideas and products, so posting about your product or business on a forum is a good way to get some social proof and spread the word at the same time.

Forum Posting Is Good SEO Strategy
Forums are wonderful sites for backlinks. They constantly produce new content (Google loves that), they’re generally pretty tightly focused around their subject of choice, and as long as you post your backlink with the blessing of the administrator, the links tend to last forever. Of course, it can be a pain in the butt to get the administrator’s blessing, but we make sure to do so before we start planning to post a backlink at all.

The backlinks you build from forums have almost everything that Google loves in backlink. They’re from an authoritative, relevant source with plenty of regular traffic. You get to control the anchor text and the LSI text as well as when the post is made and precisely which page on your site it links to (so it’s good for deep linking). There’s really no downside to a link from a forum to your site.

So what does forum posting do for our clients? Almost everything, if it’s done right — all the more reason for us to do it.

111 thoughts on “What Does Forum Posting Do For Our Clients?”

  1. I saw a list on Answers but it was outdated. What are the best article directories and Submission sites were people can distribute content and get free articles for their website?

    Preferably updated for 2010

  2. I need to find articles that are FOR gerrymandering for debate. I have been researching, but I still cannot find anything. Could you give me some links to pro-gerrymandering articles???

  3. I’ve set up (quite recent) an article directory with voting style ( http://www.publish-articles.com ) where authors could submit their articles. However, I need ideas on how to promote it so that authors would be interested in submitting to it so please let me know how to promote it. Any ideas on improving it (from the seo point of view) are also highly appreciated.

  4. I want to publish some of my articles and maybe earn some income from them, I’d like do-follow links to help improve my Websites rankings in the search engines…

    So what do you guys think are good Do-Follow article directories?

  5. In short i had been pushed and hit my head on the entrance of a door by a crew member on a american cruise liner in a foreign country when boarding and had to get 5 stiches and had my euro trip canceled.
    details of the situation are below.. its pretty long and its what i sent to my lawyer

    do you think i could win big money for all the crap i went through?

    On the morning of Tuesday April 13th, 2010, I received my injury. The Victoria Cruises ship M.K. Prince had docked at Guichi (Yellow Mountain) for our morning on-shore excursion. In order for our entire Ritz Tours group to make it on shore, two ships, including ours, had to dock parallel to each other and to the shore, in order to reach the shore safely. We had to pass through the main deck of the second ship and then onto a makeshift bridge (wooden and metal planks) to get to land. The weather conditions at that time were not favorable; it looked like it would only get worse with heavy rain and strong winds. After our on-shore excursion, it was around 4pm and the bridge to get to the boat was already partially submerged in water. With heavy rainfall and all-around treacherous conditions, the crew of Victoria Cruises was yelling at our entire tour group, specifically the children and the elderly, to board the ship first. Although Monica, the Victoria Cruises head manager, denies that the crew had any involvement with the boarding assistance, she is mistaken and was not present outside when the incidents occurred, and would not have known precisely what had taken place.
    While being screamed at to hurry in already very unsafe conditions, the makeshift bridge began falling apart and floating away in the turbulent waters of the river. The crew began rushing everyone onto the bridge and was pushing us further along in order to board the first ship, which connected to our ship. I was overwhelmed with all of the chaos and my forehead made contact with the metal frame of the entrance of the first ship because I had to focus on not falling off the makeshift bridge. I began bleeding profusely from my wound and blacked out and lost memory but remember having a wet towel to put on the cut to stop the bleeding. The ship had taken off from the dock because the bridge had broken off right after I had boarded and the large chain keeping the ship anchored to the shore broke as well. Thus, my father, who had not yet boarded the ship, did not know that I was injured as there were only about 50 people who made it on the ship out of 200. The outcome of the bridge breaking were three older women in their 50s and 60s that fell into the bacteria-infested waters, and if I had fallen in also after hitting my head, the outcome would have been greatly worse due to me having the cut and losing consciousness. I went to the ship’s clinic and had the doctor evaluate the cut on my head. He said that it didn’t look good and I should go to the hospital but there was no place to dock and no nearby hospitals in the area. He went on to shave my head and said stitches were needed because the cut was 4 to 5 centimeters long. The doctor gave me only two stitches without a numbing agent because he said it would actually cause more pain to give me the numbing agent when in reality there was no such medicine on the ship due to the lack of supplies. The doctor went on to treat me in the hair salon because there wasn’t a proper area to treat me in the clinic. I had bled until the next morning when my father and I as well as one of the older women who fell in the water went to the shore to take a taxi to the bus station. We waited another hour to catch a five-hour bus ride to the city of Wuhan to find a hospital to treat my injury. Arriving at the hospital, it had taken another two hours to get help due to the lack of information from the staff directing us to the right doctors. I found a cosmetic doctor who evaluated my cut and said that the stitching job was terrible and asked if I had stitched it up myself. She went on to treat me, removed the initial stitches, and properly stitched my cut with 5 stitches and numbing agent.

    On the morning of Tuesday April 13th, 2010, I received my injury. The Victoria Cruises ship M.K. Prince had docked at Guichi (Yellow Mountain) for our morning on-shore excursion. In order for our entire Ritz Tours group to make it on shore, two ships, including ours, had to dock parallel to each other and to the shore, in order to reach the shore safely. We had to pass through the main deck of the second ship and then onto a makeshift bridge (wooden and metal planks) to get to land. The weather conditions at that time were not favorable; it looked like it would only get worse with heavy rain and strong winds. After our on-shore excursion, it was around 4pm and the bridge to get to the boat was already partially submerged in water. With heavy rainfall and all-around treacherous conditions, the crew of Victoria Cruises was yelling at our entire tour group, spe

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