Some people mistakenly believe that the only possible way to drive traffic from forums is to add a link in your signature and post as much pointless messages as possible. If a few visitors per day is all you want, get to work, dear Mr. Spammer, and be ready to get banned!
But if you prefer to work smart instead of working hard, I’ve got something special for you! Today you will learn how to drive traffic from forum communities like WarriorForum, and turn that traffic into a money-making list.
First, let us together look at the screenshot:
What do you see? Can you notice it? 20058 members online. Do you even realize how huge this community is? It’s not 20 thousands visitors per day, it’s 20 thousand visitors ONLINE! So, let’s jump into my tutorial
Clothes make the man
Ever heard this proverb?
Imagine, you want to pick up a girl, and your goal is to get her number so you can then move into texting or calling her. How will you dress for the occasion?
You see, the first and the most important step in order to get noticed is to get dressed well.
The same applies to your marketing efforts.
Don’t pick stupid nicknames like garbazillo777456_us. You won’t be remembered and taken seriously. My nickname is “Alex July” – simple isn’t it?
Even though it doesn’t tell you anything about my occupation, you already know that my first name is Alex, and my second name is July. It’s like we met and I introduced myself.
If I were a gardener, probably I would have called myself AlexTheGardner. If I were an investor and I wanted to empathize this, I would have called myself Investor, TheInvestor, AlexTheInvestor, and so on.
If you cannot come up with a nickname, search for “nickname generators” in Google.
Now, look at my profile:
Do you see my avatar? What does it say to you? A decently dressed young man about 30 years old is pointing his thumb up. The sea background… It seems he’s doing pretty well.
You might disagree, but your subconscious mind works exactly how I described it above! (Although… people are different, and I can’t rule out that some of you might think that I look like a dick.)
Anyway, what I’m trying to emphasize is that the way you appear matters. In the real world, your appearance speaks for you before you open your mouth. On the forum, your nickname and your avatar create the first impression!
Your Positioning Strategy
Now it’s time to talk about your positioning strategy. Yeah, I understand it might be boring but it’s ridiculously important!
The question is: why did you join a forum? Are you a beginner, and you want to learn something new? Or maybe you are a successful marketer, and instead of wasting your life watching TV, you prefer to share your experience creating new threads and answering obvious questions?
How should you position yourself? There is an opinion that no matter what you should establish yourself as an authority. I think it’s a bad strategy.
You know, sometimes it looks naive and funny (though optimistic) when a new coming member, whose signature link offers “Easy way to make 6-7 figures online!” asks the question like “Help me make my first dollar!”.
Would you click that link? I wouldn’t!
The following “gif” describes in the best possible way how difficult it is to establish yourself as an expert if you’re not an expert:
Funny and awkward, isn’t it?
So what to do? Here is my strategy.
Throughout my online career, I’ve built over 50 projects, including blogs, YouTube channels, forum communities, Made For AdSense websites. So I believe, I am competent enough to give advice and help any beginner.
A few years ago, I built a website in a financial niche, spent two years of my life developing it, and refused to sell it for $XXX,XXX. In a few months, “my baby” got completely and totally banned because of my stupid mistake.
I was smart and curious enough to discover bitcoins at a few dollars per 1 BTC. But I purchased my first and the only batch at $100 per 1 BTC. It was a smart decision, wasn’t it? I sold them at $200 each after a while. Hope you know that today 1 BTC is worth over $2,000.
In 2016 I’ve read over 50 books on psychology, motivation, self-development, but I still tend to procrastinate from time to time and suck at long-term planning.
I’ve read “The 4-Hour Workweek”, but I suck at outsourcing things.
Two times in my life I could have become nearly a millionaire, but I lacked self-discipline and long-term vision. Therefore, I’m still in the process of making my first million dollars.
So, on the one hand, I have a lot of experience and valuable thoughts to share. From the other hand, I’m not trying to establish myself as a super-duper guru, and am always ready to learn new stuff.
Your positioning strategy depends on your experience. If you have something to share – share it. If you want to ask something, ask it, but don’t be “a chronic WHYer” asking obvious questions. It annoys.
What I like about forums and blogging is that even if you are a shy introverted guy, you can feel pretty comfortable and even stay anonymous.
Now you have chosen a proper nickname, added an avatar, and you know you who are, and how you will behave on the forum. It’s time to talk about technical issues:
The Ugly Truth About Forums
I don’t know what niche you are in and what you are promoting, but the ugly truth about most of the forums (and it might be a revelation for you) is that affiliate links are not allowed. You cannot add your affiliate link in your signature. You cannot include your affiliate links in your messages. Maybe once or twice. Posting messages with your affiliate links (which reveals your selfish intentions) is the easiest way to get banned. Period.
It turns out that you can send traffic only to your website. The rest depends on your marketing strategy. Either you send traffic to your landing page and get people’s emails, or you just send them to your blog. Both approaches are fine and are ultimately a matter of your personal preferences.
Finally! Here comes what you’ve been waiting for! But believe me, that information above is ridiculously important because if you just add a link in your signature and post pointless messages, nothing good will happen.
So let’s talk about…
Links in signature
The power of signature links is often underestimated and overlooked. In order put your own signature on WarriorForum you need to subscribe for signature by paying $5. Is it something bad? It’s something great! Because if you are serious about being a permanent forum member, you will sacrifice that cup of coffee.
I believe, and the others have noticed that this limitation improves the quality of content.
So, pay $5 and create a signature link with a good call to action.
Some typical examples of signatures are (just images, no reason to click):
It’s not that easy to guess what will happen after you click these links, right?
I believe, the following signature converts well, because I understand what the author offers, and I can make a decision whether I need his services or not before I even click it:
Adding An Image To Your Signature
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could add an image to your signature?
I assume you have no doubts which signature converts better.
The price for the image signature is $60 per year, which is only $5 per month. Having an image in your signature boosts your appearance. Remember “Clothes make the man”? It’s like picking up a girl with an expensive car. No guarantees, you just increase the chance!
How Much Money Can You Make With Your Signature?
You need numbers for exact computation, right? Like 100 messages – > 200 clicks → 75 sign ups → 3 buyers → $220 in profit, which means, that one message makes you $2,2.
But that’s not how it works. Everything, and I don’t know how to stress it enough, everything depends on quality. If you are a well-respected member leaving thoughtful messages, you will be able to drive good amounts of highly-targeted traffic from your signature links.
Matthew Woodward claims that he wrote 189 posts on WarriorForum in 2012-2013 and attracted 21 visits per 1 post. It really is unbelievable, but I see no reason not to believe him. At that time he was a well-respected member providing value through his posts. (Worth adding, he’s not active anymore. Well, an SEO expert making a few tens of thousand dollars per month doesn’t need some extra traffic from forums. And that’s understandable!)
Another cool feature supported by WarriorForum is “A Blog Section”. It’s located here:
Despite the fact that there are over 1.2 million registered members, only a few tens of them (just think of it!) use this feature on a regular basis.
Create a blog, update it regularly and add links to your blog posts. Nothing new, just good old blogging
Consider the following statistics.
On average, one blog post gets about 300 views. If you are a blogger, you know what it takes to drive 300 visitors to every blog post. Regrettably, you are not allowed to add affiliate links to your blog posts, but fortunately, you can link to your website.
On average, one blog post gets about 300 views. If you are a blogger, you know that it takes a lot of efforts to drive 300 visitors to every blog post. Regrettably, you are not allowed to add affiliate links to your blog posts, but fortunately, you can link to your website.
If you try to post to your blog, the following notification may appear:
97 bucks per year, my friend! Pay, join WarRoom and post to your blog ))
Is it worth its money? You decide, but what I’ve noticed is that this opportunity is extremely undervalued and misused. So called “bloggers” (and some of them are well-respected forum members) tend to post low-quality posts, previously published content and even spam.
Why not create a blog and update in regularly?
There are some very positive reviews on the Web about this feature. People claim to get even hundreds of visitors from one blog post. Outstanding experience, I would say!
What about me? I was a WarRoom member, and published only 6 blog posts and got a few tens of clicks, which, by the way, is not so bad.
Creating Your Own Thread
Oh, this is a sure way to draw attention to your personality and… your signature!
On average, there two types of threads on forums: either you ask for help (far more popular), or your share your knowledge.
Imagine how cool it is to ask the question and to get leads in your email funnel!
But as I mentioned before, it’s not the best strategy to be “a chronic whyer”, but there is nothing bad in creating a thread and asking the question if you cannot figure out something.
The nice thing about creating threads is that WarriorForum gets rank in search engines very easily. So, if you are familiar with keywords research, add keywords to your headlines, and something amazing can happen in the near future, something like this:
The Best Way To Drive Traffic From Forums
There is the best way to drive traffic from forums. And I truly believe it really is the best way. No participation is required. You may even no know the forum’s URL. How so?
Pat Flynn, Neil Patel, Derek Halpern, John Chow – I often see these names and links to their blogs on different forums including WarriorForum. Why?
They have already provided tons of value, they have already become popular, they have already built their brands.
In this blog post I linked to Matthew Woodward’s blog. How much did I get paid? Zero! It’s just a natural process.
So, if you are serious about building a successful business and driving tons of traffic, think of creating massive amounts of value, everything else would come with that.
As you see, there are plenty of different ways to drive traffic from WarriorForum.
In this blog post, I didn’t mention traffic from WarRoom, WarriorForum Classify Ads, buying Banner Ads. And it’s not because they are not worth attention. It’s because what I’ve shared with you today is quite enough for successful forum marketing.
I’ve seen hundreds of times how clueless people are when it comes to forum marketing. I hope, this tutorial will help you, and if you have anything to add to this article, the mic is yours, my friend!