Originally Posted by Ace2110
I think the two easiest and most effecient ways to drive traffic to your blog is simply to make comments on other blogs within your niche and to participate in forums related to your niche.
Those two will not only drive traffic but begin to improve SERPS which is your long term goal for traffic.
You put this well. Links from blog commenting and forums are likely to drive some traffic, and give a little boost
to SERPs. Note the emphasis on a little
. People often greatly overestimate the value of forum links
. I have tons, thousands to be a little more exact, and it has a negligible effect on my SERPs. I rank well for most of my target terms on my home page, but that's from years of link building. It's not from forum links, and I can prove it.
If forum links were much help, I would rank well for 'seo copywriting' and I don't. Why not? Because the only links I have for that term come only from
Forums are excellent
for establishing your reputation. I have gotten a lot of business over the years by helping someone who started a thread on some basic SEO issue or who lurked and liked what I had to say.
Put your best foot forward when you blog comment and post on forums. The value you are most likely to get is traffic and business. Offer information, try to help others, and you will gain many times over what you put into it.