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Nov 16, 2009

Energize your Blog with Dominique (Week 4)

This is the 4th article from a 5 week series by Dominique Goh from 'Learning with Dominique'.

If you missed reading the last article, click on the link below to visit the same.

Week 1: How to make your Blog Unique
Week 2: Boosting your Readership
Week 3: Linking via listing on blog directories.

I won Dominique's blog giveaway a while ago and part of the prize package was 5 guest post articles. I thought a topic that would benefit all of us would be how to build a blog that appeals to more visitors. Dominique jumped on it and has beautifully titled the series- 'Energize Your Blog' .

Feel free to leave any comments, questions, suggestions below each post.

Week 4- Joining Forums

Forums are easy places to drop links to your site and participate in the discussion topics. Ning has the most number of socially devoted forums online. If you wish you can even set up your own Ning forum. They are FREE and relatively easy to set up. I myself have set up my own Ning site-Savy Hip Parenting to test out Ning's functions.

Here is a list of other NING forums for moms which I have joined and found to be beneficial:

Mom Blogger Club

Mompreneur Cafe

Twitter Moms

Babble Playground

Besides these Ning sites there are many other different types of forums around based on your particular focus topic. For example: search using the keywords 'parenting forum' and type in your town/country, you will be able to see a whole list of relevant forums to join.

How to drop links in a forum?

As with joining any site, you will be required to fill out your profile and maybe include a signature.

It is in your signature that you can link back to your site.

If the forum that you join allows html formatting within signatures or hyperlinks, you can add a clickable link to your site

You could also link to key posts on your sites in your posts on the forum. Be wary about too much self promotion as it maybe regarded as SPAM by the moderators or other forum members.

By setting up a common signature across different sites and even within your own e-mail system it will definitely make your signature (i.e. your calling card) more prominent.

Anyone who reads your post and is interested in what you have written would be inclined to click on your link and visit your site. This would in turn work well in boosting your traffic from external URLS.

Dominique Goh is an elementary school teacher, Mommy to 2 active little boys, cake decorator, internet consultant and the life behind 'Learning with Dominique' and her parenting site 'From Dominique's Desk'

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At November 16, 2009 at 3:38 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Great tips! I'm always looking for ways to get traffic from external sources!

The Creative Side of Me


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