Many internet marketers all over the world are making a lot of their fortunes simply by using forums to make their money online. If you regularly use forums just to participate in discussions then you could potentially be leaving money on the table by not utilizing it the correct way.
By participating in forums you can gain a massive traffic boost and at the same time increase your online presence and authority when it comes to selling or recommending products. If you make good informative posts to a forum then those communities will respect you more when they visit your site and see your suggestions.
If you are running a website the main point is to make money from it, however just like a shop on the high street, you need to get people in there before you can even hope to sell products or services. Even if you are reading this and you already have a decent amount of traffic then using forums will only help to multiply that traffic alongside your income. If you want to make the big money you need a significant amount of traffic and high quality traffic at that. Using forums for targeted traffic is one of the best strategies around.
You can implement and utilize forum signatures. Almost every forum online features a signature feature whereby a signature appears after every post a user makes. The great thing is that most use html and you can add your own website link in there. Therefore, once you have joined a forum dedicated to your niche, go to your profile and edit your signature to include your website and any other relevant contact information. Just think that the more you post then the more people are seeing your link and word can spread much easier. Some forums have members in the 1000s, wouldn't you like even 10% of that targeted traffic coming to your site?
Of course, this doesn't mean you should join a forum and leave loads of one word posts in order to spam your link everywhere. Doing that will end up with your posts being removed, you being banned and probably lowering your brands reputation at the same time. Its important you make good quality posts. It doesn't have to be a lot as quality is worth more then quantity in this instance. If you make a good informative post then fellow readers will be impressed and more likely to visit your site to find out more about you. A good post will also attract more users if the thread is interesting. Its worth taking the time to make a good informative post with many key points and its not hard as its within your own niche. Surely you know about your own niche??
Overall make sure you stay active, you don't have to be on 24 hours a day but be sure to catch up on a forum that has lots of traffic every other day or so. Contribute to it and you will see a huge rise in your online status and your traffic!