Posting on forums is one of the best ways to drive traffic to your websites. The ability to insert signatures in posts, links to specific web pages and network and communicate with those that might be interested in your products and services is well worth the investment of time it requires. But with thousands of forums, discussion boards and mailing lists to get through, you need the right tools for the job. Here are a few essential resources for finding opportunities to build links on forums.
discussion search engine has been around for a number of years. In addition to
being perhaps the most popular forum search engine,
BoardTracker differentiates itself by providing message tracking and instant
alerts designed to keep you in informed on forum
posts critical to your business objectives regardless of when or where it is
posted. I did not initially have much luck using BoardTracker for the keyword
"coffee" when searching in the food and drink category or across all categories
as the search function was inconsistent and clunky but persistence paid off when
the scope (how far back to look) was increased and the number of categories
searched through was extended. Perhaps the coolest part of BoardTracker is its
tag search capabilities.
community search site with a dedicated following, BoardReader is an excellent
way to find information contained on the Web's many forums and message boards.
The service enables users to search not just by individual posts or topics, but
images, videos and even Twitter (although that search took far too long).
The sorting is a very powerful feature provided by BoardReader. Users can search
for posts or threads, for content up to the last three months (which does
prevent historical queries), sort by relevance and freshness and in virtually
Twing.com: As the newest of the community
discovery tools listed here, Twing is a decent service with a much more elegant
interface than the other sites listed here. The basic funtionality at Twing
enables users to search posts, topics and forums and sort by date and relevance.
One of the more interesting features at Twing is that users can see who posted
the item, when it was posted, and this is the most important part - how many
replies and views the post has had. Other noteworthy features include Twing's
Community Buzz page which displays items that are most linked to from forums,
hot topics (including those most clicked) and the top communities (fastest
growing and most active). There is also a handy little directory to help you
identify forums you might be interested in.
Omgili.com: This crawler-based vertical
search engine is one of my personal favorites to discover content on forums,
discussion groups, mailing lists, answer boards and others community sites -
over 100,000 of them as a matter of fact. The Omgili forum search is really no
different than those listed above, but where it separates itself as a service is
really the Reviews section (which finds and displays the overall user sentiment
about a product) and Buzz - which lets you compare activity for different terms.
One of the other things I really like about Omgili is its plugins. Users can add
the service to the IE8 and Firefox Search Bar, to their Google Home page or use
Omgili's Firefox extension "Advanced Search Made Simple."