Welcome to episode #37 of the SubscribeMe show from SubscribeMe.fm.[Important announcement: Check out KissMyRSS.com – A new, free web site for Podcasters, and get up to 500 potential new listeners and subscribers for free]
I’m your host Ravi Jayagopal. This is THE podcast to listen to, to learn about creating membership sites & online courses, making, marketing and monetizing digital content, WordPress, eCommerce, digital marketing, and tools, techniques and tips that you can use to create a long term, profitable online business.
I am the co-founder & co-developer of DigitalAccessPass.com, arguably the best membership plugin in the industry, fondly known as DAP.
When I say “User” in this context, it means users of your product or service. Your members, your community, your subscribers.
Forums and Discussion groups are a great way to get your members communicating with each other, creating great discussion threads and contributing great online content that search engines love, and can bring you a lot of organic traffic, even if they are sometimes of the long-tail variety.
Facebook groups are easily one of the most popular forms of online forums today, for connecting and networking with others in your niche. But online forums have been around forever, starting with the now-extinct eGroups which became so big and so popular, that it was bought by Yahoo and renamed to Yahoo Groups – this was in the late 90’s.
In the online marketing space, there are popular forums like WarriorForum.com, DigitalPoint Forums and Sitepoint Forums. And there are several “answers” forums like Quora.com and Yahoo Answers. And I am willing to bet, that you have probably run into a forum answer at some point when searching for information on Google. It happens to me all the time, where a top 2 or 3 search result is from an online forum of some sort. That’s how powerful the SEO potential is with forums.
But there’s more to User-generated content than just Forums and Discussion groups. UGC can be applied in many facets of your online business.
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– Ravi Jayagopal
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