5 Free Ways to Promote a ForumThere are many ways to promote your new or old forum and this article will cover five methods that you can use that are absolutely free. Advertising can get expensive if you decide to go the paid route so finding methods that cost very little or even nothing at all can be ideal and still be very beneficial to you and the ultimate success of your forum. Forum Posting There are many forums out there that allow you to post some type of advertisement or include a link in your signature. Doing a simple Google search using search term Promotion Forums will fetch many results for you to start with. When posting, include a link to your forum in your signature (if allowed) so that even casual discussion can end in a promotional message. As mentioned, some forums allow you to post a thread directly advertising your forum. If you go this route, be sure to be as informative as possible about what people can find at your forum and why they should join. This is your chance to shine and make your forum stand out to your potential memberbase. Make sure your forum posts are high quality as well as abiding by any rules found on the forum. Posts that may be considered spam will not benefit you and will actually have a negative impact on your forums appearance before anyone even clicks to visit. Facebook Using Facebook for more than FarmVille or connecting with friends is another method that is available to you at a very low price, free! Creating a Facebook group and getting everyone you know to “Like” the page is a great way to gain more exposure. Be sure to post any news or upcoming events on Facebook just as you would on your forum. Letting people know that your forum is moving strong will encourage them to at least check it out if not register and become involved. Twitter Creating a Twitter account and following those that are related to your niche can prove to be beneficial as well. Tweeting things that are happening on your forum such as upcoming contests or some informative posts that may be of use to those following you will yield the best results. Again, keeping your Twitter account active is the best route and will prove to provide the best results as people will begin to get curious and visit your forum with the potential of joining. Forum Contests While the contest alone may not be free because you need a prize of some sort, advertising the contests can be and is a great way to add grounds for your promotion. Many people on forums enjoy participating in contests so giving them something to interact with can increase your forums activity and be beneficial for you in the long run. Some of the promotion forums that you will find allow you to post a separate thread about “what’s going on” type news. This is a great opportunity for you to take advantage of that category and post about your contest at no charge to you. Word of Mouth You probably have friends that share your same interests so why not tell them about your forum? You are your forums biggest fan so talking about your forum and getting your friends to check it out is a very important method and incredibly easy. Not only are your forums more receptive than a stranger, but they will also tell you what they think about your forum with more credibility because they are your forum.