How to Add a Forum to Your WordPress Website or Blog and Establish a Community

Blogging and building a community goes hand in hand, and if you are not thinking to establish a community through your blog then you are doing a big mistake.

Do you use online forums to get traffic to your blog? If your answer is NO, than in this post you will get to know why forums are important for bloggers.

Forums are Important For the Following Reasons:

1) Forums Can be a Great Place For Your Website Visitors to Tell You Their Opinions about Your Product or Services, so you can interact with your visitors and answer their questions, concerns and provide more value to them. And also you can engage your readers with a great conversation, and feedback about future offering

2) The more time your readers hang out at your website, the better is your SEO  ranking, so Forums, do increase your website stickiness, meaning they spend more time at your website, which can be a great help for you in terms of SEO, and for reducing the bounce rate.

3) People like to socialize and bond with other people who share similar interests. so why you don’t provide people, with that opportunity to happen on your website, using your own online forum?

4) It is always to keep the conversation about your product or service happening on Your Own Website, so you can monitor it, explain it, answer it, tweak it, and make it better. The conversation will happen regardless, but might as well make it happen on your website or blog, rather than it is spreading all over the web. It is better that you know about it, so you can react, and explain accordingly.

5) Forums, like help you get more traffic and more back links, since public forums will be scanned and indexed by the search engines, and it will be full of active searchable keywords, which will lead to an increase of organic SEO, and organic traffic.

In Case You Are Wondering What is a Forum?

Forum is an internet message board, or an online discussion site, where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages. They are different from chat rooms,  in that messages are at least temporarily archived. Also, depending on the access level of a user or the forum set-up, a posted message might need to be approved by a moderator before it becomes visible.

A single conversation is called a “thread”.

A discussion forum is hierarchical or tree-like in structure: a forum can contain a number of sub-forums  each of which may have several topics. Within a forum’s topic, each new discussion started is called a thread, and can be replied to by as many people as so wish.

Depending on the forum’s settings, users can be anonymous or have to register with the forum and then subsequently log in in order to post messages. On most forums, users do not have to log in to read existing messages.

How Do You Setup an Online Forum on Your WordPress Website or Blog?

1) Search for Mingle Forum in the wordpress repository, or you can find it here..

2) Install it on your wordpress website or blog

3) Let me show you how it is all done inside the video training



As you can see, it is very easy to add, and setup a forum on your wordpress website. So ahead and do it, and eastablish a community, and all your users and readers to mingle on your website.

Please let me know, what you think regarding this tutorial, by posting a comment below, so what other forums have you tried? what other future training you would like to see.