Online real estate forums are growing in number and popularity each day, presenting you with a lot of opportunity to voice your expertise on a variety of topics. These internet conversations are used as reference material for buyers, sellers, investors, and other potential clients when they are looking for answers to their questions about the real estate industry. The posts in these forums often appear in the search engine results, and most of them also allow you to directly link to your website through the profile you set up to post on the forums.
Forums like Yahoo Answers have a dedicated Renting and Real Estate section in their forum. Here realtors can find questions regarding renting and real estate. Realtors can allow themselves to become a valuable resource within these online communities, not only generating new clients but generating self-branding within that specific group of users. This can be used as a new way of connecting to prospective clients. All that is needed is setting aside time to answer or commenting on answers buyers and sellers have. You may even find other realtors supplying questions; this is a great way to become a resource within a realtor community. Growing and connecting with users is the main goal of this operation. Finding new ways to promote yourself and your company is something to always keep an eye out for.
Within answering questions you can direct traffic back to your site, whether it is your real estate site or your real estate blog. Working links into your answers and pointing questioning users to past blog posts is a way of generating traffic and links which are great Search Engine Optimization tactics. It is also possible to write a blog post on questions found within these online communities.
Here is a list of some great Real Estate Community Forums.
3. Zolve Forums
Some forums to consider:
tribe.net (less competitive)
Some things to consider before diving headfirst into any of them:
How Easy To Join?
How Much Traffic?
How Much Competition?