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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

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keywords are words/phrases about the subject of your board that someone looking for information about that subject would put into google etc.


here are just some of your keywords:
health and wellness, nutrition, eating plans, supplements, recipes, health research
and I am sure there are many, many more that apply.

make sure your forum titles, topic titles etc. have some of those keywords in them.

make sure the name of your site/board relates to what your site is about.

make sure your meta description tag in your overall_header.html file has a description of what your site is about using some or all of those keywords.


now, when someone goes to google and types in "health and wellness" and one of your forums is named "health and wellness" and/or a topic and/or several posts in a topic, then your site will show up somewhere in the results they get.
decide what the most relevant keywords are that relate to your subject matter.
do some research. I believe you can go to your hosting control panel and look up the logs and find out what keywords your visitors have been using to find your site. there are a lot of other things to do along these lines as well.


then, make sure your forum titles, topic titles etc. reflect those keywords. I assume that your post text will already have plenty of those keywords/phrases in them.

Now, go out and post on other boards/sites. put your link in your sig file or wherever they will allow you to .

use anchor tags with keywords.

for instance, if I was going to put a link to phpbb.com in a sig file I would do it like this.

(for here, you have to use bbcode and not html )

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[url=http://phpbb.com]best free bulletin board[/url]
which should produce this:
best free bulletin board

these are just some of the ideas you can try. forget any of the so called SEO MODs or "black hat" secrets you may run across. most of that is either out of date or just plain wrong.

luck,
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Great information! I appreciate the help!

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Lumpy Burgertushie wrote: Now, go out and post on other boards/sites. put your link in your sig file or wherever they will allow you to .

use anchor tags with keywords.

for instance, if I was going to put a link to phpbb.com in a sig file I would do it like this.

(for here, you have to use bbcode and not html )

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[url=http://phpbb.com]best free bulletin board[/url]
which should produce this:
best free bulletin board
I added a signature to my UCP but it's not showing up in this thread. Neither is the option to show it when making the post. It shows in the Test forum however. ????

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Thats because signatures are disabled for normal users in the general discussion forum.
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Paul wrote:Thats because signatures are disabled for normal users in the general discussion forum.
Is the line "Location: " also disable for normal members?

Just take a look at Brf's post profile and you'll see this "{postrow.POSTER_FROM}" and I wonder can we use this "Location: " line for sort of a signature well a discreet disguised signature.

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Ancient Viking wrote:Is the line "Location: " also disable for normal members?
No, the first two posts at the top of page 25 of this topic show a registered user with a location set.
Ancient Viking wrote:Just take a look at Brf's post profile and you'll see this "{postrow.POSTER_FROM}"
He actually typed that in there. :P
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solid wrote:Just offer money for new members. That's a quick way to do it.

This is not a way to get the users. You should provide them better and needed content and services in order to get the new users and should do promotions on Social Network.

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I had business cards made up to introduce the site. (you can get them for free)
For a dancing website I left the cards at venues that cater to dancers. Dance clothing & shoe stores, dancehalls, dance schools, Gave to DJ's to have on hand when they play an event.

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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

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When we all want a new users, we must make our site for users, not for us!

They must feel at our site like in home! :D

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lord.nitos wrote:When we all want a new users, we must make our site for users, not for us!

They must feel at our site like in home! :D
very good point!!!


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lord.nitos wrote:When we all want a new users, we must make our site for users, not for us!

They must feel at our site like in home! :D
I disagree completely with that concept. Now obviously, since this is a forum to discuss forum software, this presupposes the website I create would be a forum. If I spend my time and my money in order to create a website/forum, I would want the website/forum to reflect the ideals that I feel are important and not what others think it should be. If others want to create a website/forum, they have every right to do so and they can set it up and run it any way they choose. But as for myself, I would want my website/forum to be what I want it to be. So if I want it made clear there will be no foul language or pornography posted on the forum, I would post that as one of the main rules. If someone doesn't like that rule, they can leave the site and go elsewhere.

The only time that I believe having a website/forum catered specifically for others would be a good idea, is if it is a paid site. If a paid site is what you have, then by all means, you definitely need to cater specifically to the users because the users are who is paying the bills and making you money. So by all means, do what you need to do to keep the paid members coming back. If that means bending over and kissing their foot, then I guess maybe you will have to do it.

But for most people who have a website/forum, it is not a paid site and the admin is under no obligation to cater to anybody. So to my way of thinking, as long as the website has material/content that is appealing to a large number of people, the website/forum will have a sizable following. In my opinion, CONTENT is the real ticket to getting new members and keeping them, not catering to the whims of others. If a member has a good idea, you may want to implement it, but only if you feel it really IS a good idea and something you would like to do for your forum. But the real key to success is content and as long as you have content that people want and enjoy, they will be back and they will bring their friends with them.

Now obviously, you need to make the site as user friendly as possible. But doing that doesn't mean you have to do whatever a few of the members want. It's your site, set it up and run it the way you want it to be run. I mean, look at your forum like it's your home. In our case, the wife and I don't smoke and because of that we have a rule, we don't allow smoking in our home. If you are a guest in our home, we expect you to NOT smoke in our home. If you wish to smoke, go outside and smoke. As long as you follow the rules, you are more than welcome to come visit us. If you refuse to follow the rules, we will ask you to leave. By the same token, your forum has rules. These are the rules you want followed. Member can stay as long as they follow the rules. If they refuse to do so, ask them to leave. You don't have to cater to their every whim. It's your forum, you created it and you are paying for it. Therefore, you have every right to run it the way you feel is best.

Anyway, that is my opinion for what it is worth. You may agree with me, or you may disagree, but in any case I don't want to start a big debate about it. An opinion is what it is, an opinion.

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well Jim, I agree with you 100%. I did not interpret lord.nitos post to mean any of the things you listed there.

however, unless you just want a board to post on yourself then you have to create one that others will like and be willing to join you in. that means that at some level you have to create and maintain your board for your users, not just for yourself otherwise, what is the point of it.

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Gee Lumpy, if you agree with me then I must be wrong. :D Only kidding.

I took his post to mean that to get members you need to cater to whatever the users want to do, and I think that is wrong. Really good content is what a forum needs to attract members and keep them. For example, if you have a forum for people who make wooden bowls, and if you have people who post pictures of their equipment as well as some of their projects, then that's a good thing. Another really cool thing is if the "old timers" are willing to take the time to explain to "new members" how to do stuff. When that happens, then anyone interested in making wooden bowls will flock to your site, assuming of course they can find it. But if your content is terrible and nobody wants to help new members with their projects, then I don't care how "flashy/appealing" your forum is, your membership will suffer. There are many forums out there, but to have a successful forum it's the content that counts more than anything.

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yep, ya got it.

that is what I took his comment to mean. If you are providing quality content about your given subject in a format that is easy for your members to access and use then we fit this:
we must make our site for users
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Big-Jim wrote:
lord.nitos wrote:When we all want a new users, we must make our site for users, not for us!

They must feel at our site like in home! :D
I disagree completely with that concept. Now obviously, since this is a forum to discuss forum software, this presupposes the website I create would be a forum. If I spend my time and my money in order to create a website/forum, I would want the website/forum to reflect the ideals that I feel are important and not what others think it should be. If others want to create a website/forum, they have every right to do so and they can set it up and run it any way they choose. But as for myself, I would want my website/forum to be what I want it to be. So if I want it made clear there will be no foul language or pornography posted on the forum, I would post that as one of the main rules. If someone doesn't like that rule, they can leave the site and go elsewhere.

The only time that I believe having a website/forum catered specifically for others would be a good idea, is if it is a paid site. If a paid site is what you have, then by all means, you definitely need to cater specifically to the users because the users are who is paying the bills and making you money. So by all means, do what you need to do to keep the paid members coming back. If that means bending over and kissing their foot, then I guess maybe you will have to do it.

But for most people who have a website/forum, it is not a paid site and the admin is under no obligation to cater to anybody. So to my way of thinking, as long as the website has material/content that is appealing to a large number of people, the website/forum will have a sizable following. In my opinion, CONTENT is the real ticket to getting new members and keeping them, not catering to the whims of others. If a member has a good idea, you may want to implement it, but only if you feel it really IS a good idea and something you would like to do for your forum. But the real key to success is content and as long as you have content that people want and enjoy, they will be back and they will bring their friends with them.

Now obviously, you need to make the site as user friendly as possible. But doing that doesn't mean you have to do whatever a few of the members want. It's your site, set it up and run it the way you want it to be run. I mean, look at your forum like it's your home. In our case, the wife and I don't smoke and because of that we have a rule, we don't allow smoking in our home. If you are a guest in our home, we expect you to NOT smoke in our home. If you wish to smoke, go outside and smoke. As long as you follow the rules, you are more than welcome to come visit us. If you refuse to follow the rules, we will ask you to leave. By the same token, your forum has rules. These are the rules you want followed. Member can stay as long as they follow the rules. If they refuse to do so, ask them to leave. You don't have to cater to their every whim. It's your forum, you created it and you are paying for it. Therefore, you have every right to run it the way you feel is best.

Anyway, that is my opinion for what it is worth. You may agree with me, or you may disagree, but in any case I don't want to start a big debate about it. An opinion is what it is, an opinion.
I completely agree with this, it should be run the way YOU want it, not users. You make the decisions because you created the board. *nods*

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