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

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fancier wrote:this may help u <link removed>
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Max CR wrote:
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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

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ChrisRLG wrote:
Max CR wrote:
fancier wrote:this may help u <link removed>
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I saw the link when it was available.
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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

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What about, how can we have a good prune/delete users policy for a better board? Does this topic also cover that issue, or is there any other topic for prune policies? I've observed, one of three users of my board, neither post nor visit-login the board at least 3 months after registration..
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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

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heres a bit of advice.

Ive got a board called
Depthz Of Dzignz

2 admins (me and my gfx partner)
7 Global mods(from the top ten gfx sites and on social networking sites)
4 helpers(gfx experts)
i have 5000 something members
7000 topics
33k posts

i am trying to say ghet more staff.
Ask the top boards and websites to put links up and put links up of their forum.

.:)
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johnlanng wrote:Ask the top boards and websites to put links up and put links up of their forum.
never thought of that
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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

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yeah..i get two new members every 6 minutes.

i started about 9 days ago.
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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

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hey blogging also helps!

Create a blog like phpbb

Social Network!
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yeah good advice brian or whatever.lol.

i mostly use a blog for like the starter page of my website.telling you info on your forum then the link to the forum.
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We've been quite lucky. We built up a good fanbase of over 4000 members back in 2004. We had many issues and moved forums a few times and each time members had to re-register.

The most recent before phpbb was a move to fireboard around april time and around 850 members joined us. I have *just* opened the new forum on phpbb 3.0.2 as fireboard is crap. it's been about 1 hour and 20 people have registered. I'm hoping that most people move with us and that we attract more members over time.

We got members because we were the only decent Hanson forum online back then. The rest were basically cliques and very hostile or they kept getting closed down for copyright infringement etc. We offered something that the others didn't. A friendly forum with great members from around the world.

Ofcourse it helps that everyone is there for the same reason. It's a Hanson forum and everyone are Hanson fans.

Even with having our own forums etc we still advertise it when possible. We even went as far as handing out flyers in the queues at Hanson concerts! lol.

Also, I run it with another person. We both own extremely popular hanson fansites which link to the forums so they drive traffic in aswell.
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Okay so join a few boards and put a link in your sig, submit to some free search engines....

... but at the end of the day you can bet your big toe that you're gonna have to spend some money somewhere.

A general discussion site can get somewhere, although it has no real focus it isn't the end of the world cos it's still fun to take part in ~ as long as it has a viewpoint/character and open minded theme itself.

However, in order for a mere general discussion forum to get anywhere, even if it does have some character and individuality to it, you still need to market that type of person, who would be interested in such a characteristic.

Answer: Spend a little money.
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I used to run a fansite for an online game, and I recieved a considerable number of visitors (at least for me anyway) - the hit counter got way past 100,000 views.
I started a forum and recieved a large number of users, I think it reached about 200 members.

So yes, having a catalyst for a forum helps because I've recently just started one on my new website and the member count is currently 3.
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For anyone who's had a good experience(s) with advertising places, please let me know through PM. I'm trying to find a good way to advertise, but I'm mostly interested in places OTHER people have had good luck with. but ya send me a pm and it would be much appreciated.
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From what I've observed, niche communities prosper faster and better (probably bcoz the web has evolved a lot and has become too competitive). For example, a community of owners of certain model of Nissan car will fetch a decent number of users, but my website - a community of MBA aspirants - is struggling to get past single digit registrations. I believe that's because there must be 100,000+ MBA aspirant communities on the web today, so my website gets buried deep in the Google search results. So if you are starting a community, and haven't yet finalized the 'theme', go for a niche area.

At a risk of digressing and probably starting an argument - I feel, the Google-Friendly URL rewrite MOD will help. It rewrites the page address to include the title of the post, instead of the plain - viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3, etc. Although this doesn't affect the efficiency of the Google Crawler, I feel it may get your site a better ranking, due to the weightage to URL words in calculating the page rank. Need proof? Search Google on 'mba rankings' (or any set of popular keywords) and notice that majority of the search result URLs have the search terms in them.

I'm planning to use the MOD.

Please understand that the efficiency of crawler is a different issue from page ranking, and do not reply with this forum's success on Google - how the posts get indexed within minutes and all that.
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Try advertising on forum promotion sites like >>link removed>>
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