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Old 01-14-2010, 07:55 AM
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Any good tips to market a forumm online?

I have started my first webmaster forum for a few months right now,
i found that it's very hard to get new register members,
you know you must pay some tricks like pay someone to "popularize" your forum at the very beginning stage,
but it's not what i want since they are not real members,
anyone here can give some ideas to help me figure it out?!
 
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:59 AM
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*Moved to Forum Management" section for better help on this issue.

Have you thought about running a referal contest each month giving out a prize to the winner or winners?

Perhaps like free banner advertising on your site for a month or some cash. Get people motivated to start the viral marketing of your forum. Be patient for more suggestions.
 
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:57 AM
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forums take time; a year to the least to see significant success.

first of all you need to be the most active one there posting great content for others. participate on other webmaster forums for marketing.

i started a webmaster forum little less then two years ago. last month we made 100,000 posts. how? lot of hard work, money spent on marketing etc etc.

be consistent with content and marketing; you would see success.

and remember if you don't have fun doing it, you probably shouldn't do it.
 
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:58 AM
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Forums take a long time to take off. You should consider promoting your site on forum promotion sites, there you can find link exchanges and you can also get posting packages which can help you in the long run.

Check http://www.theadminzone.com and http://www.forumpromotion.net Google Adminfusion, it might help you launch it too.

Good luck.
 
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Old 01-27-2010, 03:40 PM
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The webmaster market is going to be a tough one to break into. I'am a member of a lot of webmaster forums, and only a couple of them get any real traffic.

To make a successful forum, you have to have a lot of time and promotion skills. On top of that, you have to offer something that the other forums dont.
 
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:08 PM
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You need to be the some posting having good content & participate with other webmaster forums. I think itís the best way.
 
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:14 PM
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Definitely Facebook! Try to find your target audience via Facebook fan pages.
 
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:18 PM
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I have started my first webmaster forum for a few months right now,
You do realize how much competition there is:
http://www.theforumfinder.org/comput...et/web-design/
 
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:12 AM
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Trust me even facebook started out that way lol :p
 
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:37 PM
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Trust me even facebook started out that way lol :p

A valid point. So... how did Facebook rise above the crowd? They offered something NEW! While they were a bit of a take-off on MySpace, they did offer something different, which I think was the key to their success.

Find a way to offer something special with your forum, and then find a way to get the word out about it. You might be surprised how quickly it can develop, if you hit on the right combination.
 
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:17 PM
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One point I would like to make is when dealing with webmasters usually they are at least somewhat concerned with backlinks and page rank. If you market your forum well gaining backlinks and increasing PR it will be an advantage for webmasters to participate in your forum as long as you allow signatures.
 
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:27 AM
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The webmaster market is going to be a tough one to break into. I'am a member of a lot of webmaster forums, and only a couple of them get any real traffic.

To make a successful forum, you have to have a lot of time and promotion skills. On top of that, you have to offer something that the other forums dont.
I absolutely agree with Kev. You must be responsible and focus in promoting your site. You can even consider doing some SEO. You can search through Google for more ideas. Good Luck
 
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:57 AM
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I would also note that the "popular wisdom" says that it takes a couple of years for a forum to get to the point of self-sufficiency (in terms of just traffic, not income). You have chosen a tough playground. Best of luck to you.
 
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:20 PM
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For new forums paid posters and
running contests will boom up the activity in the forum.

And best wishes to you.
 
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:06 AM
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I recommend Digital Point (if you want some paid posters), Forum Promotion (has already been mentioned in this topic, I have over 8,000 posts there and it is a great forum). Also this list may help you: http://forumpromotion.net/forum/view...hp?f=22&t=5786
 
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