Msg#: 3508286 posted 11:02 pm on Nov 18, 2007 (gmt 0)
I recently launched a site similar to digg /reddit but for photography instead. You post the picture and people rate the image. Problem is, I'm having trouble getting people to join the site. Any advice on what I should do?
Another thing, what is a realistic expected amount of users for the first week, month, 2 months? It's hard to tell if the site is doing well without any reference point.
Msg#: 3508286 posted 2:11 pm on Dec 2, 2007 (gmt 0)
You need to add value that isn't available at other sites already. This goes beyond installing Pligg and saying "Okay, the topic is pictures". Flickr already lets users rate photos, and it gives them a lot more, too. Users can build photo galleries, tag photos, comment on photos and specific portions of photos, share them, map them, etc.
Then Flickr goes further and provides APIs for other sites and software to integrate with their system to provide further usefulness. One good example of this the Eye-fi wireless storage card for digital cameras that removes the need for users to even connect their cameras to their computers. The SD card stores photos until a wireless router is in range and then automatically connects and uploads the user's photos to their Flickr account.
Msg#: 3508286 posted 8:00 am on Dec 17, 2007 (gmt 0)
Any site takes lots of time and lots of hard work in order to succeed, you need to constantly promote, revise, and experiment, see what works what does not. Pligg is a nice platform and should work out with effort of course. I just changed all my news sites to Pligg.