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How to Develop My forum Some advice needed
uvaraj6




msg:3694859
 9:27 pm on Jul 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

I wrote a little story about me So that you guys can understand about me and my web knowledge,,,

I am Yuvaraj.L An Engineering student From An most reputed university in India... Doing final year graduation...

I got a Job...

i was much impressed by the forums... because of the forum members helping tendency... i love forums.. in our college there

is no online forum for discussion..... So i decided to start a forum...
i went through many websites and googled to find a best forum software,, finally i selected SMF and launched with a free host...
i get about only 1 hits per day that's a funny guy that's me:o....
i keep on posting something in my forum i asked help from my class friends.. finally one guy supported me... one day the host closed my database and asked money... i am ready to pay but no credit card with me..

so i went on frustration.... i got credit card from my relation and went to paid hosting.. Now i am running on the paid host..... then also i went with smf and started building my forum site.... No one is ready to help with...
i saw the forum with frustrated eyes(No active members) because one of my life time goal is to run a successful forum... in the first 2 forums i used only technical but i cant able to attract the students...
so i deleted the forum and refreshed my mind and went to ipb.. where good mods and themes can be available...
and also started posting movies songs jokes,gossips much more entertainment...previously it was not in my forum...
now i am using IPB...
within 3 days i posted about 82 posts... i will continue..

i am not at all much interested in earning through the forum just a service oriented....

My Special Capabilities.
1) i have 5000 email addresses got through a national level technical symposium....(because i hosted the site for that symposium in my hosting)
2) I am the Student coordinator For Multimedia club of our college so that i can easily advertise my thoughts in my university..
3)i have web designing knowledge and installing editing of scripts of about 2 years experience...

My Drawbacks

1) Poor communication Skill....

Now my Question Starts
1) How to make my community A succesful forum by using these qualities..
2)How to promote my forum...
3)as i already said i have 5000 students mail ids...how can i effectively use it....
4)How can i keep the members coming to my forum with me....
5)Where i can find some good posters for my forum?....(i was amazing by seeing some forums even get jealous while the members of that forum posting very enthusiastically...without getting anything just reputaion)
6)Paying to a guy to start a initial content is it good?
7)i need some dedicated guys to my forum where can i find them?

Suggestions are welcome...

[edited by: rogerd at 3:34 pm (utc) on July 10, 2008]
[edit reason] no URLs or specifics, please [/edit]

 

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