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How long until a forum gets active.
jozomannen




msg:1558220
 6:51 pm on Oct 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

I started a new forum yesterday. It got 7 members yesterday and 15 so far today, but none of them have made any posts yet.

I have made 4 users myself and made 2-3 posts with each of them. I've started some "easy to discuss" topics so people can start posting. What is your experience in starting forums? How long do you think it will take until my 15-new-users-per-day-forum will get like 100 posts / day?

 

frankybme




msg:1558221
 7:04 pm on Oct 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi there, i just started a new one myself and if you post intesting questions then people will start posting. I all ready have over 300 posts and 30 memebers and my site is less than a week old. By the way post exchanges great way to get some action going.

jozomannen




msg:1558222
 8:54 pm on Oct 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

300 posts from 30 users, that's really good, I have 25 users and none of them has posted. (Only me with my 5 fake users)

What did you do to get the first 100 posts?

rogerd




msg:1558223
 1:13 am on Oct 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

Jozo, try posting something controversial for your audience - Mac vs. PC, football vs. baseball... anything that will cause some of these lurkers to join in.

The early days of a forum are hard work...

jozomannen




msg:1558224
 8:17 am on Oct 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have posted some of thoose, like who's your favorite Simpsons character and some of thoose. But I guess I just have to keep posting.

Edit: I just got my first 2 "real" posts. The 37th member made them =)

skyhawk133




msg:1558225
 4:40 pm on Oct 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

don't you want quality posts? why are you trying to fill your forum with junk topics? Focus on your goal, they will come in time.

jozomannen




msg:1558226
 6:31 pm on Oct 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well, of course I want good posts, but at this moment, I just need some people to start some discussions to get some activity. Only one member has made posts, but there isn't much for that user to discuss. So at the moment, I'm just trying to get a good amount of topics to get some more members to use the forum daily.

I have talked to another forum owner and we will trade 20 posts, we will make both replys and new threads in each others forums. I hope this will get some good topics for the people to discuss.

frankybme




msg:1558227
 6:57 pm on Nov 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

post exchanges are great way to start a forum up. Just make sure the other guys are not posting just one word responces such as lol. Also sometimes just posting whatever "junk" helps becouse it will make it look more buzy and help make people want to post.

bradley phil




msg:1558228
 8:31 am on Nov 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

posting new topics for discussion should be the primary responsibility of a forum's staff during the first months/year. It's not like there's a lot of moderation to be done during a board's infancy

anshul




msg:1558229
 8:57 am on Nov 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

Is there a (free yet massive) way, we say/advertise to people about our community?

moltar




msg:1558230
 1:35 pm on Nov 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

Is there a (free yet massive) way, we say/advertise to people about our community?

Don't we all want that? :)

What I do is I participate on other boards that are similar in nature, but not in a direct competition. I put my address in a signature and answer user's questions on the topics that are closely related to my website. Admins don't mind at all.

In some instances I PMed the admins and asked if I can put a message up to advertise the site and they agreed. But wan't to point out again: my sites were not in direct competition with the other ones. I had sites about small widgets and they had sites about red widgets, blue widgtes, custom made widgets, etc...

rogerd




msg:1558231
 1:45 pm on Nov 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

>>(free yet massive)

Get slashdotted? :)

Constructive participation in other communities is one good way to get the word out, with the emphasis on "constructive".

Cross-promotion with topically related websites is another, anything from a simple link exchange to more extensive promotions.

frankybme




msg:1558232
 3:39 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Get slashdotted, i have heard before. whats does it mean?

moltar




msg:1558233
 10:31 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Get slashdotted, i have heard before. whats does it mean?

It means that your website is mentioned on a extremely popular website called slashdot.org. Slashdot brings an avalanche on visitors, which can crash servers, fry CPUs, damage hard drives, etc... Well, not really, but I am sure that happened :)

Depending on your niche market, SD may not be a very good source of traffic. Slashdotters are usually geeky/techy people that are up to date with technology. In some research they said that they come and leave, they don't stay long on a website, and certanly don't click on ads.

MarkHutch




msg:1558234
 10:45 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Might want to check with your ISP before you take the Slashdot advice. They will bring traffic beyond belief for a few days, but not all ISP's can handle this much traffic in such a short period of time. Might find yourself without an ISP if you do this without telling them.

moltar




msg:1558235
 1:31 am on Nov 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

but not all ISP's can handle this much traffic in such a short period of time.

True that! The exact thing happened to me. The host shuted down the site without a warning, saying that it was overloading the server. But one positive thing came out of it - I got a dedicated server :)

anshul




msg:1558236
 6:30 am on Nov 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

I try comprehend:
It's dangerous and unsafe to get slashdotted. Dedicated server can't be affordable by most Web masters. I note that they're tech-savy people and they do some bad to my site/

The safe (and much much much less effective) method, presently I'm using is announcing my forums in Yahoo! groups. Though many times, moderators block my announcements.

One interseting event also I share with you: I got wild once and said announcement in Apache, PHP, Tomcat mailing lists, at once(whim!). Many people there personally scolded me for though my descent, small, short request and I've to ask apology for eachone separately!

moltar




msg:1558237
 2:38 pm on Nov 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

anshul: That's called spam. You should be ashamed of yourself.

anshul




msg:1558238
 5:18 pm on Nov 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

Nope!

What's wrong in a one time announcement.

Is talking to admin and posting links, promotion in forums (as pointed out in previous posts here) is much fairer than it? I think, no!

Anyway, I did it once only. My method presently is only one small descent signature link, in forums/blogs that allow it.

My final idea is making a site content-rich and resourceful will automatically make people come (from external linking to a Web site or search engines).

Only defeat is to accept, that we'd lost. So keep trying. And trying through the months..

And after time starts measuring in years, fetch some better job or oppurtunity anyway, is the wisdom.. I see.

bradley phil




msg:1558239
 10:52 pm on Nov 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

PM me the address for your forums then, i'd quite like to make a 'one time announcement' there then!

anshul




msg:1558240
 5:43 am on Nov 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

What's the exact meaning of SPAM?

You would know it, if you'd really experience it in your inbox(s)!

I think every Web master, who has e-mails to check, know its real meaning..

People are using word 'SPAM' in general talk, every now and then, without knowing what's it! What it can do? What it can cause..

rogerd




msg:1558241
 1:32 pm on Nov 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

Promoting in forums IS effective, but only if the forum members perceive that you are contributing to their discussion. Just posting a URL will make people angry and won't make them think well of your forum.

On the other hand, if you are a productive community member, engage in conversations, help other members by answering questions, a TOS-compliant signature URL will bring traffic to your site.

anshul




msg:1558242
 2:25 pm on Nov 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

I agree and there is one forum where I'm helping young people learn PHP and other topics also.

About signature, I just a link use my home page or resume.

You said about a TOS-compliant signature: is it allowed on WebmasterWorld?

What I think about your forums is, you're active in Apache forums (and many times, you helped me there).

You people are definitely good about Perl/CGI and I'm sure, you'll teach me that. (Till now, I perhaps not posted there, but I'm impressed with Perl.)

For the enthusiasm of users here:
What you about static .htm files by CGI here!
The SEO power? (about me: I'm using phpBB2, but vBulletin is my longing..)

Regards,

[edited by: rogerd at 7:00 pm (utc) on Nov. 7, 2005]
[edit reason] No specifics, please. [/edit]

rogerd




msg:1558243
 6:59 pm on Nov 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld is an example of a forum where sigs aren't allowed, and URL drops end up being a negative for the poster. Note that even forums that discourage linking in posts often have a "profile url" that will let someone check out your site if they find your comments interesting or helpful.

petra




msg:1558244
 7:31 pm on Nov 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

The best way to launch a forum is to advertise it with adwords. Bid $0.05/keyword (if its a general discussion board) and watch them roll in ;).

Aircut




msg:1558245
 5:43 am on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

PM me the address for your forums then, i'd quite like to make a 'one time announcement' there then!

ditto....yea would love to leave one time announcment on YOUR site....

anshul




msg:1558246
 6:03 am on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks for all the nice discussion.

The best way to launch a forum is to advertise it with adwords. Bid $0.05/keyword.

What is it? Do you mean Google/Yahoo JavaScript advertising? I've seen it on many many Web sites! My thinking is such listing looks odd. Does it bring traffic or revenue?

PM me the address for your forums then, i'd quite like to make a 'one time announcement' there then!

These words makes no sense to post for and read by the public here.. ;) You could've PMed me; if your wishes are granted by me: I'll do that.

I wanna say few tips for the concerning topic here:
1) Starting a newsletter may be helpful. We may first collect e-mails of our friends, collegues, teachers, juniors, co-workers etc.
2) Making URLs static (removed sessions and querystring; note that WebmasterWorld also uses cookies) may help Search Engines easy to assimilate the content and thus increase listings.
3) RSS feeds can help Search Engines to easily digest/index the content; at the same time remote syndication.

I myself, haven't used any of above technique, but for my Web site, I would like 'news' from Webmasterworld and SearchengineWorld RSS feeds (these news I know are really very interesting).

Aircut




msg:1558247
 6:35 am on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Starting a newsletter may be helpful. We may first collect e-mails of our friends, collegues, teachers, juniors, co-workers etc.

and all of whom did not agree to get unsolicited mail....bad advice

rogerd




msg:1558248
 1:08 pm on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

>>and all of whom did not agree to get unsolicited mail

With permission, one presumes. :)

As far as the $.05 ads, these would be Google Adwords ads that would appear with Google search results or on sites running Adsense. The key thing, I guess, is to find keywords that might attract people interested in your forum but where the minimum $.05 price will get you displayed. Some topics will likely be saturated with higher bids.

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