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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?
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.
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...
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.
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!
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.
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..
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.
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..)
[edited by: rogerd at 7:00 pm (utc) on Nov. 7, 2005]
[edit reason] No specifics, please. [/edit]
The best way to launch a forum is to advertise it with adwords. Bid $0.05/keyword.
PM me the address for your forums then, i'd quite like to make a 'one time announcement' there then!
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.
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).
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.