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How did you First Drive Traffic to your Forum?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Woodcs82, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. TheMissingLink007

    TheMissingLink007 Peon

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    #21
    I have a new forum have a few members.. just got online a couple days ago. So far just been promoting on other forums.. I'm thinking about putting up a fan page running a couple of ads on facebook. and doing a couple of contest mabey a thread and post contest.. winners get 100 bucks paypal or wire something like that. I'm also thinking of paid traffic. Just got to stick with it just takes time.
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    TheMissingLink007, Apr 29, 2011 IP
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  2. DJboutit2

    DJboutit2 Active Member

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    #22
    Facebook seems to not allow links so I do not use facebook at all I can not promote my forum there
     
    DJboutit2, May 1, 2011 IP
  3. Qryztufre

    Qryztufre Prominent Member

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    #23
    I got VERY lucky....

    I was an admin on a forum that got hacked over & over & over again. It's owner didn't care all that much about it and never bothered to do any offsite backups. So once when it got hacked, I grabbed as many folks as I could and started my own forum.

    Within the first month I had well over 200 active members.

    Other then a few signatures, about 30 directory submissions, and posting on my own blog(s), I've not advertised. The ONLY advertising that is done on it is by word of mouth, and after 4 years :

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    Posts
    103,176
    Members
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    Yeah, not the GREATEST, but I'm really doing my best not to sell out, as I'm NOT in it for the money.
     
    Qryztufre, May 3, 2011 IP
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    etc Active Member

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    #24
    not bad though. i'm just starting to develop my new forum. what i'm currently doing is tweeting some useful threads of my forum.
     
    etc, May 5, 2011 IP
  5. Qryztufre

    Qryztufre Prominent Member

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    #25
    rather then just tweeting, set up a facebook page, then set it up to auto-generate tweets from there. It'll save ya time...
     
    Qryztufre, May 5, 2011 IP
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    #26
    I sent an email to everyone on my old forum asking them to visit my new forum.
     
    sstudios, May 14, 2011 IP
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    dmmcintyre3 Peon

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    #27
    Offer something that no other forum offered at the time.
     
    dmmcintyre3, Jun 2, 2011 IP
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    SlickLizard Greenhorn

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    #28
    I used the services of a forum posting company. It really helped and before long, many of these "paid" members became regular "unpaid" members. Then they started telling others about my forum and it didn't take long before I had a nice forum. I highly suggest pro forum posters dot proboards dot com. Tell the Admin slick sent you; he might give you a discount.
     
    SlickLizard, Jun 11, 2011 IP
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    #29
    For me i am using adverts. i placed ads in my other websites, so far, in four days i have 25 members, i think thats a good start
     
    trimchic, Jun 30, 2011 IP
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    AyMiles Greenhorn

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    #30
    Proper SEO was probably the main thing I focused on. I also posted a lot on related forums and used signature links wherever possible.
     
    AyMiles, Jul 6, 2011 IP
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    #31
    How do you set up something like that? Does it generate tweets from new forum posts?
     
    lucomm, Jul 19, 2011 IP
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    Qryztufre Prominent Member

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    #33
    Definitely have to populate the forum with quality threads and invite people to sign up. Keep on promoting and having interesting discussions and it will grow more and more each day.
     
    readezarchive, Jul 19, 2011 IP
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    lucomm Peon

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    #34
    Thanks, looks like it work for Facebook Page > Twitter. But is there anyway to a grab a feed right from the forum instead of updating the facebook page manually? Probably wouldnt work like that.
     
    lucomm, Jul 20, 2011 IP
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    #35
    That I don't know... but I do know, that if there was, it would be WAY to spammy on both FB and twitter. Just grab randomly bumped threads that you find interesting and announcements, then just give'm a wall post every few days. It does not take all that long.

    Or find someone on your forums willing to do it for you, then just add them as an admin to the FB page (not the forums)
     
    Qryztufre, Jul 20, 2011 IP
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    #36
    I guess you are right about that way being way too spammy, specially if its a big forum. Will give it a go with just a few posts, thanks for your help.
     
    lucomm, Jul 20, 2011 IP
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    #37
    I have built a forum with a totally different format to the usual layout but am finding it difficult to get members to interact. Does anyone have any tips. My site is bongal dot com. Sorry I cant post links yet.
     
    bongal, Jul 29, 2011 IP