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What strategies do you use to promote?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by sambling, Oct 10, 2012.

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    What strategies are you using to promote your forum and boost it's membership and post count? :)
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    sambling, Oct 10, 2012 IP
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  2. Saskia Bader

    Saskia Bader Peon

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    Hi, I did the following things:
    - I announced and linked it in my topic-related blog
    - I have put it in signatures of other forums like this one
    - I did exchanges with other forum owners
    - and I work on it every day to create new content, remove spam and keep a friendly and welcoming environment.

    My newest forum (about blogging, link in signature) is only around a month old, but it has over 30 members and 100 posts already. The exchanges I did with other forum ownlers, the promotion I did in blogging communities and an announcement on twitter that got retweeted where most effective to launch that site.
     
    Saskia Bader, Oct 11, 2012 IP
  3. DJboutit2

    DJboutit2 Active Member

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    Start a chat room for your forum on IRC

    Watermark images with a link to your forum post them all over the place

    Watermark videos with a link to your forum upload them to dailymotion

    Ever time you send a email add a link to your forum at the end on the email

    Spam usenet with posts about your forum

    Use a good back link service

    Spam yahoo groups with info about your forum be sure to join groups that have 1000+ members
     
    DJboutit2, Oct 12, 2012 IP
  4. ddmmh

    ddmmh Peon

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    This advise seems like just getting your link out everywhere, seems like a lot of hard work with little reward
     
    ddmmh, Oct 21, 2012 IP
  5. hellreturn

    hellreturn Greenhorn

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    Post count which most of the forum admin run after is useless in long run. You can easily increase post count by add "What song you are listening right now?" but it wouldn't add any value to your forums.

    Get quality content.
    Set up referral for members i.e. if someone refers more then 10 members to your forums then give it out % discount in your VIP membership.

    Both have worked fine for my forum.
     
    hellreturn, Oct 26, 2012 IP
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    captainnewgate Peon

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    Word of Mouth advertising
    Free coupons / freebies would surely help
    Constant advertising on all important places
    Ensuring that the forum is easy to use (I mean user interface is cool)
     
    captainnewgate, Oct 28, 2012 IP
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    frankyrob Member

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    use PPC to boost your visitor and promote your site
     
    frankyrob, Oct 28, 2012 IP
  8. JamesColin

    JamesColin Prominent Member

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    #8
    Find something to motivate others to promote your forum for you. They need to have some benefit for doing so.
    And on your side, yes apply some advices in this thread, basically be a sales representative of your forum. Don't go as far as tatooing your forum url on your forehead but you get the general idea.
     
    JamesColin, Oct 28, 2012 IP