Alright, well I've been trying to figure this out for a while now... How do I build up a respectable community? I've been searching all over the web for answers and so far nothings worked. I tried advertising everywhere I know, doing post exchanges, which I highly hate because most of them time the person I exchange posts with ends up spamming my board instead of helping it. I even tried a few reviews, which all say the same thing... The layout and skin are really good you just need some more members. (Well thanks for pointing out the obvious) Anyways, I was hoping someone here could give me some tips as to how to do this. Form a community.
Just so you know, my forums genre is life discussion, and I know that's really hard to get going because no one likes posting about their personal life too much. Also my forums only been open for a week, but I always see all these guests but no one ever joins. Maybe I'm being too impatient, but that's why I need your guys expert advice to help me stay on the right track!
Thanks so much.
I have answered this for you elsewhere but I will also post the same reply here.
We have hundreds of guests at our site and maybe one or two sign up but that is one or two more than you will get if you keep opening and closing the forum.
the forum genre is unique but you have to get it very inviting to people as it is going to be about people personal lives and what not.
My best advice is to stick with it make a load of topics to start people off that way when someone joins or looks in they will see it active with new threads being posted that will then create a discussion with people, if the forum does not look active (new threads being posted etc.) many people will look away rather than look in.
You will be wuiet for a godd two months but in that time you will slowly see a rise in active members and then you just need to keep it fresh with new content to keep the members interested and give them something to talk about.
Wow, I didn't know you worked here... And yeah I already have regulars and it's going great so far. Thanks for all your help.
Hmm, to be honest there is no method that guarantees a successful, respectable community. However I'll give you my advice anyway. One thing you can do have the link to your forum in forums of the same niche as you. Promotion forums probably aren't going to help you too much and I'd be very surprised if they got you any real active members. As for the reviews they evidently haven't really helped you much at all, saying ''you need more members'' helps very little to be honest.
Also try and get a good ranking in google for ''Life discussion'' and ''life forum'' etc. Also a domain would be a very good thing to get for both professionalism and to give yourself more of a chance.
I also agree with Strider that starting a lot of topics would be a very good idea and also make sure your interaction with the members is good.
I like the name of your forum by the way and I think it's got potential. Good luck.
Affiliate with other sites.
Share links with friends on MSN.
SEO is vital to attract members.
Encourage your members to share the site with their friends.