Do you think it's good to pay someone to post on your forum so it looks busy? What's the reasonable rate for such job?
Well yes.. at least for the beginning and if the service really does a great and GENUINE job. It will make your forum look running, busy and active. YOu can continue the service until real users replace those paid users nicely. But if you have already many supporters and friends who can refer a quality userbase, it's equally good and longlasting.
These guys seem to do a job. ForumsFirst - The Premier Forum Paid Posting Service
Didn't try them myself but heard of them from a friend long back. I'm gonna use them for a niche health forum though. If you wanna wait, I'd love to give a review Else, try them with the smallest package and write a review here too.
Hope this helps.
I used forum posting services on another forum I started and the results were terrible.
The quality was so bad that I deleted most of their posts. They made the whole forum look bad -- the insipid paid posts were attracting stupid forum members. Eventually I closed that forum down because even I didn't want to visit it any longer.
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I'm sorry to hear that bad experience Will, I doubt if it was a reliable service and you had to close the forum? One can easily spot the quality in first few (around 50?) posts and the service can be terminated there only if needed.
Again it depends upon the quality of service. I do know some BIG blogs that are known to almost every webmaster and they get paid comments to their posts and blogs.
It's better to test the service on a smaller level where we can handle and once we find the forum BIT busy, we can stop paid postings.
I do not know about who is good or not. I tried one on a forum and the results were the same as Will had.
Here is what I found out. The forum looks busy only for a short time then you have NO post.
Not good to try to trick people to think the forum is busy IMO.
If you want to pay people. Pay just a few to work full time. Long term and make sure that they know enough to keep it interesting.
Best advice i can give.
Forums are a tough sell. I've seen forums that had a small core of active members with thousands of posts wither out. I don't believe the paid posters are going to help much. Better to find a person to write some quality webmaster posts and post a few times a week. At least you will have some quality and people will have a reason to visit your forum. Another thing that you could do is make a stragetic alliance with some of the smaller forums to do some "post exchanges" Let's say ten posts a week. At least you will have some quality comments.
I hired a bunch of people from DP a while ago. I spent about $25, but got 0 benefit. I was in the same situation as Will. However, I let someone else handle the forum. I lost about $33 (posting + domain), but it was a lesson learned.
ForumsFirst - The Premier Forum Paid Posting Service seems like a good option, but their prices are a bit steep. I guess its the quality that betters anyway.
The problem is that people would rather hire 25 posters (Who then post crap) than hire 5 quality posters with their forum poster budget. Think quality, not quantity and hire reliable people. Pay upfront and ask them to post slowly and steadily (Unless you need some posts quickly).
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bogart (11 February, 2010)