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  • Dean C
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    I'm not saying making your site a success isn't possible, but not every venture works out. It's not possible to get lucky with every website you create

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  • Biker
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    Originally posted by CPOWA View Post
    So, I set the board up as a political activist site. To make a long story short, nobody seems interested in that either, which simply amazes me.

    If thereís anybody out there who would be so kind as to give me some advise or point me in the right direction, I would be deeply grateful.

    My board is http://www.changewewant.com/forums/ if you would care to take a look at it.

    Regards,
    Nita
    1. There are many political discussion boards out there. Your URL, IMO, is controversial and wouldn't attract a wide range of posters.

    2. Tried to visit the site and got a "holding" page.

    I've been running a global discussion site for almost 8 years now. If you want active discussion, you need to portray your site as one that ALL are welcome to post in.

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  • Gray Matter
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    Originally posted by MDawg View Post
    My forum is only a few weeks only and I getting about a hundred unique visitors each day - each of which is spending an average of ten minutes on the site.

    I am using vbSEO, I am creating backlinks, and I am even about to start pay per click, but the main reason people are coming to my site and joining (about eighty or ninety ACTIVE members so far) is because of CONTENT.

    My goal is a thousand members by the end of the year and I am certain I will achieve it.
    Don't worry about the member count. IMO it's more important to have active discussions, meaning more threads and posts, than a high number of members.

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  • MRGTB
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    Quite a lot of your visitors might be BOTS

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  • MDawg
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    My forum is only a few weeks only and I getting about a hundred unique visitors each day - each of which is spending an average of ten minutes on the site.

    I am using vbSEO, I am creating backlinks, and I am even about to start pay per click, but the main reason people are coming to my site and joining (about eighty or ninety ACTIVE members so far) is because of CONTENT.

    My goal is a thousand members by the end of the year and I am certain I will achieve it.

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  • Profaders
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    Do NOT enter into link exchange schemes OR display a "link to us" link. Google is cracking down hard on this. If you do, you'll eventually find yourself slapped with a penalty and will be lucky to get to page 10 of SERPs.

    Writing good and "unique" content is often an excellent way to get your site further up the SERPs in Google (who have 80% of the SE market) and as a result you should gather more traffic for your principal keywords.

    External linking will help to increase your Page Rank (PR) - but be VERY careful who you link to. And if you should reciprocate the link, then that will be cancelled out - so a waste of time.

    For more info, go to:
    http://groups.google.com/group/Google_Webmaster_Help

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  • tgillespie
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    Another pointer I would suggest is to get some help. Find some people interested in the subject matter and ask them to help moderate and add content. If you can find some similar sites to yours, spend a bit of time getting to know some of the members. Once you've found some reasonable people, toss them a PM asking if they would like to be apart of your site. Make your selections carefully and never come across as trying to steal another Web site's user base.

    Its going to take some considerable work on your part, but the more people you have contributing, the faster things grow.

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  • MRGTB
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    Originally posted by sockwater View Post
    4. Do what it takes to stimulate some activity on the forums to attract more members. People won't join an inactive board.
    I do agree with that totally, no offence intended here. But time and time again. I see people here asking what they need to do to get members.

    Then when I visit their link, I see they have no content as such posted. Maybe they have a handful of posts to try and get members, then they have gotten bored with adding more, or find it to much hard work and expect other to join and do it for them.

    There is no way around it. You have to add lots of content yourself to start with. If you worried about doing it under the same user-name on your forum all the time, create a few accounts and use them to make it look like you have a handful of members posting actively on a regular bases. The bottom line is, people will only join and post something. If they read something they want to reply too. If you have nothing to reply too - nobody will join and post.

    This is why a lot of people sell their vB licence later. They think it's a simple case of setting-up a forum, sitting back, and watching the members roll in posting. While they do nothing. Which isn't how it works.

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  • David Grove
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    My recommendations in this order:

    1. Change the colors/style to be a little easier on the eyes. Specifically, pick two colors, either contrasting or similar, but use color chart or something, don't just pick them at random.
    2. Pay to get a distinctive and memorable logo designed. This could be combined with #1, have your logo designer pick two colors.
    3. Add some content to the site in addition to the forums. Tools, articles, reference material, games-- content related to your topic.
    4. Do what it takes to stimulate some activity on the forums to attract more members. People won't join an inactive board.

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  • hitmancode47
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    Clinton and his "I did not have sexual relations with that woman".
    Off topic Warning:
    Lies i tell you, lies!

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  • l SKN l CHRIS
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    What all the others have said in this thread is sound advice indeed. A suggestion from me is to make your site visually appealing because your current skin made my eyes water.

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  • MRGTB
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    Some do - some don't. The one's that do usually advertise the fact they use "rel="nofollow" to try and avoid spam posts. Anyway, the point is to get traffic from clicks. Not for search engine indexing. Still most don't use that, so you do still benefit most of the time. I'd say over 90% of the time as a guess

    I get indexing from my site anyway quite easy, with a good link structure that can be followed by search engines, and good SEO design put in place. But then I don't use a PhP forum, so its much easier for me to do! My aim has nothing to do with Google, it's to drive traffic from other sites to mine.


    Anyway, I see my stats have increased 10 fold, so I know it works, along with adsense going up to boot.

    The proofs in the pudding, and I've just eaten it!
    Last edited by MRGTB; Thu 20th Nov '08, 2:36pm.

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  • David Grove
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    As long a your post an actual, relevant reply I wouldn't consider it spam, but most blog comment urls have rel="nofollow" which discounts some of their value in terms of major search engines, so your effort is probably better spent in actually improving your site.

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  • MRGTB
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    Well, I was going to say the "Water Gate Scandal" myself.

    But to be serious for a second. Most people who use WP and allow people to publicly make reply to there articles - do so because they "want replies". I always post a proper reply (along with my url link of course). So they get what they want, and I get what I want. Where both happy!

    Is that spam to you?

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  • David Grove
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    Originally posted by MRGTB View Post
    That depends how you look at it
    Yeah, I guess it does. It's like Clinton and his "I did not have sexual relations with that woman".

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