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    Had my forum up and running for a couple of days now and created a couple of "myselfs" to help things along. But the problem is that no-one is posting or replying. Quite a few of the threads have more than 10 views but no posts?! Please help explain how you get people to post? Also, is there any good sources of traffic - like a directory of forums?

    Thanks

    DiscussFitness.com
    xlguy

  • #2
    Frankly speaking, what are you offering them to make them stay. You have to give to get. it doesn't have to be something that costs money but some benefit.

    Personally, I am working to make a one stop discussion site for everything related to web development. Will I reach this goal? For some I have, for others they still want more. I have to find out what they want...
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    Wayne Luke
    The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud demonstration site.
    vBulletin 5 API

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    • #3
      10 views is nothing. That can be generated by just two people looking at the thread occasionally. On my forum the number of views is usually at least 10x the number of replies.

      Talking to yourself is great but it does get mind numing after a while, unless you've got a split personality!

      Where is your traffic coming from. OK you've got a forum but who knows about it? Do you offer anything apart from forums. It's my experience that people come to a site looking for information and will then post on a forum. Forum sites on their own are more difficult to promote.
      Motorsport Forums

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      • #4
        I can solve your problem very easily. Let your unregistered users post and you will double or triple your average post numbers.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Strike
          I can solve your problem very easily. Let your unregistered users post and you will double or triple your average post numbers.
          I do not recommend doing that.
          http://www.ironmagazine.com - blog
          http://www.ironmagazineforums.com - forums
          http://www.ironmaglabs.com - supplements

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          • #6
            Do you think that the registration really puts users off posting? Maybe I can remove the registration for a while and then put it back when the site gets busy? Any suggestions?

            http://www.discussfitness.com
            xlguy

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            • #7
              Originally posted by discussfitness
              Do you think that the registration really puts users off posting? Maybe I can remove the registration for a while and then put it back when the site gets busy? Any suggestions?

              http://www.discussfitness.com
              Make users register, just turn off the e-mail validation so that they can start posting immediately after they register.

              Allowing "unregistered users" to post will result in a lot of spam and crap posting, IMO. (just look @ www.escrew.com)

              If someone really wants to be part of your board/community then they will register.
              http://www.ironmagazine.com - blog
              http://www.ironmagazineforums.com - forums
              http://www.ironmaglabs.com - supplements

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              • #8
                I've already got it set-up like that - thanks anyway.

                Your forums are amazing - how did you manage to get so much traffic? Also, do you make anything from those banners?

                Bill

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                http://www.discussfitness.com
                xlguy

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Prince
                  Allowing "unregistered users" to post will result in a lot of spam and crap posting, IMO. (just look @ www.escrew.com)
                  LOL - just spent 5 minutes reading that site, and boy, what an education I had!

                  -jim

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Prince

                    If someone really wants to be part of your board/community then they will register.
                    My point is that people hate to fill forms on the Internet. It is boring thing to do. Everywhere I go I see same crap: "Please log in". This driving me crazy! I saw an article about the same problem on this site: http://www.ecommercetimes.com

                    They did a research and found that people are very tired of too many registration requests.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JimF
                      LOL - just spent 5 minutes reading that site, and boy, what an education I had!

                      -jim
                      Are you trying to make fun of my site? If so, you can do better than that.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Strike


                        Are you trying to make fun of my site? If so, you can do better than that.
                        No, I'm saying that sitting here bored at work, your site provided me with 5 minutes of sheer enjoyment .

                        -jim

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Strike


                          My point is that people hate to fill forms on the Internet. It is boring thing to do. Everywhere I go I see same crap: "Please log in". This driving me crazy! I saw an article about the same problem on this site: http://www.ecommercetimes.com

                          They did a research and found that people are very tired of too many registration requests.
                          I see your point, however if people want to participate, get questions answered, etc., they will take 2 minutes to register.

                          On a board like escrew.com, which has no subject, it's just a general chat forum, there is no motivation to register. On a board like my mine people come to get advice so they will take the time to register to get their question answered.

                          I also require 25 posts on my board before you can view my Picture Gallery forum.
                          http://www.ironmagazine.com - blog
                          http://www.ironmagazineforums.com - forums
                          http://www.ironmaglabs.com - supplements

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Strike


                            My point is that people hate to fill forms on the Internet. It is boring thing to do. Everywhere I go I see same crap: "Please log in". This driving me crazy! I saw an article about the same problem on this site: http://www.ecommercetimes.com

                            They did a research and found that people are very tired of too many registration requests.
                            Yes, but once they register, it also gives them an incentive to stay.
                            Well, there it is.
                            - Keeper of the Grove

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                            • #15
                              Thats actually a good point. I remember now when I first started my site I didn't require people to register just to type in whatever name they wanted to use.

                              It encouraged new users to come in and post a small comment about something. Otherwise they may have seen that it is a new, small forum with little traffic and didn't want to go through a lengthy registration process (and yes it does take significant time) for a board they are uncertain they may be returning to in the future.

                              I had very few problems with it, so I was quite fortunate, certainly no more problems than with registration, but then the membership was only small at that time.

                              As my board got busier I eventually put on registration, and not I have registration+email confirm in place.

                              One tip is to get rid of the default 'Unregistered' login name and make it blank to force people to type a name. Otherwise you'll have lots of 'Unregistered's talking to each other!
                              Motorsport Forums

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