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    Question Help me promote my FORUM

    http://www.jobnews.ca
    Its been over 4 month an i still don't have any users in it? What should i do?
    Forum for employers and workers.
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    Create 5 accts, and have a handfull of friends create 5 accts, start talking between yourself...

    Do you have any traffic to the site? If not, start by getting your site in the directorys, then start link exchanges, never stop posting until you reach a critical mass of users (20 - 25 concurrent users).

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    Best place to get traffic is from search engines, but you need to be ranked well.
    Clean HTML and use of images, Meta Tags - Keywords and Description, Page Title Tag, Alt Image Tags and Header Tags - This stuff needs to be done first. Then you submit to search engines, then use some Search Engine Optimization Techniques, start with figuring out your key phrases, and track your position with those phrases in search engines. Some SEO techniques are mentioned above, but others are quality links to your site, as well as key words in document text. Then use those SEO techniques to improve the rankings you are tracking.

    Also use a sginature every where you go that has a link to your website as well as in your email. Hang out in forums related to your site don't spam but when you answer questions or talk your signature will be used. Search out sites related to yours and approach them about getting a link to your site.
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    Also do what they did for another forum. Get your friends to ad your forum to their tags. Then get them to visit other forums and places of interest. It seems to have worked well for the forum.

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    Road Rash that is very good advice thats what me and my bro do is to create a few accounts and talk to each other threw the different names and talk to our selves. Becuase of this me and my brother make fun of each other saying we have multiple personalities.

    But in all seriousness this is a good strategy becuase if someone is browsing a community they usually replie to topics first instead of straight out answering a question first after registering. And the mojority of people that see an empty forum presume it is a dead forum then leave.

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    I have an e-friend in Canada looking for a job so I tried to go to your site and it's down. I would have sent him over if there was anything to look at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by svmagnum
    http://www.jobnews.ca
    Its been over 4 month an i still don't have any users in it? What should i do?
    First thing you should do is figure out why it doesn't resolve properly for everyone. I get a server not found error in Mozilla and Internet Explorer..
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    Doesn't work for me either, using Opera, and I am in Canada.
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    My forum is going pretty well. However, I seem to have reached a peak. I've been averaging 400-500 posts a day for nearly three years even though I get new members all the time. It frustrates me when I come across an unknown forum that looks bad, but has 100 online users. HOw do they do it?
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    Well you've got 17 online now and it's almost midnight. That's not too shabby. [img]images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

    I know what you mean though. I just don't get it. If they have content I can kind of understand but some don't even have that and the colors and everything are just awful.

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    I'm not able to really get my forum off the ground no matter how hard I try - any suggestions?

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    Try harder - the net is over-flooded with forums, so you really need to market market market your forums. Also helps if you actually have site content aside from your forums as well.

    But really it's all about marketing marketing marketing - and more marketing. At least, until you reach "critical mass".

    When opening a new forum, you erally have to decide on what you actually want to achieve - and how you're going to achieve it. Simply opening a blank space in the internet that's out of the way of anybody is bound to not succeed without some serious effort.
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    Well for me, it's more of a matter of getting people to come in the first place, then having people come, but leaving due to lack of content. I mostly need help drawing members to the site to begin with.


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    A 404 for me still. Perhaps that's part of the reason why.

    I recommend you get a newer better host.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subhadip
    A 404 for me still. Perhaps that's part of the reason why.

    I recommend you get a newer better host.

    My site or his?


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    svmagnum, you need to put an index.htm file in your site--currently it lists all your folders.

    http://www.jobnews.ca/forum/ works OK for me now. Might be a good idea to hide some of the forums until you get some discussion going in one of them--you can unhide them later when it's time to split the discussions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hockyfan
    [img]images/smilies/confused.gif[/img]
    My site or his?
    Yours works fine for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Feury
    Yours works fine for me [img]images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]
    I second that That's just what I meant.

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    Ahh ok, ya'll worried me there.


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    I def. agree with the suggestion regarding getting some friends to register and to start talking amongst yourselves. Even if you're getting traffic flow... a lot of people don't bother with a forum that has no one talking on it.

    Also, when I go to your main page I get just a directory listing....

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    Yeah, I am in the same boat. Getting friends to post is a great idea. Another good way is to run contests in the forums.

    If you have traffic to the site more than likely someone will take a few minutes to reply to a topic if there is a possibility of winning something.

    I found the forum but there are zero threads in each topic. You might also want to narrow down the topics to just five or less and then put a suggest a new forum topic in there. Once you have users and threads going you can expand based on the most frequent topics. Hope that helps...

    Thanks,

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    Also, I just thought of.... put some starter threads.... polls or questions... someone is more likely to register to answer a poll and/or a question than to register and post on a forum that's never had any posts before. Afterall, what are they gonna say??


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