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    SitePoint Member noova's Avatar
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    How to promote local forum?

    Hi,

    I just created a forum where people from Colorado can exchange information about what is going on in Colorado and where they can meet some new friends.

    But what is the best way to promote a local (Colorado) forum?
    It is very difficult for me to find people who want to participate since I am an international student and hardly know anybody in Colorado myself.
    My entire budget is under $100, lol. (But I do have a lot of time)

    The forum is in my signature.

    Thanks.

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    SitePoint Member noova's Avatar
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    Should I better ask this question in "Promotion & Marketing"?
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    One website at a time mmj's Avatar
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    The best way to promote a regional (local) site is to go offline. If you don't actually live in Colorado then it makes it harder.

    It might be worth contacting:
    - local newspapers
    - local tourism centre (do they have them in the US?)
    - various clubs or community groups

    Make sure you contact any of the local businesses and tourist attractions that you may feature in your site, as well. They may be thrilled to see themselves mentioned on the internet, and if they don't have their own website they may tell people about your site.

    I have an idea: before you contact each business, do a bit of research on them and write up an article. Publish the article where visitors to your site can read it.

    If you do this, the articles represent useful information for anybody interested about Colorado, and also they would encourage all of the businesses and organisations you contact to spread the word about your site.

    Ask them politely if they would advertise it in their store/newsletter, etc.

    It's just an idea
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    Also, why not contact any local ISPs asking them to provide a link to your forums, if they don't already have them - push it as a 'linking with the Colorado community' or something

    As mmj said, I'd also contact local tourist centres, specifically their websites, asking them to link to you.

    The first option would get the local users, while the latter would get those people seeking info about Colorado

    Good luck!


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