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    SitePoint Evangelist jimday1982's Avatar
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    Posting on a competing forum to attract members

    I've just created a new forum and now I'm at the same stage that many of you are - trying to acquire new members.

    I was thinking of starting a contest to encourage registrations and participation and I was planning to announce this contest on a similar forum that I'm a member of.

    My question to you is, do you think this is unethical? I'm not trying to "steal" members from the competing forum, but I could also see how the administrators would think this way. What do you guys think?
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    Of course it isn't, Forums are a hard market and you should do whatever you can to get members... Within reason of course.

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    You need to pay strict attention to the guidelines of the competing forum. If you violate their guidelines, you run the risk of being branded as a spammer and that won't help you any.
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    It is probably more effective to put a link to your forum in your sig at competing forums (if allowed) and then make quality posts. As you can see people often click on signature links, and even more so if your posts are helpful. If your posts look spammy, that might turn people off from your forum from the get-go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bleys
    It is probably more effective to put a link to your forum in your sig at competing forums (if allowed) and then make quality posts. As you can see people often click on signature links, and even more so if your posts are helpful. If your posts look spammy, that might turn people off from your forum from the get-go.
    Excellent point and that was one of the first things I did after launching the site.
    Jimmy Day
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    I believe you should do whatever you can to get new members. Spamming forums looks unprofessional. There are hundreds of other ways to promote your forum to get new members and more traffic to your site.

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    I agree with Bleys about putting your link in your forum signature on the other site and just posting valuable messages there. Don't simply go over and post new threads advertising the contest on your competing site.
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    Yes, sig links work wonderfully sometimes. But, also be aware that some communities are not as liberal with their signature policy as Sitepoint is, so please do check out their rules prior to doing it.
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