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    SitePoint Wizard webcosmo's Avatar
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    Forum marketing Tips

    I have started a forum about 3 months now. Within that period of time I got significant progress.

    And best of all we been able to provide a fun environment for all our members learning and sharing as we grow together.

    Based on the experience I like to put together a set of tips hoping this would help others interested:

    Contests: Contests really pays off keeping a new forum active. It also makes a reason for many members stay active.
    Supportive environment: We have to provide the attitude of supporting. Lot of people need help in different aspects of web marketing, SEO, design, development, and such. If we can provide an environment that help others people would fall in love with the place.
    Friends: Friends could really help, big time. Posting new topics, keeping the forum alive. At least you won't have talk to the wall yourself.
    Forum Marketing: Post on other similar forums. This would help you get new members.
    Innovative Approaches: Think outside the box, try to come up with marketing ideas thats been untapped. This will give you an edge over others.

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    I am glad you had luck with contest, because the ones I held were a flop. Between two different article writing contest and over $200 in prizes, I got 4 submissions - 2 per contest.

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    SitePoint Wizard webcosmo's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~kev~ View Post
    I am glad you had luck with contest, because the ones I held were a flop. Between two different article writing contest and over $200 in prizes, I got 4 submissions - 2 per contest.
    That is horrible. I had more then 8000 posts from 3 contests with $450 in prizes. I run contests every month, I think thats what keep lot of people interested.

    One thing I should mention, you have to market the contest in other forums as well. If you don't have much people see it, its gonna fail for sure.

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    Can I ask what type of contest you have webcosmo? In other words, what do you actually give away?

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    I had more then 80000 posts
    What is your url(s)?

    Contests only work if you can get your money back, plus profit, and, you have repeat visitors. And I'm not talking a dozen or so either.

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    I run contests every month, I think thats what keep lot of people interested.
    I don't think so... I visit your forum daily without joining the contest.... I like new forums..

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    SitePoint Wizard webcosmo's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jun Valasek View Post
    I don't think so... I visit your forum daily without joining the contest.... I like new forums..
    Contests spice up things for us, encouraging some folks post more.

    I have to say though we made such progress for having folks like you; who made the forum fun place to share and learn

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    SitePoint Wizard webcosmo's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack32 View Post
    What is your url(s)?

    Contests only work if you can get your money back, plus profit, and, you have repeat visitors. And I'm not talking a dozen or so either.
    Its not 80,000, I have mistyped; its actually 8,000. Link is on my sig.

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    Great progress. Thanks for the tips

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    Well nice progress indeed and I m logging into your forum.

    Thanks
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    Nice Idea Mate. You will definitely get promotion for this...

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    NIce, I will join your forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelinalove View Post
    NIce, I will join your forums.
    Glad to hear that pal, looking forward see you there.

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    good news. is your forum is do-follow and accept signatures. i visite your forum but i confuss. it is looking some strange and new. Don't worry you will get sucess soon.

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    goodluck to you webcosmo! more power!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAnujGupta View Post
    good news. is your forum is do-follow and accept signatures. i visite your forum but i confuss. it is looking some strange and new. Don't worry you will get sucess soon.
    It is DOFOLLOW and allows signatures without any post restrictions. We got a PR4 in 3 months, some inner pages even got PR6.

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    You have Submit You Forum Link in Other Forum and Blogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webcosmo View Post
    Glad to hear that pal, looking forward see you there.
    Interesting, It looks great and good idea... Think I can also join with you!!!!!!
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    yes Good luck !
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    Ia starting my forums.
    If it finish i will tell you!
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    Hello,

    It is really a good news of your starting a forum.

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    thanks a lot for sharing these as i also owned a forum and need to know about its promotion

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    Friendly Enviornment also keep members in Forum........... easy language......... fast reply............... as this thread is full of Forum ownner ........... so I want to tell that i love posts exchange ... if anyone needs me... I can make 10-20 posts daily.............

    as activity is greatly needed in forums............

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    Quote Originally Posted by No-One View Post
    Friendly Enviornment also keep members in Forum........... easy language......... fast reply............... as this thread is full of Forum ownner ........... so I want to tell that i love posts exchange ... if anyone needs me... I can make 10-20 posts daily.............

    as activity is greatly needed in forums............
    I am interested and wish to exchange links for my blog and forum. there links are:

    cool-talk.coolforums.org/


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