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    Ok, I think that I've got a pretty good idea for my website, but when I see that people are viewing my page, many times they don't register. I was just wondering what techniques other people have found to be successfull?

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    Give them something that they want and have to register for.

    I get about 5-10 people a day to register at my site by offering various services and only doing support for my free scripts in my forums.

    Also don't expect too much. Different sites will have different %s of people registering.

    Also, don't ask for too much personal information as that will turn off a lot of people.

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    How did you get them to find out about your site? As for my site, I ask the same information that this website does as we run the same software. Also, I let my forums be read by everyone who clicks on them, but I have the option of only letting registered members read my forums, what do you think about that? It is my opinion that people just read the info on my site and then leave, without registering or posting.
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    How did you get them to find out about your site?

    See http://www.sitepointforums.com/showt...?threadid=8716

    Also, I let my forums be read by everyone who clicks on them, but I have the option of only letting registered members read my forums, what do you think about that?

    I think people should be able to read without registering, since most will just leave otherwise.

    If all you have is forums, then it's probably harder to get people to register and post. Maybe you could offer some other incentive for them.


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    Originally posted by steven
    Ok, I think that I've got a pretty good idea for my website, but when I see that people are viewing my page, many times they don't register. I was just wondering what techniques other people have found to be successfull?

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    hi ya steven it's eva2000 from vbulletin forums

    it may take time too... members like to lurk around the forums for a while and see if it's worth registering...

    having quality discussions on your forum topic helps in the sign up process... i get around 50 - 80 new members per week on my vbulletin forum since it started 10 weeks ago... the only reason for this is visitors lurk in the threads and read the stuff that get's posted and see that there are discussion topics worth participating in..

    oh yeah make the registration link easy to find helps

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    oh yeah chang of vb forum colours from the default would help in making the forum more unique and of your own

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    Hi ya eva!! **me waves** Wow you are on every site that I know You're site is probably one of the nicest sites that is out there. You must have every hack known to VB!! I must visit your site 3 or four times a day, and I'm not even an anime fan. It's purely to see what else you changed. I changed my vb from the default settings but then the 5 links seemed to not look good. I know that I have to be patient, but it's hard hearing that so many sites get 50-80 members per week that incredible, I want to be like EVA. I wish that I can get that. Well anymore tips? BTW, I can't wait for the new software.
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    pop-ups although anoying make em register.
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    Originally posted by necrominator
    pop-ups although anoying make em register.
    Not always. A lot of user automatically close the popups without reading them first (myself included), although, I plan to create a popup to get get more users to sign up for my free sports newsletter. You never it know, it might be effective.

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    thats true, but it does increase your percentage.
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    I Just changed the whole color scheme of my forums. I would like to know what people think about it?
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    Originally posted by steven
    Hi ya eva!! **me waves** Wow you are on every site that I know You're site is probably one of the nicest sites that is out there. You must have every hack known to VB!! I must visit your site 3 or four times a day, and I'm not even an anime fan. It's purely to see what else you changed. I changed my vb from the default settings but then the 5 links seemed to not look good. I know that I have to be patient, but it's hard hearing that so many sites get 50-80 members per week that incredible, I want to be like EVA. I wish that I can get that. Well anymore tips? BTW, I can't wait for the new software.
    **waves back*** hehe yes i get around the net alot my vbulletin is pretty much hacked to death and i have stopped now...since i realised the pain i will go through when upgrade time comes

    as for the colour scheme change looks better... but white hyperlink colour ain't that good ...

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    Originally posted by steven
    Also, I let my forums be read by everyone who clicks on them, but I have the option of only letting registered members read my forums, what do you think about that?
    I believe that you should let your visitors read all threads. It's the only way to gain their trust and convince them about the quality of posts/Moderators and the help you can offer.
    Many visitors of our forums only read the posts but hesitate to participate... Others mention in their first post something like 'You 've discussed about ... many times'. This means that they need time to get used in the forums, understand the community's spirit and get involved! Give them this opportunity!

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    Here are a few suggestions I hope you like....
    1. Get rid of the pop-up on the main index page or at least make it only show up once onUnload.
    2. Make your main index page similar to Prequels at animeboards.com. This will lead the visitor into the forums. At first glance, I didn't even know you had a forums.
    3. Have some articles and information on how people can protect themselves from online fraud.
    4. Establish a bad dealings "seal of approval", Site owners could register for this and put it on their site to show customers they take care of business the right way. Basically just a link with a fancy graphic but it will help get people in your forums.
    5. A link to Register on the main page.
    6. Move the poll up and to the right to fill in the main page some.
    7. Integrate the look of the forums into your main site more. I would use the same colors and style and feel.
    8. Make the words "register" and "view what others have to say" links.
    9. Check your grammer throughout the site. If English isn't your primary language, I am sure someone here at SitePoint would be willing to look at it for you.
    10. Go to other anti-fraud sites without forums and see if they'll link to yours, might even look into a co-branding agreement.


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    Wluke-
    Thanks for all the excellent suggestions!! Right now I am in the process of trying to redesign my website. I am going to install php nuke on my main index pages, and that way all of your suggestions would be covered. If anyone knows how to install this program, send me an e-mail. As far as grammar, I was born and raised in the California. I will check to see grammatical mistakes are on the site. But thanks for the detailed evaluation.
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    I would again say use a pop up it will increase the user signup I had 50 users on my mailing list about 2,3 months ago but after inserting a pop up when i launched the site yesterday i had gone to 74 users! so it has grown! I'm sure it would help. Also the reason i use the pop up is becz i only use it on the enternce page so not anoying the users with in the site!

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    If you use a pop-up, I would suggest you to make it very fast loading. Only some text and a form. No graphics (or very little). One headliner and your signup form (if it is a simple one, like just entering your email address)

    In that way, people will see your message before they will be able to close the pop-up.

    I hope this was of any help
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    Ok, I'm convinced - As obnoxious as they are, I now want to add a pop-up window for the same reason: getting people to register for a newsletter.

    Thing was, in another thread (I can't find it now) someone suggested the most effective place for the pop-up to open when the viewer click's _out_ of the site. I think this thread also explained how to do that.

    Can anyone point me to the thread (or give instructions)?

    Thanks ahead of time!

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    [Edited by mfarmerhi on 09-12-2000 at 09:10 PM]

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    Originally posted by mfarmerhi
    Ok, I'm convinced - As obnoxious as they are, I now want to add a pop-up window for the same reason: getting people to register for a newsletter.

    Thing was, in another thread (I can't find it now) someone suggested the most effective place for the pop-up to open when the viewer click's _out_ of the site. I think this thread also explained how to do that.

    Can anyone point me to the thread (or give instructions)?

    Thanks ahead of time!

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    [Edited by mfarmerhi on 09-12-2000 at 09:10 PM]
    It would be best for you to have a "test run" of the popup and see how it effects your signups. If things don't go well, remove it. Then, it becomes just a nuisance and will begin to turn users away.

    Another good way I suggest for you to do is offer subscriber-only features such as exclusive articles, or better yet, have a raffle or contest available to just newsletter subscribers. That would get more signups.


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