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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:29 pm    Post subject: How to get new people to register Reply with quote

I have used this site before "many moons ago" and got some good advise. But this time im at a loss. I started a little project which is ukcomputerforum.co.uk and . It is a non profit project and was done out of bordom realy after my divorce. My problem is getting new members to register. I tried google adds with no luck. To me the layout is fine and everything seems to work ok. But if I get a visitor and they look at the registerd user list, which is nil what is the point of them joining. It is catch 22. I know it does sound like im trying to advertise but im realy not and I know this is buisness forum and my site is not so maybe should of gone else were.
Anyway any advise would be welcome. Ill get you a pint Wink
P.s if it is typed in google it dosent seem to be badly ranked.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi RSB... have a look at the Aardvark Post Exchange. Basically, to get a forum to work, it needs to look busy to begin with. You might need to do this by 'artificial' means in the first instance, to get the ball moving.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As Paul said, a post exchange can be a handy way to kick things off. Do you have any friends or family you can invite onto the site in its early days?

Think of it like going to a night club. No one wants to be the first on the dance floor, but once it's looking busy then people will happily join in.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:24 am    Post subject: new forum Reply with quote

Yep I think thats the two of you wright. I'll try that route and se see how it goes. As for freinds/family they all live in the dark ages so it's pointless asking them lol.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Paul is right, you need a busy looking forum, their are sites around where you can purchase forum posters if you have some money to spend. Saying this I feel the forum market is quite jam packed at the moment and is a difficult one to get onto unless you have something that's very niche.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure I'd want to buy forum posters. I'd be very dubious of the quality you'd get from it. For me I'd rather have an empty forum than one full of poor quality posts. In the early days you're looking to create a tone for your forum, so those early posts are important.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point adigaskell, it's a difficult one.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:13 pm    Post subject: Uk computer forum Reply with quote

Thanks for advise, much apriciated. Tried google adds again to no avail "well A couple of people" so just patiance now.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Google Ads isn't the way to get forum posts IMHO.

Why not try the post exchange I mentioned?

Full details here: http://www.aardvarkinternet.net/chat/viewtopic.php?t=14
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can set links and areas that only show up to people who are registered and logged in.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...yes, but if you take that approach, then you end up with significant portions of your site that aren't spiderable, don't you?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:23 am    Post subject: Maybe using a Blog is the way to go Reply with quote

One thing about Blogs is that they can be indexed frequently, and if you design the Blog correctly, and make post at least twice a week about your subject, always using keywords in your titles and text, then this can be a feeder to your site.

I would also consider using the free BT business service which lets you use your Google Analytics as well.

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PS, please also consider spelling, it can let you down.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:17 am    Post subject: Link did not work Reply with quote

paul wrote:
Google Ads isn't the way to get forum posts IMHO.

Why not try the post exchange I mentioned?

Full details here: http://www.aardvarkinternet.net/chat/viewtopic.php?t=14


I thought to follow up this post but the link does not show?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shows for me ok Draschi. Basically speaking you have various forums in the 'exchange', and have to post 100 times in any of those forums each month. Other members do likewise, so you get a regular flow of posts each month. The tit-for-tat nature ensures you don't get lots of short one liner posts.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe you could try a different approach.

Create some very interesting articles about anything related to computers and post them in Ezine or some site like that linking it to your forum saying you will reveal some more information in the forum, then when they land your forum they should be requested to register to see the post (this is actually a very common way to do it, i registered on many forums because of that) of course you have to keep creating interesting threads or discussions so they want to come back.
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