Monthly Archives: August 2014

Open Carnage – Review Spotlight

Open Carnage
Full Review by Jadster

You can access Open Carnage to see for yourself what it looks like, by clicking here.


Scoring:

Image First Impressions & Appearance – (13 out of 20)
Let me start of this review by giving out my personal thoughts on Open Carnage. When I visited OC, I was a bit confused as to what OC was all about. I looked at just the theme and banner but could not figure it out at all. The banner / logo really confused me as to what the site was about but after I read the blue box underneath the header, then I found out what OC was all about and realized it was a gaming related website. Personally, I found that a bit disappointing that I had to read a notice to find out what the site was about. If anything, I would say that your banner / logo should represent your website & have some sort of inclination as to what your site is about. This way, people won’t have to go and read to find out what the site is about. Looking at your theme, for a gaming website, I feel that a dark theme was a good choice as you don’t see very many light themed gaming sites that work well but I feel that a dark theme works best for gaming websites. The color of your logo seems very nice but with a space background behind it is what threw me off because I didn’t see how that connected with gaming in any way. Overall, I feel that the banner / logo should show more about what OC is about and you could add a bit more to the theme to help with that as well. So, let’s move onto the Site Layout of Open Carnage!

Image Site Layout – (15 out of 20)
Let’s look at the site layout of Open Carnage now. When looking at your categories & boards, I can say that they are pretty well organized. You have a good amount of categories and a good amount of boards in each of those categories to keep them filled up and keep things spread out so you don’t have too many boards in a category or too few. As for navigation around OC, there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the navigation. It is very easy and simple to navigate and find things around OC. So overall, I do not see what is wrong with your site layout and your site organization is good. And again, navigation through the website is very simple and easy. So let’s move onto the next part of your review, the statistics & activity.

Image Statistics and Activity – (16 out of 20)
As it stands, Open Carnage has 50,926 posts but the amount of threads are unknown. You also have 305 members which if we were to average those numbers, you would have about 167 posts per user which is a great number! With that many members with an average of that many posts per user, that is outstanding! By far, this is the highest Post per User ratio I have ever seen by far. Looking at the activity though, it is hard to tell how active people are because you have the time limit as “In the past 30 minutes”, so it is hard to rate how your activity is when it is reset every 30 minutes. But looking at the stats every 30 minutes, with 14 guests & 2 members, that is great activity for Open Carnage. But again, without a larger window, it is hard to tell the activity of your website. Overall, I think that the stats & activity are by far one of the biggest positives of Open Carnage by far, so let’s move onto the content of your website!

Image Content – (16 out of 20)
Looking at the content of Open Carnage, I would have to say that your website holds a lot of good, quality content. With all the members that you have and all the posts, your content is skyrocketing through the roof along with the stats. But after reading some of the content that is posted around Open Carnage, I can tell that a good amount of time is put into the content to make it very detailed and provide quality information to the community of Open Carnage. I read several threads in the News Room and each and every thread that I read had quality information and each one had links back to the original source which is very professional. Showing where the information originally came from instead of ripping it off of them makes the site show professionalism. So overall, I would have to say that the only thing that brings down your site content would be small posts, such as 1 liners or single words. If you can minimalism that, you will get much higher and go much further with Open Carnage. So let’s move onto the last bit of this review, the professionalism and spelling / grammar of OC.

Image Spelling/Grammar & Professionalism – (16 out of 20)
Looking at Open Carnage and all the content that I read through, your site has some great content and the spelling / grammar was near perfect but wasn’t there just yet but that is to be expected, nothing is ever perfect. By far, the best grammar & spelling came from the staff members which isn’t a huge surprise. Most of your members are good with spelling & grammar in their posts but every now and then there are errors which isn’t a huge deal to be honest. And looking at how professional your site is, seeing how active your staff are and how proper their posts are, they are very professional with what they do. They make your website look very professional which in the end will help benefit your website in the long run. This will keep members around and bring new ones in as well. So overall, I would have to say your site is very professional and your site has great grammar & spelling by far. So that is all for this review, now let’s finish this up with my final remarks & your strengths & weaknesses.

Total Score – (76 out of 100)

 


Final Remarks:
Open Carnage was a great site to get the time to review. I enjoyed taking the time to review Open Carnage and getting to read some of the threads and articles you posted, especially in the News Center. So by far, this was a very interesting gaming website to review to say none the less. But anyways, thank you very much for requesting a review here at FP and I hope to be able to review OC again in the future!

Image Strengths:

Stats & Activity
Professionalism

Image Weaknesses:

Site Logo / Banner

Twenty7c – Full Review

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Full Review by Lucky!

You can access Twenty7c to see for yourself what it looks like, by clicking here.


Scoring:

Image First Impressions & Appearance – (17 out of 20)

I have looked through your website before and I was intrigued by it, so I am happy to go deeper into it and look at the nitty-gritty. What I like to do in this section is to break things down into different areas of focus to make it easier to read.

Navigation bar
Your navigation bar is very simplistic, which fits well with the overall theme. It spotlights your logo really well and the logo fits nicely as well. Across the top, you have the links for the main categories for articles that are published on Twenty7c, which I love right off the bat. As a guest, I don’t want to have to look around for what I want, I want it to be right there for me to find, so nicely done. To the right of the links, you have a really simple search feature that offers a subtle drop-down holding the actual search function, I like it! However, one thing that I must comment about the search function is the flow of which it opens and closes. The animations that leads and follows it opening and closing is jumpy and often times took an awkward second to open, which isn’t the biggest issue, but I am nit-picking.

Main Content
Looking at all of the main content, I see a quick spotlight of some of the articles posted in the “Tech” and “Psychology” categories, followed by a larger preview of the “Curiosity” category. Something that I would do, if you have control of it, is to make that larger preview something that really sparks my “curiosity” and makes me click on the link to view the full article. When I was looking around before writing this review, I saw an article that was touched on maybe we know why people dream. Personally, I clicked on the link because I wanted to read more, because it’s a topic that I have consistently wondered. If that were intended to be placed on that larger preview on the homepage, I feel it would help with user engagement and time spent on your site because people would read the main article and click on another related article because they’re hooked. Something that I noticed scrolling down to the footer is you have two instances of “Connect” and “Tags”, which is inconstant. If you ask me, I think your homepage should show-off your articles first and foremost. Then have the “Connect” and “Tags” left in the footer like they are now. Not only do they look better down there, but it makes your articles the focal point on your homepage, which is important. I like the list of articles that I can scroll through and see a slight preview of the article before I read it, which makes user engagement that much better. After typing this section, I had to suggest something. On both of my monitors, the content seems to run into the background, and it is hard to see the box-shadow on the edge of the main content. When I opened up my Chrome Dev Tools, I found that changing “box-shadow” to “0 0 30px -10px #000” defined your edges better and helped to see where the edge stops and the background starts.

Footer
I really like your footer that you are using, it is simple and contains things that I feel are really important to include. Number one, you have your mission statement ready for the user to read what twenty7c is all about, which is nice to see from a guest’s view. I see a list of the latest posts which I can click-through and read. Subsequent to that, we see the tags feature, which I commented on above regarding removing the one on the homepage but leaving this one in tack. Something that I have to comment on is the placement of the: “Home”, “About Us”, and the “Contact Us” links. They look “odd” placed in that space where they are now and I would personally place them inside your description as anchor text.

Image Site Layout – (18 out of 20)
This is the one section that I was pleased to comment on after I looked through the different categories and articles. The articles are beautifully laid out in the homepage and the respective categories. This is very important because you never want to let your guest’s have to spend time looking for content, because it will only cause them to click off your site because of guests’s make judgement before actually looking in deeper. However, this is not the case on twenty7c, so nice job! Looking at the layout within reading an article is really nice too! You have a cover image for each article followed by the main category in which it is posted in and the title, which just makes it look that much better. Near the bottom of the article, you have the writer’s bio followed by the comment section. If you want my honest opinion, you rocked this entire section! I was really impressed.

Image Statistics and Activity – (11 out of 20)
This is where my positive view of twenty7c kind of took a turn for the bad. While I love your articles and most of them are really well written and are meticulous in length and content, I hate to say that some of them are old too. Something that I noticed was the absence of more current posts, in different categories. When a guest now comes to look at your website, the first thing they want to see is a thriving website, that makes them think there is always going to be new content for them to read and comment on. However, if everyday they come back hoping to read new articles and they see the same posts they have already read, hate to say it, but they will just look away and won’t come back. Now, I did see you have re-launched twenty7c on the 19th of July, which was a little over a month ago. Within a months time, I would have liked to have seen a little more content both article wise and comment wise. Something that I used when I use to write articles was offer a question at the end of the article, something that would offer users a reason to comment, and it paid off really well.

Image Content – (15 out of 20)
The articles that I did read were awesome! Not only did most of them offer quite the length to read, but most of them were a really nice read. I did learn some things just in my time reading what I did than I did beforehand, and that’s impressive! For the most part, the articles were really nice and if you keep up that expectation, the amount of articles on twenty7c would be higher and the quality of them would be the same. The niche of twenty7c is really interesting because you answer peoples inquires about life, which is interesting to a lot of people. For example, I really didn’t know that much about the stock market, but after reading the article explaining it, I felt like I actually learned enough to tell someone else what it was. Content like this is what makes a website professional and will make people thrive for your content because it answers what they don’t know. For someone like me that is really inquisitive, that is imperative to keep your readership.

Image Spelling/Grammar & Professionalism – (17 out of 20)
Looking into the user posted content, you did well with this section. I used a grammar tool to cross check certain posts and they did fairly well. Most of what my tools found were simple grammar issues and often times offered suggestions for different use of words based on the context of the article. However, I really didn’t find anything that raised an eyebrow or anything that comes out and slaps you in the face, spelling wise. I would defiantly keep up on checking user content before it’s posted though, you don’t want to let the quality of posts slip, because it will be difficult to fix after that.

Total Score – (78 out of 100)

 


Final Remarks:
Overall, I am very pleased with the look of twenty7c. I feel like the niche is one that would attract a lot of people that are thirsty for knowledge. Other than the few points that I touched on. I think you have a solid foundation to build on and I am excited to see where you take twenty7c and your writers as well. Keep posting interesting stories and I feel you will find a large readership. Best of luck!

Image Strengths:

Overall layout of twenty7c
The articles

Image Weaknesses:

Lack of frequent posting
Lack of content on the “About Us” and “Contact Us” pages.

Staff Member Interview #2 – Mr.Panos

Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Staff Member Interview Series!

This week, we have decided to interview Mr.Panos. This member is a staff member of Forum Promotion, and is part of the Administrative Team!

Now on to the interview!

What can you tell us about yourself? Who are you?

I am a 28 years old male from Athens, Greece whose name is Panos. I have studied Business Management and Organization and I am currently working at a multinational company. I have one sister who is studying Psychology. My parents do not work anymore and they travel all around the world. In my free time, I love hanging out with my friends and with my girlfriend. I am also interested in reading articles and reviews about Apple products. I think that I own more than 10 products from Apple.

What can you tell us about your experience in the Package Team?

I was first hired by Sshadow in June of 2013. I have completed more than 300 packages and I am very proud of myself. Creating content for other websites is a very demanding task which needs a lot of time. That’s why, I resigned in January of 2014. After some months, I noticed that the Package Team Leader (pandaa) wanted to hire one more Packager. I sent my application immediately and pandaa accepted me! In 28th of July, I got promoted to Package Team Leader! So my dream came true!

I would like to mention that the Package Team is my favourite one. All the PTMs are professionals and people seem to enjoy their posts. I became an Administrator, but I will never change my vote here: Group Wars – Number 5 !

Out of your past experiences being on the Package Team, what was your favorite period of being on the team?

I do not really think that I enjoyed a specific period. Every period had some good and bad stuff. I could say that my happiest moment was when I was hired by Sshadow. The first month as PTM was so fascinating! There used to be more than 7 PTMs and all of them were very friendly and sociable. In addition, discussing with Sshadow about various things was very interesting. Unfortunately, he is too busy now and he does not have time to spend on ForumPromotion anymore.

How do you feel about being made an administrator over FP?

Well, it is good to notice that my efforts have been recognized by the Administrators. Administrating ForumPromotion is not easy, but I will definitely try to do my best. I do not know what else to say. Obviously, I feel very lucky and honoured.

What services here would you suggest to new members seeking to better their forums or websites?

If new members are interested in improving their websites in general, they should definitely request a review. Jadster is an experienced Reviewer and his team can help them to make their websites far better! Of course, creating content is important. The Package Team will always be available for their requests. They can even request a package for free. Check this for more information! Finally, advertising in social networks is extremely helpful. Our Social Advertising can help you to increase your page views and your visitors. As you understand, we offer a wide variety of services and all of them can lead the webmasters to success!

What would be your suggestion to help improve the quality of Forum Promotion?

ForumPromotion usually attracts young people who want to advertise their websites. We should now focus on other teams of people too. For example, professional entrepreneurs who own big and successful projects. This can be achieved by posting more useful tutorials and articles, introducing new services and organizing more contests. Furthermore, we should try to increase the importance of our forum currency and encourage our members to post quality messages. Another good idea is a new theme. Everyone likes impressive and responsive design themes, right?

What would you suggest to the members of FP, who are struggling with their forums and websites, what they could do, in order to improve their experience with administrating?

Do not give up! Even if your websites do not have the results that you wanted, try to make them successful! My experience has shown that many webmasters choose to close their projects down because they do not create revenue. This is unacceptable. If someone’s aim is just to earn some bucks, (s)he will never earn a decent amount of money. Do something that you love.

Moreover, if they would like to gain experience, they could apply for staff positions in successful and demanding websites. Not to mention that reading tutorials for webmasters could be really helpful. Nowadays, there are many projects which concentrate on teaching new administrators. Google about them and you will find all the information you want. You could also participate in communities where there are plenty of advice. Our Promotion Directory is the right place to discover these communities.

Are you a staff member over any other forums? If you are, can you tell us about them?

No, I am not. I am very busy with my work and I cannot handle more responsibilities. My days-off for the summer have been used and I will go back to work soon.

If you had the chance, would you come to the United States of America to vacation?

Not really. I would like to go to China in order to discover their culture. I have heard that Greek and Chinese cultures are similar, so if I had the chance to visit a country, I would choose China. I would also like to travel to Australia. I have some friends who decided to go and work there and it would be fascinating if I could visit them.

Which Staff Member would you like to have interviewed next?

Nerdie! He is the Owner and you could ask him many questions!

Any extra comments you would like to add to this interview?

Thanks for interviewing me! If you have more questions about me, please send me a private message.


It was a joy doing this interview with Mr. Panos! I definitely learned abit from him just in this interview alone!

Beware Nerdie, you will be the next subject of the Weekly Staff Member Interview Series!

And that wraps up this weeks staff member interview! Thank you for reading this, we hope you will continue reading these every week that they are posted!

Feel free to comment below on the interview. Also, feel free to ask the person that got reviewed any questions you feel like!

Weekly Member Interviews #2 – Daniel

Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Member Interview Series!

This week, we have decided to interview Daniel. This member has been a member of Forum Promotion since December 2008.

Now on to the interview!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hello there, my name is Daniel, I am 21 and I am a fairly “normal” person. I work about 40 hours a week at an I.T. firm where I repair computers on a daily basis. I live on the west side of Michigan and have been living here for about 3 years now! I have been in the hobby of roaming forums for about 9 or 10 years now and to this day I do not remember what originally got me started on them.

I have been frequenting Forum Promotion since about 2009 off and on seeing lots of things change while myself as well was changing. I am a huge technology geek so if you ever want to have a discussion about some tech feel free to hit me up !

What brought you to Forum Promotion?

To be entirely honest with you I am not sure what originally brought me here, but I do remember that I joined back in 2009 to advertise an old promotion forum that my younger self had created and I have come back here to use FP’s services ever since.

Do you own or are a staff member of a forum, website or blog? If so, please tell us about them!

I currently own two websites of my own, one being my personal blog ( http://thisjournal.net ) which is basically where I go to blog about my day or whatever I so please to write about. Then I also have my current project which is a stem off of my old promotion forum back in 2009-2010 called Reliable Promotion ( http://reliablepromotion.com ) I just launched it towards the end of last month and things are going quite well it is a pretty nice place so come check us out!

As a member of Forum Promotion, what do you think is a good defining feature of the community in general?

As with every forum it has its flaws but I believe that FP has a whole has a fairly dedicated community that still backs it even after all these years!

And What do you think is a good defining service feature that you enjoy here?

Honestly, I believe that the best service feature of FP is the Package Service, they may be a service that has the most turnover in staff but the post quality that comes from the staff is generally very good.

If you had the ability to add one to two things to Forum Promotion, what would you add?

I honestly don’t think much more could be added.

Thank you for accepting to do an Interview. Is there any extra comments you would like to mention?

I just want to quickly thank Josh for the opportunity for this interview and I wish you all the best of days!


And that wraps up this weeks interview! Thank you for reading this, we hope you will continue reading our new weekly interviews!

Feel free to comment below on the interview. Also, feel free to ask the person that got reviewed any questions you feel like you want to ask!

 

Back to School Service Bash! – Free and Discounted Service

Back to School Service Bash!

Hello everyone! From time to time, we here at FP decide to give back to the members. This is one of those occasions and it comes in the form of free/discounted services! Now, here’s how this weekend is going to work:

– First, all cooldown periods currently in effect are put aside. What does this mean? Well, let’s say you just requested a package 2 days ago and it has been completed. You can request again! (After your free/discounted service has been completed, wait time goes into effect like normal)

-Secondly, you need to know which services are being affected whether they are completely free or discounted.

Featured Site: Half Off/No Image Fee Waived – Use code #Feature when requesting at the bottom!

Text Ads: Half Off – Use code #text when requesting at the bottom!

Packages: FREE! Use code #package when requesting!

Reviews: FREE! Use code #review when requesting!

-Next, I am going to tell you the dates of the above event! If you use a code listed above between 12AM August 22nd Eastern Time to 12PM August 24th Eastern Time, you will qualify for the above promotion. You MUST request between those times, requesting a minute before the deadline or a minute after will result in your service being handled normally.

– Lastly, we have a special event planned for this little back to school bash. Over the next week starting on August 22nd running until the 28th, we will be taking entries for a small Site Battle tournament where the winner will receive 1000 FP plus 50% of entry costs as well as a spot in the staff affiliates for 1 month!

In order to sign up for the site tournament, make sure you have 30FP and fill out the following form:

Name:
Site/Forum:

And post it below!


I want to thank everyone for supporting Forum Promotion and I want to wish everyone heading back to school (including myself) a fun/safe/educational experience!

Matthew

3DS Pedia (Full Review) – Review Spotlight

3DS Pedia
Full Review by Jadster

You can access 3DS Pedia to see for yourself what it looks like, by clicking here.


Scoring:

Image First Impressions & Appearance – (14 out of 20)
Upon first visiting 3DS Pedia a few months ago, I was very into the site due to the fact that I was a huge nerd and loved the nintendo 3DS. Now, revisiting the website, I am a bit disappointed with the change of the logo and a few other things that have changed but anyways, looking at the appearance of your website, I would have to say the theme is quite basic. The theme is just a few slight changes that can be made quite easily by anybody with coding & design knowledge. Personally, I feel that to make your site successful and to really stick out among the rest of the gaming related forums, you need to look into getting a custom theme for 3DS Pedia. Something that sticks out and is unique to your site alone. Something that when your visitors see it, they won’t be able to stop coming back. I feel that your site design is just very basic and the theme as well as the logo seem to be more related around Mario when the 3DS was nintendo, not just mario. Why not get your logo to be a 3DS with a stylis going sideways that has the site name engraved into it? Something that is a bit more out there and shows a bit more of what your site is about. 3DS Pedia is a nice site and looks very good and has potential, but if you wish to continue growing, then I would look into remaking your design. Overall, the design is still good enough to work for now but I still recommend looking into fixing it up.

Image Site Layout – (17 out of 20)
Looking at the layout of your site, one of the biggest things I like is how you organized your boards and changed the icons next to them. I also like how you organized them with specific games and such. This really keeps things organized and really makes it easy to find threads that I would want to read about a specific game title. I also like how you named each board with a unique name. Some of them I have seen but many of them are new and very creatively named and that was one of the main things that stood out to me. Another thing I like is your Member of the Week & Game reviews that you have set up on the side of your board. As well as the Today’s Birthdays widget. Many of your widgets you have added to the site are very creative and seem to fit very well with your website. So I do not see much else that is needing to be discussed about the layout of your site. It has good organization and a very creative design with the widgets and placement. So overall, keep up the great work with your layout!

Image Statistics and Activity – (14 out of 20)
Looking at the statistics of 3DS Pedia, you have 5,243 threads, 82,553 posts and 1,347 members. Your site has also been online for a full year now. So with that in mind, I feel that the stats are actually lacking to be honest. If you dedicated enough time to the site, I feel that you would have many more members then what you have. The 3DS is a very popular item and is widely known and a very hot topic when brought up because there is so much about them that is changing and always being added. So with a site being based around such a hot item today, I feel that your stats should be much higher then what they are really. If you are looking to get a boost on your stats, why not hold a referral contest and the winner gets some sort of prize that they could use either at 3DS Pedia or the Nintendo 3shop. Something that they would be interested in and would want to get their hands on without spending a penny from their own pockets. You could also host tournaments such as a Pokemon or Mario Kart tournament. Of which the winner earns some sort of prize. These are just a few ideas that you could do to get your current members and even viewers interested in and give them a reason to be apart of the community more. So overall, your stats are decent but I feel there is a lot you could do to improve after having the site up and running for a full year already.

Image Content – (16 out of 20)
As mentioned above, you have a lot of content, but the fact of the mater is that you need to make sure that the content you are posting and the content that your community is posting is not just quantity, it needs to be quality. People don’t want to read short sentences about a game or about a product, they want to know facts, opinions, reviews, things that they can really get into. I am not saying your content you have now is not quality, I am saying this as a reminder because many people believe it is quantity over quality when in reality, it is the opposite. With there being so many 3DS consoles and games for each, there is no reason why you couldn’t get great quality posts about them. The better the quality you post on the community, the more your members will enjoy it. They want to know details, not small little teasers or thoughts. Overall, I read a bit of the content and a lot of it seems good, well spelled and very intriguing but be sure to continue making each thread & post quality.

Image Spelling/Grammar & Professionalism – (18 out of 20)
As I had mentioned above, after reading some of the posts & content, many of the posts were properly spelled & had great grammar except for a few errors here and there but that was it.. So that wasn’t an issue at all. Looking at the professionalism of 3DS Pedia, the design is decent, the layout is great, the stats are still needing to be worked on but the content & spelling / grammar are fantastic. So looking at that, each of those can both benefit but also hurt the professional look of your site. But you have a very good site growing so far and just how your members act as far as I could see, they were very professional so I do not see an issue with your site professionalism. So overall, your site has great spelling & grammar, just a few errors here and there but other then that it was fine. And with all the other aspects, your site is very professional, the staff are nice and the members seem alright. So let’s wrap up this review with my final remarks.

Total Score – (79 out of 100)

 


Final Remarks:
As a 3DS fan, I found it a great experience to get to review 3DS Pedia because the site was something I was interested in and I also enjoyed getting to read some of the content posted around. But looking back on the review, I still would recommend taking a look at your site design and banner, but needless to say, the site was a great site to get to review and I do hope you enjoyed reading the review. I hope to be able to review your site again in the future!

Image Strengths:

Site Icons
Creativity

Image Weaknesses:

Banner Design

Staff Member Interview #1 – Jadster

The Editorial Team has decided to start doing staff interviews, to allow you, the community, to get to know some of our staff a little bit better. Our first interviewee was Jadster!


1. Tell us a bit about yourself (age,name, location etc):

Well, my real name is James otherwise known as Jadster. I am 17 years old and was born on March 8th. I currently reside in Omaha, Nebraska of the United States. I was born in Nebraska but moved around a lot as a child. So due to this, I lived in South Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona. I currently have 3 step brothers, 2 younger and 1 older. I also have 1 half sister. I am a senior in high school and I am currently employed as a cashier / checker at HyVee on weekends only to help save up for my college & such. I am also a gamer, coder, and forum owner.

2. When did you first start visiting forums?:
I started visiting forums back when I was about 8 years old. I was interested in the computer and one day decided to make a website of my own. However being an 8 year old trying to learn how to make a website wasn’t the easiest, so that plan fell through quickly. Over the years though, I began to grow an interest into game design and how they were made. So I found out about coding and what it can be used for. I immediately found an interest and spent years of my life learning it. I have also taken classes in my high school to continue learning and to this day, I haven’t looked back.

3. Biggest life success/achievement:
My biggest achievement in life so far? Well that is surely a tough one to answer. I would have to say my biggest achievement or success in my life was making it to where I am today. Surrounded by people I enjoy and people who care for me. Got a great job both offline and online and just a great life in general. Sure, I had my hard times like any normal human being but just being able to see my past and see where I am today and know that I have come so far, it is surely the best feeling to me. Knowing that I am making my family proud and that I always have them to support me is by far something I see as a success in my own life.

4. What would you change about FP?:
This is a question I feel the staff and even members at times get asked quite frequently. Looking at ForumPromotion now compared to when I first joined in September of 2012, I feel that many things have changed. Some for the better and some for the worse but needless to say, this site has still gained its popularity and still continued to grow over the years. But if I had to change something, I would have to say the reputation system. My reason for this, is when members reach a certain amount of posts, their rep they give, is 2 instead of 1. I feel that a like system could be implemented to like posts instead of giving reputation. Because in my eyes, reputation is earned over a course of time, but having such a high number of reputation just cause members can give 2 instead of 1, I feel that is abused because then people think they have a “reputation” here even if they really don’t. But then again, maybe that is just me being paranoid about things.

5. One thing in life you regret:
Oh boy, there are a lot of things I regret to be honest. I would have to say my biggest thing I regret was not spending enough time with my family and grandparents when I was younger, and even today. I always was so fascinated by my own things such as websites, video games, toys, friends that I never really payed much attention to my family or I would seclude myself away from all of them. Which didn’t punish me, it punished them. I feel that I spent way too much time doing things that I enjoyed that I never spent much time around my own family and I regret that. I don’t want to end up being 30 or 40 years old and looking back on my life and feeling bad about all the things I never got to do with my family. Thus why I am doing what I can to change and be around them more. I regret not spending more time with them when I was younger, so I am now trying to make up for that today.

6. Funniest life experience/moment:
This answer cannot be just 1 moment or experience. It is just too hard to pick out of all of them. I would just have to say any time I am with my 2 best friend Preston & Jared. The 3 of us will crack jokes, make puns, do stupid stuff and just make so many references to stuff we have heard or seen together that we all just have a great time. We all will laugh until we are in too much pain or until somebody is in the hospital (not literally). But just having those 2 as my friends and more importantly, my best friends is something I never want to give up. Every day is a fun day with those guys. We all go to school together and even if I am in the worst of moods ever, those guys know how to make me smile and laugh without even having to try. So I would just have to say any moment or experience I have with the 2 of them is a funny moment in my life.

7. What are you planning to do in later life?:
After I graduate high school, I hope to go on to Metropolitan Community College, get my degree in welding and then move to ITT Technical Institute to get my degree in anything computer related. I love doing computer based stuff but I also enjoy getting my hands dirty and if I had to choose any hands on career, welding would be my choice hands down. I have taken every welding class my high school has to offer except for 1 of them and I am taking that one in January. So by the time I graduate, I will have taken all the welding classes I can and almost all the computer based classes that I can. So seeing as how I have a passion for both of those fields, I plan to go and get my certification and degree in both to open up my options after college.

8. Do you want to get married/have kids as you get older?:
Do I want to get married? Yes. Do I want to have kids? Yes. When I am older, graduate college and have a career that pays good to be able to help me support myself and a family, I would love to have a wife and kids. I absolutely love the idea of having kids but I have to make sure that I can support myself and do good for myself before I bring in another person and maybe even a few younger ones into my life. But I also don’t plan on getting married until after I graduate college and can maintain a relationship for a good amount of time.

9. Have you ever owned a forum? If you have what advice would you give to new forum owners?:
Yes, as it stands I currently own a forum and I am still building it up as I type this but to answer the question, yes, I have owned a forum. Several to be honest. Some advice I could give would have to be pick a good niche. Picking a niche is key when wanting to make a forum because your niche will with you for the entirety of your forum. So you want to pick one that you can do well and that you can build a community off of. Another piece of key advice would have to be, never give up. Giving up will only lead to failure and you will have to try again. Now I am known to do that so it isn’t the best advice but I am always working on practicing what I preach but even though I may not follow it 100%, that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

10. Of all the teams you have worked on at FP which one has been the best and why?:
Well, as it stands, I have only worked on 2 of the teams here at Forum Promotion. I worked as a Package Team Member for a while and I worked as a Review Team Member as well. But now, I am working here at Forum Promotion as the Review Team Leader, so I currently run the entire review team and the service itself. But if I had to choose which one is the best, I would have to say both. They are equally important. Now, the package service is more popular but both teams serve a very important role in providing quality services here at Forum Promotion. So I really cannot choose between the both that I have worked on because I feel they are both just as important and both just as good. Now, others may feel different but again, that is their opinion and this is mine.

11. Any other comments?:
I just would like to thank you for allowing me to be interviewed for the Forum Promotion blog and I am glad I got to take the time to do the interview and I hope you all enjoyed reading it and getting to know more about me.

Welcome to Forum Promotion. What Now?

Welcome to Forum Promotion!

This article, is written in the hopes that you will better learn what you can do here at Forum Promotion. Granted, no article is fool proof, but I hope that you will learn something from this, and learn how to better accustom yourself to the community.

What is Forum Promotion?

Forum Promotion, is a forum dedicated in providing you access to services, that can better your forum, website and blog. How so? There are plentiful of services that are provided here, that if used correctly, will help you on your future endeavors to get out in the world of the internet!

What is Offered Here?

We offer the following to our users, provided by our staff: A Promotion Directory, a posting service called Posting Packages, Review Headquarters, Signature Advertising, Text Advertising, Featured Sites, Social Advertising, the Auction House, informational articles posted here on this blog by users and staff members alike, and many other things!

Each of the above, is provided by various teams, that are focused to filling each request! That is, except that of the blog staff. But that is a entirely different subject of discussion.

An another service that is available, but by your fellow users, is the Member to Member Exchanges. That is where you can buy or sell services or items. You can also participate in exchanges that can be mutually beneficial to both you, and the person you decide to participate with!

What Are Posting Packages?

Posting packages are an excellent way to get new content and members for your forum or blog! The trained Package Team delivers only the best posts, threads, and blog comments for your website or forum.

The requirements to request the packages are based on the package size, and are reasonable. Most forums and websites should be able to request most packages, unless they literally just opened, and do not have any content whatsoever.

But don’t let that prevent you from requesting this service! It should be easy to get the required amount of activity if you put in the time to get it!

What is The Review Headquarters?

The Review Headquarters, is where you can go to get feedback on your forum, blog or website. Here, you will get tips to improve it, and make it more appealing to your members and guests! The more thorough the review, the more they will give tips on what you can do to work on bettering your website!

What is the Signature Advertising?

The Signature Advertising, is a advertising service provided by Forum Promotion. It allows you to put a text ad into the signature of the Team Leaders of every team on the forum and the Administrators, for the length of a week. These Team Leaders and Administrators are an active part of the community, so your text ad gets seen quite the bit over the course of just an hour! This in itself can result in quite the few clicks in a week!

Who wouldn’t want to have this form of simple advertising, in the signatures of the people who do their best to make sure that the forum runs smoothly?

What is Text Advertising?

The Text Advertising service allows you to have an affiliate image, and a short description about your site displayed at the bottom of the forum for one (1) week.

This is located on the index of the forum. These ads generally on the average gets clicked on between 50 to 100 times in the course of the week that they are seen on the bottom of the index.

What is Featured Sites?

The Featured Site service allows you to have a screenshot of your site, along with a short description displayed next to the quick reply feature for one (1) week.

Generally speaking, this is seen by quite the number of pageviews. You will no doubt get plenty of visitors by using this prime spot in each topic!

What is Social Advertising?

The Social Advertising service allows you to have a message of your choice tweeted by Forum Promotion’s Official Twitter account. The tweet will permanently be added to our Twitter feed.

What is The Auction House?

The Auction House is where you will find various things you can get, if you have the Forum Cash for it. Mind you, this is a forum where you are bidding to get certain prizes, so you would need to have a recommended 1000-2000 FP to be able to usually win one of the prizes found in this board. Though from past experience, the more expensive the item via real cash that is offered (and a number of the items found in this board normally are sold for real cash), the more FP Cash you are expected to have to be able to win some of these prizes. So, if you expect to get something from here, please save up the Forum Cash you earn to be able to do so.

What is the Blog?

The blog, is what you are currently visiting.

Here at the blog, we have articles that can help you learn how to better your experience in running or making forums or websites. Right now, a large number of the articles have been contributed by previous staff members, current staff members, current and past members, and guest contributors of the forum.

Here at the blog, it is actually recommended that if you know how to do something, or you learned something from past experience, that you go ahead and submit an article to us, so that you can help others out!

The blog is supposed to be used as a resource for our members and guests. Without articles, this blog would be non existent! We rely on our members, just as much as our staff, to write articles for this blog. If you think that you can help out, you can submit. If not, you still can go ahead and provide comments on articles you are reading! After all, who wouldn’t like to get an article commented on, if it has helped someone, or it has good ideas, or just needs a few extra ideas to make a better article in the future?

The End

I hope you have enjoyed reading this! I hope this have given you an idea of what Forum Promotion offers to it’s users who decide to be a member here!

There are more things that are offered to our members here at Forum Promotion, and those items deal more along the lines of regular members helping other members out with things! I will be covering that in a future article! So stay tuned!

Weekly Member Interviews #1 – Theezy

Hello, and welcome to the newest edition of Forum Promotion’s Blog!

We will be starting a Weekly Member Interview Series, so that the membership can get to know different members of the community,

This week, we have decided to interview Theezy. This member has been a member of Forum Promotion since October 2007, and was a former member of the Community Team.

Now on to the interview!

Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in California, been there all my life. I just turned 30 and I’m just an average joe for the most part. I work 40 hours a week and in my free time I frequent the forum world. :P

What brought you to Forum Promotion (If you can remember)?
I believe I found this place through freeforums.org back when it was hosted there. Fowler used to frequent the support forum and I clicked his signature one day. The rest is history.

I noticed you used to be a staff member here at Forum Promotion, what team(s) were you part of?
I was on the community team.

Do you own or are a staff member of a forum, website or blog? If so, please tell us about them!
I own the Wober Discussion Community ( http://wober.net/ ) and I have been running that since 2009. In September we will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary! We have a number of regulars and new people trickle in every so often. I look forward to logging in everyday and interacting with the community. It’s a great place to be. :)

As a member of Forum Promotion, what do you think is a good feature that we have?
The package service is probably my favorite. They always do a fine job providing my members with interesting new topics to reply to whenever I happen to request a package.

If you had the ability to add one to two things to Forum Promotion, what would you add?
Not sure. Seems fine how it is.

Thank you for accepting to do an Interview. Is there any extra comments you would like to mention?
No prob bob, thanks for picking me. :)

And that wraps up this weeks interview! Thank you for reading this, we hope you will continue reading our new weekly interviews!

Feel free to comment below on the interview. Also, feel free to ask the person that got reviewed any questions you feel like you want to ask!

Newbie Guide To Promotion Forums

Newbie Guide To Promotion Forums

It’s all good and well for experienced forum users to join new forums and know exactly what they are about. What about newbies to promotion forums though? Below I have written a short guide for newbies about certain aspects of a promotion forum.


1) Introduce Yourself – this will allow the community to point out good things for you to check out before you get properly started. It also gives you a chance to gauge how friendly people are going to be. It is also a good idea to remember at this point, that first impressions are often the lasting impression.

2) Services – what are they? Promotion forums will often offer ‘services’ to help your forum grow and make improvements. 9 times out of 10 these services can be paid for with virtual forum cash( earned via posting and other methods). Lots of forums offer the same services, so its always a good idea to look around for a little bit first and see if you can find any feedback on the services that the forum is offering.

3) Packages – this is one service that a forum can offer. This is when a user from the promotion forum will come over to your forum/blog and post on it for you after you request a specific package. This is almost always paid for via forum cash. So it effectively costs you nothing and helps you out! You should always check out the feedback section before requesting, as you are more likely to find out the true quality of the service.

4) Reviews – this is another service that a forum can offer. This is when a user from the promotion forum will come over to your forum/blog and review it for you after you request a specific review type. They might be reviewing anything from content to design to grammar. It depends what you as for. This is almost always paid for via forum cash. So it effectively costs you nothing and helps you out!

5)Ads – this is a varied service across promotion forums. They can offer banner ads, table ads, signature ads, bubble ads etc. each type has it’s own benefits and pitfalls. Before you request one it is best to read up on where you can advertise/where it’s going to be displayed and pick whichever one suits your requirements best. Some options will be more expensive than others, however, it is more likely that the more expensive it is, the more exposure you will get.

6) Participate – try your best to participate in the forum. It let’s people see that you are going to be sticking around and want to be part of a community. This is also the best way to build up your forum cash. It can be spent on services to help your forum or website. The more you contribute, the more you are likely to get out of the forum.

7) Freebies – keep your eyes open on promotion forums. There is always some kind of giveaway going on usually, or a free service week. This is the best time to take advantage of all the services as it will cost you nothing but hopefully benefit you a lot.

This is just a simple newbie guide to a promotion forum – there is a lot more to know but those are some of the basics.