Monthly Archives: September 2014

Employee of the Month

Hey there everyone, my name’s Wit (or Matthew) and I am an administrator here on Forum Promotion. One of my roles on Forum Promotion is Employee of the Month. What this means is that I work closely with the team leaders to award one (sometimes more) people each month who have went above and beyond their role requirements. Alongside these awards, I administer the Team Leader of the Month award and the admin commendation.

Before now, these awards have been behind the scenes with only the staff being shown recognition via their medals and a topic in our private staff forum. After having discussed this with Panos, each month I will be making Employee of the Month public to show off the amazing dedication and hard work displayed by the Forum Promotion staff team.

Real quick, here’s what we look for when awarding each medal as well as who ultimately makes the call:

– When picking a CT EoTM, we look for how well they moderate, interact with the community, create a positive environment, and can we look at them as a leader when the time arises?  This is solely judged by Mikaya, the Community Team Leader.

– When choosing a Content EoTM, we look for quality of editing, quality in articles, quantity of edits and articles, community interaction, and more.  This is solely judged by Joshua Farrel, the Content Team Leader.

– When choosing a Package EoTM, we look for quality packages, quantity of packages completed, community interaction, and more.  This is solely judged by Lorcan, the Package Team Leader.

– When choosing a Review EoTM, we look for the quality of reviews completed, how active they are within the community, their interaction within the community, and more.  This is solely judged by Jadster, the Review Team Leader.

– This is a new award.  This award is voted on by each member of staff as well as members of management (team leads/administrators).  The criterion for this award is simply how well each person feels each team leader performed.  Criteria can vary.

– The Admin Commendation is an award chosen by Wit. This award is given to someone on the Forum Promotion Staff team who has went above and beyond his own team role requirements, made special contributions, actively participated in other parts of the site/team, helped out others, and more. This award is special and can have varying criteria that is up to Wit’s discretion.


 

Now, without further ado, I’d like to showcase August’s Employee of the Month!

Community Team

Saru!

Saru. Despite being completely new to a CT/moderating role, I felt that he was somewhat thrown in the deep end. This didn’t discourage him though, he was willing to learn more and more as time went on. He has been a pleasure to work with, and has grasped guidelines well and understood them. He’s a very effective CTM, always willing to help out and fulfill his duties.

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Content Team

Mr. Snuggles!

Mr.Snuggles has done a pretty good job this month. He deserves it.

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Package Team

Lludawg!

lludawg is a professional Package Team Member who completes every package as soon as possible. Her posts are long and quality, while she is always kind and available. In addition, she is willing to provide help whenever it is needed. Her evaluation was the best and I know that I can count on her. I am very lucky to have her on the Package Team.

However, everyone did his best. Because of Back to School Service Bash, we had a lot of requests, but I am quite sure that all of them will be completed within some days.

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Review Team

Jaredseven!

So far, I have only been the RTL for a short time and most of my team is now gone leaving only Jaredseven. I was going to just not give an award this month due to this but Jared has gladly joined the team and has been a great help. He may be still learning the ropes & new template but regardless he has done a great job with helping me out with the free review weekend and hasn’t gotten a late review and has gladly taken the time to do the reviews. I know I can count on Jared and I am glad to have him on the team.

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Team Leader Award

Mikaya!

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Admin Commendation

Joshua Farrell

Joshua Farrell has been an amazing help throughout everything that has happened. He is always quick to want to help, always offering valuable input, works as hard as he can to make the blog run efficiently, great ideas, and an invaluable member of the team. He definitely deserves this small bit of recognition. Mr.Panos and I went over everyone’s activity and whilst you all are amazing, we feel Joshua deserves it for August. Way to go Joshua!


Thanks for reading and be sure to congratulate all our lovely staff!

Matthew/Wit

Spillit – Full Review Spotlight

Spillit
Full Review by Lucky!

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


I would like to preface one thing, and it’s kind of good. I was looking through Spillit for 30 minutes before starting this review and I would like to state that this review may not be too long for the reason being that there really isn’t much to comment on and because I cannot find a lot of things that warrant a negative score. However, I will try my hardest to make this full review somewhat long, kinda.

Scoring:

Image First Impressions & Appearance – (18 out of 20)

Before I start, I would like to say that I had been on Spillit before and have always been fond of the overall look and appearance of the layout. Starting with the navigation, everything is laid out really well and I like the shade of blue that you have chosen for the background color. We have a couple of links that lead to different areas of Spillit, which I would expect. Going down, we have some sort of welcoming area that gives a quick synopsis of what Spillit is and gives the guest a quick way to create an account, which is really important in hooking guests. Keep scrolling and we see yet another area that lists some of what Spillit has to offer and links to those parts of the site that allows guests to get a chance to explore before signing up. I really like this approach because the same thing works in selling items, if they customer can touch it and hold it, they are the most likely to purchase. Nearing the bottom, we get a really easy and quick form to fill out should one want to register an account. Overall, when I first load up Spillit, I am very happy with how everything looks and it makes me want to stay and look around mainly because I know exactly what Spillit is about, because it’s right on the homepage. The colors work really well with each other and everything just flows together for an overall great first impression! I like what you did here!

Image Site Layout – (18 out of 20)

Now, I would like to say that this section is going to be fairly brief. The reason being, there really isn’t much to comment on. The navigation bar consists of four links, excluding the login and register, that users would use often if they were already logged in. This enables users to quickly jump between pages without having a lot of links to choose from. What you have left on Spillit are the different pages that users can view, such as the live feed and their own page where I am assuming their answers would feed. What I like about the lack of pages is the fluidity that comes with a simple site layout. You have pages for the basic things that make Spillit tick and then the standard links in the footer. Aside from that, that’s all there is in terms of pages. I really like this part of Spillit, it’s, and I have to say it like this, it’s stupid easy to navigate. Everything just makes sense, and I just have to commend you on that. You did a really, really nice job on making sure everything has a place and that it’s easy to get to.

Image Statistics and Activity – (18 out of 20)

Upon looking all over, I was unable to find any type of statistics section to inquire about users or their posts. However, one thing that I was able to look at was the live feed, which was just buzzing with new content being shown. As I am typing this section, I am looking to my other monitor, which has Spillit shown, the live feed just continues to update with new content, which shows that your users are active and are posting answers a lot. Since I don’t have much to go by regarding stats, I will have to stop here. However, from what I can see, very nice job activity wise.

Image Content – (18 out of 20)

Again, there really isn’t much to touch on here. All of your content is user generated which always has some drawbacks. However, I find this area of the review hard to properly fill out mainly because the genre allows for short little blurbs of content to other users, I mean that’s what it here for. I wouldn’t expect full on content on Spillit just because that’s not what it’s meant for. It’s more of a confessions box that you can share what you think about someone either anonymously or not. Because of this, I will leave this area rather brief because there isn’t much to talk about. The genre doesn’t allow, and it’s not a bad thing, a lot of content to be posted that could be rated on the quality and quantity of content and so on as much as you would on a blog or a forum.

Image Spelling/Grammar & Professionalism – (20 out of 20)

Apart from user generated content, which isn’t bad on Spillit, everything looks great. I looked over all of your pages linked in the footer and used software to look them over and we both cannot find anything to correct. I can tell you took the time to read over what you wrote on these pages before publishing them. I like when webmasters do this because it shows they took the time required to fully look everything over in detail before showing the public. Again, not much to touch on.

Total Score – (92 out of 100)


Final Remarks:
I really love what you have going on here with Spillit. Everything is very well done and it shows that you have taken emense time to make sure everything not only works like it should, but the attention to detail is amazing. Thank you for allowing me to look over Spillit and I hope you enjoyed!

Image Strengths:

– The overall theme
– How everything is laid out – it just makes sense

Image Weaknesses:

– To be 100% honest, I really cannot think of one.

Ivandis – Review Spotlight

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Full Review by Lucky!

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


Scoring:

Image First Impressions & Appearance – (18 out of 20)
When I first look at Ivandis, the first thing I noticed was the logo and the overall look of the theme, both of which were well done and looks like it took time to get right, which I commend you on. When I do full reviews, I like to break the impressions and appearance sections apart to make things a little easier to read and follow. So, let’s start off with the header.

Header and Navigation
As I commented on already, the logo is very nicely done and looks professional. I like what you did with the “I” with the sword instead of the letter, very attentive to detail. Looking over to the navigation links, I see some links that are appropriate for the game, and not so much for the forum itself, which I really like. The hover over effects are a nice touch, again, very attentive to detail. However, the “Shoutbox” link leads to an error message, probably because you have it set so guests cannot see/use it, which I can understand. However, If it was meant to be like that, you should remove the link from guests.

Guest Message
Reading the guests message, it looks very generic. If I didn’t read the description of your OP, I wouldn’t have known what Ivandis was. Now, that could have something to with my lack of knowledge of Runescape, however, I won’t be the only guest on Ivandis that may not know what the forum is about. If you give a little bit of information on what you are and what the features are of registering, guests that don’t already about it won’t want to register and learn. You are never sure, your website may make someone want to learn more and play the game, but they don’t know much, kind of like me.

Overall Content
After looking at the header and the guest message, the rest of the theme is just as nice. Normally, I am not a huge fan of dark themes, however, I really like what you have going on here. The colors are really nice together and are soft on the eyes. A lot of the time, people with dark themes have really bright text colors that make looking at the theme hurt, however, not on Ivandis. I really like the background that you have chosen as well because it just sets the tone for the main theme and just ties everything together. Overall, I am very impressed so far, let ‘s go on!

Image Site Layout – (18 out of 20)
Beginning, navigating Ivandis is very smooth, which is a big deal to capture a guest’s attention. Navigation links lead to where they are supposed to and do so in a quick manner. Looking at the actual forums, I like the layout. The layout of the boards is logical and what I really like is the amount of forums are just right in compassion of the amount of posts you have. The one thing that I did notice was “Player Support” really doesn’t have enough posts inside of it to warrant its own category, maybe move it inside the “Ivandis” category would make more sense? Doing so would leave four categories, which are perfect. The sidebar looks nice too, with the hooks that I would expect from an IPB powered board. However, near the bottom, there is some wasted space that could be utilized to display some more content. You could possibly make a “Top Player” hook or a “Random Topic” hook to expand the sidebar and offer more content to fill that gap. Other than that, I really can’t say much more because the content on Ivandis is amazing and I just can’t stop thinking about how meticulous the theme and layout are.

While looking at some of your forum descriptions, I feel they are lacking length and a good enough explanation of each forum.A good rule of thumb is descriptions should be at 2-3 sentences long and give a good enough idea of what the forum is about without the user having to click the forum to find out. What you have now isn’t bad, but could definitely be worked on to add more length and quality.

Image Statistics and Activity – (18 out of 20)
Looking over the averages of Ivandis, things are looking nice, noting you’ve only been open for 55 days. Let’s throw down some numbers shall we.

  • You have been open for 55 days and you have 9,953 posts. That equates out to 180 posts per day from your members. That’s a great number to start out with, really it is!
  • Currently, you have 228 registered users since you’ve been open, which results in 4 users registering per day since opening. Again, that is a nice number, especially due to the niche, which is narrow.
  • This is where things look really nice. You have 9,953 posts and 228 users, averaging that out comes to 44 posts per registered user. Again, a really nice number to have this early in opening. Keep that up!
  • Adding today’s posts up, it comes out to 84 posts, 20% of which were posted by LordMinix.
  • Adding up the staffs post totals, it comes out to 1,135, which is 11% of the overall 9,953 posts. Now, this can be a double edged sword here. Seeing a number like 11% is nice because it shows the other 89% of the community are the ones supporting the discussions, not just the staff. However, you also want to make sure that your staff are doing their part as well to post. To achieve this, normally a number around 20% is a good line to draw when it comes to overall staff participation. However, where you are now numbers wise is a really nice start and if you can keep this numbers up, you are on a track of success.

Another thing that I like is the posts are spread out amongst the forums, not just in one particular forum. Overall, I am very happy with this section! Nicely done!

Image Content – (14 out of 20)
I can’t go too much into detail in this section primarily because Ivandis isn’t supposed to be a forum, more a game. Therefore, I wouldn’t expect the forums to be littered with general discussion topics and such. However, the posts that I have looked through looked good and of good quality. Like I said, I can’t go too far in ratings here just because of the usage of your forum, but overall, good job.

Image Spelling/Grammar & Professionalism – (16 out of 20)
Overall, this section does really well on Ivandis. There really isn’t much to look over mainly because you have a lot of user generated content, which is subjective in itself when it comes to quality. However, regarding your “Vote” page, I did find a few things. Suggestions to the page will be edited in blue.

// Why should you vote?
If you enjoy the server, and want the server to continue running with a fair amount of activity, you should vote daily so we get higher up the RuneScape private server lists. By getting higher up these lists, people are more likely to join, thus making our server more and more popular!

// What do I get out of it?
Well for a start, no one likes to play a server by themselves! So, by voting you’ll be helping us but also helping yourself because the more players there are, the more fun it is for you!

Secondly, you will get a reward! When you vote on all the websites you can choose from a list of rewards and can claim this reward in-game, read further for instructions on how to claim your reward.

// How do vote points work?
Vote points are a way of saving your votes in order to spend them later. You can gain a vote point

// How can I claim my reward?
Once you have voted on all the sites, you will be requested to enter your username and choose a reward. After choosing your reward, simply log into the server or if you’re already logged in then just reload and the reward will be added to your inventory.

// How often can I vote?
Unfortunately due to the restriction on most of the RSPS Top Lists, you can only vote and claim a reward once every 12 hours. This is not something that we can change.

// Important!
Make sure your vote has been submitted before you click next! If you skip a website and try to claim a reward, you may have to start again, usually you can just reload the page and the sites you’ve already voted for and vote for the ones you skipped.

Total Score – (84 out of 100)


Final Remarks:
Overall, I am very impressed with Ivandis and where it has come in little over a months time. Keep up your statistics and content and I think you will do just fine. It was a fun time looking over Ivandis and snooping around to find the things I did. I did very well and you deserve the 84 score!

Image Strengths:

– Statistics
– Dark theme is nicely done

Image Weaknesses:

– Condense some forums that don’t need their own category just yet
– Maybe watch the profanity within posts?

Weekly Member Interview Series #4 – TehPhantom

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

This week, we have decided to interview TehPhantom. This member has been a member of Forum Promotion since 22 Jul 2009.

Now on to the interview!

Tell us a little about yourself.

My real name is Luigi. I am currently 17 years old, and I was born and raised in California, US. My birthday is on Feburary 20th. I am a senior in High School, and I have plans to go to a college. I have a older sister and a younger brother, so i’m the middle of the family, age-wise. I am also a gamer, coder, and a theme designer.

What brought you to Forum Promotion?

If I can remember, I was trying to promote my Wii forum (which didn’t last very long). When I was asking my friends where I should promote my forum, they said Forum Promotion. I wasn’t really active on FP until the second year, when I started participating in discussions, doing exchanges, getting help, .ect.

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

I currently own a website, called 1ShotGG (http://1shotgg.com). 1ShotGG is a gaming and streaming community. We help promote channels, and provide discussions about streaming. We are also a gaming community (since streamers stream a lot of games) so we provide discussions for that as well. We have been around since January of 2014, and so far this is one of my most successful forum, because of its unique niche and content. We have over 10,000 posts, 1,000 gamers, and 600 channels promoted. We also have a custom MyBB Theme, and custom plugins.

In general, we are “Forum Promotion” for Twitch.TV broadcasters. I am looking forward interacting with our members.

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

The content that is posted everyday, and the variety of members around the forums, and the awesome friends I have met around the community. They are one of the reasons why I made 1ShotGG, and made it into a successful forum.

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

The package service, the exchange center, and the marketplace. I used those services to start up my forum.

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

You should consider add a Youtube Promotion service. There aren’t a lot of Youtube Promotion forums out there, and there are a lot of people that want to run a successful channel, and need help in doing so.

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

I just want to thank you for interviewing me for this FP blog. I am willing to answer more questions, just don’t ask personal questions please. I’m looking forward to seeing where FP goes. Again, thank you for interviewing me.


And that wraps up this weeks 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 Staff Member Interview #4 – Joshua Farrell

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

This week, we have decided to interview Joshua Farrell. This member is a staff member of Forum Promotion, and is the Team Leader of the Editorial Team!

Now on to the interview!

Who is Joshua Farrell?

I am Joshua Farrell of course. I am from Preston Idaho. I am 26 years old, and I am the 5th out of 7 children.

My father used to be in the U.S. Air Force, and we moved around quite the bit. Finally, after living in Las Vegas Nevada for 6 years, we ended up in Preston Idaho of all places! That is quite the drive to move!

Preston Idaho is a small city of 5,200 people. It doesn’t have much in terms of stuff to do in your spare time, but there are a few places that one can go to, that are open most hours of the day. We have a 24 hour Gym, multiple convenience stores, a opera house that also shows movies, a marketplace, and plenty of stores that cater to farming. There are more to Preston, but all in all, in order for us to do much of anything, we have to do a little bit of driving north or south to do things.

If you could affect one thing in your state, what would it be?

The overall lack of things to do locally in the cities and towns less than 25,000 people is the biggest problem. Not many places has movie theaters, big shopping marts, sports centers, and stuff in general. We do have rodeos and demolition derbies, but much of anything else in the small cities is not a good thing. If I had the ability, I would encourage the state to put funds aside to help encourage businesses to invest in the smaller communities, instead of focusing on the quarter million to half a million plus population communities.

What do you do when you are not online?

I enjoy taking walks, watching some tv when there is nothing else to do, and enjoying time with my family. In terms of work, I keep records for my local church’s congregation. It is a mess at the moment. People are moving in and out of the area, and there are a number of people we do not know where they moved to, so that we can send records to their new local church congregation! Though, the fun part about it, is that I get to meet people, and get to know them a whole lot better!

If you want to know, I am LDS.

Do you own or run any websites?

Well yes and no. I helping run a educational and news website called The Moral Liberal, but it has been put on the side as a non important task at the moment.

So, you are in the Editorial Staff. What is the Editorial Staff, and what do you do?

The Editorial Staff, is the service team that maintains the homepage’s blog. We also edit and publish any articles that the community may want to publish.

If The Editorial Team really a service team, then what is the service that you provide us?

It is a service team, in the aspect that we provide informational articles, tutorials, tips, and other ideas on how to better yourself as a webmaster, and how to pretty much do things. The other part of the team being a service team, is that we make sure that the articles that are submitted to the blog, aren’t spam in nature, and that they are of good enough quality, that you can learn from the article!

Is your team hiring?

It is, you can go to our Hiring Thread to put in an application! That thread has the requirements, and the positions in the team that we are hiring for. I am the Team Leader, so any applicants go through me. The positions are Informational Editor, Community Editor, Technical Editor and Webmaster News Editor. The thread has the descriptions to those jobs, so to prevent duplication, I won’t be telling you what they do in this interview.

What is the staff area like?

Oh, it is nothing special. It has typical things that staff takes care of, like a spam board that holds spam, a trash board that holds outdated topics, and other boring stuff. It is nothing special really.

Anything else you would like to mention?

I would like to thank the staff who originally hired me on, for allowing me the chance to be on such a good team! And if you want to be part of the team, you have a link above that you can go to to find the information to do so!


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!

Welcome to Forum Promotion: Our Community Driven Boards

Hello there!

In this edition of welcoming you to our forum, I would like to focus somewhat on the forums that you as a member, can participate in and trade with our fellow users alike! After all, if you are going to become part of Forum Promotion, you need to integrate with the community, and participate in everything that the members do!

Ok, so what would be considered the community sections of FP? Well I will tell you. The community sections are the Member to Member Category, the Managing Online Forums & Websites category, and the Non-Promotion section.

Lets talk about the Member to Member section first.

The Member to Member Section

Here in the Member to Member Category, you have many selections you can choose from to participate with your fellow users.

As the first choice, you have what we call, The Exchange Central as the first actual board in this category. In this board, you can do typical free exchanges with other users. That is, you can exchange posts for posts, comments, user registrations, and affiliate images for most free user to user exchanges.

Inside the Exchange Central board, you have one sub-board in it called the Forum Cash Exchanges. Here you can literally exchange whatever you want as a service, by charging for it via our Forum Cash. Or, if you don’t want to charge people, you can participate in the already maintained FP threads that are posted there! Some will pay you Forum Cash to do things, others will charge you if you want to pay them according to their prices for things that they may request.

It is a good idea to look into the stickies in this board to see what you can learn from them, so that you can get a more basic idea of what is allowed, and what isn’t allowed.

In the Marketplace Board and sub-boards, you can buy or sell various different items according to what category they happen to be. You can buy or sell posts, domains, forums, and websites. You can charge for graphics that are made, and you can participate in paying for advertising on other people’s websites and forums! If you have cash, or if you want to earn cash, this would be a good place to go to, in order to do that.

In the Job Center, if you’re short on staff on your forum or website, feel free to post a topic advertising it, so that you can find the perfect employee for your site or forum! You can also look for jobs here if you feel like you are up to it.

In What is Going on, you will find people posting various different events, and goals that either are happening, or had recently happened at their forum or websites. This can be a good place to go to find out if there are any events that you can participate in.

Last but not least, there is a board called Site Battles! Here you can participate in polls that people vote in, to see which forum or website is the better of the two. This is always a good place to go, if you are looking to see what various administrators are doing to get a good looking forum or website that wins.

Now lets go to our next category.

The Managing Online Forums & Websites Section

Managing & Monetizing Your Site – This is where you can discuss all aspects of managing and monetizing your website or forum with other webmasters.

The Subforums of Managing & Monetizing Your Site are the following: Peer To Peer Reviews, Brainstorming, Promotion Tricks & Help, Website Appraisals.

In Peer to Peer Reviews, you can critique other website and forum owners, and give them suggestions on how to improve what they have. In Brainstorming, you can give or receive ideas on how to start forums or websites, and what could be on it. In Promotion Tricks & Help, you will find various tips and tricks that you can use to promote. And in Website Appraisals, you can come and get your website or forum appraised by other members of the forum; meaning, you can come and see what others think the cost of your website or forum could be at, if it is sold off to someone else.

Search Engine Optimization – This is where you can discuss all aspects of search engine optimization in this forum, from how to build backlinks to the ins and outs of getting great results in the search engine rankings.

Technical Support – If you are running into technical issues, or you know how to fix technical issues, this is the place to be.

Graphic Design & Webmaster Forum – This is where you discuss topics related to graphic design, HTML, other website coding and programming.

The Subforums of Graphic Design & Webmaster Forum are the following: Graphics Show off & Database, Graphic Tutorials, Webmaster & Coding Tutorials.

In the Graphics Show off &Database sub-board, you can show off your graphics for feedback, or to release them for public use. There are plenty of categories you can choose from when adding, or would like to use from in this board. There are categories for banners, rank images, smilies, themes and skins, avatars, and miscellanies items that do not have a spot in one of the other categories. In the Graphic Tutorials Sub-Board, you can read or submit tutorials on how to make various graphics. Finally in Webmaster and Coding Tutorials, you can post any coding and web development tutorials you may have in this forum.

And last but not least, the Non-Promotion section!

The Non-Promotion Section

Computers & The Internet

In the Computers & The Internet board, you can discuss hardware, software, websites and much more here. This is a good way to learn what you can do with various hardware, software, websites, and anything else that you can think of relating to the computer world!

Remember, this isn’t the place to talk about managing online forums or websites, we already have a section for that as stated above.

Media Discussions

In the Media Discussions board, you can talk about all types of media here like music, TV, films and games if it doesn’t already have a board to discuss it in.

The Subforums for a little bit more focused discussion, are The YouTube Corner and Gaming Zone.

Sporting Discussions

In the Sporting Discussions board, you can have discussions about any type of sport with other members here. This can be official sports, international sports, or hobbies!

Intellectual Talk

Last but not least, you can talk about anything else here in the Intellectual Talk board! So that you can take a break from promoting and participate in some friendly discussion.

The Subforums for this board are the Debate Corner, Humour Corner, and Forum Fun.

Please explore these forums, since they will help you out in the long run of gaining members to your forum or website!

Weekly Staff Member Interview #3 – Mikaya

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

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

Now on to the interview!


 

1)    Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi there! I’m Mika, I’m 25, was born and raised in England, UK. I’ve been married for just over a year now, and I have one child at the age of 1. I currently have a part-time job, as an office worker for a local authority. It’s not the most exciting job in the world, but it pays well! In my spare time I like to watch a bit of TV (only if there’s actually a decent show on), play video games (I have a 3DS and PS3), go shopping (I like to spend money), watch movies (mostly rom coms/action/thriller), and frequent forums (only a couple) since I like conversing with others (& making new friends) and engaging in discussions that I like providing my thoughts on. I also have a keen interest in computing and devices. 
2) In 5 years time where do you see yourself?

I probably would have another child by then (here’s to hoping) and would have left work as well, to look after them both. My husband would be the one going to work and earning money to live on. I don’t mind. I’d rather not work and look after my family! Working is alright but there is a limit. It doesn’t help since I’m a little lazy in nature! I would be a full-time housewife (ugh. not that wonderful but it’ll do!). Beats a real job any day in my book!
3) As a child and even now, who is your hero and why?

Uhm, I don’t really have a ‘hero’ as such. Pretty lame, I know. Sorry for not having an answer!.
4) Out of everything you have learned from FP, what has been most valuable?

I have learned much more about forums, how to manage them and advertise them in many ways which would benefit me. I’ve seen so many forums being advertised at FP and it’s great to see how much the forum owners/admins are dedicated to their forums! There are many subjects involved in the broad name of forum-ing and it’s interesting to find out what members’ thoughts are on them.
5) As a forum owner yourself, what keeps you going through the tough slow periods?

It’s always helpful to keep your head up in tough times, and not give up. As long as you have support, you will be fine. I try to think positive and get creative with ideas and put them in action, in the hope that they will pay off. There will obviously be slow activity moments on forums, and that’s natural. Thinking of unique ideas to bring visitors in to join and stick around would be a key turning point. Members have real life to deal with first of all, and your forum is second priority to them, as it should be.
6) If you could swap teams just for a day, which team would you trial and why?

I would like to try out the Editorial Team! The articles are a pleasure to read on the homepage. Managing them and submitting my own would be a nice task to undertake. I’m not a very good writer, but I’d try the best that I could! Providing information useful for other FP members and visitors is a great feeling, knowing that they will look back and thank those who created those articles.

7) Any other comments?

Nope, I believe I have covered enough!.



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Taking Advantage of Promotion Forums

Hey there, I’m going to tell you some useful tips for taking maximum advantage of promotion forums, as a lot of people only get a small percentage of what they could get from forums like this. I’ll tell you all the methods I use!

Promotion Topic

Okay the obvious one, make a promotion topic but just making a promotion topic isn’t good enough. You need to make a topic that really draws people in, a topic that makes potential users, users! Having a logo at the top is always good. Then give a general description of the site. Some statistics, staff team details, site announcements, stuff like that. Also play around with the colours, boldness,underline,centering and things like that to make it presentable. Also make sure you have decent spelling and grammar in your promotion topic, if English isn’t your first then ask someone else to have a look through it.

Bumping

Okay there’s no point leaving your thread to die, you’ve get to update as much as you can within the rules, now I will admit sometimes I go bump, please join and I really shouldn’t do that. Include some new statistics, any new announcements, maybe a few of the latest threads, things like that to make your bump more interesting.

Exchanges

Sometimes it’s good to exchange with other users. Do things like 10 posts for 10 posts. It’s a great way to make your forum larger and if your lucky you might get a few people you exchanged with deciding they liked the forum so they carry on posting also for a potential member, the more quality content there is on the site the better.

Signature

Post your website link in your signature and maybe a logo in there, this gets you backlinks and gets you more publicity. If you don’t know how to add things to your signature then here’s a few things you can do.

Code:
[url=http://yoursitelink.com]YOURSITENAME[/url]

Also why not add some bold or underline to it.

Code:
[b]BOLD[/b][u]UNDERLINE[/u]

Maybe even some colour.

Posting Around & Getting a Good Reputation

This is a massive one that a lot of people miss. If you get a decent amount of posts and trust among the members then people are likely to want to do deals and exchanges with you and they are more likely to join your site. So make high quality posts, maybe ways to promote. Engage with members in threads like Hello/Goodbye Thread and most of all don’t get into arguments with other members.

Requesting Services

To make full advantage of a promotion forum you need to request services. Save up your forum credits. I think the two crucial services are the posting package service because it gives your a forum a boost in bad times and also the review service because it highlights problems with your websites and helps you improve it which leads to more members.

Be Helpful

I’ve already touched on this subject previously but been helpful really does help. People love to join a forum if they know the owner is a kind and helpful person. Reply to people’s promotion threads giving them constructive feedback and help people when they ask questions in sections like this one.

Affiliations

If a forum has an affiliation exchange section then use it! I know not everyone wants affiliation images plastered on their homepage but why not make a affiliations page? Your members won’t be bothered if there’s a little text link somewhere saying affiliations. So set up your affiliation page, make an affiliation image and head over to section’s like this. What you do then is up to you. What I would do is make a post saying something like ‘Hey, would you like to affiliate with {YOUR FORUM NAME HERE}. My affiliation page is here (HYPERLINK THE WORD HERE) This is my affiliation image code:

Code:
[url=YOURSITELINK][img]AFFILIATIONIMAGE[/img][/url]

If you accept this affiliation I’ll add yours soon as’. You don’t have to say that but it’s a good guideline. I’d post that on as many affiliation topics as I could that’s starter has logged on recently and their websites still open. Then I’d make a thread asking other people if they want to affiliate. You do this list as it makes yours at the top of the list.

Monthly Contests

Many forums run forum and site of the month contests. I would suggest entering them. There’s no harm in it. It doesn’t matter if you lose. Even if you lose people may still have found your site from it and signed up. However if you do win it can gain you a lot of exposure and a lot of new members. If you do win then I’d suggest mentioning it when you bump your thread.

One off Contests

Your good ol’ regular contests. On promotion forums the prizes of contests are often website related so I’d suggest having a look at the prizes to see if it’s something you would want for your site. If so, there is no harm in joining in with the contest. Even if you don’t win it may still benefit you in other ways. If it’s a posting contest then you’ve got more posts which means you’ll be known more around the community which can lead to people viewing your advertisements and joining your site. If it’s a referral contest you’ll get respect from the community if you refer some members. If it’s a graphic related contest then people might ask for graphics from you and you could say; ‘Yeah I will do. Would you please make 5 posts at my forum as a thanks?’ So there’s more than meets the eye to contests.

Forum Battles

Some forums have fun little forum battles. They’re quite fun to do and have benefits. First of all, what are they? Normally it is where two forums go head to head in a poll where the members of the forum were the battle is hosted vote on which forum is best. There aren’t usually prizes for this except for special occasions. However some forums have a leaderboard and people looking for good communities to join or to partner with may use these leaderboards to decide as they give a general idea of popular or quality communities. Now there are other benefits. It gives you a backlink and voters may have never heard of your site before and when they check to see if they want to vote for your forum they might decide they want to sign up and post. Another benefit is sometimes you and the other contestant can decide to have prize money. This could be in the form of real money or forum credits so that will help you if you win.

Interview Threads

You may think, how does this help my website? Well it doesn’t directly help but it does help in another way. An interview thread is somewhere were people can ask you questions and get to know you. Now when you first join the forum your a bit of a stranger so sometimes people don’t pay much attention to you but if you start an interview thread people will get to know you better and they then might decide to go and sign up to your website. Also if your the one asking the questions you might find someone is a big fan of Call of Duty. Now if your forum is about Call of Duty you could ask them if they would be interested in joining your Call of Duty community or you could even ask them if they are interested in working for your Call of Duty forum so I hope I’ve convinced you that interview threads are worth it.

Premium Membership

For those of you with spare cash hangin’ around then premium membership is a good way to take advantage of a promotion forum. You may think it’s money wasted. Premium Membership is a group which you have to pay to get in that have special benefits and usually a coloured username. This forum has a premium membership. Now on to the advantages. The special benefits of premium memberships at promotion forums are often website related. For example this forum has ‘A Sticky Sponsor ad for one week – normally sold for $5.00 on it’s own.’ as one of the benefits. This will give you a massive boost for one week, way more people will see your advertisement and hopefully way more people will sign up. ‘Your Username in Black recognising you as a proud supporter of FP’. Having a coloured username helps more than you think. It makes you stand out. If someone is looking at a list of promotion threads they’ll often go for the one’s that are started by someone in a coloured username. It’s just a psychological thing. Other promotion forums may have other handy benefits like a free service every month. That kind of thing.

Technical Support

Often you have a problem with your website and you rush of to your forum software support forum. However sometimes it can take a long time to get a reply so to help you with this. Some promotion/webmaster forums include a technical support section. This decreases your wait time and means you can get problems solved on your forum quicker which keeps members happy. Also answering question there can help improve your reputation and I’ve explained the importance of that previously.

Other Promotion Forums

Who needs Google when you’ve got a promotion forum? Stop searching ‘promotion forums’ and finding dead websites! Start using forums to find more forums. Many promotion forums have a list of advertising/promotion forums where you can find more forums to promote on. This of course leads to more members and you can use that forum to find forums that weren’t listed on the first one. Another great place to look is the promotion directory where you can search through for promotion forums. Some websites help us further by sorting their promotion threads into sections so all you have to do is look through the Advertising/Services section and the Webmaster/Graphics section. You can also take a look through people’s signatures as they often have promotion threads listed there.

Guides/Tutorials

You might think you know all that there is to know about websites but you don’t! No one does! So it is important they look through guides/tutorials wrote by members of the community. This will help you improve your forum and learn new ways of promoting it. It also stops you making mistakes. Now if you do know a lot about forums then write your own guides. This gains you reputation on the forum and if your clever it can gain you a backlink and some members. So do this clever trick first you post your guide on your own forum then at the bottom of your post on the promotion forum you put; ‘originally posted at [url=LINKTOTHREAD]SITENAME[/url]’ so members will hopefully click on that link and sign up. It will give you a backlink when the search engines browse your post as well.

Completing Your Profile

I’ve already mentioned about signatures but you should fully complete your profile. For one, it helps people get to know you when you fill in things like occupation,hobbies,interests but it gives you a bit of free advertising because usually you can put your website link in a website link field. Some forums have fields for youtube, twitter, wordpress, etc which also gives you free advertising. Also don’t forget to add an avatar because it looks more friendly and sociable to have an avatar. If you want an avatar like mine, if I’ve changed it then it’s basically a manga face, then go to Face Your Manga.

Status Updates

Unfortunately this forum does not have a status system. However some do and I’m going to tell you why to use them. Writing status updates helps people get to know you better and makes you more part of the community. You can also secretly advertise your website in a status. Now most sites will disallow putting a link to your website in your status but you can still say things like ‘{FORUMNAME} it 10,000 posts today :)‘ , ‘{WEBSITENAME} got 25 new clients today’ or ‘{USERNAME} made an interesting post on {FORUMNAME} today’. People may see one of these statuses and hunt for the link of your website then they might decide to sign up.

Introduce Yourself

I forget to mention this before but remember to introduce yourself when you join a forum. Most forums have an introduction section. This is the first step towards people getting to know you and building a reputation on the forum. Make sure to include a bit of information about you. Also you could include a bit of information about your site to gain user interest but do not post a link to your site in your introduction as it is against the rules of most forums.

Selling your services

Some forums have a place for real money exchanges. You can sell advertisements on your forum here. It helps generate money for you and your website and some people who purchase advertising may decide to sign up to your website as well. Now something you can do on all deals which helps you get a backlink and hopefully some members is for example your selling twitter followers at the bottom of your post you could put something like ‘Supplied by [url=SITELINK]SITENAME[/url]’. People who have bought your service and like it may sign up as a thanks and anyway it gets a free backlink which is always welcome.

Signing up to referral links

You may think how does this help in anyway whatsoever? Well wait a minute and I’ll tell you. Many forums have a place advertise referral/affiliate links. Now when you sign up to these referral links the person who owns the referral link will be happy about this so why not comment saying something along the lines of ‘I’ve signed up to your referral link, could you please sign up to my site in return?’. Now make sure to not include a link as it will probably be against forum rules. The person can easily find it in your signature. Now a lot of times they will say yes and sign up so you’ve got yourself a member there.

Get friends to post referral links

Ask your friends to sign up to your website and then use these referral link sections to promote your website for you within the rules. Make sure your website has a referral system first. Your friend just has to sign up to your website, copy their referral link then say something like ‘I signed up to {FORUMNAME} and really enjoyed it so I’ve decided to recommend it but please use my referral link(hyperlink that with their referral link). Make sure your friends do this, don’t make new accounts to do it yourself. It will most probably be against forum rules.

Keeping members up to date

You need to make sure members are up to date with your forums happenings. Conveniently most promotion forums have a section dedicated to your forums happenings. First make sure to read the guidelines as you don’t want to be posting news that is disallowed. Then you make your topic. Give it a catchy title and in the thread make sure there’s bold bits, colourful bits and pictures. Now post your news there and add a link to your website at the bottom so members can see it then sign up.

Hiring for your website

Ever waited months to find no one wanted to be a moderator for your site? Wished there was an easier way? Well there is! A lot of promotion forums have a job centre section where you can make a topic declaring that you are hiring and how to apply. Now a lot of people looking to work at websites will constantly scout this section and hopefully will decide to apply for your forum.

Completing graphic requests

If your a designer with a website then your in luck! A lot of promotion/webmaster and graphic forums have a place where users can request graphics. Now a lot of them are willing to pay a fee of either forum credits or real money but you could tell them all they have to do to get graphics from you is to sign up to your website or if your a forum, make a few posts. Many people will do this and will significantly help your website if you actively complete requests.

Selling graphics

Related to the previous section you can also sell graphics. To help your website from this what you do is for example make website design then say you’ll give it to members if they make 50 posts at your forum. Now, if your design is of a good standard and would be worth real money people will often do this instead of splashing out there cash on a new design.

Requesting graphics

If your website is looking a bit tatty then save up some forum credits and request some graphics. A lot of people will make graphics for forum credits as long as you give them a reasonable amount. Over a period of time you can request a fair amount of graphics and it will improve your websites appearance greatly and will lead to new people signing up.

Using free graphics

Some forums have a section of free graphics. Often they can be found among requests and paid graphics like here at Forum Promotion. Now if you find some you like it can be really helpful because it improves your site’s appearance which of course leads to, lets say it all together, new members! I bet your tired of hearing that, eh?

View new topics

If you watch new topics you can often find new sites to promote at, good deals, contests that could benefit you, interesting discussions and more so I suggest to keep looking at the new topics for anything interesting. It’s just a little tip, not very important.

View active topics

If you’ve got your site’s link in your signature and you want some quick backlinks then you should try the view active topics feature. These topics are popular and more likely to be indexed by a search engine and they are the backlinks that really count. Of course most topics should hopefully be indexed eventually but they’ll be the first to be indexed and I believe the more views a topic gets the more that backlink is worth.

Signature advertising

Advertising through signatures is a fantastic way of getting backlinks and sometimes members. Even if the backlink is only up for a month or so you can only hope that google indexes some of them during that time. It’s worth to pay some forum credits or even real money for this. Also if you get your site’s link in a trusted member or staff member people will often click on the link and sign up as well. Forum Promotion’s very own Signature Advertising is a great service because it gets your link displayed in the signatures of staff. So you get people clicking on it but staff are generally active and if Google indexes the forum at that point your going to get a lot of backlinks. You can also buy signature advertising through exchanges and the marketplace.

Profile comments

Forum Promotion like many other forums has profile comments. If there’s an event, and I’ll use an example of an event happening at the time of writing, Halloween, then you can say for example ‘Happy Halloween!’. This helps you get to know members of the forum and remember how important getting to know members of the forum is. As a side note, in MyBB 1.8 profile comments will be inbuilt instead of a plugin.

Purchasing advertisements

If you spare cash lying around then many forums sell advertisement space. It’s a fantastic way to gain massive amounts of exposure for your website. Epically if you buy advertisements on big forums like this one.

I hope I’ve helped you with this, it sure took a long time to write and I hope to update it in the future so please give me suggestions to write about. By the way, a lot of these things, I and others don’t do to help our websites. We just do it because we like to do it. We like to get to know people, we like to get involved in the community, we like to help others. Finally, the best way to thank me for this if you liked it would be to give me a +rep, it would be greatly appreciated

Being a ‘Social’ Administrator

Greetings everyone!

In this article, I am going to tell you about the finest details of being a good administrator. I will not cover the technical aspects of forums, but I will try to enlighten you how ‘social’ an administrator should do.

Greetings: Always greet your members. No matter how busy you are or how huge your forums are, the administrator greeting you directly is a sign of welcome. It rejuvenates the newly registered members and also sets the right example for your staff to welcome all members. Remember, first impression is the key!

Be the accessible Mr.Busy: I, for one person, understand how busy you can get. But on top of everything, if an administrator does not reply to my PM, I would have the feeling that I am being kept waiting. When you become too busy, ask yourselves ‘Why would my members have time for my forum when I do not have enough time for it myself?’

Friendly: No matter how terrible a member’s crimes are (maybe, lets exempt posting porn, staff member harassing and racism) always, greet people in a friendly manner.

Here is a terrible example of a private message

Hey!

Please stop making low quality posts. I will ban you on your next offense.

 Here is an example of a more refined private message

 Hey!

I am very pleased to see that you are enjoying our forums because you seem to come back every now and then. However, I was wondering why your posts are of low ‘quality’. Just keep an eye on them and don’t hesitate to let me or my staff know of any problems you are encountering. This is just a friendly reminder 😉

 

I know its huge work typing all these out, but hardwork pays! Really, it does! 😀

On the same page: Always keep your staff on the same page of things. Let them all know of any exceptions you make for your members. Remember, members of staff contradicting their own administrators are not healthy and is a big turnaround for members.

Be willing to take note of suggestions: No matter how laughable a suggestion is, always be willing to hear it out. If it comes from a member, it means that you, as an administrator, has a duty to satisfy that member. If you think that a particular suggestion is do-able but not good for the community, let them know that ‘they will be seeing it in the near future’ even if its not your top priority.

I am sure that I will see you all as excellent administrators. And keep the energy high!

Weekly Member Interview #3 – Sarhad12

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

This week, we have decided to interview sarhad12. This member has been a member of Forum Promotion since 19 Jan 2013.

Now on to the interview!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Well I’ve been nicknamed “Scarface” by my mates due to me being a fan of Al Pacino and I also have a “Scar” on my forehead which kind of lives up to the name. As far as my age is concern I stopped counting as soon as I hit my 20’s.

I have been living in uk for past 20 years and have been following Manutd football team throughout those 20 years (apart from David Moyes era).

Foruming is my part of my passion, hence I’m always active here on forum promotion.

Oh I forgot to mention I have son who just turned 2 and half, he loves the computer as much as I do. Here is clip of him on YouTube climbing a motorbike ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2JO-G_NZX4 ).

What brought you to Forum Promotion?

I was looking to promote one of my earlier entertainment website, and upon searching on google I came across few forums were I could promote my site, none of them were appealing to my eye apart from forum promotion which took me by surprise, from first instance.

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

I currently have two forums, both are on different niches one being YouTube Topics ( http://yttopics.com ),which is completely dedicated to all youtubers. The main feature of it includes promoting YouTube channels, videos and to help YouTubers in gaining extra publicity.

The second forum is the “AdminAds” ( http://adminads.com ) which as the name suggests a promotion forum. Not another Promotion forum “yikes” I know I know, have you seen the movie dumb and dumber?

Jim carey asks “Whats the chances of pretty girl like you and me going on date”?

She replies one in “Million”, Jim Carey grins and says “So you are saying there is a chance”? And to be honest that’s the chance I’m willing to take and hope to get the members of this community to help me in achieving that chance.

“AdminAds” features are almost similar to whats on offer here on FP, slight changes will be introduced to have its own uniqueness.

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

I really enjoy the services that are offered here on forum promotion such as reviews and postings packages as well as constant updates of posts. And most of all I love the idea of the forum cash which saves us from spending real money to get services that we require.

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

Apart from the above, I enjoy the exchanges a lot. It helps me and the rest to build a community as whole.

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

There has been lots of talk regards to changing theme, though I personally feel that a community as big as forum promotion should be thinking of moving towards XenForo. That way the community will grow further.

Also the PhpBB feels outdated and by changing to Xenforo it will give the extra “zing” a slightly Modern and much more “this” generation type feeling which is what we are missing on forum promotion.

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

Not a problem and thank you for interviewing me! Also before I head off I’d like to congratulate you and forum promotion team for coming up with this interview section, it helps us to know each other in depth.


 

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