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About Joshua Farrell

Hi there, I am Joshua Farrell. I am an Editor of the Blog, for Forum Promotion. I review all webmaster related articles submitted to the blog, and edit them if needed, for grammar and spelling. If you would like to submit an article to the blog, you can contact me, or go to Forum Promotion's forum to find more information on how to submit an article to the blog!

Forum Promotion’s Forum Cash: Finding a Value Part 1 – Value Based Off of Posting

With Forum Promotion updating it’s rules, services and it’s software, Forum Promotion has decided to remove the restriction on the buying and selling of FP Cash, because it just didn’t seem like a rule that was doing the forum any good, on restricting people from being able to sell something that is deemed to have very little value.

FP Cash, as just a forum currency and without any monetary backing, Continue reading

Site Battles Madness – Interview with Pandaa

Sorry for the delay on the second interview regarding the Site Battles in our March Madness, replies to the interviews took longer than expected.

I would like to thank Pandaa for agreeing to this interview. He is part of the Community Team, and helped monitor the site battles.

The questions I asked, are in bold. His responses are italicized.


Out of all of the announcements in the March Madness, which were you excited for?

I was very excited for the reordering of the forum to finally be put into place. It was long overdue and we put so much time and effort into making it happen. I’ve always felt like FP was confusing to newcomers, and condensing the board should help a little bit more in the future.

What was your duty or role in the Site Battles?

I helped with setting up the battles in most of the rounds, and I was in charge of paying people for their votes. The whole tournament wouldn’t run without Jack, that’s for sure. However, I know he’s a pretty busy guy and so I just tried to be there for anything that he might not have had time for!

Out of all the site battles that you observed while it was going, which did you enjoy the best?

Tough question! I really enjoyed the Open Carnage vs. Atrium Forum debate. I didn’t know it at the time obviously, but it ended up essentially being this year’s winner vs. last year’s winner. If I’m not mistaken, it ended up with the most total votes in any battle as well (84 votes!).

Which forum do you think had the potential to win but didn’t, due to various circumstances?

I’d have to say FeedbackExchange. Going against a forum like Open Carnage is going to be tough in any round, but FE made it so far in the tournament without so much as a challenge. Sinon has created a really nice forum, and just to make it to the final four out of all the sites on FP is quite the accomplishment. :)

For those sites or forums you voted for, what did you personally use as a judge to vote for those you voted for?

I mainly used the site’s activity and my first impression of it to gauge who was the winner. I can’t really think of a time where there wasn’t a clear winner, in my mind.

I noticed your forum got into the second round of voting, what do you think could have helped your forum out, in the second battle that you ended up loosing?

I really haven’t put much time into my site in quite a while. I need to restart it back up again, but I’d say activity was probably my biggest downfall.

Which forum would you have liked to go against, out of the forums that were in the battle?

Hmm, not sure exactly! Any gaming site other than Open Carnage? Hahaha!

When next year rolls around, do you think you would like to participate in the Site Battles again, either as a participant, or as staff?

Definitely! As long as I’m around, you can expect me to have a part in it!


I am thankful for the time spend for this interview. 🙂

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below!

Site Madness Battles – Interview with Tucker933

The Site Madness Battles were pretty good, and as such I have decided to interview a number of the people involved, that either got a placement in the top 3-4, had the best battle, or were staff that helped run the battle. You will see a number of interviews being posted over the upcoming week or two, in relationship to those who were involved, that agreed to do an interview for you all!

To start off the Interviews being posted, I have decided to start off with the winner of the Site Madness Battles Continue reading

SBM Champion: Open Carnage Forums

Today, we at Forum Promotion would like to celebrate with Tucker933, who owns Open Carnage Forums, in which Open Carnage has won the Championship to the 2015 Forum Promotion Site Battle Madness! Congratulations Tucker933!

As the winner to the Site Battle Madness, he got a number of prizes, Continue reading

Most Recent Changes on Forum Promotion

I am both happy and sad to announce the following changes that has taken place on Forum Promotion.

New Administrator

Other than our new owner, which was announced a couple weeks ago, our Newest Administrator is Twisted Fairytale. He is taking over for Nerdie, who has left us, due to his selling FP to Master A, and is now ready to continue to other things in his life.

Twisted Fairytale was the Team Leader over the Editorial Team, which had changes regarding it’s goal not too long ago, and has done a fantastic job as such. And is now ready to take up a new job that has now been given him.

Administrators That had Left

Nerdie has now left us as an Administrator. This is always be a sad day, when the forum owner has to move on from the forum, but we will wish him success in the future! He will always have a place in the memory of those who enjoyed their time while he was the owner of Forum Promotion.

Postloop Review

Postloop

Review written by Joshua Farrell

For those who generally need a little extra kick in their overall forum post and topic totals, one would tend to try to utilize post exchanges of any sort that they can go after. So what would this article be on? A posting exchange service that is one of the few that actually launched plenty of forums into activity. The service? Postloop.

What is Postloop?

Postloop is a website where you can actually do a number of things. First, you can exchange posts or comments with fellow forum and blog administrators. Second, you can earn money from posting on forums or blogs. Third, you can pay people to post on your forum or blog. That is the basics of Postloop.

Postloop was established in 2010.

So, now on to the review.

First Impressions

When I load Postloop, I notice a number of things as it loads. First, I see that they have a relatively uncluttered and “quick to inform you” type of menu. It has a home link, a “How it Works” link that leads you to the page that describes a little more of what the website is about, a register link, links for the type of websites that you can post on, which are forums and blogs, a link to their support board, and a login link.

Below, in the main area of their home page, you see two things, a description of what you can do if you are there to earn money, and a video. The video is informative, and it covers everything that one can do. The description on the other hand, only covers those who want to earn money, and you don’t find anything about exchanging posts, or anything for forum or blog owners. This can be improved if the owner wants less confusion when someone lands on the page, considering that first impressions are everything, and the site is supposed to be catering to everyone, not just those who want to earn from posting. Infact, how many people will watch an introductory video, if they are assuming that a website is about one thing, when it shows that it is dedicated around something else?

Under the above mentioned section, you then find under the video, the current posts exchanged through Postloop, which at the moment, is at an amazing 2,785,000 posts exchanged or earned! That is allot that had been posted! And that is allot of posts exchanged on generally any site in general! BUT, one would have expected more, even though they had only been running for 4 years so far. Still, that is pretty amazing to see that forum and blog owners were able to get that many posted for them, in the course of the site’s current age.

Now at the bottom, but not in the footer, you will find three boxed off areas. The first is for forum and blog owners, telling them what they can do at the website to get activity. That is great, but this could have been mentioned in the introductory area above this, next to the video! The second box shows a few reviews that were given of the site, but is mislabeled for what it is about. The third box shows news of the website, but doesn’t make mention of the 2.5 million posts that was earned through them.

Inside Pages

The How It Works page, tells you a little bit more on what can be done there, but entirely misses the third point of the site, which is the pure exchange aspect of it, which is I post on your site, you post on mine part of it.

At the bottom of that page, you will find links to more parts of the website, like a link to the FAQ.

Generally speaking, the menu system for everything isn’t exactly user friendly. I can see why people find it slightly difficult to work with, to figure out answers to stuff, without posting on their support board.

Their support board appears to be semi active, but could be more active, based on the number of users that are just registered on the support board.  It also appears as if the staff are not doing as much replying to various support related topics. I have been observing topics made, and not many of the questions have been answered by staff for some time. So this may be a worry, if the item is not deemed urgent by them.

Logged In Pages

For the most part, everything that is in the “My Dashboard” area is pretty good on what needs to be shown. It shows your average point per post, your overall rating, and some other important information.

When you go through the dashboard, it has a area that lists all of the forums or blogs that you have submitted to get posts on. Then you have the subscriptions page, which shows you which forums you have subscribed to, and the posts you did, along with the points. Next you have the messages page, where it shows you the conversations you had with fellow Postloop users. Then you have the ratings selections, which you can see the ratings you received, or had given out to others.

The deposits and withdrawals page allows you to either add points to your account via real money (if you are paying for posts), and it also allows you to withdraw points into real money too, via Paypal.

The referrals page, allows you to see all the users you had referred, and how much points you earned from them. For future note, they currently give you a 20% rate on the points your referrals earn or buy. They also have promotional graphics and such that has your referral link in it.

All of the stuff relating to this, is nicely organized; which I like to see. 🙂

Subscribing to Forums/Websites

The one thing I dislike about the forum and blog listing pages, is the fact that the list that is provided, is a long list. They don’t start the second page, till 100 forums/blogs are listed! Which makes the page seem even longer, due to the amount of information that is provided on the page! I believe these pages should be worked on just a little, to make the list seem shorter, yet still have the same number of listings on it.

Final Comments

Though I like the concept of the site, some of the things on it needs to either be changed, or more clear.  I think it is a great idea to allow people to use a service that basically lets you get members and posts, without spending a lot of time promoting! I also think it is a great idea for those who also want to earn money, by spending a little bit of time each day to post!

Though the biggest concern I had with the whole thing, is how the service appears from the beginning, and how some of the site is not user friendly.

I think that the website has even more potential, considering how few and far in-between websites like these are found on the internet! It is just, that if the owner wants to be able to provide a service that can provide a even better job at providing an exchange medium, he needs to make some changes that will let people find things much easier!

And that wraps up my review! I hope you enjoyed reading it!


Joshua Farrell is an Administrator of Forum Promotion, and a member of the Editorial Team that runs this blog. He can be reached on the forum of this website, via PM if you would like to suggest things to be added to the blog, or if you have any questions or comments in general in relation to the blog itself. He can also be reached by commenting on the articles he writes. Feel free to comment on any of his, or anyone elses’ articles.

Weekly Staff Member Interview Series #7 – Cosmic

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

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

Now on to the interview!


Hi Cosmic, the question I like to start off with, just like everyone else, is what can you tell us about yourself?

My name is Matt E, and I also frequently go by “Cosmic.” My day job is as a software developer at a defense contractor. In addition to that, I develop websites, and also write science fiction when I get a chance.

How has your time here at FP been? What do you like about the community?

Forum promotion is a very good website. There really isn’t any other place that I know of which lets you bootstrap a forum like you can do at FP. You can start with a forum that has zero posts and go to a thousand, and beyond, pretty quickly if you play your cards right.

What can you tell us about the Feedback Exchange?

FeedbackExchange is a forum dedicated to one thing: receiving feedback on your websites and ideas. We have sections for websites, forums, businesses, open source, projects, graphics, writing, and more. All you have to do is post a single topic, no other posts required, and we will guarantee you one lengthy review, and will answer any questions which you have about how to better improve your project.

You can find FeedbackExchange at the following URL: https://feedbackexchange.org/

Are there any other forums you are part of the staff?

Not currently. I was a forum moderator on the RuneScape Official Forums a few years back. That was a very interesting experience, and I think it made me a better forum administrator. Also I’ve helped out with a few websites started by other people here in the FP community, although most of them have disappeared over the years.

What advice can you tell newer admins here at Forum Promotion, on what they could do to better their new forums?

Start with an idea: If you want to create a successful website, you first need to have a good idea. An idea which, above all, interests you enough to keep you interested until the website is a success. Let’s take my own website as an example. I started FeedbackExchange because I wanted a place where I could get high-quality feedback on my ideas, so I decided to create that place myself. That brief sentence “a place where people can …” is the idea behind your forum. Kind of like a mission statement, but short and to the point. This is what you will need before you can do anything else, and as I said, it needs to be a mission which interests you.

Then, build a great website: Once you know what kind of website you’re going to make, you need to go ahead and build the website. This is the fun part. Give it flavor! Pick a good looking theme, but also make modifications to it to make it your own. Choose a logo! The more flair your website has, the more people will want to use it. Also make sure that your website is different enough from the competition that people will want to use your website over the other ones. You don’t have to be better than the competition, you almost never will be at first, but you can always be different.

Build up your post count: Now that you have a good website, you will need to start promoting. When I monitor my website’s progress I look at only one statistic. Not page views, not visits. Post count. Page views are so transitory. One day you might have a thousand, the next day a hundred. But posts will persist. Your post count tomorrow will be greater than or equal to your forum’s post count today. It always goes up, never down. The higher your forum’s post count, the more valuable it is. The better people will think of it when they are considering joining your forum.

To increase post count, you will need to promote. The most effective ways to receive posts on a few forum are, in my opinion (and also in order):

1. Posting messages yourself – you can only post so many of these, but in the beginning, you will always have more posts that every other member on your forum. Make sure to reply to as many posts by other people as possible.

2. Posting Exchanges – Posting exchanges may seem inefficient. How can a 15:15 exchange be that good for my website, you might ask. The reason why post exchanges are so useful is that you can reply to the posts other people make on your website, which means that doing a 15:15 post exchange with someone else will result in about 23 new posts on your forum (you probably won’t be able to replay to every post they make, which is why I say 23 instead of 30). If you have other members, that factor can be even greater. Until your forum has a couple thousand posts, you will need to do post exchanges, and a lot of them.

3. Staff Members – Generally you will get more posts via post exchange than your staff members in a new forum. This is alright. Don’t push your staff members too hard, because they may just give up. If you recruit a few administrators or moderators and make clear to them that they are part of the team rather than just hired help, they will make your forum a better place, and increase the post count.

I guess you can say that that’s my plan to make FeedbackExchange a success. I think it’s a good one, so I recommend you try it. Either way, good luck with your website.

Since you have been here for a number of years, what would you suggest to improve Forum Promotion? It could be anything.

One thing I think could be improved in FP is the promotion directory. Back when I first joined FP the promotion directory was a single forum, rather than several different subforums (Advertising/Services, Webmaster, etc). The idea when the subforums were put in was to make it easier to find what people were looking for. However, ever since that happened I’ve noticed one problem.

With forums divided into so many different categories, people rarely venture outside of the forum where their website is being advertised. People don’t discover new things as much, and each individual subforum is a lot quieter than the one, single section used to be.

What I’m trying to say is that when you first start a forum (generally speaking, not just on FP), all you hear are crickets. The silence is so deafening that your ears feel like they’re about to burst. No one is interested. No one cares. No one says anything. If the FP promotion directory could become a place where members and staff members post “maybe you should fix XYZ,” or “That’s a pretty good website, good luck!” with more frequency, then I think FP would become a much better place. I think removing the subforums would be one way to help fix this problem. Another way, of course, is for FP staff members, and members as well, to post comments on peoples’ threads in the promotion directory. Let people know that someone cares. To a new website, that could be the one push which keeps the owner from giving up.

In the years that we had the older Content Team, and the current Editorial Team, what are the things you know that they did as part of their team?

The blog has come a long way since it was first introduced, I think. The layout looks better and the content is good too. Good luck with the blog, and I hope the articles you publish in it can give a lot of new forum admins a helping hand.


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 Interview Series #7 – Raees

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

This week, we have decided to interview Raees. This member has been a member of Forum Promotion since October 26th, 2013.

Now on to the interview!

Hi Raees, what can you tell us about yourself?

Hello Joshua, first of all thanks for selecting me for this interview. To begin with my name is Raees Nazeer, a 15 year old and I am from Karnataka, India but I have been staying in Saudi Arabia for the past 8 years and will be returning to India next year after completing my 10th grade. I spend most of my time online actually its my only hobby. I am also a huge Cricket fan and never miss any matches of my favorite Team India. I also spend my time designing themes and other things online.

How has your time here at FP been, and what do you like about the community?

It has been a great time since I joined FP, its really wonderful place and I have got lots of inspiration in my online world from FP. I like the friendliness of the members of the community and always ready to help and the services which the forum provides like the Package & Reviews are just excellent.

Do you own any forums, and what can you tell us about them?

I have started my journey of making forums in 2012 since then I have made many forums though most of them were unsuccessful, I haven’t given up in making more. I am still trying my best and working hard to make a forum popular like FP. At the present my mine project is PromotionCurve.Net which is also a Promotion Forum like FP, I have just began it and everything is going good till now, hope I will be successful with it.

If you had the chance to do anything in the world, what would it be?

If I had that chance I would like to wipe poverty from this world and make this world a better place to live in. First I would like to snatch all the money from those corrupt politicians and officers.

If you had $25,000,000 what would you do?

Thats really huge amount I would use to achieve my above goals by spending on poor peoples and helping the world to be a better place and I would also like to invest some for sites and forums for making them wonderful.


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!

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Weekly Member Interview Series #6 – Jamie

Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Member Interview Series! This week, we have decided to interview Jamie. Jamie has been a member of Forum Promotion since August 29th, 2010.

Before we get to the interview, the questions in bold type are questions asked by Joshua Farrell. The answers below them are Jamie’s answers to those questions.

Now on to the interview!


 

Hi Jamie, what can you tell us about yourself?

Hi there! I’m a twenty year old webmaster and tech lover from England. Monday to Friday I work at an IT company as part of a web development team, and in my free time I manage a couple of websites and projects of my own.

When I’m not sat behind a computer screen, I tend to spend my time shooting air rifles or at the pub. I’m a big sports fan and also love listening to music and watching films.

How has your time here at FP been, and what do you like about the community?

I’m been at ForumPromotion.net for over four years now, and it’s really helped give some of my projects a kick-start. There’s a strong community who in nine times out of ten are more than willing to help out another member which is essential with a community of this niche.

In my early days I always received support when I didn’t really know what I was doing, and it’s those early days that really matter in the webmaster world. Many will give up before they’ve even started, but when you have support from others who are patient with you it makes the experience and learning curve much more enjoyable. It’s this reason why I try to help others as much as possible, whether it be with knowledge or finances.

What can you tell us about The Blazon?

The Blazon is a little project I founded back in March 2014. I used to be Editor-in-Chief of a technology blog, but after the owner sold it on I realised I’d had enough of running a project but not having full control of it. This is why The Blazon was created, and I felt it would be more fun branching out to other topics rather than solely technology and the internet. This is why we now cover other niches such as entertainment (films, music, television), sports, world news, science as well as technology. This means it was a bit more refreshing for the team members and I as we weren’t writing the same things day in day out as we could change it up with a different topic if we wanted to.

Due to my limited free time, the website has suffered a little due to my lack of dedication, though I have recently sold one of my projects (FPS Forum) so that I can hopefully put some more time into it.

Do you own any other websites?

I own my personal blog/portfolio website JDAB.co.uk. This is rarely updated, but I occasionally write blog posts, as well as updating my current portfolio and domain names that I have for sale. I’m also Lead Administrator at a popular administrator forum called Admin Forums. I recently took management of the site to give it a new lease of life, and I’ve got lots of plans for the future for it.

What advice can you tell newer admins here at Forum Promotion, on what they could do to better?

Ask for help: Never be afraid to ask for help. There will always be people with more knowledge that you on topics to do with your website, so don’t be afraid to ask people. That’s why forums such as Forum Promotion and Admin Forums exist – they are communities designed for people to share knowledge.

Set aside some money: Yes, it’s possible to set up a website for free or a low amount, but if you want to succeed and grow, you will inevitably have to invest some cash. This may be for upgraded servers, designs or staff payments, but if you want to grow you eventually will have to inject cash.

I noticed you had previously been part of the Package Team. What can you tell us about what the Package Team does to help forum owners?

I’ve actually been part of the Package Team three times! The Package Team does a great job of boosting activity – though it’s only temporary, it does give your website a little boost which is often what can get your legacy members posting or commenting. It’s a fun team to be a part of too as you get to experience lots of different communities.

In the years that we had the older Content Team, and the current Editorial Team, what are the things you know that they did as part of their team?

I wasn’t really around in the days of the older Content Team, so I can’t comment on that. However, the new Content/Editorial Team seems to be putting in a high work rate which is exactly what’s needed – tips and guides for new members will prove a hit if done correctly.

Did you know you can write an article for the blog? If invited, would you like to write something about being a webmaster or a forum admin?

Sure – if I could have another day in the week! Time is limited these days!

If you had $25,000,000 what would you do?

I’d buy a nice house – not too big, mind. I modern style house with lots of parking space for all the cars I’d buy! I’d have a few Rolls Royce’s, a Nissan Skyline R34 and a Mercedes G-Wagen (to start with)! I’d still go to work Monday to Friday as I’d still want to live a relatively normal life. Of course I’d buy nice things like I mentioned above, but I love my job so why would I quit? I’d share my wealth with family and friends, as well as to charitable organisations.


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!

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