Choosing staff is one of the easiest things to mess up on when you are administering or building your forum. You could be making your forum for the first time, or be an experienced webmaster and still make a mistake on hiring staff. In this article, I am going to teach you how to choose staff wisely, carefully, and correctly. Continue reading
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Greetings, Forum Promotion! It’s been awhile since I’ve brought you news and interviews, but I’m back now! To kick off my return, I’ve brought Lucky!, the owner of WebFerno to the interview chair. He caught my eye months ago with his “coming soon,” banners for WebFerno. If you’re not familiar with WebFerno, it’s a new webmaster based website (you read it right, not forum – website) that boasts some cool features you should definitely check out. Here is my sit-down with Lucky!:
Twisted: So how did you come up with the idea for WebFerno?
Lucky: I have been part of many promotional forums and webmaster forums, but I haven’t been on a website that was designed to have a place where they could network. I spent some time googling to see if there were some, and I didn’t find any, I set out to find a script to power Webferno.
Twisted: Did you end up settling on a script or writing your own? That is, if you can share your secrets, that is.
Lucky: After a lot of time looking, I found one that I really liked and offered features that would complement my idea of a webmaster community. On top of the base script, we have certain features that I have customized to fit Webferno.
Twisted: That’s definitely much easier than writing one by yourself! You said “we.” Do you have anyone else one your development team?
Lucky: I had some help by someone that I meant online. His name is Dan and we’ve done a lot of work together to bring Webferno to where it is now. He brings a lot of business knowledge to the table, so that’s helped a lot.
Twisted: It’s always great to have a partner, especially for a project as cool as WebFerno. If you can’t tell, it’s actually been one of my favorite new projects since I started to see “coming soon” banners around Forum Promotion. Do you feel like you and your team did a good job generating hype before launch?
Lucky: It’s a double edged sword. We had a slow launch and then we moved servers, which left us offline for a month. During this time, we had nothing to show for, other than a blank page. I have tried to spread the word, get advertising space, but it’s hard that we were offline for a month. However, I am looking forward to seeing people use WebFerno and watch it take off.
Twisted: I remember you mentioning something about that earlier when we spoke, I’m sorry to hear that; being offline for that long can definitely kill hype. I know that WebFerno has some awesome unique features. Why don’t you explain some of those for the readers?
Lucky: Well, first we have spaces. Spaces is where our users can make their own page for their blog, forum or group. Within that space, they have the chance post things on the page, post discussions and more. We have an article section that users can read webmaster related articles. We have forums were our users can discuss webmaster relayed topics with others. Our most unique feature is a combination of webmaster tools that only our members can use.
Twisted: The spaces and webmaster tools are the two that really catch my attention! When I was browsing WebFerno, I got the chance to look around the Spaces, but didn’t really get to see the tools because I wasn’t registered. Could you elaborate on some of the tools you offer?
Lucky: Our tools include useful items that webmasters would use. WHOIS lookup, domain lookup, and more. However, It’s nice because all of these tools are all in one place. It’s fast and slick. I don’t want to go too far into detail because it’s reserved for our community.
Twisted: Those tools sound really useful! I completely understanding keeping something for the community, it will give the readers a reason to go check you out! Do you have any future plans for WebFerno that you could share?
Lucky: Other than expanding on what we have now, not really. Of course, we leave it up to our community to offer suggestions on what they want to see. We will always be looking to be better!
Twisted: Well you’ve certainly gotten me interested in registering! Is this your first web project?
Lucky: No, I have built a lot of forums, but this is my first website based idea, not just a forum. However, I just like the Internet!
Twisted: I like how you’re breaking the mold a bit with WebFerno! If you could say one thing to get people to register, what would you say?
Lucky: One thing I could say is we’re unique and offer something that most webmaster sites cannot offer. Come experience a new idea with the rest of the community!
Twisted: Sounds perfect! Thank you for your time, Lucky, and I wish you the absolute best with WebFerno. You may see me around there soon!
Lucky: Thank you for the interview! It was nice answering your questions! Hope to not only see you around, but the rest of the community!
If this interview has interested you in WebFerno, go check it out at http://webferno.com/ and leave your feedback below in the comments. Thanks for reading, and happy foruming!
There are many great services and features offered within the most popular promotion and webmaster forums. More often than not, members have options ranging from reviews, packages, signature ads, and other advertisement on the board. However, these are not the services you should be putting to work! Promotion forums give many under appreciated services that actually help you more than popular features.
Social Media Advertisements
Social Media ads such as Tweets or Facebook posts are one of the most commonly glanced over features of a promotion forum. Why? Because most people rationalize that no one is actually going to read the tweet, therefore, why spend the money on a hundred and forty characters?
The trick behind social media advertisements is not for the visitors, but for the search engines. Search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing have spiders all over social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Whenever there is a tweet containing a link, they automatically follow the link and index the contents. What that means is: the more you tweet (given reasonable space, of course) the more search engines like index your site, providing you better SEO. So, the magic isn’t in the new members from social media advertisements, it’s in the search engines!
Many people look at exchanges as a way to get temporary post increases or members by exchanging forum currency or the same service back to another individual. However, if used correctly, exchanges can benefit your website more than any other feature available. There are many different types of exchanges that go on within promotion forums. Member exchanges, “I’ll post on your forum if you post on mine,” and “Five [posts] for Five!” exchanges happen all of the time, and are almost useless (notice I say almost; there are times where they can be beneficial).
The most useful exchanges happen when two web masters exchange ad space, links, or participate in projects such as banner jumbles. Each of these yield free advertisement to hundreds of people, and all it costs is for you to return the favor! Remember back to the first point I made about search engines indexing your site when there is a tweet or Facebook ad? Well the same happens when your banner or link is on another webmaster’s site and they get indexed! You get even more search engine exposure through simple exchanges such as these!
The last most valuable resource a promotion forum can offer is an extensive community of webmasters, all with the same goal as you: to better their forum. These are also webmasters that may be more experienced than you that can offer support and feedback. Many communities have boards that allow technical support questions, peer-to-peer reviews, and other boards based around managing your site. Spending time in any of these boards, just reading what others have to say, can be valuable to the development of your personal forum.
In the end, many promotion forums can offer services such as packages and reviews, but those services may not help you and your board as much as you think. Instead, invaluable resources such as social media advertisements, exchanges, and community support can have a massive impact on your forum, if you use them correctly.
Today we are back for another segment of the Member Spotlight! I apologize as it has been a while since the first segment; hopefully we can keep these regular in the future! Anyway, today we are interviewing Mikaya. She has been a member of Forum Promotion for around five months and has already served on two separate staff teams, the Package Team and the Community Team. She is an Administrator at 3DS Pedia and a Community Team member on Forum Promotion. For the purpose of this interview, I will be known as “TF” and Mikaya will be known as “M.”
TF: So what keeps you coming back to Forum Promotion?
M: The wonderful and hardworking staff making Forum Promotion a better place for everyone! They do so much for the community and are great individuals who are always up for a laugh and are very easy to get along with!
TF: Good answer! Do you enjoy working on the staff?
M: Yes. I started off my staff venture being on the Package Team. It was a wonderful experience, and was never dull. I enjoyed every minute of it, and working with great team members made my experience worthwhile. Now transferred to the Community Team, I will try my best in this role! Apart from that, I have met some phenomenal staff members along the way and I’m honored to be apart of the staff. It’s a pleasure working with each and every one of you!
TF: Well you definitely make a great staff member, if I may say so myself! As a staff member, you get to see all parts of Forum Promotion; if you were able to change one thing about the forum, what would it be?
M: The old fashioned theme that has been there for quite some time. We need a more modern look to attract visitors and more importantly, the current members who visit on a daily basis. Let’s update our look and make a good impression to those who visit the community!
TF: I completely agree! Now let’s look away from Forum Promotion and more on to you and your administration! Tell us a little about 3DS Pedia.
M: It was founded on August 19th, 2013. It’s primarily based on the popular gaming company known as Nintendo, featuring discussions focused on the 3DS and Wii U, and many well-known titles for both consoles. There are also sections for general gaming, anime/manga to cater for those crazed anime fans, graphic design for those who are skilled and creative in the GFX arts, and of course general [discussion] for times when you want to take a break from gaming-related discussion.
TF: Even as a non-Nintendo fan, I’m pretty interested in your forum now! What’s your favorite part about 3DS Pedia that could attract more members?
M: There is always something to talk about whether it’s about gaming or general. The activity is decent, there is always at least a few or even several (during peak times only) members who are up for a friendly chat, and a good laugh, whether it’s about Pokemon X/Y or just some random subject.There are regular Pokemon tournaments that you can try your luck in. The most popular feature would be the Pokemon League, you can challenge gym leaders (members of the public) to earn badges that will appear in your posts. They will not go down without a fight, and are pretty tough. You will need luck and a solid strategy. One other unique feature would be the play coins system. Earn Play coins from Pokemon contests/challenges, raffles or even sell your spare Pokemon. You can also post quality threads and posts to earn pc. Once you have a substansial amount, you can then purchase eShop Credit (3DS/Wii U) to buy that game that you’ve meaning to buy for ages.
TF: That’s a pretty creative system. It almost makes me want to register to try it out, actually! Who came up with that system?
M: Marc, the owner. That’s pretty much the community in a nutshell. I wrote so much!
TF: It’s perfect! One last question, if you don’t mind. What has been your hardest challenge as an Administrator at 3DS Pedia?
M: Managing the community, as there is a lot of content (as in threads/posts/members) that need to be checked over. As more and more is being submitted/added over time, the staff and I have to keep an eye on the forum and keep it clean from spam and any sort of offensive behavior. A tidy forum allows easy navigation by members, old and new alike. We also want to make a good impression to those who are yet to join the community. Since we are pretty active, and have time to moderate the community when required, so this doesn’t pose as a threat.
TF: It’s great to know you have the community under-wraps! Moderating is often a difficult and time consuming job on any forum. Thank you for your time, Mika!
M: My pleasure, happy to help! I enjoyed answering your questions, they were interesting!
I hope you enjoyed learning more about Mikaya and 3DS Pedia as much as I did. Have more questions for Mikaya? Ask them in the comments below and she’ll try to answer you as best as possible! Remember to check out 3DS Pedia!
Stay tuned for our next Member Spotlight soon!
Welcome to the first segment in the new series I call “Member Spotlights.” In this series, we will interview different members of Forum Promotion, asking them questions about their experience in the community. I’ll be picking users throughout the forum randomly, so hopefully we can meet some great people! This week, we have dragonborn99! Dragonborn is currently the administrator of RPG Lounge and has around 1,700 posts here on Forum Promotion. He began working as an administrator last year on an old gaming website that has since shut down. In his free time, he enjoys writing, reading, gaming, and role playing. For interview purposes, I will be marked as “TF” and Dragonborn as “DB.”
TF: Hello! How long have you been on Forum Promotion?
DB: I have been on Forum Promotion since last year, August. I only began becoming active around the Christmas Holidays last year.
TF: Oh! I thought I remembered you from a long time ago! What keeps you coming back actively?
DB: It’d be the great community FP possesses and the awesome staff which are always active around the community, ensuring things are smooth around the forums. Forum Promotion is also a great place to aid with my forum.
TF: You say FP is a great place to aid your forum. What’s your favorite service?
DB: My favorite service? It’d have to be the reviewing service as it helps my forum get more members and I get to hear a professional opinion on my site and where improvement needs to be made. This service has helped me improve things I didn’t think could be improved.
TF: If you could join one staff team, which would it be and why?
DB: It would have to be the Package Team. The staff there seem like fun people and it’d be a great way to meet new people, not only on Forum Promotion but on the other forums you’d be helping as a packager.
TF: You know they’re hiring right now!
DB: Oh yes. It’s just that I’ve been busy as of late and not sure if I’d do very well with a packager.
TF: Completely understandable!
TF: Thanks for your time, man!
DB: No problem. Questions are always great.
Thanks for taking the time to read about Dragonborn! Be sure to check out his site, RPG Lounge, and stay tuned for our next Meet the Community member: Mikaya!