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Weekly Staff Interview Series #11 — MasterA

Hello!

This week, we have a very special edition of the Staff Member Interview Series. MasterA is the current owner of ForumPromotion, who acquired the website a few weeks ago, and has initiated a number of discussions concerning how to improve the ForumPromotion community. This interview discussed many topics, ranging from questions allowing us to get to know MasterA better, to questions involving MasterA’s proposed changes, and his advise for new Webmasters.


Hello, MasterA! Congratulations on your recent acquisition of Forum Promotion! My first question, as with every interview, is this: what can you tell us about yourself?

There is a lot I can say but let’s start off with the basics. I am a 23 years old student currently studying a mathematics PHD and residing in England. I started my first forum when I was 14 so I do have 9 years experience in managing forums. My first forum was a gaming forum and it was hosted with Forumotion. I have also owned many other forums and websites, one being Business Stadium.

Other than administrating websites, what hobbies are you interested in?

You should already know that I enjoy mathematics but some of my hobbies include watching anime, playing badminton, reading and boxing. I am part of the badminton team for my university and we play against other universities regularly.

What other interesting facts can you tell us about yourself? Foreign Languages? Pets?

I have learnt many languages during university. I learnt French, Chinese and Japanese but I am only on a limited proficiency for all 3 languages. I don’t have any pets but I want to have a dog.

Do you currently own any other websites? If so, what can you tell us about them?

Currently, I only own Forum Promotion. I closed down Business Stadium due to not having enough time previously and now I am only focusing on FP.

What made you choose Forum Promotion?

Well, I came across Forum Promotion via google when I was trying to promote my forum, Business Stadium. I thought that Forum Promotion is a great place for webmasters to learn and I have always loved it. I had a short break from managing websites, as I was very busy with life, but when I came back, I wanted to buy an established site. I came across Nerdie selling Forum Promotion and I decided to buy it because I love the community.

As owner, you’ve had a chance to experience the community here at FP in a very unique way. What are your thoughts on the community here at FP?

I think that the community is very friendly. I have talked to many people and we got to know each other very quickly. I got a lot of nice suggestions coming over which I enjoyed reading and hope that the community can help me improve FP by bring them what they want.

Many of us are excited to see the changes which are on the horizon. Which single change that you have proposed will, in your opinion, do the most to benefit Forum Promotion?

I will say that keeping plans open and let member vote for new features will do a lot of benefit to Forum Promotion. The reason is because members are more likely to stay active on the forum if they are able to participate in the major decisions of the forum. We want members engaged in the community and feel valued. I think a big mistake many forum owners are making is that they are not getting their community engaged enough and eventually the forum will go downhill. Even large forums with millions of posts face this problem and can end up becoming dead forums with no active members.

You have been very open with your plans for Forum Promotion over the last few weeks, both with members and staff. Do you advise other administrators who use Forum Promotion to use similar strategies with their own websites?

This is a good question. Different administrators like to take different approaches. The reason why I keep my plans open is because the community builds up the forum and I want everyone to get involved in important decisions. Whilst the administrative team will make the final decision, we want you to have a say. I recommend administrators on other forums do this, as it encourages members to be more involved in the community. It is also important to listen to what members say.

What other advise do you for webmasters who use this forum?

Make the most use of Forum Promotion by regularly posting offers and updates for your website. Members will be more likely to join your site if they see something interesting happening on your website. Another effective way of promoting your website is to engage with the community and participate in discussions. Once people get to know you, they will more likely join your site and help you out and that will make a different.

Thank you very much for doing this interview! Do you have any final comments?

Good luck with your website!


Thank you for reading!

The ForumPromotion Editorial Team

Weekly Staff Interview Series #10 — Shole

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

This week, we have decided to interview Shole. This member is a staff member of Forum Promotion, and is the Assistant Team Leader of the Package Team!

Now on to the interview!


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

There are a lot of things what I could tell you about myself , but I will start with what’s the most relevant. I love forums and sites, creating and administrating them is great for me, it is a hobby for me but I still take it serious. So far I had only forums and even managed to build my own hosting company that I sold, but now I took a different path and created a blog. So far its going great but I am not really sure what I am supposed to do except post articles and promote it. Its really a new field and it is interesting but I feel that there is a missing link, unlike forums blogs seem to be far less interactive.

Now to the boring stuff. I am 21 years old soon to be 22, I am playing basketball professionally and studying Literature in Romania. Currently I am residing in Serbia and I play there for a 2nd Division basketball club. Some of my other hobbies include watching anime, reading(includes mangas), cooking and writing.

I also work as a freelancer/ghostwriter on oDesk and that’s where my biggest income is.

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

Wonderful, I always liked FP but at times my real live would take me away from it. I meet amazing people here and I love each and every one of them . Who doesn’t right? The time I spend here is really enjoyable and pleasant, it can get a bit boring at times when I have to actually do packages and stuff, but ‘I still enjoy my daily login into this site.

What can you tell us about The Writing Hut?

The Writing Hut is my blog, it has a simple goal which is to create some sort of writing network where people can share their opinions on different topics. So far TWH’s main focus is on Social issues(feminism, feminazism,internet happenings, gamergate,racism, we call it brain damaging thoughts) , anime, mangas , poetry and stories but we might expand it with new categories or cut some of those. Indeed we have a goal but its not so stable, it can change from time to time as so far I am trying to figure the blogs identity out. In the future I am sure it will hold a lot of interesting articles that will be worth reading, for now if you like things from the 5 categories mentioned earlier you should check it out.

Are you working on any other projects at the moment?

My current and only personal project is The Writing Hut, I work daily on improving it and creating a clear goal for it. So far I am a bit stuck but still I am trying to make something out of it. As far as other projects goes I am working on a few Books and eBooks for a few clients online, it takes a lot of time out of the day but I got to earn my bread somehow.

As the Package Team Leader Assistant, what goals do you have for the package team? How do you think it should proceed in the future?

There are many things that are on my mind when you say “Goals for the package team” but the first thing and my biggest priority for now is to build a team together with Lorcan that will provide high quality posts , topics and comments to the members of FP. So far we are working on some things that will help our team members to complete their job and satisfy our customers needs to the fullest.

To be honest I think the Package Team is heading in the right direction, we have great and active members, an amazing team leader and we have the full support of all the other staff members and regular members for which I am grateful . There were indeed times where we found ourselves in a pinch but we got out of it so you can say that we are heading the right way.

What do you mean by equality for package team member? Has it been achieved yet?

This made me laugh. The phrase came from I think the 1st or 2nd time I joined the group chat for the staff members. We were all talking and having fun and we came to the discussion about what team is better and what team has more powers and such. So as the only package member (at the time I wasn’t the assistant leader) I was the lowest ranked amongst all of the people on the chat, therefor it was concluded that the Package Team was the lowest ranked staff position you could have at FP and so came I shouted “Equality for PT member” which became some kind of goal. It doesn’t mean much its just like the feminazis (not to be confused with feminists) shout equality but mean more privileges for the female gender, its the same here I just wanted more power.

As far as if it is achieved yet, no not yet. I am on my path to do glorious things for the PT and I will not stop until we are known around the web as the best of the best.

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

There are not many tips I could give those admins, after all they are all experienced and very intelligent , therefor I have seen that they are capable of solving any problem in the best way.
Joshua, M and now TF are longer on FP than I am , they know the in’s and out’s so there is not really much I could help them with.

The only thing that I can say to them is: You can’t please everyone so try to make a decision that will always benefit the forum , not one member only.

What are your thoughts on the Forum Promotion Blog? What kind of articles are you interested in reading? Any suggestions?

I like it , but I feel that it is a bit invisible . Some might say the blog is fitted perfectly into the FP theme. What I would like to see about it is to stand out more. I would love to read about how to run my blog, that would be a great help for me. Other then that I am interested in the interviews as I like to get to know people better.

Thank you for your time, I am honored to be interviewed.


 

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!

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Weekly Staff Interview Series #9 — Eren

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

This week, we have decided to interview Eren. This member is a staff member of Forum Promotion, and is one of our own at the Editorial Team, #BetterRedThanDead!

Now on to the interview!


 

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

My name is Kyle and I am 26 years old. Despite my age I’ve done a lot with my life especially in the realm of healthcare. I am a 4 year veteran of the United States Air Force specializing in surgical technology. That means I am a part of an operating room and I participate in surgeries alongside surgeons. I can assist in any type of surgery including C-Sections. I have been a volunteer (and paid) Emergency Medical Technician Basic for 10 years now (nationally, and two different state levels)and have a vibrant history of providing the care and treatment you would expect when calling for an ambulance. I’ve spent time as a volunteer fire fighter but never really gained an interest in that sort of thing. I’m a storm spotter with NOAA and the occasional Storm Chaser. As you would expect I’m a webmaster who has been doing forum administration for over 14 years now. I have a love for forums, design, and simple coding but my interests hardly ever extend past being a hobby. I am currently enrolling as a full time nursing student.

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

My time at FP has been fun so far. I like the people who run the forum and those that make up the staff as well as the community at large. I also enjoy the topics we talk about and how we can, as a whole, bring back the concept of forum communities on the internet. Overall it’s a very good community and I’m excited to see how it’s going to evolve in the coming months under it’s new leadership.

What can you tell us about Political Debate Forums?

Political Debate Forums is a old but new community. It’s built off of an old political forum database that I used to administrate in 2010 but had been running on it’s own independently as soon as April 2014 as well. It’s an anonymous web platform for debate, discussion, and argument about all things political in the US and the rest of the world. It’s an ongoing project that’s received a lot of positive support and continues to grow at a good rate.It’s main mission is to protect free speech and to create a unbiased and mostly unmoderated platform while recognizing some order does need to be maintained.

You can visit PoliticalDebateForums at the following URL: http://www.politicaldebateforums.com/forums/

Do you have any advice for those of us interested in starting a new debate forum?

This is not an easy niche to start in. Don’t start up in it unless you are dedicated, like debates, have thick skin, and can relax on the moderation. For a long period of time you will be talking to yourself. When the forum does finally grow you have to keep a delicate balance of political thought and theory to maintain good order.

What methods were most successful when promoting Political Debate Forums?

So far the best method I have used is networking on larger political forums and linking via my sig as their rules allow. Most of these forums don’t really care if you have a link in your signature. Some won’t mention it. Asking the lead admin usually opens doors.

When moderating a debate forum, have you learned anything about cooling down arguments which get too hot? Could you share some of your experience with us on how to best accomplish this?

Free speech is the very root of a political forum and forums in our niche often die out when users are censored or feel censored. For the most part I recognize my users are all grown adults, most are of voting age and higher, and many are there for heated debate and argument. There are simple rules in place but unless we really need to cool something down or shut down a thread, such as in a case of general forum drama, we generally let things work themselves out. It’s worked very well so far.

Are there any other projects you are working on at the moment?

I have none right now but I am propositioned every once in a while to help on communities.

Are you a staff member at any other forums or websites?

No, my forum and life offline are far too time consuming to do much other than what I do at FP and my site.

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

Work on your design and style. I generally look at many of the forums that are posted on FP and quite a few are very sloppy in design or just generally look bad. I usually do not comment because I don’t want to be “that guy”. Design is the welcome mat to your forum and without a unique and welcoming theme you are shutting the door to a large portion of your potential success.

What would you suggest to improve Forum Promotion? It could be anything.

I would really like to see FP move to better software at this point. I don’t like free forum systems and this one especially is outdated. I’ll support whatever measure the new admin takes but I would like to see this forum expand, grow, and take on more important meaning.

What are your thoughts on the Forum Promotion Blog? What kind of articles are you interested in reading? Any suggestions?

It’s generally a good blog although I think we could do much more with it. For example it could be more a magazine styled theme and involve a lot more on being a webmaster. Right now it doesn’t really grab the eye or welcome the user in. I enjoy articles on design and administration tactics the most.


 

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Weekly Staff Interview Series #8 — Collin

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

This week, we have decided to interview Collin. This member is a staff member of Forum Promotion, and is an Ambassador in the Community Team.

Now on to the interview!


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

Hello! My name is Collin, and I am on the Community Team here at Forum Promotion. I live in the beautiful town of Anderson, Indiana, and I absolutely love being a webmaster. I own a web hosting company, work in a warehouse full time, manage websites, and happily dedicate my time to FP. I used to be a lifeguard, and I may choose to do that again next summer.

I recently graduated high school, and I’m working around various positions to see what interests me best. I want to make sure that I make the right choice with what I want to major in, without taking too much time to think about it. My position at a warehouse is temporary, and was only supposed to last a week, but, it has been about a month now, and now they want to train me to drive a forklift. One of the forklift drivers was recently moved from that position, so it looks to me as if they want to directly hire me on.

Anyways, I’m a busy guy, and I’m friendly as well. I love to help people out, especially webmasters. I’m not a heavy coder or anything, but I know how to help out people who have issues that I used to have in the past. If you ever need any help with anything, feel free to let me know!

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

My time here at FP has been great! I love the community, and I love to see the vast variety of sites that are promoted here at FP. This forum is a great forum to take advantage of, and it’s a friendly community as well!

I was recently on the Package Team for a little while, but then I found out that wasn’t the right position for me. But, I must say, if you ever see a topic come up for teams who are hiring, apply, even if you don’t think you’ll be chosen. I was suprised when I was hired on to the Package Team. I woke up the next morning, and my username was orange! If you think that you won’t be added, just because of warnings, or a lower post count, apply anyways! Getting your applications in doesn’t hurt, and sometimes, they’ll be brought up later!

Anyways, I love how much FP has grown, and I am excited to be a part of such a thriving community. I’ve worked on a few other forums, but, Forum Promotion is the most fun when you interact with such a great community, and a great team of staff members.

What can you tell us about Volact?

Volact is a web hosting company that I started about 7 months ago, and it’s rapidly growing. I have experienced trial and error, just like everyone else has, but we’re both improving and growing as a web host. At first, Volact only offered Shared Hosting, and that was all. Now, we’re offering Reseller plans as well. We even made a deal with Blesta as well, so our licenses are cheap, without the high license reseller costs, making it both beneficial to us and our clients. We’re focused on providing a 99.99% uptime guarantee, and a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee! Customer satisfaction is our number 1 priority!

You can find Volact web hosting at the following URL: https://volact.com/

Do you have any advice for those of us interested in starting web hosts?

I have two main pieces of advice: take your time, and don’t pay for advertising.

I know some people would disagree, but that’s alright. I’ve never paid for any clients, and I’d say I’m successful as of now. There are two main quotes that inspire me the most. One is “Money = Hard Work + Time”. You’ll need to be patient when starting a web hosting company, and don’t expect to get a lot of clients right away. Go around locally, design websites for small businesses, and then link your site in the footer, where you can also showcase your latest works. One website that I’ve received a lot of conversions is WebHostingTalk. You can post your topic once a week, and I’ll usually get more than a few signups right away. Remain patient, and remain calm. Don’t make sudden changes, and focus on what your clients want, versus what would be beneficial to both of you. Don’t take the first month transferring from server to server, but instead, list the pros and cons of both, ask for a free trial, and document what each company has to offer. Never rush your decisions, and always listen to your clients.

This brings me to the other quote that inspires me: “Grow your world around your customers, and more customers will grow around you.” Always ask for input, advertise sites that clients can provide feedback, and start a community forum! You’ll be able to interact with your clients, while knowing more about them. Also, another recommendation is to have a billing software. My personal favorites are WHMCS and Blesta. They’ll automatically send out invoices, and they are more powerful than ever. My last recommendation is to have a live chat software installed on your site. I personally have LiveZilla, and it’s free for one operator. You can even track where your visitors are, send chat invitations, and even friendly redirect them to another page if they’re lost. It’s a great tool, and one of the many great tools available for free.

I’m going to work on a web hosting series here on the Forum Promotion Blog, so be sure to watch out for that as well!

Are you a staff member at any other forums or websites?

I’m only a staff member at the forums that I own, which are PromotionBB, WebHostingBB, Volact Community Forums, and the Off Topic Club. PromotionBB used to be ForumConnect, but we changed our name to something more understandable. These four sites are some of the many that I own, and just about all of them have been launched at once, which may not be such a good idea, but I’ve been working on each site individually, and they all seemed to have finished at once! I used to work on The Admin Zone, but I was kicked off for reasons that weren’t understandable to any of the staff, and I’ve also worked on my various collection of websites, which seems to be growing.

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

Try to think of something new, and a name that will stick! One reason that I changed ForumConnect to PromotionBB was the name. If you were to walk up to someone, and have them guess the niche of each forum, they are likely to guess that PromotionBB is an advertising forum almost instantly. Take your time, do your research, and choose a reliable host. I’ve published an article here on the blog named “Tips for a Successful Forum”. There, you can read about advice that I’ve come up with throughout the years. Feel free to read that article as well, and your feedback is always appreciated in the comments.

What would you suggest to improve Forum Promotion? It could be anything.

Honestly, I don’t have any suggestions at the moment! I like the direction that we are heading, and we seem to be growing and growing each month! I’d like to encourage the members to become more active in various forums, and definitely take part of the weekly FP lottery! We have a great team of staff members on board, a great variety of services to offer, and an awesome community to interact with! I couldn’t be happier with FP!

What are your thoughts on the Forum Promotion Blog? What kind of articles are you interested in reading? Any suggestions?

I absolutely love the blog! I read just about every article on there when I have time, and I’ve learned a lot from users! I’d like to personally thank the Editorial Team for keeping this great resource thriving, as well as our members of FP for their submissions! I highly encourage each and every member to submit their own article! Give it a try, and see if it’s something you’d like to do regularly! I personally love the member and staff interview series, as it helps me learn more about the staff here at FP, as well as our members of such a great community!


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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.


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Weekly Staff Member Interview Series #6 – Lucky!

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

This week, we have decided to interview Lucky. This member is a staff member of Forum Promotion, and is part of the Review Team! To help the reader, the interviewer’s (Joshua Farrell) questions are bolded, and Lucky’s answers are plain text.

Now on to the interview!


Hi Lucky, what can you tell us about yourself?

Well, my name is Kyle and I live in Murca’. I have been working on forums for six years now and haven’t stopped yet. I love being on the Internet where I lean a lot of things and even meet people from around the world, which is awesome! I am a manger at RadioShack during the day and at night, I manage my online life. I love music and I don’t know what I would get through life without it. I love to eat and I value friends and family.

What do you do as a part of the Review Team?

My main job is to keep the team organized and running in a way that leads to efficiently. I make sure reviews get done in a timely manner and if any issues show up, I am there to handle them. I oversee everything that goes on within the team and if my team has questions about something, suggestions or an issue, I am the one they go to first. At the end of the day, we’re all there for each other and to see to it things get done and things run smoothly. We’re a red family :)

What do you like about reviewing websites and forums?

I like that I can bring a second pair of eyes and look at a website in a unbiased approach which allows me to be more critical, more so than the owner could. We as webmasters sometimes like what we do layout wise, theme wise and what not, but having another opinion is really helpful in making sure the website is at its full potential. I like looking at a website and giving suggestions to something that should be fixed, added or what not and allowing the owner to do as they please with that information and in the long run, helping them succeed.

As just a regular member of Forum Promotion, not as staff, what do you like about the forum?

I love the community. The service teams are amazing people who devote a lot of time to the community for the sake of FP being a large community of webmasters, and they love that. The exchanges are awesome because they give users a chance to work with each other and network in a way that works. Overall, I just love the community and everything all of us do to pitch in and make FP great!

If you had the chance to add your two cents on what can be changed here, what would it be?

To be completely honest, really nothing. The base that is already here is running just fine and is working for everyone. Sure, some people may not like the theme that we’re using, or that we have too much $FP running around or whatever else people don’t like, but you cannot please everyone. FP is awesome right where it is.

I see you are running WebFerno. From what I can tell, it is supposed to be a social network, what additional things can you tell us about it?

Yeah, go into detail, I will copy an excerpt from our “About Us” page:

One of the first social networks made for webmasters in mind. We connect webmasters together that share the same love, building websites. The idea behind WebFerno is easy, give webmasters the platform to not only work alongside other webmasters, but also meet and network with new ones.

We want our members to have an amazing time on WebFerno, because that’s why we made this platform. We have profiles for all of our members, pages for our members to promote their websites, a forum for all types of crazy stuff and even articles for our masters of the web to post and read content from each other. We feel that to make a community succeed like this, we need to have everyone work together and to collaborate together, hence WebFenro.

If you had the chance to visit any country you wanted, where would you go?

I would have to say England. I know a few people from out that way and it just looks like a place that I would love. I have been to Canada and have thought about moving there, but to visit, I would stick with England.

What would you do if you had 25 Million in money?

The first thing I would do is give a select number of people a few million to do what they want with it. With the rest, I would buy home and a car and go shopping for a lot of tech things. I would invest a lot of it into a CD that way I can make more over time. I would have to hire a person to make sure I don’t spend it all :P


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Weekly Staff Member Interview Series #5 – Hedi

Hello all! Welcome to this weeks installment of our Weekly Staff Member Interview Series! This week, I had a chance to interview Hedi, who is part of the Package Team.

I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!

Now onto the interview!

Joshua Farrell: Hi Hedi, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hedi: My real name is Cierra. I’m twenty three, and I live in Upstate New York. I have one brother and one sister, and I’m the middle child. In my spare time (when not on forums, working or writing) I like to travel (going to Cambodia next month), write, watch TV/Netflix, run, swim, go shopping, and probably other things that I’m forgetting. I’m a Marketing/Business Analyst (and part time coffee fetcher) at a medium sized tech start-up and I’m also a Peace Corps. Volunteer. In about a year or so, I plan on going back to school to get my Ph.D/Doctorate.

Joshua Farrell: When did you decide to join up at Forum Promotion?

Hedi: I decided to join Forum Promotion in early February 2013 to promote a Face Book group, “Bloggers Helping Bloggers”, that I was admin at at the time. One day I typed Forum Promotion into Google, and Forum Promotion.net popped up as the first search result. So I joined. I posted my ad, and then left for about a year or so. I came back a couple months ago in July, but didn’t really start posting around in the community until about August.

Joshua Farrell: What do you like about Forum Promotion?

Hedi: I like the friendly staff and members, how theirs always something to talk about, many different people of different backgrounds and walks of life, and the various services. I have found many great resources here, and the fact that you can request resources also is great. I also can get very helpful feedback and reviews from members. Being able to earn virtual cash and then buying/selling/trading it is pretty cool too.

Joshua Farrell: What was the reason behind you wanting to be a staff member?

Hedi: I wanted to be a staff member because I liked writing, and I also like helping people. Being on the package team, I do both. I help give forums a little boost of activity, while exercising my writing skills as well. It’s a win-win situation in my mind. And hey, who doesn’t like a little extra FP cash in their pocket?

Joshua Farrell: Can you tell us about what you do as a Package Team Member?

Hedi: As a package team member, I fill package requests. When someone requests a package, I go over to their forum and sign up, then I start posting or creating threads, sometimes both. I also comment on blog articles.

Joshua Farrell: Are you running any forums or websites?

Hedi: Yes I am. I have just started my first forum, Languavel. I am an admin at Social Storm. It is a new general forum with a twist. I’m a moderator here Forum Connect also.Forum Connect is a great advertising/promotion forum. I use to have my own WordPress blog, but I don’t really post on it anymore unfortunately. :/ Oh, and if you wanted to join my new forum, that would be great too! (Shameless plug I know…)

Joshua Farrell: Can you tell us what your forum, Languavel is about?

Hedi: Languavel is a new forum combining two common interests, languages and travel. We are also offering services, such as language learning classes (from native speakers), travel gear, and free resources. We are currently implementing a cash system so users can buy real items from our store. But, if languages or travel aren’t for you, we have a very big general chat board to post on.

Joshua Farrell: If you had the time, what would you like to do?

Hedi: I would like to take a year off from work to travel the world. I’d like to go to not so common places too, like Myanmar,Osoyoos, and Bhutan. Maybe one day…

Joshua Farrell: What is the one thing that you would have liked to do, but never got around to do it?

Hedi: Starting my own business. I always wanted to start my own business since I was in middle school, and even took some business administration courses in college, but when I was offered my current job, I put that idea aside. I still have time, so who knows.

Joshua Farrell: What things would you recommend to those starting a new forum?

Hedi: The number one thing I would recommend is that you need to have dedication. Members won’t be signing up on your forum overnight, so you need to really be the main driving force behind your forum- post post post! Also, I know that everyone says this but make sure you are actively promoting your forum- even after it grows big. Promotion is vital for any forums success, without it you’d only have a couple members and not many posts. Places like Forum Promotion and other forums like it are a great resource to webmasters and members alike.

Joshua Farrell: Anything else you would like to mention before the interview ends?

Hedi: I would like to thank Joshua Farrell for this interview. I’m excited about the future of Forum Promotion, especially with the new theme coming later this month. I wish everyone the best of luck with their future endeavors, and thanks for having me Forum Promotion! If you have any other questions, please ask them below in the comments.

Joshua Farrell: And that wraps it up! Thank you for participating in this interview!


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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!


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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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Staff Member Interview #2 – Mr.Panos

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

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

Now on to the interview!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which Staff Member would you like to have interviewed next?

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

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

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


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

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

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