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Tips to Increase Your Traffic (for Free!)

This is something nearly everyone wants to do, whether you have a website, blog, or forum. Increased traffic leads generally to more revenue from your advertisements, increased community engagement, and, if you have something interesting on your site, more people who will return for information in the future. Once you get the traffic flowing, it tends to grow off of itself as long as you continue to provide good content and/or services. But the problem most of us face is how to get that initial traffic going. Continue reading

Three Tips That Will Change the Way You Promote Your Site

Promotion is something that every single website needs. Even the largest of corporations need to advertise to retain their positions as market leaders. On this website we typically all have small websites in the grand scheme of things, so the need for cheap and effective promotion tactics to help build Continue reading

The Three Killers of Promotion Forums

I’m sure we’re all familiar with promotion forums, as we’ve seen hundreds of them pop up over the years. Unfortunately, out of the hundreds created, very few remain open or active after a few weeks. On a more positive note, we’ve seen several examples of promotion forums flourish and become very successful. Such examples are Continue reading

Social Networks Promotion: The Good and The Bad

Most of you are aware of the huge potential a Social Network campaign has, but there are also many things that could go wrong with those campaigns. First of all, Social Networks are different than forums and blogs. They are a constant stream of information: news, personal statuses, shared links, funny videos, cat’s and a whole lot more. To give you an idea of a comparison you can make in regards to it, is that your link can be compared to a fish in the sea; that is a single link can be overwhelmed by everything that is there in an individual network. But that’s not the only problem, your visitors from Social Networks may only visit your site once and never come back again.

To stand out on Social Networks, you need to have that something that people are interested in. Therefore for a successful Social Network promotion there are a few important key factors:

  1. Account Popularity
  2. Research and Targeted Audience
  3. Site Content

Account Popularity

We all start off with 0 friends or followers, but to be successful in promoting our site we need to find more followers/friends/subscribers. Nothing makes you look crazy other than by talking to yourself online, therefore you need build up your “fan base”. There are many different ways to do such things, and it all depends of the Social Network that you want to focus on.

YouTube Usually funny videos or how to videos are popular.
FacebookFan Page like exchanges may help you out a lot.
TwitterUsing the correct hashtags with an appropriate message.
TumblrRebloging, liking and posting things that certain audiences likes (anime/artistic/hipster/feminism).
RedditSmart interaction on the shares of other users, and good link shares from your part.
Google+I am not really sure about this but I guess adding people in your circles that have the same interests as yourself.

With a certain popularity online you will reach more users, which equals to more potential visitors and which that in the end means more potential returning visitors for your site.

Research and Targeted Audience

Imagine each Social Network as a person. Tumblr for example likes anime, managas, cute things and discussions about feminism. Tumblrs user base is mostly made of 13-20 year old people who share the things that they like. The key to promote on Tumblr, is seeing what your site genre is and then posting pictures that might get re-blogged, while adding your link in the midst of each post you make.

As I said, imagine Social Networks as people.

I have this information about social networks that might help you:

YouTube Funny videos, Gaming videos, How To videos. If you are good at making such videos you will get quite a few visits to your site, plus you could earn some money along side the video postings on YouTube
FacebookThings that could be shared here, are quotes and and other such things. With that, you would need to also attach your link in the description or add a watermark to the picture, which may help with branding your site there.
TwitterBeing part of a hashtag like #GamerGate, #feminism, #BlackLifeMatter and #micropoetry, are some of the things that could get your link some views.
Tumblr –  Anime reviews, Manga reviews, poetry, fan fiction, drawings, cute things, artistic things, debates about feminism, funny things, all of which could be added to Tumblr.
RedditSome links that can help you gain views, are links that help people out, are news related, motivation related posts, debates, manga and anime reviews, awesome product links, and how to links.

The key is to find good ideas of which links on your site you could post, and the appropriate time that you could post the link. You may fail a few times – it happens to everyone- and you will succeed a few times too!

Social Networks are really unpredictable when it comes to link popularity. An example of this was an article I wrote on my blog, in which I decided to shared it on Reddit. I didn’t expect too much from it really, but when I woke up the following morning, I fount my site was down due to bandwidth overuse. An article that I thought wouldn’t get any attention broke my site. That’s the power of social networks.

Site Content

The first two parts are pretty easy, the internet is huge and I am sure you could work your way up in the popularity ranking, but of course comes the most important part that all sites need to help drive success: Content!

It doesn’t matter what your site is about, so long as it helps your visitor satisfy his hunger for information. The content of your site will make or break a visitor, when they are deciding whether or not they want to come back and visit your site again, or if it will be forgotten. Plus you might not be the first to write or post about a certain topic, but if you explain it better than someone else or the visitor finds one of your articles or topics more interesting or appealing, he will keep coming back for more.

Create a site that members want to come back to, that’s the first thing and the most important part of a successful site. It can’t be stressed enough how important content is! I am sure you have read a few more guides about sites/forums/blogs and found in a large number of those guides, the phrases “work hard” or “content is king”, is somewhere in the text.  Nothing else beats hard work and consistency. If your content is improving and you publish it on a daily/weekly/monthly basis, you are the right track.

After the content is built, all you have to do is then show it to a number of people on Social Networks, who are waiting eagerly for quality content to be posted, and you may be the one who will provide it to them!

What should you do to succeed? Well that’s easy, in which this article is about, is that hard work is what you need to succeed! A combination of providing fresh content, with appropriate advertising on various Social Networking sites will help you succeed.

I hope you enjoyed this little guide to Social Networking Promotion. If this has some positive feedback I will continue my explanation of promoting your site on Social Networks, by going deeper and explaining each and every Social Network in their own individual article.

Stay Awake,
TheSolkotovic(Shole)

Taking Advantage of Promotion Forums

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

Promotion Topic

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

Bumping

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

Exchanges

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

Signature

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

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

Also why not add some bold or underline to it.

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

Maybe even some colour.

Posting Around & Getting a Good Reputation

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

Requesting Services

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

Be Helpful

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

Affiliations

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

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

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

Monthly Contests

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

One off Contests

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

Forum Battles

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

Interview Threads

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

Premium Membership

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

Technical Support

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

Other Promotion Forums

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

Guides/Tutorials

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

Completing Your Profile

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

Status Updates

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

Introduce Yourself

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

Selling your services

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

Signing up to referral links

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

Get friends to post referral links

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

Keeping members up to date

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

Hiring for your website

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

Completing graphic requests

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

Selling graphics

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

Requesting graphics

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

Using free graphics

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

View new topics

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

View active topics

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

Signature advertising

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

Profile comments

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

Purchasing advertisements

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

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

Newbie Guide To Promotion Forums

Newbie Guide To Promotion Forums

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Promoting a Forum For Dummies

This article was first posted on our blog on 02/04/2009. For this reason, the information may be outdated and no longer reliable/correct.


Introduction

Well, by reading the title, you can pretty much assume what this article is about: Me teaching you how to promote a forum. (The blind leading the blind, right?) :D I can tell you that every forum owner wants more members and posts, but barely any of them are trying! If you are interested in starting a forum, you have to look at where you want to be, find another forum owner that has met this goal, and ask yourself, “Can I do what this person has done to make their forum ‘great’?” If your answer is “no”, you should definitely reconsider opening your own forum.

Building the Castle

So, you decided that you wanted to start your forum, eh? Well, to start off, don’t ever make the forum in two-and-a-half minutes, go and advertise it, and then say you’ll do all the “minor stuff” later. I’m very sorrry to say that it just doesn’t work like that, because, the minor stuff matters more than a lot of new forum administrators think it does. Here are some things you may want to look over before getting your forum out to the public;

A Good Logo/Banner – Nobody likes to click on a link to a forum and see a banner made in MS Paint with Times New Roman as the font. >_> If you get to the point where you think you should open MS Paint to make your logo, you might as well not make one at all. There are many forums where you can request a good logo for your forum, and it normally just takes 2-3 days to get a result in.

A Decent Style – Nobody wants to visit a forum and see a style they have seen a million times in other places. First, never use the default style, as it makes you look really lazy if you can’t even change the style. Second, choose a unique style. My suggestion is to go to some less-known styling sites and choose a nice style that barely anyone uses! And if you still can’t find a good-looking unique style, it’d probably be worth the money to get a custom one made.

Awesome Grammar – Whether you like it or not, some people get really mad when they see a simple grammar mistake. If a member spots one, they will instantly dash to the Feedback forum and write an 8,000-word essay on why that mistake shouldn’t be there. (I hate it when they point out the problem in the middle of their post, so you have to read through the 4,000 unnecessary words to find out what the problem was.) So, why not get a spell check (*pokes Firefox*), or maybe even take the time to copy what you write into Microsoft Word? If that isn’t available, why not pull out some of your kids’ ol’ “School House Rock” videos and watch those?

The Layout of Greatness – Build a nice attractive layout where guests and new members can easily find what they are looking for, and navigate around the forum. Also, when starting off, remember to keep the amount of discussion forums to a minimum, probably ten forums at most. This makes navigation easier, and it makes your post count look bigger since a lot of topics belong in one area. If you start to see some type of topic become popular, you should then create another board for it.

Uniqueness – You don’t know how many times I have visited two forums that look exactly alike, and their forums are exactly alike. I’d suggest not looking at your competition until after you have made the layout of your forum, and you have applied your ideas. After you’ve done this, you can look at your competition, see what they have, and try to improve upon your own forum to make it better. Also, be creative, and create some unique titles and descriptions that users haven’t seen before. If another forum already has it, guests will most likely choose to join the one that has more posts and isn’t just starting off.

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After you have looked over these and made sure everything is in tip-top shape, you should invite some of your friends in to post a little bit on your forum, and give it a little boost before it opens up. You can also choose one or two of these users to be your starting Moderators, which will also keep them active to show you have some activity.
Open The Gates…Loudly

There are a lot of ways to start advertising, and when you start, I’d suggest getting your forum known everywhere, by registering to a bunch of forums, adding the link in your signature, and making a bunch of posts. This is probably the best way to start promoting a forum, as it shows you are willing to be apart of the community, which makes people more comfortable with joining your site.

Some of the other ways that you can promote your site when you are first starting:

Advertising Forums – This is probably one of the most-known ways to advertise. Go to a resource forum, order a couple of services, and it is really a great way to get a boost for your forum. Also, advertising forums are probably some of the best places to become active and get members through your sig. Becoming a staff member at one of these places can get you a lot of attention.

Make Friends – A lot of people that are going to join your forum are the people that already know you, just because they are more comfortable with it. You should bring your site up in normal conversation, without directly telling them to join. Maybe share one of the experiences you have had while building the site, and what has been fun about it. You never know, they may become interested.

Post Exchanges – When I say Post Exchanges, a lot of people think of a 5 for 5 post deal, which is what most Post Exchanges are. But what I am suggesting is long-term post-exchanges. This is a way to get you a guaranteed post increase, even if it is just 20 posts each week for each other. Something like this could lead to 1000 posts a year if you exchange a decent amount, and if you don’t like it, you can always stop it any time you want.

Any of the ideas above could help you start out your forum, and I highly suggest that you use all of them to start off.
Don’t Let Them Escape!

Once you’ve gotten a couple of members, you will then realize it is very difficult to get a lot of them to stay. A good way to keep new members active is to send them a PM asking a little bit about them, and maybe referring to a couple of the posts they have made. Ask for their IM address, E-Mail Address, and try to start a discussion about something. If you keep the discussion going, they will come back to continue to respond.

Another great way to keep members active is to start a non-promotional contest (which means referral contests or posting contests should not be made at this time), something like a “Most Creative Contest” or “Wallpaper Contest”, it really all depends on what the topic of your forum is. If they have an area for it, always remember to go and post about this contest on a couple of ad/promotion forums. Members will always read and reply to these to get their post count up, and they can actually get you more attention than a general advertisement topic would.
Keeping Things Awesome

Once you are getting a decent amount of posts per day, it’s time to continue to keep your forum going by doing everything you can to increase your member count, using some of the following suggestions:

Continue Advertising – Continue to put your link in as many places as possible. The more places you put your links, the easier it is for a search engine to find you, and your link is still being displayed for someone to click it!

Get Your Forum Reviewed – Get a Review to tell you how your forum is doing every once in a while. This can be a great way to get some good advice on your forum, and what you are doing wrong. When you do decide to reveiw, you should get a review from three to four different places rather than one, that way you are getting lots of feedback from different users, who have different views on your forum. If two or more of the reviewers all point out a problem, it definitely needs to be fixed.

Submit to Topsites – Submit your site to a topsite, and encourage your members to vote for it every day. If you can get enough votes to put you on the top, you can get a lot of incoming traffic. ;)

Hire Some Staff – You shouldn’t hire staff members too often, but once you get some need for it, you should open an announcement stating that you will be selecting some new staff members, and will be accepting applications. Have the application process last for about two weeks and you’d be amazed at how much the user’s activity will increase.

Affiliates
– You should affiliate with as many sites as possible that fit the same style as you, and if you get the chance, why not affiliate with some larger forums? Becoming an affiliate with someone is completely free, and it only takes a little bit of time to set up an affiliate with someone.
Closing Notes

Well, that is pretty much all I have to write for this article. If you think this article should be improved, please send me a PM on the forums and I may edit in your idea, along with leaving you credit in the article! Thanks for reading!

~ Carsonk, Ex-Packages Team Leader

Why New Promotion Forums Suffer – Introduction

This article was first posted on our blog on 01/05/2010. For this reason, the information may be outdated and no longer reliable/correct.


In today’s world, there is usually up to 100 new promotion forums popping up on the internet every day! Promotion forums come and go faster than regular forums for some reason that admins are yet to comprehend. New forums receive very little, to no traffic at all in their first month of opening; (so services containing links are very useless and will turn the member off to not requesting the service.)

Promotion Forums suffer because they are no different from the rest. I have seen a few forums that add a special touch. Poorly thought out forums consist of everything Forum Promotion has such as Social Ads, Banner Ads, Signature Ads, Packages, etc. My favourite line is “Dare to be Different.” Forum Promotion has put a lot of time into making itself unique, so why copy it? Develop your own unique services and a different way to carry out those services to make your promotion forum larger, better, and more professional/successful than it was before. Uniqueness is important if you want to be successful at a time when there is so much competition around. You need to stand out from the crowd and give users a reason to join your forum, against the other new promotion forums that are opened daily.

I hope these first few tips help you in your quest of building a successful and active promotion forum. This series will cover Admin Dedication, Dull Services, and more! Stay Tuned!

Why Promotion Forums Are Completely Worthless … To You!

Do you have enough fingers to count all the times you’ve seen people chanting the same mantra over and over again–“Promotion forums don’t work”? I know that I don’t! The users chanting this mantra, though, are the ones who are using promotion forums incorrectly. Even the most effective services in the world can be worthless to you if you don’t use them correctly!

First of all, using promotion forums exclusively to advertise your site is not a good idea. Promotion forums, like anything else, are merely a resource. Promotion forums are meant to complement your other efforts. Promotion forums, however, can also be a proxy that connects you to other resources. Promotion forums double both as a resource and a gateway to other resources. Promotion forums can lead you to other tools you can use to promote your web site such as other promotion forums, forums that have a similar genre, directories, topsites, search engines, etc. Searching the discussion sections on a promotion forum can give you a lot of tricks to use to promote your site.

One of the greatest myths that exist is that you can’t get long-term active members from promotion forums. I know first-hand that this is untrue because I have gotten long-term active members from promotion forums before. While members who will be willing to post for a very long time rarely show up on your site out of the blue, promotion forums are great places to meet other people who are interested in forums. If you sustain a good amount of activity on a promotion forum, you can sometimes make friends with some of the regulars. This may cause them to want to check out your site! Making friends is a great way to get active members! Friends make great active members for your forum; they are generally less disruptive because they respect you and your rules. If you are active on a promotion forum for an extended period of time, provide helpful responses, etc., then you will almost certainly gain at least one or two active members on your site!

Promotion forums can also be used to gain tips on what works as far as promotion goes. While promotion forums are mostly made up of newer administrators, there are some administrators on promotion forums who have attained a reasonable level of success. Many of these administrators post tips on promotion forums in order to help the “little guys.” The search feature on promotion forums will be an invaluable resource to any new, aspiring administrator.

Furthermore, it is important to be sure that your forum is marketable. Many of the people who chant the mantra–“Promotion forums don’t work!”–are the same people who run forums that have been done billions of times before. If there are way too many large, established forums with the same niche as your forum, then it may be time to come up with a new idea that is more marketable.

As you can see, promotion forums can be useful in some ways provided that you’re willing to get your hands dirty. Too many people simply post up a basic promotion thread and expect their sites to grow exponentially within the week. It doesn’t work like that; you have to be willing to get out there, talk to people, follow advice, and improve your forum for the better. It’s not easy; nobody ever said that it is. However, the progress you see will be directly proportionate to the amount of effort you invest.


 

This article was first posted on our blog on 31/05/2010. For this reason, the information may be outdated and no longer reliable/correct.

Worst Things To Do When Promoting a New Forum

This article was first posted on our blog on 02/04/2009. For this reason, the information may be outdated and no longer reliable/correct.


One of the worst things you can do when promoting a new forum is to promote it when it is not completed. This is something that I have seen here alot on Forum Promotion, as well as other promotion forums, where people advertise unfinished forums and wonder why they aren’t getting members.

Before promoting you new forum, always check the following things:

1) Have I set up all the forums I want on the forum?
Do I have a wide range of forums covering different subjects about the forums’ topic and also in forums where you are able to discuss off topic subjects such as a sports forum, media forum and an anything goes area?

2) Have I set up the rules for the forum?
When members sign up, will they be able to locate and know what they can and can’t post?

3) Have I configured all the settings and permissions correctly?
Set up a test account to check the members forum permissions. Can you see what you want them to see, and can you not see what you don’t want them to see? Additionally have you set up all the settings like the avatar, registration and signature settings?

4) Have I chosen a good style to match my forum, and do I have a matching logo?
One of the biggest mistakes people make is sticking with the default style. I think it is better not to use the default styles of any forum software, as they are overused a lot and are quite plain. Additionally it doesn’t show that you care too much, and it makes your forum look “new” and unfinished. Same goes for a forum logo. Always have a decent logo for when you start promoting. Ensure it matches the style, is not fuzzy and is not too big or too small.

5) Have I started any topics to get some discussion going?
This is another mistake a large number of people make. Never promote a forum with no posts and topics as no one will join because of it. Go around your forum and start a few topics to encourage people to sign up and post. Also, if you can get a friend to sign up to help get some posts on the forum, that would be good. The less empty it looks when it comes to the time you promote, the more of a chance there will be more members signing up.

6) Ensure that guests can see most if not all the forums.
Don’t hide all the forums thinking it will encourage people to sign up. It doesn’t work like that, this will cause most people to just move on to another forum.

7) Lastly and most importantly, have something unique.
You need to give people a reason to join your forum over other more established ones. If you have something that is really different from all the other forums, you will stand out and it will help you get more members when you start promoting.

If you follow the above points, it should help your forum when promoting, it will make it alot more interesting and there will be more chance of people signing up. They are all simple small things but to do them, will make a big difference in the world.

Hope this helps and feel free to comment.