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Old 11 Mar 2006, 22:50
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advertising and promotion how to become big?

We have a lot of people here who have succeful forums so these are the minds I want to pick.... do you have a advertising budget? is it just word of mouth? incentives to your users to get referals or what?



how do you go from small time to big time?


if you have some success stories that would be great also...


thank you for sharing....


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Old 12 Mar 2006, 03:25
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I could go on and on (and often do )...

I would say it takes time, hard work, great content, and most importantly you need to give your members some reason to share the site with others.
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Old 12 Mar 2006, 06:01
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specifics?

I proably spelled that wrong

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Old 12 Mar 2006, 11:12
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I think great content and great staff are the two most important aspects.

One of my forums is on it's way to becoming "big". We have been open for almost 6 months and have not advertised in the traditional sense of the word. My best success has been user's advertising in their sigs on other large forums and if you look at the attached, we had an incentive based referral contest in November 05. Those numbers would be bigger but I delete accounts that are not confirmed via the email within 7 days to weed out the crap. At this point the "User Activity" stats are very close to 4,000 different registered users logging in daily.
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Old 12 Mar 2006, 17:54
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wow..... I was thinking about a referal incentive and I did one for about $25 in one month and nothing came of it..... higher stakes?
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Old 12 Mar 2006, 20:06
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Word of mouth is and has always been the best way to promote a site.

(i.e. MySpace)
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Old 13 Mar 2006, 02:33
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Originally Posted by mathias
wow..... I was thinking about a referal incentive and I did one for about $25 in one month and nothing came of it..... higher stakes?
With the forum world being as big as it is, a $25 prize is nothing. It might make loyal users a little more inspired to promote the board, but a price like that won't have any profound affect.
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Old 14 Mar 2006, 17:55
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Lol Yeah I have such an problem too.I am listed in 15 search engines,and get lots a visitors a day but no one registers!
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Old 14 Mar 2006, 21:40
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Lol Yeah I have such an problem too.I am listed in 15 search engines,and get lots a visitors a day but no one registers!
Define "lots of visitors".
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Old 14 Mar 2006, 21:50
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I would have to agree with most of the responses.

- Time
- Good Content for not only members but also a reason for sponsor to want to sponsor.
- Well designed and moderated site
- 0%-1% downtime
- Heavy traffic with many members
- Sponsor benefits
- Member incentives


My site is about 2.5 years old over 3,000 members and almost 30 sponsors and 100 premium member upgrades.
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Old 14 Mar 2006, 21:58
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Originally Posted by ZIKI-SET
Lol Yeah I have such an problem too.I am listed in 15 search engines,and get lots a visitors a day but no one registers!
Right, and that's because of the impression your site conveys upon visitors.
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Old 19 Mar 2006, 17:30
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i get most of my visitors by me a a few members showing outr content on other sites and we get 10000 hits a day and about 7 regs but im all the months we have been open we have only had 1 poster and not one ssingle person pout of the 1200 memebrs posted. so i would say that apart from posting lots of good stuff make a board that people want to get involved in
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Old 19 Mar 2006, 23:30
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Not sure what I want to say but here goes....

I own and operate www.misticriver.net it is now the largest iriver mp3 player community on the net. I started it out of necessity for information in Nov. 03 and it has now grown to 28,000+ members, listed in the top ten of google searches for "iriver".

2005:
over 1.7 million unique visitors
over 62 million page views
over 280 million hits
over 1,920 gigs of bandwidth

Strong content and good moderation are the keys to get things started in my opinion. You also need content that folks want and need. Very hard to start a community without solid content.

For advertising, start with google ads right away. Free, easy and can bring in a fair amount of funding.

I have a subscriber user group on my site and run contests for them only. The cost to become a subscriber is only $12US for one year. Funny enough I only have 108 subscribers!! I'm currently running a contest giving away two iriver mp3 players worth a total of over $500US. You can of course start smaller which I did in the beginning.

Time, time, time... it just takes time and a lot of hard work.

Oh yeah... and install the Welcome Headers Hack. It really helped on my site.
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=99579

Jeff

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Old 22 Mar 2006, 13:34
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Originally Posted by misticjeff
Not sure what I want to say but here goes....

I own and operate www.misticriver.net it is now the largest iriver mp3 player community on the net.
Yours should be a model for building a great community:

A VERY specific topic which super-serves a very specific community. The purpose of the board is crystal clear when a new visitor arrives, and information (which is plentiful) is easy to find.

I found your board when researching the purchase of an iRiver. Your board was VERY helpful when it came to my decision (I got an iRiver AND an iPod Video )

9 times out of 10, I 'arrive' at a message board via Google because I'm looking for INFORMATION...not new friends. Content is [still] king.

Excellent, excellent, excellent!

Personally, I think most board owners make their topic too broad, and it dilutes their potential audience.
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Old 22 Mar 2006, 14:32
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nice topic.. i was wondering how can we submit site in search engine.. well but my site is doing good right now. i run my site based on Indian Tv shows and i start site in Nov -11- 2005 and so far got 8000 + members and might be finish 10,000 in next month i get 50-130 new ragister everyday.. i think to make forum popular big thing is work hard. on site if someone come.. he can find anything he want.. I.e. for kids we have cartoons, Womans we have Indian Darama, mans we have sports, movies.. so work hard and make forum look good from out side..
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