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Old 07 Sep 2009, 18:16
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Best thing you did to make your forum grow?

What was the best tool/marketing angle/tip/trick/mod you used to make your board grow the most?



just curious


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Old 07 Sep 2009, 18:40
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Best thing i did is register with google webmasters and use their services and using a few seo tools on the forum.
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 06:55
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 12:49
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Write valuable content that people want to link to. Seemples.
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 17:55
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Video blogging on youtube is maybe the best thing I ever did to promote my forum.

29 months later, my channel has 280+ videos, around 10,000 subscribers and youtube is my #2 source of targeted traffic with around an 18% - 23% bounce rate.
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 19:52
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diversity ,,,,
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 23:35
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well had a following already from a forum we all used to go on and it kinda took off
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Old 09 Sep 2009, 09:39
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Old 09 Sep 2009, 11:44
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Old 09 Sep 2009, 14:08
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Originally Posted by FitgirlWorld View Post
What was the best tool/marketing angle/tip/trick/mod you used to make your board grow the most?
Without a doubt, making it easier to post.

I still had enabled the anti-spambot "Click Quick Reply Button Above" thing.
So I removed that (so people can just write and click post).

The other thing, was smilies:
1st, changed the smilies from the right side, to the bottom.
2nd, changed the smilies displayed from the first 30 on the list, to 30 random ones.

That pretty much did it.
Of course, I have under 500 users.... so YMMV
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Old 14 Sep 2009, 11:56
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SEO + networking imho, but I'm only a beginner at forum management
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Old 14 Sep 2009, 13:48
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Old 14 Sep 2009, 16:43
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the only thing that will make your site grow is having fresh content on a daily basis ... and, I don't mean just posts (posts usually have no 'meat' to them) ... I recommend articles, reviews, and blogs...

without them - it wouldn't matter how much money or time you spend on advertising, seo, networking, etc
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Old 17 Sep 2009, 05:42
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Spamming other forums... lol just joking haha.
I installed facebook_connect and have since been adding content to my facebook page which has gotten more people coming to my website.
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Old 17 Sep 2009, 07:50
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I am in the merge of making my forum grow, but cant seem to do it.
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