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Best way to generate members?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by TFroehlichIII, Nov 3, 2014.

  1. TFroehlichIII

    TFroehlichIII Member

    Hey Everyone,
    I was wondering what the best way to generate members is? I know that the forum has to have good content, which my forum is getting there.

    Other than that, is there anything else I can do to generate members?

    I'm also trying to come up with contests in hopes that it will encourage people to signup and post.

    Thoughts anyone?

    Thanks!

    If you want to check out the forum so far the link is in my signature below.
     
  2. Ernest L. Defoe

    Ernest L. Defoe Well-Known Member

    The best way you already stated is good unique content. Another way is by advertising getting the word out there about your site by any means such as social media, word of mouth, etc.
     
  3. TFroehlichIII

    TFroehlichIII Member

    I've been trying to do it word of mouth. Within my circle of friends I'm really the only one interested in this topic. lol So I'm going to be taking it to Social networking. Should I create a Facebook page dedicated to it, or some other form of social networking?
     
  4. Ernest L. Defoe

    Ernest L. Defoe Well-Known Member

    I created a FB page for my new site and invited all my friends but at the same time all they usually do is like your FB page and that's all you get. What you can do in that case is get the [bd] social share addon and have it set to auto post new threads and stuff to your FB page and eventually those people might actually go to the actual site and end up registering. That's what I am doing now.
     
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  5. TFroehlichIII

    TFroehlichIII Member

    Awesome! I'll have to look into that add-on! That sounds like a great idea! Thank you!
     
  6. Ernest L. Defoe

    Ernest L. Defoe Well-Known Member

    Not a problem. It posts a little snippet on FB and if someone wants to read the rest they have to come to your site. It will also post to Twitter as well. Wish it would do Google+ as well.
     
  7. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Definitely a Facebook page dedicated to it. You can have a FB account, then make a page for your site. I've been doing this for all of my sites.

    Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, whatever...
     
  8. TFroehlichIII

    TFroehlichIII Member

  9. Ernest L. Defoe

    Ernest L. Defoe Well-Known Member

  10. TFroehlichIII

    TFroehlichIII Member

    Awesome, thank you again!
     
  11. Ernest L. Defoe

    Ernest L. Defoe Well-Known Member

    Not a problem. $19.00 well spent if you ask me.
     
  12. 1im

    1im Member

    I wasn't aware that facebook could post automaticlly. I always thought user had to accept permission. I guess its different for groups?
     
  13. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    Yes.
    Same, user/admin who setup the options must accept/authenticate first.
     
  14. DaveM

    DaveM Well-Known Member

    One thing I have noticed is that people using social networks are very seldom intrested in forums so even though I do use them they don't seem to help in the least.
     
  15. dethfire

    dethfire Well-Known Member

    I agree, I've spent hundreds in advertising on social media and the returns are absolutely depressing.
     
  16. keith.arvixe

    keith.arvixe Active Member

    I have found that word of mouth is a great way to do this. Plug your forum any where you can without spamming of course.
     
  17. DaveM

    DaveM Well-Known Member

    The best way is to be able to get a small group of members together that are active and let that start the ball rolling. The problem here is very few people want to be that small group as most just want to walk into a fully functioning forum without having to put much effort into it themselves.

    Oh and PS - I have a struggling photographic forum if anyone is into it http://www.photographtalk.com/ :D
     
  18. 1im

    1im Member

    How's that work exactly? Say the admin wanted to post topics automaticly to fan group. Does it do this without requiring the "post" thing that pops up from facebook? Ive seen games that post stuff to facebook but you still have to click "Accept or Post" or whatever it is before it posts.
     
  19. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    On admin options, you only need to accept once.
     
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  20. SneakyDave

    SneakyDave Well-Known Member

    FYI, Twitterfeed.com will take your forum's RSS feed(s) and post them to facebook and twitter at scheduled times. It supports fb pages too.
     
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