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Does Restricting Content = More Members

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Webby, Jan 24, 2016.

  1. Webby

    Webby Member

    Does restricting things like images posted on the forum to only members lead to more people signing up?
     
  2. melbo

    melbo Well-Known Member

    You'll probably get a lot of different opinions but I run wide open. Images, file attachments and resources are free to guests without login.

    If I'm looking for something and run into a login screen before I can access the content, I hit back and keep searching. My other thought was why make someone register just to see an image or grab a file when the majority of them will never come back anyway.
     
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  3. Optic

    Optic Well-Known Member

    Depends on your community/niche..

    I don't restrict images for guests because a lot of our visitors come in from Google and Google Image search. If you restrict content for guests, Google can't index it.
     
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  4. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

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  5. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    I only limit attachment, bbcode html/php/code, spoiler, and links from guest :).
     
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  6. melbo

    melbo Well-Known Member

    You allow guest posts? I figured that would be a spam headache
     
  7. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    No, I mean I restrict those content from guest.
     
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  8. melbo

    melbo Well-Known Member

    What does a guest on your forum see when viewing a post with bbcode? Blank space or unparsed : ) symbols?
     
  9. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

  10. melbo

    melbo Well-Known Member

    Oh got it. Your pretty restrictive to guests.
     
  11. drastic

    drastic Well-Known Member

    I find myself using your ideas a lot, as they always seem to be awesome!!

    TH may want to hook you up with credit for this future sale!
     
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  12. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

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  13. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I agreed with past feedback that TH shouldn't have but a price on add-ons they have not yet developed or fixed.
    I guess it's worth as much as people are willing to pay. $10 for this add-on would be a good ROI for me, if I was looking for it now.
     
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  14. Webby

    Webby Member

  15. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

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  16. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    I support this approach. If someone wants to contribute, they'll sign up and do so.
     
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  17. Webby

    Webby Member

    Yeah no point of having people who just want to look at a picture or read some content.
     
  18. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    Unless there's value to you in adding someone to your list of email address (which can be valuable) in terms of getting traffic to your site when you send out newsletters, etc.
     
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  19. Webby

    Webby Member

    How do you use newsletters? What are some of your strategies? I am having a tough time getting members to participate in my forum
    https://www.americanmilitaryforum.com/forums/
     
  20. melbo

    melbo Well-Known Member

    It's a numbers game. Say for every 10000 visitors you get 5 signups, 1 single post member and .5 two post members. Whatever the numbers are, I like to widen my net by allowing guests to see everything with the idea that they'll like what they see and decide to join. A member who joins for the sole purpose of doing 1 thing and then leaving isn't worth anything to me. (I don't do newsletters).

    Not that my strategy is the right one, I just open my board up to how I like to search the web for things. I find that when I hit a paywall, full page ad or blocked content requiring a login, I hit back and keep searching no matter how great the site may be underneath the barrier.
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2016
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