I am a stay home mom, and have only recently gotten into the "internet game".
I have started several websites and blogs using mostly wordpress.
I have done lots of research and I have learned many things.
However, I am at a loss as to "how" I should go about gathering members to my new forum, or to any of my sites.
I have dabbled a little bit in to facebook ads, adwords, and I am even considering youtube and twitter ads, but I wonder if this is even worthwhile.
I don't have much of a support system...My husband works full-time to provide for the family, so he isn't very involved in my endeavors. I have family members who really aren't into much and won't help me unless there is "something in it for them". I don't want to go into details of my sad family story, but I'm pretty much on my own here.
One of my downfalls is that I am generally for shy and introverted. This probably works against me, as I don't show my face when I make youtube videos, and I really don't like people to know that it is me behind my sites, so besides a couple of my sisters, I haven't told anyone else in my family about my sites.
Should I ask them to at least gather facebook likes to my pages, or is it best to just do it on my own?
How do I go about marketing my forum when It is empty....will anyone be attracted to an empty forum?
Should I pay to have someone post on the forum for me?
Should I hold a contest or giveaway to get signups?
What methods have you all used to get your forums out there in the public eye?
Any help is very appreciated...sorry for the length of this post.