Welcome to the Forum Advertisement topic! This topic will briefly describe basic advertisement of your forum.
There are millons of forums around the internet, ranging from Pokemon to Starting a Forum. So what is going to make yours worth visiting? What puts yours above the rest?
Unless its "an idea", its recommended you don't start a forum unless you are going to put some good time and effort into it. Things like Proboards and Invision Free are not good ideas if you are really looking to turn into a forum admin.
Once you have your appropriate setup, and think your forum is ready, check this criteria out:
- Is your template unique or custom built? If not have you adjusted it at all?
- Is your template consistent throughout the forum, or any website that may be attached?
- Does your forum have any guidelines? If it doesn't, is it viewable to the public?
- Does your forum have a focused theme?
- Will there be an active Administrator or Moderator?
Once you've asked yourself these questions, try working with them. Maybe your theme could use some work! Maybe your guidelines are a bit difficult to understand.
Once you've completed our little checklist, its time to advertise.
The biggest forum killer, even bigger than hacking is inactivity. So how do you get members? When will you get the pleasure of coming home from work or school and seeing new posts? The answer to that, is dependent on your advertising skills.
Try linking with another website. If you offer there forums link on yours, maybe you get get yours on theres. This is very common, and an excellent idea.
Try visiting another forum. Maybe they have an advertising section where they would let you post a topic. If you do this, be sure that you give plenty of information about your site. Make sure you supply:
- The forums theme
- A direct link
- Describe the atmosphere (strict, relaxed)
- Administrator contact
Once supplying that, it should be enough to direct some traffic.
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Promotion tips more advanced than this topic.
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