How to run a successful forum: Getting Members and Posts

By Shawn Gossman · Aug 1, 2009 ·
  1. Shawn Gossman

    Shawn Gossman Tazmanian Master

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  2. Sirius

    Sirius Neophyte

    Great Advice!

    That is some great advice! Thank you, I just recently opened up my first forum, and frankly, I never knew so much was invovled in it. Cheers, I'm going to be applying some of this sage wisdom to the administration of my forum.

  3. devilishsaint

    devilishsaint Enthusiast

    I was looking for these kind of guidelines from many days ultimately found it here thanks for posting.
  4. lawstudent

    lawstudent Aspirant

    Great article,

    I do think you should mention paid posters, it is another way to get members, keep the forum active and have real although paid members. The downside is that you need to keep paying to keep them coming back, the upside is that you have an active forum and a growing membership base.

    One thing though, I have tried at least 8 paid services and always needed a refund, until recently, I found a good one.

    Thanks for the article.
  5. Shawn Gossman

    Shawn Gossman Tazmanian Master

    Feel free to share what service that was :)
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  7. major

    major Participant

    jeez, looking at the prices for paid posters i think i will set myself up as a poster for small fee.
  8. cpvr

    cpvr Tazmanian Master

    Natural members are the best - especially if they find out about your site from other top posters - or are involved in your niche.

    Members come and go, but one thing is for certain - your loyal members will stick around, tell their friends, and bam; you have more natural members.
  9. eugene_x

    eugene_x Neophyte

    Just want to let you know that there is a software package that automates this process
    Activity Traffic Generator
    Right now it's available for phpbb3 only but they can add support of other forum engines for small fee (or sometimes for free, if the engine is popular).

    In addition to registering new users the softare also immitates their activity: users go online/offline, view threads, etc.
  10. Joshuad

    Joshuad Developer

    Using a dummy account is one thing, but how can you expect to monitor your traffic outside of some analytics program? How can you tell when your forums are growing they way they should or if it's just automated traffic?
  11. ZeroFade

    ZeroFade Aspirant

    some nice ideas
  12. phoen1x

    phoen1x Aspirant

    Truly informative article for a beginner and experienced alike .
  13. hasan_am09

    hasan_am09 Neophyte

    im looking for that kind of advice for my plan and your guideline give me a cool way, thanks
  14. aidyUK

    aidyUK Aspirant

    thanks for this i just started my first forum (smf 2.0 rc4) and need help getting it kick started
  15. BrandonSheley

    BrandonSheley loving life

    great article Shawn!
  16. Zero Numbers

    Zero Numbers Adherent

    This was made before 2010. I will say, it's a lot more challenging now in the 10s than it was in the previous decade. Getting people interested is increasingly more work. Depending on what the niche is, you will have to inspire activity if you want your forum to be active.
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