Worst way to promote

Discussion in 'Increasing Traffic' started by Shawn G, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Shawn G

    Shawn G Tazmanian Addict

    What are the worst ways to promote a forum and why?
  2. cheat_master30

    cheat_master30 Moderator

    Depends what you mean by worst. Worst way to promote as in least effective, or worst as in 'will be ineffective once you're found out'?

    I'd say the least effective way would probably be some form of blackhat seo that gets you chucked out of Google, maybe cloaking and hidden keywords and stuff. Hard to really be popular if your site is banned from search engines.

    Xrumer would probably be a bad way to promote as well. Think people hate you for PM spamming? They'll hate you more if you mass auto post spam promoting your site all over the internet including blog comments and forum posts on competitor sites. Nice way to be seen as absolute scum.

    And finally (yes, this has been done by the extremely morally bankrupt, and I hated them for it as well), there's always faking illness or death. You want to see how unpopular someone can be? Ask the individual I saw who apparently faked dying of terminal cancer to promote their work. Yeah, that's a sure fire way to end up instantly killing your credibility and have people want you dead.

    Guess e-mail spam would be a bad method as well, especially if you started messaging people who didn't ask to be contacted or from a list that you'd bought from some blackhat site that'd hacked some popular service.
  3. lurkalot

    lurkalot Fan

    What are the worst ways to promote a forum and why?

    Not sure, but I think I'm using it. ;D
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  4. lurkalot

    lurkalot Fan

    Still using it. doh..
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  5. Gosu

    Gosu Aspirant

    Spamming would be the worst way to promote any business or website. It destroys your reputation and its a lazy way of promoting imho. There are better and smarter ways to growth hack your business / website.
  6. Dubbed Navigator

    Dubbed Navigator Enthusiast

    Spamming, everyone hates spamming.

    There's zero point in promoting all the threads posted on your forum - people who arent members will see little point in doing so.
  7. Paul M

    Paul M Limeade Addict

    Modifications that hide the content from visitors and instead trigger pop-ups (or notifications) saying "Join now to read the content".

    They piss me right off and certainly dont make me want to join.
  8. PinoyFused

    PinoyFused Aspirant

    By sharing your forum url without description and by sharing it to the wrong target market.
  9. Splinter2

    Splinter2 Aspirant

    You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
    This appears to be very true when trying to entice new members and you can invite them to join once, but if they don't sign up, they have their own reasons.
    I find that any further cajoling is counterproductive and usually sounds like begging, scaring them away completely.
  10. MyLead

    MyLead Aspirant

    In my opinion spamming is the worst way to promote a forum. I don't know anyone who likes spam. Think it is the laziest thing a person could do. It just gives your forum a bad look.
  11. cornnfedd

    cornnfedd Captain Futurama

    sPaM links on this forum?
  12. overcast

    overcast Participant

    Blog commenting on off topic blogs or non relevant blog does not work. Also promoting the niche blog on different non niche does not work either. So it all depends on if you are promoting the blog in the right places.
  13. bestforums

    bestforums Neophyte

    Spam is the worst way.
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