Best advice for attracting new members to a wiki?

by jbc131
6 replies
I'm not sure if there are many wiki folks out there, but I was wondering if anyone had any advice on attracting new members to a wiki site. I appreciate any ideas you have.
#advice #attracting #building #community #members #wiki
  • Profile picture of the author AntonioSeegars1
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    • Profile picture of the author VerifiedProxies
      If the content of your wiki is at all interesting, try posting various pages to social media sites like reddit. In appropriate subreddits, of course.
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  • Profile picture of the author BradfordHatch
    Hey, this is the first time I have heard about driving traffic to a wiki..

    Would anyone please tell me what it actually is and if there's any paid traffic we can tap to drive traffic to this "wiki"?

    Thanks in advance..
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    • Profile picture of the author jbc131
      I appreciate the advice. I've been working on building content since I don't know any experts that can contribute. I've been doing articles on random things that I'm interested in but haven't started sharing them yet--I'm trying to get a good couple dozen or so interesting articles below my belt before I start reaching out. The website, StoryBrancher, is a wiki for almost anything. As an example, I created a wiki article on a proposed U.S. mission to Mars created by von Braun in 1969 (I've always been fascinated by human exploration of space): Integrated Space Program, 1970-1990 - StoryBrancher

      Please let me know what you think about the site. In addition to normal wiki features, I have a feature for something similar to a comments section except that these posts are meant to be almost like articles in their own right. I call them branches and they're designed to allow for a more personalized, subjective post to complement the main objective post. I created a branch on the article I linked to above so take a look at that too if you have a chance. I would be interested in your critiques and suggestions on improving the site.
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    • Profile picture of the author jbc131
      Hi Bradford, I provided some details about my wiki in a reply that I posted to the if you're interested in checking it out. In regards to paid traffic, I have to build up my site through free methods (at least for the time being) due to costs. Let me know if you have any questions and also any thoughts you have about my site. The focus is quite broad for the site so it can also be used for folks looking to create a Wikipedia-style article on their business, the products, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author TomtheOtter
    I agree with contacting experts and you don't have to know them personally. Just Google them and reach out for information or quotes. They don't have to write an article.

    You will be amazed at how approachable academics are if you ask politely for some information. You may end up getting a deeper article and they may also end up linking back to your article.

    You can also start promoting on Reddit. Maybe on r/TIL (Today I learnt).

    "TIL that a Mission to Mars was planned by the US in 1969"
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    • Profile picture of the author jbc131
      Originally Posted by TomtheOtter View Post

      I agree with contacting experts and you don't have to know them personally. Just Google them and reach out for information or quotes. They don't have to write an article.

      You will be amazed at how approachable academics are if you ask politely for some information. You may end up getting a deeper article and they may also end up linking back to your article.

      You can also start promoting on Reddit. Maybe on r/TIL (Today I learnt).

      "TIL that a Mission to Mars was planned by the US in 1969"

      Thanks for the advice. I will go ahead and try reaching out to experts in various fields. I was hesitant about just messaging someone out of the blue but I guess I wouldn't be bothering people too much by sending a message.


      I'll also try posting on Reddit--I didn't even think of doing that and I'm sure there may be people interested in reading and hopefully posting on the site. I think there is value in StoryBrancher since I think there is a lot of stuff people want to share and read about that isn't allowed on Wikipedia or other sites (i.e. posting a biography on a relative or of oneself, a local business, etc.).
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