Quite frankly I am stunned how effective it has been so far

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Hello Warriors!

I was just looking at the traffic stats for my Ning.com site and was completely amazed at the numbers the site is bringing in.

I'm curious to find out how many other Warriors are using the Ning system to generate traffic.

If so how are you doing it?

What I did was create a private group on my Ning site and then uploaded some great products I had giveaway rights to in that group. Then I broadcasted a message out to all my sites members letting them know that I was giving free access to the private group to anyone who would invite at least 10 of their friends to join.

The whole process took minutes to perform and yielded an increase of 1000 unique visitors checking my page out.

Of course not all of them joined for free but a portion did!

Since I have my main website heavily advertised on the Ning site I had an enormous leap in click throughs too.

The visitors who did join have started receiving my newsletter and are clicking through to my sales pages and are converting nicely as well. =)

Quite frankly I am stunned how effective it has been so far.

In fact I have quit driving traffic to my site through my own efforts altogether and now solely rely on my ability to encourage and leverage others to send me their traffic instead.

So I guess you can say I'm a huge believer in pure viral traffic!

I was hoping to run into some fellow Warriors/Ningsters I could collaborate with on this.

So if that's you let's talk strategy and put our heads together and see what else we can make our Ning sites do for our businesses.

Looking forward to your responses!
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    • Profile picture of the author Zanti
      Thanks for posting this Matt. I haven't looked into Ning but I will now.

      Good information.

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    • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
      Yeah what they do is give you the platform to create your very own social network/online community. Since the appearance of this community is customizable you can brand it to look however you need it to look. Then you set your advertisements where you need them to be and then you start growing your network.

      Best part is the fact you get it for free!
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      • Profile picture of the author Hasan Barbary
        Hey, Matt ~

        Thanks for turning me on to this site. I haven't signed up yet, but I suspect Ning will provide immediate synergy with a new membership site I have in the works.

        Unlike many "viral" sites I'm usually spammed about, that platform looks like it could provide real leverage because it's NOT primarily full of "opportunity seekers" in the MMO niche (I hope).

        Please correct me if I'm mistaken ~ it seems to be a genuinely diverse Web 2.0 site with a wide range of interests among the participants... is that your experience there? If so, I need to get my subdomain up there ASAP!

        Looks like good stuff; really got my creative juices flowing now...
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        • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
          Originally Posted by Hasan Barbary View Post

          Hey, Matt ~

          ...Please correct me if I'm mistaken ~ it seems to be a genuinely diverse Web 2.0 site with a wide range of interests among the participants... is that your experience there? If so, I need to get my subdomain up there ASAP!

          Looks like good stuff; really got my creative juices flowing now...
          Ning certainly has some internal measures in place that eliminates most spam. It's the job of the network creators to police up the rest.
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  • Profile picture of the author MJ Sterling
    Ning is cool.. I started using it a few years ago to help drive traffic to one of my forums.

    Worked really nicely.. and it (ning) has just got bigger and bigger in that time too.. bringing more traffic to me.
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    • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
      Originally Posted by MJ Sterling View Post

      Ning is cool.. I started using it a few years ago to help drive traffic to one of my forums.

      Worked really nicely.. and it (ning) has just got bigger and bigger in that time too.. bringing more traffic to me.
      Yeah Ning rocks for sure.

      I have been using their platform for over 18 months now and really have nothing but good things about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Originally Posted by mattlaclear View Post

    Then I broadcasted a message out to all my sites members letting them know ...
    This seems to be a key sentence here.

    What would be your advice for those that don't have 'site members' and would like to start with ning?
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    • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      This seems to be a key sentence here.

      What would be your advice for those that don't have 'site members' and would like to start with ning?
      Well of course you need members on your page before you're going to get anyone sending you traffic.

      So what you need to do is seed traffic to your site yourself for a period of 30 - 60 days. You can do this by joining other Ning sites and become friends with folks who meet your criteria as to the type of prospect you're looking to sell to.

      Then once a month you send a broadcast message out to your friends on the Ning network and invite them to come join your Ning site.

      Once they get there you'll need to interact with them to get a sense of community growing.

      Then you start coaxing them ever so gently to send invites out to their list of contacts.

      That's when the viral growth takes over!
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  • Profile picture of the author NutrapayAndy
    If you just want to attract users I would setup a facebook page instead, we did that to promote a separate social network we run, so easy to send out invites and grow your fan base quickly.. most people will click the JOIN button than those who will want to join a separate network entirely imo
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  • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
    That's a good idea too Andy. I have been meaning to set up a fan page on FB but just have not gotten around to it yet.
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