Do Not Start Another "NEW" Forum Until You Read This...

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Hello Warriors,

I have been lucky to work with many successful Forum Owners.
And have closely watched them, helped them behind the doors,
to build, launch and promote the New Forums....

Here is something I learned from them...and I see many
new forum owners do this WRONG....

You know every new forum badly need to get one
objective accomplished when launched:

i.e. MAKE them Read, Register and Post!

To really make your members/visitors post to your new forum,
you need to have an Environment of POSTING....

I mean new comer should see an activity in your forum before
they post....

and here is where everything goes wrong ....

You have few posters,
few new threads and
few replies....

BUT even then you have CREATED MANY MANY SUB-FORUMS...

Every sub-forum has few threads, and all forums look stale,
and dead....

So what you need to do is...
JUST create ONE Forum to hold all threads related to your MAIN FORUM TOPIC...

and have subforum called: OFF TOPIC..

i,e, everything related to the forum topic goes to MAIN FORUM,
and everything else goes to OFF TOPIC forum.

Now let us do the little math...

Even if your forum is getting 15 threads new/updated daily...
your MAIN forum will look fresh and active...

but if you spread all those threads in 10 different
sub-forums, every forum is empty, stale, and it is not
going to encourage new posts from visitors...

So at stage ONE:
start with ONE MAIN FORUM
and one off topic forum....

At stage two, when you have enough members
and posts in MAIN Forum at daily basis,

and a certain SUB-TOPIC
is getting many posts and you and members think a new
forum should be there to accommodate those all threads...
now you are more than welcome to Create THAT sub-forum....

So lesson is start with ONE forum,
get this forum GOING...
and then CREATE sub-forum as needed...
not all at once, not before every forum member request for
new sub-forum....

Allen Says (Owner of this GREAT forum :-) has always practiced this,
you will see him create sub-forum only when it is badly needed...

Adsense Sub- Forum, Self Help Sub-Forum, Copywriting Sub-Forum and CPA Sub-Forum
were created by Allen just in front of your eyes :-) in due course of time when
they were really needed...
not at ONCE at the beginning of the forum....

So do not forget to practice this if you really want to have
a forum which really grows as time passes...

Hope you profit from this little tip :-)
Please also share your ideas and thoughts regarding this!

With Best Wishes,
Mohsin Rasool
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  • Profile picture of the author mookinman
    some useful tips. i've had absolutely no success with my forums!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris_Willow
    Thankls for the tip. I see many new forum owners having a bunch of unactive sub forums...

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    • Profile picture of the author jeckson
      Useful tips.. Good Job!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohsin Rasool
    Hi Friends,

    Thanks for your kind words.

    I received few PMs that what if someone has already
    one forum which has all those little empty sub-forums...

    Well my suggestion is DELETE them,
    and move any thread in them to MAIN FORUM....

    It is just few clicks job from your admin control panel
    of your forum.

    Purpose is to make your MAIN Forum look active,
    and fresh!

    This can be achieved even with few threads if
    all threads are put in one Forum i.e. MAIN FORUM..

    May this help,
    Mohsin Rasool
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Ma
    Nice Mohsin,

    I will keep you in mind and may hire you to work
    together if you are available, in the future when
    I launch my forum in my own market.


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  • Profile picture of the author Mohsin Rasool
    Yes, Terry
    You are welcome any time :-)

    Best Wishes,
    Mohsin Rasool
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    • Profile picture of the author John S. Rhodes
      If you create a new forum you have to provide over-the-top value.
      Furthermore, you probably need some outside help. For example,
      you probably will want to build up a list first then promote the
      new forum. There are other ways to do this, of course, but the
      idea is the same. You need traffic.

      ~ John

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    • Profile picture of the author Kunle Olomofe

      That's a really great post with great advice. I have to say I have been guilty of those mistakes myself... plus that's probably why I don't post on some forums 'cos all the subs and main look totally dead, I'm sure there are more tips to get a forum breathing fire but this is a great start... I shall use this one.


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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    Originally Posted by Mohsin Rasool View Post

    Adsense Sub- Forum, Self Help Sub-Forum, Copywriting Sub-Forum and CPA Sub-Forum
    were created by Allen just in front of your eyes :-) in due course of time
    The Website Design sub was also started just after moving to vBulletin,
    and is going really well. Good sub forum.

    Do something spectacular; be fulfilled. Then you can be your own hero. Prem Rawat

    The KimW WSO

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  • Profile picture of the author entrepenerd
    Excellent and timely advise Mohsin. I'm just getting ready to put a forum up for members of my Rapid Fire VRE course. I wanted to make sure that I have a good group of members to start the conversation, and now I'll make sure to start with just a couple of sub-forums to keep the conversation lively.

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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
    That's good advice. I've seen some forums that almost have more sections than members.
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  • Profile picture of the author MommyEnterprises
    Thanks for the tips. I have tried to create many forums but ended up deleting them due to spammers. Currently I only have one that I have used a few good tips to prevent spammers and spambots.

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    • Profile picture of the author macknox
      Thank you for the tip.

      it is so tempting to create a mega forum from the start... ooops... like me.

      I've just incorporated a forum in my brand new blog that I had to recreate ... on a new account. I better change it !

      Advice to anyone do not go for cheap hosts or new hosts.... don't
      I am too trusting... or stupid since I should know better... I'm the type to bet against the house just to prove I was wrong to.
      Although I have accounts with Hostgator, I thought I would take a punt on this new one - what a disaster.

      I could mention the name (pm me if you really need to know)... but the server has hacked... all was lost! It really put me back months.

      Always go to the support/forum to check out the state of affairs... but with new hosts there is not enough history... don't be a guinea pig.
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  • good advice !!.........yet I know the first months starting are hard
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  • Profile picture of the author Uncle Dimitry
    Everything from above in short:

    1. Make it easy to post
    2. Don't use subforums unless you need it badly
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  • Profile picture of the author dwoodward
    Great tips. I am new to the forum game but appreciate the help

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  • Profile picture of the author Mohsin Rasool

    Thanks for your kind words. I am glad that this post will help Warriors
    who are going to start or have start new forums...

    Yes, to get it going at start is the hardest part...
    I wish you more success with your own forums.

    PS. I just wanted to add one more tip for new forum owners,
    i.e. do not post in your own FORUMS with "admin", "Administrator", "Godfather" accounts.... this does not invite more responses from
    usual members as they are scared to talk/challenge/response to admin :-)
    ....also this just looks You, You , You and Your Forum... so always use 'admin' account just to post stickies,
    rules, and announcement threads...

    And have a separate account created with your REAL NAME or PEN name,
    which you mostly use for your own posts... this will encourage other users
    to post and reply, as both of you are talking at same levels, same status, same privileges newbies with
    few posts... no admin, no user level differences so no communication barriers! :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Leanne King
    Good advice Mohsin. I will keep it in mind. Especially like your tip of having one account for admin and one with your real name.

    Thanks again,

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  • Profile picture of the author write-stuff
    New forums have been repeatedly proven to be VERY difficult to succeed with. Almost every niche already has popular forums and memebers are loathe to either leave them or add a new one to their list.

    The rule here is to think long and hard before you try to build a forum. You better have something really special or a market unserved. This is definately one of those cases where "build it and they will come" does not apply.
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  • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
    Originally Posted by Mohsin Rasool View Post

    So what you need to do is...
    JUST create ONE Forum
    Originally Posted by Mohsin Rasool View Post

    So at stage ONE:
    start with ONE MAIN FORUM

    Originally Posted by Mohsin Rasool View Post

    So lesson is start with ONE forum,


    Let me see if I understand.

    Are you saying we should start with one forum ?

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  • Profile picture of the author kentuckyslone
    That sounds like some very good advice and now I am going to rethink how I am doing with my forum. Hmmm..
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  • Profile picture of the author Writing Warrior
    Thanks, Mohsin!

    This is some excellent advice and I can totally see the logic here. I don't have a forum yet, but I'm going to bookmark this post just in case I ever start one.

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