Best way to drive traffic to a new forum?

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I've added a new forum to an existing site. Is there a recommended way to drive traffic or encourage people to start posting? I have over 11k users already registered on my main site.

Any suggestions or WSO that's recommended?

Thanks,
-Paul
#drive #forum #traffic
  • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
    My best bet would be SEO and other forums.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesLennon
    I would make a load of posts myself 1 for each subject you have and make sure you reply to any other posts. Once the ball is rolling you wont need to post very often
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  • Profile picture of the author Marko87
    SEO and other forums is a good route to go. Another idea would be some small scale media buys on sites specific to your niche. You could target smaller sites and negotiate directly with the site owner to keep costs down.
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  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    Originally Posted by toolsmith View Post

    I've added a new forum to an existing site. Is there a recommended way to drive traffic or encourage people to start posting? I have over 11k users already registered on my main site.

    Any suggestions or WSO that's recommended?

    Thanks,
    -Paul
    just fired a pm you can add a link on one of sites for that / cheers and good luck with your forum
    Pete
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    • Profile picture of the author Backlinksboy
      Social media marketing and Q&A sites would help in getting lots of traffic. Also continuous SEO would be good for the site.
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    • Profile picture of the author toolsmith
      Originally Posted by tryinhere View Post

      just fired a pm you can add a link on one of sites for that / cheers and good luck with your forum
      Pete
      I got your PM, thanks I may do that.

      -Paul
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      • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
        Originally Posted by toolsmith View Post

        I got your PM, thanks I may do that.

        -Paul
        Your call champ low key, plus you have 11k users ? maybe an email to those guys culd help swing your cat.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cashinghub
    Choose any niche market related to blogging, either marketing, Link Building or SEO. Definitely forum will grow faster. Mostly SEO forums have more visitors that i have experienced. Since you already have 11k users in the existing sites, you can develop the forum fast.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shon Chris
    If you're using vBulletin for your forum platform you may look into their vBseo module.

    Even if not...I agree with

    -SEO
    -Forum Sig(s) promotion on other forums
    -Article Writing (still some seo value + plus a bit of residual traffic)

    If your forum is in the Make Money or Internet Marketing niche, you may even consider paying for traffic via Solo Ads or buying placements on blogs. I'd definitely do this if you'll be monetizing your forum. Once you beef up your forum activity to where its on autopilot, you can stop paying for advertising at that point.

    Its also a good idea to make your forum appear as active as possible
    early on...even if it means hiring a forum posting service.

    Its weird, but ...Activity Creates Activity.

    Wishing You Awesome Success!
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  • Profile picture of the author Aussie_Al
    I would have a competition - something like the most postive, helpful poster of the month wins a "Kindle Fire"
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  • Profile picture of the author Austin357
    I have done some media buys and it has worked out very well for this type of traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    Well the way I did it in the past and worked very well was to of course do great SEO but you still need to make the forum look busy so I created a fair few accounts and started posting conversations up :-)

    then when more people join up you delete your accounts and then your forum should be busy enough :-)

    Forums are hard work though.....
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    • Profile picture of the author toolsmith
      Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post

      Well the way I did it in the past and worked very well was to of course do great SEO but you still need to make the forum look busy so I created a fair few accounts and started posting conversations up :-)

      then when more people join up you delete your accounts and then your forum should be busy enough :-)

      Forums are hard work though.....
      That's a good idea, I may do something similar just to get the ball rolling.

      Thanks,
      -Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author NicheDad
    Don't put the cart before the horse.

    Before you "SEO and other forums"... start good conversations on there. Post some articles, insightful posts, and controversial (interesting, not flame bait) topics. Don't waste your time and resources marketing a dead forum!

    In other words, what's missing from your marketing strategy is you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
      Originally Posted by profitmotive View Post

      Don't put the cart before the horse.

      Before you "SEO and other forums"... start good conversations on there. Post some articles, insightful posts, and controversial (interesting, not flame bait) topics. Don't waste your time and resources marketing a dead forum!

      In other words, what's missing from your marketing strategy is you.
      Also remember that forums have taken a big hit since facebook and a lot of the ones I have been on in the past have closed down because not many people use them .... so as said before dont throw too much money or time at it unless you are certain it will work...

      Forums are very rewarding when they work but I have been sued and I am often tied up with a legal battle one way or another throughout the year so be careful :-)

      Danny
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  • Profile picture of the author megawarrior
    1) Use a website such as microworkers where you pay a bunch of people to sign up to your forum and make 5 quality posts (specify the criteria, e.g. relevancy, good english, etc) in exchange for $1.

    2) Run a contest! Advertise that active users will win some sort of prize each week/month.

    3) Join a Forum Post Exchange (use Google to find some) and make quality posts on other webmasters' forums in exchange for them making some on yours. If you prefer, you can pay them instead if you don't want the hassle of posting in other people's forums.

    4) If you have the time and patience, you can make your own posts under different usernames in your forum to simulate activity. You can get ideas from Yahoo Answers and rewrite them, or there is a tool that automatically scrapes posts from Yahoo Answers (can't remember what it's called) to put into your forum.

    Once you use these methods to make your forum look active, you'll start getting 'real' people to sign up (actually the 'contest' part will also bring in real users as well).
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    • Profile picture of the author toolsmith
      Originally Posted by megawarrior View Post

      1) Use a website such as microworkers where you pay a bunch of people to sign up to your forum and make 5 quality posts (specify the criteria, e.g. relevancy, good english, etc) in exchange for $1.

      2) Run a contest! Advertise that active users will win some sort of prize each week/month.

      3) Join a Forum Post Exchange (use Google to find some) and make quality posts on other webmasters' forums in exchange for them making some on yours. If you prefer, you can pay them instead if you don't want the hassle of posting in other people's forums.

      4) If you have the time and patience, you can make your own posts under different usernames in your forum to simulate activity. You can get ideas from Yahoo Answers and rewrite them, or there is a tool that automatically scrapes posts from Yahoo Answers (can't remember what it's called) to put into your forum.

      Once you use these methods to make your forum look active, you'll start getting 'real' people to sign up (actually the 'contest' part will also bring in real users as well).
      I've never heard of microworkers but I may check that out. Looks promising and you really can't go wrong for a few bucks.

      Thanks,
      -Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author MegJones
    Is it for the dating site? Offer people a discount of some sort to go and get the ball rolling.

    Send a private message to everyone once a week, asking them a particular question that has to do with the reason they are there at the site. Invite them to go to the forum, in the section entitled "Question of the Week" or something, and post their thoughts.

    Love the ideas above!
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  • Profile picture of the author Larkrise
    Was going to add something uber useful but

    its all been said of course

    except for

    "swing your cat"??

    lol
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