Guys I am not going to lie about it. The start-up is the worst and I think it is important that I let you know that it’s not all sweets and chocolates. Even though it is hard work the rewards are excellent. There is nothing better than seeing your community strive. In this blog post I am going to outline the key points that can make building your forum that bit easier.
There is no Rush
Building up your forum takes time. Things will not happen overnight. Successful boards have run for over years and years and that is why they have gathered 5,000,000 + posts. So don’t worry, things will be slow at the start but everything will soon pick up.
Choose something you enjoy
In an earlier blog post I talked about creating a forum in your favourite niche. This is true. To make your community successful, at the beginning, you need to keep creating topics that will spark discussion and that search engines will pick up. People type in these topics and then they find your forum. The reason why I say create a forum about your favourite subject is that you are more likely to update it with discursive threads.
Have a member base already made
Many forum administrations are lucky enough to be graced with an already pre-active member base meaning that they already have 30 or so active members just as they have started up their forum. This gives them an advantage as getting active members is a really hard task but it will happen if you keep posting quality discussing threads. So if you can, try and get a pre-active member base as they will make everything so much smoother on the other hand nine times out of ten you wont be able to get an pre-active member base. That’s fine because you can still have a successful forum without a pre-active member base.
Did you find this useful? Do you have any other tips to make running a forum smoother? Post a comment as I would love to hear them.
All the best,
Running a Successful Forum!