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Title: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: SMF For Free on August 20, 2005, 01:46:08 pm
Here are some tips to help promote your messsage board.

1. Add a link to your board on your website.
2. Tell your friends and others that are interested in your board.
3. Find similar sites and email the webmaster and ask to exchange your link.
4. Have some good content and posts to keep users coming back.


If anyone has any other ideas feel free to add to this topic.
SMF For Free
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Faceless1 on September 12, 2005, 04:10:55 pm
It Also Doestn Hurt To Add The Forum To Search Engines Such As Google. Or Forum Top Sites Such As Forums100
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Trekkie101 on September 13, 2005, 11:38:00 am
It Also Doestn Hurt To Add The Forum To Search Engines Such As Google. Or Forum Top Sites Such As Forums100

The best way to do that is leave a link at a high traffic site and youll get a much better result than submitting it.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Prasad007 on October 06, 2005, 04:56:50 am
It Also Doestn Hurt To Add The Forum To Search Engines Such As Google. Or Forum Top Sites Such As Forums100
The best way to do that is leave a link at a high traffic site and youll get a much better result than submitting it.
but how do i go about doing that?
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: mzldyluvdoves on October 22, 2005, 02:31:08 pm
how do u add your forum to google.com?
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: corker on October 22, 2005, 05:53:01 pm
how do u add your forum to google.com?

http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl

Also there are some free sites which allow you to add your site and they will submit for free for you.  It will take a lot longer when free.

Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: MyX on December 10, 2005, 06:35:30 pm
you can add your forum link to your siggy if you are on another forum also, but please ask the admins of that board if you are allowed.

also if you find a forum that is similair ask the admin if the 2 of you can swap info and give credit to each others sites.

Add you forum URL to your siggy in email
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: CrocHunter on February 09, 2006, 08:17:13 pm
Another good one i have found is banner exchange sites.  It has brought 30 people to my forum in 2 days.  Works really well.  Submitting to google won't work too good.  You'll rank at the bottom and no one will find your site.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: SMF For Free on February 09, 2006, 08:33:07 pm
Well you can stubmit a sitemap to google using the following url
http://yourforumname.smfforfree.com/sitemaps/sitemaps.php

Or a yahoo feed list by doing
http://yourforumnam.smfforfree.com/sitemaps/urllist.php

This lets the search engines find the content on your website. Your forum needs to have open acces to public in order for this to work
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Spacecat GL on April 17, 2006, 09:56:40 am
I have one. If you have a flash you made, add a link to it leading to your forum. Submit it to Newgrounds. Once people start to view it, your forum will get lots of people. You have to have a Grounds Gold account to do it.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: boron on June 06, 2006, 02:04:59 pm
It is good to advertise a forum - on forums. I found this one  on FREEWEBSPACE.net/forums
It is good if you can offer something what someone needs, want - you post in threads related to your forum content - you can put your link in the post as long it is not obvious that you're talking about your own site.
Putting link in a sig only is so-so: I've put a banner of an attracting,paying gpt forum under 10.000 posts in getpaidforum - and maybe 2 people signuped.
I was also attracted with - posting contests - top 10 posters/week get $3...and then I stood there even after they stopped paying.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Susan on August 11, 2006, 09:11:38 am
Im just wondering id advertised my forum in google,im wondering it disappeared,but still i can see all the forums next to mine are still there,im wondering what happened.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Crasy on August 11, 2006, 10:31:11 am
You dropped in popularity?
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Susan on August 11, 2006, 11:37:21 am
I dont think so i posted it on the topsites and its moving up,i wonder why,i dont belived it drop the popularity,is there any posibility that anyone took it from google,is it posible?
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Crasy on August 11, 2006, 11:57:06 am
Well, I'm no expert. Just taking a guess at it.
It is possible...however I couldn't be just any random person.

Maybe you didn't drop in popularity...the others rose? I really dunno...
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Songbird on September 08, 2006, 03:01:22 am
Another good one i have found is banner exchange sites. It has brought 30 people to my forum in 2 days. Works really well. Submitting to google won't work too good. You'll rank at the bottom and no one will find your site.

Sounds good, but how do you go about with this?
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Songbird on September 08, 2006, 03:11:02 am
Well you can stubmit a sitemap to google using the following url
http://yourforumname.smfforfree.com/sitemaps/sitemaps.php

Or a yahoo feed list by doing
http://yourforumnam.smfforfree.com/sitemaps/urllist.php

This lets the search engines find the content on your website. Your forum needs to have open acces to public in order for this to work

Are there any initial procedures for enabling access to public so that search engines find the contents of my forum / website?
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: DC on September 08, 2006, 03:17:01 am
in the permissions of each board you have to allow guests to view
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Songbird on September 08, 2006, 03:35:50 am
]

The best way to do that is leave a link at a high traffic site and youll get a much better result than submitting it.


Can you please provide some more details on this method of promoting a forum?  Like, what steps need to be taken to leave my forum link at another site .. ?
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Songbird on September 09, 2006, 01:15:59 am
The following link exchange site says that they have 52 websites.  If someone puts all those 52 links in their webpage or forum, they will put the link of that forum or webpage in all their 52 sites.

http://www.linklots.com/

But isn't adding 52 links in your forum too much! ?
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Crasy on September 09, 2006, 07:08:52 am
Links Mod would make it easy ;D

I'll look into it. Sounds cool
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Songbird on September 09, 2006, 05:51:02 pm
Hmmm .. actually I'm still in the process of studying about Links in SMF tutorials.  Do these categories & links appear on the frontpage of forums?  If I am exchanging links with another site, do I enter the link of that site in my forum thru this process?  I feel a bit confused about it at the moment.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Crasy on September 09, 2006, 05:53:48 pm
PM'd.
Check your PM's
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Crystalman on September 20, 2006, 08:51:05 pm
When I have an affiliate, I post their button on the footer, and have a board with their userbar of the site. (Check out my sig's picuture/link to see it!)
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Songbird on September 21, 2006, 02:25:11 am
When I have an affiliate, I post their button on the footer, and have a board with their userbar of the site. (Check out my sig's picuture/link to see it!)


Hmmm ... I can follow that bit about posting the button on footer.  But can one also post button or codes in signature?  I tried it, wasn't successful.  it was looking too small .. not like yours which looks very nice.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: simply sibyl on September 21, 2006, 02:39:47 am
can one also post button or codes in signature?  I tried it, wasn't successful.  it was looking too small .. not like yours which looks very nice.

Hi Songbird   :)

Yes,  you can post buttons, pictures, things in your sig line.   You have to use BBCode there.

(remember to take out the spaces.. i need to put them here so the code shows up right)

To post a picture in your sig:

[ img ] http:// url of the picture [ /img]

If you want to post a clickable button/picture:

[ url= http:// address you want user to go to when button/pic is clicked ][ img ] http:// address of your pic/button [ /img ] [ /url ]
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Songbird on September 22, 2006, 06:44:56 am
can one also post button or codes in signature?  I tried it, wasn't successful.  it was looking too small .. not like yours which looks very nice.

Hi Songbird   :)

Yes,  you can post buttons, pictures, things in your sig line.   You have to use BBCode there.

(remember to take out the spaces.. i need to put them here so the code shows up right)

To post a picture in your sig:

[ img ] http:// url of the picture [ /img]

If you want to post a clickable button/picture:

[ url= http:// address you want user to go to when button/pic is clicked ][ img ] http:// address of your pic/button [ /img ] [ /url ]


Thanks Sibyl  .. this will help  :)
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Laugh-nd-kid on September 22, 2006, 09:48:08 am
If you don't have a URL for the picture . Go to photbucket.com and register then upload it from your documents and then it has IMG , Tag and URL. I hope this helps

Littlekidder
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Crystalman on October 02, 2006, 07:56:07 pm
Well, my site is desparate.

Almost 30 days up, a long time in Google, I did every suggestion I can, and It fails.

I have 400 posts, and 17 members. 4 of which, haven't logged-in in over a week, 3 have never posted.

3 members have over 20 posts, and 3 have over 50. (me included)

The rest are not active at all...

That's the gist of it.

I don't need members, I need GOOD members, ones that will post.

No one even puts input on the site! I have a sugggestions board, and many ways for the member to be interactive with the forum, and I added a guest board so guest can tell me what they think... and nada. only H-gage has responded in the last week and a half.

It's not because my site has bad content, not at all.

1. Member space: an Interactive feature that lets members have their own small forum, and be a moderator there.

2. Daily Sprite comic: A feat not many achieve, yeah, you can have comics, but DAILY? No. Most daily comic sites are their own sites, not a separate site, much less a forum.

3. Member-only Shoutbox.

4. Plenty of advertiseing options, including Footer pics, your own board, and userbars to attract members.

5. Every forum code this site has to offer.

6. Member comics: A chance to make your won comic, and host it on my site.

7. Comic Space: A combination of Member comics and Member space, allows you to not only have a comic hosting, but a comic history board, and forum.

My site has good content, but no posters! I've tried to do as much as I can... and it's not working.

I've subbmitted a site map to Google, but I have no Idea how to verify my site. It calls for a META tag, or a HTML file, and they have to be uploaded to the site somehow, but I'm really confused. So a site map is all I can do.

BTW, this is from google:

Sites' positions in our search results are determined automatically based on a number of factors, which are explained in more detail at http://www.google.com/technology/index.html. We don't manually assign keywords to sites, nor do we manipulate the ranking of any site in our search results.

In general, webmasters can improve the rank of their sites by increasing the number of high-quality sites that link to their pages. For more information about improving your site's visibility in the Google search results, we recommend reviewing our webmaster guidelines. They outline core concepts for maintaining a Google-friendly website.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: CrocHunter on October 05, 2006, 08:16:54 am
Have you created a myspace page for your forum?  We have found that this produces fantastic results for us.  Google doesn't do much for us unless someone specifically searches for your site.  Frankly, there are millions of others trying to rank higher than you, and its near impossible to rank at the top unless you get high traffic and what not.  Also, the banner exchanges produce a handful of people per week as well.  Just google banner exchange for that one.  We used to have an smfforfree site, and by the time we closed we had over 120 members.  We have since moved to our own site with the SMF software and 70 of those members have followed us, but at any site, only a fraction of the total members will be regular posters.  We probably have 30 regular posters.  We are still in our beginning stages, but have been fairly successful so far.  We haven't even begun an all out advertising campaign yet.  Also, you need a topic or theme that appeals to people.  Perhaps you should simplify things a little more.  Too many options can be overwhelming to new members and they may not return.  Also, if you have some core members, enlist their help to advertise for you.  I have everyone on my board using word of mouth to advertise for us, and it really does work.  I hope this all helps.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Crystalman on October 05, 2006, 08:41:33 am
I think I'll do the myspace....good idea! :D
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Legend_Killer on October 05, 2006, 10:01:00 am
myspace? how does that help? you create a myspace and??? ???
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: CrocHunter on October 05, 2006, 10:02:15 am
There are people constantly surfing myspace.  I have garnered over 50 members from it.  If you don't believe it, don't do it.   :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Songbird on October 07, 2006, 10:16:28 pm
There are people constantly surfing myspace. I have garnered over 50 members from it. If you don't believe it, don't do it. :uglystupid2:

How do I create a myspace page for my forum?  Please give some guidelines as this is the first time I've learnt about it.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Crystalman on October 07, 2006, 10:56:08 pm
Just go to myspace, and join! Make a site.. in fact... look at mine...

http://www.myspace.com/buster_cannon

BCF the Myspace!

BTW: My site is looking better, and I have a lot more stuff in the future! I have 20 members now, and a new affiliate! I also created a website using freewebs, not much, but a mediocre site, chock-full of ads for you forum might produce quite a lot of reaction...

http://www.freewebs.com/crystalmanexe/index.htm

Just started it, so There should be some more updates there soon.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Crasy on October 09, 2006, 12:37:45 pm
Hmm, tips, tips, tips.
I wonder if this would work.

Find a good story that hasn't been reported on much. Something amazing...
Put it on your site, and link it to Digg.com
That can really produce traffic if you picked a good story.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: SMF For Free on November 10, 2006, 09:52:50 pm
Other tips

Add your link to your forum in your signature of other forums you visit.
If a forum has an advertise your site then post a link to your forum and some information on your site.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: x-Treme on November 11, 2006, 09:02:21 am
I have added a category in my links mod titled "members sites"
This gives all my members a place to post their site urls. I know some of them are getting a few hits from this.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: x-Treme on November 17, 2006, 06:28:48 pm
Well, we all want to get hits...out of which (hopefully) some members. I don't believe in "charging" people posts to do it. However...on my forums, you do need to have posts to add a link. But I usually add it for you if you don't have enough posts. All you have to do is ask..The reason I did it this way is because I want my REPEAT members to have more options on the forum than my ONE TIMERS.I don't want someone to visit my forum just to advertise their site and then never see them again.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Songbird on November 18, 2006, 03:19:09 am
The reason I did it this way is because I want my REPEAT members to have more options on the forum than my ONE TIMERS.I don't want someone to visit my forum just to advertise their site and then never see them again.

though i haven't given the incentive of adding links, it's somewhat the same unexpected issue i'm experiencing.  i've now observed that members gradually do come up to sign .. but just that.  they sign in, then disappear.  out of every 20 members, hardly 2 post regularly.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Legend_Killer on November 18, 2006, 07:04:03 am
Also Anoth Way

Go To A Forum

Put a Link or Banner of ur Forum in ur Signature.. Post in that Forum like 10 times And Leave :)

Quite Evil But Worth it..!  ;D
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Teri on January 29, 2007, 09:32:37 am
I have a question. I was putting my site into google. When it asked to verify that I was admin I had to put a Meta tag I guess I put it in the wrong place or it was the wrong code and now all I see when I go to my site is a black blank page. I cant take the code out because I see nothing. Can that be fixed? Please help!
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Crasy on January 29, 2007, 11:17:46 am
Link to your forum?
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Teri on January 29, 2007, 12:13:11 pm
opps  Heres the link. 
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Crasy on January 29, 2007, 12:44:28 pm
Yup, it's something in your headers that's messing with the forum. Likely since you put new <head></head> tags in the header.

Try this
http://exotictoaquatics.smfforfree.com/index.php?action=style;sa=clearheader

Go to that link...if the cookie for your forum is still on your computer that might clear your headers which could fix your forum. ;) If it doesn't work you'll just have to wait for the admin to clear your headers for you.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Teri on January 29, 2007, 01:02:10 pm
Nope didnt work. Just made a brand new board.
So he can get into the old board and delete my header for me huh?! That would be great if he could. Maybe I should pm him just incase he misses this?
Thanks for your help though, I cant believe I did that LOL
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Crasy on January 29, 2007, 01:05:44 pm
Yeah, he can clear your headers for you whenever you need.

No problem...I tried lol. He'll probably see this next time he has time to fix up your board.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: SMF For Free on January 29, 2007, 01:06:10 pm
Fixed
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Teri on January 29, 2007, 01:08:21 pm
Thanks guys! I wont touch it for the rest of the day lol  :D
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Crasy on March 28, 2007, 05:30:20 pm
some1 plz help :S

Here's an easy way: http://www.flamingtext.com/
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: madmary on June 09, 2007, 03:08:52 pm
Awwwww! I had a great tip for you guys, but some killjoy removed my post - not nice!
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Crasy on June 10, 2007, 09:18:24 am
Awwwww! I had a great tip for you guys, but some killjoy removed my post - not nice!

Heyo, your post was just an advertisement for your forum. Call me a killjoy, sure...but it didn't really seem like a post for the benefit of us but more for that forum.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: madmary on June 10, 2007, 02:55:23 pm
I have copied and pasted directly from the address bar:

http://www.smfsupport.com/support/advertise_your_boardblog/tips_to_promote_your_board-t22.60.html;topicseen

Now, maybe I am seeing things - or just thick, but:

/support/advertise_your_boardblog/
This does seem to let me do just that?
Your rules are: 1 topic per board - I have not broken that.
No bumping - I have not done that.

I simply replied (like everyone else) to an Admin topic 'Tips to Promote your Board' in a board called 'Advertise your Board/blog'

This post (#51) was not removed (although it appears to have been moderated...)
One rule and all that!:

Have a Member MAgazine like this one:
http://chillhouse.smfforfree.com/index.php?topic=527
[You Have To Register to View]


There are plenty of others like it - so why pick on mine?
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Crasy on June 10, 2007, 07:47:14 pm
Just because someone else did it doesn't make it right. I missed that post.
Alright, check your PM's...enough of this. Seriously. Gotta keep large topics like this decently organized. It's already gotten a little out of hand in this topic with more support requests, selfadvertisements and requests than suggestions.

Consider this a little warning to keep large already confusing topics like this ontopic. ;)
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Expungor on June 25, 2007, 12:26:21 pm
Hey guys! Do you have any creative ideas for how i could advertise my forum?

Thanks in advance!

The link is in my sig.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Mr York on July 03, 2007, 07:45:20 pm
can one also post button or codes in signature?  I tried it, wasn't successful.  it was looking too small .. not like yours which looks very nice.

Hi Songbird   :)

Yes,  you can post buttons, pictures, things in your sig line.   You have to use BBCode there.

(remember to take out the spaces.. i need to put them here so the code shows up right)

To post a picture in your sig:

[ img ] http:// url of the picture [ /img]

If you want to post a clickable button/picture:

[ url= http:// address you want user to go to when button/pic is clicked ][ img ] http:// address of your pic/button [ /img ] [ /url ]
thanks Sybil again but I was trying to link my email addy instead of a site with a clickable picture and it doesnt work? even if I type admin@xxxxx.com it always come back to http when I update the profile and so it doesnt work. I don't like the link that is already on the left for the email, that was for my sig. Thanks.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: simply sibyl on July 04, 2007, 09:58:45 am
thanks Sybil again but I was trying to link my email addy instead of a site with a clickable picture and it doesnt work? even if I type admin@xxxxx.com it always come back to http when I update the profile and so it doesnt work. I don't like the link that is already on the left for the email, that was for my sig. Thanks.

It can be done.  Hover your mouse over this smiley:

(http://smfsupport.com/support/Smileys/smfnew/police.gif) (admin@xxx)

To do it do this:

Code: [Select]
[email=your email address][img]your picture url[/img][/email]
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Coreeeey on September 14, 2007, 10:41:52 pm
Forum Url: http://pspforums.smfforfree3.com
Here's something you guys will probably like! Create a toolbar for your forum. I created one for mine and it has features like Messages (users can read messages posted by you from the toolbar), Links (I have quick links to important pages on my forum), a radio/podcast player, email notifier (keeps track of your email; works with Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, and POP3), and weather.

To create your own toolbar for free go to www.ourtoolbar.com
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: trevix on September 30, 2007, 10:00:30 pm
Heres a good idea, create clickable images codes your friends can put in there web page.

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q261/Trevix/Wii%20Tech/RSSFeed.gif)
Code: [Select]
<a href="http://wiitech.smfforfree3.com/" target="blank_"><img src="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q261/Trevix/Wii%20Tech/RSSFeed.gif"></a>
(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q261/Trevix/Wii%20Tech/wiitech.jpg)
Code: [Select]
<a href="http://wiitech.smfforfree3.com/" target="blank_"><img src="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q261/Trevix/Wii%20Tech/wiitech.jpg"><a/>
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Dss on October 31, 2007, 06:50:07 am
Any other good ways to advertise you're forum.  My friend has got a forum which is about the Bleach manga series.  Ive asked him if he could advertise my forum on his site in exchange for me advertising his site, so we would both advertise each others forums for a better advantage.  But I need a bigger advertising campaign. 
 

forum urls removed -  this thread is for tips  -  not for advertising  ;)
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: sergeim on May 01, 2008, 01:27:41 am
how do i get a bot on my forum
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: simply sibyl on May 01, 2008, 02:04:10 am
http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
http://search.yahoo.com/info/submit.html
http://search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: taogem on May 30, 2008, 02:37:59 am
Well you can stubmit a sitemap to google using the following url
http://yourforumname.smfforfree.com/sitemaps/sitemaps.php

Or a yahoo feed list by doing
http://yourforumnam.smfforfree.com/sitemaps/urllist.php

This lets the search engines find the content on your website. Your forum needs to have open acces to public in order for this to work


Pretty sure that in order to submit a site map I need to get my forum verified. It asks to pick either a meta tag or html file.

I know there are some restrictions to messing with any meta. Can I use the meta tag for the Google verification, or should I pick the html file?

Thanks!

Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: guest4484 on June 07, 2008, 03:36:47 pm
I usually post my forum link into my profile or signature when im on another forums site. Which i am usually on alot of them lol.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: realitybites on June 17, 2008, 12:05:41 pm
Forum Url: http://realitybites.smfforfree2.com
I'm not sure if I'm the only one with a forum that has trouble getting members to post.I happened to find this site and have used it successfully twice.It's free the only catch is you have to exchange posts.I've had two other forum admins come to mine and they started the ball rolling with fresh posts and ideas.If your interested this is the link  http://www.postexchangeclub.com/
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Wild Rose on July 14, 2008, 09:28:20 pm
http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
http://search.yahoo.com/info/submit.html
http://search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx

Thank you...Great advice, I added my URL to all of them.  :)

Forum Url: http://pspforums.smfforfree3.com
Here's something you guys will probably like! Create a toolbar for your forum. I created one for mine and it has features like Messages (users can read messages posted by you from the toolbar), Links (I have quick links to important pages on my forum), a radio/podcast player, email notifier (keeps track of your email; works with Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, and POP3), and weather.

To create your own toolbar for free go to www.ourtoolbar.com

This is kind of cool...I made a tool bar, not sure I`m going to use it, but thanks for the idea.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: sergeim on September 01, 2008, 03:05:19 pm
is there more  how do i add stuff so people come and join help me

http://gamingforall.smfforfree2.com/index.php for that site
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Stitch on September 16, 2008, 06:52:40 pm
Forum Url: http://disneydreams.smfforfree4.com
as mentioned above i dont need like A TON of members but i need active members who log on daily and post daily but more members wouldnt hurt. I have added my site to google msn and yahoo and various other stuff. I would advertise my site but MOST of the sites i post in have a NON ADVERTISING rule meaning any links found not approved by the Staff can result in suspension from my account and id rather not .-.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: monsta on September 27, 2008, 05:03:14 am
well i say you do all of them ideas then you're forums will be a success!  :tickedoff:
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Celebrus on October 10, 2008, 08:28:56 pm
I don't know if anyone mentioned this before but there are a bunch of ad boards.

http://z9.invisionfree.com/Planet_Ads
http://hireem.net/index.php?act=idx
http://infiniteresults.net/index/
http://z9.invisionfree.com/Supreme_Ads/

Those are some.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Ravage™ on November 09, 2008, 06:39:52 pm
Forum Url: http://ravageworld.smfforfree4.com
Also organizing your board and have proper explinations can lead to a user thinking your board is strong.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: mofwtmy on November 09, 2008, 09:01:30 pm
Forum Url: http://pullupachair.smfforfree3.com
I have included a 'sites you recommend' section on my general forum. I am happy for people to advertise there, and most "admins" that do, reciprocate.

The best form of advertising is of course referrals - if members are happy they will invite their friends.

Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: ImthEhAppYEmO on November 10, 2008, 10:11:06 pm
One thing you could do is tell friends by email and tell them to tell there friends and stuff like that. Sorta start a Chain Reaction. :)
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: OutOfOrder on November 30, 2008, 09:35:09 am
Forum Url: http://funcentral.smfforfree2.com
I was wondering how we should advertise? I have already gotten quiet a few members and a lot of posts, but i was wondering how people should advertise their forums so they can get a ton more members and posts. If you have any good/ cool ways to do this, then please help me out!

thnx in advance.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: simply sibyl on November 30, 2008, 09:38:53 am
This isnt really a support issue so Im gonna move it over to General Discussion.    

Some links for you:

This ones pinned to the top of Gen Discussion:
Tips to Promote Your Board (http://www.smfsupport.com/support/general_discussion/tips_to_promote_your_board-t22.0.html)

This ones in the Guides & Tuts Index:
Getting Your Forum Ready and Out There (http://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/guide_getting_your_forum_ready_and_out_there-t9656.0.html)

There are more here and there in the General Discussion Board and the General Chat Board.
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/general_discussion/ideas_for_advertising-t20423.0.html
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/general_chat/how_do_i_get_people_to_come_to_my_forum-t21837.0.html
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: OutOfOrder on November 30, 2008, 09:58:23 am
thanks!

just another question... are we allowed to ask people to join our forums?

and if so, would you like to join?
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: simply sibyl on November 30, 2008, 10:01:52 am
thanks!

just another question... are we allowed to ask people to join our forums?

and if so, would you like to join?

1.  You are allowed to Advertise your forum here at Support ONE time in the Advertisement Board.
     You are not allowed to bump the topic;   replys are not allowed to it.
     Advertisement Board Rules (http://www.smfsupport.com/support/advertise_your_boardblog/rules-t3.0.html;msg3#msg3)
     We do frown upon asking around the forum in threads to get people to join.

2.  If I had a dollar for every person who has asked me to join their forums I would be rich.   
     Sorry,  I honestly do not have the time.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Darth Nihilius on December 01, 2008, 02:00:23 am
Is there any croatian adversative  :o  :(  :(
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: simply sibyl on December 01, 2008, 09:32:17 am
Is there any croatian adversative  :o  :(  :(

SMF for Free forums have to be in the English language:

SMF for Free - Terms of Use (http://www.smfforfree.com/terms.php)
       
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: OutOfOrder on December 01, 2008, 06:45:36 pm
thanks!

just another question... are we allowed to ask people to join our forums?

and if so, would you like to join?

1.  You are allowed to Advertise your forum here at Support ONE time in the Advertisement Board.
     You are not allowed to bump the topic;   replys are not allowed to it.
     Advertisement Board Rules (http://www.smfsupport.com/support/advertise_your_boardblog/rules-t3.0.html;msg3#msg3)
     We do frown upon asking around the forum in threads to get people to join.

2.  If I had a dollar for every person who has asked me to join their forums I would be rich.   
     Sorry,  I honestly do not have the time.

sorry...   :'(
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: OutOfOrder on December 06, 2008, 10:54:54 am
Forum Url: http://funcentral.smfforfree2.com
how do you place the html tag google gives you?

i cannot seem to find a place that supports the html for the thing...
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: u-caf909 on December 16, 2008, 07:19:37 pm
Forum Url: http://gamewatch.smfforfree3.com
How Do You Get More Members, Any Suggestions???
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: simply sibyl on December 16, 2008, 07:23:03 pm
Forum Url: http://gamewatch.smfforfree3.com
How Do You Get More Members, Any Suggestions???

Tips to Promote your Board (http://www.smfsupport.com/support/general_discussion/tips_to_promote_your_board-t22.0.html)
Getting Your Forum Ready and Out There (http://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/guide_getting_your_forum_ready_and_out_there-t9656.0.html)

Submit to Search Engines:
http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
http://search.yahoo.com/info/submit.html
http://search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx
       
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: SmartBoy986 on December 23, 2008, 10:46:03 pm
nice things
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: nickfrik on December 28, 2008, 12:23:08 am
Forum Url: http://runescapeprivateservers.smfforfree.com
OK so i got my website/forum
can people who read this tell
me how to get alot of people on my forum
im lonely there
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Jessie on December 28, 2008, 12:36:54 am
Look at "Tips to Promote Your Board" under the General Disscusion board.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: BBfan940 on December 28, 2008, 06:44:30 am
Go to areas where people may be of interest in your forums.
Try going to http://www.xat.com and promote it that way through a chat.
If you sound convincing, you'll have a decent crowd in no time ;)
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: iKevin on January 12, 2009, 10:00:20 pm

Submit to Search Engines:
http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
http://search.yahoo.com/info/submit.html
http://search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx
       

How much do those ACTUALLY help?
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: -Sя.Sharp on January 12, 2009, 10:50:54 pm

Submit to Search Engines:
http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
http://search.yahoo.com/info/submit.html
http://search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx
       

How much do those ACTUALLY help?

By submitting your site to search engines, they send bots to your site. Where they basically crawl your site and learn all the public info about it. It than adds it to it search. lets say your site was ikevin.smfforfree.com , and you had some cool water guns for sale. well if you submitted your site to google and their bot picked that up, it can be found in a google search like "Kevin's Water Guns" or something :P.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Ice_cold_princess on January 29, 2009, 12:54:04 am
One thing I don't recommend that anyone tries is posting a link on a site such as facebook. I foolishly decided to try this and the result was over three hours of deleting abusive posts and the posters accounts were banned.  >:(
On the whole this was a pointless excersise that cost me dearly, too.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: mofwtmy on January 29, 2009, 07:52:35 am
One thing I don't recommend that anyone tries is posting a link on a site such as facebook. I foolishly decided to try this and the result was over three hours of deleting abusive posts and the posters accounts were banned.  >:(
On the whole this was a pointless excersise that cost me dearly, too.

I had a new member join today that had spotted the link on my facebook profile, probably had about 20 members in total from there, no problems as yet.

I assume your profile is 'public' for that to happen?
Only people I have accepted as 'friends', (Admittidly I don't know, nor would I want to, half of em!) see my site - Thanks for the heads up!
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Ice_cold_princess on June 17, 2009, 04:56:09 pm
No probs, hun.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: DaRkNeS on June 25, 2009, 01:48:22 pm
i have my forum posted on a lot of search engines now, just waiting for somthing to click :coolsmiley: :D
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Jalokim on September 05, 2009, 12:06:52 am
Tips To Get More Visits On Your Website/Forum


Here everyone,am going to show you some good points to get more viewers on your forum, Wink

1/ Content

You must have good content on your website/forum if you'd like people to read it,ect.Try to have things that you can't get anywhere else,so the viewers will come back to your website/forum to read on the juicy info.

2/ Buy Ads {Adwords}

This is one of the best ways to get people to visit your website/forum.It is possible to buy ads to display on other websites so it can attrach loads of people to your website/forum.

3/ Have free stuff

Everyone loves free stuff.You all know that,lol.Example,forumotion offers free forums,and it's very popular.So,the best way to get people to visit is if your website is free.And you can offer things people wants for free. {If you have a shop or something,it doesn't have to be free}

4/ Meta Tags

Remember,in order for the bots to know what your website/forum is about,you'll need good meta tags to support it.

5/ Forum Signatures

This is also a great way to steal viewers,lol. Add your website/forum in your signatures on other forums to be used as your signature so others can view what your website/forum is about,and if they like it,they'll visit.

6/ Review Your Site

Some websites/forums reviews other website/forums. This can increase the number of views on your site if you have a great review.

7/ Blog

This is also a useful way to attract viewers. Blog about your website/forum and you'll get more visits from people who loves to read blogs.

8/ Appearance

Make sure your website/forum 's appearance looks good.If your site is ugly,the viewers will not bother to read whatever your site has to offer.

9/ Link to Us

Have a link to us page on your website/forum. Ask the viewers to help out your by showing them the bbcodes & html codes they have to copy and paste to advertise your site.

10/ Invite Your Friends

You should invite your friends you know and trust to visit your website/forum. Don't spam up stranger's private message box asking them to join your forum and offering them staff positions just so that they confirm your message with a yes. And then you conplain that your website/forum is destroyed.

11/ Affiliates

Affiliate with other websites/forums to up the number of visitors on your site.

12/ Bookmarks

Have a page asking your viewers to bookmark your website/forum so they wouldn't lose the link to your site if they searched it by using a search engine. {For people who just don't read website's names}

13/ Submit your site to a search engine

Submit your website/forum to the search engines so people can find it when their surfing the internet.


Hope your website/forum gets more views after you did the following tips I suggested, Hello

submitted by Jalokim,, tnx
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Tretispker on October 23, 2009, 06:54:53 pm
I know you from Forumotion Support forums. Forumotion is boring. But it is great.
I put it like this;

I made a bebo for forums
I made a msn for forums
I made a facebook for forums
I made aim for forums.

Thats how. I just did it now so i can get heaps more people :)

Worked on my old forums. :)
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: taogem on October 23, 2009, 07:27:31 pm
The meta tag suggestion is new to me..

I thought we did not have access to alter things like that, or our header info etc...

If we can add or change our meta tags, can someone point me in the right direction ?
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: simply sibyl on October 24, 2009, 10:18:50 am
The meta tag suggestion is new to me..

I thought we did not have access to alter things like that, or our header info etc...

If we can add or change our meta tags, can someone point me in the right direction ?

You can't edit your meta tags
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Coder4ever on November 13, 2009, 10:03:12 pm
Forum Url: http://php4free.smfforfree3.com/index.php
Ok, I'm going to make a step by step Guide on Keeping members on your forums and get members on your forums.

How to Get Members:

Step 1: Put your URL in all your profiles on forums and websites that allow you to advertise in your signature.

Step 2: If you have a SMFforfree go to Admin CP> Promote Your Forum > And then pick where you want to  advertise your forums.

Step 3: Go to Advertising sites or Top site lists so that members will come to your forums. If its a Runescape private servers go to the runescape private servers advertising page.

Step 4: Once you have done that then tell your friends about it.

Step 5: Make some fake accounts with 10-20 posts so that people think that people are actually on the forums.

Step 6: Wait for members to Register and then you'll have  a good forum.


______________________________________________________________________________________________



How to keep members on your forums:


Step 1: Make contests so that members will stay and do stuff to win. Make the rewards good.

Step 2: Make your forum intresting. Add Arcade and forum games.

Step 3: Every couple of weeks give some people a chance to be staff.

Step 4: Make a MOTW. Member of the Week gets 20 posts. Something like that.

Step 5: Every hour or then make a new member so that people think the forums going really well so they staff.

Step 6: Ask members for help so they think they are helping the community

Step 7: Give rewards To people who help or get a milestone so that people think that if they do that they'll get rewarded.

Hope it helps.

Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: simply sibyl on November 13, 2009, 10:08:22 pm
A couple of similar topics -  both are listed in the Guides and Tutorials Index that is stickied to the top of the Guides and Tutorials Board  ;)

Tips to Promote Your Board (http://www.smfsupport.com/support/general_discussion/tips_to_promote_your_board-t22.0.html)  -  this ones at the to of this Board.

Getting Your Forum Ready and Out There (http://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/guide_getting_your_forum_ready_and_out_there-t9656.0.html)

This should probably be merged into one of the above.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Coder4ever on November 13, 2009, 10:15:15 pm
Ok. You can merge with the one you think this one suits.

Thanks Syibl
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: simply sibyl on November 13, 2009, 10:17:43 pm
no problem...  done .. thanks for the tips.

These two though I don't think are a good idea.  Its never a good idea to run a forum by misleading those you want to use your forum.   

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Step 5: Make some fake accounts with 10-20 posts so that people think that people are actually on the forums.


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Step 5: Every hour or then make a new member so that people think the forums going really well so they staff.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Coder4ever on November 13, 2009, 10:25:32 pm
True, but then your members will advertise and stay on the forums for longer. Though your a mod and i respect your decision.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: simply sibyl on November 13, 2009, 10:29:59 pm
...the comment was not from me as a Moderator here.     Ive been doing this a long time now.  Honesty is always the best policy.   Start off being dishonest and they will figure it out eventually.   Just my take on things.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Coder4ever on November 13, 2009, 10:31:45 pm
ok.. thanks siybl
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Rsps Land on December 03, 2009, 04:51:00 pm
Thank you.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: Iz Strengthz on February 20, 2010, 05:04:05 am
Thanks for the tips, Just advertised :P
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: The Rebel on March 04, 2010, 06:25:39 am
Forum Url: http://carryoncamping.smfforfree.com/index.php
Built a seperate website to accompany the forum....
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: dkcctv on June 22, 2010, 04:15:46 am
Thanks for the tips.  ;D
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: The Rebel on December 28, 2010, 10:13:50 am
Forum Url: http://carryoncamping.smfforfree.com/
You must update on a fairly regular basis... it becomes a personal thing... dont rely on others to promote your forum.... if you dont update, the servers cannot tell whether or not, its up n running... but they do when the admin has updated it.


I bombard the servers... google,Bing,Yahoo.Jeeves...  just to let them know "Im here"

My forum now is not only TOP LISTED, but has been accepted by many large promotional websites.... within the field of camping.
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: fleamailman on January 24, 2011, 05:51:07 am
"...the best way to promote your forum and to become known on forumland as a livewriter, or whatever you would term someone known for their posts then..." mentioned the goblin, adding "...in fact, nothing tells a poster more about what he or she can expect than seeing a dull post linking whatever, whereas if your posts are inspiring, they will simply google your username and find you even without adding a link...", in fact, what the goblin had forgotten to add, was that it was best to have a unique username, and an evident persona, so the goblin just smiled, saying "...this way, any post you do anywhere draws people towards you without even thinking about it..."

(http://www.ebsqart.com/Art/Gallery/Professional-Grade-Acrylics-on-Wrapped-Canvas/433090/650/650/Cat-With-Hangover.jpg)
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: WVaGAL on February 24, 2012, 02:37:48 am
All of this is good to know! Thanks! 8)
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: framis on October 01, 2016, 01:26:00 am
can you let me know the different type of link so i can do seo of my website
Title: Re: Tips to Promote your board.
Post by: taogem on October 01, 2018, 03:42:48 am
I have not read through this entire topic, but would like to just give my two cents, and apologies if someone else has already covered .. 

Promoting is to progress or encourage … The real question is how to get our forums to be seen on the internet.

Content and indexing are the key .

Creating a title that is made of of key words specific to the content of the forum.  Creating boards within that are specific to that content. 

Submiting the forum to at least the most popular search engines.

I have also found Google Blogger an ideal tool. They are indexed quickly and can be found on the first page of search engine key word results if done correctly. Making sure that the title is made of of key words relevant to the content.. Make sure the description for the blog is also relevant to the contect and title. Key words and content are king when it comes to being properly indexed.

Submit posts to the blog that are linked back to the forum..  Also use SMF's social media buttons and share topics to Facebook and others.

Hope this makes sense and helps a little..