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I have recently started a forum and was wondering what the best way to drive traffic to it is. I have seen many "pay to post" companies out there, but I am worried that all that will accomplish is filling my board with meaningless clutter. I have not started a forum for myself, but I have managed several larger ones. Is patience the key? Or should I be more pro-active? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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I think if you are patient you will end up with an old website with few users. I am experiencing a similar problem myself regarding new forums; it seems you have to reach a certain critical mass of users for it to sustain itself. I have seen programs where you join a group of people who all post in each others forums but I agree with you that seems like a recipe for a forum full of BS. I signed up for Google ads two days ago so I need to give it more time to see how it turns out.

What is your forum going to be for?

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try private messaging loads of users on other forums as they will most certainly at least take a look at your new forum

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try private messaging loads of users on other forums as they will most certainly at least take a look at your new forum

The most positive spin I can put on that maneuver, would be to call it impolite. How would you feel if someone used your website to pull your hard earned forum members to a competing service? At least with advertising, the competing forum gets something out of it.

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The site will be a community for a site called Moola. There is only one other one out there, so I'm hoping to make mine a lot better and more inviting than theres...

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HI,

If we PM users to send invitations to our own forumns does not that sounds like SPAMMINg? will admin not block you right away.?

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provide free services

What type of services. At present we are offering

$5 and/or Free hosting and have competitions as well. Still dont see that punch like on this or other forum.

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anyone can be a member of your forum including everyone on this forum so i dont see a problem with asking them

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yes any one can me a apart of my forum. But if you ask the members directly dani will block you :) I mean any other forum owner will block you. if you PM them it might be considered as SPAM :(

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