Building Your Community From Online Manual

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Once you have successfully installed your forum, you may be wondering how to go about attracting members. Here are a few tips to follow:

  • Content - Content is key to any forum, without it nobody will visit. You must create topics with this content, relevant to the subject covered by your forum.
  • Advertising - Once you have your content organised, you need to get the word out. Adding a link and description to your signatures on other forums which are similar and emails are great ways to achieve this. Making posts advertising your forum on other forums is, however, not advised.
  • Competitions - Nothing gets a community involved like a good contest. Once you have your base community established, start competitions to increase activity from your members. Try offering incentives or prizes.

These are just a few tips to help you grow your community. For more tips and to ask your own questions, check out the Building Your Community and other Forum Advice board in the Simple Machines Community Forum.