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Has anyone solved the problem of how to get people to post on a new forum?
I've tried building several forums over the years but I've never had that much success in getting people to actually post.
My friend runs a successful(ish) forum. However he started in 2005 when there was less competition and very little in the way of social media. In fact there wasn't even FB! He actually got started by getting his friends to post. Plus his idea was truly original, and even today he doesn't really have any rival forums.
So what's the secret of getting random people to post on your forum?
Ha ha, I think I just solved my own problem.
If you want to get subscribers to your new (or existing) discussion forum then you need to use PostLoop.
This is a posting exchange service. Basically you can make posts on other users' forums and in return you get people posting on your forum. Or you can get blog posters if you're more of a blogger.
If you want to invest in your forum then you can buy forum posters using PayPal which saves you the hassle of posting other other peoples' forums. I'd recommend this if you need to grow your forum quickly or have a marketing budget. One thing I've always regretted is not investing enough money in my own sites. I'm sure $50 spent buying forum posters would have a better return on investment than putting $50 in a mutual fund.
Anyway, I signed up to PostLoop and got some new subscribers to my new forum in less than an hour! They posted some OK content as well. So it looks like my forum is a little more busy now.
So this could be the best way to get out of the chicken and egg situation of a forum not attracting members because it doesn't have enough members.
Let me know how you get on with PostLoop!
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Been around since 2009 means you've had so much experience in this space. I'm really considering expanding into promoting products in other niches using paid ads but my limitation is that I don't know how to speak a second language.
I agree with you that low gravity shouldn't be a criterion for selecting products to promote as there are some uncompetitive products with very low gravity. I'll like to add some characteristics of products you shouldn't promote:
1. Clickbank products that have (external) ads on their sales page
2. Products with buy buttons that do not go to the Clickbank order page
3. Products that exaggerate their promises, especially financial promises. Promises like these will lead to high refund rates (most MMO products have refund rates over 20% in fact).
4. Unresponsive vendors. Before starting to promote a product, ALWAYS contact the vendor (ask for a review copy, or ask a question about the product, or just introduce yourself). If you get no reply within 48hours do NOT promote the product.
Recently, I came across a course created by Clickbank's current #1 affiliate that claims to teach people how to drive traffic to Clickbank offers using Facebook Ads. I've seen some good reviews and positive testimonies online about the course. Here's one https://abayomioloyede.com/commission-hero-review/
What do you think about the course?