Forums and Guestbooks - Are They Right For Your Website? - Forums do not...
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Forums do not develop overnight. They take time. Sometimes it is months before you get the first few members. But again, don't be disheartened. Expect it to take time, start off some interesting threads yourself, and wait to see what happens.
As with Guestbooks Forums attract spammers. There are ways of managing these, but this does take time and management. You can make sure you authorize each new registration to your site, but you need to review your emails everyday to make sure there is as little a time lag as possible between someone joining the forum and you granting them access. Wait too long and they will have forgotten and lost interest! You can alter the sign up scripts so that people cannot add a website address when they register. This is recommended - if people are only joining to advertise their own website they will not be genuine contributors to your forum.
Forums are a great way of letting others generate content for your website - a successful forum will grow into a community where people chat to, share information with and help each other. Search engines spider forums, and can help bring traffic to your site.
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