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Is Your Forum Boring?
By: KC Morgan
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    2008-10-01

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  • Is Your Forum Boring?
  • No New Posts?
  • The Topics
  • Spice It Up a Bit

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    Problem-solving has its uses, but you may also want to try a more hands-on approach to brighten those boring forums. Itís time to spice it up a bit.

    You have to give your traffic a certain amount of breathing room when it comes to expressing themselves on your public forum. Itís tempting to omit some of the more controversial or contentious posts, but sometimes you might want to let some natural debate and differences of opinion walk. Good-natured arguments can spark plenty of content-rich, interesting posts. Forums are meant to be a forum, donít forget, which means that people should feel free to share their thoughts with each other openly. A little bit of controversy can actually help your forums, inspiring natural discussion and debate that will encourage more users to chip in and get involved.

    You will still need to moderate your forums, even if youíre running a site with strictly adult content and the attitude is anything goes. You donít want your message boards to be morally offensive or insulting in any way, because they are still a public forum thatís part of the online free-for-all that anyone can use. Itís a bit of a fine line to walk, so try to have a clear picture in your mind of what is and is not allowed on your message boards. Be sure this is also outlined in the forum rules, which should be clearly displayed so that everyone understands the limits.

    Promotion

    Thereís no magic or automatic fix that will prompt visitors to suddenly start poring it all out in an online forum. Even with all of your clever skills and inspiring topics, your forums may remain a veritable online ghost town. Does it seem like, no matter how much you tweak, your message boards stay quiet? There is always another solution if you want to drive more traffic to a specific area of your site: promotion.

    Online marketing campaigns are popular because they are often successful. You may want to implement a few online tactics to gain more interest for your forums and your site in general. Advertising through email, banner ads and pay-per-click may help boost traffic and by extension, your forums. The more traffic you get to your forums, the more likely it is that youíll also get new posts. Simply by offering links to your forums on other message boards and in chat rooms, you can start to spread the word about your site, though this is a bit of a tedious process.

    Participation

    If you participate in and contribute to your own forums, others will notice. Make a real effort to get involved and to offer new tidbits. If you introduce a new topic of discussion into your forum once a week, youíre making a good attempt to get things going conversationally. Your traffic will notice, and with luck theyíll follow your example and add contributions of their own. Write compelling posts to get others to respond, and they will.


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