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How to get a forum started?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by korfx04, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. korfx04

    korfx04 Junior Member

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    I Found a niche that has competition, but the main competitors in this niche after some research is owned by one person. They have so many active members, but they're growing tired of the strict environment, they are tired of the admins playing favorites for their ass kissing members and them getting away with blatantly trolling, but if you defend yourself you will get banned.

    It's a type of forum that requires you to post a 2000 word opinion why you agree/disagree with the subject. If you post a short reply you will get an infraction, and if you post another short reply you're banned for "SPAM".

    Now it's totally up to the mods what is considered to be spam and it's so unorganized now, that there is no telling if you're going to get banned for 100 word reply or 500 word reply because its totally up to the mods to decide that now.

    Both forums in this niche has became way too strict for a lot of members, but these forums has no competition and can basically do what the want and just don't care, but now with all the disgruntled members i was thinking it's time to "cash in" How can i do this by making my forum seem active and get the message out that there is a new dog in town?
     
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  2. MadMX

    MadMX Regular Member

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    I am thinking of starting an online community too.
    I've got one tip, but I haven't worked with this yet, so this is not my personal experience:
    Regarding the "active forum" problem: Hire 5-6 freelancers who:
    a) fill your forum with useful things
    b) act like active members for a certain amount of time


    Other things I could think of:
    -try to get users directly from your competitors, use a signature link, contact people that have been banned recently, maybe even open a thread promoting your community if there's a possibility
    -fill the forum consistently with content, you'll get more organic visitors over time, more members and at a certain point, they'll fill the forum for you and bring you to #1

    Cheers

    //EDIT:
    Blackhatmethod: Buy DDoS-Service/Host a botnet => DDoS the shit outta your competition => promote your forum and all the people will register!
     
  3. Silly

    Silly Regular Member

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    Like MadMX said, find people or friends that can do some nice post on your forum. Make some sticky's so your forum seems good and alive.

    I would do this, making a profile on the other forum with my forum in sig and posting some good post on it :)
     
  4. mantwo

    mantwo BANNED BANNED

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    Man that Warrior Forum really grinds my gears too.
     
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  5. stevejones003

    stevejones003 Newbie

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    Offer something free to get initial momentum.
     
  6. korfx04

    korfx04 Junior Member

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    Mine too, but it's not that forum.. lol