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Starting a new Community, any tips

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by DrWhat, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. DrWhat

    DrWhat Newbie

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    So I recently acquired a PR3 domain to start a Gaming Community with. I am currently building the site and optimizing the site for SEO (keyword URL's, Auto-posting bot for gaming news, etc). What are some steps I should take to get the site off to a good start and get well ranked.

    The domain niche was Game Review Blog
    Im going to be launching it for niche Online Gaming Community


    So tell me? What would be the best steps to take pre-launch and during launch.
     
  2. PHPInjected

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    Creating a social media presence is something you're going to hear often. Using the tags on Twitter and Instagram will help you gain a following. Find a way to automate that, it gets time consuming. I would say PPC would help you here. You need to be stalking the latest game releases, so you can post about them.
     
  3. DrWhat

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    Do you know or recommend any programs to do this auto mation?
     
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    You can use FollowLiker or Massplanner once you have a following manually created. You can also have a bot created specifically for you.
     
  5. John995

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    Hey I have huge experience in running a gaming community and would love to help out if you want to talk .I have quite a few tips. Add me on kik : socialmediashop
     
  6. LoftPower

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    I would suggest that you get some good content on there first. Perhaps hire a few forum posters to do this for you so you have content already on the site when you launch it.
     
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    fresh and regular content promotion on social media is what ill help you.
     
  8. Mr Vlad

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    I would highly recommend to create a Facebook group or use other gaming groups to get traffic/followers.
     
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    You can also register accounts on gaming forums with the name of your gaming site and post around nonchalantly. The idea can be tweaked to other markets to, just any format in which your sites name can be seen.
     
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    Get your friends engaged in this, try to get as many people as you can on the same line.
    Create a strategy & system that requires minimal effort to execute.
    Now you have (online) friends, maybe from your gaming community to do all the work for you.

    I had something very similar 10yrs ago.
     
  11. Furious Man

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    Just use social media like facebook twitter and Instagram its ill help to increase followers
     
  12. blogtaufiq

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    just spread your website url thorugh facebook, twitter, pintereset and google+
     
  13. DrWhat

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    Thanks for the input guys, Since I'm not all about hiring people to do stuff for me. I decided to make a bot to automatically post stuff for me.
    Reviews from IGN, and Game news from Steam.

    the social media stuff though, thats hard for me.
     
  14. UptonGoodwin

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    If you're goal is to create an actual community around gaming, you can't build a community around automated content.
     
  15. DrWhat

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    I agree with that, That's why they are not the main content. Think of it as additional information for the registered users, it's not the first thing you see unless something was just posted then its listed in the latest posts. But especially with the steam one, it's useful to see what's on sale, what's been released and other information steam posts. The main goal of the bots is to get ranking on new keywords related to the gaming world.
     
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    My suggestion is facebook and tweeter will be help for u mate...try it.
     
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    Hi,
    You may have heard that having a web community is a great way to increase sales, customer loyalty and word of mouth for your web business. In fact a web community itself, if large enough and targeting an affluent demographic (or one that advertisers like to target), has the potential to bring in revenue. Commonly people use a web forum as the centre point for a web community. However building a popular forum is no easy task and requires patience and dedication.
    1. Think minimalist when building categories and forums.

    Look to about four forums maximum to start with, even less if possible. If you find yourself coming up with many different forum subjects, try and group them together under one forum. Then in that forum you can create individual topic posts to cater to each area. That way you are creating conversation starters and making the place look a little busier. As the forums grow and you have enough individual entries to start breaking down forums you can justify creating new ones. You can then move the existing topics into the appropriate categories and the forum doesn't start off empty. Take a look at this topic at MTGParadise.com where one of the new owners, my mate ssteven, has just recently broken down one forum into two.

    2. As the owner you must keep contributing.

    This might seem obvious, but it's hard to keep motivated when week after week you create new topics and try to stimulate conversation and you seem to be talking to yourself. Personally I get the most excited when I first build the forum, thinking of all the great topics that can be discussed. Unfortunately once everything is done it does take some effort to keep writing fresh content. The only rule I can give is stick to it. Get into a routine of making a few posts everyday.

    Now expanding on this concept...

    3. Create some fake personalities.

    This may seem a little dishonest, but a little trick you can use to stimulate conversation is to create a few different member accounts each with their own personality. Basically you create some fictional members and get posting. You can even have full forum conversations between your characters (just don't go insane!). Only you know which characters are fake, to everyone else it appears as if your forum is getting popular.

    I had a friend take this idea so seriously that he kept profile notes on each character such as age, sex, personality type, occupation etc so whenever he made posts he made sure to get into character first. It's like forum acting.

    This method again takes dedication because you need to keep logging in with each character and making new posts. However it can be MUCH more effective than if it was just you making all the posts as your own identity. It looks sad when the webmaster is chatting away to no one, but not quite as sad when Jim, Katie, Chris and Jane are having conversations even if they really are all the webmaster.

    4. Publish content.

    There are sites available such as ezine articles that have articles you are allowed to publish on your site provided you follow their terms of use policy (which usually means you publish the articles exactly as they are and keep all links intact). The authors of these articles make them free because they get good promotion if their article is widely published. Note that because these are free articles you will most likely find that you are not the only site out there with the content.

    If you want unique content you may have to pay for it and consider hiring columnists. With MTGParadise we had such a good community that many of our members were happy to write articles and reports for free. They enjoyed writing and seeing their article published. It's not easy to generate free unique articles this way especially early on before you have a community running, so it might be necessary to throw around a little cash and buy some articles.

    If you can find content relevant to your market and distribute it to your community you have a good way to stimulate conversation and make your forum look a little busier.

    5. Recruit your mates and spread the word.

    This is harder than you'd think. If you are like me, most of my closest friends are too busy or not really the forum community types so they won't help out much. Generally though you should have a few friends that are interested in the topic of your forum and they might help out with a post every now and then. Don't put to much pressure on them and be thankful for anything they contribute. You don't want to get carried away trying to get your forum off the ground that you lose your friends because you constantly pester them to make posts or join up.

    As a general rule, don't be shy, tell everyone you know about your forum. But only do it once in a polite manner. Say you are inviting them to check out something you have created and that you want their valuable opinion before you officially launch. This "sneak peek" will make your friends and family feel special because you are demonstrating that you value their opinion so they will be more inclined to check out your site.

    You can put a note in your signature file in your email about your new community, make a few posts at newsgroups that focus on your target market and hit some other complimentary (not competitor) forums to advertise your new forum. Remember always be courteous, follow rules and don't come across too desperate whenever you promote your forum. All this will come across negatively and harm your chances of members signing up.

    The most important tip I can give you to grow your community is to not give up. Even though YoungActivist.com is sitting out there all alone with no members and very old content I still value the site. While I didn't achieve the success I wanted off the bat, I haven't given up and hope that one day can I can get the site growing again.

    Sometime after months, maybe even years of making new posts, adding content and spreading the word, you will find that your forum has grown to have a few hundred members, a handful of devoted regulars and no longer requires daily injections of posts from you. You reach a critical mass and your community moves forward without too much intervention from you. This is the holy grail of forum building because your members became the best advertising tool you could ever have. Word of mouth helps the site to continue to grow and attract new members. You can start creating new forums with confidence that they won't be empty for long. Best of all, you now have an audience that you can either leverage around your own products or services or start to derive revenue from through advertising, premium services or subscriptions etc etc.
     
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  18. coldboot

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    Just the kind of information I have been looking for. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and OP for opening the thread.

    I have a few questions though.

    1. I am in the process of creating a community and I am finding it hard to choose between the various forum engines available. What would you recommend?

    2. Do you think it's possible to rank posts on Google because that's my main strategy(Rank a post and convert some of the visitors into members)? I have a few keywords in mind.