Forum Content: To make or break your forum!

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Forum Content: To make or break your forum!

Forum Content: To make or break your forum!
By: Shawn J. Gossman

Once upon a time when forums were first designed, they really didn't need much content because there were very few of them and people were more interested in just joining them and seeing what they were all about. As the forum years went on, more and more internet users decided they wanted to make a forum of their own. Eventually, people decided to make forums that would compete with other forums of the same topic and this started the content revolution. If you are competing with another forum, the most important aspect of competition will be your content. You need to provide unique content that separates you from the competition and that can only be found on your own forum. This could seem very difficult for forum owners and that is why I decided to write this article. This article is here to help give you more ideas to brainstorm more new topics and content on your forum to be more unique than your competition.

Bad content will get your forum nowhere!

First off you need to understand the importance of unique content. The unique content on a forum will give a potential member something to learn more about and discuss further. If your forum is full of the same old normal content that can be found anywhere else, then there is really no big reason to join and be active. If you post content that will likely be found on other forums related to your niche, you will likely develop a very lonely and deserted community. You need to develop rich content that cannot be found anywhere else. It needs to be new discussions of the niche industry that have not really been talked about yet. It needs to be enhanced content if it is found on other forums. Please continue to read this article for more ideas on content building that will create active discussions and encourage more people to join your forum.

Discuss the New!

One great unique content source is new content. You might think that no content can ever be new but you are very wrong if you do think that. The best way to create new and unique content is to master your niche. This means that you should learn everything you can learn about your niche. You should stay on top of new inventions and enhancements of your niche. You should get to know big players in your niche. You should become well known in your niche and create a great positive reputation within in. If you stay on top of the news in your niche, you can take that news and create new...

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Shawn G

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Thank you for reading it, fellas. Do you guys have any more ideas for forum content development?
 

die2mrw007

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Thank you for reading it, fellas. Do you guys have any more ideas for forum content development?

having a mandatory "minimum words" count in replies will improve a bit and avoid short text messages! Sometimes, people just post a smiley or a single word like "okay"..
 

famade

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I find that the 'okay' type replies tend to be cut down or eliminated by use of the like button.

Minimum word count can work but I find it can also have a tendency to ostracise users if you're not careful.
 

Shawn G

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I can see where a character limit could work as well however, I find one liners and one word posts to sometimes be appropriate. Like our count to 1,000 thread or something like that.
 
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