I'm not sure that's true. If you search forums for my topic I'm the first result. I guess it depends on the topic.Its going to be even harder for us all now that Google seem to be down ranking forums.
If you search forums on my main topics I do not even get to page 10.
Yet I know I am one of the biggest.
So I think we have to find other ways that Google.
I cannot confirm this. It's a complex subject and my guess is, SEO plays an important role. If your forum cannot be found if you enter "your topic" and "forum", then there is perhaps something on your SEO side that should be improved?Its going to be even harder for us all now that Google seem to be down ranking forums.
I have the same problem because A Another forum, which has been around much longer than us, is based on the same idea, same subjects, same country etc.Always an interesting topic for sure. Most have been said by previous posters already and I agree with most of it. anhy123 I am in the same boat as I am working on a forum that hopefully will take-off one fine day. I've been administrating different forums since 2005. Many of them with a mixed success. What I've learned from it is, that if you want to be successful today, all factors that may lead to success, must be met. In the early days, this was not the case and even when things were less 'optimal', sites quickly gained traction.
My situation is pretty similar to yours, as there is already another forum which focuses on the same subject. I find it one of the biggest challenges on the way to grow your forum. Even though my forum is superior when it comes to tech. functionalities and design, people won't join from the other forum. I've learned also, that the folks from e.g. FB Groups won't join. So what can be done about it? I'm trying to make my community different from the competition (find your niche). E.g. different advertising and monetization strategy, different forum categories, different content, different profiles, etc..And of course all other factors must be observed as well. To name a few: Top Content, SEO, Newsletter, Design, Functionality & Usability, Atmosphere, and, and, and...Good luck! And don't give up too quickly.
One of the problems forums face is that there are two definitions of the word forum.
A forum such as this (a mesage board, bulletin board or community)
And a forum such as a formal meeting orgasised for experts to attend eg on health or transport in a big hotel.
the ones that do stay with us have been banned by the other forum anyway, so they've got nowhere else to go. That's kind of funny in itself, but not the best reason for them to join us, if I'm honest.
I've tried this with very mixed success. Some open minded Facebook people might join another network (your forum) if it provided an added value, e.g. better search, better structure). But many also just stay with FB because they just don't want to engage elsewhere.Sometimes joining facebook groups and then redirecting some of the group users to your forum can be one tactic.
Yes forums are up against so much competition these days.
Youtube - is much better for getting quick help on any topic
Blogs - every webhost pushes blogs
All of the above are competing for peoples time and attention online
Yes Forum is not really a good word for three reasonsTrue. That's way it's in many cases an idea to go beyond a forum and to offer other content too (if time allows it). E.g. Invision Community goes down this path and offers beside the forum app also other functionalities (cms, e-commerce, downloads, databases). It might not always work but this way it might be more attractive to some folks. Also, the word 'forum' has some antiquated touch. 'Community' might work better these days...
I should have explained that our members that were banned from somewhere else, were banned for mentioning other forums in PMs and also for objecting to each of their posts being moderated before being shown.It's definitely not, because you're getting all the rejects, to put it bluntly. People are banned for a reason Usually because they are a**holes, sorry but that's the way it is. I've seen many ex-members of my forum go on and create complete chaos and havoc elsewhere too. Also don't assume a strict moderation stance on the other forum is a weakness or problem - they might be doing things really well. PM me yours and their forum URLs if you like, I'll give you an honest opinion.
The web is getting competitive. You can't just install a new forum and a fancy theme, then hope-and-pray that members will come. Fake posts, forum promotion on forum directories, and post exchanges are low value strategies.Now most people have probably realized that a forum is very difficult to build up. Especially if you have under 100 members. Even if you have a 1,000 or more members it's probably difficult to get people to join. Especially if you're going against other already established forums that have tens of thousands of members. For all of you already have a successful forum or a forum that is "somewhat" successful: How did you get your forum from zero members to what it is now? Did you start off by creating tons of fake posts and accounts or did you hire forum posters? Maybe you exchanged posts with other forum owners or had your friends help you out. This is definitely a mystery to me that I haven't been able to figure out. So far every single forum I've tried starting up has been a complete failure.