How to make forum popular ?

Faust

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None of the photography forums has resources, which my forum can provide. Means, PS actions, brushes etc. And yes personally I am photographer :)
 

sbjsbj

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Okay, that is a good start. If you can provide stuff to download, this is a reason to use your site. Of course you need them uploaded asap, so Google can crawl it and you can get some visitors.
 

Nev_Dull

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There's nothing you can do to make your new forum popular. That's something that comes from the people who visit the site. However, there are things you can do to make your forum more successful (which is what I think you meant).

Others have offered some good advise in this thread. Here are a few other things to consider:

Identify your audience.
Who is the forum for? I know it's a photography forum, but that is a very broad category. Take some time to refine it and determine exactly who it is you want to reach. A good place to start is to look at yourself and where you fit in the area of photography. Then think about being in a room full of people who have similar interests. Who are they and what are they like?

Identify your niche.
Again, photography is a very broad and general category. You need to carve out a small corner that is uniquely yours. sbjsbj brings up a good point. There are many photography forums that have died because they can't compete with instagram or flickr, etc.
If all you want is a forum that lets people post their photos, you probably will struggle, not only with getting members, but also with rising bandwidth costs. On the other hand, a forum which focuses on some specific aspect of photography or a specific type of photography, providing useful, in-depth discussion, could be very successful in attracting those who share that interest.

Make a plan and stick to it.
Once you have your audience and your niche determined, make a plan for the forum to deliver serve that audience. Organize your forum with that specific niche mind and avoid grabbing for the common, low-hanging fruit by adding forum features and topic areas that don't serve your primary audience. Most importantly, stick with it. Forums take time to develop to the point where they are interesting to others. Expect slow growth, and plan to be the only poster for at least 6 months. When you start to get discouraged (which will happen) take a look at your forum's views and remind yourself that many of those viewers can be members. They are just waiting for the right topic or the right amount of content to push them into joining.
 

Faust

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I have uploaded, but vbulletin cms is not that sofisticate as xenforo. I like resources addon.
 

Faust

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That's very useful. Probably I will choose a category of photography, and I'll stick to it, but then forum will be very small made.
 

Joel R

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I might be the only person to give you this advice, but don't worry about trying to chase after popularity.

You really shouldn't chase after engagement for the sake of engagement. It incentivizes you to chase after activity for all of the wrong reasons.

Instead, focus on what makes your website unique, compelling, educational, enlightening, thoughtful, or valuable. Members will come if you provide the content and value.

Good luck with your project!
 

DigNap15

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It seems to me that there are already many photography forums and sites.
What will yours offer that the others do not?
 
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