It is possible to launch a forum and be a hit!

DaveL

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Well it happened! Weve got a few new members, but things didnt go manic like I thought they might.

Saying that, its still early days. Will have a better idea of the impact tomorrow when I wake up. That way may other countries would have had a better chance of seeing it.
 

cheat_master30

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Oh wow! They actually promoted your forum on their official Facebook page?

That's pretty cool I must say.
 

DaveL

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We hit out first big milestone yesterday!

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100,000 posts!
 

DaveL

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First congratulations. It is good to see your forum started well off.
Second, though, I believe a forum needs to be up and active for a longer time to consider it a real hit.
And here we are, celebrating out 5th anniversary!

There's truth in the saying, don't create a forum just because you want one. Create a forum around something you love and it will last.
 

Rosey Lumina

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The last sentence is so true. You've got to be dedicated yourself and put out good content and care into your forum, too, not just expect users to post on a site you barely care about.
 

DaveL

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Well it's only taken 6 years, but finally got big board status on TAZ!
 

Sockio

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Well it's only taken 6 years, but finally got big board status on TAZ!
Congratulations man, this is actually pretty inspiring! I hope your site continues to grow greatly! Please do keep updating your thread - I'd love to see any future updates.
 

newlooksales

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I started a forum on a whim the other day and it turned out to be a hit!

Just over a week in and already have 72 members making 485 posts in 68 threads.

Just goes to show that if you get the niche right, it is possible to start a successful forum!

http://www.AirportCityGame.com
01.
Figure out what your specific niche will be.
Since this will be your forum, it is best to pick something in which you are interested and knowledgeable. Since there are already so many forums out there, it is best to have a defined niche. Something well-defined will help your forum get noticed by the search engines and also help attract your audience. You do not want something too general or too common in forums. You can always add a "general chit chat" area for any off topic business.

02.
Choose a forum script.
There are many different forum scripts available. It is best to start with a free forum script. Make sure that it is able to move information to another forum script should you want to change later. A good free script that does allow you to transfer your information is phpBB. This is the script that many web hosts offer as part of their packages as well. When you want to change to a paid forum script, vBulletin is a good one and it comes with a migration tool for phpBB, which will allow you to easily transfer all your forum information without losing anything.

03.
Find a good forum hosting program.
You can choose to set up your own message board using software if you have experience with web development. If not, you will have to have a host. You will need a good host that does not have many problems or downtime.

04.
Start creating your forum or discussion areas.
You will want to start off with about 5 to 10 forums. They should all be related to the main topic of your board. You do not want to over categorize your forum as it many confuse and put off users.

05.
Advertise your forum to get users.
Once your forum is up and running, you will need to have users to make your community. If you have friends that are online and have similar interests, you can e-mail or instant message them to let them know you have started a new forum. If you have your own website or blog, you can make a post to announce the grand opening of your forum to your readers. If you are already active in other forums, you can add a link to your forum in your signature. Search online for other forums that are related to your niche. Start contributing to discussions there and add a link to your signature.

06.
Make posts to your forum.
As the originator, you should be making posts all the time. Respond to posts by your members and start topics that will provoke conversations among the members. If you have members that are active in your community, you can have them be moderators so that they will be encouraged to stick around and post more.
 

hellasteph

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newlooksales Has some really great points. I highly recommend reading the above post for a very accurate outline of what you should expect when starting your forum.

Good luck, OP!
 

cheat_master30

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Looks good here too, at least for the most part. Sometimes seems like the yellow forums link falls behind the new posts one occasionally though.

Also, kudos for the active site. Not common to see forums doing this well nowadays, even less to see things like 'last post, 2 minutes ago'.
 

DaveL

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Thank you :)
Always like to update this thread every now and then as shows my journey!
 

getscent

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Just read through the thread. Congratulations on the success so far!

It's inspired me to keep going with mine!

Mike.
 

DaveL

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Thank you getscent
Just hit over 450K posts. Active member count is also really picking up.

Just added a wiki in which myself and a few other members have spent the last 4 weeks populating. Be interesting to see the difference that makes.
 

DaveL

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I love reading back this thread, seeing the journey my site has taken over the last 8 years! Like my very own time capsule thread!
 
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