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Running a competition

Started by gamesmad, July 29, 2006, 11:43:18 AM

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gamesmad

Ive found that running a competition is a great way to get a forum popular and active.  For example, first person to 500 posts wins this free forum themed gift.  If the admin gets to 800 posts first, then noone wins.  It encourages people to post, and post fast, meaning that your forum gets a big post base to start with :)

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gamesmad

I included a rule against such posts in my forum agreement.

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peterstannard

Quote from: gamesmad on July 29, 2006, 11:43:18 AM
Ive found that running a competition is a great way to get a forum popular and active.  For example, first person to 500 posts wins this free forum themed gift.  If the admin gets to 800 posts first, then noone wins.  It encourages people to post, and post fast, meaning that your forum gets a big post base to start with :)

Will

Not exactly ethical eh  ::)

1MileCrash

That's what i like to call buying members.
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SaikoJosh

I've seen this pulled off very successfully, if you have the funds to advertise your existence and the motivation to keep slogging away at promoting your site it can work. Although it's a lot easier for a competition to fail than it is for it to work.

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Isaac

Quote from: Tippmaster on July 29, 2006, 06:18:16 PM
That's what i like to call buying members.
Not at all.  Contests can be a great way to get new members, and quality posts.  :)

TheGamer

For instance, right now we're having a contest at my forum, but it's for the person who submits the most articles. :)

I think contests can be great, if presented correctly.

Joshsux

Quote from: Tippmaster on July 29, 2006, 06:18:16 PM
That's what i like to call buying members.

Hey people buy pro's why can't people buy members

I may do a comp soon, but with a game silent hill 4.
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gamesmad

Quote from: jcoleuk on July 29, 2006, 08:49:32 PM
I've seen this pulled off very successfully, if you have the funds to advertise your existence and the motivation to keep slogging away at promoting your site it can work. Although it's a lot easier for a competition to fail than it is for it to work.

Hah, SHMUP'd :D

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Alan S

Em i just  spread the word about my ( now closed until sep ) site over msn to my friends , they join and tell there friends , who tell there friends etc....it works aswell
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Rubyforlife

I tried this a few days ago, I announced the competition and got quite a few people posting more than usual, but it's died down again after about a day :( I'm gonna check this TAZ that I've seen some of you guys talk about though ;)

SaikoJosh

Quotetried this a few days ago, I announced the competition and got quite a few people posting more than usual, but it's died down again after about a day

You need to be advertising that you have a competition on other websites, or via Google Ads to gain new members. Fresh blood is the key to keeping a community alive. :)

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