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  1. dragon

    dragon Active Member Acorn Supporter

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    Hi all, trying to build up a forum - has anyone used them pay per post services that some companies offer? they post on your forum under different usernames to give the impression the site is very active etc.. apparently it really helps with registrations as you would expect..


    Matt
     
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  3. GreyWing

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    I think vbulletin has a mod that will do it by using a robot to auto post general stuff.

    Not used it personally but looked good.
     
  4. dragon

    dragon Active Member Acorn Supporter

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    Yeah vbulletin can be used with rss feeds or something i believe.. only thing is i am not using vbulletin.. using phpbb3! Will continue my search! ... :)
     
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    Used forum booster a few times. Have run and do run some massive forums that you may have been on ;)

    Have been laughing a little inside with the number of problems AD has had recently, especially with such a few active users. But I don't normally say anything.

    ADMIN, if you need any help / advice do shout, but they may have all be things out of your control and actually issues with the host. However, I guess you would have moved by now if that was the case and could be why the domain was actively refusing connections yesterday? :)
     
  6. dragon

    dragon Active Member Acorn Supporter

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    cheers itrends will have a looksy :)
     
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    try namepros and offer 10np for every member sign up plus e.g. 5 posts
     
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    I used a pay per post at the beginning for a forum, first 1000 posts by at least 6 users, the people I used no longer do it but it certainly helped - the forum now has 160,000 posts and over 2500 active members so it certainly gave me traction at the beginning and allowed real members to integrate without feeling too lonely.
     
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    It's not funny :rolleyes:

    Yes I moved to a new server / hosting company that is supposed to be optimised for vBulletin, but now they tell me some script or VB plug-in I am running caused Apache to crash yesterday but no details yet.

    Still researching...
     
  10. dragon

    dragon Active Member Acorn Supporter

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    Cheers Takwa namepros is a forum is that who you meant?, and ScottJ inspiring :)
     
  11. itrends

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    If you can pm me a list of the plugins you are running I can see if there is anything obvious. It may even be something stupid like a plugin that has set up a 'manual' cron job that then loops out.


    WHOOPS // Off topic for this thread.

    Regarding getting the forum started. The cheap way is to open a couple of browsers and have conversations with yourself under different accounts.

    In fact, rather than re-write it, someone published some of my advice over here:
    http://performancing.com/forum/forum-tips-community

    ;)

    Don't share it too much though ;)

    David
     
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  12. dragon

    dragon Active Member Acorn Supporter

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    forumbooster.net were outstandingly poor :( quality of posts and relevancy was pretty crap.. emailed them FOUR times to get a "This email address is no longer operational" reply - so submitted a support ticket still no response - better off spending money elsewhere.
     
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    I used ForumBooster on the strength of this thread and found them to be qute good.

    10 posts for a couple of quid just to test the water worked wonders.
     
  14. itrends

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    You used the right forum booster right?

    Generally if you log into your control panel and contact them they are pretty good at sorting issues out. Don't forget they are in a diff time zone so can take 24 hours for a reply.

    I tend to use it more for building some content for the search engines so that real people start finding the site.

    I always make my own posts and conversations too.

    And I think for $20 / £10 it is well worth the money. Like I say, have used them a number of times and have been happy each time. Perhaps you have an exceptional subject matter which caused them some issues?

    The other option is to head to someone like digital point and pay people a couple of $ each for 10 - 20 posts or so.

    Perhaps you should just stick with my earlier advice of "The cheap way is to open a couple of browsers and have conversations with yourself under different accounts."

    Sorry you didn't get what you expected for the little money :( I can only speak from my own experience.
     
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    dragon Active Member Acorn Supporter

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    No response for a week or more after filling in their control panel contact form 2-3 times.

    Yeah i think it could of been the subject matter to be honest.. 90% of their posts were completely random and in the general section!
     
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    yep thats the site i used.. disappointed really. one user even replied 'i got paid to post here' upon asking how they got to the site etc.. creative or what. lol
     
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    Wow!

    Maybe they have had an influx of customers and new posters of late. Could have caused the quality to slide?
     
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    I gave up on a forum, decided it was too much work and also you need a startup cost, I will stick to minipages.

    On the namepros forum you can pay members as little as 10cents each to sign up and post on your new forum, they'll do anything for peanuts there.
     
  20. dragon

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    Lol reminds me of dumbo :D anything for peanuts .. cheers for the tip!
     
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    I used Paid Forum Posting, Special Sale!

    They were good, with long, informative posts and I'll definately used them again. Prior to that I used inb0x.com which were ok.
     
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