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April 1st, 2008, 07:22 PM #1
I need serious advice quick
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- March 13th, 2008
I need advice quick because I just hired a programmer to do this for me and I now dont know if I want it done.
My niche site has a messageboard that is mostly dead.
People come in, look around, and leave. Unfortunatlely Im not an expert at the niche so I could never create a party environment in the forum, thats why its dead.
I've hired lots of forum posters and have thousands of threads, but theres no traction there.
So Im thinking of making a Q&A section to my site. Just like Yahoo Answers.
People will ask a question and others will answer.
People who give good answers will earn points and then can win prizes.
However, I do already have a forum. Dead as it is, it is there.
So my questions are:
1. Is it reduntant to have an Answers section when I already have a forum?
Or can you see a difference?
2. Would I be better off with an "Ask the Experts" area than an open Q&A area where anyone can ask and answer?
Its hard for me to be judgemental since its my site.
But im looking for some changes to breathe life into the site.
And I want a way for people to earn prizes.
thanks for any advice
April 1st, 2008, 07:25 PM #2Ineed advice quick because I just hired a programmer and dont know what I want him to program.
April 1st, 2008, 07:31 PM #3
Originally Posted by Haiko de Poel, Jr.
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I tend to be a frantic person, and this site is important to me, so thats why I'm taking it very seriously.
I need a reason for people to come and tell their friends.
April 1st, 2008, 07:38 PM #4Originally Posted by marc100
April 1st, 2008, 08:15 PM #5
If you gauge your forum's activity by comparing it to ABW, you'll be very disappointed. I can't get people to post on my forum either and I know my niche well. *sigh* It's very frustrating but I stay with it because I can't bear to give up. LOL
I wish I had advice on how to liven up your visitors. - All I can offer at this point is commiseration. Maybe a Q&A section will work for you. Try it.
If you find a way to get people to post, please come back and tell us.Peace,
Loving Everyone's Child Creates Magic
April 1st, 2008, 08:19 PM #6
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You have to figure out that reason yourself - take a step back, think about sites YOU visit, and identify what you like. Creating a new Q&A site doesn't guarantee success (after all, why wouldn't they continue to use Yahoo Answers?). I know this well as it's something I tried with one of my sites...
Getting a buzz-worthy level of forum/messageboard participation is challenging - look at this forum, 42,000 members, how many are active? Take Amazon.. millions of visitors, how many reviews?
Me, I have sites that draw 1000/day.. I'm lucky if I see 1 review per day. What did I learn from this..? My visitors are coming to read, not participate.
There's nothing to say you won't achieve your goal - you're motivated, and have ideas of rewarding your visitors. That's all good.
The only deadline you have is (presumably) self-imposed. Remember that a programmer ONLY looks for direction - the more you stray, the more it will cost you.
Added: Not sure how you hired a programmer, but I use rentacoder.com for development tasks, and ONLY when I have a very clear idea of what I want. It's open bidding, and very cost efficient.
April 1st, 2008, 08:58 PM #7
"Unfortunatlely Im not an expert at the niche "
If you don't love what you do, it will be terribly difficult to be successful. Ask some successful business folks and the common thread will be that they love what they do, and believe in their business.
My advice is pick a niche you love, and become an expert.
April 1st, 2008, 09:55 PM #8
Yeah you need to tuck and run imo either that or find an expert to manage the site for you.
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