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  1. #1
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    How to make visitors register?
    I've just finished a pokercommunity, where members can create their own profile, view profiles and add friends, upload photos and videos, write blogs etc...

    I've advertised some, but my budget for that is very low.

    I have users visiting daily, but no-one signs up... Probably because there is no other members tho...

    What should I do to make people register?

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    To your credit you didn't post a link in your profile, or in your post, but this is an affiliate marketing community, are you planning to use affiliate programs to make money with your site?

    Starting a community is never easy, do a search and you will get some hints and tips.
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    Consider creating multiple accounts yourself to get things started. Also, try having friends and family members sign up, or pay some people to. Another thing to consider is offering some kind of a bonus for people to sign up.

    If after having some members you still aren't getting signups there could be something wrong with your site design. Make sure that your site has a clean look and feel and is easy to navigate.

    Paid advertising in not the only way to advertise either, you should also work on building backlinks to achieve naturally good rankings in the SERPs. This method takes longer than ppc, but it is important for the long-term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    To your credit you didn't post a link in your profile, or in your post, but this is an affiliate marketing community, are you planning to use affiliate programs to make money with your site?

    Starting a community is never easy, do a search and you will get some hints and tips.
    It's stab5.com - and yes, im going to use affiliate programs, but mostly casino-related.

    I figured it wasnt the right forum to ask in, but I just assumed that someone probably knew stuff about this..

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    I'm also having the same problem of trying to start a community.

    It doesn't work when everyone is the first one to the party. They all peak in and then leave when they realize nobody else is there yet.

    My suggestion is to get as many friends and family members to join and be active on your site. This is harder than most people think so you might need to create some initial profiles and populate your site by having conversations with yourself. Write keyword rich headlines and posts so your writing serves to populate your community and open doors on the search engines.

    Also, be careful of running a poker site. If you are in the United States and plan to get commissions from poker affiliate programs, these affiliate commissions are considered illegal by the US government.

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    I took a look at your site. Nice design. Looks like it is targeting European customers which should keep you out of jail.

    I like the register graphic in the upper right hand column, but why should I register?

    Maybe have a call to action on top of the center column in big bold print that says "Join this Poker Community" (with link to registration page) and then a second line that says "Share information, tips, casino reviews, etc..."

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    It doesn't sound like you've got anything to entice users to post to your site. The features you've listed are a dime a dozen and you won't get any traction without providing some sort of useful content on your own.

    To address your question about registration, I would look into openID, Google Friend Connect or Facebook Connect. They all allow users to login to your site without registering. This is the way the internet is going now, so the sooner you adopt them the better. It'll reduce the barrier to entry and encourage users to post without giving you their email address.

    And to be perfectly honest, your design looks very busy. It's definitely best to reduce the number of colors in your layout to 4 or 5 max. Too many and it starts to look like a MySpace profile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snib
    It doesn't sound like you've got anything to entice users to post to your site. The features you've listed are a dime a dozen and you won't get any traction without providing some sort of useful content on your own.

    To address your question about registration, I would look into openID, Google Friend Connect or Facebook Connect. They all allow users to login to your site without registering. This is the way the internet is going now, so the sooner you adopt them the better. It'll reduce the barrier to entry and encourage users to post without giving you their email address.

    And to be perfectly honest, your design looks very busy. It's definitely best to reduce the number of colors in your layout to 4 or 5 max. Too many and it starts to look like a MySpace profile.

    - Scott
    I appreciate the feedback. And when it comes to the colors, I guess ur thinking about the poll's, menus etc on each side? Users can change the colors, between light - medium - dark, using the tool at the top of each "menu"

    And just to keep this thread related to this forum, do you have any tips for affiliateprograms than can be suitable for a website like this?

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    I actually think the layout and colors look great.

    But when I click Community, there is a Join Us Now, It's Free link. It goes right to the same exact page, have no idea how to join.

    Then with your Forum page. It says 23 categories but I don't see any, just see a Stab5 Poker Forum link. If it's one of those, you have to join to see the categories kind of deal, not the way to go when starting out. Not sure how you have it setup. Also, I see for Total Messages 0, Total Subjects 0. You have to break the ice. Get something up. And what's already been posted. Get some friends, family, coworkers, other webmasters to sign up and post, get it going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust
    I actually think the layout and colors look great.

    But when I click Community, there is a Join Us Now, It's Free link. It goes right to the same exact page, have no idea how to join.

    Then with your Forum page. It says 23 categories but I don't see any, just see a Stab5 Poker Forum link. If it's one of those, you have to join to see the categories kind of deal, not the way to go when starting out. Not sure how you have it setup. Also, I see for Total Messages 0, Total Subjects 0. You have to break the ice. Get something up.

    oh, thank you for informing me, worked yesterday.. Guess I'll have to check that out.

    And the forum is only visible for registered users, guess I should do something about that too

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    I have a forum myself and some people like to lurk, see what the forum is about first before signing up. Just like the forum here, you can take a look first, get a feel for the place before you sign up.

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    1.Sign up should be easy and allow people to put in as little or as much information as they feel comfortable in giving.
    2.Why not offer them some small incentive? Nothing with money but sign up and pick out the Avatar of you choice kind of thing?
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