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What about slow activity times on your forum?



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What about slow activity times on your forum?

How do you increase activity during times when people are offline, such as holidays or summer time? What activities can draw members back into the forum to post?

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angie828

Contest are a great way to do this. Have a neat prize for the person that posts the most during this time.




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Carson

Christmas and summer time is a slow time on my forum where I am admin. We have special events during those times to keep members on the board posting.




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tangee

Have staff post more if they can or offer a contest to promote more posts.




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tionna

Ask your family if they would like to post at slow times.




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ralph101

Contests are a wonderful way to keep post count up during slow times.




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karoshio

In the past I have done things such as hiring posters to keep things active for the other members so it doesn't feel less active as well as contests with cash and other kinds of prizes that anyone can enjoy.

I think what you will need to do in this kind of situation will always be based on your niche, certain ones will only be active in certain parts of the year and others will become active/not active for different reasons at different times of the years.

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Karoshio




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Kat1

My friend had a forum a few years ago and in the summer it became inactive, so he asked me to post on it for a few weeks just to keep it going through the slow parts.




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Beverly

In the past I have done things such as hiring posters to keep things active for the other members so it doesn't feel less active as well as contests with cash and other kinds of prizes that anyone can enjoy.

I think what you will need to do in this kind of situation will always be based on your niche, certain ones will only be active in certain parts of the year and others will become active/not active for different reasons at different times of the years.

Regards,
Karoshio


This is always a good idea as new content on a forum is likely to inspire long time forum members to return to post




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twilight

Ask family to do it for you. Even if they can only post a few a day it is better than nothing.




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Beverly

Ask family to do it for you. Even if they can only post a few a day it is better than nothing.


That will be a good idea. One of my best friends helped me post on my forum when it was just opened and for the first two years. Now she has a successful blog and drops by on occasion. I still value her input into the forum as many of her original threads are still up and getting comments.




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Miken34

If there is a slow period I would encourage staff and the admin to post more in this period.




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Beverly

If there is a slow period I would encourage staff and the admin to post more in this period.

This is a good idea, as a big cause of forum member inactivity can be related to inactive forum staff who never post on the site. If site staff can't be bothered to post on the site, members might figure why should they.




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Violet

Ask for contributions to your tutorial section and allow link backs to other reputable sites. This will attract writers to your forum.




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Corzhens

When the community becomes inert, just let it be. Forcing yourself to post will only be in vain since most members are off line due to the holidays. In one local forum here, the admin and moderators take a vacation during the Holy Week, that's a 4-day weekend for a religious observation. They don't mind the lull. But on the following Monday, a beehive is expected.




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