Recently I was mingled with completing basic creative content for my forum (relevant with my book). I have created Writer's PlayBook here: playbook.proboards.com
At the past I have been asking questions relevant with being ready to market my place in terms of content, I agreed I was back in terms of content but recently I realized that it's more important to have good correlation with other forums and other people!
Do Affiliates quest greater mass of content than what Writer's PlayBook already displays?
What's your opinion in terms of my minimum prerequisite of content (in English)? Is it enough for now?
I have enrolled in 2 Forums in terms of seeking Affiliates. Isn't it logical to assume that it's not just quantity (meaning, content) but the will to find people to grow from square one?
What are the prerequisites of getting the Affiliate buttons? I see all Affiliates are being displayed via buttons, somewhere at the bottom of the websites. How am I supposed to produce them?
What are the steps at successful Affiliate Exchange?
Post by :~:Sarapha:~: on Feb 13, 2020 9:56:59 GMT -8
This is an exciting review, because not many people ask such direct questions. I will answer best I can with the years of experience that I have.
So, to answer the question about Affiliations, I have to say that in all of the years that I’ve had my board, I cannot recall a single instance where a member has joined due to an affiliation button. At this point, I think it is more a routine thing than it is beneficial. Covering all bases, so to speak. It does ensure that at least one person from another forum is looking at yours, but it is generally only the staff that inspects to see if their button is on your site, and the chances of them joining is pretty low.
Thread Advertisements generally have a smaller, but existing success rate, you may have success there. That is where you create a post describing your site; what niche it fits, and what you offer that may be different than another forum like yours, and you post it in the Advertising section of other forums. Make sure that you have a board that is guest friendly that they can return the favor and post their ad to yours, too.
SECONDARY ADD ON: I found the advertisement in the Welcome section. So I think that the general idea is good, but there are a lot of very long sentences that don’t truly offer much insight into what the goal of the site is. From what I can gather, it either looks like a place where you just discuss your favorite fandoms, or you submit creative writing samples… Or, you are doing something completely different. I feel like you’re trying to establish a creative writing forum, but the content of the boards also confuses that aspect because there are just so many boards posted both seemingly with writing prompt ideas and also with general discussion indicators, it’s hard to tell what is truly going on. I think you need to find one specific thing that you are attempting to do with your forum; is it for creative writing, or is it for fandom discussions? Pick one of the two and make that the MAIN thing the forum is about. That should be what the bulk of the boards showcase. Then, take the secondary thing and make a category for it, but condense it down to only a few boards within. From where I stand right now, it looks like the whole thing is stretched very thin between potentially 4 main themes, which won’t do well to drawing people in.
So now, to the fun part! Reviewing the board itself.
In my first impression, I can’t say that anything stands out to me. All of the boards are the same color, there’s nothing to really break it up, and I can’t exactly tell you what the site is about from just a glance over. The description of the “Welcome” board kind of makes that worse, because it talks about news relevant to the Forum, but there’s not really anything yet to say what, if anything, is relevant to the forum.
I can see that every board seems to have an English version and a Greek Version. I’m confused as to why this is. With only 5 members, I can’t see any reason to split everything into different languages. Scrolling through the boards, I can’t see any activity in the Greek boards that might warrant the split. Do you already have Greek members that require the translations?
Scrolling through, I really like the attention to detail that you have in the board descriptions, but I do also feel like many of these would fit better as sub-boards, rather than boards on their own with other boards inside of them.
The main thing that any forum needs is a rules thread, detailing what is and is not allowed on the forum, and what is expected of members as far as their conduct and activity. I haven’t found anything like that in any of the boards.
As I examine the content of the boards, the overall theme of the forum becomes more lost to me. You’ve posted some very beautiful work, but if I were a member, I would be unsure if these boards are a place where I could post my own writings, or whether I should just comment on yours. If I were able to post my own writings, what limitations and themes should it have, and do others also reply with critiques?
All in all, I can see that there is a lot of potential, and your writing is very good. I just don't see the direction that this forum is going, or what it offers potential members aside from reading what you have written.
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It seems that I took advantage of your advice and decided to fix it!
Writer's PlayBook now has a butterfly theme and looks understandable to the masses, or not? Here it is: playbook.proboards.com/ Plus the social media icon has lots of butterflies.
But this is not the case, right?
I decided to do it Creative Writing and kept a special place in its heart entitled Fan Clubs. Should the one category be greater than the other or not? It still IS, creative writing even though the rules are not cleared up, yet. The first section has to do more with writing prompts and envisioning whereas the third section is where the work takes place.
What do you think of it? Which do you believe IS, the case?