Some forum promotion tips/hints/links/ideas: Tips n' Tricks Here are some tips and tricks for helping you with forum promotion:

1. Create new users yourself.

Right, you've set up your forums, made some posts, made a skin. But there is one thing missing members. Sometimes a forum needs a kick start to get it going, creating a double identity can help. You register yourself several times under different usernames, and then you post under each username. Also don’t forget to post under the admin username as well a guest likes to see an active admin. To a guest, it seems as if there is a small community going so they have a reason for joining.

2. Submit to search engines

Simple! Use a free submission service like Addme

3. Submit to forum directories

See the links section try to find directories with a high PR to help your PR.

4. Make your forum stand out

Try to find a good skin to fit your forum to make it stand out from the rest and so the forum does not look like a 'stock board', make your logo stand out and unique. If in doubt find some help on the many webmaster forums. Also find some smiles, remember, everyone likes smiles

5. Get a domain name

It will make your forums look more professional and also boost your traffic. 1and1.co.uk offer cheap domain names (starting at 2 quid a year for a .co.uk)

6. Links

Try to find link exchanges and set up a links page. More links = Higher PR = more members/traffic!

7. Join a post exchange

Read about post exchanges at http://www.webmaster-forums.co.uk
Directories
1. http://www.forumshowcase.com/
2. http://www.forumzilla.com/
3. http://www.forum-search.com/
4. http://www.forum-search.com/
5. http://www.boardreader.com/

Forum Skinning Help/Free skins
1. http://www.ipbhelpers.com
2. http://www.invisionize.com/
3. http://www.invisionskins.com/
4. http://www.nbsdesignz.com/
5. http://www.ipb-graphics.com/

More Info
1. http://www.theadminzone.com
2. http://www.webmaster-talk.com
3. http://www.theforumzone.com

More links will be added later

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