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Promoting Your Forum


The essential ingredient to a forum is getting people to visit.(Getting hits/traffic/visitors/pageviews etc) This FAQ has many useful ways in which to increase the number of visitors to your site.

1. Search Engine Submissions
People need to find your forum and so you need promote your forum with search engines.

There are tonnes of search engines. The most popular and famous being ]Google and ]Yahoo. However rather than sign up to each one individually there are several providers who will in one sign up, submit your forum details to many search engines.

These are:
]Add-Url-Free - Submits to 50 search engines/spiders & webcrawlers for Free.
]SubmitExpress - Submits to 40 Top search engines for Free.
]AddMe - Submits to 14 search engines for Free but Requires AddMe Return Link.
]AddPro - Submits to 20+ search engines for Free.

It is important when you signup to these that you use good keywords that are relevant and likely to be searched for by people. Runboard allows you to have these in your pages which is important for Search engines like google which index all the words on your pages.
Add/Edit keywords via Control Panel > Manage > Edit Keywords/Description

So for example if your forum is about Star Wars some good keywords would be
Stars Wars, Jedi, The Force, Luke, Skywalker, Darth, Vader, LightSaber, George Lucas, Episode I, Episode II.

2. Link To Your Forum In Your Sig
Alot of people may find your board by accident by including a link in your sig.
You can do this on Runboard aswell as any other forums that you visit (providing it is allowed)

Note: On Runboard forums use of Html is disallowed in sigs so you have to do it in BB code like this.
[url=[sign in to see URL]]Runboard Support Forums[/url]

You can also use a image which when click will goto your forums.
For Runboard forums an image in the signature is done in BB code like this.
[url=[sign in to see URL]][img][sign in to see URL][/img][/url]

NOTE: Runboard does not provide image hosting. You will have to find a ]3rd party provider.

3. Promotion In Dedicated Advertisement Forums
Some boards have a specific forum to SPAM (synically advertise) your forum in the hope of attracting visitors.

]The Runboard Directory (Official)


4. Topsite Lists
These are a very good way to attract traffic to your site. You add your link to the list. Place the button on your website which visitors click to Vote for your vote. The more clicks the higher you get in the list. The higher in the list the more likely people will visit you. You can join exisiting ones or even create your own.
See 3rd party sites which provides Top Sites lists such as
[sign in to see URL]

5. Affiliate
A good way for new sites to get some traffic is to affiliate with other websites/boards which have a similar subject. The way affiliation works in that you put a link/banner to their site on your board and request that they put one back to yours.

Where can you find affiliates?
Try a google search using similar keywords as your site, see what sites are found. Those are the sites you may want to target for affiliation. Or you could find other Runboards to affiliate with via ]RunSearch

6. RunSearch
All Runboards can be found in the ][sign in to see URL] search engine/directory of runboard message boards. New boards are added on a regular basis. But if you can't wait you can always ]submit it to runsearch

7. Join a Web-Ring
Web-Rings combine the Topsite List with the Affiliate concept which allows both you and others to benefit from the promotional efforts of the whole group. By placing a small bit of code on your site you provide a direct gateway to all the other boards in your ring allowing others to find each other (and your own board) quickly and easily.

]The Runboard Web-Ring is a new, ongoing project designed to help promote all public and family friendly message boards within the Runboard community.

Note: Items 1-6 were originally posted by Smackdown5 in 2003. The links have been updated and the final item are the only bits I can take the credit (or blame) for...

Last edited by Pastor Rick, 6/20/2010, 1:13 pm


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Re: Promoting Your Forum


Other multiple search engine submitters

[sign in to see URL]
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Useful tool
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Last edited by Smackdown5, 10/25/2005, 6:41 pm


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Re: Promoting Your Forum


Also from smackdown5:

"I just thought I'd inform you guys of a search engine for message boards only. I came across it a while ago and submitted my board, but when updating ][sign in to see URL] today it reminded me to tell someone about it, lol

[sign in to see URL]

You may find that you can get some traffic from it.

Its already indexed a few of my new boards topics and my private stats are showing me a few people coming in.

I hope to see some runboards listed soon. I might tell Thor and see if he can bulk submit all runboards. That would generate loads of traffic for everyone i reckon"



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