Evan wrote:Interesting idea Don. In my weekly newsletter I show the most recent forum posts and on the side of every page on the website (not the forums) I also show the most recent entries.
The Newsletter update is great for people _already_ signed up to the forums. The Blog would be a teaser for those who are unaware of it entirely.
Evan wrote:How often would you see the blog being updated?
I would say no more frequently than once a week. It would be more an an ad than an interactive forum. Although, that can change.
Evan wrote:Any other ideas out there on a blog or ways to show the most popular topics?
If you really want a big Internet Presence, this is what I have learned works very well:
4/ Press Release
5/ Ads posted on free & paid classified websites
7/ website submission to search engines
You will notice that only 1 out of the 7 requires human contact. The other 6 will begin to create a presence and if the right keywords are used, then people doing searches for those keywords will find many references to this site. Networking helps build your 'real world presence'.
I haven't done any aggressive marketing of my site yet the hits just keep on increasing on a monthly basis. I'm on track to be making 20,000 hits (probably more) this year. Not bad for not spending a dime on advertising and being fairly casual about what I do with the site.
That's what I have learned thus far online. The more I learn, the more hits grow.