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WishList Insider – Forum Focus 458

Most new membership sites share a common goal.

They want to attract as many new members as possible.

More members means more people consuming the content and gaining value from it. This can lead to positive word of mouth from satisfied customers and more potential members registering.

The majority of membership sites are looking to increase their numbers so additional methods to attract sign ups get put into play.

Maybe a webinar series or email campaign to promote the site.

Whatever the case may be, the ideal situation is a steady stream of members joining the ranks.

The next question becomes very important.

How do you keep those members?

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Should I Keep My Forum Up If No One Uses It?

Should my membership site include a forum?

I think a lot of us ask ourselves this very question. Is it really worth it? You may even have a forum up and running already. If you do, good for you.

That is a step that some have not taken.

You may think creating and managing a member forum is a bit too much hassle to even attempt. Or maybe there is a better option for you and your members. The truth is – you might be right.

Let me explain.

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Things To Talk About Besides Yourself

Most people wouldn’t go to a party and proceed to talk non-stop about their business or ways to make money.

Yet, put those same people on Twitter, Facebook, or any online site and they do nothing but post about themselves or purchase links to their products.

If you don’t want to bore and drive people away with your updates, or if you’re in a rut and want to be more conversational online, you’ll want to check this out.

We’ve got some talking points that your members will find interesting and valuable.

Come join the party!

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Members Are Not Just Numbers

Walk into any DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) or government building and we best be prepared to wait.

“Next… next… next…”

This is what we will hear – and usually with an extended wait between each additional “Next”.

We sit there and wait… then wait some more as we begin to get that feeling. You know the one. That sense of just being another face in the crowd.

Are you treating your members like this? Do they feel like “just a number”?

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Don’t Be Scared to Leave a Comment

How many people reading this article are “scared” to leave comments?

You find yourself agreeing (or disagreeing) with the thoughts and opinions being expressed in an article, yet you are concerned with how your comments might be viewed by others if you were to break your silence.

So instead of clicking the “submit” button on the comments section, you keep your thoughts to yourself.

Now think of it this way… what can you do to make these members (perhaps yourself included) more comfortable?

Comfortable enough to come out of their shell and leave a comment.

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Get The Most Out Of Meet-Ups And Events

Okay, so I have attended my fair share of events in the past. But, as I was sitting at my desk and deciding what to write, the thought hit me…

How many Insiders may have never attended an event?

If you have never gone to a meet-up event or conference then you likely do not know what to expect. Believe me when I say that it’s about more than just the actual conference or speakers.

Your membership site can be improved greatly after participating in the right event.

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Sometimes I Have Trouble Talking To People

What if you’re not a “People Person”.

How can you run a community if you don’t like talking to people?

You may be the most friendly and approachable person around, but everyone can have “one of those days” that rolls around when you’re just not feeling up to it.

What do you do then?

These are pretty important questions and might seem like substantial roadblocks for a membership site. But they actually don’t have to be.

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What Can We Learn From Lego?

I’m still a bit of a kid at heart. Shocking, right?

This became even more evident over the last 6 months or so when I got into a new hobby (and when I say “got into” what I mean to say is; “became obsessed with”) 🙂

Collecting and interacting with other Lego enthusiasts has become an enjoyable pass-time for me and while the little plastic building toys are certainly fun on their own, it was the community surrounding them that really hooked me.

So what exactly caused me to spend my evenings and weekends visiting related blogs and digging around for anything I could find on the subject of Lego?

Let’s just say the Lego team knows how to cultivate community around their tried and tested product.

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How Much Is TOO Much?

If you are anything like me, you want to share. Well, with your really close friends at least 🙂

I love talking to my friends about daily events and there really isn’t too much that I consider “off limits” when sharing with those close to me.

Things have changed a tad from just a few years back. Thanks to texting, Instant Messaging, and the ability to quickly post an opinion or comment just about anywhere. We’re now faced with the possibly sharing TOO much.

“Hey, I just had a cup of coffee while writing this very line for this article.”

Oh wait, was that too much?

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What? No Comments?

There is not much worse for the ego than if you work hard on an article and then no one leaves comments after it’s posted.

You just don’t get it.

You put your heart into that writing. You gave all you had to creating that information.

You researched. You listed. You even added a few great jokes. I mean really… who could resist that? 🙂

Well, I get it. I really get it.

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