Current status of the Ning Platform is always available on the Ning Status Blog.

Forum

NC for Hire

How are YOU driving traffic to your community from outside of the community?

This is a question that many community managers ask me.  And although there are hundreds of ways to do this, there are also many ways to get sucked into reoccurring payments for services that claim to do it for you.  Today, I am going to tell you about a service which is free and if you are a student (with a student email), it will cost you only $5 per month to upgrade - if used the right way, it could be the best $5 you spend every month for your network.  Enter  elink.io.

Think of it like this.  Your community (if it is carefully moderated and maintained) should have discussions and other content based around categories.  Humans do not like to hunt hunt hunt for a topic and respond better to visual cues.  Elink.io allows you to create a single link with an infinite number of related links inside.  You create a new link> choose a template > add your relevant links, each having their own image which represents the topic.  You can think of yourself as a curator of the best discussions added by your members.

In this "Collection of Collections" which i have embedded inside a page on my mobile 2.0 you'll see you can get a lot of traffic by simply making your link collections neat and by having attractive titles for your audience.  If you have a dedicated Facebook page or group, Twitter account or similar, consider sharing the links there for followers, driving them back to your site regularly.  elink.io gives you a dashboard for tracking the views.

A few tips and tricks:

Choose a template which has an (*) next to the name as these are both newsletter friendly and mobile friendly

Use it for leaderboards or hot topics and then simply copy the newsletter code for any of your links and embed it into mobile broadcast for simple digests.

Consider adding links such as those which are based on content which has been tagged for greater coverage of a topic...

Yes you can actually embed the elink inside pages of your mobile version in 2.0 as I have done here 

So now I ask you:  How are YOU driving traffic to your community from outside of the community?  Feel free to ask me anything.

You need to be a member of Ning Creators Network to add comments!

Join Ning Creators Network

Email me when people reply –

Replies

  • NC for Hire

    Additional Trick for elink.io:

    Every Link collection that you create can then be rolled together into a collection of collections.  That collection can then be embedded into your site sidebar with ease.  All you have to do is change the width of the embed from '600' to '100%'  and it will work on both 2.0 and 3.0 Ning networks. 

    Inside elink.io dashboard:

    Embedded in a 2.0 sidebar

This reply was deleted.

Search the Creators Network

Latest Activity

⚡JFarrow⌁ replied to Bizz ( John )'s discussion My New Events Notification Messages
"Wow... really nice!"
2 hours ago
Kevin Acosta replied to Yana Ning Support's discussion CAPTCHA - NO BOTS AND SPAMMY CONTENT
"Please explain the correct pathway for Ning 2.0 - - as you can see from the image below there is no…"
3 hours ago
Traddie replied to Yana Ning Support's discussion CAPTCHA - NO BOTS AND SPAMMY CONTENT
"Hi. I added the @yopmail.com   address this morning, and this afternoon I still had a few get throu…"
4 hours ago
Constantine is now a member of Ning Creators Network
10 hours ago
Kyryl_Ning_Support replied to Yana Ning Support's discussion CAPTCHA - NO BOTS AND SPAMMY CONTENT
"Hi Philip,
We have replied to you in private message, as the reply contain some personal informatio…"
12 hours ago
Kyryl_Ning_Support replied to Hugh's discussion Support Tickets Closed Even if Error not Fixed
"Hi Hugh,
We do apologise for the inconveniences, the system could close your ticket automatically.…"
12 hours ago
Kyryl_Ning_Support replied to Maureen Jansen's discussion Message group members
"Hi there,
To send the message to all members of the group please go to the Group and Press the Butt…"
12 hours ago
Saurabh replied to Saurabh's discussion Home page showing error
"The error again started"
21 hours ago
Jungla replied to Yana Ning Support's discussion CAPTCHA - NO BOTS AND SPAMMY CONTENT
"How can you do new stuff, when you can't even fix old errors? My website, today gives all day Our a…"
21 hours ago
Philip Voice replied to Yana Ning Support's discussion CAPTCHA - NO BOTS AND SPAMMY CONTENT
"Has this update affected networks?

Can you please check landscapejuicenetwork.com as it's been dow…"
yesterday
Kos replied to Anna Ning Support's discussion Announcing Events for Ning 3.0
"Moi?  *lol*  Yeah, once I'm 'in' something, I tend to stick around forever 'til you show me the exi…"
yesterday
Pat Howlett replied to Anna Ning Support's discussion Announcing Events for Ning 3.0
"Kos, you are certainly one who kept me coming back :]
I hope to have something worth sharing soon. "
yesterday
Kos replied to Anna Ning Support's discussion Announcing Events for Ning 3.0
"Great to see an old face return!  Welcome back Pat :)"
yesterday
⚡JFarrow⌁ replied to shironala's discussion Hi can somone help me with the css problem ?
"i see that you have your x_body padding set at  padding-top: 154px; which may be the reason for you…"
yesterday
Thisisbully replied to Bizz ( John )'s discussion My New Events Notification Messages
"Nice"
yesterday
shironala replied to shironala's discussion Hi can somone help me with the css problem ?
""
yesterday
Pat Howlett replied to Anna Ning Support's discussion Announcing Events for Ning 3.0
"I'm back :]
Backstory...I became an NC back in 2006 and ran multiple local business networks (at on…"
yesterday
Kyryl_Ning_Support replied to Yana Ning Support's discussion CAPTCHA - NO BOTS AND SPAMMY CONTENT
"Hi there,
Unfortunately, the CAPTCHA could prevent sign ups from bots only, that is making the life…"
yesterday
Traddie replied to Yana Ning Support's discussion CAPTCHA - NO BOTS AND SPAMMY CONTENT
"Hi Guys. Sorry to disappoint you but I have the CAPTCHA enabled and keep changing the quiz question…"
yesterday
Ning via Facebook

CAPTCHA - No bots and spammy content As of now you can easily prevent spammy and bots’…

More…