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

Forum

How to build members from nothing

I have a network that is less than 2 months old. My community is www.allmyarts.net

It is an arts and performing arts based community. I attended last weeks webinar and it gave me a lot of insight on how to increase activity. I have already started to implement their suggestions. My problem is I dont know where to turn in terms of building initial members to grow from. How do I recruit members without becoming spam? 

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

Join Ning Creators Network

Email me when people reply –

Replies

  • My network started November 1 and I am up to 145 members. Mine is a professional community of practice for people involved in non-formal education and interpretation of cultural and natural resources. (Think museums, park rangers, science centers, etc).

    Building an on-line community is not going to happen by building a great site. It will happen by closing the computer and making some real life connections. We built a list of people in the field who are well connected. We personally invited them by talking to them face to face or on teh phone or in a video conference. We attended a national conference for this profession and handed out buttons, did demos of the site in the hallway, promoted it in the breakout sessions where appropriate. We made real community connections before the virtual community connections. Phase 1.

    Next step we will reach out within the site to those who are the "influencers" and who are well connected. We are asking them to create groups, start discussions, invite friends, post blogs and photos. We are seeding the content and priming the pump. We integrated with Twitter and have an outgoing Twitter feed to attract incoming traffic. Phase 2

    We are planning, for about 6 months from now, a webinar series, live on-line events to bring attention to the site. I the short term, I plan to promote a Video Chat series. I post a provocative, thoughtful video, maybe a TED talk. Folks have a couple of weeks to view it (embedded on my site of course) On an advertise date and time we have a live chat about the film. Live chat, forum discussion and maybe a group. If it provokes a cadre of people to create something together based on the discussion they can start a group and go to work- inviting others from outside the network to come in and join them hopefully. Phase 3.

    In short, its not about the design, the technology or even the content. It's about People and Community. And that is what you are really building, not a website.


    My 2 cents!

    SHINEnet.net

  • Another thing, after visiting your site. I was like "Meh, OK" until I hit your Photo page. Then I realized what you are all about. I would put those right on your Home page front and center.

    In my humble opinion:)

  • NC for Hire

    I created my network on 13 Feb 2009. I was the only one member in my network. I invited my few friends to join my site. They hardly joined my network. Many people used to say so boring network and there's been a lot of criticism of my network. Slowly and gradually like a story of turtle and rabbit, my network became the huge networking site. Now my network has 10 thousand plus member. Now my site became a leading site  in our region. 

    There are plenty of resources  to get traffic in your site. 

    Good Luck

    • Hi Bernard! I Like your History about your network. That's Inspiration. That mean I miss something for my site....

    • This reply was deleted.
      • NC for Hire

        You know Armani, impossible is nothing or nothing is impossible. I'm sure Well Kunnected will be well known site one day. 

        Best Wishes

        Bernard

  • 90% of signups are spam. Should I  continue to delete them, or let them stay and add to the content???

    • Having spammers will almost guarantee an empty network. 

      • NC for Hire

        Spammers are selfish and not quality members. They will not stick for a long period of time.

    • NC for Hire

      If the 10% are quality members then you don't need those 90% quantity members. Throw them in the trash can. 

This reply was deleted.

Search the Creators Network

Latest Activity

Alliance replied to Mike Collins's discussion Ning Development - Roadmap
"i agree a roadmap from April would be appreciated if you could. It gives us time to decide on work…"
10 hours ago
Kos replied to Bizz ( John )'s discussion Why Are The Events Not Listing The Same Way As UpComing In My Events Or Categories ?
"Yes sir"
13 hours ago
Bizz ( John ) replied to Bizz ( John )'s discussion Why Are The Events Not Listing The Same Way As UpComing In My Events Or Categories ?
"Kos I agree. Normally I am quite a patient person as I know writing code can take time with testing…"
13 hours ago
Kos replied to Bizz ( John )'s discussion Why Are The Events Not Listing The Same Way As UpComing In My Events Or Categories ?
"I was going to respond but felt I'd leave it to you John.  This is just insane!  You don't release…"
13 hours ago
Bizz ( John ) replied to Bizz ( John )'s discussion Why Are The Events Not Listing The Same Way As UpComing In My Events Or Categories ?
"I'm sorry, but why would a feature you have added that isn't working correctly not be a priority to…"
13 hours ago
Dan replied to Bizz ( John )'s discussion What's Happened To The Activity Feeds ? None are showing on any sites including creators
"All ning animation across the platform stopped working in edit box's &  if added as site name, 3.0…"
14 hours ago
Suki Winthrop replied to Bizz ( John )'s discussion What's Happened To The Activity Feeds ? None are showing on any sites including creators
"now my posts from 3weeks ago areshowing up as new posts  in Creator activity feed.  What the?"
16 hours ago
Suki Winthrop replied to Bizz ( John )'s discussion Why Are The Events Not Listing The Same Way As UpComing In My Events Or Categories ?
"So Events is the ONE new feature - aside from Google Capture,which you didn't create- that has been…"
16 hours ago
Beatriz Martín replied to ⚡JFarrow⌁'s discussion Clean, Robust, Filterable Community Member Directory
"But. If someone looks the source code (html) and search for the specific line of the awesome-table,…"
17 hours ago
Douwe Dronkert replied to Douwe Dronkert's discussion Can I just upgrade to Facebook Graph API v2.3 or higher?
"Hi Kyryl,
Thanks for your quick reply.
That's a pity. Is this kind of functionality something that…"
19 hours ago
Kyryl_Ning_Support replied to Yana Ning Support's discussion CAPTCHA - NO BOTS AND SPAMMY CONTENT
"Hi Kevin,
Former network creator has to fill the form http://hc.ning.com/contact/transferownership/…"
20 hours ago
Kyryl_Ning_Support replied to Yana Ning Support's discussion CAPTCHA - NO BOTS AND SPAMMY CONTENT
"Hi Anam,
We do apologise for the inconveniences.
The report has been created and passed to our tech…"
20 hours ago
Anam replied to Bizz ( John )'s discussion What's Happened To The Activity Feeds ? None are showing on any sites including creators
"Yes mine has been gone for 2 days and i have just filed ticket. I don't understand why there could…"
20 hours ago
Suki Winthrop replied to Yana Ning Support's discussion CAPTCHA - NO BOTS AND SPAMMY CONTENT
"Why does the Latest Activity feedhere on Creators now only show Ning's own Facebook posts ?!?
Pleaz…"
20 hours ago
Suki Winthrop replied to Bizz ( John )'s discussion What's Happened To The Activity Feeds ? None are showing on any sites including creators
"they say everything  old gets new again- lol   Krazy!"
20 hours ago
Lucca King is now a member of Ning Creators Network
20 hours ago
Mike Collins replied to Bizz ( John )'s discussion What's Happened To The Activity Feeds ? None are showing on any sites including creators
"No response here either which isn't great considering they have been quite active and responding to…"
20 hours ago
Kyryl_Ning_Support replied to Bizz ( John )'s discussion Why Are The Events Not Listing The Same Way As UpComing In My Events Or Categories ?
"Hi John,
It's not the question of the сomplexity of the task. As usual in such cases, the priority…"
21 hours ago
More…