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

John Bizley replied to John Bizley's discussion New View Videos Menu Item Added To Social Channels Pages On Creative Network (UPDATED: Code now added)
"Brian thanks for your reply, I have now added a small tooltip which will show up above the blue arr…"
27 minutes ago
John Bizley replied to John Bizley's discussion Latest Photos Module Slideshow ( Not Using Flash ) ** CODE NOW ADDED**
"Just added the code on my site for this and can be found here:
http://creativenetwork.ning.com/foru…"
3 hours ago
John Bizley replied to John Bizley's discussion New View Videos Menu Item Added To Social Channels Pages On Creative Network (UPDATED: Code now added)
"Just added all the code for my social channel pages with the menu code to my site, you can find it…"
3 hours ago
Brian Antezana replied to John Bizley's discussion New View Videos Menu Item Added To Social Channels Pages On Creative Network (UPDATED: Code now added)
"Thanks for the reply. It was just something I was thinking about since, in my experience, if someth…"
5 hours ago
John Bizley replied to John Bizley's discussion New View Videos Menu Item Added To Social Channels Pages On Creative Network (UPDATED: Code now added)
"Hi Brian. I will be adding a tooltip which will pop up so they know what the arrow does but most wi…"
5 hours ago
John Bizley replied to John Bizley's discussion New View Videos Menu Item Added To Social Channels Pages On Creative Network (UPDATED: Code now added)
"Thanks George, will pop the code up a little later on my site."
5 hours ago
Brian Antezana replied to John Bizley's discussion New View Videos Menu Item Added To Social Channels Pages On Creative Network (UPDATED: Code now added)
"Do you think that it would just be better to show the videos by default incase other people do not…"
5 hours ago
George H. Compton IV replied to George H. Compton IV's discussion (TIP) Ning 2.0 responsive fullwidth network at any screen resolution. :O Cellphones to TV's ;)
"Thank you Jim. :D
Blessings"
7 hours ago
George H. Compton IV replied to John Bizley's discussion New View Videos Menu Item Added To Social Channels Pages On Creative Network (UPDATED: Code now added)
"SWEET JHON!!! Thank you"
7 hours ago
George H. Compton IV replied to ⚡JFarrow⌁'s discussion 2 More Powerful Tools for Your Ning Design Arsenal
"Thank you JFarrow. :) It's always nice to have new options.Here's the best Website I've ever used f…"
7 hours ago
Kos replied to ⚡JFarrow⌁'s discussion 2 More Powerful Tools for Your Ning Design Arsenal
"Where was I in 2012?  I missed these too.  Sheesh!  Thank you for sharing them JF. "
yesterday
Paul Corona replied to steve davies's discussion Can't sign out of my site etc
"NING help/support is about as useless as can be anymore"
yesterday
⚡JFarrow⌁ replied to ⚡JFarrow⌁'s discussion 3.0 Tip: How To Map Your Ning Network Members -Updated-
"still the technique to use"
yesterday
⚡JFarrow⌁ replied to ⚡JFarrow⌁'s discussion Time Saver: Your RSS Feeds for Location Tags on Ning
"again.. it just saved me probably 4 hours of time..so glad i left this tip up!"
yesterday
⚡JFarrow⌁ replied to ⚡JFarrow⌁'s discussion Community Compass: Reimagining Getting Started Guides for Online Communities-UPDATED
"Did you get it to work Ceddy?"
yesterday
⚡JFarrow⌁ replied to ⚡JFarrow⌁'s discussion Work Around for Importing Facebook Page RSS Feeds
"Just revisited this post when i had a similar need.. so glad i posted this.."
yesterday
⚡JFarrow⌁ replied to ⚡JFarrow⌁'s discussion 2 More Powerful Tools for Your Ning Design Arsenal
"my pleasure"
yesterday
Kos replied to steve davies's discussion Can't sign out of my site etc
"Sounds like they need to clear something on their end. You haven't added any CSS or Javascript late…"
yesterday
John Bizley replied to ⚡JFarrow⌁'s discussion 2 More Powerful Tools for Your Ning Design Arsenal
"Very useful, thanks for Matt commenting on this to help bring it into view.
Thanks for sharing this…"
yesterday
steve davies replied to steve davies's discussion Can't sign out of my site etc
"Thanks Kos
Yep. Tried all that you suggested. It's definitely Ning. I'm in Canberra Australia so I"…"
yesterday
More…