Here you can see the biggest boys in the Ning game, i don't believe it is build on the actual amount of members, but i'm pretty sure the top 20 has some huge member numbers. When I think about it, it's based on Alexa Rankings... anyway, numbers are still high, if you have a vital and large network.
Ok, sounds like you're on the way allready. I will have to live with a population of 5.000.000 and narrow native language, but i'm fine for now. :) It is a niche', so I dont expect more than 3000 - 4000 members.
My main focus is on the actual member activity, contra the amount of members.
You know what, everyone loved Mary from day one, so the fondness is more than mutual. She is one of the most beloved public persons and very respected for her engagement in helping kids and other humanitare organisisations, beside having the huge task of being a princess and public person.
Hi Jayne, it's called MySchool Australia on my page. "Mine is a school community NING site. (www.myschool.com.au) and my country's...".
The one with 46 members is scheduled for NING death at the end of the month. The one with 17,949 members is a NING pro site to which I point my prized URL "www.MySchool.com.au".
On the issue of members, I send out newsletters to the subscribers via the broadcast function. I changed the title of the message in the language editor. This is an opportunity to sell advertising on the newsletter and to drive traffic back to the site to drive Google ad revenue. Many of my members reply to the newsletter with positive feedback rather than join in on a discussion. I also have success with Poll Daddy getting lots of responses and sharing. Again driving traffic and ad revenue without necessarily being active in the forums. My peak traffic day this year had 80,000+ unique visitors. Not everybody joins. Traffic is KING.