I’ve recently bought, and have been working on a forum. I thought the site would be right up my alley, but after purchasing it, I realized that it didn’t have an active community of its own, and so I am trying my best to jump start it. One of the hardest things to do in community management is to try to start, grow and manage a community that doesn’t have a product, service, or company brand to go with it. The community I am trying to build is focused on sharing information, partnering, and growing businesses online.
Unfortunately, this is a hyper-competitive niche, and is very saturated. Add to that, the normal community pitfalls of not having enough people seed discussions, and you have a community that looks like a failure due to lack of activity, and attraction of activity.
Sure, there are ways to make it look like there is an active community that exists, so that people feel more interested in joining and being part of something that already exists, but my original intent was to search for people that don’t just want to join in, but instead they want to lead. Lead discussions, lead actions, and really grow both their own business and the businesses of others.
The difference between the actions taken to build a successful community and a community that is an ineffective flop can be hard to see, but with patience, effort, and persistence, anyone can be the lightning rod that brings brilliant people, ideas and energy to their community.
Wish me luck with my own and let me know, in the comments below, how you got your community started off on the right foot.
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