Obviously it does help when starting a new forum! In the past I used to register fake accounts myself on new forums I created and started posting. Nowadays it’s a little bit easier. Most forums run vBulletin, so if you run vBulletin, too, there’s already a pre-built hack for you:
Here’s an example of what it does:
Total registered members: 5
Added amount: 100
Forumhome now shows instead of 5:
Total registered members: 105
Of course, if a new member registeres it will be 106.
This is helping newly created forums to get off the ground. However, my manual method also included manual posting which is not part of this hack. So you better combine this hack with posting some threads here and there.
I made a custom solution for the Invision Power Board, if you’re interested leave a comment.
Unfortunately there are so many forums in the internet that in most cased you won’t succeed with your forum without pushing it in the first place. Noone will register on a ghost forum, that’s a fact.
I’m planning on releasing a custom written script for an automated posting routine soon. With this script you will be able to feed your forum with postings in a matter of seconds, based on individual topic sources. Check back every now and then to find out when it’s being released.
..have a nice day!