Keeping on top of ideas for new threads

ideaVisitors keep coming back if the latest information for your niche is on your site. If they like what they see, they will join as a member. What methods can be used to find content and to get the breaking news first?

Try these:

  • Use Google alerts to monitor blogs, web search and news for your relevant keywords.
  • Use RSS feeds (I use Google Reader and have that as one of my Firefox home pages). I have feeds set up for: GigaAlerts for the relevant keywords for the niche; Pubmed for niche medical research that is relevant; relevant RSS feeds from news agencies such as the BBC and CNN; feeds from the relevant tags from social booking marking sites like Delicious; feeds for the keywords relevant to the niche from Twitter; feeds from key blogs in the niche; a RSS feed from You Tube for the posting of new video’s relative to the niche (the good ones get inserted into a post on the forum).
  • Email services: I have one set up for a paid Patent Alerts for new patents relevant to the niche.
  • For one forum, I have set up a monthly email distribution list of contacts within the niche (with their permission) to email them for ‘any news‘, ‘any gossip?‘, ‘any new product releases coming up?‘ , etc. These people are industry insiders. This monthly email also serves another purpose of bringing these insiders to the forum and hopefully to participate!
  • As part of one of the zillion home pages I have set up in Firefox, are key sites that could have new information relevant to the niche.
  • Sign up for newsletters from others relevant to your niche
  • Sign up for the email table of contents of professional journals or magazines relevant to your niche
  • Use your members as a resource. If a member breaks a story or brings news early to the forum, make sure you thank them (or assign a moderator the job of handing out the the thank you’s).

The key is, be first or early with the news. Be fresh; be relevant. The visitors will keep coming back for the news. Sometimes there will be discussion on the news; other times there will not be, but the news is there to attract the visitor and keep the members informed.

PLEASE: Acknowledge your sources of information. No one like being plagiarized.

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