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Domino Dave
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Daily Subscription Msg 11 Posted: 07:00 PM 02/08/17 (CST)
I would agree with this. But....the smelting blog I participate in drew over 50k views on last years thread. 2016, yes 50K!!!! And that happened over a roughly 2 month period. So if the right people join in and participate in a positive and informative way....thing can explode in a huge way!

So yes, Rong is correct! It takes people paying attention and participating! We all pay attention to Facebook...right? So why not here?
nofishfisherman
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Daily Subscription Msg 12 Posted: 09:56 AM 02/09/17 (CST)
There are some places still receiving traffic, I'm a member of a few. Hard to know exactly why some could maintain it while others could not.

To answer the question "Why not here"...

If you want people to pay attention to this site you need to give them a reason to pay attention. In the last month there are only a handful of posts, that makes it awfully hard to stay relevant to people. Its sort of the chicken or the egg debate. What comes first? A lot of new posts or a lot of new users? Its hard to lure users without posts with good content but its hard to generate posts with good content if you don't have the users. There is no easy solution to that question.

Even if you were to start generating a lot of good content in an attempt to lure users you'd be drawing from an ever shrinking pool of people that still use web forums. Its sort of like getting into the business of selling DVD's. Sure they are still relevant but they aren't the best any more and they are slowly being replaced by newer technology.

I don't mean to sound like a debbie downer just trying to be realistic. This site has been great and I've spent a lot of time here over the years. However, even at its peak it was never a huge site with 1000's of active users each posting daily content. It has always been a smaller somewhat more personal site that was just about the users and not the advertising and all of that other stuff. However, what made this site great also limited its potential growth in some ways. Also keep in mind the fact that Webdude was doing all of the work and absorbing all of costs out of the goodness of his heart.




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Daily Subscription Msg 13 Posted: 07:18 PM 02/09/17 (CST)
Now we are talking! First step is to recognize a problem and try to analyze it!
nofishfisherman
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Daily Subscription Msg 14 Posted: 08:53 AM 02/10/17 (CST)
The topic of generating more traffic and trying to grow the site is not a new topic. Its been discussed on the main forums and in private among moderates for years. We've tried a few things and had some small success but there really is no magic bullet on this one.

The organic growth of a site like this takes a lot of time and a lot of effort from all users. We'd all have to be posting as much new and RELEVANT content as humanly possible and then hope new users stumble upon it. Even then I fear it might not be enough since there are only a handful of people left actively engaging with the site that would be capable of generating content.

Webdude has done a lot with SEO to ensure this site pops up near the top of google search results for related searches but beyond that without an advertising budget or other outreach methods growth is sloooooow and is very hard to sustain. Gaining a user or 2 is one thing, intriguing them enough to stick around and become a consistent user that posts often is MUCH more difficult.

I'd love to hear any new ideas people may have, honestly I'm fresh out of new ideas. Of course any new ideas would be subject to Webdudes approval as anything needing implementation likely requires work on his end that he may or may not have time for at this point.


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Daily Subscription Msg 15 Posted: 09:40 AM 02/11/17 (CST)
Lets get some brousing guests to chime in. How about ex users?
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Daily Subscription Msg 16 Posted: 06:05 PM 02/12/17 (CST)
First off, there really is no need of approval from me. We all can vote and if it is approved by any who want to get involved... so be it. Another problem on my end is the amount of time I have. Several years ago I accepted a job and I am now working in corporate America. Okay, perhaps I sold my soul to the devil, but I have/had a family to support and my time here has been greatly reduced. Back when this site started, I was a Web Developer that worked for many clients that were on the small side and when things got slow, I could turn to this site and work on something here, or try something there. Quite funny really, because this site actually started as an experiment on working in the SEO field. It was just a hobby and it was fun. It really took off with the PETA stuff, the FM fiasco and all the politics that were involved. Back then we had a core group of contributors that regularly posted. I really miss BigBite, Ted, Pier, IceMan, Isaacson, Logan, Odin, Bobber Down, etc. I even miss CK, if you want to believe that. There were several articles that were written on the site... ah, the good 'ol days. It sure was fun.

Okay, now I am getting nostalgic. I think maybe I'll start getting on here more.

Just to prove it, let's start it off...

...By the way, my wife got me the Humminbird Helix 10 for Christmas/Birthday this winter. I can't wait to get it on the boat. Side imaging, new transducer, cabling... everything I need. Quite an upgrade from the Lowrance X97 I have. Now if they would just let me keep an 'Eye on Mille Lacs this year, maybe I'll actually fish on the lake I have a cabin on. I'm getting sick of having to pull the boat to BSL, Farm Island, Sullivan, etc... just so I can keep a fish. Oh the smallies are fun, but momma wants walleyes in the pan.

So... how was that?!?! Any comments???

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Daily Subscription Msg 17 Posted: 06:10 PM 02/12/17 (CST)
One last thing, and this is not fishing related... I became a Grandpa 2 days ago. My son had a daughter name Peighton Marie. 7 lbs and 19 3/4 inches... and yes folks, she IS a keeper! Best catch I've had in over 20 years grin smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 18 Posted: 07:39 AM 02/13/17 (CST)
Congrats on the grand baby! One of the best things that will happen in your life.

On your electronics; I'm old school My best were the X16 lowrance and blue water Pro flashers.
Everyone is a little different in their angling approach; I just concentrated most on trying to think like a fish and catch them.
electronics were never my most important tool.

Any one else agree??
nofishfisherman
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Daily Subscription Msg 19 Posted: 08:47 AM 02/13/17 (CST)
I picked up the Helix 5 portable version when it first came out. I do most of my fishing from canoes in the BWCA area or the local metro lakes that don't allow motors so its been a great tool. I also picked up the ice transducer and use it on the ice in the winter.

As for getting existing users to chime in I have yet to come up with a way to motivate them to join the conversation. Forums always have a lot of lurking members that just hangout in the background and never post. I think the trick is to have as much good content as possible and hope that one of the topics keys in on something they are interested in and then they might post.

Also congrats on the grandbaby WD. My wife and I had our 2nd child in May (a boy). Between having 2 young kids, work being busy, and all the other stuff life throws at you my free time has taken a huge hit lately. Also welcome to corporate america, the view from the cube is terrible, the work can be soul crushing, but the pay checks are nice.


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Daily Subscription Msg 20 Posted: 03:11 PM 02/13/17 (CST)
As mentioned, several times, time to maintain/post here is an issue, and I know this is much easier said than done, but what about a web site refresh? Spruce things up a little, maybe modernize a bit? Even something like making the Log-In button more prominent and inviting. I've always thought it was little strange how it's so small and kind of hidden over there on the left side.

Not criticizing here; just brainstorming a little with you guys.




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