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maxhudson
01-20-2011, 05:12 PM
How should I get users to sign up on my site without paying anything? A lot of people go there, but not many sign up.

Riboflavin
01-20-2011, 05:12 PM
Well you are going to have to be more specific, what kind of site is it and where does your traffic come from?

maxhudson
01-20-2011, 05:58 PM
Traffic comes from google and from word of mouth pretty much.

The site has to do with recommending computer parts and is similar to a forum, but is still useable to most people without signing up so I guess I need some incentive for them to sign up that they wouldn't otherwise have access to..

mlseim
01-20-2011, 06:03 PM
Word of mouth, and getting mentioned (linked to) from other sites.

If the deals are not current, or any deals "go bad" ... your site will most likely die.

When you deal with someone's money, it's a whole different ball game.
There has to be 100% trust.

maxhudson
01-20-2011, 06:07 PM
What do you mean deal with someones money?

The user will click a link and it will show the price.

If I can get enough people to go on it i am sure I can get some people to update links ( I have a plan for this)

Right now, thats not really the issue though.

How should I get linked to do you think?

oesxyl
01-20-2011, 06:23 PM
How should I get users to sign up on my site without paying anything? A lot of people go there, but not many sign up.

hm, if i need some components and i can ask, and/or register/sign, and i get an answer,...
the problem is how often i need to do this? and why i would sign on a regular basis?
maybe if you can add something new to answer to both questions.

problems with css? style.css, line 7, #wrapper, width: 1000px, make it 95% or how much you like, also on line 21 #content, width: from 100% to same value as above.

best regards

ShaneC
01-20-2011, 07:29 PM
It's hard for me to offer any advice on making users sign up, because as I user I hate being forced to do it, but I've seen a few pretty effective methods.

Keep in mind that with both these ways (or really any other way other than incentive based) you run the risk of aggravating a user and causing them to not visit your site again. That's why finding the proper line between annoy and aggravate is very important.

One way which I've noticed is to keep track of how many times a user visits pages on your site. Easily accomplished with a session variable which is incremented every page load. Then, using this value, redirect the user every X page loads to a register reminder page that says something to the effect of "We're glad you're enjoying our site! Don't forget to register to unlock some great features [List Features]".

Another method, which is more incentive based, is to, as I alluded to above, add features. You can add a Wish List feature, Bookmarking Feature, Price Reminding Feature, Notification Feature, etc that all rely on a user having an account.

Last, and in this case least because this would be dangerous to people leaving your site, is to dynamically block certain content if a user isn't logged in. A sort of "Please login to view the rest of this post" feature. Again, though, that should be a last resort because a casual viewer visiting your site for the first time will probably just mosey on if they don't see what they want.

Hope this helps!

teedoff
01-20-2011, 08:50 PM
Well speaking strictly as a consumer, what incentive do you offer to sign up. Even if its free, unless I'm getting a members club deal or something of that nature, I'm not likely to sign up just f or the heck of it.

Even websites like amazon or the like, I would often go there to browse and compare prices, but NEVER did I sign up until the day I finally needed something I couldn't get or find anywhere else.

mlseim
01-20-2011, 09:57 PM
If I post a deal I had for $100, and someone takes my deal,
I might not go back and edit your site ... perhaps I'm on a business
trip and can't get to it right now. Other people seeing that $100 deal
would be sort of mad they wasted their time chasing a deal that
didn't exist. That's what I mean by handling money. A deal is money.

A handshake is a deal, and what you post on your site is a deal.

You shake on it, and find out that the deal is gone.


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maxhudson
01-21-2011, 12:19 AM
Well when people are signed in they get the ability to make requests for what they are looking for, they are able to get updates, make topics, make private topics and something to do with reviews but I have not yet figured that out.

I like the idea of a popup after they visit 10 times or so, but finding the right number of visits will be hard



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