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Donny77
07-25-2007, 11:46 PM
Just wonder if there could be more done to get MMA News out there more on the web... I've watchted this site go down and get back up and i think it'd be great if we could start getting fighters to post here...

jokerthief
07-29-2007, 12:59 AM
Hell yea, it would be cool if fighters posted here, but how do you think we should go about doing that?

They will come once this place gets large enough. Right now this site is hands down the best MMA forum on the net. This in and of itself isn't enough to get very large but it really helps. All you need to do is get the site in front of a shitload of eyes.

The number one way to do this is through search engine optimization. Right now MMANews is 13th and on the second page for both "MMA" and "MMA forum" on Google. I would try to get that higher, at least on the first page. You don't rank at all with "Ultimate Fighting" or "Ultimate Fighting Forum". Sherdog ranks #2 with "Ultimate Fighting Forum." I bet they get a shitload of traffic and growth from that keyword.

I would set aside some of your profits and hire a first class SEO programmer. Elance is a good place to find one. Get your site ranking in the first three results on Google for all the major keywords. No other marketing campaign will get you more traffic than this.

I would also try to invest in an Adwords campaign (http://adwords.google.com/select/Login). There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of competition for MMA related keywords. You probably would be able to get a very cheap ppc. Since your site is somewhat web 2.0 (meaning there is much user created content), it is worth it to pay to get members to participate in the forum. The larger the forum becomes, the more interviews you will get, the more likely pros will post, the more exposure you will get. It's worth it to lose some money in the beginning because once the forum hits a critical mass, it will snowball into a self sustaining tour de force.

A more direct way to get pros to post would be to sponser a couple of them. If you do it correctly, you could even get them to mention the site on a televised event.

Clint
07-29-2007, 02:23 AM
I'm not gonna lie I'm drunl er than shit but I'll make sure to send this info to boone since he's inceharge of all of that sort of stuff.

jokerthief
07-29-2007, 03:12 AM
I'm not gonna lie I'm drunl er than shit but I'll make sure to send this info to boone since he's inceharge of all of that sort of stuff.

Lol, I am about to fall over for being so drunk too. However, I can drink and type better than you Clint! Lol!

Seriously though, I don't know how difficult the SEO would be. It may be too expensive or not possible. But if you can improve your placing for certain key words, I guarantee that you would grow immensely. There is no better way to get traffic on the web. Plus it is very organic. People feel that they found you, not that you advertised to them (that same line of thinking can even work with adwords, even though you did advertise to them).

Anyways, cheers Clint... here's to being way too drunk! :devil:

Clint
07-29-2007, 11:52 AM
uggh, I hope you feel better than I do this morning. I drank way to much lat night and ended up puking.

Donny77
07-29-2007, 06:10 PM
I'm not gonna lie I'm drunl er than shit but I'll make sure to send this info to boone since he's inceharge of all of that sort of stuff.
Ya Boone will get shit happenin if we just bug him n shit lol