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Would my forum work?
February 16, 2011 9:40 PM   Subscribe

Would my forum work?

I am thinking of starting a forum for a phrase I am ranked number 1 for on Google. The phrase is "Types of Noses" so the forum would be called "Types of Noses". I currently get around 250 visitors per day for the phrase and the site. Do you think people would contribute valuable content or would leave immediately?

The forum would be about everything not just "Noses"...
posted by Bacillus to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
The people who type in 'types of noses' into google are probably looking for types of noses. Give the people what they want!
posted by ian1977 at 9:49 PM on February 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


If your forum has a name that suggests it is going to be about that topic, and I found it on a google search for that topic, and then I see that the forum is actually about random topics that have nothing to do with that search term, I would leave. Unless I was really really bored and your forum was really really entertaining. But you are not likely to get super high-quality interaction from 250 hits a day, even if all of them participate. And if I am in the middle of a google search for a particular topic, I have better things to do than hang out on random unrelated forums anyway.

So no, I don't think it would work.
posted by lollusc at 9:52 PM on February 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


250 visitors a day isn't very many. That's not enough of a benefit for the cost of having a silly name like "Types of Noses."
posted by John Cohen at 9:54 PM on February 16, 2011


Thanks for the valuable feedback people
posted by Bacillus at 9:54 PM on February 16, 2011


Bacillus I hope you do make a blog. Make a blog that is a catalog of different types of noses. People noses, animal noses. Pictures, fun facts, statistics! That would be cool.
posted by ian1977 at 9:57 PM on February 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


Yes, it will work. For very small values of "work."
posted by sanko at 10:35 PM on February 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I really don't see anything discussion-worthy in types of noses; the low 250 hitcount notwithstanding. But ian has a terrific idea going their - a photoblog with comments may end up much better.
posted by Senza Volto at 1:36 AM on February 17, 2011


What you need is an amusing viral infographic. Noses should have names like 'The W.C. Fields' and 'The John Barrymore'. Nobody wants a po-faced website about nose shapes.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 4:47 AM on February 17, 2011


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