What are your thoughts about contests?

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Hello guys,

Just curious, working to find new ways of attracting members to my website and one way I came up was contest and potential prizes. Why are your thoughts? Would an amazon gift card be a sufficient prize idea?
 
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Yes , It Can Be Sufficient .
You Can Also Give Discounts On Some of Your product
 

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Contest is good. You can make few levels, where contestant can solve way up. Challenges should encourage users to go up.

Another way to promote is to write articles related to interview questions. You will get some traction with freshers looking for a job.

Code challenges and answers in articles.
 
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"Content" depends on what kind of business you are running.

I don't recommend this "contest" method. "Contest" is not best way to attract more traffic. There are another popular and effective to crab more visitors.

Get to know seo, ppc, email marketing, content marketing and other use full things.
 

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I should probably elaborate on my plan with this. My plan is to have contest for current and new members that if they have the highest referrals by the end of the month then they win a gift card. What do you think?
 

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I don't think it will work, users usually search for useful content or to solve their problem, if your site can provide that, they will stay for a long time, if not, contests and prizes will not help more.
 

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working to find new ways of attracting members to my website
What way are you using to attract visitors to your websites?
I came up was contest and potential prizes
You need to have more members on your forum to apply this or you can let members on other forums know about it, they can join your forum and try your contest and earn prizes.
 

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Contests aren't as effective as they used to be for smaller forums, in my opinion. And I think you would need a large prize for it to be somewhat attractive for new users.
 
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I think you won't lose anything if you try your contest idea. If you see that the result is not as good as you've expected, you can always opt for another way to attract more visitors. Personally, I am not really attracted by the idea about the referrals (when it comes to forum websites), because most website owners put some not easily achievable requirements. For example, they may want you to have a minimum of X referrals, and let's say about 50% of them should regularly post on the forum. It seems like a difficult task because you can't make people regularly post on the forum if they don't want to.

From my point of view, you may try another option - to give some bonus (let's say this gift card that you mentioned) to the top 3 contributors to the website. Thus, you will naturally fill your forum with useful information and you'll be able to generate more content and rank better. If you have another type of website (if you sell products or services, let's say), and you want to generate more referrals, then I think it would be better to establish something like an affiliate program. But, I think in most affiliate programs users receive money directly into their accounts when referring new users.
 

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I think you won't lose anything if you try your contest idea. If you see that the result is not as good as you've expected, you can always opt for another way to attract more visitors.
I agree with you!
Personally, I am not really attracted by the idea about the referrals (when it comes to forum websites), because most website owners put some not easily achievable requirements.
Exactly!
 
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Who doesn't love gift cards and winning something, right?
But also remember people only stick around as long as there's something to win, make sure you put some achievable things to make it more productive.
In case, if your website traffic tends to drop right after the contest and yet, there are a great number in daily visits traffic, you can still grow that numbers from there by rewarding them and get new ones introduced to your services. So, the contest idea is cool as long as you put it in the correct format.
 
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