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A website Idea - Is it worth trying to set this up?

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Hey all.

Just a little background info:

I have been running a small website for a couple of months, and saw very little activity. I offered free computer advice and fixes etc. I also wrote a few tutorials on how to fix virus, software, and hardware related issues  etc.  Also a few other random articles related to computers. No one really seemed interested in the site unfortunately, so I removed it. 

I really would like to set up a free service for people, but it never seems to take off.

I have started another site, with a similar theme but am lost as what to post on it, or whether it's even worth the effort. No one found the old site, no one seemed interested in the fix's posted there.

This is probably because of all the over well known computer support sites that already exist drawing traffic etc.

So onto the point of this post. I was wondering if I could ask what this community might like to see from a site such as this?

Would you like A remote support service? A forum? No forum just one page with a list of tutorials?  Both?

And lastly and most importantly, is it even worth setting a website like this up?

Any thoughts or ideas posted are welcome, and much appreciated!

Cheers :D, Owl.

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Starting a forum can take what seems forever to get going, if you have some sort of gimmick to attract people (your own software and Tut's for such) it can help especially if that software is forwarded to others to test and advertise via reviews.

The mainstay of having a decent site however is of course traffic. The more members you can get on board the better your chances, this in itself is difficult unless the content is above others.

If you want a hobby then by all means give it a go and try to advertise (without spamming) as much as you can all over, internet, word of mouth, nationwide. Although there is no guarantee of gaining members, either you get lucky or you don't.

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18 minutes ago, GuiltySpark said:

Starting a forum can take what seems forever to get going, if you have some sort of gimmick to attract people (your own software and Tut's for such) it can help especially if that software is forwarded to others to test and advertise via reviews.

The mainstay of having a decent site however is of course traffic. The more members you can get on board the better your chances, this in itself is difficult unless the content is above others.

If you want a hobby then by all means give it a go and try to advertise (without spamming) as much as you can all over, internet, word of mouth, nationwide. Although there is no guarantee of gaining members, either you get lucky or you don't.

Hey Guilty,

Yeah, I'm proceeding with this as more of a hobby than a real buisiness. You're defiantly right about gimmicks, I will have to do a bit of brain storming  for one of my own!I guess there are websites out there that review for free? I will look into that.  Some great advice - thank you!

I Was thinking maybe a 'Tutorial Rating' for the quality of the tutorial written. But that does bring a risk of people just down voting it to be spiteful, especially at the beginning when one vote would be a lot of influence on the result.  

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I've never been a fan of rating systems for the very reason you mention but also because it reminds me of BadgerFace (social Networking site, I changed the name because I just can't stand it, lol Social networking, nobody knows anyone and they claim to have friends lol).

A rating system won't bring people in though, do you always use the Like button on YT?

Expect it to take a long time it just doesn't happen over night. For example here's a site myself and a few friends set up tgigeeks.boards.net/  

I even tried to create a gimmick of sorts (which I'm still working on when I get the chance) tgigeeks.boards.net/thread/1400/new-atlemos-13-alpha but everything takes time so pace yourself, you're in for a long ride.

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16 minutes ago, GuiltySpark said:

I've never been a fan of rating systems for the very reason you mention but also because it reminds me of BadgerFace (social Networking site, I changed the name because I just can't stand it, lol Social networking, nobody knows anyone and they claim to have friends lol).

A rating system won't bring people in though, do you always use the Like button on YT?

Expect it to take a long time it just doesn't happen over night. For example here's a site myself and a few friends set up tgigeeks.boards.net/  

I even tried to create a gimmick of sorts (which I'm still working on when I get the chance) tgigeeks.boards.net/thread/1400/new-atlemos-13-alpha but everything takes time so pace yourself, you're in for a long ride.

That's a fantastic site you have there. I am signing up :D

Haha, think I have to agree with you on the name change, good call! (Not that it's a bad name but I'd be expecting something other than a computer site to pop up!)

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A rating system won't bring people in though, do you always use the Like button on YT?

I never used too, but I have been finding myself using it far more recently!

(Because it suggests videos based on the likes) 

Hmm, yeah. Maybe you're right about the rating system. Might leave that out.

 

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I always delete the history so I don't get recommendations as they usually involve stuff I have no interest in.

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