Over on SFN, we’ve been interested in figuring out how to stimulate growth and post volume to allow SFN to expand. It’s an interesting challenge — we have four large competitors (that I know of), and there is no simple “how to get more posts” procedure that we can follow. It’s a seat-of-the-pants venture.
That’s the number of posts per week on SFN since the beginning of SFN time (July 2002). You can see the sudden drop-off toward the end of 2006 after a peak in May 2005. We began recovering in 2007 and have maintained a (slow) growth since. My goal is to reach 2005 posting levels at least.
To aid us, I wrote a script that does some analysis on a per-forum basis and figures out which forums on SFN are the most popular, by posting volume. You can see the results (automatically updated daily) here. (If you’re interested, you can also see a breakdown of your posts by forum as well.)
We’re still trying to work out how to achieve the growth we want. It’ll be an interesting challenge. If you have any ideas, feel free to voice them.