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Hi, I use Ocportal as a communication platform.


This site is for teenagers.



www.teenage-chat.co.uk/Registered
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:thumbs:

Take my advice. I'm not using it!

View my working ocPortal site (version 9.x.x) at Anglo-Indian Portal
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Thanks =)
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Do any of you, think, it's good material?

Do you think it could be successful?

It has over 56 members but they're inactive.

They're normally 12 on every day, now it's around 1 or 2.
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Hi Voarsh,
I think you have oine a great job and you have obviously put allot of work into this site.

Just out of curiosity why do you have left and right side panels displaying some of the same information? (Features, Community, Web site)

Making games is fun…having people play them is the reward!
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I know it seems stupid!

But, lots of people say "where's that?

where's that?

what's that?"!

The navigational bars need to be in a lot of places and still people don't see them =)
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Voarsh said


The navigational bars need to be in a lot of places and still people don't see them =)
:lol: I here ya!
I was just curious

Making games is fun…having people play them is the reward!
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Not to worry my friend, people can be silly and not looking at the pages.
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Good Start Voarsh!:thumbs:
Even if there are many sites like yours, the mobile connection to the online chat rooms and forums could be the key to its popularity among your young members. If so, you’ll know where to concentrate your design efforts.

Good luck!:) 
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Yes, thanks, Jean, it's only SEO and getting people on the site that I'm struggling with.  :cool:
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I have started advertising (spending 50 pounds)
do you think it could be worth the money, last night I got 9 new users…… I'm not sure how to keep them interested because it's aimed at teens, they're not so bright at starting interesting things, they except to find something open and to comment on and they can be extremely lazy…..
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Have you thought about starting locally and then expanding out?

If your target audience is "teens", could you get permission to advertise in local schools? Hang fliers or anything up there?


Eric DeMars . com
My electronic portfolio and personal site. Uses ocPortal!
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Here's what advice I would offer since you've asked:

Maybe throw ups some rss feeds to Pop News Teens are interested in. Todays teen needs constant distraction so you need very up to the minute content and as much of it as possible to keep them busy and interested on the site. Teens Multitask like no other so give em lots to do if you can.

To get em chatting start your own flame wars as an anonymous user in your forums. Teens love flame wars! But show them how to do it maturely I mean don't just start dissin some Pop Icon with bad language but take someone popular and give some negative feedback about em like  "So an So can't sing  and is purely a marketing gimic" and watch as a bunch chime up lashing out at you. Then redirect conversations into something more positive once you got em chatting.

Teens don't always have great sources of income so if you have a budget of $50 to advertise don't. Use at as a prize pool for best Poem or Photo or something so they can win some money. That'll get em comming (and comming back!)

Give them some What's Hot and Whats not voting systems for differn't kinds of categoories like hairstyles, clothes, pop icons, movies, songs etc. Gets them interactive and point and click voting they love!

Lastly get rid of the EXTRA menu items! It will only cause more confusion than less! Use that realestate for something better like the Whats hot polls  or latest pics etc. The less Navigation the better actually. Trim the fat down and hide some within relevant areas.


Lastly I will point out the site looks nice! And good luck!
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Wow, Duck that's some good advice.
Almost like you have been doing this for awhile :thumbs:

Making games is fun…having people play them is the reward!
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Thanks! Yes been in Marketing a long time and also website development and management. Gained a lot of experience of what causes interaction amongst teens from running and managing gamming sites mostly. That Flamewar idea is a big one. You can see some quiet forums perk up quick with a flurry of posts if you pick a topic teens like and sort of (nicely) bash someone  or something popular. A good idea is to make a character on your site that noone knows is you and act differently than yourself. Like try to watch your typing style and create a different style with some new common "fad" words that you use often (that you normally wouldn't use) and avoid talking anything like you normally do. Then act real pompous like you're better than everyone else and you know everything (for me that is probably acting like my normal self so I'd have to do the opposite lol!) and use some big profound words (just look up a new word each day on dictionary.com lol) and that'll really get em going. They'll all kick in together to start battling you on topics. Once activity rises to healthy levels and positive communications are rolling you can lay off for a while and bring back mr pompous when  it starts to get quiet again and start a new war.
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roflmao -  DUCK u ROCK!  U must be  a NINJA

Voarsh - Welcome!

Beautiful site… way to break the default ugly off of OCP.
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Thanks Noob.

I've changed it again, since you last saw it.
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Duck said

Thanks! Yes been in Marketing a long time and also website development and management. Gained a lot of experience of what causes interaction amongst teens from running and managing gamming sites mostly. That Flamewar idea is a big one. You can see some quiet forums perk up quick with a flurry of posts if you pick a topic teens like and sort of (nicely) bash someone  or something popular. A good idea is to make a character on your site that noone knows is you and act differently than yourself. Like try to watch your typing style and create a different style with some new common "fad" words that you use often (that you normally wouldn't use) and avoid talking anything like you normally do. Then act real pompous like you're better than everyone else and you know everything (for me that is probably acting like my normal self so I'd have to do the opposite lol!) and use some big profound words (just look up a new word each day on dictionary.com lol) and that'll really get em going. They'll all kick in together to start battling you on topics. Once activity rises to healthy levels and positive communications are rolling you can lay off for a while and bring back mr pompous when  it starts to get quiet again and start a new war.

Uh huh, how helpful, BUT.

Members are a little in-active as of late, so can't do that, if you've looked at my site recently, it's changed quite a lot now.
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Eric said

Have you thought about starting locally and then expanding out?

If your target audience is "teens", could you get permission to advertise in local schools? Hang fliers or anything up there?




Thanks, but, if I do that, schools will block the site, how an earth could I do any of that?


Any-ways thanks for the advice, I'll investigate.
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Voarsh, I'm no expert… but I'm thinking the theme isn't very engaging.. it's certainly beautiful but for teens?  

It wears you down a bit…  just me I guess.

Also your navigation is changing from page to page… is that intentional?  keep'm guessing kinda thing?

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