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new site need help

Hello people,
I made this site and looks kind of new, need help marketing it and getting people to sign up, what is the best way to do it.
The site is www.gdefine.com it is a community site where people come and do almost anything they want and make their own group of friends and so on.

please let me know what you think of it.
it is www.gdefine.com

thank you

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Hmmm...

In reply to: new site need help

The first (visual) impression I get from your website isn't too bad...however, you've broken one of the cardinal rules of marketing by not targeting a specific enough audience. "Anyone" who wants to do "almost anything" is way too vague...and, therefore, almost impossible to sell.

What you need to do first is narrow your focus. I recommend you start by helping people get connected for business networking purposes (a very hot topic right now), or something like that. You can always add new things in later as your community grows.

You'll need a detailed marketing plan, so check this out:

http://www.entrepreneur.com/howto/mktngplan/0,5977,,00.html

Good luck! And please keep us posted!

Sincerely, JDM

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thank you

In reply to: Hmmm...

Hello JDM,
Thank you for your feedback. I will do a new design for the gdefine page and the fix a few more things. I will work on your idea, it is great. Once I am done I will ask you, if you can check and let me know how the new design and marketing is.

Thank you
Pierre

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No sweat!

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I'm always happy to share.

Wink JDM

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gDefine new design

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Hello,
I finished the design of the first page. If you can kindly check it and give me feedback. Also if you can sign up for membership, it is of course 100% free, to see if I need to change anything there.

Thank you

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Okay, Pierre...

In reply to: new site need help

I like the fact that you've established categories for various chats/forums. However, asking people to sign up before they have any kind of taste of what you have to offer won't work well. You should give people read-only access to some areas first.

You can start with things like interesting articles, commentary, etc. There are plenty of consultants, relationship experts, and the like who would love to have the opportunity to reach people through your site--so content shouldn't be a major problem. Once people have seen what you have to offer, you can ask them if they'd like to participate. That's when you pop up the registration page.

Also, a couple of direct quotes recommending your service should be one of the first things people see on your primary page. Excerpts from testimonials are best. (This is a ''chicken and egg'' problem--but it can't be helped.)

Keep up the good work--you're off to a fine start! And don't get frustrated along the way. The Chinese have a saying which applies rather nicely to small business:

''Everything is difficult in the beginning.''

Sincerely, JDM

(*I actually have a busy consulting career...so, for the time being at least, I really have to limit my contributions to CNET Forums. I hope you understand.)

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