Starting a popular self sustaining forum is (in my opinion) one of the more challenging things you can do - nobody wants to join an empty forum, but a forum will stay empty until people join! With that being said I've started and ran one moderately sized forum in the past. The key to that forum was that it was attached to a very heavily visited website, so there was always an influx of people coming in. This forum has the goal of existing as its own self sustaining entity which is both a little challenging and a little exciting. At least at the beginning here are some of the plans to help make this something big: 1. Continually Post High Quality Content People go where high quality content is, and I'd like to think that I have quite a bit of knowledge that I can share. So I'll be making it my mission to every single day be posting something that I think is both pretty awesome and pretty useful. Similarly be very responsive to all other posts by all other users and encouraging others to do the same. 2. Get a Small Group of High Quality Members Who Also Have High Quality Content to Share This will mostly come from all of the different people that I know on Skype. As we start I'll be getting some of them onboard and get them to share some useful things of their own to get the ball rolling. 3. Email all Existing Customers in Relevant Industries Between the two products I own (WordAi and Microsite Masters) there are nearly 100,000 people who are either creating a business or involved with making money with online businesses. A lot of them will be very interested in a discussion like this as they look to increase their presence online and grow their short term revenue into a long term business. 4. Incentivize Users to Post This will happen a lot more next week, but at least to get the ball rolling you need to give people extra reasons to post, whether it is free products, access to exclusive information, or even contests that offer money as a prize. It would be nice if people posted just because they want to be a part of an awesome community, and eventually that will be the case. But at the beginning a little extra something goes a long way! 5. Compiling High Quality Content as Digests In the past I've emailed all of my business and SEO userbases with high quality blog posts in the marketing, business, and SEO niches (usually ending up on Microsite Masters blog). I'll continue to do the same thing, but have the location of those high quality posts be on Apex Forum, so that people will continue to funnel here. 6. Be Very Responsive to Feedback For forums especially it is very important to be in tune with the community, their wants, needs and culture. I've been a part of a million forums and I've seen in some way shape or form mutinies occur where a belligerent user isn't dealt with properly, an unpopular decision is made, or a culture clash exists between the old guard and new users. It's something that's very important to be directly involved with where users are directly being listened to as Apex Forum evolves. I'll be posting back here multiple times a week as I highlight what I've done today to help grow Apex Forum and to see if I'm keeping true to everything I've laid out above!