I’m a moderator of a smaller community. I’m posting quality content multiple times a day, and I posted about it in New Communities. The number of subscribers is low but it’s growing steadily.

Could you please give me some advice on growing this community? I don’t want to spam/flood or come off as rude or weird, but I really believe in it and think it would be useful to many people.

  • @[email protected]
    link
    fedilink
    11
    edit-2
    8 months ago
    • Work it into the conversation when you’re talking to people elsewhere (I don’t mod any communities but am interested in seeing them grow and this has been the #1 successful tactic)
    • Don’t be weird about mentioning it in general. For example, why does this post not say what your community is or have a link for people to follow?
    • Don’t just post links that people can click on, think “huh” and then move on. Post questions or other interactive things to draw out lurkers.
    • Team up with mods of related communities to maintain a list of “neighbours” that you all pin to make it easy for your users to find more stuff they’re interested in.
    • Make sure to respond to anyone who does happen to wander in and leave a post or comment, don’t leave them hanging
    • Advertise it on your other social media since presumably you’re hanging around people with the same interests
      • @[email protected]
        link
        fedilink
        38 months ago

        Remember most people are pretty new here and there’s no way for them to find new communities other than purposefully searching by keyword, or stumbling across a mention somewhere. So if it makes sense in context to give yours a shoutout, do it! If it’s relevant to the conversation you’re not spamming anyone, you’re literally helping them navigate.

      • babelspace
        link
        fedilink
        28 months ago

        I really like what you’ve been posting so far. I’ve been working more with image generating AI -but I would have been interested in following information regarding more general/text focused AI on Reddit, except all the communities I checked were pretty bad 😂.

        Some places I think you can promote it -
        [email protected]
        Any big technology community, there’s multiple on different instances
        If we can find an article related to image AI, I can post it to the stable diffusion groups. I’ve been posting at [email protected].

        • 𝕊𝕚𝕤𝕪𝕡𝕙𝕖𝕒𝕟OP
          link
          28 months ago

          Thank you! I’m glad you like my posts! I’ve definitely noticed most AI groups/subreddits being bad… The hype is at fever pitch nowadays so I guess that’s why they are full of low-quality filler content.

          I subbed to both of those magazines, but for some reason Lemmy federation with kbin is super slow, so it will take a while for me to be able to post in them.

          I actually had a super interesting article about the “hidden vocabulary” of image generation models in my notes that I wanted to post, so I went on and posted it now. It isn’t about Stable Diffusion but it might still be interesting to people in that group. Thanks again!

    • Manu
      link
      fedilink
      18 months ago

      Thank you for your advice! I‘m trying to built a bass-related community over at [email protected]. So if you’re reading this and moderate a music related Community, hit me up so we can cross link our Communities and work together!

      • @[email protected]
        link
        fedilink
        18 months ago

        Good luck! If you’ve got seen it yet, lemmyverse.net is a newer better interface for searching communities so you might be able to use that to find some likely candidates to reach out to.

        • Manu
          link
          fedilink
          18 months ago

          Didn‘t know about lemmyverse yet, appreciate the tip! Already found some communities I‘ll get in contact with, thanks

  • @[email protected]
    link
    fedilink
    88 months ago

    Constant work. Such online communities have an exponential growth pattern. So you probably have a certain amount of time after which you double.

    This is obviously very apparent when you have 10k subs, and on the next day it is 10,1k. But when you are at 10 subs it can take days for the next to arrive.

    Just go on posting and the thing will start to take off. If you stop, or other active members stop the community might die.

  • @[email protected]
    link
    fedilink
    78 months ago

    I think it just takes time. I’m also posting to a community that currently has 7 subscribers (and I think that includes me, haha) but I enjoy posting there since I care about the topic. Growth will come naturally, but I mostly care about exchanging ideas and just general conversation with other fans.

  • MentalEdge
    link
    fedilink
    6
    edit-2
    8 months ago

    You need to get at least one user on another instance to sub to your community manually. Before you do that, you will only be discoverable by users on the local instance. Once you get that first user, posts in your community will start appearing in “all” on that other instance.

    After you get a sub from some other instance, regular posting will help users find you by just seeing posts from your community on their instance, and they can easily click the community name and sub to it.

    Aside from this fediverse-specific quirk, @[email protected] already posted some good tips.

    • linh
      link
      fedilink
      2
      edit-2
      8 months ago

      Excuse me but may I ask why posts of my community don’t show up on other instances? I made accounts on other instances to manually search it myself, it is discoverable on those instances. However new posts are not.

      Edit: Nvm it starts showing up now

      • MentalEdge
        link
        fedilink
        1
        edit-2
        8 months ago

        Do you have at least one sub from that instance (yourself?) if you do, posts should immediately appear in “all” on any connected instances.

        There is a bug, where if you mod someone on an outside instance, and they edit anything about the community, it will break federation. I made this mistake with [email protected] and had to talk to the instance admin to have it resolved.

        • linh
          link
          fedilink
          38 months ago

          Oh right the instances that I subbed got new posts while the one I didn’t sub is still empty. No modding involved tho.

  • @[email protected]
    link
    fedilink
    48 months ago

    I would say look to other areas that might have some overlap in interest and point them in your direction.

  • @[email protected]
    link
    fedilink
    3
    edit-2
    8 months ago

    Make it easy to subscribe if someone is browsing from a different instance. For example, the link to the new communities sub Lemmy, I think if you leave off the protocol (https://) I could browse it via my instance and actually click the subscribe button.

  • Einar
    link
    fedilink
    38 months ago

    So what is your community and where is it? Advertise it, please. 😊

  • Midas
    link
    fedilink
    28 months ago

    Contact mods of related communities to see if you can ‘partner up’, e.g. a sidebar reference to each other.

  • @[email protected]
    link
    fedilink
    2
    edit-2
    8 months ago

    Be patient and keep going. Promote it in the comments of other posts (when the context allows it. For exaple someone says: “I really like X”. That’s when you reply “hey! I have a community about x! [email protected]”)

  • VeeSilverball
    link
    fedilink
    28 months ago

    Remember that fedi is “multi-dimensional” in that we have both community subscriptions and account-to-account follows. When I follow someone from my kbin account, the threads they post and boost start appearing in my “microblog” feed, and that can lead to community discovery. So one way to grow the community is to build microblogging awareness by encouraging follows and boosts, using hashtags, etc. There are already hashtags being used on fedi - actually, let me test something out here and see if I can get it to show up elsewhere:

    #mastodon

    • VeeSilverball
      link
      fedilink
      18 months ago

      The result is that (at least so far) both the post and the hashtag has not federated to lemmy.ml, or to my Mastodon accounts. On kbin it appears, but backwards in time to when the topic was first posted.