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Lets all share the love for the members still on the forum!

I am looking forward to when this place reaches it glory days! Like how it was 10 years ago! 

This needs to become the place where hobbyists support hobbyists! stop allowing the stores to buy all of our fish, and offer better prices for those in the community who buy from us for next to nothing and take advantage of both the hobbyist breeder and those wishing to purchase!  

 

Anyhow, sending you all fishy love!

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On 12/09/2021 at 9:06 AM, aLkAh0LiK said:

Lets all share the love for the members still on the forum!

I am looking forward to when this place reaches it glory days! Like how it was 10 years ago! 

This needs to become the place where hobbyists support hobbyists! stop allowing the stores to buy all of our fish, and offer better prices for those in the community who buy from us for next to nothing and take advantage of both the hobbyist breeder and those wishing to purchase!  

 

Anyhow, sending you all fishy love!

Being somewhat part of the younger generation. I am 27 now :/ I can say we will struggle with poaching and retaining members from other sites. Instagram/fb etc make the sharing and access to information much simpler. Even google will be able to address most of your concerns at a much faster speed than posting on a forum for the first time and receiving 3 welcome to the forum messages over the first day or two until someone replies with something meaningful. 

I have been using this forum for many years. I am also not very active in terms of posting. But I do miss the days of using the chat and talking to quite a few of the members regularly. Its sad to see the fall but I cant see it ever going back to its glory days. I took a break from the site for a year or so a while back and when I came back on it was the same few members posting as it was the last time I was here. It was nice seeing familiar names but sad there wasnt really anything new. New members sign up but they dont seem to hang around. 

I agree with you about supporting hobbyists. I miss the days I traded for fish. Visited fishrooms and finally have people I could talk endlessly about fish with. I met a lot of wonderful people but this stopped being a place to sell for some reason. I believe that is the key to generating traffic back. When googling 'bristlesnose for sale' or 'oscars for sale australia' etc etc only gumtree ads and stores pop up. If we had more livestock ads then people would start finding this site more and seeing some extra value in joining. With gumtree no longer being free and fb banning animal sales, this surely gives qldaf a little advantage in taking back its rightful market share :first::first:

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8 hours ago, hamishh34 said:

Being somewhat part of the younger generation. I am 27 now :/ I can say we will struggle with poaching and retaining members from other sites. Instagram/fb etc make the sharing and access to information much simpler. Even google will be able to address most of your concerns at a much faster speed than posting on a forum for the first time and receiving 3 welcome to the forum messages over the first day or two until someone replies with something meaningful. 

I have been using this forum for many years. I am also not very active in terms of posting. But I do miss the days of using the chat and talking to quite a few of the members regularly. Its sad to see the fall but I cant see it ever going back to its glory days. I took a break from the site for a year or so a while back and when I came back on it was the same few members posting as it was the last time I was here. It was nice seeing familiar names but sad there wasnt really anything new. New members sign up but they dont seem to hang around. 

I agree with you about supporting hobbyists. I miss the days I traded for fish. Visited fishrooms and finally have people I could talk endlessly about fish with. I met a lot of wonderful people but this stopped being a place to sell for some reason. I believe that is the key to generating traffic back. When googling 'bristlesnose for sale' or 'oscars for sale australia' etc etc only gumtree ads and stores pop up. If we had more livestock ads then people would start finding this site more and seeing some extra value in joining. With gumtree no longer being free and fb banning animal sales, this surely gives qldaf a little advantage in taking back its rightful market share :first::first:

well said mate

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Winning the internet is about understanding algorithms and having an effective SEO strategy with content of value. There is a lot of knowledge on here with current members and previous posts of old members and discussions. If I have time, I will attempt to drive some traffic via Australian fish keeping subreddits etc. But I remember 5-10 years ago going through the classifieds daily to see what was on offer. So when we all have stuff we are looking to trade and move on, we should take the time to whack an ad up here. Its easy enough for me to talk about how to help, but if I dont contribute to the solution, its just words. Its just a shame I got out of fish a few years ago. But once spring is here I should have a variety of aquatic plants to offload. 

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