I think my biggest question is how to garner attention to a roleplay group. For my roleplay, I did affiliates, reviews, and promotions but only ever had 4 people join. Is there some kind of secret I’m missing? Thanks for the help!
My first tip, and in my opinion the biggest thing, is that you need to make sure your roleplay is applicant-friendly. This includes the following:
- An understandable plot.
There’s a lot of talk going around about purple prose, and though people may have differing opinions about it, plots need to captivating, but concise. I’m 99% sure that 4/5 roleplayers can’t get themselves to read a plot that would fill more than one page in Word. (Separate information pages are a matter of their own; once you’ve gained the reader’s interest with your plot, they will want to read more and that’s why separating your plot from other pages is always good.)
- Information readily available.
What often makes all the difference for me, as a roleplayer, is that if I can’t find everything I “need” and there’s no indication of its existence, I very quickly exit the page and my return is very unlikely. This is where well constructed navigation pages come to the picture. You don’t need to use fancy coding, because a standard page works just as well if you make sure it’s divided into categories that are easy to browse through. Just one rule: don’t make the visitor jump through hoops to find what they’re looking for: put all the links to one page and create other ways like a simple password to make sure the applicant has read through the necessary pages (if that is your thing).
- Welcoming atmosphere.
When a person isn’t yet a part of the roleplay, they will look for certain things when scrolling through your RP. How are questions being answered? Have the rules been written in a manner that isn’t condescending or downright rude? Are they ready to welcome everyone into the group, or is it all just talk? A good admin responds to questions in a professional manner that doesn’t make the questioner feel themselves stupid or unwelcome, even when the question might’ve been worded to sound rude. (Anon hate is an entirely different matter, that
crapstuff shouldn’t be published at all, because it’s like pouring fuel to a fire.)
I know, it’s not all that matters, but I doubt anyone can deny the power of a theme that isn’t an eyesore and graphics that compliment the theme and the roleplay’s base idea. Make sure your graphics are 500px in width (promos and roleplay graphics) and remember that most of the time less is more. If you can’t do it on your own, there’s plenty of helpful hands around the RPCW/RPH community that are happy to help with graphics and give theme makeovers if you’re in need of them.
- + Promos.
While these can not be seen on the roleplay’s main page, they’re often the thing that makes a person come to you. Make (or ask someone to make some for you) multiple promos that have varying looks, while still being true to your RP. Queue them to a sideblog in a random order and set the blog to publish them 6-12 times a day.
If you feel you’ve checked all the boxes when it comes to the things listed above and your RP has been up for a while without success, my next advise is a revamp. One of my roleplays went through dozens of theme and graphic revamps, and every single time it made all the difference when garnering for new attention for the RP (not to mention it gives you a certain sense of something new, if you’ve happened to lose your inspiration for the RP). Graphics, theme, promos – changing one or few of these things may give you that extra boost you need.
Though not a guide, an important read:
Guides and other resources:
Tip: Sometimes it’s good to go back to the basics.
- Admin Resource Masterlist by colettofrp
- Admin Tip Masterlist by littlebastardreviews
- Guides for Admins by ministryofroleplay
- How to be a Successful Mod by butcherofblavikenrps
- How to Obtain and Keep Members by starksrph
- Keir’s Mega Guide: Creating a Roleplay by keir-reviews
- Naya’s Guide to Starting Up a Roleplay by nayahelps
- Roleplay Checklist by roleplayneeds
You can also check out my for admins tag for all RPH content that is strongly connected to an admin’s work.