How do you attract family and genealogy correspondents to WikiTree?

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I've not done much yet in trying to get people I know to try WikiTree.  What things, if anything, has worked to get people to try WkikTree?
in The Tree House by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (407k points)

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When you search for a person using Google the profile of that person shows up near the top of the results. That's about the best way I know of attracting people. However I am finding that more and more people don't think outside the box and if they can't find it on Ancestry then it doesn't exist which is quite sad really.
by Rosemary Jones G2G6 Pilot (232k points)
selected by Iain Cooke
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by David Selman G2G6 Pilot (910k points)
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I have done a couple of things.

Started some Facebook groups for particular family lines. In them I post interesting historical snippets I have come across and links to their WikiTree prifiles for more info. I went through my mailbox and emailed everyone who would be connected with the group/s.

Hang about in various Google+ Communities (or newsgroups, Facebook groups, etc) where you might have an interest. Post interesting stories, and ask questions. If someone is having a problem with another site, it never hurts to mention the totally free and collaborative WikiTree as an alternative!

Spread the word to your local library. I have slowly been making inroads into libraries in my area. Until I contacted them they all had links to Ancestry in the Genealogy pages on their websites, but did not know sufficient (or anything at all) about WikiTree. Talk to someone in charge and tell them about the benefits. (If you are interested or can help do this contact me for more advice). I would like all libraries to have WikiTree among their links. Most libraries are essentially free services, yet the only genealogy links are to paid sites!
by Paul Bech G2G6 Mach 6 (70.0k points)
A really good point about Libraries- after reading this I will check the libraries in the area, and see if they will add links to WikiTree.
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I like all the ideas above. Thanks for the tips. Its really marketing. If you have a business, charitable organization or a family history blog, you want to get people to click to your site, like it on Facebook and get them to talk about it at the water cooler. Here's a PC mag article that has some applicable techniques you can implement to bring eyes to your WikiTree pages.

by Rod DuBois G2G6 Pilot (179k points)

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