Creating poker social network is easy with Ning

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This article is dedicated to webmasters who run or would like to run a poker site with no big investments. Usually creating a good website costs a lot of effort, time, energy and money. The logo and the design is one part of a job. Another one is programming and support. Let’s cut the programming expenses by using some free tools. Let’s decrease the design costs by using numerous free designer tools. Cutting the expenses for support service could be difficult, unless the visitors would come just out of nowhere. It is obvious that at the beginning stage of the website's existence the traffic would be a big problem. 

Therefore one of the easiest ways to get visitors is to create a community-based website with people who are already involved in some other similar communities. This can be done with Ning - the online service that helps create your own social network. The best thing is that it can be done by anyone, no matter if it is going to be a network for people from a particular country, or just a close circle of home gamers.

Creating a social network for poker players is quite an easy task as the whole process is rather simple. You just need to select the features your community would need from a standard feature lists. Of course, the main community features are member blogs, chats, picture and video galleries. Friend status and ties are set as default features at Ning.

Adding some nice design would definitely help brand your poker social network. The possibility to edit the layout and add various text boxes allows you to create some ad space, so earning money from poker room affiliate deals may cover the design expenses. It is also possible to set your own domain.

The main advantage of this platform is that once you register you can access all the social networks using the same login and password. This saves a lot of time and there is no need to memorize tons of passwords. Being a member you can also see the updates of all social networks you participate in.

There are already more than 200 poker related social networks created using the Ning platform (you can see all of them if you search for ‘poker’ at the social network search). Some social networks are closed, some are open, it depends on the administrator’s will and the privacy settings.

The biggest social network, created using the Ning platform is NLOP Players – the US poker players' social network with more than 20,000 members. Another big social network with 1700 members is PPSN – Poker Players Social Network. The Swedish speaking poker fans have their own social network called Svenska Spelare with 2400 members. Other social networks are much smaller (a lot of them are neglected or created for marketing purposes), so if someone comes with a good idea and some investment in marketing, they might become quite successful and competitive in a rather short period of time. Not sure if "Poker social networkers" community (people who love communication in social networks and playing poker) would work

If you already participate in one of Ning’s social networks, please consider adding maruxz as a friend



As always. A very nice post.

As always. A very nice post.