Best Way To Get Users For Start-up?

Looking to see what some people’s opinions and strategies are for getting initial members on a new start-up of a user content submitted website.

Do you launch the site with a small amount of content and simply allow people to join? Or do you prefer locking the site out for a few weeks before launch with a "request to join" email signup, and after having a large batch of emails, have a large group of people signup all at once?

What other strategies are there, and how to advertise the launch apart from twitter/facebook?

open signup while you fake a bunch of accounts and submissions

Everything is circumstantial. Nothing is certain.

Have a contest. Reward the most content. Reward the best content.

Publicize on message boards and fb.

FB advertising works.

Step One: Start a Sticky on OT for 3-5 days. Step Two: Invite All your friends on Facebook (event), I have 5-6 accounts about 12,000 real people to spam too. Step 3: Advertise on Reddit. Step 4: Make sure before you do all of that; offer some contest on your homepage and incorp it in banners, advertisements, details, etc.

Before opening I’d make a ton of fake accounts, make the site look active and like it’s gaining popularity, add fake content, etc.. Same things as starting a vB message board, etc.

Step One: Start a Sticky on OT for 3-5 days. Step Two: Invite All your friends on Facebook (event), I have 5-6 accounts about 12,000 real people to spam too. Step 3: Advertise on Reddit. Step 4: Make sure before you do all of that; offer some contest on your homepage and incorp it in banners, advertisements, details, etc.

Before opening I’d make a ton of fake accounts, make the site look active and like it’s gaining popularity, add fake content, etc.. Same things as starting a vB message board, etc.

Fake content is a given. I like the idea of fake Facebook accounts to get friends and then spam.

Go with "Request to Join" and set requirements.

Exclusivity works wonders. Don’t believe me? Just go ask Mark Zuckerberg.

Also by leaving it open you are setting your site up as a SEO shitting spot. Unless this is your intent, and eventually moving up to a paid membership model.

Go with "Request to Join" and set requirements.

Exclusivity works wonders. Don’t believe me? Just go ask Mark Zuckerberg.

Also by leaving it open you are setting your site up as a SEO shitting spot. Unless this is your intent, and eventually moving up to a paid membership model.

Are you talking "Request to Join" in the sense of Mark Zuckerbergs’ "The Facebook" where content was hidden until you were a member, or "Request to Join" in the sense of say Pinterest where you may view, but cannot participate unless you join, and joining requires a request?