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United we stand Metallers. Thank you for helping to build this community and your continuing support. In order for us to shine among other forums we need as much promotion as possible. Here are 8 ways you can help to grow our Metal head community. 1. If you post on other Metal or Rock forums then stick a link using BB code back to http://metalforum.com. 2. Deep link on other forums, blogs and basically anywhere to threads which are relevant on this site. For example posting a comment on a guitar blog with a link to our guitar section i.e. metalforum.com/what-s-your-dream-guitar-t82.html. 3. Post a link to us on your personal or band fan Facebook page with some text surrounding it related to Metal. 4. Tell your friends off-line who you think might enjoy the community vibe here. You could email them too. 5. If you run or contribute towards a Metal based blog, then blog about us! We would really do well to get some nice blog articles about how AWESOME the Metal Forum is. 6. Make your posts descriptive, try and spell bands and artists names correctly. This will help with search engines. Try and avoid one word posts or a simple :D to show agreement. This is good anyway as it provokes good conversation. 7. Don't spam anyone or any site. This will give us a bad rep and possibly hurt our rankings. Even if you LOVE being part of the Metal Forum keep it clean. 8. Become Metal Forum Royalty. Be one of the first 50 Metal heads to make it to 100 posts and we'll give you a special title and an official Metal Forum t-shirt. Which can also be bought here: http://metalforum.spreadshirt.co.uk/. \m/

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