grow_websitesWe finally did it. After many (and I mean many) attempts to setup a meetup group we finally got approved! Let me first start off by telling you how difficult it was to get my meetup group approved and launched. Setting up a meetup group is pretty straight forward. They have a step by step process where you fill out the information they ask for and mildly add some design touches to your group.

One thing that they don’t let you know is that after your meetup group is all done and you have spent an hour or two setting it up, it will go through a very tight review. These review guys are border line insane. I submitted my meetup 3 times before my 4th one was approved. The rejections were pretty much the same each time. They would send a generic

“Unfortunately, we’re unable to pre-approve groups for announcement. I recommend that when you re-create your group, you utilize your group’s description and welcome message to clearly convey that the group is intended to be a community. For more information, you can consult our group community guidelines here:”

Then they provide you with a link that you probably have already read. Just thinking about it gets me agravated again. So, I wanted to post this tip to help those of you out there that are running into the same problem. Here is what I did.

  • On the group description they provide some examples of a good description
  • Copy one of these and make it make sense for whatever your group is about
  • Make sure there are no promotions or name dropping of any kind.
  • You are asked to write a short bio for yourself. Keep it light and don’t drop any names, like where you work or anything like that.
  • This is important! After you submit your group, send an email to support@meetup.com and explain in an email that you are not sure why your group has not gotten approved and you just submitted one that follows all the regulations. Make sure to give them your full name and email address for your account so they can look it up.

That’s it! Hopefully they approve your group. Mine was approved the next day, which I will talk about.

Growing a website is very difficult. There are so many places that we can improve and  I am not just talking about marketing. I started OC Growing Websites to get together with website owners who are running into the same struggles. We just had our first meeting and it was a great success. We had about 20 people attend and got to hear from everyone. There were some really good suggestions thrown out and I am excited for the next meeting. If you are in the Orange County area, please join us and learn how to grow your website.

  • joshdream

    I am so happy that this helped. It was very discouraged, but knew there was a way to get approved. The meetup approval team is tough.