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How do I get more people to visit my geocaches? Should I place them in urban or rural areas? Should I make them easy or hard?

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Like in the movie "Field of Dreams", if you place it, they will come. Different people like different locations. I prefer rural locations, but I will find a cache in urban places as well. If your cache is a Difficulty 2 or lower, Basic Members can still see it on the App.

 

The main advice is to place a cache like you enjoy finding, and make sure to place it in a location where you can keep up with the maintenance as needed.

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54 minutes ago, Chrisy123 said:

How do I get more people to visit my geocaches? Should I place them in urban or rural areas? Should I make them easy or hard?

 

Just wait to get more visitors for your first cache. 👍

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You've had two logs on your first cache within 24 hours of its publication. I'd be happy with that.

 

Have a look at the most popular caches in your area and see what common traits they have that may be bringing the people there.

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14 minutes ago, South_Stander said:

Have a look at the most popular caches in your area and see what common traits they have that may be bringing the people there.

Yep.

If the goal is just to have the largest group interested in stopping by, I agree.   :)

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1 hour ago, Chrisy123 said:

How do I get more people to visit my geocaches? Should I place them in urban or rural areas? Should I make them easy or hard?

 

I would say, rural and not very hard... but the real difference that I felt over my 12 years playing is related to types of caches.

Traditionals get the majority of visits... Multis, Mysteries and Letterboxs a lot less. Events are ephemeral, but very well Attended. :)

Earthcaches and Wherigos are in a league of their own, because you need a bigger level of expertise... and Virtuals are grandfathered, apart from the recent Rewards.

 

So... if you want a bigger audience... choose a sort of rural, not very hard Traditional, with a generous container. :)

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1 hour ago, Chrisy123 said:

How do I get more people to visit my geocaches? Should I place them in urban or rural areas? Should I make them easy or hard?

 

"More people" isn't always a good thing.  Odds say that when more people visit, they might produce more issues.

Look at the closest micros during a mega event.   :)

When you ask for permission (maybe on your latest one?) have you asked about foot-traffic ? 

 - Some park managers say they really can't handle even steady traffic,  that could possibly do damage to sensitive areas.

 

All caches we've placed were (at the time) caches we'd enjoy ourselves.  Most people who visited had similar interests.

I don't think we'd ever place caches created just to have frequent visits.   "More people" is temporary anyway...

Eventually the locals find them, and they sit until folks are either passing through, or they're there just for that cache.

 

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5 minutes ago, cerberus1 said:

 

"More people" isn't always a good thing.  Odds say that when more people visit, they might produce more issues.

Look at the closest micros during a mega event.   :)

When you ask for permission (maybe on your latest one?) have you asked about foot-traffic ? 

 - Some park managers say they really can't handle even steady traffic,  that could possibly do damage to sensitive areas.

 

All caches we've placed were (at the time) caches we'd enjoy ourselves.  Most people who visited had similar interests.

I don't think we'd ever place caches created just to have frequent visits.   "More people" is temporary anyway...

Eventually the locals find them, and they sit until folks are either passing through, or they're there just for that cache.

 

ok yeah I understand your point

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By far the ones of ours that (sadly) get the most visits are our micros near parks/paths/bikeways.... access is key..... Are they popular? maybe? Do they get FPs - no. :)

 

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Funny - our most popular caches, based on FPs/percentage are a multi and a letterbox (my sons), but they are electronic gadgets - so if you can turn your hand to that, they are always a winner....

 

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Like most new caches you'll get the initial rush from the locals then visits will slow down A LOT. It could sit there for months without a visit. The thing is, don't be disappointed if that happens, you've given people enjoyment and, hopefully, you got enjoyment from placing it.

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Another thought if you want a steady stream of visitors is to pick somewhere that people passing through the area are likely to stop. By far the most popular of my hides (not including ones I've adopted), with 282 finds to date and averaging about one a week, is a short walk up a hill from a motorway rest area. I also have a few close to holiday camping grounds so they sometimes see a bit of activity during the school holidays. The rest get few visitors, with 10 of my hides not having had any this year, and once the handful of active local cachers have found them that's pretty much it. Hide them and they will come doesn't really work here.

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2 minutes ago, barefootjeff said:

the most popular of my hides

The most visited cache of mine, is one on a bike path around Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. Lots of tourists bring their bikes to cycle around the lake. Published in 2013; it has had 230 visitors. (Now, my most popular cache; published this year, by favourites is  running at 61%, but it's only had 31 visitors. That was a little aside, but I only just realised how well it is being received and I was well pleased to discover that 😀.)

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11 minutes ago, Goldenwattle said:

Now, my most popular cache; published this year, by favourites is  running at 61%, but it's only had 31 visitors.

 

My most favourited cache (percentage-wise) is currently sitting on 100% but that's from just 4 finds. It was hidden last October and most recently found in January. It's only a T3 (a bit over 3km of hiking along a mostly level fire trail) so I'm a bit surprised it's languishing so much.

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22 minutes ago, barefootjeff said:

100%

Well done.

Is the 3km hike return or one way? That might make a difference for finds.

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Just now, Goldenwattle said:

Well done.

Is the 3km hike return or one way? That might make a difference for finds.

 

Thanks. 3km each way but level enough to easily ride a bike.

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On 7/18/2019 at 11:50 AM, K13 said:

Like in the movie "Field of Dreams", if you place it, they will come. Different people like different locations.

 

On 7/18/2019 at 1:09 PM, cerberus1 said:

"More people" is temporary anyway...

Eventually the locals find them, and they sit until folks are either passing through,

We've found caches that were placed in 2010, 2012 - with a rush of locals, then they sit with a find every couple of months or so, then longer periods.  We are currently traveling and finding caches new to us, with jewels and clues inside, but not found since January or earlier.  The locals have already found these years ago, and we are seeking them out specifically for this promotion (and a few others, because they are large enough to drop the travel bugs we brought with us).

 

ETA: We've found with our own hides that there's several finds early on (the FTF rush, then all the locals as they make their rounds for the new caches in the area), then sporadic finds here and there, then maybe several when there's a promo like the current Mystery at the Museum and our caches contain the needed items.  I've placed a few puzzles, in  series, with a final bonus cache.  I don't expect many finds; I realize not everyone likes puzzles, or a puzzle where you have to find three or more OTHER caches before you can find the final.  But these are they type I enjoy, so I figure there are others that do, too, and here's a series leading to a bonus for those that like that kind of experience.  As I said, I don't expect a lot of finds, but I do expect those that DO find the final to have something more to say than TFTC!!

 

 

 

 

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Posted too quickly, I wan't finished writing!!)

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There are different ways to have people come visit more.

 

If you have a cool, unique container which would earn favorite points.

 

I however, had some interesting caches near me but not many caches overall and the ones there were not receiving much traffic. So I did something I like to do from time to time... I create a C&D power trail. I placed it last year and since these other caches are not far away, they are not receiving a LOT more traffic. Doing something like that could increase the traffic to this other cache or even if its in a park with a nice trail, put some others so instead of a mile hike to a cache and a mile back to the car for the next cache they can do 4 or 5 others in the same trip.

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