In the next year or so I am opening up a website that targets coders and designers. Some features will be a blog (or blogs), categories to submit stuff and also a forum to help build a community.
As of right now I'm planning and studying/learning how to gain contributers and members to the site.
I was thinking of paying for bloggers ($50+) to contribute blog posts and submissions, but how would I gain contributers without paying them for submissions and blog posts also?
This would be my first big site, so I'm not really experienced with startups so any tips would really be appreciated, if there are any blog posts or guides related to my question please link it!
Allowing them to link back to their own websites might be a good incentive. Such links increase page ranks and are good for SEO.
Many startups and new bloggers are happy to guest post on other related blogs in exchange for a link back to their website. This won't cost you any money. The problem is that they will probably not be interested in doing so if the host website gets very little traffic. So you'll have to build your traffic first. You can do that by:
You could ad $$$ incentives for either posts, or articles. This is tough to do with google adsense if you are a new site, but you can come up with your own ad profit sharing scheme through a platform such as openx.
Make sure to build in social engagement.
A points system, like the one on this site could build loyalty.
You could award points for age of membership, referrals, articles, ratings, etc.
Best of luck on your venture.