To Start And Make Money Building Your Own Online Forum
It is likely
that as an Internet user you will have come across online forums
before. This is a community of users that engage together to answer
questions and debate issues in a particular niche. There are many
successful examples of good online forums such as the Warrior Forum
which focuses on the Internet marketing niche.
There are a lot
of other forums too on just about every subject that you can imagine.
There are sports forums, craft forums, personal development forums,
marketing and business forums, forums for video game players and many
If you want to start your own forum in a particular niche then you can certainly do this. If you want it to be successful and make good money then you will have to be prepared to work hard at this and put in the effort.
to make more money online through Discussion Boards and Forums
In order to
create a successful forum or discussion board you need to understand
what makes them so popular. You may be wondering why people bother
visiting forums, when they can find out everything that they need to
know by using a searching engine, and finding a relevant website that
has the answers.
like to belong to communities. They like to voice their opinions and
hear the opinions of others. They like to ask specific questions and
see what the “experts” on the forum have to say. Social networks
have grown wildly due to these reasons.
A forum is
quite different to a social networking site. Social networks are
dynamic where the information flow constantly updates. If you are
involved in a conversation on a social site and then you have to leave
it and return later you will have missed a lot of the dialog. A forum
is a static site where all responses to a thread will always be there.
You can easily
view the entire conversation on a forum and add your opinion whenever
you want. A forum conversation can literally continue for years. The
key to a good forum then is lots of activity, and this is a key
ingredient that you will need to create.
As with any
website you are going to need traffic to make it a success. If someone
visits your forum and it looks like a ghost town then they will leave
promptly and never return. If you do not have a good traffic source at
the moment then you need to box clever. We will cover this in more
You will need
to choose a quality forum platform and ensure that your web hosting
can handle the traffic that you intend to drive. You must go for forum
software that has stood the test of time, and will not be easily
hacked or spammed. Be prepared to spend some money here on the best
installing the software you will need to set up your categories. Use
keywords here that are niche relevant. You want to make it clear to
people where to go to discuss what they want.
to make your Online Community or Forum more active and make money
readily join active forums. They will walk away from inactive ones.
When you start your forum enter each category you have established and
start some threads going. A lot of people will be shy and will not
want to create the first thread in a category.
Get some help
running your forum initially and find a moderator or two. It is very
important that people feel comfortable in your forum, and that they
will not be abused verbally or bullied. Your moderators can also
initiate threads and make posts on threads that you have started.
Find some forum
commentators and pay them to be active on your forum for the first few
weeks. You can drive traffic using PPC and other methods such as
social media. You need to generate activity as this will breed further
to make money from your online Forum website
Treat your busy
forum as a piece of real estate on the Internet. You can use Google
Adsense to place ads where you will make money on click throughs. It
should not be a problem generating relevant ads as your categories are
You can create
a membership element to your forum. This could be a VIP membership
where these members will have access to locked content. This content
really needs to be good and not stuff that they can find elsewhere for
You can add a
marketplace where members can sell their products and services. You
will charge members for placing their ads and even add a “bump”
system so that they have to pay again to get to the top of the page.
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