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Is a forum viable for a newbie?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by pxoxrxn, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. pxoxrxn

    pxoxrxn Supreme Member

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    Hey everyone, I was recently banned from YT an my affiliate programs and for good reason. Its people like me that are trashing the internet. So I want to go the legitimate way and actually put some work into having a way to get leads that is sustainable. My question is, are forums still as popular as they have been and are they still a viable way to make some dollars. I don't know that much about all this stuff but I can scrape for links and post on wiki sites. I also know how to get some fake posts on the forum ect... so is a forum really worth attempting?

    Cheers
     
  2. ajithrocksca

    ajithrocksca Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Forums are a ton of work and very hard to get profitable so if you're just looking to make money online, I really wouldn't recommend it.
     
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    acotut Elite Member

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    It's rare to see a newbie admiting his mistake,gratz :drinking2

    Forums are really profitable if you manage them manually,unless you have good spamming method :D
     
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    As is with everything, it depends on the topic.
     
  6. knall

    knall Regular Member

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    There are better options to start then forums. They require a ton of work and alot of moderating.
     
  7. pxoxrxn

    pxoxrxn Supreme Member

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    What other options do you suggest?
     
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    amazonian raider Junior Member

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    You could try micro niche sites, they're easier to get started on. You could try setting up an authority site if you're wanting a bigger more longterm project. You could even set up an authority site with the eventual goal of adding a forum once you get a decent amount of traffic if you're fairly attached to that idea.
     
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    The H5N1 Registered Member

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    I wanna jump in on this thread instead of starting a complete new one. I plan to go into a JV with a good friend of mine who runs a photography related Facebook Fan Page with about 8k members. His group is about a small passionate niche group of photographers. We want to move those members to a forum which at the time there is no current forum for this niche.

    What is the best forum platform to run such a site on? Vbulletin? phpBB? Simple Machines? I know everyone is probably going to reccomend VBulletin but what about the free ones?
     
  10. makeitWORK!

    makeitWORK! Registered Member

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    You should probably do some niche analysis and make some projections on how large this project of yours is going to be, how much money you could potentially make, how long it will take for you to get there with x amount of members, etc. If you will have no competitors and there is really a demand for this type of forum, you may as well pay for V bulletin because of the product features and support (if your projections show that you are bound to make money). For larger projects, it's always to come up with a business plan if you're serious about it.
     
  11. makeitWORK!

    makeitWORK! Registered Member

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    Microniche is probably the best place to get started. That's where I am getting started and there is potential to generate large revenue over time. Costs minimal amount to start up and you can scale as you go.

    You can think of longer term projects after you start generating some income if you really don't have any to spend at this time.

    Good luck!
     
  12. jhonson5

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    Make money offline. If you can figure out how to create value face to face, it's a lot easier to figure out how to do the same digitally. The web isn't magic, it's merely efficient.