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Is there money to be made with a good forum?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by SeeGoldTees, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. SeeGoldTees

    SeeGoldTees Junior Member

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    I was thinking of other sites to my black hat ones just to test other methods and I'm not too sure if it'd do well. I've never run a forum before, it seems a bit intimidating but manageable with good mods. I have two good niches that could possibly do well.

    Does anyone have some advise about starting a forum up?
     
  2. GrizzlyAdams

    GrizzlyAdams Regular Member

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    advice: keep it small at first, as little forums as possible and keep them active then expand in time. no one wants to join a ghost forum.
     
  3. SeeGoldTees

    SeeGoldTees Junior Member

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    I was gonna keep it pretty minimal and just let some word spread. It's the perfect time for both of them. One is seasonal but is a huge topic that is always on the news. It has an extremely large follower base also.
     
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    GrizzlyAdams Regular Member

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    honestly if you think you can get it good google position and each post and topic is about educating people about your products/services, whatever. it can be very lucrative for you.
     
  5. festeris101

    festeris101 Regular Member

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    Don't forget to seed with forum robot poster. It's helped me get a few ghost forums of the ground. ;)
     
  6. scriptomania

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    Yeah, I'd say forums are a pretty good idea. Really depends on a lot of factors though. I'd back GrizzlyAdams' suggestion of keeping it small at first.

    Good luck with your venture!
     
  7. domainlords

    domainlords Newbie

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    domain forums make money

    depends on niche

    ogrish used to be huge

    now what are they

    some politico's make money

    depends on the niche and if money is chasing the users
     
  8. SeeGoldTees

    SeeGoldTees Junior Member

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    Thanks for the advice, I'm thinking about buying vBulletin in the future. I'm not having the best of luck with money in black hat so I'm going to give a try with this project in my free time. Thank the lord I have a lot of it...
     
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    joeadams69 Newbie

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    Does this only work with forums?
     
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    Chrisss Senior Member

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    Starting a active forum is a lot harder than you think. It's very important that you have the time in the beginning to get the forum populated.

    Remember to start out with only a few categories and make sure that these categories are active.

    You will have a very big bounce rate, if people find your forum and it looks empty.

    But there is definately a lot of money to be made on a forum if you make it a quality forum. It's a lot easier to sell banners directly to companies and avoid affiliate network (who will take their share of the business!).

    Good luck.
     
  11. SeeGoldTees

    SeeGoldTees Junior Member

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    Thanks for the tips. I have three months to do this before I start college again, so it's plenty of time to get the ball rolling.
     
  12. captchadreams

    captchadreams Power Member

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    lol..

    that's what I was thinking.. all the posts have been: make sure to keep the forum small at first.. and then start growing it.

    like it's just that easy.

    and i'm not trying to discourage you.. if you have a good niche, and a good idea. then go for it.. but it's not easy to bring it out of the "small stages"
     
  13. festeris101

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    Yes, but it works quite effectively. I started my forum about a month ago on slow speed and it looks very natural. This helped to bring in new members. They were unwittingly posting on topics that were started by the bot. :)

    Just Google it, I think I paid like $99 for it.

    Good Luck

    P.S. I will send you one of my forum links if you PM me.
     
  14. dtachia

    dtachia Newbie

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    anything can work: forums, blogs, websites as long as you have traffic and lots monetizing tools to use