1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Making Money With Forums?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by fulcanelli, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. fulcanelli

    fulcanelli Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2009
    Messages:
    247
    Likes Received:
    163
    Location:
    USA
    Are there any basic methods to making money with ones own forum? I do not currently have one of my own so I would be starting from nothing. No particular niches in mind.

    If done right it would make sense that the users generate most of the content and you just monetize that somehow. I have some ideas but I'd like to hear it from experienced people.

    Also, if anyone has specific examples, past or present. That would be great too.

    I just can't find any specific info on this topic on BHW. Thanks!
     
  2. steelballs

    steelballs BANNED BANNED

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    1,832
    Likes Received:
    4,562
    If you decide to build a forum then you are looking down the barrel of lots and lots of hard work, there are much easier ways to make bank, but if you work full time ie over 40 hours a week on the web, then my focus would not be on building a forum!

    All sites need work but many sites will realize more revenue than a forum and also have a solid resale value if you want to sell :) In my experience only a few really top forums make top money and they usually have a team of guys to ensure they make Bank!
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 3
  3. fulcanelli

    fulcanelli Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2009
    Messages:
    247
    Likes Received:
    163
    Location:
    USA
    Thanks Thanks! Not really a commitment I made. I mainly wanted to see what people have to say about it. Really good info!
     
  4. redtide1969

    redtide1969 BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Messages:
    1,902
    Likes Received:
    1,548
    Use BHW as an example. You'll see quite a few ads promoting different products related to IM and affiliate marketing, from Hookup.com affiliate programs to Voltrank etc etc. Just like any other kind of marketing project you'll want to pick a niche thats high demand and put in the blood, sweat and tears to get the ball rolling. Again, using BHW as an example, you can set up VIP memberships and benefits for donors once the forum starts to build interest for more monetization and then of course Google ads etc.

    Use some friends to get some activity going in the forum as far as posts, threads etc and then promote the hell out of it.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1