How to make money with an online discussion forum?

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What are some strategies for making money from a online forum? Obviously I see how Warrior Forum does it but that's not the route I'm trying to go. In my case my forum will only deal with one topic.

Selling advertising seems pretty straight forward. What are other ways to monetize a forum?
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  • Selling advertising.

    Charging for premium accounts etc.
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    Native English content from $2.50/500-words:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/other-we...500-words.html

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  • Profile picture of the author vandanaverma
    i also want to know how can we make money with an online discussion forum.
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    Internet Marketing Executive
    Claritus management Consulting

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  • Profile picture of the author hagendazz07
    You could add a buy, sell, trade section to your forum and charge a fee when sellers sell something on your website.

    Joel
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  • Profile picture of the author texsumaiya
    You can earn money by advertisement. It will be your main income. Beside the advertisement, you can take some money from the Premium member. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author megalinktraffic
    you can make sticky post in each category and even earn more from
    your online forum..
    rueben
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  • Profile picture of the author chaotic squid
    If it were me, I'd personally go the membership site route.

    Create an authority site around the one topic. Have some free content (blog, podcast, etc...) and then have premium content for paid members (videos, whitepapers/reports, etc...) and have the forum only accessible to premium members as a value proposition.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex The Lion
    You could use the forum as the free organic content and then create a membership site encompassing the forum. Similar to the War Room and you could add additional content, depending on the topic, such as a high-quality video course.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by Pandawdy View Post

    What are some strategies for making money from a online forum? Obviously I see how Warrior Forum does it but that's not the route I'm trying to go. In my case my forum will only deal with one topic.

    Selling advertising seems pretty straight forward. What are other ways to monetize a forum?
    Is there any "premium" features you could offer that people may want to pay for? (think war room, extra PM's, etc)
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex65
    A forum full of people posting the time and that is attractive to new, can be a good source of income.
    great to create a forum on an issue very specific.
    Then to earn a forum post new banners
    Advertising
    Especially if your forum is on a specific topic, you can become an affiliate to sites that offer services or products in the niche of interest to your users.
    when you have found the right affiliate program, you may send advertising to your subscribers by email.
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