Targeted niche forum VS collective forums

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A targeted niche in this context (i.e https://www.warriorforum.com ) is focused on a subset which in this case is forum marketing. A pro of setting a forum based on targeted niche will be the fact that over 90% of visitors/potential users have a common interest so there are higher probabilities of getting visitors engaged because the is of interest to them.


On the other hand, a collective niche ( i.e https://www.forumine.com ) Is set up to cut across all aspects of a user's interest. In this case, the interest can include sports, technology, entertainment or other "day-to-day" aspect of human life. A pro in this case can supersede the pros of a targeted niche in sense that visitors will always find their area of interest.

That being said, Most forums seem to embrace the concepts of targeted niche as opposed to the collective niche forum setup in recent years. What are your thoughts?
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  • Profile picture of the author robertsmith24
    great tips
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  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    Originally Posted by ceoboss View Post

    A pro in this case can supersede the pros of a targeted niche in sense that visitors will always find their area of interest.

    What are your thoughts?
    are you speaking from facts or just hopeful wishing, based on your website so far ? / you are running a successful forum yes ?
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    • Profile picture of the author ceoboss
      Originally Posted by robertsmith24 View Post

      great tips

      Welcome.


      Originally Posted by tryinhere View Post

      are you speaking from facts or just hopeful wishing, based on your website so far ? / you are running a successful forum yes ?

      This writing was inspired based on my personal research as well as article I read online.
      This is one of the facts the top-tiered firms running the media industry like Forbes, msn, time etc. never tell you. This is why it seem like their websites has all your answers.


      FYI: The www.forumine.com website is one of our new forum projects. Feel free to explore and let us know what can be improved.


      Best regards.
      CeoBoss
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      • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
        Originally Posted by ceoboss View Post

        This writing was inspired based on my personal research as well as article I read online.
        Feel free to explore and let us know what can be improved.
        Best regards.
        CeoBoss
        With your only hope based a little research and one article, I'm not here to tell another what will or what will not work, I get that from people most days, but I really see a difficult time ahead trying to get that to float.
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  • Profile picture of the author 1Bryan
    General chat online went like this:

    BBS => Chat Rooms => Forums => Social Media => Apps

    For you? I would focus on the crypto subforum. Crypto offers are being banned from a lot of ad networks. So if you can build an audience, you can sell advertising to those folks who can't buy it.

    It's the only part that has any growth potential.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    There is room in this world for both types of forums, general (multi-niche) and specific niche forums.

    The reason most people coming to the Warrior Forum choose specific targeted niche forums is because that business model fits their profile and goal for a solo business without having to hire employees.

    A multi-niche forum requires a lot more time, resources (money for promotion), and help in order to satisfy the demands of each niche. A solo operator typically can't effectively manage and care for the needs of many niches by him/herself. It should make sense that caring for one niche and serving all the like-minded people at the same time with every email, every content piece, every offer is well-suited to a one-person business.

    Multi-niche forums, if you think about it, could be considered a collection of say, for example, 10 niche forums ... each one having a different audience, different needs, different expectations, etc. One person trying to care for ten different niches all at once is going to have a very difficult time.

    Forums take a lot of work in the beginning. They don't typically run on auto-pilot by themselves. They require TLC, constant promotion, support and management, moderation, and "feeding." To try to care for 10 separate sub-forums under one forum roof is too much to ask one person to do if that forum is going to provide a quality experience for its members.

    Anyone building a forum needs to go in with their eyes wide open because they take a concerted, long-term, consistent effort and they may not pay off until traction in the niche happens.

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    • Profile picture of the author ceoboss
      Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

      There is room in this world for both types of forums, general (multi-niche) and specific niche forums.

      The reason most people coming to the Warrior Forum choose specific targeted niche forums is because that business model fits their profile and goal for a solo business without having to hire employees.

      A multi-niche forum requires a lot more time, resources (money for promotion), and help in order to satisfy the demands of each niche. A solo operator typically can't effectively manage and care for the needs of many niches by him/herself. It should make sense that caring for one niche and serving all the like-minded people at the same time with every email, every content piece, every offer is well-suited to a one-person business.

      Multi-niche forums, if you think about it, could be considered a collection of say, for example, 10 niche forums ... each one having a different audience, different needs, different expectations, etc. One person trying to care for ten different niches all at once is going to have a very difficult time.

      Forums take a lot of work in the beginning. They don't typically run on auto-pilot by themselves. They require TLC, constant promotion, support and management, moderation, and "feeding." To try to care for 10 separate sub-forums under one forum roof is too much to ask one person to do if that forum is going to provide a quality experience for its members.

      Anyone building a forum needs to go in with their eyes wide open because they take a concerted, long-term, consistent effort and they may not pay off until traction in the niche happens.

      Steve
      Thank you Steve, your words have been kind and never disappointing.
      We are considering your advice at this time and implementing some new features
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Very common assumption -- why be everything to some people when I can try to be everything to everybody?

    You mentioned companies like Microsoft or Forbes. Take a look at their SEC filings and check the number of employees they have.

    Go back and look at their forums. Each forum will have one head honcho and multiple secondary people whose only business is managing/supporting that particular section.

    You won't see the money guy writing about sports, or the sports guy doing stock picks.

    That's why many forums (fora?) tend to revolve around a single niche. They were often started by one person, who stuck to something they knew and liked, and let things grow from there.
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    • Profile picture of the author ceoboss
      Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

      Very common assumption -- why be everything to some people when I can try to be everything to everybody?

      You mentioned companies like Microsoft or Forbes. Take a look at their SEC filings and check the number of employees they have.

      Go back and look at their forums. Each forum will have one head honcho and multiple secondary people whose only business is managing/supporting that particular section.

      You won't see the money guy writing about sports, or the sports guy doing stock picks.

      That's why many forums (fora?) tend to revolve around a single niche. They were often started by one person, who stuck to something they knew and liked, and let things grow from there.
      Highly inspiring. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Originally Posted by ceoboss View Post

    Most forums seem to embrace the concepts of targeted niche as opposed to the collective niche forum setup in recent years.





    No, not recent years. Since the beginning of the internet.

    If you're going to keep spamming your forum link at least fix it so it's relevant to WF.

    Focus.
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    • Profile picture of the author ceoboss
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      No, not recent years. Since the beginning of the internet.

      If you're going to keep spamming your forum link at least fix it so it's relevant to WF.

      Focus.
      Being positive or negative is a choice. Someone else will put what you just said in a more positive way and that 'll sound more pleasing.

      We are all here to learn and no one is an island. I hope you'll be glad the next time you visit ad see how some of what you said were implemented.
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  • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
    I sometimes find forums in my search results. The ones I've visited lately are laser-focused on a single topic.

    Recent visits include:

    https://www.talkbass.com/forums/

    Honda CR-V Owners Club Forums

    On TalkBass they don't discuss six-strings or singers, etc.

    You'll never find a discussion about a Chevy or Ford on the CRV owners forum.

    Need I go on?
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    • Profile picture of the author ceoboss
      Originally Posted by IGotMine View Post

      I sometimes find forums in my search results. The ones I've visited lately are laser-focused on a single topic.

      Recent visits include:

      https://www.talkbass.com/forums/

      Honda CR-V Owners Club Forums

      On TalkBass they don't discuss six-strings or singers, etc.

      You'll never find a discussion about a Chevy or Ford on the CRV owners forum.

      Need I go on?
      That gave a lot of insights to the plan. Initially, we wanted a forum around tech, crypto and IT but along the line, Priorities were diversified as we added more people and Idea too the team. To avoid a clumsy forum, we have decided to stick to the initial plan and refine our platform to follow suit.
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  • Profile picture of the author tritrain
    Any forum that is new at this point will struggle, unlike ever before. They are virtually all dying. Sorry, but it's the truth.

    With that said, a niche is your best chance. Try to grow a core group of people (hopefully experts in the niche) and keep them happy. They can keep your forum alive and relatively healthy.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Hi ceoboss,

    John said it; specialization.

    Successful folks specialize in 1 area because where your attention and energy goes, grows. Meaning if you target the niche, and learn it inside out, you gain authority and trust in that niche. Simple concept.

    The world does not gravitate toward generalists though; too scatter brained, and they plum just don't become experts in 1 niche because their mind and energy is all over the place.

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  • Profile picture of the author UnkwnUsr
    Go with a targeted niche that way you can hopefully attract some true experts on the topic. That is the reason most join forums to get true opinions from people who have experience. Without that you really won't draw much of an audience. People with a passing or general interest in a topic don't normally go out of there way to join a forum and post.
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  • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
    If you're going to keep spamming your forum link at least fix it so it's relevant to WF.
    Now the OP is PM spamming...as if we needed more evidence.
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