vbulletin newbie help

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I have a vbulletin forum.
It is about a year old.

It is free, but planning on turning a few forums into a paid subscription.

I have been offering my services free for a year now and it's time to start making some money off my time and service.

I am new to IM and as much as I read the information on this forum, I am overwhelmed. I need to find a starting point.

I'm embarrassed to say, I'm not real sure about what my traffic statistics mean. Here is what my host provides:

Site went live 4/2010.
Figures in parentheses refer to the 7-day period ending Apr 30 2011 at 8:21 AM.

Successful requests: 9,317,213 (279,568)
Average successful requests per day: 25,270 (39,938)
Successful requests for pages: 87,157 (3,041)
Average successful requests for pages per day: 236 (434)
Failed requests: 38,276 (149)
Redirected requests: 223,329 (960)
Distinct files requested: 841,983 (5,713)
Distinct hosts served: 83,754 (739)
Data transferred: 91.55 gigabytes (3.41 gigabytes)
Average data transferred per day: 254.27 megabytes (499.10 megabytes)

I have 300 registered members.
I believe most of the guests (800 most online) view my information, get what they need and leave. I am in the process of determining the specific information they are getting and will move that information to the paid forum.

Can you please give me some guidance on where to start?
What can I read?

Any guidance you can give me is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time.
Lori Kelly
#newbie #vbulletin
  • Profile picture of the author HowieM
    1. Get Google Analytics
    2. Unless the information is top secret, and not something like "how to get extra gas mileage" I wouldn't turn them all into paid subscriptions.
    3. If you don't want guests taking all the information for free, make then register to be able to view certain sections! That's what a lot of forums do.

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    • Profile picture of the author Lori Kelly
      Thanks Howie.
      I am getting google analytics now.

      The information is not top secret but provides valuable information others are either not able to find on their own or it is very difficult to find the information.

      Great idea too on making sections available for reading only to registered users.

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