by true900 Banned
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hello i was thinking about starting my own forum. could i hear your opinions on that and what you think about internet marketing forum (is it too staureated or something already)

thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author tuk485
    That's a tough market to get into unless you have lots of oringal content to add to the forum or you can get lots of friends to be members and post for you.

    I would look at a smaller part of marketing to start with as you coal ways extend the forum once it's running.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronaldmd
    Creating your own forum can be hard. Your forum must have a lot of members. And getting a lot of members is not easy. Some forum owners even willing to pay people to post on their forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    You can start a forum but it will be difficult especially in the IM niche. Imho, there are a lot easier ways to make money online and a lot of less competitive niches.
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  • Profile picture of the author true900
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    can you tell me then? i cant seem to make any
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  • Profile picture of the author Lilach
    Forums or membership sites can be very lucrative. However the internet marketing niche is very crowded, but that's not to say there isn't room for one more

    Before you start you need to think about how you would monetize it - that's if you wanted to? Maybe it's a list building/brand awareness plan...

    Most forums are free and upsell to a premium membership i.e. the Warrior Forum. Copying this approach works well but to really make a lot of money you need volume. - Lots of users, lots of traffic and more importantly lots of activity. There is nothing worse than finding a forum that's inactive...

    Best of luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Lilach hit on an important point. Nobody cares how many members a forum has...they care about how many ACTIVE members it has.

    Encouraging people to participate and giving them a reason to participate are two different things, but both are critical to the success of any forum.

    All the best,
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  • Profile picture of the author thewpguide
    The internet marketing niche is a popular one as you will be able to see, if you do a search for internet marketing forum in google so many will come up. I think if you are going to drill down and decide to work on a specific aspect of IM that could work well but a generic one (like the Warrior Forum) there is too much strong competition.

    If you are going to have a forum you need to think about how you can keep people coming back and posting on it as I think a forum that hasn't been posted to for a few months looks unattractive and I think what's the point in posting there.

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Andrews
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    Originally Posted by true900 View Post

    hello i was thinking about starting my own forum. could i hear your opinions on that and what you think about internet marketing forum (is it too staureated or something already)

    thanks.
    Don't tell me...

    You're looking at this forum which was started many years ago in the early days of the Internet and you're thinking, "Wey hey, I wouldn't mind a slice of the action, look at all the money I could earn if I set up my own forum in the IM niche."

    Let me put this to you straight, you ain't going to get a look in.

    Don't waste your time.

    Give up the idea now before you waste a great deal of time for very little, if any financial return.

    The only way you can make this work is...

    A/ If you've got an extraordinarily large list size who trust you and en masse will all join in and participate very quickly and consistently.

    (Any gap in your post count rate by members and anyone coming across your forum believe you me... they're going to go elsewhere where the real activity is. That's your danger. Your weakness. The weakest link in your chain.)

    And B/ Ask yourself, what's going to be your USP?

    What is it about your forum which is going to make people sit up and take notice of your IM forum?

    What irresistible benefits can you bring to the table, so people think in their mind... "Wow! This is definitely the go to forum to educate myself on Internet marketing."

    Whilst it's commendable that you want to do something, some ideas are just a little too late to bring to market.

    You need a very, VERY strong benefit (bribe) indeed to make any kind of success and/or indent in this market.

    The WF is your main competition. Given the choice...

    ...between one extraordinarily large Internet marketing forum well known in all four corners of the globe and your itsy bitsy unknown IM forum... to which one do you think most people are going to be automatically attracted to?

    Are they even going to find your forum? Somehow, I highly doubt it.

    I don't mean to be harsh or to pour cold water on your idea but you need to be a bit more original than this. You've got to be realistic. This is a no hoper.

    You'll thank me later for the advice after you've wasted countless hours trying to get this off the ground without success and you'll be thinking, "Hey! I wish I'd listened to that guy who told me this was a bad idea. I wouldn't listen then but by gum, I wish I'd done so, I could have saved myself one hell of a headache."

    What else can you bring to the table?

    What other alternatives are going through your mind?

    Chances are, almost any other idea has more legs in it than this lame duck.

    No disrespect.

    Best,


    Mark Andrews
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    • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
      Originally Posted by Mark Andrews View Post

      Let me put this to you straight, you ain't going to get a look in.

      Don't waste your time.

      Give up the idea now before you waste a great deal of time for very little, if any financial return.
      Mark, you know I luvs ya champ, but what a load of cobblers, everyone must give up on a dream, bottom line advice, **** everyone please down tools, those people who told you to believe, work hard and live for your dreams ? well they are all full of it?

      yes be real but never let other people form your destiny / never, if you want to create a forum then create one, and based on the advice above VB, envision, exenfo, pbb or what ever they are all called may as well **** doors this Friday and bugger of and get a real job, peddling forum applications is not going to cut a pay packet anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    Mark is right- tons of IM forums have come and gone. The main ones that prosper are

    1) Small, tight-knit ones (which you usually have to pay to join)

    2) The Warrior Forum!

    There are lots of others, but they're usually a LOT smaller than here!
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  • Profile picture of the author Top Dog Marketer
    The hardest part about starting a forum is keeping new members active when there are not that many other members there with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author DotComBum
    It will never get saturated if you can provide more values to your members, and also you can have different topics for your forum to make it stand out.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Andrews
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      Originally Posted by tryinhere View Post

      Mark, you know I luvs ya champ, but what a load of cobblers...
      You know I love you too but...

      Piffle!

      Look, there's no point telling the OP otherwise. You know I'm the last person who enjoys discouraging others but sometimes you've got to be truthful. It's just that I'd hate to see this guy pouring his heart and soul into this for little to no return.

      I'm sorry but that's reality. He did after all say this was for the IM niche which in itself is most telling.

      By all means start off a forum but don't choose Internet marketing as the basic framework, he'll be beating a dead horse until the cows come home, that's all I'm saying.

      Choose another niche with less competition or focus in like a laser on a very strong alternative benefit to the market and he might still be in with a fighting chance, depending on his approach and business model.

      Kindest regards,


      Mark Andrews
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      • Profile picture of the author ppayouts
        Forum maintenance needs more patience.
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    • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
      Originally Posted by DianaHeuser View Post

      Popcorn anyone? This should be interesting between Pete and Mark.
      No were all good, nothing personal just different views is all, one thing we can agree on is getting any forum up and running is a tough game.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobKonrad
    As far as I understand, the OP wanted to start a forum to make money because, if I interpret post 5 correctly, he could not make any otherwise.

    Well if that is the case - I join the bandwagon and say "don't start".

    use the time you would spend on setting up, running and maintaining a forum (not to talk about attracting members) to a solid (internet) marketing education.

    This will most likely make you more money than a forum.

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  • Profile picture of the author tomako
    I think maintaining, removing spams from a forum will be a full time job. But I think it will be very profitable if once you have it run automatically with targeted active users. Just an example, think a forum about pregnancy, lots of super dedicated people.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    You gotta build a list first, then launch your forum, but only after you've surveyed your list and they've all indicated that they want one!

    Launching a forum, then trying to get members afterwards is the biggest reason why most forums dont work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Wilson
    Hi!

    Forum will take months if not years to get big in such a competitive niche. Try first some smaller niches.

    Daniel
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