How can you make money from a Forum

by Tosyne
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Hello,

I have being working hard on my forum for a while but have still be finding it so hard to make money or monetize the forum properly. My forum is A Christian and Inspirational Forum for everyone - Index and would appreciate if you can check it out and tell me what the problem could be or any necessary improvement I have to make on the forum.

Thanks very much fellow warriors.

Cheers!
#forum #make #money
  • Profile picture of the author WizzyWizh
    Try choosing some more unusual colors for your adsense banners - that should increase your CTR.
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  • Profile picture of the author freudianslip27
    I would suggest checking similiar forums to yours and seeing how they are monetizing it. I wonder if there are any Christian focused affiliate networks?

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    • Profile picture of the author Dave777
      Originally Posted by freudianslip27 View Post

      I would suggest checking similiar forums to yours and seeing how they are monetizing it. I wonder if there are any Christian focused affiliate networks?

      Matt
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  • Profile picture of the author phey12
    You need to add threads similar with this forum. There's just a few of your threads so you need to add some that will caught the readers attention.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trieu
    I have a report about how to build a forum and some basic info in how to profit from it. If you interested just pm me for the download link
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  • I think that it is best to keep the idea of "making money" from a forum until you have a massive surge of traffic coming in everyday. Once you have achieved that the money will simply roll in. You will be able to implement many different money making techniques.

    I don't think Adsense would be a great source of income. There are many others, like, private ad space, selling link placement on all pages of forum in a "sponsors box".... Introducing a report, or ebook that your niche of people will be interested in..... Asking for donations....etc...
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  • Profile picture of the author robie
    From adsense, maybe ?
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  • Profile picture of the author Brett Kruger
    Hi Tosyne.

    Looks quite good to me.

    The banner at the top was a bit off putting but otherwise looks good.

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  • Profile picture of the author James Schramko
    Try a forum topic revolving around a starving crowd of enthusiastic buyers
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexKaplo
    Hey there,

    Not only can you use Google AdSense as a great way to monetize from your forum. But you can also let individuals (typically publishers or affiliates) run their banner ads around your website (Adbrite works great). Now you will have to charge accordingly to he amount of traffic your forum gets. You can also add a "PayPal Donation" button, and I think in your niche this would make you some very decent money.

    Also note, it's a great idea to check what your competitor websites are doing and seeing how they are monetizing from their websites...

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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Million
    Originally Posted by Tosyne View Post

    Hello,

    I have being working hard on my forum for a while but have still be finding it so hard to make money or monetize the forum properly. My forum is A Christian and Inspirational Forum for everyone - Index and would appreciate if you can check it out and tell me what the problem could be or any necessary improvement I have to make on the forum.

    Thanks very much fellow warriors.

    Cheers!
    Looks like Phey12 is really spamming it up!

    Instead of random ad banners on your forum have you considered advertising your own products, or being an affiliate for products that tailor to your Forum's topic?

    Just one of many...
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  • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
    I'd say the best way to make money on forums is to get about 100 paid members, keep the site for 12 months, and call a broker to sell if for you for big bucks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Scott Million
      Originally Posted by Christie Love View Post

      I'd say the best way to make money on forums is to get about 100 paid members, keep the site for 12 months, and call a broker to sell if for you for big bucks.
      The "best way", huh? What about 200 paid members
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    • Profile picture of the author trinigirl
      Originally Posted by ChrisASheldon View Post

      Do a search for Christian Based Forums and Join, create a Link in your signature linking back to your forum.
      I agree, in additon to posting to other forums in that niche you can also find blogs in that niche and post relevant information on them and leave a link back to your forum as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan700
    In the "General" section I think you have Financial News, Stocks and Investments and Jobs/Careers in the wrong spot. They should be placed somewhere further down. Most people know where to go for these topics. Figure out what is the most important for your readers and have those ideas "front and center".
    Also, if you're thinking of monetizing with ads and adsense you should know that is a numbers game and to be successful at it you must have lots of subscribers. Try marketing your site at Yahoo Answers by answering questions that are related to your topic. Leave your web site URL in the source box. Better yet, create a web site that collects email addresses by offering a free e-book and then offer them to join you forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Riddle
    Even with a forum, a targeted one, you need to keep in consistent contact with your members.

    You can operate the forum without any ads directly and create your revenue with your newsletter.

    But being in the Christian Market, you have another method that will out shine any commercial promotion.

    Find other christian forums and sow into them, contact owners and give them content, finances, cross promotion or what ever seed you are led to give.

    Let the pastors, preachers, evangelists and teachers know about your site, find the ones who believe in prosperity for the believer, they will be able to help you find how information to the people who are looking for this information.

    Sowing into the lives of people in similar endeavors, brings you into a position of reaping.

    There are so many more things that can be done that has little to do with common marketing practices that are more effective for the Christian Market.

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  • Profile picture of the author daisuke75248
    You'll want to put ads on the way top before your header if possible, on the right side if you can squeeze it in there since that's where most people look first, and at the bottom of everyones posts.

    I have an article to show you how to how to make money with adsense.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hafsoh
    I think most important thing making money online is getting traffic, and the best traffic for an online forum is making sure visitors come back again and again. So,your forum is reasonable active with many members posting, you will be able to start making money with your forum.
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