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Can I make money from my forum





ravi_9793
Hey friends...........
I am running a forum dedicated to technology.....I want to announce gifts for members regularly.For that I need some money.

Can I earn anything from my forum...without putting any ads on the forum.
my forum link is http://www.techiehome.org

Hoping to listen some positive responce from members... Smile
Animal
Without putting adverts on the forum, it would be extremely difficult to make any money at all. Perhaps you could use a donation link, or you could try to sell things directly from the forum. Neither of which are likely to make you much though.
divinitywolf
yeah you could sell things directly from the forum and use an external site such as paypal for the money transactions.
Soulfire
I'd go with advertisements, it's the only real way to make money. A donation link might get you very little money, or you could sell things directly from your website (processed by a site like Paypal) for money.

I'd definately go with ads if you want the best money.
Captain Fertile
This is a topic to which I have given a lot of deep thought (and a number of sleepless nights) to try and come up with a profitable formula that is fair and acceptable to my forum users.

I am tinkering with the idea of having a separate members only section, a kind of club if you will, which members pay a yearly subscription to so that they can gain access to this section of the forum, meet other paid up members in there, forge closer relationships with and approach them for their contact details within that section. A kind of members only pen pal exchange using real world addresses rather than email addresses. It is not a penpal exchange but its not hard for you to work out what it is if you have seen some of my other posts of late.

As well as giving the person full membership privileges the payment via paypal ensures that members are traceable so any abuse of the membership is accountable and traceable to them. This gives a reason for the charge and an added level of security and perception of value for my members.

Obviously until I have a large membership base the payment will be little more than a token amount purely as a security check until the membership base grows (increasing the benefits of membership with it). Then membership costs will increase to a level in parallel with the benefits it provides connected with of a lot of other members to choose from OR I may just keep the membership costs minimal purely as a security measure and make money from advertising revenue. I will need to test the water when that time comes which I realistically foresee being a number of years into the future so this is no get rich quick scheme.

This is the best way I can see of getting revenue from a forum but you need the patience to create a specialised and thriving forum with a large membership base before any realistic charges could be acceptable to your visitors.

I hope this helps inspire you – if anyone has any feedback on this idea for me please PM or email me rather than hijack ravi_9793’s thread unless the feedback allows ravi_9793 (as well as me) to gauge forum member’s perception of such an idea.

Thanks.
Pikokola
Hard but possible, there is some way :

1st >> Sell something like those that already mention above
2nd>> Donation... Will be hard if you don't have more than 10.000 visitors/weeks, and they're happy to be stay at your forum
3rd>> make something that can only be accessed after pay (make a pay area), or give them who pay some addition or anything that maybe can make them happy and willing to pay...

actually, it's really hard if you just make an ordinary site/forum

*I haven't visit your site, sorry
chrismen
Adverts are the way to go. You can make money so easily. Just give up a little bit of space. Donations and members only section will not make money unless you have something very special to offer.
ravi_9793
Thanks Animal,divinitywolf,Soulfire,Captain Fertile,Pikokola,chrismen for your kind reply.After reading all the responses,I think ads are best option.
Donation from members can't work at this time,as I have limited visitors.

Same case with selling some products......and the idea of getting paid member is impossible for me at this stage.I dont have much content at my forum.So,will pay to get paid membership.Infact i am trying to attract more members by gifts.

But,if I look at brighter side of my forum...I am going great,with 45 members and more than 200 posts in 5 days. Smile Smile

I am waiting for some more ideas to make money.

thank you
godam64
i think you can offer your member to become your referral from paid to click, paid to read email, or something else. good luck with your forum Smile
ravi_9793
godam64 wrote:
i think you can offer your member to become your referral from paid to click, paid to read email, or something else. good luck with your forum Smile

this may be thought.Thanks
sibbahz
Ads is definatly the easy way to do it compared to the other ways, but you really need to get a lot of traffic in. Might be worth getting a small google adwords campaign, or just advertising to mates.
Captain Fertile
I wonder if Bondings might share some of his wisdom, after all the runs this forum and it is rather successful. I am sure he would have some important hints and tips on starting, getting going, marketing and running a successful forum.

I know I would value any advice he might offer for this project (and of course exploit it for my own).
Animal
In my opinion, forums in general are most successful when one thing and one thing alone is given priority: Users.

You need to design the forum with the users in mind - in order for a forum to be successful (appearing in search results, being linked to from elsewhere etc.) there has to be a lot of good content. This good content can only be generated by users of the forum.

In order to get users to the forum, you need to offer them something - in the case of Frihost, users are attracted to the forums by the offer of free web hosting. Users visit, post, increase the range and diversity of the forum, and hence increase the forum's attractiveness to other users. If you are not actually offering a service (like free hosting) to your users, they need to have some incentive to stay - there are a lot of plain forums on the web, so yours has to offer something more.

Too many forums and websites are designed principally to make money for the forum admin. This essentially means advertising placed in obtrusive locations, loads of "partner links" and several hoops for users to jump through so that they might complete a task or form and make money for the forum's owner. This may be good for short-term income, but it's bad for the long-term profitability of the site since users are less likely to return to an advert-laden forum.

Here's something to consider: Log out of the Frihost forum then browse around. Open some individual posts, don't just load the homepage. It looks a bit different, doesn't it? This is what the forum looks like to users who simply find the forum via Google and click to read more. This is also where forums in general make most of their money - from casual visitors. It is an excellent idea to place the vast majority of your advertising in "un-logged-in" pages, and have extremely discreet or vastly reduced advertising in your member's area. This is a serious incentive for users to register. When users register, they usually interact with the forum - this increases the content, increases the likelihoods of your forum pages appearing in web searches and therefore increases your potential earnings.

It may sound a little backwards, but I genuinely believe that a lot of forums fail because they "over-advertise" to members. It's a longer-term plan though - you won't make much from advertising until the forum is established in search engines. It also requires a lot of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) for the site, so it may seem like more effort. However, I believe that it's the way forward.
Captain Fertile
@Animal WOW! Thanks for taking the time to offer that Animal.

I have printed it off and will keep reading it until it is in my mind and I can tick the boxes by the points that you raised.

That is such great advice with plenty of experience thrown in. Anyone thinking of starting a forum or has one that is failing should read, understand and implement these ideas. Not just the one's that are easy or that you like but the ones that you think may be a pain to implement too.

I always knew a forum (and my overall project) was a long-term thing so I am not disapointed when you say that I wont be raking in millions the day after I download PHPBB.

Anyone connected to the set-up and running of FriHost is worth listening to because to succeed you listen to people who are a success, FriHost has to be classed as a success so I would be an idiot not to listen

Thanks Animal Applause
Animal
Captain Fertile wrote:
@Animal WOW! Thanks for taking the time to offer that Animal.

You're welcome! Smile

Captain Fertile wrote:
Anyone connected to the set-up and running of FriHost is worth listening to because to succeed you listen to people who are a success, FriHost has to be classed as a success so I would be an idiot not to listen

I would be careful regarding any comments about me being "connected to the set-up" of Frihost though. All the site work etc is undertaken by Bondings - he's solely responsible for the "webmaster" duties including SEO and advertising placement - the rest of the staff are simply involved in staffing the forums and dealing with hosting accounts. I have, however, picked up on a few of Bondings' tricks, and as you say - the information was extremely useful and made a lot of sense. The Frihost forum is an example of a successful forum, and you could do much worse than to simply browse around and look at the features.

Psst... Like the fact the page addresses are .html and not .php for example Wink
Captain Fertile
Don't Worry, when I implied you were involved I meant behind the scenes in areas we don't always get to see so you are qualified to speak about the daily running of a forum rather than just the daily visiting of the forum like me and most other users.
nilsmo
To get money, people or businesses need to give you money. People don't give web sites money other than by buying real stuff from it (and they rarely buy from unknown web sites. Real stuff is hard to generate/ship/etc. Businesses are only interested in putting ads on your site AFAIK. Not much you can do, other than get popular (see Animal's post), which is often pretty hopeless (sorry to disappoint you), and put some ads on your web site.
ravi_9793
thanks again Captain Fertile,animal and nilsmo.
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In order to get users to the forum, you need to offer them something - in the case of Frihost, users are attracted to the forums by the offer of free web hosting.

I have started offering some gifts to member.But to continue those offers each month ,I need some money. Sad

Quote:
Too many forums and websites are designed principally to make money for the forum admin.

I dont have any money making policy,I am doing this to spread IT around the world.

I dont have any plan to put ads on the forum.According to me also,ads on the forum will put a bad impression on the visitors,and I wont be successful in long term.

Now what I am planing:
I am planing to invest my own pocket money(which I get every month),and offer gifts.After getting good traffic,I will search some companies to sponsor my gifts.

Will this be a wise decision??
knux
The bad part of investing money to get sponsors to later put logos on, is that the gifts have to be good, they have to be wanted, and they need to make the companies money... Not many companies other than the porn ones will typically do this as they get enough exposure offline and then are found online later. But it is worth a shot, just dont put the farm up for grabs... ^_^
raaeft1
My experience however is that advertising does not work all that effectively and does not yield immediate returns.
Arnie
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Psst... Like the fact the page addresses are .html and not .php for example
How did you get those pages to become HTML anyway, I have been wondering for a while.
catscratches
Well, In questions like those I have no imagination at all so I'd say donation or selling stuff... And that's what I can come out with -.-
Seiji
Did you start your forum recently and you already have 147 members? Thats good...you should put on one of those donations thing which could help keep your site running. Your probably going to need it if your site gets a lot more members.
ravi_9793
Seiji wrote:
Did you start your forum recently and you already have 147 members? Thats good...you should put on one of those donations thing which could help keep your site running. Your probably going to need it if your site gets a lot more members.


Yaa..thats right.i have 152 members in 18 days with more than 850 posts on the forum.

Well as i have allready mentioned that....I dont have much traffic on my forum right now.So,I dont think any one will be interested in donating for my forum.

I am in damm need of money to offer continuos gifts for my forum members..but i dont want to put ads on my forum.
Scorpio
Arnie wrote:
Quote:
Psst... Like the fact the page addresses are .html and not .php for example
How did you get those pages to become HTML anyway, I have been wondering for a while.


I just noticed. Could you elaborate, animal, please?
izimngcubes15
You can, but I don't think you should.
Captain Fertile
I don't think that ads (like google ads etc) are a great money maker, well not the pot of gold many people think they are.

I can honestly say that I have only ever clicked on a couple of the ads that have appeared here and never purchased anything from them.

A lot of the time they appear and they don't even register in my mind that they are there.

The only ads that will make money are those that people pay up-front to place on your website because you have such a large turnover of visitors.

I could be wrong and would love to hear of anyone actually making a killing with google ads etc.- not someone who has heard of somone making a killing, but somone who is actually making a kiling themselves.
ravi_9793
U r right...............I have placed google adsense on my another site http://www.techhunt.org ......but No clik on the ads,so no money.
iNs@nE
Advertisements is the best option if you'd ask me..

and you dont need to worry much about them causing problems for surfing..that will not happen..

try and find a spot where it wont be a pain...maybe at the top of page or at the total bottom..

and try to make sure that you dont add in the adds at teh end of each user post..that makes it really frustrating...

apart from that you could use SUBSCRIPTION to earn cash . ..but unless you have a huge number of members...getting cash from subscriptions is very less..!! it's better you go for advertisements..

google adsense is the best out there as of now...you could give a shot to fineclicks too...they are pretty decent but they only give cash out in teh united states of america..!!

best of luck...
caglarcandan
ravi_9793 wrote:
Hey friends...........
I am running a forum dedicated to technology.....I want to announce gifts for members regularly.For that I need some money.

Can I earn anything from my forum...without putting any ads on the forum.
my forum link is http://www.techiehome.org

Hoping to listen some positive responce from members... Smile
yo must increase your members millions.
baboosaa
there are lots of things you could actually do through your forum. making money is one of them. you can do it but you need to be dedicated for what you want to get in your life. It's just like an investment and you want return from it with interest and increased value of assets. So best of luck with what you want to make out of your forum.
grofet
you can sell position or rank on the forum or you can try making money online in other way outside the forum. small forum is quite difficult to gain much money for giving something great for the forum members.
deanhills
grofet wrote:
you can sell position or rank on the forum or you can try making money online in other way outside the forum. small forum is quite difficult to gain much money for giving something great for the forum members.
I've seen that successfully done, but I can't see it lasting though. The ranks can only be in demand when the Forum is popular. Forums can't be in demand all of the time. Means one would have to invest time to always be on top of the game. Once the Forum is starting to show signs of having reached its peak, then immediately start up a new one.
johans
have you tried PAID forum but you need to be more reliable and interesting topics off-course you need some marketing ads to do that.

To be honest, there millions of forum offers free..
playfungames
Without putting ads in your forum, making any type of money would be hardly possible. Like other users have mentioned before, you can put up a donations module in your forum. But I have seen the donations button and meter in some popular sites and forums and users hardly donate. The meter on those sites are always low.

May be you should first work on making your forum really worth it for users to join. Then once you hit the popularity mark, you can make a premium membership feature with advanced features and access to boards that normal users will not get. Then may be if you have some really worth-it contents on those premium boards, members will be persuaded enough to spend money on your website. This will help you to earn. But it will take a long time and some huge efforts on your side.
bukaida
yes, Advertisement and Pay per click is an easier way to earn money. The Google may help you in this regards. However some sites tends to offer illegal contents to attract the visitors. In the long run that does not survives. So be careful about that.
codegeek
Just putting ads on your forum will not earn you any money. The main thing is the number of visitors. If your users post quality stuff, you can get a lot of visitors from Google searches. Once that number reaches a stable high point, you can put ads and eventually get a stable income. It takes a lot of time and patience, but eventually you can be successful. I don't think there are any shortcuts that work.
abhinavm24
ads Laughing
they rule the earnings of giants like google n facebook too..... Surprised
dietagainstdiabetes
I have just joined the forum with the main interest being to learn how to manage a blog in practical terms. I have already grasped a lot on how to monetize the lessons "outside" the forum. Usually is the people we affect in the forum that follow us through into our other streams of online marketing.

A day old, I don't regret being here.
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