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The Value of Facebook Advertising for a Forum

Tweet I was just checking the metrics for one of the forums I run and was surprised to see that Facebook was second to Google as the referring site. Given the recent Panda update that Google did that did affect traffic to a large number of sites, the need to diversify traffic sources is important […]

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OpenX Adserver book

Tweet I have already talked about the huge benefits from the use of the OpenX Adserver and why I use it here at ForumDr and all my sites. One problem with OpenX was the steep learning curve when you first start using it. I have no doubt that the learning curve is well worth what […]

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How to get traffic to your forum

Tweet As part of the 90 9 1 principle of forum participation, getting traffic to the site is of prime importance to build up the 90, so the 9 builds up and then the 1 (ignore that actual numbers, as it’s the principle or framework that counts). You have got your forum up and running, […]

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Selling advertising space on your forum

Tweet There are many options to monetize a forum, from Google Adsense, to affiliates such as eBay and Amazon. The direct selling of advertising space is another option. This requires more active work than the more passive methods such as Adsense and affiliate programs. Here is how I go about it: In an spreadsheet I […]

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Suicide threats made in a forum

Tweet Have you had a suicide threat on your forum from a member? Chances are you haven’t and most forums probably will not have to deal with it. Some forums will and do have to deal with these. What­ will do you do if a member of your forum makes comments about committing suicide? Are […]

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Nulled vBulletin

Tweet Nulled vBulletin is not a different version of the forum software vBulletin. Nulled vBulletin is a version of the software that has been hacked to remove the license information. The nulled means it has been pirated and everything that could identify the owner of the licence has been removed or deactivated (however, sometimes the hacker […]

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Using a Paid Forum Posting Service to Kickstart a Forum

Tweet There are many ways to kickstart a community. One option in the early days is the use of a paid forum posting service – that is paying people to post to get that initial content. There are plenty of sites offering this service and packages for a variety of prices (see below). On a […]

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Monetizing a Forum

Tweet Forums cost money to run and they take time to run (see a day in the life of a forum admin). If you are in it just for the passion or the money, there are a number of ways to recoup the expenses and cover your time involved in running the forum, and if […]

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Monetize a forum with Adsense

Tweet Google’s Adsense program is probably one of the more effective ways to monetize a forum. Essentially, you place the Google Adsense code on your forum in the template for where you wish to show the advertisements, Google then displays contextually relevant advertisements from their pool of Adwords advertisers. If your visitors click on them, […]

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Monetize your forum with Amazon

Tweet Amazon.com offers an associate (affiliate) program that can be used by forum owners to monetize their forum. Reports I have read from forum owners on this are mixed. It will work on some forums and not on others. In some niches, people are more likely to buy books or the types of products that […]

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Beware of the dog!

Tweet In my RSS reader this morning was a blog post:  My “Beware Of Dog” Don’t Spam Me Sign from Danny Sullivan. He was getting frustrated about the idiocy of the spam attempts on his blog. It struck a chord with me as I have had my views on forum spam. This is an ongoing […]

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Should a visitor always need to register to post on a forum?

Tweet Is it always desirable that you have to be a registered member of a forum to post a message? In most circumstances we want visitors to join as members (see converting the visitor into a member); we want them to engage with the site. BUT, what if your forum is on the sort of […]

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The curse of the profile spammer

Tweet Spam and fluff posting on forums are as old as forums. What is getting worse lately is profile spam, mainly because the SEO Kiddies think that forums links are worth it. This is done by those who join forums or social network sites just to create a profile so that they can add a profile […]

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How much does it cost to run a forum?

Tweet The costs to run a forum can vary substantially. What the actual costs of running a forum will depend on how much you do yourself; how much you want done; and how much you pay for other services. The costs include: Hosting: It could be free forum hosting or a paid host. As for […]

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