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How to monetize forums

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  1. scottmccloud

    scottmccloud Active Member

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    I bought a domain recently with a view to putting a forum on it. What I wanted to know was how to monetize a forum. I've thought of Adsense, and related affiliate banners etc, just wondering if there was anything else I was missing?
     
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    Skimlinks can be quite good :)
     
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    If skimlinks are what I think they are, I've always found them a bit annoying on forums that have them. Thanks for the suggestion though, I will have a look at them.
     
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    Thanks JMOT, you're right that's what I was thinking of. Cheers for pointing it out.
     
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    Upgraded accounts/premium membership, though I guess that depends on the type of forum and would probably occur further down the line.

    Linking membership to a mailing list might be a good idea too.
     
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    Cheers Blossom,

    I like the mailing list idea, that's going to be a definite I think.:D
     
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    The hard part is having the ads there without annoying people and getting them in the right place to convert. I have them showing for guests and people not logged in but don't show them for members.

    I keep thinking about finding a way to show related items to the niche that people might buy but it is quite a hard thing to do as if people use a forum all day every day they become blind to the adds.

    When was the last time you took notice of them on here? :(
     
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    depending on the forum type/style, you can have subscription levels. VB and IPB ech have mods for this. It allows you to offer more value/privileges to people who pay a fee. I have the following subscriptions running on a forum:
    1 week £1
    3 weeks £5
    1 year £10

    Or something like that. I have regular and repeat subscribers.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies, I'm going to have to have a good think as to whether developing this is a good idea. The more I think about it, it seems a lot of work for what could be relatively low reward, when comparing it to putting up some normal affiliate sites.
     
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    you could try automatically adding an affiliate link everytime someone uses a merchants name or links out to a merchant site?

    So if someone were to mention amazon in a thread it would automatically form a hyperlink with your affiliate link to amazon.

    I could try give you some more ideas if you mentioned the niche.
     
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