Forum Ideas

Posted on 2012-08-25
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I want to create a forum.  Can you give me some ideas for a forum?  I want to develop a software forum and cooking forum.  Do you have any other ideas?
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COBOLdinosaur earned 2000 total points
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What do you know about?  What are your skills?  What topics can you discuss intelligently?

Setup a forum with a topic you know something about, because most forums end up as Q and A or niche discussion areas.


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I like Java and Alice.  I like anything that is about software engineering.  Can this be a profitable forum?
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Most forums are not profitable.  Those that are have been around a long time, and have built up outstanding content.  It takes  lot of traffic to generate revenue.  It takes a lot of effort and time to build traffic.

Unless you have unique content as a value added feature you will not be able to sell subscriptions.  To make money from ads you need to build traffic to at least 10,000 visitors a day with a high click through rate or about 50,000 a day with normal click through rates.

If you have a product to sell, a forum for support of the product will improve sales, but you will need to spend up front on advertising to generate traffic.


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