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Can you make money off a forum?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by FaithFirst, May 14, 2013.

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Do you make profit on your forum?

  1. No

    30 vote(s)
    40.0%
  2. Yes, $100 +/Month

    16 vote(s)
    21.3%
  3. Yes, $500 +/Month

    8 vote(s)
    10.7%
  4. Yes, $1,200 +/Month

    5 vote(s)
    6.7%
  5. Yes, $1,800 +/Month

    3 vote(s)
    4.0%
  6. Yes, $2,500 +/Month

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Yes, $3,200 +/Month

    4 vote(s)
    5.3%
  8. Yes, $4,500 +/Month

    1 vote(s)
    1.3%
  9. Yes, $8,000 +/Month

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Yes, $12,000 +/Month

    8 vote(s)
    10.7%
  1. FaithFirst

    FaithFirst Well-Known Member

    Lol I have seen people apply right away on day one and get in... I think its blogs they don't like to disk out adsense accounts for unless they have traffic. If you have a social website which you have put some real work into they will probably let you in right away as they did me.

    *If it's clear your site has few members and posts the above may not work.
  2. OverHere

    OverHere Active Member

    Yes, you mean like my website! But, I think I better wait for some traffic first!
  3. OSS 117

    OSS 117 Well-Known Member

    Not forum per se, but online ventures make anywhere from $4,000-6,000 a month. Hosting and all costs me under $700 and I can do most if not all the admin work myself.

    I read that URL once and then said "Duh, look at the domain, why wouldn't it be up at the top?" then realized that no, that's a fishing forum and I saw an extra P in there.
    thedude likes this.
  4. FaithFirst

    FaithFirst Well-Known Member

    Go with Ad Sense first and last. They pay at least 30% more because of the high fill rate and number of advertisers they have.
  5. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    Totally depends on the subject and other such things....

    AND, the networks differs - as I mentioned in a post further back, my new site is making MUCH more from Amazon links than from adsense. My big site (hearth.com) does well with adsense.

    In general, adsense is the way to go for straight money making. But the best thing to do is run some tests when your forum is that size - put some Amazon links and some adsense ads and watch what happens.

    I am not trying hard yet to monetize my new small forum....I am only at about 450 visitors per day. But if, for instance, that site was at 1000 honest visitors per day each reading 2-3 pages I think I could make $500 a month. Not big money, but $6K a year is nothing to sneeze at either.
  6. SelfSufficientMe

    SelfSufficientMe Active Member

    This is a common question and a good thread. The same is often asked about blogging. I think most owners of "hobby sites" would like some money back for providing a good read or service to compensate for overheads. Why not make a modest living out of your hobby if you can?

    AdSense is good but it's just one of many online advertising options to choose from which may suit different sites better.

    There is definitely money to be made online as a publisher be it blogs or forums and the power of internet advertising is still just in its infancy. Grab your niche, know lots about it, enjoy doing it, and chances are you'll make a reasonable monetary success out of a website - in good time.
  7. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    Reviving an old thread - but i have something valuable to add to it!

    As expressed above, I started a new blog/forum/site in 2013 just as a hobby - to see what it might take to get something going in this day and age (my main forum started in 1995)....

    I blogged about the effort and now can share all the tips which got it going. There should be some valuable info in these posts/pdf's for many of you. Please spread the word....

    http://www.craigsfire.com/starting-a-successful-web-site-series/

    A special update for my XF friends here! I have been spending VERY little time on the drone site - things would obviously be better if I put more effort into it...still, the stats are decent (40K pages per month):
    https://www.quantcast.com/droneflyers.com

    AND, the income is really starting to be decent. I have no doubt that if someone really put the effort of a couple hours a day into this (or a similar effort) web site, they could make some really nice side money or even a full living. As it stands now, the income from the site is about:
    150 month adsense
    300 month amazon affiliate
    300 month the ebook I created using the same info I posted on the site.

    That's not bad, IMHO, and clearly illustrates that it is still possible to make an income producing site - however, as most real webmasters know, the key to making income is that you have to not care about making income! What that means is that the content and community have to be #1 - the income will come later and somewhat naturally....
    Dakis, tajhay and Alfa1 like this.
  8. SelfSufficientMe

    SelfSufficientMe Active Member

    That's great to hear - I like these start up stories of bloggers earning some money from giving surfers a good clean read about something they are interested in. Blogging about something you enjoy is good fun but only if you can get noticed (that's not always easy) and it's nice to see some positive stats and receive feedback for time and effort invested. You've got some good tips there in your series and it's well worth a reading!
  9. billybatz9

    billybatz9 Active Member

    Your buyers never got mad that they bought a book when they could have gotten the same info for free on the same website? Lol
  10. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    Not at all. Some people are "book" people....in fact, many buy the print version at over double the price!

    Also, I have given it away free twice (amazon lets you do this for up to 5 days each 90) - and over 1,000 copies were given away.

    People don't begrudge spending $2.99 for info they want.....it's less than the cost of one magazine.
    Alfa1 likes this.
  11. FaithFirst

    FaithFirst Well-Known Member

    Wow! Great job on making good money of a small amount of traffic...
  12. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    How does that work; creating an ebook also available in print?
  13. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    http://www.createspace.com
    It's owned by Amazon. Works like a charm.
    Alfa1 likes this.
  14. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    Ha. I just found that.
  15. FaithFirst

    FaithFirst Well-Known Member

    Awesome to see all the votes! What a great divide.

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