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Can you make money off a forum?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by =MGN=RedEagle, May 14, 2013.


Do you make profit on your forum?

  1. No

    51 vote(s)
  2. Yes, $100 +/Month

    25 vote(s)
  3. Yes, $500 +/Month

    10 vote(s)
  4. Yes, $1,200 +/Month

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

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

    1 vote(s)
  7. Yes, $3,200 +/Month

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

    2 vote(s)
  9. Yes, $8,000 +/Month

    1 vote(s)
  10. Yes, $12,000 +/Month

    13 vote(s)
  1. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    Hi guys,

    I have never run community sites for money, however, I wonder if making good money on a forum is possible. Well... I am sure it is "possible." I am more or less asking if that is something that happens relatively often to alexa 125,000+ ranked forums.

    Please do vote and feel free to share your forum/story.

    I run a non-forum community site that is would be around option 4 if I took any money from my site.
    Shelley likes this.
  2. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I would have added an additional no as some no can be no because they provide for free. Another no option would have been for those trying to make money but with no success so the poll may not reflect accurately.

    But I voted No because the resources/service I provide is free.
    Tracy Perry likes this.
  3. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    Seems I cannot change it now :(
  4. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    I voted for what I'm earning atm.
  5. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    Some secrets I don't give away, but I think I (and a few others here) have indicated that they have made a living from their sites for many many years.....

    I make 1/2 to 1/3 of what someone with ambition COULD make, because my focus is on content and community and I never make sales calls.
    Lucas likes this.
  6. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    Wow, 2x people voted 12K +
  7. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    Did you vote for 12K +? That is amazing. Any tips for the rest of us?
  8. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Socially Uncensored is hobby, not a business. With this said, we attempted to place ads on our site once. We used Google Ads and even tried ads with both forum runner & tapa talk.

    In 1 years time... We made a total of 1 cent, despite having over 100 members online daily throughout the year.

    We're ad free now.

    edit: If that sounds surprising... Keep in mind that every site I visit... I don't see ads. Zero, none, nothing... I can't be all to surprised others don't click on what they, themselves, most likely don't see.
  9. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    I didn't vote......cause I don't tell......
    But it's up there....
  10. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    Wow, you got the ad-block niche :).
    Gregg Phillips likes this.
  11. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    Anything is possible, in otherwords you can make as much as you put it.
    It's not impossible to make big money running forums.
  12. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Basically, yes.
  13. SneakyDave

    SneakyDave Well-Known Member

    Your site wouldn't be able to pass the TOS for Google Adsense. It doesn't allow that type of content.

    Program Policies - Content Guidelines

    RoldanLT likes this.
  14. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Niche markets have much higher values than general ones.

    Eg starting up a "it hardware forum" would probably never make any real money today unless you became huge and successful like toms hardware or guru3d.

    However, launching something specific, like a pokemon forum, would give you a much more saleable market to approach advertisers and you then command a premium rate.

    Simple supply and demand. Eg, Nescafe vs Kopi Luwak
  15. Hoffi

    Hoffi Well-Known Member

    No Profit at all. All income will be invest again. It's a Hobby.
  16. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    so which "niches" are the best ?

    ... besides Pokemon :D
  17. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Good to know... No one ever said anything.... So oh well.

    Doesn't matter now. We don't use them any more.
  18. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    Which term does your site break?
  19. James

    James Well-Known Member

    His site is socially uncensored, I imagine it breaks a fair few of their terms!
    SneakyDave and Adam Howard like this.
  20. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Before I answer that, let me explain why.....

    Socially Uncensored is an uncensored community. We believe everyone has the right to free speech, without censorship, and that everyone has a voice, include YOU, and that no one has the right to deny YOU that voice.

    The "draw back" of that (if you want to call it that) is that you can't claim to be uncensored without taking the good with the bad.

    With this all said ..... And so you'll understand why; when I say we would currently be in violation of their agreement, if were using them (which we are not at the moment) under the following terms;

    Green = confirmed
    Blue = debatable (depending on your point of view).

    • Pornography, adult or mature content
    • Violent content
    • Content related to racial intolerance or advocacy against any individual, group or organisation
    • Excessive profanity
    • Hacking/cracking content
    • Illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia content
    The ones listed as "debatable" really do depend on your point of view. For example, we once received a "hate complaint" & "violence complaint" because someone was pro abortion (the right to choose) and the argument was that we were allowing content that "encouraged" the "murder" of unborn children.

    "Truth" is more than often in the eyes of the beholder.

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