An online forum is the place where interested users post their views on a specific topic. Any topic in the world has its own interested user base and forums are the platform to help express or share their views with other community of interested users. Forum is a very powerful tool for making your content more famous and reach out the site to most related audience. You can make money from a forum site in one or all of the following manners:
- Forum Posting
- Forum Moderators
- From Your Own Forum Site
Posting in a Forum
Though starting a forum site is an easy task with the readymade scripts like phpBB or vBulletin, running with long term objective needs lot of human resources and investment. In order to build a forum site to a decent state webmasters need experts who can create lot of related threads and posts on their forum. If you are an expert in any specific area then start searching the web for related forums and apply for a forum poster job.
- Register for a freelancing sites like elance or odesk and post your profile and also apply if there is a suitable forum posting job existing.
- Find relatively new forums on the internet from your area of interest and contact the site owner directly for the forum posting jobs.
- When you get an opportunity, showcase your skills with any other forums where you are participating for free or as a freelancer.
Forum posting job basically needs you to initiate new threads, post or reply to topics and ensure the chat continues till the desired length. When the site is more active its search engine ranking will improve and will attract more users who may subscribe for free or premium services. More the owner earns money the more you will get your share.
In general earning of a forum poster is on per post basis which can range from $0.1 to $1 depending on the topic.
Moderating or Administering a Forum Site
If you are decided to make money from forum sites then it is necessary for you to understand the structure of a forum site. Learn more about a forum site here. The essential part of any online forum is a moderator who guides all the participants to move along the topic and ban the spammers. Basic work of a forum moderator is to define forum rules and ensure all users are adhering to it. The recommendation here is to create your own free forum site and start practicing with maintaining rules and dummy user base.
The essential part of any online forum is a moderator who guides all the participants to move along the topic and ban the spammers. Basic work of a forum moderator is to define forum rules and ensure all users are adhering to it. The recommendation here is to create your own free forum site and start practicing with maintaining rules and dummy user base.
- Contact forum owners or search for relevant moderator jobs in freelancing sites like elance or guru.com.
- Forum moderators can earn better than forum posters and the earning may range from $1 to $20 per day.
Start Your Own Forum Site
If you have enough time and ready to invest small money in building a site then the best way is to start your own forum posting site. This is an ideal way especially if you are a small group of interested friends or colleagues. Start building your forum for at least 6 months, once the site has good amount of content then apply for Google AdSense. Showing online ads is the easiest way to earn money online and you can also find other advertisers for your site based on the traffic to your site.
You can also do other services with your own forum site:
- You can act as a recruiting agency by hiring forum posters and moderators for other forum owners. Post adverts on your own forum that you are recruiting people which will help interested users to apply.
- You can also install forum hosting scripts on your domain and offer forum hosting to your own user base. Interested users can subscribe for your service and host their forum on your site.