I realized yesterday that, hey I have not yet discussed anything about forums on my blog yet! Well, maybe it’s time to post one! So, how’s this for a start?
Love first, then money – You start a forum with your passion. I mean, man! Forums need a lot of work! You gotta moderate it, update, delete spammers, etc.. So passion will be the one to maintain your work because you like what you’re doing. Then comes the money, after receiving thousands of visitors per day through your hardwork. Now comes the time to monetize it.
P.S. It depends on you if you want to start with your passion. You could start a forum without your passion and pay someone else to work on it
Controversy is the key – Make your community members argue with each other which can attract other readers to join and argue more! Hehehehehe
Unique – You know that the internet is a wide, wide place that has so many blogs, forums and websites. But how could you stand out?! Of course, if you’re unique, you could. Try having different forum rules or design that may attract more members.
Attract experts – The more experts you have in your forum, the more people will join cause many people love to talk to experts, well, who doesn’t? Talking to experts is a great honor. I think you got the point, but how could you attract experts? Let’s say, it’s a win-win situation. They join your forum, you advertise them. Sounds great?
Active Mods – Do you like a forum with no active mods? Where people could bump there thread whenever they like? Where people could spam someone and no one to ask help with? Of course NOT! That’s why mods should always be active; you could hire them, or just give the job for free. Just be sure that they are active in the forum, that they are visible so people have the comfort that they can ask help anytime.
Don’t over moderate! – Yes, it’s good to moderate. Filter out threads that don’t go on the right category, give warnings to members that have done something wrong but please don’t over moderate your forum. People may feel over secure when times, which is bad. Yea, make them feel secure but not much, you may lose them. Just try to be friendly and give chances to newbies
Turn on the heat! – If the forum is getting cold, then it’s likely to die. Try giving out contest or something that would make your members active. Give them bonuses if they have 100 of posts, you know, contests like that.
Give a sub-forum for off-topic discussion – A guru can’t work the whole day you know! Give them time to relax and talk about things that they like. Opening an off-topic forum is pretty good and most likely help you to grow your community. Also, this will help them make new friends and partners
Try to always Participate – Like what I said above, it would be good if you have the passion on the topic of your forum. It will make your participation easier. Well, if you can’t give the mods some jobs and let them. It’s always nice to have some expert participating and teaching newbies.
Welcome Members – Have you seen sub forums like “New Member’s Introduction???? Well, actually this may help too. It just feels so good when someone welcomes you with warms and love (hehehehe). I mean, would it be good joining in to a forum without getting noticed? That’s why the “New Member’s Introduction??? sub-forum may always come in handy.
That’s it! Hope you like my tips. Comments and suggestions are warmly welcomed Add something if you have one.