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Old 12-24-2012, 07:20 AM
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Best ways to monetise my forum?

Hi guys,

Im looking for some advice on how to monetise a forum, any sites i've had before, i've always used adsense. But I want to try and explore other avenues.

I would like to sell ad space direct to advertisers in the form of banner ads, but ive not idea how to start and what to price it at.

My forum is getting about 300 unique hits per day.

It's Moneymakingexperts.org

Im looking for some input from succesful forum owners on the best way forward.

thanks alot for your help.
 
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:41 AM
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You could tyring using http://buysellads.com/ to sell banner ad's. The price is up to you but you can find out your competitors and see what price they are asking. Just ask a lower price as I see your forum doesn't have a lot of posts yet. That may scare off anyone from purchasing banner ads from you.

You could create another member group on your forum and have those members get extra forum features and access to a secret room with other goodies for a montly or yearly fee. Here is an example of a forum providing a lot of extra features which people would want. http://forums.digitalpoint.com/payments.php

Think outside the box on ways to make money from your forum.
 
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:03 PM
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You could tyring using http://buysellads.com/ to sell banner ad's.
I tried this but my application got refused. The site I included in the application gets around 500 unique visitors a day.

You can try buysellads. if you get refused, stick with Adsense until you increase your visitor count.
 
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:12 AM
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If you only have 300 visitors per day, my assumption is you probably only make a few dimes and pennies every day from AdSense, and joining other ad networks probably won't make much difference (and you don't want ads all over your site). My suggestion for you is to keep up the work on increasing your traffic. Once you hit at least 3,000 visitors/day, you will probably be happy with having AdSense only.
 
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:09 AM
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I'd work on increasing your forum traffic first - people buying banner ads will be looking for sites with a large number of unique visits/day to get value for their money. 300 uniques a day is pretty good for a new forum, so maybe buy some forum posts or start some sort of contest to increase activity and encourage people to join. Then when you start getting a significant number of uniques/day you could start selling ad space (or see how you're doing with adsense then).
 
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:50 PM
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Thanks for the input guys.
Yeah i think i just need to concentrate on getting more traffic and more people becoming active.
Will try some contests etc.
Any specific ideas on how i can get people to participate?
 
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:45 AM
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I just checked out your site and thought it was nice. While you don't have enough traffic to earn from selling ads, you can promote whatever business you are involved in by placing ads of your own.
 
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:00 PM
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Thanks wwhuang.

That was always the plan when i came up with the idea for the forum.
The forum does actually get alot of traffic, well i guess its all relative. I think its a lot of traffic, averaging about 4000 unique visits per day.

Its just about getting people to participate and join the discussions
 
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:47 PM
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Put ads once your forum gets popular. Trust me never put ads when its only getting 300 UV. People will get offended and leave. PLus with 300 UV you are probably going to be making less then $1 a day
 
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Put ads once your forum gets popular. Trust me never put ads when its only getting 300 UV. People will get offended and leave. PLus with 300 UV you are probably going to be making less then $1 a day
I said i'm getting about 4000UV per day, now. not 300.

Making about 5 per day lol,

maybe your right maybe ill still keeps the ads off until it gets busier.
 
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:14 AM
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Making about 5 per day lol,
What business are you promoting for only 5 a day with 3000 daily UV? I'm very curious. Some things may be going wrong in conversion.
 
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:48 PM
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I'm not seeing any Ads on your forum.
What you've done for making 5 per day?
 
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I took the ads off to try and encourage more users to join before i decide to place ads again.
 
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:59 PM
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I took the ads off to try and encourage more users to join before i decide to place ads again.
How about put ads up and make it so when they register the ads are gone. This just an idea and then perhaps create a premium membership in which give the members extra features and other goodies.

Good Luck with the forum.
 
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:37 PM
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If the forum isn't highly visited, it's going to be tough for you. Forums have become so hard to gain users especially with all of the social networking stuff going on.

Incentivize memberships and offering promos to retain traffic may be a way you can get traffic built up to a level that will make Adsense or BSA viable.
 
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:14 AM
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Yeah thanks snakeair, it's something i have already thought about and i think i need to just build up my forum content just now so i can offer members more value then i will be in a better position to offer something like that.

Cheers.
 
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You can try buysellads. if you get refused, stick with Adsense until you increase your visitor count.
 
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:58 AM
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You can try buysellads. if you get refused, stick with Adsense until you increase your visitor count.
I've mentioned buysellads.com already to the thread creator. Got any fresh new ideas that haven't been mentioned already to share?
 
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You can sell ad space and monetize with adsense. If the number of registered members are increasing, then sell membership.
 
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:16 AM
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You can sell ad space and monetize with adsense. If the number of registered members are increasing, then sell membership.
Both of these methods have been mentioned already. Do you have anything new to add to this thread?
 
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