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When you have
a website it is important that you keep it current and
make your website into a community then you may find that you can build
your income, rank better in the search engines and provide a better
Running a forum is an excellent way of creating a community. It can be a
place for people to discuss issues, share knowledge and, perhaps more
importantly, to talk about you, your products and your services.
Now this is all well and good and will drive traffic to your site and create
a buzz, but how can you earn an income from this forum.
Firstly you can create special member areas. These areas require people to
pay for access and reveal special secrets or allow more personal / deeper
discussions. Exactly how you will do this will depend on your target market, but
remember, it needs to be something worth the money they are paying to enter.
Secondly you can put some adverts on your forum – make sure they are discreet
and do not interfere too much in the use of the forum and people will respond to
the ads. You can use something like Google Adsense in this case to display the
Thirdly – recommended products. As the forum owner, you are a trusted expert
in your field, so you can recommend products and services (as an affiliate) to
your visitors. Obviously you need to make sure that these are suitable and of
good enough quality to maintain your reputation as an expert.
Fourth, you can email the forum members with special offers, discounts and
deals that are only available to them. Select suitable products that are of high
quality and send the offer out. Again, obviously do not bombard them with emails
every day otherwise they will leave your forum in droves. If you are sensible
and send occasion carefully chosen offers you will get a response.
And fifth, you can sell advertising space. There are always people who are
willing to buy advertising space. If you have a vibrant and lively forum then
you may find that you can sell advertising space through private ads or through
the bigger advertising companies.
These are just five of the quickest and easiest ways to turn your forum into
a source of income. Carefully applied with due thought you will find your
visitors responsive and your income increasing.
By Lama Kalla © 2006
Lama Kalla "The Cyberspace Invader" is a fearless
author and entrepreneur both on and offline. Lama has started a one woman
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