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Starting a Forum

Discussion in 'General Business' started by c20let_van, May 6, 2012.

  1. #1
    Well after a few years working offline, I want to get back working online and doing a little project. I have a few niche ideas for forums that I think would definitely take off, with quite minimal work compared to others.

    I have started selling on ebay and always looking for a bargain to make me some extra cash.

    If you are interested in maybe producing a partnership/business together then please pm me and we can have a little chat.


    Thanks.
     
    c20let_van, May 6, 2012 IP
  2. ketset

    ketset Peon

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    It's hard work starting a forum, probably more so than an a standard site so I wish you the best of luck my friend
     
    ketset, May 6, 2012 IP
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    MrKeh Peon

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    Yeah forums are definately hard to gain traction with. But best of luck to your ventures.
     
    MrKeh, May 6, 2012 IP
  4. c20let_van

    c20let_van Peon

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    I totally understand, I've set up a forum that I put alot of hours in, working 6 hours a day at it for a few months to get nowhere. So I left it dormant and running on autopilot and also paying someone to keep it updated etc. About a year passed and nothing then boom it took off but later fizzled out a few years later.

    I think with the ideas I have and some knowledge but would like a bit more experience and knowledge from a fellow partner.
     
    c20let_van, May 6, 2012 IP
  5. c20let_van

    c20let_van Peon

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    What I am ideally looking for is a person who can put in the time like myself maybe 2-4 hours a day. I will lay out the costs for hosting and domain. And we will split all revenue 50%.

    I want someone who can promote the forum using SEO, Backlinks etc. I will supply the forum with all content.
     
    c20let_van, May 6, 2012 IP
  6. JohnRock

    JohnRock Peon

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    Setting up a forum is a very grueling and daunting task, you will go threw many days where there is little to no activity and it will cause frustration. From experience the first few months will require lots of recruitment and natural marketing and growth.
     
    JohnRock, May 6, 2012 IP
  7. c20let_van

    c20let_van Peon

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    Yeh i've done it a few times a while back, just want to push for a new project forum. I've got an idea, passion for the idea and can post content about it so its pretty nice start i would say. I know its going to be hard but i am willing to put some considerable work in, its cost me $30 for hosting and domain name so will be adding plenty of content and getting a nice theme for it. Keeping it simple nothing over the top. Content will be key.
     
    c20let_van, May 6, 2012 IP
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    etc Active Member

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    Forum can really be tiring so gotta start joining postloop to get more members that might post to your forum.
     
    etc, May 6, 2012 IP
  9. c20let_van

    c20let_van Peon

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    Yeh I know how to get things going just would like a team mate to work with,
     
    c20let_van, May 7, 2012 IP
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    neil_buzzerchat_staff Member

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    start a forum but first buy quality forum script so your visitors likes it and you get traffic, one of the best forum script is vbulletin.
     
    neil_buzzerchat_staff, May 7, 2012 IP
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    joerudy1988 Peon

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    What about buying one which already has good reputation and traffic?
     
    joerudy1988, May 7, 2012 IP
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    Acelondoner-DP Peon

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    I recently switched from phpbb to Xenforo and my users love it. They just keep coming back.
     
    Acelondoner-DP, May 7, 2012 IP
  13. tampahomes90

    tampahomes90 Greenhorn

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    Really, this is difficult task to start a forum.All the best!
     
    tampahomes90, May 8, 2012 IP
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    lappanion Active Member

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    It's only difficult getting the members, that's where most fail obviously LOL
     
    lappanion, May 8, 2012 IP
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    c20let_van Peon

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    I will be using vbulletin as my script. Also I am willing to put the hours in as this could be hit my niche area massive as there is a big site missing and I am hoping to fill it.
     
    c20let_van, May 8, 2012 IP
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    jasmineturrner Peon

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    I thing not difficult task to start a forum.
     
    jasmineturrner, May 8, 2012 IP
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    c20let_van Peon

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    I thing you idiot.
     
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    matt_62 Notable Member

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    After a year of work, i only just abandoned a forum communtity that myself and others had worked on. It was a one of a kind forum for a select group of gamers with a fanbase of over 1million players, we never planned nor aimed to monetize the site, so the site ran at a permanent loss We 'thought' there was the support of a massive number of people behind us to make a great little community forum, in reality, the 'massive' number of supporters translated to very few members and even fewer posts.

    my other sites, for less work, no time wasted moderating spam bots or removing viagra links means i can earn more $$ for less time.
     
    matt_62, May 8, 2012 IP
  19. c20let_van

    c20let_van Peon

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    I understand where your coming from but this forum is for everyone the full world would want what i have to offer.
     
    c20let_van, May 8, 2012 IP
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    ablaye Well-Known Member

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    Not to hijack this thread, but what is postloop?
    I think social networking sites like facebook and twitter have killed forum activity. It's much more difficult now that to get a forum off the ground and even more difficult to keep the posts coming.
     
    ablaye, May 8, 2012 IP