Community Resource Roundup: The Value of Forums
Welcome back to another segment of Daydreaming Monday. Today, we are spacing out in the office as we think about floating in the seventy five degree ocean and taking in some rays. Wait, that’s not right. Sometimes Mondays get the best of me. We are back at it again this morning with all the articles we shared last week.
Neil Patel, prominent digital marketer, delves into the value of forums. He breaks down where forums fit in relation to social media, and how you can leverage them for your own needs.
“If you engage a forum strategy with the idea of promoting your content or selling your product, you’re going to fail. Forums are, at their core, about communication.”
Fifteen bloggers get together and share their thoughts on managing forums. Wait, bloggers!? What do bloggers know about forums? Trust us, these guys know what they are doing when it comes to online communities.
“In my experience, the biggest challenge of any forum admin is keeping people interested. It’s especially difficult at the beginning, because people are always hesitant to get involved with anything if no one else is involved.”
Ever wonder what work goes into being an admin? This article breaks down some of the things admins do to keep your favorite communities running.
“I want to give you a taste of what it takes to keep those forums running well. This isn’t an all-inclusive list, and it may not completely apply to everyone, but in my experience, these things are fairly common.”
How do you find and recruit the best forum moderators? By tracking down the best and most active members in your community.
“I always advise you to approach the users who appear to be committed members and post a high number of quality posts.”
If you are new to monetization, this article can help point you in the right direction. It lays out ten different ways you can make money with your forum including AdSense and a
“The main sales force behind these products are called affiliates. You put an Ad on your site to sell something and get paid a commission for the sale of the product.”