Have you ever wished you could attract more people to your site,
sell more products and make a better income?
With millions of web sites competing for people's attention it
can be hard for potential customers to find you. Starting an
online community may be just the answer you are looking for.
There are many advantages to having your own forum including:
1) Repeat visitors.
Although it's great getting first time visitors, people who
visit on a regular basis are more likely to buy from you because
they know and trust you. A message board will bring people back
to your site over and over. People come back to check for
replies to their questions and to read new messages.
2) Selling advertising space.
A busy message board is a great place for advertisers to
advertise. Most message boards are divided into specific topics
which means targeted advertising. There are many ways you can
use and sell advertising space. You can ask for bids at ebay,
you can use an advertising agency to handle advertising for you,
use Google Adsense, promote affiliate programs or your own
3) People will bring their friends.
There is nothing more effective then word of mouth advertising.
If your online community is lively and interesting people will
invite their friends along to join in the discussions too.
Tips on starting your message board:
- Your message board should focus on a specific topic (for
example cats) - If it's a part of your web site, it should
relate to the content of the site. - Divide your main forum into
sub topics, for example "grooming your cat", "cat health" etc. -
Start conversations yourself. Newcomers are more likely to reply
to a thread then to start one of their own. Pretend you are
hosting a party and it is your job to make people feel welcome.
- In the beginning you may need to invite as many of your
friends to post as you can to help you get things started. -
Hold contests for the most constructive posts every month to
encourage posting. - Allow people to have signatures with the
URL of their web sites. A lot of people join discussions for the
sake of promoting their own sites. As long as the advertising is
subtle, let them.
How to go about starting your own message board
There are lots of excellent free message board scripts, with the
most popular ones being:
They come with instruction on how to install them on your
server, or you can pay someone a small fee and have it installed
Try not to use remotely hosted free message boards as they can
add their own advertising and you won't have complete control
over your forum. It is well worth it to install one on your own
server if you can.
Starting your own community can be a rewarding and profitable
experience so get started today!
About the author:
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