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    ---MAD---
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  • ---MAD---
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    Creating subscriptions is a good thing to do as well. People like to pay for more features on a popular forum. Things like a bold red name, bigger avatar / inbox space etc . This helps with paying costs.

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  • forrie
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    heres something to base your on i run a forum deciated to knives ( http://www.laventrix.com ), survial and blade craft i have 73 users so far with 2234 posts, attachments/images are used heavly and with the other php files and data base entrys i have ( link and knife reviews ) i am sitting on a total back up size ziped of 30mb, with that i am getting about 100-200 guests a week ( 3 forums are open to the public ) my band with is about 2.5 Gb per month.

    this is only for a tiny forum.

    if u want to know stats about a decent size, busy, high attchments/images and heaps on PM's contact a guy named spark at www.bladeforums.com he is normaly willing to answer basic questions

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  • vivamexico55
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  • vivamexico55
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    There's also Adbrite.com. But honestly, none of them are as good as Adsense. With Adbrite I got like 10 bucks a month, with Adsense I predict about 50 bucks per month (which almost enough to cover the VPS server).

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  • Floris
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  • Floris
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    Adsense works fine, but it is not the only solution. There are great alternatives such as cj.com or bitvertiser or textlinks.com etc. Even yahoo has something like adsense. You can also start selling header/footer text/image ad space on your own site.

    Or create a mixture of all these.

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  • fusion2
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  • fusion2
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    Originally posted by Hemanth View Post
    What are the alternatives of adsense? Eventhough i have tried almost all of them i cann't find one good as Adsense.

    You can always sell the ad-space yourself. This could be complicated based on your experience (ie. need an advertisement terms agreement etc. and solicite business owners).

    I havent tried this yet for my forum. But, the CMS software that i have been looking at, has a built in ad-module to allow me to place ads anywhere on my website or forum.

    So as my website gains popularity and i shift from strictly a south florida web forum to a south florida magazine, then i will be soliciting florida business owners for ad placement.

    Then you can charge them different prices based on where their ad is displayed.

    For example, you might charge $950 a month for an ad on your main webpage that is permanent for those 30 days. At least thats what some community magazines down here are charging. They also vary price based on size of ad, similiar to print ads.

    If you get a good ad-module, it allows you to manage different ads, set it to expire by date or number of views or number of impressions etc. It also emails the advertiser with statistics and when it is going to expire and they can renew via your website paypal etc.

    Well thats the functionality that a good CMS can provide you with, then integrate vBulletin into the CMS!

    Unfortunately, for most of us, just using google ads is the easiest way!

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  • Hemanth
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  • Hemanth
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    What are the alternatives of adsense? Eventhough i have tried almost all of them i cann't find one good as Adsense.

    I have about 5k users & the db size is 200 MB. Still using a shared plan.

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  • TheComputerGuy
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  • TheComputerGuy
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    I had 10k users, I pruned them down to active users and got 6k users. I have over 265k and the dB is only 200 megs. I use the File System and the attachments are an additional 500 megs.

    I was making close to 1,000 a month from my adsense, and my hosting bill was only $100 with almost 20 others sites being ran off one server. Since then I was kicked off Adsense due to promotion of "Weapons".

    It's never good to put all your eggs in one basket.

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  • jasonlitka
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    vBulletin gives you the option of storing attachments, avatars, etc. in the DB or in the file system. You should export everything to the FS as there is a lot less overhead than serving from the DB.

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  • fusion2
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  • fusion2
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    Originally posted by jason|xoxide View Post
    Take your attachments, avatars, and profile pics out of the database and your site will thank you for it. There is no way that you should be at 4GB with 175K posts.

    Do you mean disabling it. Or maintaining those items in a file folder versus the mysql database?

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  • jasonlitka
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  • jasonlitka
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    Originally posted by storpappa View Post
    6k+ registered users and 175k+ posts gave me a 4Gb DB space - that alone puts you into a VDS or Dedciated Server. The shared web hosts with multiple db's have this very small size limits. They will give you disk space but not db space.

    If your community grows, your db space is going to be a factor on how soon you move to a dedicated server.
    But that is also why people recommend db pruning. If no one is reading those old posts/threads, why keep them around? Just to get a bigger statistic on the footer of your forums landing page?
    Take your attachments, avatars, and profile pics out of the database and your site will thank you for it. There is no way that you should be at 4GB with 175K posts.

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  • fusion2
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  • fusion2
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    Originally posted by storpappa View Post
    6k+ registered users and 175k+ posts gave me a 4Gb DB space - that alone puts you into a VDS or Dedciated Server. The shared web hosts with multiple db's have this very small size limits. They will give you disk space but not db space.

    If your community grows, your db space is going to be a factor on how soon you move to a dedicated server.
    But that is also why people recommend db pruning. If no one is reading those old posts/threads, why keep them around? Just to get a bigger statistic on the footer of your forums landing page?

    Many excellent points.

    Wouldnt the older obsolete posts help with search engine ranking?

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  • storpappa
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  • storpappa
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    6k+ registered users and 175k+ posts gave me a 4Gb DB space - that alone puts you into a VDS or Dedciated Server. The shared web hosts with multiple db's have this very small size limits. They will give you disk space but not db space.

    If your community grows, your db space is going to be a factor on how soon you move to a dedicated server.
    But that is also why people recommend db pruning. If no one is reading those old posts/threads, why keep them around? Just to get a bigger statistic on the footer of your forums landing page?

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  • jasonlitka
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  • jasonlitka
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    $60K per month from a blog is going to be a special case. Forums, in general, are going to make you more money and will be a lot less work than constantly updating a blog.

    As to not being able to rely on AdSense, you should never put your eggs all in one basket.

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  • fusion2
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  • fusion2
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    So would a forum be more novelty?

    I keep reading about people who have blogs and it has become a fulltime job for them, in some cases there are bloggers making $60k a month from Google Ads (as indicated in a recent CNN article).

    I like the vBulletin interface versus the various CMS and Blogging softwares out there. So i am sort of using vBulleitn as a blog in addition to discussions.

    But, it sounds like all these extra forum features might turn costly as you bring in user traffic?

    At the moment i have about 38k visitors a month on my new forum with about 3k unique visitors.

    I am using about 100 megs a month in bandwidth. Probably because i get almost no replies to member posts. But, we are just starting out.

    In any event, i would imagine i should seperate the blogging from the forum content, if anything to cut down on potential resource usage? I was going to get vBlogetin which is an add on for vBulletin and allows member blogs. But, with it being part of the forum, i imagine this will use more resources then say a blog post (ie. text only)?

    But, it would seem i learned that forums can cost a lot of money to maintain and that you cant rely entirely on google ads to support?

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  • 1yesfan
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  • 1yesfan
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    I have paid subs up and avail on the site but they do not get me a ton of cash. I have a site shop up at www.cafepress.com/yesfans and I use google.
    1yesfan
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    Last edited by 1yesfan; Thu 7 Dec '06, 2:10pm.

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