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  • How Do I Make Money With A Forum Website?

    Hi im Scott,

    I am very interested in vB software. But I am just wondering how you can make money with a forum website. I was thinking because of the server load of a community how do people sustain a forum websites hosting costs without dishing out considerably high amount of money out there own pockets? So if somebody could talk me though so ways to keep a community stable and keep it on par with the income and the costs of hosting I will most defiantly buy a licence.

    Regards
    Scott

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    Unless you are hosting large files, a dedicated web server for $119 a month should be fine for several years. It's only when you host large files or lots of downloads that things get out of hand.

    You can start with Google AdSense, paid subscriptions to access more advanced parts of your forum (an arcade, advanced calendar, webmail, webspace, and other features you dole out for a fee) and go from there.

    Making money on websites is just like making money anywhere else. It takes thought and hard work.

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    • #3
      Ok the paid subscriptions what other fetchers do you recommend and how would I go about installing these on the forum or are they pre-installed?

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      • #4
        Well certain functions come with vBulletin as a default.

        We allow our users for a small subscription,

        A different colour username (choice of 5)
        More pm space
        ability to close their own threads
        Ability to change their status to invisible
        Ability to change their usertitle
        have their own subforum which they can moderate.
        and additional access to other forums

        this all can be achieved in a normal vBulletin bored.

        We also allow them access to a vBulletin arcade.

        This is a hack found at www.vbulletin.org

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        • #5
          Ok this is interesting can u also integrate Google Adsense into every other post like IPB because I see this as a good way to make money for the up keep to. Also is it possible to have the money the subscriptions make sent to paypal. Also is it possible to have the option to select a subscription at the register page?

          Thanks for your help

          Regards

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          • #6
            Except for selecting a subscription at registration you can do all those things.
            Best Regards
            Colin Frei

            Please don't contact me per PM.

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            • #7
              Ok also is a VPS good enough to host a large forum website if you lower the upload limits to smaller files?

              Thanks for all of your help I really appreciate it.

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              • #8
                That's hard to say, and depends on your VPS specs and what you define as large.

                A really large forum with over a million posts most likely will need it's own dedicated server.
                Best Regards
                Colin Frei

                Please don't contact me per PM.

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                • #9
                  arround 1000 to 2000 members will this run on a VPS

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                  • #10
                    At the same time? No way.
                    All in all? Probably.
                    Best Regards
                    Colin Frei

                    Please don't contact me per PM.

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                    • #11
                      I mean say 300 members on at one time but 1000 - 2000 members all in all

                      Thanks for your help.

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                      • #12
                        Making money from a forum contradicts its original purpose. A forum is a 'meeting' place to discuss things and exchange information. To make money you really need an ecommerce site and a secure server (https). Our forum is a window to our main web site and the car club. It works well, so by having an active forum we make new club members who join from our online ecommerce system. Job done, but it took time.

                        We also make money from advertising, but you need to be fairly well ranked to pull in the big ££££ (or $$$$$ on the other side of the pond) =0)

                        I think you should think about getting the forum established then look at how to get some income. I suppose it also depends on your forum content. I would not pay just to be able to have my name in colour or some other fancy thing, I would need value for my money. Access to specialised info or a service.

                        Bob

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                        • #13
                          Well my site is going to be an xbox360 community so if you have any ideas for subscriptions fire away lol

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                          • #14
                            Ok this is what i have so far:

                            - Google Adsence
                            - Add Space
                            - Paid Subscriptions
                            - Donations

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                            • #15
                              Also i have one other problem the Quick Reply box dose not work for me.

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