Creating a community forum for a niche interest is an easy and inexpensive way to generate recurring revenue. Forum service providers charge an insignificant monthly rate to host your forum. Once a community forum is obtained, all you’ve got to do is stimulate and facilitate discussions. People coming to your forum will provide you with traffic and revenue from advertisers.
What is a community forum?
A community forum is a type of website that gives individuals, who share similar interest(s), a place to post and chat about their interest.
Forum owners generate revenue through a number of ways:
- Advertising (e.g. Google Adsense)
- Subscribers (e.g. Members pay fees to participate)
- Combo (ads+member subscriptions)
With over 7 billion people on this planet, it’s more likely than not that you’re not the only person with your particular interest. So why are you being selfishly-lonely? Start a community forum dedicated to your interest and corner the market!
Let subscriptions and pay-per-click ads generate income for you while you’re off enjoying happy hour from 10am-5pm. And maybe 5pm-1am as well. It depends.
Lastly, check out BackyardChickens.com. Focusing on providing information for those who raise chickens in urban and suburban areas, this site is a perfect example of what a successful community forum can be like.
Do you have any personal experiences with successful community forums? If so, share. Or maybe if you are so inspired then share your community forum on here after you’ve created one!