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    Making money through Message Forums...

    What does everyone think about making money through message forums?
    How should it be done, or should it be done at all?

    There has to be some way to offset the costs at least a little bit.

    One way I thought of was instead of having affiliate banners on each page, have an announcement that people can click to "voluntarily" check out your sponsers, which can be customized for each forum or even category.

    I'm not sure if this would be effective though. Any other ideas?
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    Seems to have worked for SP.

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    Sure, you can make money from your forums. The amount you'll be able to make is very dependent on your traffic and your target audience.

    For example, if your message board targeted fast-food executives, your board would be highly targeted and you could find some worthwhile advertisers. But if your board was targeted towards Britney Spears fans, don't expect much for revenue.

    Create some unique forms of advertising on your board: forum sponsorships, for example. Try to take away the whole "advertisement" feel. After all, people don't like advertisements, but they don't mind a genuine sponsorship now or then.
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