If your website, niche or product is a valuable one and is lucrative enough that you and your customers want to discuss it privately, you should consider opening a private forum where members pay a monthly or one-time fee in order to join and participate.
You can search the internet and find a forum for just about every topic and you’ll find that many of them are filled with members who are consistently using the community forum and have become dedicated members. If you have a great topic that offers secret tips, tricks, tools and information, you can open a forum where people will pay to be a member of that forum.
Whether you decide to charge $100 per month or even just a one-time $10 fee, you can make a lot of money as long as you market your forum correctly. Private paid forums are great for business owners who sell an eBook or offer a training course or method to solve a problem. It is also a great way to show your members how to market their websites or how to do pretty much anything. People will be much more likely to sign up for your paid forum when they know that only members will be able to see their posts. They will like the idea of the secretive forum where they’ll be paying for the information they receive. It will make them feel like they are special and no one else will have access to the information they are receiving and sharing.
You want to make sure that when you run any type of forum, paid or not, that you have someone to moderate and help your users when they need it. If they are paying for a service they will expect to be taken care of and given useful information they can’t find elsewhere. You will also want to make sure that they sign or digitally sign a contract stating that they aren’t allowed to share the information given in your forum or you will risk the loss of your secretive tips and tools.
Some of the best software you can use while creating your own private forum include vBulletin, Simple Machines Forum, Vanilla, and phpBB. This software can help you get your forum up and running and give you all of the information you need in order to run a successful private forum.
Forums are a place where internet users, both business types and consumers go in order to find information, get tips and tricks, find answers to their problems as well as meet people who are in the same predicament as they are. When you offer a forum that isn’t available to the public eye and gives your members the sense of comfort in knowing their personal questions and posts won’t be seen by the entire world, you’ve got a fantastic way to make a lot of money from your members. Just make sure you are there to help out and moderate any possible disputes, you can also hire moderators who are members within the forum to help out as well!