Thoughts and Insights

Software, Hosting, Domains – Forums for Beginners

This is the second post in this series Forums for Beginners

Now that you’ve decided what Niche or topic to create your forum for its time to look into domains, hosting, and forum software.

Domain, Name, and Hosting
First, You’re going to want to look for a domain name for you forum. I recommend GoDaddy because if the site you want to buy is taken, it will give you similar domains that are still available. You’ll also need to find some hosting. There are plenty of sites out there that give you ratings on different hosts, just google about hosting and you’ll find plenty. I suggest doing you homework for both decisions on the domain as well as hosting because it can really help or hinder your experience and the traffic on your board.

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Text-Link-Ads update

Or lack there of…

Since installing their script and waiting for offers for text links, I’ve gotten nothing in about 2 weeks. Now I know that F-Body Online isn’t a huge forum, but they are supposed to price your links “according” to your traffic. However it seems it might be too high at $15.00 a month for a forum with only 175 members. That is why I suspect I am not getting any offers as of yet. I’ll keep it around a bit longer, and see if I can lower the price after that but I don’t see the ability to.

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Time and Effort – Forums for Beginners

This is the first post in this series Forums for Beginners

Over the next few weeks I’ll be writing this series for people who are looking to enter the world of Forum Administrating or recently have. Hopefully I can give you a few tips from another Admin who just recently went through similar challenges.

First things first when it comes to starting a forum:

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Isn't it too late to start a forum?

While some current Administrators and owners say that it’s “too late” to get into the world of forums, I don’t think it is any reason to stop people from starting a Forum at all.

There are plenty of forums out there that are “matured” and are behemoths creating tons of money for their owners as well as tons of new threads, posts, and registrations daily. Then there are the newer forums that don’t have quite the same strength in the search engines, pagerank or other positives that are some keys to success in the web world but have positives in their own right.

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Recently signed up for Text-Link-Ads

Well I am beginning my venture into possibly making advertising money through F-Body Online. I am not a fan of large banners (especially those damn annoying talking ones) and find most image banners to be pretty intrusive on the design and feel of a site. That is why I’ve decided to give Text-Link-Ads a try for a while. The site is nice and easy to understand with a very good FAQ. I had one small problem with my site not
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New Domain and Forum Purchased

Well, I didn’t expect it but a few days ago a friend and I were discussing our dismay with the choices for Oldsmobile Performance Forums that are out there, and we -sort of- jokingly said we should start one ourselves.

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Hello Readers and Fellow Bloggers

This blog will be used by me to record my regular (or irregular) duties as an owner and forum administrator, as well as hopefully a success story on Search Engine Optimization (SEO for short) and other ways to help make your website grow, even if you aren’t as experienced as others out there.

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