Forums are pretty awesome. They are a great way to talk to people who have similar interests, and are a great way to build online relationships.
While the majority of people aren’t interested in creating their own a community, there are a few who would like to own a forum. You are probably one of these few.
While starting a community is pretty easy, it takes certain things to make it successful. Here’s what I think it takes to make a forum successful:
1. Time and Patience
Don’t start a forum thinking that everyone is immediately going to join. You’re going to have to invest a lot of time into working on and promoting your forum.
I’ve seen a lot of new admins start a forum thinking it will be the hottest thing right out of the gate. Really, you must always remember that there are a bunch of other communities in the same niche, and you’re going to have to compete and work to beat them. That takes time, and even though instant success is possible, it rarely happens.
Just know that you’re going to have to have some patience when it comes to growing a forum. Growth will be slow at first, but eventually you should have a steady flow of posts each day.
I see a lot of people creating communities with absolutely no money to start with. While I see nothing wrong with people using sub-domains and free forum hosts, I don’t think you have the right to complain when your forum is getting nowhere.
If you’re planning on starting a community, then you should set a monthly budget that can be spent on marketing, domains, content, or whatever. If you want to have even a somewhat decent forum, then you’re going to need a domain at the minimum.
Just make sure that you have at least a little bit of cash to start with so you can at least keep the forum up, and looking professional.
When you’re first starting a forum, you’re going to need all the help that you can get. Every friend, family member, and Twitter follower counts when it comes to getting posts on the forum. So, before creating a forum, try reaching out to people and see if they would be interested in helping you with your community upon launch.
Now, don’t expect everyone to be interested in helping you. But asking people never hurts, and you’re almost certain to come across a couple of people willing to help.
So, those are some of the things I think it takes to create a successful forum. Every successful community has been built off patience, money, and relationships. Out of everything, as long as you have strong relationships built online then your forum will probably do pretty well. Just keep in mind that sometimes building a community can take a while, but it’s worth it in the end.
So, what do you think it takes to create a successful forum?