Making Money From Forums – Net Income Episode 2

by Jeremy Schoemaker on June 14, 2006 · 53 comments

This week on Net Income the show was purely about making money from forums and other social websites. This show was a little better structured and we started the show with the “Money Minute” with Barry Scwartz of

The Money Minute basically covers what is new ways to make money online. I thought barry would be best for this because he has such a eye on all the forum and blog community. In this weeks Money Minute we covered Google’s new ecommerce product called GBuy, Ebay’s New Contextual Product, and also the position open at Google to be the Adsense Advisor to the forum community.

Also at that time I announced the guest for the June 27th show is Markus Frind. Markus has recently posted a check on his blog for over 900,000$ Canadian for 2 months. Now that is like 25k/day off of adsense… not to shabby.

So Markus will come on and we will take some calls from YOU. Here is your chance to get advice from someone who has built a empire so make sure you call in and ask questions or ask questions in the chat room.

My guest for the show Was Lee Dodd owner of MANY huge forums and I thought he would be a great person to have on the show to talk about making money from forums.

Lee came on and talked abit about his forums then we started taking questions and calls from people.

Lee talked a bit about the various streams of revenue:

Inteletext – Vibrant media
Contextual – Google Adsense and Yahoo Publisher Network
Donation – Paypal donations
Subscription – Paypal and other Subscriptions
CPM Advertising – various
Affiliate Revenue – Lee also likes azoogleads
Direct Text and Ad Links- Various

We broke down each kind of revenue stream and how they integrate into forums. I think this was some realllllly good information for people running forums looking for other forums.

People also asked about what forums we like and dont like. I commented about how I hate phpbb2 and how insecure it is.

There were several people that called in and ask Lee and myself various questions. I really enjoyed hosting the show.

I want to thank Lee. He really did AWESOME JOB.

I think this show went much smoother then the first one. I still suck at times but its getting better. HEY WE HAVENT BEEN CANCELED YET!!!! WEEEEEEE

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1 Eugeniu

I missed it again !

2 peter

You’re way too hard on yourself. The shows have been excellent so far :)

3 dating

mrrbob here, changed my name for this post to dating so I could get the keyword link – thanks, So… you and Markus Frind have evidently patched things up I take it. GOOD! This will be one show I will be sure and listen to and maybe call in as I am starting a dating site also. I really would like to ask Markus a few questions about his adsense integration on his site. Maybe if I kiss up he’ll give me a link. HA! Anyway it will be a show not to miss. I hope I can get in by phone – can’t waite!

4 Alex Zhao

great show

5 Merrick

So you called him out only to find out he was the real deal huh?

6 Andrew Johnson

Good show, I thought it was much improved over the first.

7 Soj

links are nofollow anyway, so doesnt make a difference

8 John Gall

Great show yesterday, previously I found forums to generate almost no money but you got me interested again. I went and got myself PHP/Mysql and Vbulletin (What fun it was to set that all up.) and added a forum to my Sportster community. It will take a bit to get it the way I want it but based on the tips you guys offered yesterday i’m very excited to try this again. Thanks for the blog and show.

9 Joe

I second this. I actually tuned in for the whole hour.

10 Lai

I thought you said Markus is a liar?!

11 almir

well buddy everyone has there doubts at some time in there life

12 Peter Davis

Hey, that’s pretty cool how someone can go from being a liar and bullshitter to being a guest on your show, all in under six weeks time. :D

13 Lee Dodd

I am glad everyone enjoyed the show…I had a blast!

14 Ms. Sherese

The way to make money with forums is to have lots of good and original content.

15 almir

but buddy its not as easy as you think it is many people do just that and that alone is not enough

16 Peter Davis

Well, money doesn’t just appear on your doorstep like magic if you have lots of good and original content. It takes some effort, even with the most successful forums. Even with something as simple as Adsense, I’ve had results on my forums anywhere from $0.25 eCPM all the way up to $40.00 eCPM, it depends on the topic, ad placement, quality of traffic, phase of the moon, etc.

17 Gus

Shoe, excellent podcast. I really dig your style.

Yesterday, i listed to your podcast with the guy from PepperJam Search, and your shows are and interviews skillz are getting better and better. Do you listen to a lot of radio because you sound like a natural.

I have a question about forum software. I am preparing to launch what I hope to be a community driven forum around a U.S. city. I have been using Expression Engine software to manage a few blogs on the site, and am pleased with what they can do.

I thought I would also use their forum software, but the one drawback is they require users to register before they can post or comment.

Do you think it’s a good idea to let people post and comment without having to register?

Since my city is a popular tourist destination, I feel that forcing people to register would hold us back.

On your show, you mentioned liking vBulletin. Does vBulletin force users to register before they can post/comment?

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22 almir

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I have a flash website
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26 almir

buddy if you have a flash website i suggest you go to plain html because with a flashing website no ones going to want to visit your website because its too busy

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29 spiseZeni

I am here at a forum newcomer. Until I read and deal with the forum.
Let’s learn!

30 almir

I certainly agree with you my friend I am into learning myself from these forums as well. I was always so skeptical when someone else makes money but until they do I’m still skeptical.

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34 Jokkitosteova

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35 Errovepoump

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