Hey Guys!! Welcome to another Gurusprovince Tutorial/Updates.
Today, we’re gonna be teaching you guys thing on How to create a forum like nairaland and earn with it as a source of income.
Let’s look at forum s and specifically nairaland.com forum forum s ,everything about it,ranging from creating and how to make money with a forum .
How To set up an online forum have been a problem to some Newbie so i decided to explain
the procedures on how to start an online forum like nairaland.com forum .
– What Is A forum ?
An online forum is a website that basically brings people with similar interest together online in
other to converse and connect with each other.
People have to usually register before they can join in the conversation.
Conversations are usually called threads. A topic of discussion or question can be asked by anyone
who is a member of the forum . Replies are made.
– How To Choose A Topic For Your forum
There are no specific rules in selecting a topic for your forum but there are general principles that
will help you push your forum to success. You can start a niche on anything you want but there are
things that can guide you in picking a winning topic.
– Here are a few of them:
1. Avoid Heavily Contested Niches
I see a lot of nigerian s who start forum s that seem to look exactly like nairaland.com forum .com, in terms of the content and topics of discussion. There is nothing really wrong with this, only that it is usually better to look for less competitive topics or niches to start a forum than just copying others. If you start a forum that competes directly with www. nairaland.com forum , I really doubt you will make it.
If you have the money to promote and do many other things, maybe you can compete and beat
nairaland.com forum .But I know many people will rather stick with Nairaland than fraternize on your
forum , unless you have something very different to offer them.
2. Pick A Niche Or Topic You Can Easily Get Information On
It is good advice to stick to what you are passionate and interested in because in the first few months of the life of your forum , you will have to be updating and posting lots of information about the topic by yourself. It is only after a critical mass of information is reached that people will naturally join in the discussion. This is perfectly normal.So pick a forum topic about stuff you can easily get information about, preferably, what you are passionate about (something you love).
That is All For that,Now Lets go into our main Aim
Now To The Main Aim Of This Post Which I How To Set Up Your forum
I will be discussing the technical part of setting up a forum here. Here are what you need in setting up forum .
a. A Domain Name – A domain name is same with website name.A domain name is the identity and location of your forum on the internet. It is what people will type into the browser in order to visit you forum . You need to put in money in buying a good domain name You should remember branding and keywords when picking a domain.
If you are mot financially stable, you can buy a domain name at www.syskay.com . They provide a reseller service for a bigger hosting company in the US. You can pay them in Naira..But the issue with their service is has limited hosting space and bandwidth. So it is better to buy with hostgator.com . (It is affordable, reliable and you can pay with nigerian issued debit cards) It will cost you about $10 for one domain name for a year.
This is about N1500 to N2000 (depending on the exchange rate) for a year. You should renew it the next year to continue using the domain name.
b. Hosting – Hosting refers to the space you will need online to house (Host) your forum . Syskay also provides hosting.You can also use hostgator to host your websites and blogs. I recommend them because they are very reliable and have no problems with hosting nigerian websites or blogs.
Hostgator provides 3 different hosting packages at different prices. I will advice you buy the baby hosting because of the unlimited domain names you can host on it. You can order for hosting for a year or up to 3 years. For confirmation, all they will need are scanned copies of an identity card and the debit card used for the order. Click this link to find out more.
Note- You will need a master card to make the payment..I advice Gtb Master card..
c. forum Software – After getting your domain name and hosting, the next thing to do is install a forum software. There are so many free forum softwares and other paid versions too. www. nairaland.com forum is powered with free and popular forum software called simple machines. You can see the software here at
Many forum s owned by nigerians use this software but there are many other free forum softwares. You can get a complete list of free and paid forum softwares at http://mashable.com/2007/08/19/online- forum s/ One reason I recommend hostgator and FatCow is because you can install your forum by just clicking
your mouse a few times. You don’t need to know anything about coding and web design. This is done by the use of something called scripts. Scripts are ready made programs or softwares that some hosting company provides on their servers so that you can easily add to your hosting space. The simple machine software and other softwares can be installed on the hosting space with a single click of the mouse.
How To Promote And Manage Your forum
How To Manage Your forum Is the next thing to come into your mind after creating your forum .if you missed my post on how to create a forum simply click here After setting up your forum , the next thing is to set up the different categories and boards you want to have on the forum .
For example, if your forum is about “Social talks like Nairaland” you can have categories like
– Jokes, TV/Movies, Music/Radio, Celebrities,
– Fashion, Events, Sports, Gaming, forum
– Politics, Romance, Business, Investment, Jobs/
– Vacancies, Career, NYSC, Education, Autos, Car
– Talk, Properties, Health, Travel, Family, Culture,
– Religion, Food, Diaries,e.t.c
This same idea can be used when categorizing other topics.
Now Over To How To Promote Your forum and make people know that it exists Setting up a forum does not guarantee success. It does not even guarantee that people will know about the forum . In other words, you need to promote your forum in order for it to boom.
By promotion I mean, advertising and getting people to know about the forum and visit it.This means you need to drive traffic to your forum .
There are hundreds of ways of promoting your forum online and offline.
Here is a list of ways of promoting your forum .
1. Add it to the signature of your email messages- [That is after sending mails to your subscribers
put a link to your forum at then of the mail] 2. Add to the url of your forum to the signature or related forum you join- [write the names of your
forum in any forum you join] 3. Share links to it on Facebook
4. Start a page for it on facebook and ask friends to join-[click here to create a facbook Page] 5. Tweet some posts made on the forum on facebook
6. Post links to it on book marking websites like www.digg.com , www.stumbleUpon.com ,
www.reddit.com. You can automate this process by visiting www.socialposter.com
7. Submit to forum directories
8. Make comments with your url on blogs of related topics
9. Write guest articles in other blogs in your niche
That’s all for How To Promote Your forum Online
How To Promote Your forum Offline
1. Advertise on offline newspapers and magazines
2. Advertise on flyers and posters
3. Advertise on TV and radio programs
4. Sponsor related events and get your name out there
How To Promote Your forum Using Paid Means Online This is the fastest way to send traffic to your forum or any kind of website.
11. Advertise on facebook
12. Advertise on Google Adwords
13. Advertise on other forums or blogs like gurusprovince.com
14. Advertise directly on websites owned by others talking about your topic How To Get People Talking In Your forum
After setting up your forum , the next thing to do is get people to join in and start talking. It is easier for people to join a forum but a bit difficult for them to start talking. There are many different people who visit a forum . There are active people asking questions and answering questions and there are other group of people who just visit, read the threads and leave.
Thats all guys!!! Hope you enjoyed that???
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