A members forum allows you to build a tribe while helping others succeed online
Internet Entrepreneurs Forum was conceived as a project in the summer of 2010 and was inspired by Tissa Godavitarne‘s ACME People Search Forum which is masterfully utilized. I like the way Tissa uses his forum to build community through the forum by using it as a place where his members provide support for each other across their entire platform… this is very powerful and incredibly effective. My vision is much the same as Tissa’s and because of this I am content with the steady and progressive growth of the forum based on the needs of the members.
Internet Entrepreneurs Forum is site #5 as I felt this would be a great site to complete as part of my 30 sites in 30 days November Big Harry Audacious Goal (BHAG), which has been detailed in prior posts on my blog.
The forum is built on the PhpBB script which is a free script and widely used by forum developers in a variety of niches. The script is very feature rich although it is not the most advanced option available. The administration area is easy to learn and manage, which is a real plus if you are in anyway technically challanged. I did add one additional script to provide an advertising function allowing me to install banner ads and other images to any section of forum I choose including individual post or specific groups within the forum.
I set up the initial sections of the forum under two main categories, community and forum (main) with several sub-categories. This is just the start and the categories and sub-categories will expand organically as the forum community grows.
Here are the categories and sub-categories as the site is being launched today:
Welcome – Please Introduce Yourself
Free Lance / Outsource Job Board
Social Media Profiles (Follow and Follow Back Exchange)
Content Syndication Network
Guidelines and Rules of Engagement
Report SPAM Post and Abuse Here
Community Members Blogs
Direct Sales Program Reviews
Direct Sales Program Reviews
Network Marketing Program Reviews
Affiliate Marketing Program Reviews
Funded Proposal Program Reviews
NEW Product Launches
All About SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Advertising and Traffic
Traffic Exchanges (Reviews and Recommendations)
Safelist (Reviews and Recommendations)
ClickBank Automated Income
Boot Scootin’ Traffic
The project plan was very straight forward and here is a checklist of the task completed in this project:
1. Secured the domain and set-up the C panel account on my server.
2. Download and install the PhpBB script here and manually installed.
3. Located and installed the banner rotator php script.
4. Contracted out the graphics and installed.
5. Set-up administrative permissions and preferences.
6. Set-up initial categories and topics.
7. Installed initial ad codes in HTML.
How am I monetizing the site?
This forum will be monetized using affiliate programs promoted with banner ads. Once the forum membership reaches my established benchmarks for traffic and membership size, banner advertising will be sold on a selective basis. In addition, I will post reviews of products and develop special offers for the members and offer the members who own products and programs to offer similar discounts to our members. Direct promotional programs like this will be restricted to a predetermined categories of the forum as not to violate the ‘anti-spamming’ policies I have established on the forum.
This will be my first foray into forum ownership and I have been told that forums are difficult to start and I accept that… most good things in life are often difficult to obtain, so I am ready to patiently invest both time and energy to accomplish my objectives.
I invite you to join the forum and engage by visiting here:
If one or more of my projects inspires you to create a similar project, I would love to hear about what you are working on. I encourage you to contact me and allow me to help you create a successful site or two of your own. I am here to help you succeed online and create an Internet business that empowers you to accomplish your goals and objectives online.
Have a blessed day!
Be sure to read the details about my November 30 sites in 30 days BHAG here:
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James Holmes is a full-time Internet marketer focusing on viral traffic sites, membership sites, affiliate marketing, blogging, pod-casting, and more. James teaches others how to develop business funnels that create multiple streams of income leveraging automated tools and resources. To request a free 30 minute consultation contact James by phone at 303-523-9503 or email at james@AskJamesHolmes.com
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