As many of you have noticed, there’s a Danger & Play Forum set up. I haven’t approved any usernames yet because I’ve had to decide what to do with the forum.
99% of Internet forums (or fora, for the pretentious among you) exist for one of two reasons:
1. A large forum allows the forum owner to sell advertising to third parties. This is self-evident. If you can get a lot of guys on a forum you can sell those guys’ eye balls to advertisers.
2. A large forum allows the forum owner to sell his own product. Most bodybuilding forums, for example, are owned by steroid dealers (they all sell bunk, by the way) and supplement company owners.
Forums are awesome tools for SEO. A single person can only create a limited amount of content. With a forum, you have dozens or hundreds or even thousands of guys creating content.
This content gets indexed into Google. This allows the forum owner to passively attract new forum members and readers.
For example, let’s say I post a thread entitled, “How to Improve Your Credit Score After Bankruptcy.” When some guy Googles those terms, he finds the forum. Boom. The forum owner has more eye balls to sell ads or his own product to.
This is why almost no Internet forum is private or members only. The forum owner doesn’t want to lose out on the amazing amount of Google juice he gets from user-generated content.
That said, being a forum owner is a major pain in the ass. There is no such thing as a free lunch or a free Internet forum. Being a forum owner requires you to basically behave like an HR office. You have to moderate disputes and screen out offensive content. You must be a skilled administrator. It’s a time suck.
Guys have “beef” with each other. Guys will write to mods about unfair treatment. Men will report posts that make themselves butt hurt.
Since I am not selling anything or taking on advertisers, what’s the point of my having a forum? I sure as hell have no interest in reading an email from an adult man telling me he’s butt hurt over something another person wrote on the Internet. A forum sounds like too much of a hassle.
Running a forum is exactly not what I am skilled at. I am an executive not an administrator. I have boldness and vision. Others are better at carrying out my ideas. I will never be a manager of any kind.
Then again, I can think of a few reasons to have my own forum. First is that I will learn something. Second is that I will meet guys who turn out to be legit in real life, which will lead to legit business deals and other personal relationships. Third is that I can write content that I wouldn’t want out there in the bigger world.
A forum would have to charge a membership fee. This is to pay for hosting (which isn’t that much, to be totally forthright) and to keep out haters.
If you don’t find value in information or having a place free of losers, morons, and haters, then you’re not the right guy for the forum.
A forum would have to be members only and private to Google. Since I don’t need the Google juice, a private forum would be ideal. Although guys should always remain anonymous, since a membership fee would discourage haters and spies, controversial and unconventional subject matters could be discussed.
A forum would have to be free of losers, haters, and morons. I can deal with assholes who drop legit knowledge. In fact, most of my friends can be major dick heads. Oh well. I am not a woman and don’t cry over things men say.
You speak truth in a mean way? Great. You’re a nice guy who writes stupidity and can only share conventional wisdom. You’re not a good fit.
Bottom line: There is a forum. It will become activated when I figure out the right approach.
If you have any suggestions, feel free to let loose in the comments.