Turning forum administration into a career?

Forum Admin Career

Aspiring forum administrators or website owners who govern a forum as an extension understand the sheer amount of work that is required to be poured into a community to a) get it up and running, and b) keep it active. Is there room for this ‘profession’ as a career with possible paid positions?

Community managers who are exceptional at their tasks will be able to maintain a community of active users, update & upgrade forum software, dive into code when required to either fix errors or implement a new feature, be active both on and off the forum to upkeep an online presence, and be able to deal with any given situation thrown at them. Big companies and websites are beginning to enter the realm of forums (some have been for a while) as they witness the benefits on allowing their targeted audience to discuss and network on a feature rich platform.

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Paid review blogging, is it worth the trouble?

Paid Review Blogging

Reviews and paid posts on blogs are becoming more widely used. The option appears to be more effective then most advertising (banner, text etc.) as link building is a bonus along with higher traffic generation. Cheap blog posts, on the other hand, are often referred to as “incredibly obvious advertising”. I prefer the term “stupidity”. Many web developers, product sellers, service providers and the like go for this option over conventional advertising to make their campaigns more worth while in SEO sense, mainly the link building value and potential traffic increase as mentioned above.

I do agree with this on certain grounds – why pay for banner advertising when you could be featured on a popular, authoritative blog? But it has to work and be of value for the both online properties in question.

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Integrating social networks into your community

Integrating Social Networks

Back in the days of the pre-web 2.0 experience, communities built on a forum script ware sole entities. There weren’t strong network links to MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, or any other platform. Today we have a more prominent connection between the bulletin board communities and the immense number of friends registered users have on the likes of Facebook.

What are the benefits of building a connection to the social platforms for your community? 

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Focus on the Community or SEO?

Forums and SEO

Many administrators and forum owners have been researching into the realm of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), but how much time should be focused on this practice instead of building and maintaining the community?

Building a forum from the ground up in a quiet niche is hard enough while knowing little about how to build your brand awareness. However, with a little magic from the good old ways of directory submissions, guest blog commenting, being active on related or active forums, creating social media accounts and being active daily could boost your small community and aid you in your efforts.

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