I just got employed to moderate a forum. It is fun sitting behind the “virtual walls” and keeping tab on others activity. Oh, I have been enjoying myself. I just started the job (no pay though, just some volunteering). After two days, the curious me is begining to think, which is more profitable for an online entrepreneur? A blog or a forum. I love digging for new ways to earn money online. So long the idea is legal and above board morally.
In my opinion, a blog is expensive to maintain. Not just in monetary terms, but also in terms of other resources. A blogger has to be a jack of all trades, at least in the begining, until he is capable of employing staff or outsourcing some of those unpleasant tasks. e.g. Search Engine Optimization (SEO), web design and layout, building backlinks, upgrading blogging software, securing site against hackers etc. I will rather spend my time writing down my ramblings and socialising with friends around the globe. Well that may be my personal preference, maybe you enjoy those task, while I don’t.
A forum on the other hand does not require so much maintainance save for the issue of fighting spammers and moderating troublesome members. So, the forum owner has less headache than a blogger that must be on his toe to stay current and relevant. Once a forum gains momentum, there seems to be no stopping it. As a community project, members tries to outdo each other in building the forum into a great website. I belong to a handful, and I must confess that I have posted enough materials in them to keep a blogger smiling for twelve months. Sometimes I get tempted to copy those lenghty posts I made in the forum and just paste them in some new blogs with Blogger. Who knows, I may earn some cents from Google Adsense before the blogs will get deleted for lack of update.
Well I am sorry if I disappointed you with this post. I am asking a question because I want to learn. I did not mean to answer a question that you have. I hereby tender an apology if you misunderstood my intention. That settled, I continue with my ramblings.
The area that is not yet clear to me is how to value a FORUM. I have a little idea of how blogs get valued. The Google Page Rank think, Alexa Rank, Technorati Authority, number of backlinks, number of page views, number of RSS subscribers etc. I have also heard of bloggers selling their blogs and making some good money.
However, I am yet to hear of a forum being sold. Maybe I am missing something. This is just my view for now. But I will love to learn from anyone that have a better experience. I have a forum attached to my blog, but it is an add-on that is meant to serve regular readers, not a forum for everything and anything. You can only make posts that are relevant to the subjects being treated on this blog. I may not have gotten enough experience now, but I am indeed curious. I will do an update to this post if I get facts and figures that will benefit readers.
Ok you’ve heard my view, it is your turn! Which do you consider more profitable? A Blog or a Forum? Share your opinion in the comment. Cheers.