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    What resources are required to make a forum succeed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    I once added a forum to an existing web site too quickly and I had to take the forum down because it was taking too much of the time that I needed to build the site.forum.

    I would recommend against starting the forum until you are able to commit the resources required to make it succeed.
    What resources are required to make a forum succeed?

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    The main resource you need is time.

    If you don't have time to post at least 25 posts per day on top of your usual website activities then you should not start a forum.

    In the first few months of owning a forum you should at least do 50 posts per day.

    One of my more successful forums (which I have sold now), I did do around 50 posts per day and within the first week there were two members with >100 posts and about a dozen other members contributing on a daily basis.

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    Ask Will again for more info

    But if you are not prepared to commit like Will has forget, he works around the clock and he also is very savvy, which means that what he does he sure tries to get more things right than wrong, and his experience is a solid advantage

    So you need effort and knowhow and that is just for starters

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    IMO the time must be the limitation for Will.

  5. Quote Originally Posted by homebizseo View Post
    What resources are required to make a forum succeed?
    Definitely time. That's the big one.

    And emotional energy, lots of emotional energy. Building communities is a labor of love. If you don't have a serious, deep, and enduring love for online communities your failure is going to be very painful.

    Favors is another huge one. I've spent years building relationships and taking care of people -- and I've called in more favors for this project than for every other project I've ever done.

    Money helps, of course. Software, hosting, and promotion all cost hard money.
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    Time for sure, lots of ideas, and perseverance.

    If you don't have the time you can't do the crime Erm make the forum succeed.
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    The main resources you need is people. The right people willing to spend the time to help launch the forum. Once the ball is rolling, you need the right people to keep things rolling and under control.
    I do not put too much value on design and tech related plusses unless of course the forum is tech related.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firetown View Post
    The main resources you need is people. The right people willing to spend the time to help launch the forum. Once the ball is rolling, you need the right people to keep things rolling and under control.
    I do not put too much value on design and tech related plusses unless of course the forum is tech related.
    lol, thats the most important thing forum needs and we all did not mention it: members

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    Quote Originally Posted by GameOver View Post
    lol, thats the most important thing forum needs and we all did not mention it: members
    You need good members first and new members will want to be a part of the community.
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    Very right, and this can be the NB factor for now.

    Quote Originally Posted by firetown View Post
    The main resources you need is people. The right people willing to spend the time to help launch the forum. Once the ball is rolling, you need the right people to keep things rolling and under control.
    I do not put too much value on design and tech related plusses unless of course the forum is tech related.
    Last edited by GeeOne; 13 June, 2009 at 05:43 AM.

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