If you’re free these days and are looking to spend some quality time online, joining online discussion boards/forums is no doubt a great idea. It’s not just about participating in discussions to acquire and share knowledge but it can be a good earning opportunity too and you can make money with online forums while learning about your favorite industry or field.
Let’s see how online forums and discussion boards work and where are the opportunities to make money with online forums.
1- Selling/Renting Your Signature Links
If you are an active contributor on a particular forum or discussion board, advertisers looking to build backlinks for their websites would be interested in utilizing your active profile rather than building one from the scratch, and buying or renting space in your signature links is their way to go.
Once upon a time forum, signature links sale was good money making way. It used to be like if you’ve 1000 posts in a particular forum, you can rent one signature link for $10/month. Now the rates have gone too down now due to many reasons, but if you’re active on 25 forums that allow 2 signature links and you rent each space for $3 to $5/month, you can still make $150 – $250/month and like your post count increases you can increase the rate. By the way, you can start renting out the signature with as low a post as 50, but do have a presence on at least 20 forums to give an attractive offer to the buyer.
2- Rent Out Your Avatar
Of course, a lot of companies/websites and other members on forums want their product or service to be advertized and so normally look for avatar spaces of active community members. The rent of your avatar space also depends on your post count and credibility on the forum.
3- Get Paid to Post About Promotions
If you are a reputed member of an online forum or a discussion board with a lot of posts, advertisers would want you to promote their product/service in a natural way, i.e. either by creating a new discussion thread or replying to other people’s queries. This is probably the highest paying forum posting job, but beware, if it’s something spammy or pure advertisement, you can get banned on the forum.
- Remember that you may not be able to make good money with one forum only, so what you need to do is to join as many forums as you can, and be active on all of them.
- Once you’ve 50+ posts on those forums you can start renting signature link space, i.e. 1 link on 25 forums. For a buyer it’ll be very attractive offer to get hundreds of backlinks from 25 different sites at a reasonable price.
- You can package your links too, i.e. one month, three months and six months etc for much better pricing structure.
The Bottom Line
Online forums and discussion boards are great not just for learning, but also for converting your experience and contribution into money. I am sure, with the above details in mind you are all set to make money with online forums and discussion boards.