Four Questions About Running Your Own Forum

Series Introduction:

Web forums are a great way to interact, converse, build community, promote products and ideas, and generate content and relationships online. Even though forums have existed since before the web, there are many people who still do not use forums, who do not know about them, or who think that web forums are more limited than they are. This five part series offers a basic introduction to web forums and answers eight basic but important questions; addresses one of the negative aspects of forums–haters–and how to keep a healthy forum; discusses the basics of running a forum; is frank about common pests and problems which often infest forums; and finally provides five useful reminders about forums.

Part III: Four Questions About Running Your Own Forum

So far, this series has addressed basic questions about forums as well as one of forums’ biggest problems: haters. Fortunately, you learn quickly how to deal with them. If you’ve been bitten by the forum bug, you’re probably considering running your own forum. This article addresses four key things to keep in mind when considering running your own forum.

1. Who controls a forum?
The person or people who control a forum are usually called that forum’s “administrators,” or “admins” for short. These are the people with the highest level of access, who can make any change at any level of the forum. You can identify these users by special colors or text next to their posts. For example, administrators may have the word “Administrator” next to their screen name or avatar.

Administrators sometimes give normal users special privileges on their forums. These special users are usually called “moderators,” or “mods” for short. Mods are sort of like the police of the forum – they watch for violations of the forum rules and dole out discipline accordingly. This is the job they have to do in exchange for being given special powers (such as the ability to delete posts) by the admins. Admins can revoke these powers at any time if they feel that the mods are not doing their jobs right.

2. How hard is it to set up my own forum?
If you’re willing to spend a few bucks a month on it, it couldn’t be easier. There are a few very low priced forum hosting services that will take care of everything for you – you just have to let them know some basics like what you want your forum to be called, what URL you want people to access it at, etc.

It’s also possible to buy a shared hosting account at a provider and to install and configure the forum software yourself. Obviously, this will be a greater investment of time and resources on your part to learn the ins and outs of a particular forum software package. Plus, you still have to pay the shared host provider, so unless you’re using the hosting space to host blogs or other websites, it’s not as good of a deal as just using one of the simple forum hosts.

Finally, it’s possible to buy or lease your own dedicated server and to install forum software on there, but this option is definitely reserved for people who are interested in hosting many forums at once or in reselling their space to others interested in hosting forums. (If you go this route, you can even become your own mini shared host!)

3. How do I get people to come to my forum?
It sounds obvious, but the most important thing is content. If your forum is attached to a larger website, then you already have content – you just have to make sure people see the link to your forum and want to go there to discuss your content.

If your forum isn’t attached to a website, then you need to make sure Google and the other search engines are indexing your forum. Check your search rank by typing in some terms you think are related to your forum and looking at where your forum is in the search results. Are you on the first page? Are you the first hit? Try starting some threads on your forum with prompts for people to discuss. You’ll be surprised how quickly people will start posting if the topics interest them.

4. What rules are there for a forum?
This is up to the administrators of the particular forum to decide. Usually there’s a “forum rules” thread where the rules for that particular forum are laid out for everyone to see. Sometimes, the forum makes you click “I agree” to the rules before you can even register on it. In any case, make sure you are familiar with the rules so that you don’t get moderated for breaking them and lose stature in the community.

Penny Auctions – Are They Legitimate?

Today, people are naturally wanting to know if Penny Auction sites are legitimate or not, because of their increased popularity. I have noticed worried people are inquiring into how Penny Auction sites might be scams. With my overall experience of these auctions, I think I am qualified to advise you on whether these auctions are indeed scams or are legitimate.

As with other things on the World Wide Web or in life for that matter, there are both good and bad things available to you. Not all Penny Auctions are scams. They offer merchandise to you in a way you can afford, where you could not afford it otherwise. Many people (more than you think) have won these auctions for items like big-screen televisions or iPads for a lot less money than the recommended retail price. There is an unlimited array of different items available on these auctions too.

This is not to say though, that there are not Penny Auction scams that you will come across, and you will have to be cautious to make certain you do not get caught in one. You need to look at the reviews first if there are some. Do a search for the Penny Auction site you are on, and then read the information you find. If you see a lot of positive feedback from people, it is most likely that you will have a good experience too; this is one of the best way to know this for sure.

The auction websites which you need to stay away from are those for which you see a lot of negative feedback, or the new ones which have no feedback yet. Just go to the websites which have established a good reputation. This holds true for most of the online activities in which you may take part. Usually, I am unlikely use a site unless people have tried it before me. This may seem selfish, but it is also a good way of making certain that I do not get involved in any Penny Auctions scams.

Penny Auctions are a proven source for products of high quality at such low prices that there is no way to find them so cheaply at a regular store. The way the economy is today, I think these auctions will get even more popular as time goes by. The bottom line is that so long as you research before participating in these auctions, you will probably have an enjoyable experience, just as I do. Penny Auction scams are the exception rather than the rule according to my experience.

Intermediate Ways to Product Creation

Creating a product with a success guarantee is difficult. But one can initially take certain precautions while designing or creating a product, so that the product becomes successful after it is launched. Here are some ways to product creation that will help in making the product successful

The first step to successful product creation is to make an in-depth study of the previous products that are of the same nature of the new one. Find out their pros and cons. If a particular product has been popular among the people find out why and if a similar product has been unsuccessful find out the reasons for its failure. Research has always proved to be the key to popular and perfect product creation.

The next way to targeted product creation is creating the product according to the needs of the probable consumer. The product creation should be such that it greatly fulfills the desires of the probable consumer. Creating a product that suits the demands of the consumers is the best way to attain success. Carry out surveys to know the desires and requirements of your consumers.

Proper time management is also a key factor for successful product creation. If you target to complete your products by a particular time of the year, may be because it is the best time to launch it, make sure that you do that. If you so not complete your product creation within the time schedule, then you will lose the favorable market conditions of that time. Also getting late in schedules means, delay in starting a new venture.