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Some stats about my forum before I ask the question:
Bandwidth: 150-200 megs/day.
For one month
Overall members: 110
Overall posts: 1300
According to awstats, 17% of my visitors bookmark the site.
The site makes me no money yet, as I have not integrated ads into the forum at this time (not enough unique visitors yet). The forum seems to be doing well, as there is much activity for a low volume traffic site. I also have people asking me if they can be mods, (i have 7 mods, and one admin right now) so I assume the forum is off to a good start. However, I can see that if I was to get more visitors in the future, bandwidth expense is going to be through the roof. The main idea of the site is to exchange, critique, and help other musicians with their compositions. So this is probably going to be a bandwidth guzzler unless I lower attachment space. I allowed each user about 3 megs of space right now. My question is:
How hard would it be to get $1/month for more attachment space from the heavy posters? I am thinking I would reduce space to 0.5 megs now, and increase it to 5 megs or whatever with the $1/month subscription. Do you think this will work if people realize they have a small amount of space? The main goal of the site remember is to post attachments and get critiqued, and people have a ton of attachments.
When should I try this method out? How many members, pageviews/day, and posts should I have before I try my $1/month plan, and do you think it can work knowing how well liked the forum seems to be?
Grow the community like a little iddy biddy baby... when you have at least 20k+ members then start to figure out where the board is going, and how you can create either:
a) a premium service that is actually worth payment or
b) an advertisment campaign that fits the nature of your people.
People say that forums do not convert.... i dont belive that, i think that people just generalize about what the forum is then advertise that... have awesome conversions on forum and its because the ads are honest, straight forward, and really fit what people are looking for/like.
@ 50k members slowly put those things into effect and keep in contact with your members via email.