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I'm running a website dedicated to programming. My question is short: should I add a forum or will it drive my traffic away from my main site? Or maybe it will increase traffic to my website? The problem is I have to use free forum, and this one also runs ads but their own. Is there another free forum service with it's hoasting that can give me option to place my own ads? (i supscribed to getphpbb forums)
Thank you in advance...
I am seriously considering adding a forum.
You can get high CTR on forums if you place your ads in "right" places.
However, the problem with forums is how to build them? People don't feel compelled to participate in forums that do not have highly active membership.
It's painstakingly difficult to build successfull forum. It's pain in the butt, so be ready to spend at least 6 months of your life just to keep your forum going (but, that is not a guarantee of success).
First just to say that I'm aware that forums adsense CTR isn't so good.
That seems to be the norm with forum owners, but then there's forums and then there's forums ;-)
A really well maintained forum that attracts a significant volume of search traffic is very little different to a CMS.
The regulars, without some form of eye-catcher, are not interested in the ads, but there are plenty of people just driving through who will be.
So another question is:
Are there any free forums, that have their own hoasting, and that allow me to put my ads (while they have their own ads, or even better free forum with no ads, although this sounds very un likely!)