Making A Forum Where People Can Post Ads

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by deviledeggs, May 9, 2018.

  1. deviledeggs

    deviledeggs Aspirant

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    Yes, I read this thread https://theadminzone.com/threads/forum-website-designated-to-trolls-and-spammers.143321/


    It seems like there are others out there such as freeadsplanet, freeadsforum ect.


    If I would allow ads. What are the risks?


    Can I make money off of it?


    Can I form a socializing semi marketing community through this even if I can’t make money?


    (I am kinda querky lol and have always found spam ads interesting for some reason).


    What are the legalities?



    -Just Wondering
     
  2. haqzore

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    This might be the worst idea I've seen.

    What the hell is the point?
    Who is going to go to an ad posting forum besides people posting ads?

    Have you happened to look at the content quality of the sites you referenced? It's garbage.

    I must be missing something. This seems like nothing more than literally inviting in the garbage the rest of the internet is trying to get rid of.

    Color me confused.
     
  3. deviledeggs

    deviledeggs Aspirant

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    well what about freeadsplanet or the other type of sites. They allow advertisements. Are their legal risks in particular. How bad is the content. Wouldn't it be mostly ads?
     
  4. haqzore

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    If it's your site, you can essentially allow whatever you want. I don't understand what "legal risks" you're worried about?

    And the content being ads is exactly my point. What's your target audience? What're you trying to accomplish?

    Who wants to go look at a bunch of ads? Honestly?
     
  5. deviledeggs

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    is a site like this going to be expensive? also i wonder if ad posters can socialize among themselves and promote eachothers products is this valid or just a pipe dream.
     
  6. Pete

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    SESTA/FOSTA are significant legal risks with respect to advertising - it's partially why Craigslist recently shut down parts of its service.
     
  7. deviledeggs

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    I'll look it up but can you explain what SESTA/FOSTA is?

    I am curious about sites like

    www.freeadzforum.com/ www.freeadsplanet.com/ or even www.freeadvertisingzone.com/

    will my site be difficult to moderate?

    how would I prevent spam bots?

    thx
     
  8. Pete

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    SESTA/FOSTA are laws coming in to the US (if they're not already present) - more information: https://theadminzone.com/threads/ne...ntent-severe-penalties-for-webmasters.147121/

    Essentially it makes your moderation life considerably more difficult.

    Also, building something like FreeAdsPlanet is not going to make you vast amounts of money in the short term. It might, eventually, if you're lucky, make you money across a span of several years.
     
  9. haqzore

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    Yes, but this is with any advertisement? Im not sure it's unique to what the OP is looking to develop?
     
  10. Pete

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    It's absolutely not unique, however advertising sites are clearly a focus of the legislation (again, think Craigslist), and free advertising sites already come with a fairly hefty moderation requirement because they don't have the immediate filter of keeping out the worst by simply charging a fee.
     
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  11. deviledeggs

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    will running a site like this be very expensive and get heavy traffic?

    thx
     
  12. Pete

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    In the short term, no, because it won't have a lot of traffic, because traffic takes time to grow. Realistically it takes 6-12 months for a forum (even an advertising one) to really gain traction unless you have some core posters generating content.
     
  13. deviledeggs

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    are you sure it would be 6months to a year? couldn't it be shorter than that due to ads/spam?
     
  14. Pete

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    If you only care about spam, it can be as short as a few days - but who wants to visit a forum full of spam? Who would pay you money because you host a forum full of spam?

    Even ads that people might actually care about are hard to monetise in a meaningful way because there are already established, better venues for advertising.

    What do you have that these other venues don't? Why would anyone come to your site to advertise, vs going to any other established place (which is not necessarily a forum)?
     
  15. deviledeggs

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    for just ****s and giggles would this be a good idea as a novelty lol. for real not trying to troll. or are efforts best spent elseware and why?

    thx (sorry not trying to troll)
     
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  16. Pete

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    For pure amusement factor to see what happens, go nuts.

    But if you're seriously looking to make money, that's not it, not in a short term period, not unless you have something genuinely different that marks you out from the crowd, and gives people a compelling reason to go to you rather than going to established places.
     
  17. deviledeggs

    deviledeggs Aspirant

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    how long would this last if I would go through just for amusement. Would my pages get flooded beyond control most likely?

    thx for your time

    I always entertain projects and do a cost benefit analysis.
     
  18. Pete

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    Assuming you have zero protection against spam, you will get flooded very quickly. If you have basic anti-spam set up on registration, you'll still get a lot but likely nothing you couldn't moderate if you cared to.

    Honestly though I'm not sure what the cost benefit analysis is here - a place that people can post ads for free that doesn't appear to have any route to you getting money out of it doesn't seem to have any benefits.
     
  19. deviledeggs

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    as stupid as it sounds would I be able to socialize with the ad posters or this just pipe dream of mine lol :D
     
  20. Pete

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    You'd be able to, but the bigger problem is that you'd have to get them to this mythical site first in order to socialise with them. Which is where your problem really is: why would someone come to you instead of freeadsplanet, or Craigslist, or wherever the users already are?

    Social networks principally work because that's where the people are. This is no different; no-one is going to post ads or be interested in ads if there is no-one around to see the ads. Who'd advertise at a place no-one goes to?
     
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