What is the average profit per month on a successful forum?

Discussion in 'Generating Revenue' started by kelsdesj, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. kelsdesj

    kelsdesj Neophyte

    Hey guys! I'm a student intern for looking to learn about launching a forum for my internship. We are hoping to build a forum for a supportive community of musicians but I have a couple of questions before we are able to get the wheels turning.

    What is the average profit per month on a successful forum?


    Does anyone know of any forums that are making money?
  2. Ramses

    Ramses Adherent

    The chance to make a good profit with a new forum is very low. If you find a niche topic you're chances are better but you have to invest a lot of time and power.
    Do you think you can do better than this for example?
  3. Joeychgo

    Joeychgo TAZ Administrator

    I disagree. Like anything else, if you work smart and work hard, it can be done.
  4. Ankur Saxena

    Ankur Saxena Neophyte

    Making money from forum is not an easy task you need to do lot of hard work and patience in order to get first $$$
  5. pierce

    pierce Habitué

    Average profit per month is between 0 and 1,000,000 a month.
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  6. cdub24

    cdub24 Participant

    Technically that's a range.

    Really depends on niche. Ad revenue doesn't pay much unless you have a TON of traffic.
  7. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Moderator

    Thats only the positive side of the spectrum.
  8. we_are_borg

    we_are_borg Moderator

    Technical speaking the negative side would be a loss.
  9. pierce

    pierce Habitué

    It's an exact response to the question.

    Example. You could have a million a month turn over with a million a month costs equating to 0 profit.

    You could have another forum turnover is 10,000 a month and costs are 1000 with a monthly profit of 9000.

    The second forum is more profitable but the first is turning over 12 million a year....

    So the answer is a range of average profits that could be made from different forums of different sizes of different target audiences.

    To add to that the million a month forum probably have staff wages and technically you could pay yourself 100,000 a month from that meaning it's more desirable... But not as profitable.
  10. PurpleGemz

    PurpleGemz Neophyte

    I don't build forums for profit. I aim for sustainability. That doesn't even quite happen sometimes -- however if your passionate about a niche' you'll make it work :). It can be a very long time before it even sustained itself (and even longer for profit). Just be prepared to put a lot of love and community into the website.
  11. woody

    woody eternal noobie

    My forum has been my sole income for 10 years.
  12. Joeychgo

    Joeychgo TAZ Administrator

    Same here.
  13. Paul M

    Paul M Dr Pepper Addict

    That may be true for a few people, but (in my experience) the majority of forums are not run to make money (nor do they).
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  14. Philpug

    Philpug Aspirant

    We are working on making our forum our sole income..right now it is our main source but as we grow bigger now we will need more people to help so it will be two steps forwards and one step back but it is in the right direction. Our site is than 3 years old,
  15. Joel R

    Joel R Adherent

    There is no "average profit" number that anyone can share. It's not tracked or measured in any systematic manner and, to, be honest, you'll be fortunate to even break even.
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