Forum Monetization

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Yesterday's Top Poster


Feb 16, 2021
What do you guys think are the most effective methods of monetization for forums? I've been mainly relying on AdSense to recoup some basic costs (hosting, domains etc.) but it has been quite bad recently. I don't want to bombard the forum with ads so I've only stuck two up.

Is AdSense even worth the effort anymore for smaller sites?


Staff member
Feb 3, 2021
My largest website averaged 500k + views a month with, at the time 30k members. I was only getting around $100 a month from ad revenue. The thing I found got me the most revenue was from paid memberships, and marketplace sales. Hints why there's no adsense on here and only a marketplace and premium membership ;) The pricing was the same as here, and I had around 50 people with the yearly membership, and about 25 with the monthly membership.


This image also shows how valuable a marketplace can be. This site was and still technically is my largest website ever with just under 40k members. This resource has been purchased 173 times at $99. I take 20% of all sales through the website. That's $3,425.4 for just that one addon itself.

Ads are a great way for that tiny extra bit of income, but if you really want to make profits then I'd suggest going with VIP groups, promoting them and giving them some really good benefits, finding other ways such as a marketplace, paid promotion, etc.

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