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Blogs vs Forums
« on: September 30, 2016, 12:29:32 PM »
Some people say forums use up to much resources.  However, on the other hand, do blogs use less resources?  What might be some advantages of a blog setup vs a forum one?  If you wanted to work from home by making money from a website, then which platform would you like better?

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Re: Blogs vs Forums
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2016, 01:16:02 AM »
In terms of resources, I would say a blog has lower requirements than a forum. Blogs are generally read by visitors who then move on. Forums are generally read by visitors who are likely to stay on for a while before moving on.

In terms of making money, I would say that a blog would be easier. A blog is essentially a one-man show. You blog according to your own schedule. A forum is a 24/7 affair. To manage a forum, you have to be around all the time or have someone to help out when you aren't.

In either case, it's not a get rich quick scheme. Both a blog and a forum takes time to reach the point where it can make money. Time as measured in months and years.

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Re: Blogs vs Forums
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2016, 08:11:24 AM »
Definitely blogs. There's less overhead, and it's a lot faster to setup and start earning money. However, don't expect to make much money in the first year or two after you've setup your blog. It will take a while for you to attain a large enough audience whereby you can start earning a respectable income from ad revenue. In fact, I'd advice you to not rely entirely on ad revenue and look at selling a product or service on your site.

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Re: Blogs vs Forums
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2016, 08:27:42 AM »
I'm not very knowledgable in this area, but I'd hands down go with a blog over a forum. I have always had dreams of having my own blog, but have never had the bottle to go ahead and do it. I feel like it would be easier for me to run a blog, because I don't have to rely on other people to make it work. It'd be down to me to produce the content and keep the blog going. I think a forum would require a lot more time and energy, and I'm not keen on monitoring everyone to ensure they're on their best behaviour all the time  (among other things) LOL


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Re: Blogs vs Forums
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2016, 09:27:53 AM »
I think a blog is better as you have more control over the content. With a forum, unless you vet each poster, there will be issues with trolls, spam, and poor quality posts.

I'm on one forum where even though there are active moderators people create poor quality posts, and they can actually make a forum look worse even if they provide traffic.

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Re: Blogs vs Forums
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2016, 12:01:35 PM »
I would go with the blog. You'll have to put in work with both, however, with a blog you decide when to write and what to write and can focus on one topic. With a forum, the conversation has to continue and many times there are many topics going. Running a forum seems like a lot of time and energy goes into it and cause burnout a lot faster.

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Re: Blogs vs Forums
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2016, 12:08:57 PM »
Yeah, the software and management that are involved with forum maintence and control is just one of the issues that are involved with forums. It takes time to get the things revolved. Using these forums requires a lot more work on your part than a simple blog you can manage yourself would do.

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Re: Blogs vs Forums
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2016, 12:21:29 PM »
I would suggest that writing for blogs is much easier in terms of effort and cost to keep things running. However, forums have a definite advantage in that they have a higher search engine ranking. They are also minefields of information since they present varied opinions from diffedrent people from their real life day to day experiences in a natural setup. Forums are also better when it comes to monetization through forum signatures.

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Re: Blogs vs Forums
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2017, 03:58:40 AM »
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In terms of resources, I would say a blog has lower requirements than a forum. Blogs are generally read by visitors who then move on. Forums are generally read by visitors who are likely to stay on for a while before moving on.

In terms of making money, I would say that a blog would be easier. A blog is essentially a one-man show. You blog according to your own schedule. A forum is a 24/7 affair. To manage a forum, you have to be around all the time or have someone to help out when you aren't.

In either case, it's not a get rich quick scheme. Both a blog and a forum takes time to reach the point where it can make money. Time as measured in months and years.

The fact forums keep people around longer is actually good for SEO. Note, in regards to the 24/7 affair comment, I'd have to say that there are quite a bit of things one can do to reduce the commitment of the owner.  Nonetheless, on massive operations with poor spam control, moderators might be needed.

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Re: Blogs vs Forums
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2017, 08:23:45 AM »
I've been considering adding a forum to my blog, and I have a small Facebook group, and I find people still prefer to access articles and read them on Facebook rather than the link to the blog.

If you look at the habits of people, many prefer not to register and to read and comment quickly. I recently had an article which was controversial and people wanted to comment but couldn't be bothered to fill out their name and email, and a captcha. It makes you think how many will bother logging into a forum each time? It would be better for me to promote brands though, so I haven't discounted the idea completely.

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Re: Blogs vs Forums
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2017, 03:19:29 PM »
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I've been considering adding a forum to my blog, and I have a small Facebook group, and I find people still prefer to access articles and read them on Facebook rather than the link to the blog.

If you look at the habits of people, many prefer not to register and to read and comment quickly. I recently had an article which was controversial and people wanted to comment but couldn't be bothered to fill out their name and email, and a captcha. It makes you think how many will bother logging into a forum each time? It would be better for me to promote brands though, so I haven't discounted the idea completely.

One brand offers a more in-your-face forum setup that possibly keeps viewers more engaged - but it isn't cheap.   I won't mention it because I don't want to spam, though.  Anyway,  I don't know if there are other brands with the same style or if the particular company has a copyright over it.

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Re: Blogs vs Forums
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2017, 09:28:47 AM »
I prefer forums because everyone has a say in it. I heard some blogs get paid to talk about a certain topic, then follows a few people who comment nice things they've read from scripts, but in a forum here's diversity. There's always likers and haters, people who are interested in the subject and people who would point out it's flaws, therefore I would choose forum any day over blogs.

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Re: Blogs vs Forums
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2017, 06:25:52 AM »
I would definitely go for a forum, my 3 points:
1. Forum are self-sustainable.
Unlike blogs, where the owner should schedule a posting plan and come up with great titles, which may sometimes cost money. Forums can sustain themselves. The only job the admin should do is to promote it well enough to get enough backlinks and well optimized. After all is set, and members who relate to the subject are onboard, the forum can run on its own forever. Though starting is usually hard, unlike blogs.

2. Members managed

Forums use the community-based approach, where the members determine what they want. And since it has categories, a member can choose what interests him/her most. Unlike blogs, where you have to keep up with the owner. RElate to him/her so that you can enjoy. And when a blog owner is sick you don't get posts. He/she will have to employ writers of his/her level.

3. Members generate content
The beauty of forum is that you dont have to think about what to post next. Especially when you have a massive membership. the members will themselves generate content. All you have to do as an administrator is to maintain the servers to be stable enough to handle the traffic. And appoint moderators to watch out for people seeking a free advertisement platform from your hard earned membership. Sometimes things can go tribal, or political or excessive nudity. It's good to have a strong moderator team.

PS: I own a very young forum that i would wish to seek your opinion and how i can improve it. You can as well join in. It's called Biztalkenya, for Business Discussions : You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login. Please pop in and advise.

And congrats to the owner of this forum, his/her Alexa ranking is 1.4Million. Don't give up. That's a very good rank. It's growing faster.

Re: Blogs vs Forums
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