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Specialty Forums

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed running a membership site as a way to earn passive income. You can go here to read it. We are continuing our passive income series this week focusing on Specialty Forums.

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If you run a membership site based on a specialized skill, for example, how to use WordPress, a specialty forum is a great addition. Be sure to brand your membership site and forum using the same colors and logo, as well as making them easily accessible. A forum can also operate as a stand-alone.

Why Add a Forum?

It a great method of providing support for your members, who are learning WordPress in this example. The members level of expertise will be different; this in turn, enables the members to support each other. It also takes the load off of you of having to answer questions that they can get answered in the forum.

It also creates a sense of community. Allowing your members to create profiles, along with photos, will also foster the sense of community.

Planning for Future Sites

Membership sites can run indefinitely or for a fixed period of time. A forum can keep your membership site alive. However, membership sites and forums tend to have a two-year average life span. So, it’s a good idea to plan for future membership sites when setting up your first one; namely, purchase a multi-license.

Forum Delivery Systems

Simple Machines is a good, free, open-source delivery system. Go here to check them out. However, some of your membership sites software have the capability of setting up a forum.

Do you run a specialty forum? Join the discussion by commenting below.

Come back next week when we look at more passive income business models. As always thanks for reading!

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After graduating with a degree in marketing, Rita knew she wanted a career in the marketing industry. However, she took a detour and worked for Sears as a retail manager. When that didn't work out, Rita decided to launch her own business offering word processing services. These services eventually morphed into online marketing services. Her desire to be a professional Internet marketing services provider led her to earn an Internet Marketing certificate from Art Institute, which reinforces her marketing degree from Arizona State University. Fourteen years later by the grace of Father God, Rita is still in business assisting her clients with their online marketing. She also shares ideas and advises them on Internet marketing, social media marketing and business operations. Since Rita is an expert in various areas of business and online marketing, her clients are able to be hands off giving them the valuable time they need to focus on their current and future customers. As one of Rita's client states, "How can we do all this without her?"

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