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    OPM/Moderator Hectic GHC's Avatar
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    Question Monetizing a Forum
    I found a very popular niche forum listed as an affiliate in one of my programs. The admin says they have tried to monetize through affiliate efforts in the past but it never worked.

    Threads: 142,215, Posts: 1,456,418, Members: 47,377

    I'll walk the admin through how to best promote the merchant but I wanted to open this thread up to see if anyone has best practices to share. They do not allow affiliate links from members.

    He's probably just thrown up some banners and hoped for the best. Thoughts?
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    What niche? If the users are linking to products, a solution like skimlinks works well (the javascript part that converts existing URLs into affiliate URLs). The members are often pre-selling each other, but many forums don't have anything setup to capture the quality traffic they are sending to retailers.
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    Thanks Matt, Viglink is on the list to talk with him about. I like them because as a manager, I can approve or decline which affiliates to work with in their network.
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    If this happens to be an outdoor forum, our ALE is a no brainer...which BTW has been around longer than skimlinks or viglink. Certain other categories/niches offer great opportunity via our ALE as well..

    Here is a case study on TGR's use of the ALE: Affiliate Marketing Case Study ALE

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    Somewhat recent thread in the Amazon forum about monetizing a forum - http://www.abestweb.com/forums/amazo...rn-143171.html

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