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Weekly Staff Member Interview #3 – Mikaya

Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Staff Member Interview Series!

This week, we have decided to interview Mikaya. This member is a staff member of Forum Promotion, and is part of the Community Team!

Now on to the interview!


 

1)    Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi there! I’m Mika, I’m 25, was born and raised in England, UK. I’ve been married for just over a year now, and I have one child at the age of 1. I currently have a part-time job, as an office worker for a local authority. It’s not the most exciting job in the world, but it pays well! In my spare time I like to watch a bit of TV (only if there’s actually a decent show on), play video games (I have a 3DS and PS3), go shopping (I like to spend money), watch movies (mostly rom coms/action/thriller), and frequent forums (only a couple) since I like conversing with others (& making new friends) and engaging in discussions that I like providing my thoughts on. I also have a keen interest in computing and devices. 
2) In 5 years time where do you see yourself?

I probably would have another child by then (here’s to hoping) and would have left work as well, to look after them both. My husband would be the one going to work and earning money to live on. I don’t mind. I’d rather not work and look after my family! Working is alright but there is a limit. It doesn’t help since I’m a little lazy in nature! I would be a full-time housewife (ugh. not that wonderful but it’ll do!). Beats a real job any day in my book!
3) As a child and even now, who is your hero and why?

Uhm, I don’t really have a ‘hero’ as such. Pretty lame, I know. Sorry for not having an answer!.
4) Out of everything you have learned from FP, what has been most valuable?

I have learned much more about forums, how to manage them and advertise them in many ways which would benefit me. I’ve seen so many forums being advertised at FP and it’s great to see how much the forum owners/admins are dedicated to their forums! There are many subjects involved in the broad name of forum-ing and it’s interesting to find out what members’ thoughts are on them.
5) As a forum owner yourself, what keeps you going through the tough slow periods?

It’s always helpful to keep your head up in tough times, and not give up. As long as you have support, you will be fine. I try to think positive and get creative with ideas and put them in action, in the hope that they will pay off. There will obviously be slow activity moments on forums, and that’s natural. Thinking of unique ideas to bring visitors in to join and stick around would be a key turning point. Members have real life to deal with first of all, and your forum is second priority to them, as it should be.
6) If you could swap teams just for a day, which team would you trial and why?

I would like to try out the Editorial Team! The articles are a pleasure to read on the homepage. Managing them and submitting my own would be a nice task to undertake. I’m not a very good writer, but I’d try the best that I could! Providing information useful for other FP members and visitors is a great feeling, knowing that they will look back and thank those who created those articles.

7) Any other comments?

Nope, I believe I have covered enough!.



And that wraps up this weeks staff member interview! Thank you for reading this, we hope you will continue reading these every week that they are posted!

Feel free to comment below on the interview. Also, feel free to ask the person that got reviewed any questions you feel like!

Staff Member Interview #1 – Jadster

The Editorial Team has decided to start doing staff interviews, to allow you, the community, to get to know some of our staff a little bit better. Our first interviewee was Jadster!


1. Tell us a bit about yourself (age,name, location etc):

Well, my real name is James otherwise known as Jadster. I am 17 years old and was born on March 8th. I currently reside in Omaha, Nebraska of the United States. I was born in Nebraska but moved around a lot as a child. So due to this, I lived in South Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona. I currently have 3 step brothers, 2 younger and 1 older. I also have 1 half sister. I am a senior in high school and I am currently employed as a cashier / checker at HyVee on weekends only to help save up for my college & such. I am also a gamer, coder, and forum owner.

2. When did you first start visiting forums?:
I started visiting forums back when I was about 8 years old. I was interested in the computer and one day decided to make a website of my own. However being an 8 year old trying to learn how to make a website wasn’t the easiest, so that plan fell through quickly. Over the years though, I began to grow an interest into game design and how they were made. So I found out about coding and what it can be used for. I immediately found an interest and spent years of my life learning it. I have also taken classes in my high school to continue learning and to this day, I haven’t looked back.

3. Biggest life success/achievement:
My biggest achievement in life so far? Well that is surely a tough one to answer. I would have to say my biggest achievement or success in my life was making it to where I am today. Surrounded by people I enjoy and people who care for me. Got a great job both offline and online and just a great life in general. Sure, I had my hard times like any normal human being but just being able to see my past and see where I am today and know that I have come so far, it is surely the best feeling to me. Knowing that I am making my family proud and that I always have them to support me is by far something I see as a success in my own life.

4. What would you change about FP?:
This is a question I feel the staff and even members at times get asked quite frequently. Looking at ForumPromotion now compared to when I first joined in September of 2012, I feel that many things have changed. Some for the better and some for the worse but needless to say, this site has still gained its popularity and still continued to grow over the years. But if I had to change something, I would have to say the reputation system. My reason for this, is when members reach a certain amount of posts, their rep they give, is 2 instead of 1. I feel that a like system could be implemented to like posts instead of giving reputation. Because in my eyes, reputation is earned over a course of time, but having such a high number of reputation just cause members can give 2 instead of 1, I feel that is abused because then people think they have a “reputation” here even if they really don’t. But then again, maybe that is just me being paranoid about things.

5. One thing in life you regret:
Oh boy, there are a lot of things I regret to be honest. I would have to say my biggest thing I regret was not spending enough time with my family and grandparents when I was younger, and even today. I always was so fascinated by my own things such as websites, video games, toys, friends that I never really payed much attention to my family or I would seclude myself away from all of them. Which didn’t punish me, it punished them. I feel that I spent way too much time doing things that I enjoyed that I never spent much time around my own family and I regret that. I don’t want to end up being 30 or 40 years old and looking back on my life and feeling bad about all the things I never got to do with my family. Thus why I am doing what I can to change and be around them more. I regret not spending more time with them when I was younger, so I am now trying to make up for that today.

6. Funniest life experience/moment:
This answer cannot be just 1 moment or experience. It is just too hard to pick out of all of them. I would just have to say any time I am with my 2 best friend Preston & Jared. The 3 of us will crack jokes, make puns, do stupid stuff and just make so many references to stuff we have heard or seen together that we all just have a great time. We all will laugh until we are in too much pain or until somebody is in the hospital (not literally). But just having those 2 as my friends and more importantly, my best friends is something I never want to give up. Every day is a fun day with those guys. We all go to school together and even if I am in the worst of moods ever, those guys know how to make me smile and laugh without even having to try. So I would just have to say any moment or experience I have with the 2 of them is a funny moment in my life.

7. What are you planning to do in later life?:
After I graduate high school, I hope to go on to Metropolitan Community College, get my degree in welding and then move to ITT Technical Institute to get my degree in anything computer related. I love doing computer based stuff but I also enjoy getting my hands dirty and if I had to choose any hands on career, welding would be my choice hands down. I have taken every welding class my high school has to offer except for 1 of them and I am taking that one in January. So by the time I graduate, I will have taken all the welding classes I can and almost all the computer based classes that I can. So seeing as how I have a passion for both of those fields, I plan to go and get my certification and degree in both to open up my options after college.

8. Do you want to get married/have kids as you get older?:
Do I want to get married? Yes. Do I want to have kids? Yes. When I am older, graduate college and have a career that pays good to be able to help me support myself and a family, I would love to have a wife and kids. I absolutely love the idea of having kids but I have to make sure that I can support myself and do good for myself before I bring in another person and maybe even a few younger ones into my life. But I also don’t plan on getting married until after I graduate college and can maintain a relationship for a good amount of time.

9. Have you ever owned a forum? If you have what advice would you give to new forum owners?:
Yes, as it stands I currently own a forum and I am still building it up as I type this but to answer the question, yes, I have owned a forum. Several to be honest. Some advice I could give would have to be pick a good niche. Picking a niche is key when wanting to make a forum because your niche will with you for the entirety of your forum. So you want to pick one that you can do well and that you can build a community off of. Another piece of key advice would have to be, never give up. Giving up will only lead to failure and you will have to try again. Now I am known to do that so it isn’t the best advice but I am always working on practicing what I preach but even though I may not follow it 100%, that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

10. Of all the teams you have worked on at FP which one has been the best and why?:
Well, as it stands, I have only worked on 2 of the teams here at Forum Promotion. I worked as a Package Team Member for a while and I worked as a Review Team Member as well. But now, I am working here at Forum Promotion as the Review Team Leader, so I currently run the entire review team and the service itself. But if I had to choose which one is the best, I would have to say both. They are equally important. Now, the package service is more popular but both teams serve a very important role in providing quality services here at Forum Promotion. So I really cannot choose between the both that I have worked on because I feel they are both just as important and both just as good. Now, others may feel different but again, that is their opinion and this is mine.

11. Any other comments?:
I just would like to thank you for allowing me to be interviewed for the Forum Promotion blog and I am glad I got to take the time to do the interview and I hope you all enjoyed reading it and getting to know more about me.

Newbie Guide To Promotion Forums

Newbie Guide To Promotion Forums

It’s all good and well for experienced forum users to join new forums and know exactly what they are about. What about newbies to promotion forums though? Below I have written a short guide for newbies about certain aspects of a promotion forum.


1) Introduce Yourself – this will allow the community to point out good things for you to check out before you get properly started. It also gives you a chance to gauge how friendly people are going to be. It is also a good idea to remember at this point, that first impressions are often the lasting impression.

2) Services – what are they? Promotion forums will often offer ‘services’ to help your forum grow and make improvements. 9 times out of 10 these services can be paid for with virtual forum cash( earned via posting and other methods). Lots of forums offer the same services, so its always a good idea to look around for a little bit first and see if you can find any feedback on the services that the forum is offering.

3) Packages – this is one service that a forum can offer. This is when a user from the promotion forum will come over to your forum/blog and post on it for you after you request a specific package. This is almost always paid for via forum cash. So it effectively costs you nothing and helps you out! You should always check out the feedback section before requesting, as you are more likely to find out the true quality of the service.

4) Reviews – this is another service that a forum can offer. This is when a user from the promotion forum will come over to your forum/blog and review it for you after you request a specific review type. They might be reviewing anything from content to design to grammar. It depends what you as for. This is almost always paid for via forum cash. So it effectively costs you nothing and helps you out!

5)Ads – this is a varied service across promotion forums. They can offer banner ads, table ads, signature ads, bubble ads etc. each type has it’s own benefits and pitfalls. Before you request one it is best to read up on where you can advertise/where it’s going to be displayed and pick whichever one suits your requirements best. Some options will be more expensive than others, however, it is more likely that the more expensive it is, the more exposure you will get.

6) Participate – try your best to participate in the forum. It let’s people see that you are going to be sticking around and want to be part of a community. This is also the best way to build up your forum cash. It can be spent on services to help your forum or website. The more you contribute, the more you are likely to get out of the forum.

7) Freebies – keep your eyes open on promotion forums. There is always some kind of giveaway going on usually, or a free service week. This is the best time to take advantage of all the services as it will cost you nothing but hopefully benefit you a lot.

This is just a simple newbie guide to a promotion forum – there is a lot more to know but those are some of the basics.

Wysija: Making Newsletters Easier

It took me forever before I decided to create a newsletter, mainly because I didn’t know which company I should go with to manage it. After months of contemplation and reading, I decided I would go with Wysija.

I never ran a Newsletter before, and while I heard great things about Mailchimp I wanted something that would be incredibly easy to use. I didn’t want to fuss with a bunch of options, and just needed something to get the job done. And guess what? Wysija does just that, but it also does a lot more!

So, what can you find in Wysija?

Wysija Drag DropDrag & Drop Visual Editor

Appearance is everything. I didn’t want to be that one guy sending out an ugly newsletter, and thanks to Wysija… I’m not.

In almost no time, I’m able to select a theme, change a few styling options, import some posts, and make everything look nice. It’s so easy, I bet you could probably do it blindfolded if you were forced to.

Thanks to their drag & drop visual editor I’m able to create a newsletter that not only looks nice, but is also able to get through Andraž Rihtar’s harsh inspection.


 

Statistics for Each Newsletter

I won’t deny it. I’m addicted to statistics, and I must know how people respond to things. So, I’m very happy to say that Wysija tracks the amount of opened, unopened, clicks, and unsubscribes that a newsletter gets. Also, If you get the premium version, then you can also see what gets clicked.

But yeah, if you’re like me and must know what people do when they get your newsletter then don’t worry… Wysija has your back!


 

Widgets and Shortcodes to Add Forms Anywhere!

Wysija comes packed with some shortcodes, and widgets that allows you to pretty much place your Wysija subscription forms anywhere. While I’m sure any other service offers this, I think it’s something to mention for those who are worried about messing with code.


 

Control

If you need to have control over your lists, and how they are sent then Wysija is perfect for you. With Wysija you can easily import, and export any list of subscribers. You’re also able to control whether you want your newsletter sent by your own website, gmail, or even a third party SMTP provider. So really you can always switch away from Wysija if you’re not happy with their plugin/service.


 

And You Get Much More!

Here’s a complete list of Wysija Features (Free version):

  • Send posts automatically, like Subscribe2 or MailChimp’s RSS-to-Email.
  • Schedule your newsletter to be sent in the future.
  • Autoresponders.
  • Possibility to add first name, last name.
  • Edit the HTML of your text blocks.
  • Over 30 free themes (templates) with Photoshop files.
  • Subscribe when submitting a comment in a post.
  • Let users choose their own lists when they subscribe.
  • Import subscribers from MailChimp, Aweber, etc.
  • 1 click import from Tribulant, MailPress, Subscribe2, etc.
  • Export your subscribers in CSV.
  • Sync with WordPress users. On Multisite, you can sync with all users.
  • Single or double opt-in (with or without activation email).

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As mentioned above, this is the first newsletter plugin that I have used so I have no experiences to compare it to. Still, I can confidently say that Wysija is probably one of the top WordPress newsletter plugins. Almost everything about Wysija is perfect:

Installing Wysija is dead easy, because it’s done like any other plugin.
After installing, setting up everything can be done in a matter of minutes.
Making a newsletter only requires a few drags and clicks.

It’s easy to notice that Wysija has undoubtedly made making a newsletter easy for anyone who can use a mouse and breathe and that’s what I love about it. Wysija lets me run the newsletter people want without taking extra time out of my day.

Complaints and Suggestions

Still, while I praise Wysija as if it were a God I still have a couple complaints and suggestions.

My main complaint is about pricing. I’m currently using the free version, but I have been wanting to upgrade for quite some time now. The problem is, I’m not the type of individual to throw a yearly lump sum at a company, and I much prefer paying monthly. Nine dollars USD would not only be affordable, but would beat Mailchimps monthly plan as well. I really don’t get why Wysija doesn’t offer a monthly plan, because most other companies do. Still, if they were to add a monthly plan then I’d be quite the happy camper…

Another complaint is how they don’t have an affiliate system. I have already recommended Wysija to people because it’s a great plugin, but it certainly would be nice if there was a convenient way to track how many people I’ve sent their way… and to earn a couple pennies doing it. Every other online company that is selling a product has an affiliate system so it’s kind of strange to see that Wysija doesn’t have one.

Five Must Have Social Tools For An Easy Online Life

Managing multiple social media channels is a time consuming and a labour intensive task. Not only do you need to manage the log-in details so that you can post to each account, you need to track responses, collect engagement data and schedule messages. Fortunately for those of us who have “social media manager” as part of our job description, there are many tools out there to make life easier.

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LiteCam HD Review

We all know that recording and uploading videos to Youtube, and other video sites is a great way to promote your website. While a lot of us would love to create videos and provide our readers with more content; buying professional screen capturing software can definitely be a budget breaker. But what if I told you it didn’t have to be?

I recently came across a program called LiteCam HD. It’s not only affordable, but also pretty easy to use. Below you can find my review/thoughts on LiteCam HD!


 

What is LiteCam HD?

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LiteCam HD is a simple screen capturing program that allows you to easily record 1080p videos. It not only allows you to do basic screen recording, but you can also record games or just plain audio. So, whether you’re looking to record a tutorial for your blog or record a play-through for your personal channel you’re good to go! You can even display your webcam while you’re recording videos for an even more professional effect thanks to LiteCam HD’s “Picture in Picture” feature.


 

What are my thoughts?

I’m pretty happy that I came across LiteCam HD, because Camtasia is too expensive and CamStudio just looks terrible to me.

When I first started using LiteCam I was extremely impressed by how good it looked. They seem to be going with a very minimal design which looks great, and doesn’t have that “bloaty” feeling that other programs do. While I’m not looking at the GUI often, I think its important for it to look good when I am!

Besides their design, you get a great piece of software for a great price. LiteCam HD pretty much does everything you need to do to make great little videos on youtube. This software even includes a little trimmer to edit out the sections you’ve made mistakes on. For only $29 you get a featured packed program that can actually hold up against high end software like Camtasia.

LiteCam HD offers all the things I need to make HD videos for my subscribers!


 

Favorite Features

There’s a couple of features in LiteCam HD that can be used to spice up your video. While my video style is pretty boring and bland, I thought it was pretty neat that Litecam HD offered a little drawing tool for when you’re recording videos. So, now if you ever need to explain something really quick or need to point out something really quick then you can just use the drawing tool. Or you can just use it to doodle.

One of my other favorite features is the option to put your logo in videos. This allows me to have a more professional feeling video while also giving it a watermark of sorts so other people can’t use it.


 

Complaints

While most of the stuff in LiteCam HD is awesome, there is one thing that I absolutely hate. When you’re recording a video in LiteCam HD a handy yet very distracting black bar gets placed on the right hand side which covers the clock and gets recorded into the video. Now, I can understand its purpose while you’re making a video, but there is no reason for it to be recorded into the rendered video.

If there was one thing that I could change about LiteCam HD, then it would be to remove this bar.


 

What to Expect?

I’m not an expert Youtuber, and I’ve only recently began to make Youtube videos. Still, LiteCam HD makes it easy for a beginner to start making videos.

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When you first start up LiteCam HD, you are presented with a drag and drop type interface that you can move around, and use to select the area you would like to capture. At the top of this interface you will see the normal Maximize/Unmaximize icons on the right, and you will see a menu and settings icon on the left. In this small menu you can change the recording mode, size of the recording box, Frames per second options, audio device options, mouse options and PIP options.

Pretty much all of the necessary settings people would need to access before recording a video is presented on startup. So, there’s no need to jump through a large settings menus.

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But if you ever need to jump into the settings menu, then you’re presented with one that is well formatted and pretty self explanatory. Besides normal video settings you will also find the option to add a logo at certain positions in your video, add a title to your video, or add some credits to your video.

If you ever feel lost and you’re not sure what you should be looking for, then hover any icon in the settings menu for a description.

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After you’ve got everything set up how you want it, recording the video is pretty easy. All you have to do to start recording is press the big old record button, and when you want to stop you just have to press F10. Pretty simple.


 

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a simple screen capturing program that doesn’t break the bank, then LiteCam HD is the way to go. For only thirty dollars you get a pretty handy program that can be used for a lot of things! Screencasts, tutorials, video games, and whatever else you can think of!

If you’re interested in learning more about LiteCam then check out their website!

New Forums – MODs to help you start (phpBB3)!

This article was first posted on our blog on 04/02/2011. For this reason, the information may be outdated and no longer reliable/correct.


When people start a new forum, it’s normally very exciting, and they want to experiment with everything. I know from personal experience; I would start to build a forum using one forum software, get bored, and want to try another one.

For me, the next big step was to add countless MODs to my forum. Most of the MODs I added had no effect, and sometimes, I even stopped maintaining them out of boredom (e.g. larger mods like cash).

This post is to give new (or experienced) webmasters more insight into what people really want to see on a forum and which MODs simply bog down your forum.

Simplicity is bliss!

Many new forum owners who run forums on free software often miss the key developing points to kicking off a forum. You have to remember that MODs alone won’t increase your activity; the posts on your forum make the MODs worthwhile. Overflowing your forum can lead to slower load times for each page, which can drive readers/posters away.

About a year ago, I did a post exchange with a small forum, and it was almost painful. The load speed, amount of MODs–everything. I recently saw it here in a bubble ad, and it was cleaner, lighter, and as active as my mind after a red bull.

There are a few MODs which are essential for new forums. I’ll be using phpBB for all the examples, but I’m positive that MyBB and Zetaboards have the same or similar MODs.


 

NV Last Topic Post Title

This is an extremely simple MOD that requires minimal effort to install. In layman’s terms, the title of the last post in the latest thread in a forum is displayed on the index. For an example of this, look at the Forum Promotion index.


 

Avatar Resize 1.0

This MOD is one of the most handy ones I’ve ever had the pleasure to install. It simply resizes all avatars that users upload automatically, meaning that each member hasn’t got to worry about finding a 100×100 picture of Pikachu to fit his/her profile.

Now, there is a slight downside to this. Instead of the MOD resizing the picture, uploading that, then displaying it; it simply shows the picture you used in smaller dimensions. This means that if you uploaded a 2mb picture for your avatar, it would still be a 2 MB image; its dimensions would just be smaller. Keep that in mind when you use this MOD.


 

3. PM on Registration

This can be used to welcome new members, link to the forum rules, link to the introduction page, and anything else you like! This MOD is widely used on forums of all types.

You can even make a slight profit from it and have people pay to advertise in the PM! If you were to do this, you probably would only want to sell one link, and it should probably be a text link (maybe in a different colour to differentiate between normal and sponsored links).

Making the PM look spammy is the worst thing that you can do. If you registered to a forum and the first thing you saw was a PM with tons of animated GIFs and spam links, you’d Ctrl + W and leave the forum for good.


 

It is recommended that you download MODs which have been approved by the MOD development team of your forum software. They will test for bugs and exploits, and only approve clean ones. Use BETAs and User Developed MODs at your own risk!


 

However, these are only some of my personal suggestions; if you need support starting a forum (i.e. under one thousand posts) and would like a free service from me, feel free to PM me!

I’m an expert in phpBB who has helped a forum with over 200,000 members with technical problems, so I’m more than capable!

Internet Security – What You Didn’t Know!

This article was first posted on our blog on 28/01/2011. For this reason, the information may be outdated and no longer reliable/correct.


We’ve all heard about viruses or been hit by one. It’s never a pleasant experience no matter how big or small it is. That being said, what different kinds of viruses are there, and how can we protect our vital information from being stolen?

For several years now, I’ve been a programmer. Be it PHP, C++ or Python, I’ve at least basked in it’s glory; when it comes to malicious code, I’m the expert.
There are several types of virus from which you want to protect yourself, and if you’re a bit lazy like I am, you may want to install an AV (anti-virus) that does the job for you.

Botnets

A botnet is not a virus that you want to be handling. They infect your PC silently and allow the person who deployed it to control your PC at any given moment. Some can even turn your computer on in the middle of the night across the internet and access your files whilst you’re asleep if you’ve got a WEP/WPA/WPA2 key saved on your local drive. This is common amongst hackers since many of them are actually scared of being caught despite their reputation for bragging.
There are many ways of defending against botnets; one simple way is not to store internet keys locally. That being said, it’s my strong suggestion that you keep a physical copy of your internet key (if applicable) and type it in whenever you turn the PC on.
In addition to this, you may want to install an anti-virus to protect yourself. Please see the links at the bottom of this post.

What damage can a botnet do?

Good question! A botnet is a dangerous virus that allows the user to control your PC, so technically, the botnet doesn’t do any harm at all. It just sits in your C:/ drive and waits to be told what to do. The user himself dictates what it will do which can include copying your files to a remote server, logging your keystrokes, watching what you do, or just playing around on your PC to annoy you!

Info Stealers

These are sneaky little buggers that will rob you of everything you have. They bind themselves to files and then are ran by the victim. They generally look like genuine files, such as installers for MSN or Skype, and they collect all of the cookies and passwords stored on your PC and send them to a remote server.
These files are then analyzed by the person who sent out the virus, and your info is then unsafe!

How can I defend myself against these?

Luckily, info stealers are highly detected. Many AVs are updated automatically, and the new viruses are added to their databases, so if you have an anti-virus, you don’t really have any reason to worry.
However, if they crypt the file, there is cause for alarm. This means that the code inside that is detected by the anti-virus is now scrambled and not necessarily detectable. The only real way around this is to run it through Sandboxie. Of course, trusted software such as Microsoft products from official sites is safe, but for anything you might be cautious about, use Sandboxie.

What is Sandboxie?

Sandboxie essentially creates a new drive within your C:/. By doing this, all of your files that contain any information are separate, and safe. If a program contains a virus and it is run within a Sandboxie environment, it can only hunt the files within the Sandboxie “S:/” drive, thus preserving your info!
Links:
AVG Free: http://free.avg.com/gb-en/homepage

This antivirus is brilliant if you want a free but effective one. I wouldn’t suggest buying it; there are much more powerful ones for only a fraction more.

[b]Kaspersky (30 Day Trials): http://www.kaspersky.co.uk/trials
Kaspersky (Paid): http://www.kaspersky.co.uk/store

Sandboxie (Free!): http://www.sandboxie.com/

How To Turn Your Forum Into A Business!

This article was first posted on our blog on 11/03/2011. For this reason, the information may be outdated and no longer reliable/correct.


In this blog post, you’ll learn a few ways in which you can turn your forum into a fully functioning business, possibly without the need to manage it depending on the size of your forum and activity!


 

1. Advertisements

I see so many new forums listing advertisements from Adsense, Chitika, Adbuzz etc. I hate it when new sites, try and make money from the start. Focusing on making money from the start only depletes the chances of your success where other forums won’t have this issue by focusing on the community. However that’s a different blog post all together.

Your best bet at success is to start off without any advertisements, until you hit the 1000 post milestone. This means that you should have reasonable activity, a few active members and posts coming in every day without paying for them via FP or paid forum posts.

I would personally go with setting up private adverts on a click basis (as opposed to an impression basis, where the advertiser pays for the amount of times it’s displayed instead of visited.)

This will give your advertisers more freedom of advertising, and try to be more slack with the type of adverts you want when you’re small. Obviously try and keep the adverts suitable for the type of forum you run.

Once your growth begins to vastly increase, start to raise your advertising costs. This means you’ll get more premium members from your forum advertising,members from real sites which convert into cash in the end. You’ll be seen as a business partner, and you’ll begin to gain contacts which are always useful in a dry spell.*

* If you start to build business contacts, make sure that you ask their permission to keep their details. After doing so, only contact them if needs be. Don’t try and be a friend to them, from their perspective you’re another method of getting business and not looking for a 4 hour chat on Skype.


 

2. Exclusive unsaturated niche

A few members here may read that title and think “WHAT?!”, well I’ll explain.
Exclusive: Something other forums don’t offer. This is the hardest part of running a forum, as there are so many out there it’s hard to break into the field.

Unsaturated: This means (in the simplest form) not full of the same idea. Such as surveys > gifts sites such as Points2Shop. If your forum is completely unique and all aspects of it are only used by you, advertisers will come flocking in asking for advertising quotes. This is what I mean by autopilot business.

Niche: The area of the market you’re entering. If you’re in the gaming aspect of forums, only advertisers with adverts relating to gaming will approach you (normally). It’s a good idea to vaguely broaden your boards, opening opportunities to advertisers and people looking to join a board.

You’ll want to start a board that people will want to join. For example, the most recent one I’ve seen here would be phpBB Communities. They offer a completely new niche for people who own phpBB communities. They had instant success, and still do today. I personally recommend joining the board if you own a phpBB community, it’s extremely useful and helps a lot when creating and updating your board.

3. Making a return

This is the most important part of a business, is whether or not it will actually function as a profitable transaction. You need to focus on getting your name out there, which can take a lot of time and money. SEO is an extremely important method of gaining activity and thus money, because it can get tedious having to refer people through hundreds of different boards and mediums when you could be getting organic traffic from Google, Yahoo and Bing.

Once your site is listed, don’t give up! Keep on posting daily fresh content, fight spam and support your members with their problems. People love to get help when they need it, so try and be a loving admin and you’ll see the result of it!

Once you start to make cash from your site, don’t stop there. Reinvest it in methods that work. You need to spend money to make money, so why not use the cash you got from your site and use it for your site again?

$1 into your paypal isn’t much use to you, but it could buy you 100 visitors which could become registered users, a backlink on a premium web link directory or simply save it toward custom features!

I hope this guide has started to help you and that you have gained something of value from it.

Why New Promotion Forums Suffer – Introduction

This article was first posted on our blog on 01/05/2010. For this reason, the information may be outdated and no longer reliable/correct.


In today’s world, there is usually up to 100 new promotion forums popping up on the internet every day! Promotion forums come and go faster than regular forums for some reason that admins are yet to comprehend. New forums receive very little, to no traffic at all in their first month of opening; (so services containing links are very useless and will turn the member off to not requesting the service.)

Promotion Forums suffer because they are no different from the rest. I have seen a few forums that add a special touch. Poorly thought out forums consist of everything Forum Promotion has such as Social Ads, Banner Ads, Signature Ads, Packages, etc. My favourite line is “Dare to be Different.” Forum Promotion has put a lot of time into making itself unique, so why copy it? Develop your own unique services and a different way to carry out those services to make your promotion forum larger, better, and more professional/successful than it was before. Uniqueness is important if you want to be successful at a time when there is so much competition around. You need to stand out from the crowd and give users a reason to join your forum, against the other new promotion forums that are opened daily.

I hope these first few tips help you in your quest of building a successful and active promotion forum. This series will cover Admin Dedication, Dull Services, and more! Stay Tuned!