Is there any money to be made in BBS sites? Or are they just their for info exchange and not really a profitable effort? Are they mostly moderated by volunteers? I guess many of them are hosted by parent companies and such, so how do other BBS sites cover the cost of operating?
You would be better off posting this to a forum like www.phpbb.com
The main purpose of this forum was to help people with CSS problems then as the forum continued steady growth I realized I would out grow my host at the time. So I now manage my own server which costs time and money. The advertising was an after thought and isn't covering the cost of the server and will never cover the time put in by myself and others on the forum.
Helping people on the forum is something I enjoy so the money and time aren't important as long as the costs don't suddenly increase to an unaffordable level.
If you guy's clicked on the adds more often it might help cover the hosting costs.
The moderators are people who have shown an interest in CSS and enjoy helping other people they are not paid. They do gain respect from the web development community, increase their skills and hopefully enjoy what they do.
Yep, all free here. Us giving our own time and knowledge to the other users.
Unfortunately I haven't had so much time to give recently, everyone finds this from time to time. But given how much the site has grown since I joined up, I don't feel it's a problem; there are so many knowledgable people frequenting the board!
In some ways I guess they're an alternative to newsgroups (and there's no newsgroup on my server for CSS anyway). Many of the 'new generation' of internet users have never used newsgroups... those at our University are practically never used now, since someone started up an online forum. Others (like me) just prefer this kind of fourm.
So, er... where was I? I wouldn't expect to run a site like this for profit; to get the number of ad clicks, you'd (a) have to plaster the site in them (not good), and (b) get lots of people - but this generates more bandwidth, which means more clicks to pay for it, which means more bandwidth...
Thanks for sharing. I was coming to the same conclusions as I've been looking around at different boards. I wouldn't enjoy a board too much if it was littered with ads. I don't mind the subtle ads that are related to the topic though.
I was more worried about the time since I'm in a professional position and could only afford to leave if I had another income source. It appears that certain high traffic boards would consume most of your time as admin/owner.