First off, holy cow $1 per post!
Second, https://bbpress.org/plugins/topic/show-top-posters/ is probably a plugin that will help alleviate some of your worries.
Thanks, but is this going to count every post that is put on? or just count posts of the most avid posters? Not sure this totally solves the problem?
I know that it sounds like a lot of money. At this point we just really need to build up traffic. We are a magazine about the Precision Machining Industry and we want to create a community of people sharing perspectives and technical advice.
We are doing email blasts with a contest to get people to come to the site. If you have any good ideas on how to build up traffic or make it better I’m all ears. The URL is http://www.shopdocforum.com. We really need to change our appearance first off, but we were trying to have a bit of continuity with our blog and website.
In any case, thanks for the tip. But if you’re bored…
This plugin does an excellent job of showing both the number of topics and the number of posts:
The info is given daily; you can download it into a csv though, and add it up using Excel.