Is it worth it?
Recently I’ve been contemplating installing buddypress along with bbpress onto my wordpress. I want to make it a community that focuses on the same desire of self-improvement and spirituality.
I was fortunate to have a few traffic spikes and started getting 20,000 unique hits a day for a few months so I thought it would be a good time to try and capture this visiting audience somehow by motivating them to register and return to be active in a forum community to discus the topics of the articles that brought them there.
However, after visiting showcases of forum sites like http://bbshowcase.org/forums/view/top100 and http://bbpress.org/about/examples/ I notice the majority of them, even ones with millions of members, seem quite inactive. The latest posts being a few weeks or even months old. Even these bbpress.org forums seem to only get about 20 new threads a day. I know facebook has taken away a large chunk of forum users who now prefer groups and pages.
I always wanted to create a forum community, but when I tried I failed due to lack of traffic to my site, and now that I do have traffic, it seems forums aren’t as stimulating for internet users anymore unless the niche of the forum is very specific. So is it worth going through all the trouble of setting everything up?
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