Does Anyone Want a John Chow dot Com Forum?

I had a few readers request that I start a John Chow dot Com forums. I have toyed with the idea for the past few days but haven’t quite made up my mind on it. On one hand, having a forum would allow more interaction with readers. Right now, the blog is kinda forum like but all the posts are started by me.

Starting a forum could also take comments away from the main blog and that is something I don’t want to do because comments help drive traffic. I have found a VB hack that will take over the WordPress comment system but it’s not as integrated as I would like it to be. The hack just takes you to the forums in order to comment and the comments no longer show up in the post itself. If someone can make a VB hack that allows readers to comment right on the blog and have those comments show up under the blog post, it would be idea.

What are your thoughts? Would you like to see a forum for this blog? Would you use it? do you think it will take away from current community setup? Feedback would be very much appreciated.

122 thoughts on “Does Anyone Want a John Chow dot Com Forum?”

  1. Keith says:

    Nah, i always thought that forums were on their way out being replaced with commenting on blogs.

    1. Seopher says:

      I agree, I think forums have their place and there’s a thriving community around this site but I think you’ll find people come here for your thoughts; reading each others’ would probably be quite a different thing.

      You have a good setup here John so I wouldn’t consider changing it. The focus should always be on you anyway; don’t want others taking the focus away do you? ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

      1. hmm…forums…lets do a poll

        For all link hungry people..get a link from a PR4 blog(meh blog !!)

        No complicated reviews to write…just put in the basic 3 lines mentioned at the link below(you can add anything else you like) and I will do the same


        1. nice plug ๐Ÿ˜‰

      2. I agree with Seopher. I think that with your blog being about your writings, comments to the blog posts are the best way to go.

        I can’t see myself using a forum. If there’s anyone here I want to get in touch with in greater detail on a topic, I can easily do it by visiting their site and finding their contact form.

    2. Kumiko says:

      Definitely. Forums are sooo 1994!

      I don’t think it would work. Your success is based upon a marketing machine focused on “John Chow” – a forum drops that right away and you’d lose your edge.

      You can probably be more original than ‘just another forum’ anyway. Why not start the “John Chow Cash Club” that charges $49.95 per month and offers personalized advice and guidance along with a free weekly newsletter?

      1. Kumiko, be careful with your free counsel!

        John, you cant eat your cake and have it. forum would be a minus for this blog.

        Forum is for the lazy ones, and I know that John is a hard worker.

        Iknow a guy in my country who staed a forum two years ago and today he is Alexa rank 32,000; PR 6, over a million posts and over 100,000 membership. He rakes in close to $2,000 monthly from AdSense.

        While a blog might be an instance success, forum may not. Every copycat that has tried to copy the success of this guy in the last 2 years have failed.

    3. I was going to add a forum to my blog, but decided not to. Oh, and for those of you that didn’t get my email I’ve started up my blog again. I was just bogged down with other projects that took up all my time ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Kumiko says:

        Couldn’t sell it, hey? ๐Ÿ˜€

        1. Kumiko, not true, Mitch got involved in email marketing. He did not sell or attempted to sell his blog.

          1. Kumiko says:

            Forgive me if I’m mistaken, but I seem to remember being on sale for $5000?

      2. I’m sure posting a blog revival post on will help. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

      3. Nomar says:

        Add a forum john, would be cool

    4. :mrgreen: ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ˆ โžก ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜• ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿ‘ฟ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜ก ๐Ÿ™ โ—
      I disagree, I have tons of questions and usually nobody reply in comments, because everybody is busy to get into Top Commentators ๐Ÿ™‚
      In forums, people have more opportunities to share their knowledge.
      Beside, forum signatures work even better then comments to promote your blogs ๐Ÿ˜‰

    5. i agree John. Don’t open a forum up, because then it’ll drive your readers away from commenting.

  2. Matthew says:

    I think it would be a good idea so that more interaction can be offered.

    1. Nomar says:

      I agree with that 100 %

  3. Might be a good idea if you were to create a forum however maybe you could simply link to it as a separate entity and this time work in a possible exit strategy. You can then flip your evil forums into the hands of a wise investor. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

    1. Ankur says:

      Now thats a better idea. ๐Ÿ˜€ But as Mr.Chow said earlier, he never sell’s his ๐Ÿ˜ˆ masterpieces!

    2. Stephen, I can’t agree more.

      The remarkable brand name of John Chow is a hot seller in the blogosphere.

      Starting an independent Forum by him is likely to succeed after some time, than to add a forum extension to his blog here.

      If it is a resourceful forum, it would take off with its own momentum, with little contribution from John. It would be a passive income thing for him.

      Like I already said aforetime, i know of somebody making some 2,000 bucks monthly Adsense income from his popular forum.

  4. Rehuel says:

    “Starting a forum could also take comments away from the main blog and that is something I donโ€™t want to do because comments help drive traffic.”

    So does providing a feed. Less people visit your site, because they read the feed. But that doesn’t stop a community.

    On one hand a forum might strengthen your community, but I’m not sure your community is the “forum type”.

    One thing you might wanna check out is bbpress, the forums by the makers of WordPress. Who knows there’s a way to link it to your blog.

    I probably wouldn’t visit your forum often. Well, very rarely is a better phrase.

    1. Rehuel says:

      One more thing: A forum for TZ is probably be more relevant.

      1. Ankur says:

        Did you mean TTZ? If yes, there are already. And about RSS, those readers DO come to comment

        1. Rehuel says:

          Which is exactly my point. The feed didn’t stop people from visiting the site.

          1. Rehuel,

            I wish you would get my point. If the forum is an extension of JohnChow Dot Com, I guess the forum would suffer dehydration, because of the overwhelming popularity of the blog.

            If the forum is INDEPENDENT of this blog it would sure grow and gather her own crowd and not necessarily share traffic with this blog, nor depend on miserly remnant of traffic from this blog.

            Feeds are different, it is the same content. For example, My blog’s feed is over 3,200 subscribers, and it truly helped bring traffic to my blog.

            The same cannot be boasted for a Forum receiving terrific traffic from her parent blog’s domain

    2. blogcrowds says:

      I get John Chow from RSS, and I find I check far more often than I would have using a browser because I check all my feed once a couple of hour instead of maybe checking John Chow once at the end of the day with a browser. If there is something is interesting in the Feed I’ll probably visit the site view the comments or comment myself.

  5. Usman says:

    If you do have a forum, think about this. What categories would you put on there? Would people simply talk about John Chow? Is it a Feedback forum, or like general chat.

    You have to be specific. If it is just a forum about talking about the John Chow Blog suggestions and feedback then it probably not that worthwhile since you already have a contact form.

    Hope that helps. P.S. I wrote you a review on please check it out.

    1. Ankur says:

      Dude, your ‘buy me weed’ link is hillarious. But maybe it can get you into trouble โ“

      1. blogcrowds says:

        Is is off topic but you can pretty much say anything you want (except for cases like yelling fire in a movie theater), as long as you don’t actually do as you say or in this case you parent doesn’t find out…

      2. yeah i got a good laugh out of that too!.. who would be the dealer in that scenario? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      3. Usman says:

        Yeah I thought about that. That is why I got a “buy me a drank” link. It is more suitable because it is from that song by T-Pain (I got money in da bank, let me buy u a drank) ๐Ÿ˜†

  6. I wouldn’t recommend it. Exchange under users is definitely an interesting thought, but then again, it won’t really benefit you and your income.

  7. John,

    If you go the forum route, I think you will need to set it up as a separate site altogether and find a way to monetize it. Something like that will make it possible for you to implement an exit strategy as the forum’s content will actually be run by the community and not just John Chow.

    Other than that, I don’t think this blog needs a forum tagged on to it.

    1. blogcrowds says:

      Definitely agree, I run a forum, but for some reason I didn’t like any forum branched off a blog. Most of the topics is the forum were lackluster because the quality stuff was of course where they belong in the blog.

      I don’t know John maybe you can work some of your magic…

    2. Marc says:

      Forums traditionally monetize exceptionally poorly…

      1. Marc,

        there are exceptions to this ‘tradition’. A good and resourceful forum generates tons of passive income for the owner.

        Those who argue that forums are poor earners should list those ‘poor’ forums for me and I would tell you why they are poor earners.

  8. Andrej says:

    I agree with the above post. If you decide to create a forum, then be sure to make it a separate site where only your loyal readers will go to.

    In turn, the forum could probably drive traffic to your blog as well.

    1. Ankur says:

      Hey Andrej, the thing is that people *most* readers don’t come here to read what others have to say. We are here for what the DOT COM MOGUL has to say. There are many forums already, whats the point? โ“

  9. I think you should open a forum. I’m sure you would get less emails from people asking you how to do stuff.

  10. You might need to have another beer after this John. Is there a way you can conduct a poll measurement on this to see statistically?


  11. Jamie Harrop says:

    I don’t think so, John. I think it would be wise to keep your eggs in one basket, rather than expanding to a forum.

    I think there’s a lot to be said for keeping focused on one entity. Blogging is what you do. The blog is what your readers are happy with.

    Forums have their place, but I don’t think this is the place. Don’t get me wrong, I think plenty of readers will use the forum if you create it, and I think it will entice new visitors, but it just wouldn’t feel right, in my opinion. You talk about a lot of different subjects, and the only reason you (and others in the same boat) get away with discussing so many different things is because you’re able to control it all yourself. I guess what I’m trying to say is I agree with Usman. The forum isn’t likely to have a clear focus, and it’s likely there are 101 other similar forums that do a perfectly good job.

    For what it’s worth, this is my first comment on your blog. I come here to read the personal, objective opinions of you. I don’t come here to partake in general forum style talk, where everybody has their say, we have a “post count”, a reputation system, signatures at the bottom of each comment from a user etc and most of all, I come here because topics are presented by you and the comments stick to that topic. With a forum, no matter how hard you moderate, you’ll find topics go way off topic and the discussion quality suffers.

    I think you’ll find it to your advantage, and the advantage of your readers, if you continue to build on and improve this blog, rather than develop a public forum.

    Let me put it this way. Would you want somebody to create a site that is in direct competition to this blog? In my opinion, that’s exactly what you will be doing if you create a forum. I think you have to decide whether you want a blog *or* a forum. Frankly, I think it’s been shown that a blog is far superior to a forum, and that’s why you decided to start blogging when you did, rather than starting a forum.

    I hope that helps!


    1. Jamie,

      that is good talk and frank too. if he loses focus, someone else would find the thread and continue weaving it from where john veered off.

      If his INDEPENDENT forum is quite resourceful, there would be little or no diversionary labor on his part, and the forum would still make a coooool passive income for him.

      But it is possible for both of his ‘baskets’ to be filled to the brim with eggs. If handled with wisdom for which John is known for.

      I could do with two full baskets than a full one.

  12. Ya poll is a good idea…but nah i forum wont really help…i mean i come hereto see what you have to say and rant about it….if the forum has like specific case studies in which people post meaningful responses of their experience making money…then I can see that being a hit

  13. Ehsan says:

    i thinks forums not a good idea it will take attention off the blog and it wont be blog it would be a webbsite/forum and i don’t want a blog to be a website

  14. Amanda says:

    why not use XMB less spam posters and you can hack the crap out of that thing include things like shop hack the more posts the more points and you can buy things

  15. John I think that signs are mostly pointing to NO.

    Lets make it easy for John and if your in for the idea of a forum post a


    then comments

    or if your not give a a big


    then comments

    We will only make it easy on you this one time John ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

    1. Yep, people agree for NO forum, otherwise you will deviate your users away from your main content on your blog. I had a forum but then I thought that I want the discussions on my blog in the coments.

  16. justin says:

    no, don’t do a forum.

    FYI: Shoemoney tried it and it didn’t work out.

    1. Thanks for that info about the failure of Shoemoney.

      If a guru like him can fail. All you need is to go and learn great lessons from his failure.

  17. Angela says:

    I think a forum would be a nice addition. I don’t think it’d draw away too many blog comments.

  18. Alex says:

    Yes and with Spanish Sub-Forum. Also use vBulletin ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. I think you should set up a private forum and have the members pay a monthly fee for it :mrgreen:

    1. like John needs any more evil encouragement .. sheesh! :mrgreen:

    2. trust me, if people had to pay then not many people would participate

  20. A forum can only strengthen your community of readers, but like most of the commentators are saying so far, there might be no need for an actual forum on John Chow dot com. A completely independent forum site could work. I’m just not sure how that’s going to affect this one directly. Probably gain more traffic for the blog, or it could just be the opposite (since people might just stick to the forum and not visit the blog anymore). It’s really a tough call, John, but whatever you decide, we’ll definitely back you up.

  21. Something else Joh. Every time I try to post comments with Firefox I am directed to:$

    Is this an evil trick of you or a problem with a plugin?

    On other wordpress blogs I don’t experience this.

  22. ITF says:

    I wouldn’t visit at all, I’m not a fan of forums. They’re time-wasters.

  23. Tyler says:

    I agree with SEO Expert.
    Start a “Members only” forum and charge a small fee, but set it up as a different site all together and just use this blog to drive memberships to the forum where you “tell all about how to make money online”.
    I know you keep a few secrets to yourself that you don’t post on the blog. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ
    But if people paid a monthly fee to be a member of the forum it would be worth it for you to share those secrets as you would be getting pais to create additional value from what can be found on your blog.
    And…if you choose to set it completely seperate, you could sell it for a handsomely evil return ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

    1. i think, from what you said, will lower John’s popularity, because people come here for high-quality ideas and if John charges for it then they wont come no more.

  24. blogdinero says:

    I prefer the blog, if you build a forum, could be for specific themes.

  25. Ankur says:

    NO, NO. Do you really need a forum which will divert readership from blog? John you have very ENTHUSIASTIC and PARTICIPATING readership, please dont spoil it!

  26. SEO Blog says:

    I would not suggest to create a forum. A forum needs a lot of work and actually this blog isn’t really specialized in any topic…

    1. You said: “A forum needs a lot of work …” What work? Every true forum is people-driven and not author/owner driven.

      What is needed is resourcefulness. If it is rich resourcefully, it would gather and magnetise her own crowd.

  27. You might be onto something with the membership forum. But its a risk. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ โ“

  28. Ontora says:

    If you add a forum to the blog I highly suggest just using something simple, like bbPress. Anything bigger than that, and you might as well just create a new site for it.

  29. Sara says:


    If you add a forum you may have more pages on which to advertise. However, you run the risk of losing comments. If I were you, I’d buy a separate domain for the forum and redirect people there. That way you’re keeping the two linked, but those who are just interested in reading your blog won’t feel the need to take their comments to the forum.


    1. I’m with Sara on this, but do you really need another domain right now? I feel that all these have been going very well so far; a forum might tip the scales toward unfavorable a wee bit.

  30. Knuckles10 says:

    I think it wouldnt be a good idea. Why are people here on this site? Because they want advice from someone who has actually made it, someone who is actually making bigtime money.
    A forum would give others a voice. And I hate hearing how to be a dot com millionare from someone who makes only $5 on adsense a day.

  31. The Bloggst Forums may be of interest to folks here, especially the forum entitled Monetize Your Blog.

  32. Steven says:

    An integrated forum with a tab at the top would be pretty awesome, or even better, an integrated live chat ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  33. Nah I don’t think so.. I like it the way it is..

  34. Bryce says:

    I think that a forum would be a good idea because it will allow you to really see what your readers want to read about. And also, comments can get a bit unmanageable.

  35. i think it would be a good idea it will only give you more impressions but intergrate it with the site and you have a killer combination. hey john im guessing but i take it you don’t support dofollow movement?

    1. Huh! Killer combination that could kill a good blog!!!

  36. Create a forum and make it about the subject of Making Money Online!…I’m surpise no one mentioned it…I think that could definitely work..that is what your blog is about anyway…let users discuss their opinion and share their ideas…your community would grow and I get traffic to my blog from my forum…steve pavlina has a forum and his blog still gets plenty of attention. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. What do you think? I think Steve’s blog is more successful than his blog. Only Steve could tell us the relative success, which one rubbed off on the other.

      1. Oops! pardon me, I mean to say: “… Steveโ€™s blog is more successful than his forum …”.

        A 6,000 membership forum with 72,000 posts could not generate up to a thousand dollars income from AdSense monthly, even for Steve’s niche.

  37. This is blog and it doesn’t need forum, you can create other site (forum only) for that purpose, nut not here.

  38. Alex Ion says:

    Your audience is not the forum-type.
    I would say No. For me for example, not commenting on the blog but on VB would be wrong. May not come for other’s ideas.

    I am reading john Chow because it’s what John Chow thinks! I want him to start the articles, not others! For others I can read their blogs.

    Good luck with either decision you choose!

  39. Ades says:

    I think forum is a good idea, you could set specific topics (categories) and people would discuss many things there. Especially basic things like blogging, SEO, marketing, making money online. Also this would become like a starting point for the new readers of, because it’s difficult to scan all the archives for the newbies.

    I am sure people will still be commenting on your posts, since each post is on different topic, people will still be voicing out their thoughts on that particular topic.

    That’s what i think.

  40. Ades says:

    Also no need to integrate comments into forum, it’s better to keep them separate.

  41. Or do an open post where a subject is proposed by your 5-10 first commentators. You pick one at random and do a post about it. It could be the “open post of the month/week/day/99”.

    It’s not a forum but it’s not a subject determined by you either.

    I was toying with this ideal for my blog but I don’t have that many visitors like you.

    Plus, your make it a free PR6 backlink to that person. (hint hint ๐Ÿ˜€ )

    Try that and see how it goes.

  42. Steven says:

    I think having the forum is an awesome idea. For those who do not want to use it, you do not have too. Comments are made to comment on the post itself while a forum can act as a way for users (who want to) interact with each other. An integrated one is much nicer than trying to keep them separate. While there are those who want a forum and those who don’t, if you do not want to use it, you don’t have to. It won’t hurt to add one for those that would like to use that feature. Just my opinion

  43. Sean Sidelko says:

    Steve Pavlina did it and his forums took off. he also was in debate about them for many months/years as well.

    one thing that helped him is that he his a common forum for him and his wife’s site.

    1. Yes, but he closed the comments. Managing both a successfull forum and comments could get out of hand.

      1. right you are, and people would participate in the forums more

  44. Integrated forum gets my vote.

  45. Tay says:

    I don’t think a forum would be a good idea because, like you said, it would take people away from the main blog. I’ve always loved forums, and they work with normal websites, but not blogs. If there are two places to leave comments people don’t know where to go. I thought about having a forum for my blog before but then I realized it would really mess things up. So no, no forum!

  46. Hi John

    My vote would be no.

    I read your blog to get your ideas and readers reactions to them. Thats what makes it special.

    If you added a forum I’m not sure it would offer anything which was unique (i.e not covered by every other forum) and I probably wouldn’t look at it on a regular basis.

    What you have is great and it isn’t broken


  47. Matt says:

    A Forum would be cool. But do what TechCrunch did, and kept it separate. So it didn’t replace the commenting form.

    This way, commenting will still happen on the Blog, and people can post about other, or related, topics on the Forums.

    I think you should also use IPB, not VB. ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. Steven says:

      I know of other sites that have both a comment section and a forum (integrated) where the forum doe not interferred with the commenting. Commenting is meant for users to reply towards the post but have been known to usually lead other users to talk off topic. Thats okay but with an integrated forum (say another tab), I don’t think it will steer people necessarily away from commenting, just limit the commenting area probably to people who want to actually comment on the post itself, while chatting off topic or with other users would go on in the forum.

      Either way John, a forum is a definite plus =]

  48. Joey says:

    Sorry folks, no offense but I come here to read what John has to say, not yours. If I think you are worthy of my time, I will come to your blog and read what you have to say.

    Everyone that has been to a forum has experienced how a simple topics can go out of control because of one stupid post. A 5-minute you spend on the forum is a 5-minute less you spend in here.

    I am a fairly new reader to your blog and I think it’s an absolute masterpiece. I don’t know how it would have been if the forum and the blog have co-existed the first time I visited this site.

    I would have gotten sidetracked with so many information on the site that I think it would be an absolute shame to miss the work you have done here.

    Oh yeah, not to mention, there bound to be a person or two (or even more) in a forum that try to steal all the attentions; and before you know it; it’ll be a all-out-public-fight forum with the name-calling. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Matt says:

      No one said you ever had to read the Forums, or even look at them. If you want, you can pretend they aren’t even there. ๐Ÿ˜›

      1. JC will charge $5/month not to show the forum link ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  49. Grace says:

    No. A forum isn’t a good idea.There are TONS of other forums out there for interaction, tech talk, and help. Starting one would take comments/traffic away, and take time out.

  50. A good idea would be a poll section on the sidebar. The first poll could be about the forum.

  51. Tania says:

    Why not? I would go there. “How to monetize a forum” should be one of the first posts! Go for it JC! Add a chatroom too , please. I think you have enough fans to support it.

  52. Gdog says:

    I think it is a definite possibility to give it a try…if it doesn’t work, shut it down. However, with forums there comes moderation, spam, and trolls. So it’s a bit more work to deal with.

    1. Is that what you call work? Forums are ‘all-comers’ affair. it is therefore natural to expect mischievous trouble makers.

      But moderating the excesses is less demanding than blogging, particularly when the forum is people-driven.

  53. Aaron Cook says:

    Personally, I say no to the forum idea. But if you do create one, I say run it as a separate site.

  54. Man … look at what your comments look like … I can only imagine a Forum … ha ha ha … it would get crazy in there!

    Go for it … hey it can only help!


  55. I’d say do it! Forums are good, but post different content there!

    Kenneth ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  56. I wouldn’t go to the trouble John. From my experience using forums with blogs, it’s a helluva lot of trouble for little reward.

    โžก Don

  57. Michael says:


    I agree with the majority here; a forum would not be, it would be Forums are good when there are specific problems or projects to be solved. Your blog is much more open than that.

    A question: what made you think you would want to open up a forum?

    1. John Chow says:

      I received reader request for a forum so I thought I would throw the question out there for discussion.

      1. Thank God, you threw it open for a plebiscite here. I think justice has been done to the issue. Just pick the hints and develop them for your net exploits.

        I have gained exceedingly from the comment of others on this topic too.

  58. don’t people read the posts? I don’t know if it’s a bad idea, but I doubt I would visit the forums. I just like reading the posts and comments.

  59. Wahlau.NET says:

    It is a great idea, but you many need to have moderators to control the forum.

  60. Bryce says:

    Another suggestion would be not to make it a forum, but a earning money online forum partnered with

  61. Chicago 2016 says:

    Yeah, seriously. Nice plug.

  62. StevePavlina’s forums have been very good! there’s not much overlap there, so it worked well, very well for him!

    But John’s model is different!


  63. kenny says:

    Forum users and Blog Commentators are two distinct crowds. Opening a forum will only improve the John Chow community.

    Of course most of the comments here will be people saying no to a forum. If you had a forum and you asked if you should start a blog with comments, most people would say no as well.

    If you start a forum, it will attract its own crowd further adding to your earning potential. I’m sure you know this already.

    1. A forum may have its own followers, but I’ll bet moderating those followers will end up being more trouble than they’re worth.

      Just ask anyone who’s owned/managed a popular forum!

      I doubt he could get a forum to be as profitable as this blog has been with the same amount of time.

      โžก Don

      1. kenny says:

        Troublemakers are outnumbered by the community as a whole. I run, one of the larger car forums and I totally disagree with you.

        This blog did not happen overnight, while the earnings reports show the monthly revenue growing very rapidly, the blog was not monetized from the beginning.

        If John were to launch a forum, I am confident he can have it grow pretty quickly attracting a whole new segment of users that would otherwise not read his blog regularly.

        Content and moderating would be handled by the community itself.

  64. marcel says:

    The blog and it’s threaded discussions are already “the forum”.


  65. sergi says:

    I reccomend dont change.keep just the blog.that its my 02 cents.if a team its winning..dont change players. ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. freeadlists says:

    John, I think a forum is a great medium to start if you’re not getting many comments. But you don’t have that problem. I think a forum would detract from your main attraction: I have a technical HOWTO blog that gets about 3000-3500 uniques per week but it only gets 2 or 3 comments per week. Comments are tough to come by…

  67. Dian says:

    I don’t read comments above,
    I just want to say,
    there’s only one john chow,
    are u capable moderating many subforum?
    if u hire someone else or delegate someone as yourself are they capable filling the content the same quality as you’re?
    if they or u capable doing it,
    i agree with makin a forum!!
    as long as it’s free ๐Ÿ˜€

  68. Chicago 2016 says:

    Yeah, moderating the forum would take out a huge chunk of your day.

  69. I don’t think it would be a good idea. There are already plenty of good webmaster forums and it would just take attention away from your blog.

  70. Michael says:

    I think a forum would be cool but I don’t think that it is necessary the ability to reply in plugins is enough.

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