Online Forums

Online forums have been one of the greatest tools to help me build my online business. When I first started my business, one of the training lessons I had, stressed the importance of posting to forums at least 5 times a day. As a beginner that seemed pretty impossible to do. The first time I logged into a forum I was so overwhelmed by all the different posts I was reading. All that kept going through my mind was “What do I possibly have to contribute here, these people all know what they are talking about and I don’t”.

I found through reading a lot of posts in the different threads that there were a lot of people who had the same questions that I had. There were even some questions that I could answer for others. In no time at all those five posts a day grew to10 to 20 a day in different forums.

While reading and posting to the different forums you get such a great education on how to run a successful business whether it is a brick and mortar, or internet business. So many possibilities open up to you. Things like partnerships, creating and putting out new products, website building, learning html, and so on.

Forums are also a great way to promote your business. You can generate a lot of links pointing back to your site. You have to be careful when promoting. All forums have their strict instructions on how to advertise your site, and what you can and cannot discuss on their forums.

All in all forums are a great place to spend time on a daily basis. It can get pretty addicting, but the pay off is great.

Frank is an Internet Marketer from Northern California who helps people make money at home from the Internet.

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A Diabetic Foot and Its Care

The most important effect of neuropathy (nerve damage) on the diabetic foot is the loss of sensation. The foot is vulnerable even to trivial trauma. A diabetic person can step on a tack with bare feet and feel nothing at all. Tight shoes feel comfortable while scalding water may feel merely warm. Because of this loss of sensation, people with diabetic neuropathy can hurt their feet easily, without realizing it. Doctors and patients give so much importance to long-term complications involving the eyes, kidneys, and heart that the foot problem of the diabetic is completely ignored.

Neuropathy can also cause bones to shift around, changing the shape of the foot. This causes people to walk differently, creating pressures in those parts of the foot where usually there is none. The resulting skin irritation can sometimes lead to sores. Moreover, once the sores develop they can take unusually long to heal or become seriously infected. Over and above that, if the circulation is poor, gangrene and the possibility of amputation are the likely sequels.

Amputation in people with diabetes results from something as minor as stepping on a tack or a minute and inconspicuous break in the skin. Too often this drastic measure could be avoided through good control of blood sugar, and a commitment to daily home care and regular medical check-ups, including foot examination. No other complication of diabetes can be so effectively prevented by proper patient education as the foot problems. What appears to be a superficial ulceration may be only the tip of the iceberg! There may be a penetration deep into the tissues.

Therefore, the management of a diabetic foot problem is complicated and frequently requires the attention of many specialists. It is vital that there is a close liaison between the podiatrist, diabetologist, orthotist, nurse, dietitian and surgeon in the care of the diabetic foot. The diabetic clinic is the optimal forum for this approach.

Hiring Home Help For Aging Parents

When it comes to caregiving assistance for aging parents, there are many questions that usually follow. What assistance is needed? Will it be few hours per day, a few hours per week, or is it full time 24 hour assistance that we need? For families wanting to proceed on their own, there are a number of considerations.

What type of care is required? Differences between caregivers can vary from those of a registered nurse, a registered practical nurse, a personal support worker or a companion. Understanding your specific level of need and what the caregiver is trained to do and is legally able to do (i.e. such as administering medications) which may vary from Province to Province or may be defined within the caregiver’s Scope of Practice (for RN’s and RPN’s) as well as cost factors, need to be understood and considered.

What are the needs of the family of aging parents? These needs can usually broken down to three basic needs: In-home respite care during the day only; care away from the home during working hours which may include participation in an adult day program; or 24-hour full time care over a weekend or longer.

Hire a home health care agency or hire privately? Understanding the advantages of each option is vital. Several considerations inform the decision making process including ensuring references, experience and qualifications are in place; insurance coverage; illness coverage for the caregiver in the event they should get sick; billing format and practices; confidentiality; are the services tax deductible; and record-keeping, among others.

What overnight care solutions are available? If overnight care is required for aging parents, should someone move into the home or should the loved one be moved into a facility. If eligible, the Provincial Ministry of Health may be able to provide respite care in a long term facility. If not available, short stays are often available at many retirement residences and daily costs and amount of personal care varies.

What is the cost of care? In some cases, local community agencies may be able to provide minimal assistance of a few hours per week of a Personal Support Worker at no cost. For Personal Support Workers hired through and agency, hourly costs vary and there may be a minimum time requirement.

What role does personality play? While professional care is a foremost consideration ensuring personality matches is also important in the selection process. Ensure more than once candidate is interviewed, speak to other families of aging parents and get references, and suggest an afternoon trial to assess engagement between caregiver, family and the senior in the home.

What information should your provide the caregiver? Facilitating a quick and effective transition into the caregiver responsibility can be made that much easier by providing personal information such as how the older person prefers to be addressed; food likes or dislikes; allergies; whether they prefer companionship at mealtime; activities they like or dislike; areas of required assistance; best and worst times of days and other like considerations.

How do you find a caregiver? If hiring through an agency, there are several home care agencies in most communities. They are listed in the phone book and seniors directories. You can also speak to a Geriatric Care Manager about reputable agencies in the community. They can also assist with screening candidates to ensure a good match is made.

If hiring privately, a referral from a friend or family is usually the preferred route. Note however that if someone’s previous experience has been looking after children, it is not the same as caring for an older adult.

Also consider joining a support group for caregivers which can provide an excellent forum for discussion and individual support to assist you in this journey.

Using Forums to Help Grow Your Residual Income Businesses Online

Using forum marketing is a free but powerful ways to generate targeted traffic to your website that promotes many residual income businesses at home each and everyday. When you provide useful information that can solve problems of other members, people see you as an expert in your field and reward you by visiting your website.

Is it thus, what should you do to ensure you get maximum traffic through a forum?

1. Read the forum rules carefully

The forum rules should be organized and clear. When you violate the rules, you will be banned with or without warning. So you need to know what you can and can not do before reporting anything.

It just takes you 5 minutes to learn what you can do. One thing to keep in mind is that some boxes in a forum may have their own rules so you need to know these rules as well.

Residual income businesses will be enhanced by effective forum posts.

2. Be known before showing your links

Joining a forum and the many links is immediately around the surefire way for you to be seen as spammer. Getting to know a person is the first thing you should do. There is always a place in any forum which allows you to introduce yourself. Visit this place first to tell others about you, for example, who you are, what field you are in now, and so on.

You should also read and answer any questions for which you know the answers. In this way your building confidence and your expertise with others.

3. Post regularly

Each time you make a post, you have a chance to present your website online business at home with others through your signature file.

Besides, people always feel like active members who distribute valuable information to the forum. This would definitely boost your residual income businesses profits very much if you do it on a daily basis.

These secrets will help you increase traffic to your business and is a great tool because it is free of charge.

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Homes: Not Just a Place to Live – They are a Smart Investment!

When my husband and I bought our first home, we didn’t really have our financial future in mind. We were going to be getting married and needed a place to live. After 4 years of college and sharing dorm rooms and rental houses with friends, we knew that a lease wouldn’t work for us. Without any financial planner’s advice, we instinctively made one of the best financial decisions of our lives…One that would affect our bottom line net worth for years to come.

Recently, I got together with four single women friends from high school. It was interesting to see how their financial paths differed over the past 20 years. All four started out with similar degrees from four year colleges. The four started with similar salaries but in different industries. The two gals who purchased their homes were doing much better economically than the two who continue to live in apartments. As a Realtor, this intrigued me and I decided to look into it a bit further.

Homes are Smart a Investment for Anyone

According to the Federal Reserve Board, VIP forum, your net worth is directly tied to whether you own or rent a home. The statistics are astounding.

According to consumeraffairs.com, the national wage for the average American worker is $40.409. Their statistics show that the net worth of a family who owns their home with an annual income between $30,000 – $50,000 is over $126,000. Compare that to a renter with the same income and their net worth is in the $10,000 range. If an average American owns his/her home, chances are that his/her net worth will be 12 times higher than your renting coworker. Even at a low income, you can have significant net worth, if you own your home.

Stop Increasing Your Landlord’s Net Worth

With every rent check you send in, your landlord gets a little richer. And you don’t. It is that simple.

Many young single people are waiting for the “right” time to buy a home. Single women don’t want to buy a home and “put down roots” until they are in a permanent relationship. Single men don’t want feel tied to a house or community. This is old-fashioned thinking. The mortgages products offered today allow almost anyone with a stable income to purchase a home. Whether you are married or single, man or woman, the earlier you become a homeowner, the more financially stable you will be.

So what does this mean to the average American? Don’t wait!

Are you a college student? Consider buying a home near campus and rent out rooms to other students. Your renters will often pay your mortgage!

Single with limited funds? Start small and consider roommates. Remember as a homeowner, you will be responsible for maintenance and repairs so figure all costs into your budget when making your decision.

Think you may relocate soon? If you won’t be staying in the area for three years, it may be best to rent. If you currently live where the rental market is active, you may want to purchase and keep as an investment if you have to move.

Be Smart! Treat Homeownership Like an Investment

Maintenance is essential for your home to accrue in value. Periodic updating and basic home care is required. You have to keep the gutters clean and the roof in good repair. The heating system needs to be serviced and the exterior painted or stained to avoid weather damage. A good home repair book will give the first time homebuyer a guide to the routine maintenance required for your home.

Of course to continue to accrue net worth, this does mean that you need to keep the equity “IN” the home. Avoid enticing offers to refinance with 0% down so that you can take a vacation or buy a new car. Using an equity loan can be beneficial to you if you are using for home upgrades, remodels or to purchase a second home for recreation or investment.

Want to learn more?

Contact a Realtor! In most states, the buyer doesn’t pay an additional fee to use a Realtor. Sellers traditionally pay the Realtor fees. And the advice from an experienced real estate agent can be invaluable to find the home that best meets your needs and situation.

What Every Woman Wants Her Husband to Know About Long Term Care

CAREGIVING, A SIGNIFICANT FEMALE ISSUE

According to the personnel journal, eight million Americans care for a parent and 75 percent are women. Of the 75 percent of the women caring for an aged parent, more than 50 percent are employed outside the home and raising children. What’s the impact? Fifty-eight per cent had missed work due to caregiving. They give up vacations and social life and suffer from anxiety and depression. Let’s examine the risk of long-term care and, in particular, how it affects women.

RISK OF LONG TERM CARE

Unfortunately, until recently, only a small percentage of working Americans have done any significant planning for Long Term Care. It’s regrettable considering the significant risk involved.

48.6% of all people age 65 and older will spend some time in a nursing home

71.8% of the people age 65 and over may require some form of home health care

The likelihood of LTC for married couples is most significant. Seven (7) out of ten (10) couples, age 65 and older, can expect one spouse to need LTC.

Assuming the norm, if both husband and wife are the same age and healthy, the actuaries tell us that the average woman will live seven (7) years longer than the average man. Women tend to marry men who are older; therefore, the husband’s health may well begin to fail before the wife’s. She may be on her own, perhaps in failing health herself, for more than a decade after her husband is out of the picture. The family finances need to be sufficient to finance at least an extra seven years of living for the lady of the house.

WHO’s GOING TO TAKE CARE OF HER?… THE FEMALE “CATCH 22”

What happens when the husband needs assisted care and it depletes the family finances and he dies, leaving his wife with unpaid nursing home bills and little else? Who’s going to take care of her? Traditionally the male’s role is to manage the family finances, a woman is often poorly equipped to cope with financial matters when her husband becomes ill or dies. Matters get completely out of hand with the onset of a long-term illness. The economic problems facing senior citizens are much worse for women than for men. Women make up a shocking 82 percent of poor elders living alone.

If a husband and wife are in good health today, the lady of the house needs to look beyond today. Envision your life 20 years from now, when your spouse is no longer healthy or even alive, when you need care. Most elderly couples have enjoyed traditional marriages in which the wife was dutiful homemaker and husband was an active provider. The worst time for her to learn about money is when she hears that her spouse has a debilitating illness that will ultimately put him in a nursing home. The woman is left to face the last years of her own life alone, with scant income and nothing in reserve and sometimes even no place to live.

A study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that half of all poor widows were not poor before their husbands died. Loss of income from pensions and the burden of medical and funeral costs pushed them over the edge.

What’s even worse is that spousal caregivers have a 63 percent higher risk of dying sooner than a comparable group of people not giving care! Hence, when the husband passes away after years of being cared for by his wife, her caregiving has shortened her own lifespan!!

Men of the 65 plus generation pride themselves on their lifelong ability to provide for their wives and families. It is a cruel irony that many of them will leave behind a widow who may barely survive on her own.

ADDED FEMALE RISK

Ten million Americans, most of them women over 50, have osteoporosis resulting in 300,000 broken hips each year. Then, one in every five will die within a year from complications, such as blood clots induced by immobility! Half will never walk again without assistance and more than ¼ need LTC. The average age of claimants receiving home care benefits is 79. Of those over age 79, 32 percent are male and 68 percent female. Twenty-two percent of those age 85 and older are in a nursing home; and because women generally outlive men, they face a 50 percent greater likelihood than men of entering a nursing home after age 65.

WHAT WILL THE FUTURE BRING

Women in the work world have fought an ongoing battle for decades for equal opportunity and equal pay. Women still earn less than men, save less for their retirement and receive, on average, lower Social Security benefits.

The Health Action Forum of Greater Boston identified that female caregivers frequently turn down promotions and transfers, delay retirement, or are forced into taking early retirement. They give up vacations and social life and suffer the burden of added anxiety and depression.

And, what do these women have to look forward to? A spokesperson for the American Health Care Association recently commented on the huge emotional drain and financial consequences faced by female caregivers. If they are caring for either a parent or a spouse, who is going to care for them? And, where is the money going to come from?

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?

As an Employee Benefits Consultant, I would recommend the purchase of Long Term Care Insurance with a monthly benefit of at least $6,000 per month (the current cost in our area for quality care). The LTC coverage would more than pay for a $500,000 nursing home expense, guaranteeing the rest of their assets would go to the surviving spouse and then to their children. Benefits would be guaranteed for not only nursing home care or for care at home but also for reimbursement in an assisted living facility. But is this the only answer? What about those who can’t afford long term care insurance or can’t qualify medically due to a serious medical impairment?

AN IMPENDING NATURAL, NATIONAL DISASTER ON THE HORIZON…

We’re going to be facing a national tragedy in not too many years! Currently, over 2/3’s of all Long Term Care recipients use Medicaid to pay for their care. Unless this current system is changed, Medicaid will collapse under the weight of 77 million baby boomers, with at least 15 million requiring LTC when they’re 85 years old!

Social Security reserves will already have been tapped by our nation’s leaders. (If that doesn’t frighten our nation’s elderly who already can’t live on their Social Security checks, what will?). And, with those 15 million people needing long term care, based on today’s inflation rate, a three year stay in a nursing home is expected to cost $500,000+ by the year 2030; where in the world is that money to come from?

And, who’s going to provide that care? Nationwide, 2,500 home care agencies, 20 percent of the home health care delivery system closed or stopped providing Medicare services in a recent 2 year period. In Massachusetts, Medicaid spending dropped by 8 per cent in last 3 years, as the state tightened Medicaid eligibility rules.

Home health care services that are safe and affordable are getting harder to find. Too many old to care for; too few young to provide that care.
We will be facing a natural, national disaster in not too many years. We need our nation’s leaders to understand and acknowledge these issues and, then, tell us what the solutions will be on national television and in every newspaper in every major city in the United States!

In the meantime, Long Term Care Insurance is the very best solution to being guaranteed quality care so that you can face your later years with dignity and a sense of security and independence. And, especially for women, make sure your husband understands these issues and your risks as a woman so he doesn’t say no to the purchase of long term care insurance. The most thoughtful gift a man can purchase for the lady of the house is long term care insurance.

What Every Long-Term Care Organization Needs to Know About Their Website

The New Social Web

The internet is the fastest growing global communications medium in history. According to Google, over 1.4 billion people use the internet today, and 200 million new users get online every year. For most LTC organizations, a company Web site is their tiny island in this vast ocean of information and technology; a relatively inexpensive way for the organization to help consumers find them and discover what they offer. But the internet is changing rapidly. The days of static, information-only company Web sites are over, and a new era of dynamic online social media has begun.

Blogs, Webinars, wikis, podcasting, forums, list serves, e-books, viral videos, and online communities are transforming the way companies market themselves and connect with consumers. Smart companies and organizations around the world are adopting these technologies to build lasting relationships with customers, and engage prospects like never before. However, most long-term care organizations have yet to embrace these powerful online tools and company Web sites throughout the industry are showing signs of atrophy.

Today when Suzie Baby Boomer shops around for the best assisted living facility or home care agency for her mother, she does it online. What will she find when she lands on your website? What kind of online experience are you offering? How are you helping Suzie with the real-life problems and challenges she is facing as a caregiver? How well does your website represent your brand? What is your value proposition to Suzie, her mother, and the rest of her family; and how does it compare to the company down the street offering the exact same thing?

Your Web site

When customers, prospects or others visit your Web site, what do they experience? Take a look at any LTC organization Web site and what do you see? The vast majority have static Web pages that never change, with pictures and a bunch of canned messages like, “We provide exceptional, individualized care to your loved one,” or phrases like “compassionate staff,” “supportive services,” “safe, secure setting and home-like environment.” These are examples of what David Meerman Scott, award-winning marketing strategist and best-selling author, calls “gobbledygook.” When prospective customers see the same overused language (gobbledygook) on every Web site, they get suspicious, if not totally bored.

The fact is that most of the information provided on LTC company Web sites these days is a pitch about how wonderful the organization is. The messages are one-sided, controlled, and feel like a big press release for the organization. This model of using a Web site solely to advertise or promote your organization’s services is becoming outdated as social media technologies are moving into the mainstream and consumers have almost unlimited access to information from other outlets they perceive to be more credible than yours.

Today’s internet is social, interactive and dynamic and, as a result, customers are smarter than ever. Customers today want more than one-way, company-centric messages that tell them how great you are. Customers and prospects want informative content, participation, and dialog, not propaganda. They want authenticity and transparency, not controlled spin. Customers and prospects don’t expect LTC organizations to be perfect. But they do expect them to acknowledge that they are not, and to demonstrate that they are always working toward perfection. So, how does your website stack up?

Take look at your organization’s Web site from the prospective of your customers and prospects. Does it:

help them solve their problems?
provide them the information they need, when they need it?
educate them with relevant, compelling, informative, and dynamic content?
enable them to experience your organization and interact with the people who work there?
brand your organization as a trusted resource?
help customers and prospects connect with each other?
demonstrate that your organization is worth doing business with?
engage them and help them make purchase decisions over time?

Now think about your Web site from your perspective. Does it:

help you build strong, lasting relationships with customers and prospects?
enable you to communicate with them and show them that you really care?
allow you to learn about what they think is important?
foster a sense of community among staff, who otherwise may never connect with each other?
honestly reflect the passion, commitment, and dedication of your staff, showcase their unique personalities, and demonstrate the exceptional care that they provide?
set you apart from your competitors and convince prospects that YOU are the right choice.

If the honest answer to most or all of the questions above is NO, it may be time to re-think your Web site strategy. Your Web site should be a medium through which you build relationships with customers and prospects over time; a resource and support destination where customers, prospects, staff, and management can connect, communicate, collaborate, and share. LTC companies that embrace the social web and tap into its power will be rewarded by a new breed of smart consumer who is hungry for participation, unbiased information, and relevant content. Can you deliver?

Leaving Baby Home to Go Back Into the Working World

When bringing home your new bundle of joy, the thought of saying goodbye to your baby every morning can bring about overwhelming guilt and fear. You may ask yourself; will my baby be safe? Will I be able to leave for that many hours? Could I leave work if I needed to? Did I leave my baby with the right person or in the right place? Am I ready for this? Is my baby ready for this? It may be difficult to contemplate about leaving your baby in the care of someone else’s arms when your precious little one was only introduced into the world months ago, but being prepared emotionally, financially, and logistically will bring peace of mind as you step back into the office.

Is my baby in a safe place? The rush of anxiety coursing through your veins may make you want to put on your coat and run all the way back home (forgetting you drove to work) when the thought of leaving your baby in an unsafe environment creeps into you mind. Did you leave your baby with the right person? To avoid this sense of panic make sure to do your research ahead of time, while you are still pregnant. Talk to other moms, either by way of local online forums or friends of the family to make the right decision about care for your baby. If you look into a traditional daycare center, be sure to sit in for an hour or so to be sure you trust the teachers and agree with the way they care for newborns.

Take a look at your finances. Being a new mom (or parent) can take a toll on your bank account; make sure to take a look, and then a second look, at your expenses. Keep in mind the expenses specifically related to going back to work: A breast pump or extra formula, daycare expenses, extra gas (for the trip to the daycare or in-home care), etc. Already have this in your budget before your baby is born to allow for a restful leave from work.

If possible, also check into going back into work part time. After going over your budget, if your finances can handle this, check with your boss or manager to find out your options.

Talk to your boss. Discuss with your boss or manager your possibilities for leaving work if it becomes necessary and acquiring the ability to have some flexibility in your schedule. Talk to them about this before you go on leave so throughout your leave you will not bring on added stress to when thinking about going back to work. If you know you will be able to have some flexibility in your schedule you can breathe knowing, if necessary, leaving is an option in case of an emergency.

Remember not to feel guilty. It is OK to feel sad when you leave your baby at first or even relieved to be able to get some time to yourself (even if it is just in the car on the way to the office). Trust in your instincts and remember it is best for both you and the baby to have time for yourself.

Having all your ducks in a row, so to say, can take unnecessary stress out of the equation when it is time to step back into the world of fax machines, meetings, and emails.

“There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared…” – George Washington

Finding Work for Stay at Home Moms

The Internet is full of home business opportunities for women. Type in work for stay at home moms in the Google search box and you will be presented with a long list of possibilities. Once upon a time most work from home ventures had a stigma and bad reputation attached to them. Thankfully, this is not the case anymore; many women are now able to stay at home caring for their families while making full time incomes.

More and more companies are seeing the value in allowing workers to telecommute. There is no shortage for the need of good articles online, so you can write articles if this is something you enjoy doing. You submit your article and if it’s accepted, you get paid for it. That is as easy as it gets, really.

Sales are another home based business that is suitable for women. If you are an extrovert by nature, you may want to consider organizing home parties; opportunities exist for almost anything. Avon and Mary Kay are examples of these kinds of ventures but a whole range of others are available to choose from. The party plan involves keeping appointments with people who in turn invite their friends, you get to showcase your samples and talk about your products which in some cases lead to sales. You also invite the invitees to host their own parties thereby placing their unique friends at your disposal. This type of business can be great fun for the person who has a knack of working well with people and is organized. Some women have made a couple of hundred dollars in just a few hours doing these parties.

You can start a business selling your own created products if you have an artistic streak in you. Making baby items by knitting or crocheting is another potentially profitable venture to explore. Other items to consider making include cards, jewellery, candles or anything else you are good at. Then place your items online to sell or in consignment shops. To set your prices, figure your cost of materials and how long it takes you to complete the item. Also to guide you, it may be worth checking how much similar items are sold for online. You don’t want to undersell your work and you also don’t want to price it so high that the average person would bypass it either.

Items such as jewellery can be obtained at discount prices from sites on the internet and resold at a profit. Whatever you eventually choose as a business it is important to carry out your research thoroughly as this is the foundation upon which your success will be built. Read as widely as you can about your desired business. In doing your due diligence, consider going to forums relating to your business to see what others are saying about it. There is a lot of valuable information on business opportunities and how to get started in them all over the web but you have to be careful to avoid the scams. Visiting forums and getting involved is a great way to network with like minded people like you. Other stay at home moms can help you with advice through the difficulties you may encounter – like having someone to hold your hand.

Many more businesses exist out there that are suitable for the stay at home mom; these ideas are by no means exhaustive. If you can think it up, you can probably find a way to make a career out of it. Getting started may feel overwhelming, but jump in, once you find your first paying job, you will see how rewarding it can be to have your own home based business.

Tips for Forum Administrators

Introduction

In recent years forums has emerged as a great tool for sharing resources, ideas and views worldwide. Even, search engines are now giving more value to forum posts. One can create a forum and can enjoy high traffic on there site. Creating a forum needs nothing but any of the free forum software installed on your webserver. I will give some basic terminological details –

General Description and terms used
This topic can only be better understood if you have knowledge for few basic terms. If you are aware of following terms just skip it for the next heading.

Admin – Admin is organizer of the forum. He can add or delete any user, can ban any IP address, manage all forums and boards on the forum and do all house keeping activities.

Topic – Topic appear as menu on any board. Usually, every topic is replied. The topic and replies together make any discussion.

User – Simple visitors of the forum. They have a User ID and a password. They can also add image called ‘avatar’ and a signature.

Posts – Any topic or reply is called a post.

Profiles – Every user has a profile, it contains – user id, date joined number of posts, date of birth, signature and other details (Email id, AIM, YIM etc.).

Banning and warning users – If any user goes beyond the rules of the forum, he/she should be banned or warned. Warning means a tag is added to the name of member, while banning means that member cant login and even cant create a new login from his/her IP address.

Pruning – Some boards are set as auto pruning, this means all dead and useless topics are deleted automatically after some time.

Bulk mail – An admin can send mail to all the users. This is called bulk mailing.

Forum skin – The overall look and feel of the forum is governed by forum skin. Admin can add new skins to any forum. Some forums offer their users ability to select any skin from a list. There is at least one skin called default.

Some valuable tips

1. Choosing topics
When creating the forum, be careful. In my opinion try to stick on one domain, instead of, putting all-in-one forum. For example if you are taking jokes as the base of your forum don’t mix cooking in it. Better you open two separate forums for that. Periodically consider to open new boards.

2. Censorship and pruning
Censorship not only helps your board to be clean and trouble free but also keeps members visiting. If your forum allows using inappropriate words, you will soon see that many members have left your forum. Make sure that your forum is viewed at – home, office, schools and other public places, keeping it clean will always attract more traffic.
Pruning is regular deletion of dead posts. Don’t use auto pruning for useful boards as they may be viewed even if there is no new replies, but it is always good to set auto pruning of chat based and test area boards.

3. Adding Moderators
Adding global moderators is one of the best loads sharing exercise for any webmaster. Moderators are normal user with some extra capabilities like – editing any post, warning any user, changing and setting user profile.

4. They never click on ad
It is usually seen that member never click on ad. This is a problem for administrator to generate money by using Ad-sense type of ad. One thing can be done – put ad on your forum on the basis of number of prints instead of number of clicks. Try to join some member exchange drive of few companies like – ebay, my space etc. where you can earn good money by making your members joining these community.

5. Once a trouble maker , always a trouble maker
If you think that a member is not following the rules of your forum take quick action. The proper way of action is usually – first warning him/her and then one can consider banning him. A rule of thumb is – Once a troublemaker, always a troublemaker. So make take quick action against such members. Even you are losing one member you can make sure other will not leave due to that troublemaker.

6. Increasing Traffic
Usually all search engines give a higher rank for any forum post. Like if you are searching for any topic and there is a forum post regarding that topic, you will see that search engine will place forum topic first in its search. With this in mind one can say that, more the topics posted more the traffic it will attract. One can also opt for advertisement drive; this will help in establishing the forum. Once we got a good number of members just stops advertisements.

Conclusion

Forum administration is an integral part of forum health. A good forum is one which achieves its goal and members found it useful. I am not in favor of strictly administrating everything, but I am in favor of friendly administrating it.