Critique my forum, please!


  • Admin

    Love the site 🙂 Post it on FB/twitter and tag us we'll retweet etc

    Joining is fast and easy- We don't even require email verification.

    I have a feeling you might regret that one eventually 😛

    I got an ad for one of our competitors on the footer, I really hope that people don't look at it and think they're the ones powering your site haha



  • @psychobunny There's always the mighty blocking feature in Adsense 😉



  • @psychobunny said:

    Love the site 🙂 Post it on FB/twitter and tag us we'll retweet etc

    I appreciate it- I'll tag you!

    I have a feeling you might regret that one eventually 😛

    Yeah, probably at some point- I'll probably have to add email verification and captchas and similar as users abuse it, but for now I prefer the open approach. Assume the best until the users prove the worst, and all that.

    I got an ad for one of our competitors on the footer, I really hope that people don't look at it and think they're the ones powering your site haha

    Adsense is a constant trouble maker!
    Hopefully they'd scroll down just a little further and see the "Special thanks to NodeBB".


  • Admin

    Hmm... 💡 Might be a good idea to build a widget that pays conversions to our hosting that anybody can embed on their NodeBB forum... How much do you get paid per click?



  • @psychobunny Despite paying per click, adsense doesn't actually tell us how much we get payed for a specific click. That would make it easy for us to understand whats going on, and they'd hate that.

    Instead they give us a totally useless metric, called RPM, which is an estimated rate of "per thousand visitors, you should make this much money (if the users all click at the current rate)". Which, for Coloradorks, hovers around 50 dollars.

    However, from past experience, I seem to get anywhere from 0.23 to 2.73 for a single click on an ad. And I average maybe one click every few weeks, so- yeah, that feels like a likely metric. Probably like an average of 2 bucks a click for a flash ad, a buck for an image ad, and 25 cents for a text ad I'd personally guess.

    Its worth noting there are entire forums dedicated to this very subject- Google is /very/ sketchy about telling us how they decide what to pay out.


  • Admin

    Don't know what @julian or @baris thinks, but I could see ourselves offering a certain % commission for conversions for any subscription that was referred by an ad from a 3rd party NodeBB forum... You'd continue making money as long as the customer is still on board. We'd have to build a proper backend + tracking pixel system etc first though.

    Something to think about 🙂


  • Anime Lovers

    Interesting forum. I was actually born and raised in Colorado Springs.



  • @psychobunny That would be awesome. DO's referral program is actually a big part of the reason we went with them, so one for nodeBB would be a big incentive to consider switching.

    @HolyPhoenix Great to hear- Although from how you put it, you've moved away, which is less great to hear.



  • @psychobunny from my past experiences I earned from 20cents to 75 cents in Eur per click. And RPM is just plain aweful. I am actually quite interested in seeing on what you mentioned


  • Anime Lovers

    @Arc Yeah, housing is cheaper, jobs are more plentiful and pay better for a software engineer, and overall the community has more going for it in Kansas City. 😛 In terms of my life, things are much better here. I do miss family, the mountains and skiing though. But I can vacation in Colorado to visit those things.


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