Selecting A Forum Topic

So you have decided that you are going to start a forum?

That is a big step that a lot of people have made lately. It seems that discussion forums are more popular than they have ever been. I attribute this to the fact that the Internet is more popular than it has ever been too.

More people are able to connect with others. First things first, you have to decide on a topic that interests you. To do this, just think of some things that you are really knowledgeable about and can consider your self to be an expert in. If you pick some thing that you only know a little bit about, it can be really hard to create quality posts to keep people interested in your forum later on.

One you have selected a few topics that interest you, you can start to narrow them down by eliminating ones that do not interest others. For instance, if Al Pacino is one of your interests, it would be really hard to get an active discussion forum going for just him. It should be a topic that interests others as well. I am not saying that you can not make an Al Pacino forum, I am just saying that is going to make it ten times harder on you to get people to join when it is some thing that specific. Maybe instead of Al Pacino, you could make a forum about classic movies, movies starring Pacino, or some thing to that affect.

If you are having trouble and you can not even think of a topic, there are a few things that you can do to get the brain going and find some thing that interests you. Check out some of the forum topsites, which you can just Google that, and see some of the other forums that are already out there. You can also go to some admin forums and see what some of the other forum owners around the world have come up with.

That should surely give you some ideas of forums that you could come up with.

Why another blog about forums? Great question, we are just a couple of forum owners who have built ours forums from the ground-up. We just wanted a blog for real life forum owners, with real life experiences.

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  • Savvy August 30, 2011, 3:46 pm

    A very good article and it’s strange because before I created my own forum I realized I was creating forums that I really did not have a ton of interest in. Mainly General Discussion forums, so I decided I wanted to start a Gaming forum since I play daily and read articles daily as well on IGN, GameInformer, and etc. Anyways, you told it right man. Good article.

  • Aaron August 30, 2011, 3:47 pm

    Very very good write up. I agree with the points made and it will be very helpful for newbies entering the forum world with no actual thought about what they should start their forum about.

  • Phil Tanny September 1, 2011, 1:08 pm

    Well said James. If those considering a forum are interested in which topics are the most popular, and the most profitable, the free Google Keyword Tool is a pretty easy way to get a general idea. And once the forum is up and running, it’s not a bad idea to create some threads with popular keyword phrases in the title.

  • Shawn Gossman November 10, 2011, 3:45 am


    I run a forum network. Meaning, I run about 15 different .com domain branded message forums. I choose only niches or genres that I will enjoy discussing because that ensures that I stay active on all my forums in my network unlike other forum networks who just make or buy the forum to get money. My best forum niche that has turned out better than I thought it was, is my admin forum. I also invite you to join if you want 🙂 I linked it in the website field, would love to see your articles/blogs posted there as well 😀 keep up the great posts!

    Shawn Gossman