Membership Sites: How To Create an Online Community or Forum
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Membership Sites: How To Create an Online Community or Forum

In this course you will learn how to create your own social networking site, your very own online community or forum.
4.8 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
28 students enrolled
Last updated 4/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 7 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will know if running an online community or forum is for you.
  • You will know what a community software back office looks like to see if you want to take on this challenge or have the resources to hire someone to help you with the setup and maintenance of your community.
  • You will see dozens of forum and community samples and looks to help give you ideas for your own community.
  • You will know the various types of community software platforms available to you, their cost and your involvement in running a community forum.
  • You will get ideas of how you may want to structure your own online community and how you want to charge for your membership.
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Requirements
  • We will cover free and paid forum software but it is highly recommended that you invest in a professional community software rather than the free options out there.
  • If you are not comfortable learning software technology, be prepared to hire someone who can help you get set up and run your forum software updates for you.
Description

Have you ever dreamed of creating and running your own online community or forum?

Are you passionate about a specific topic and want to share it with the rest of the world?

Then creating your own online community or forum is for you.

This course will teach you the following:

- You will learn the difference between general social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and your own niche-based online community or forum.

- You will learn about software available to create your own online community or forum.

- We will cover commitment level and technology needed to start, build and sustain an online community or forum that will attract your target audience.

- I will show you my own online community's back office and what it takes as the forum creator and admin to maintain your own online community.

If you love typing, building community, communicating with a global audience, then learning how to run an online community from anywhere on the planet is for you.

Join us today!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who has a passion for a particular topic.
  • This course is for anyone who has ever dreamt of bringing together a worldwide audience of like-minds.
  • This course is for anyone who loves to type and get into conversation with people from all walks of life.
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
02:13:09
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Course Overview - Your Journey Starts Here
4 Lectures 32:24

The best way to take this course is to go through section 1, the overview of this course, and then to watch-and-learn in section 2, where I will show you dozens of online communities and forums. In section 3 it's your turn to build your own community (handouts provided).

Preview 05:19

How are communities and forums different from Twitter or Facebook? And what's the difference between a Wordpress site and a community? This video gives an overview of what the advantages are for running a community.

Preview 08:56

One of the many questions you may have is: "What income can I expect from my community?" This video talks about the various ways you can earn income from a community. 

Income From Online Communities and Forums
08:09

Before we get into the material of this course, please take a minute and introduce yourself. Let me know your name, what country you're in and whether or not you already have an idea in mind for a community. Also let me know what specific goals you have for this course so I can help bring you a great course.

Introduce Yourself - My Background
10:00
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Determining The Big Picture Before You Get Started
7 Lectures 01:00:44

This is the section overview video of what we will cover in this part of the course.

Section 2 Overview Video - Watch and Learn
01:31

This is part 1 of 2 where I'll be showing you lots and lots of other communities that have been built with Xenforo. Take good notes, get some ideas for your own community with how you want to structure the look of your site and what your site should be about. Especially take note of the fact that these forums are all niche oriented. In other words, don't try to create a forum for everyone with interests that range life in general. The most successful forums are focused on just one specific topic.

Online Community Ideas, Part 1
13:18

This is part 2 of 2 where I'll be showing you lots and lots of other communities that have been built with Xenforo. Take good notes, get some ideas for your own community with how you want to structure the look of your site and what your site should be about. Especially take note of the fact that these forums are all niche oriented. In other words, don't try to create a forum for everyone with interests that range life in general. The most successful forums are focused on just one specific topic.

Online Community Ideas, Part 2
15:37

Just about now your mind may be countless ideas about your own community ideas. It's also possible that by now you're feeling totally overwhelmed. It took me 9 months of just researching and planning my own forum topic. Don't make rash decisions now and just put up a community for which you then don't have the energy later on. Take your time, let it sink in and then come back to the drawing board before you run off creating your own community.

Is Your Mind Spinning?
04:15

What exactly does it take to build an online community? In this video we'll look at additional things you need to be aware of to get started and to sustain your community.

Building an Online Community
12:39

Unlike a regular website that can be online in a mostly static way, a forum cannot. Any online community is an interactive platform that enables your members to go back and forth with discussions. This includes you. Members post things that are placed in the wrong forums, which requires you or an admin to move the thread to the right forum. It requires you to remove any spammers or haters that leave comments to put others down. Building an online community is one thing, sustaining it is another. Make sure you are committed to your topic. We'll also talk about the monthly funds needed to sustaining a forum.

Commitment and Cost Needed To Run a Community
13:00

Print This: Commitment Level and Cost To Get Started
00:24
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What You Need To Create Your Community or Form
6 Lectures 29:16
Print This: Membership Levels and Income Potential
00:46

Just a heads-up about the next two lectures. I am showing you the back office of my online software. This is the admin area that I log into to approve members, create new forums, deleted forums or move forums. This is the bells and whistles of an online community built with Xenforo. It can get overwhelming, especially for those of you that do not love technology. No worries, there are many Xenforo experts that can help you set it up and maintain your back office!

How Not To Get Overwhelmed
03:30

This is part 1 of 2 where I'll show you the back office of my Xenforo online community. As an online community creator you will need to at least know which buttons to push to do a few minor things. For the rest, there is plenty of support in the Xenforo community. 

A Look at the Back Office of my Community, Part 1
13:13

This is part 2 of 2 where I'll show you the back office of my Xenforo online community. As an online community creator you will need to at least know which buttons to push to do a few minor things. For the rest, there is plenty of support in the Xenforo community.


A Look at the Back Office of my Community, Part 2
07:24

My biggest mistake when starting my community was to create too many forums and too many membership levels. Keep it simple when you start out!

Naming Your Membership Levels and Structure
02:52

At this point I want to check in and see how it's going for you. Is community building for you? If you have any questions please click the Q&A area and ask away. If you've learned a lot and want to let others know about this course, please leave a review. I know others would love to hear from you. If you're still missing answers to your questions or you have feedback for me personally on how to improve the course, go ahead and click on my name and send me a personal message.

Checking In - How Is It Going?
01:31
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Student Questions
4 Lectures 04:03

This is the student Q&A area of this course. Your questions are either answered inside the curriculum or here in this 'Student Questions' section. Ask away!

My Community is Built, How Do I Get People To Join?
01:07

This is the student Q&A area of this course. Your questions are either answered inside the curriculum or here in this 'Student Questions' section. Ask away!

Charge a Membership Fee or Donation Based?
00:31

This is the student Q&A area of this course. Your questions are either answered inside the curriculum or here in this 'Student Questions' section. Ask away!
Why Not Create a Membership with a Wordpress Site Instead?
01:33

This is the student Q&A area of this course. Your questions are either answered inside the curriculum or here in this 'Student Questions' section. Ask away!
What I Would Do Differently Knowing What I Know Today
00:51
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Course Summary and Bonus
3 Lectures 06:56

People often wonder if online communities are a great way to create passive income streams. While they do provide consistent income (depending on how you structure your forum), there are more hands-off ways to creating your passive income empire. A community takes time to build momentum and it takes time and care to maintain. If you're into the concept of "say it once, set it and forget it," like I am, there are easier ways to creating passive income streams from which you can walk away for longer periods of time, without the fear of things falling apart. Check the last lecture of this course for special student discount bonuses to several other courses that revolved around creating passive income streams.

How To Create Passive Income Streams Online
03:46

Let's take a summary of what you've learned in this course. By now you should have a pretty good idea of what it takes to build an online community and what it takes to sustain it. You also know what types of software is available to help you build your forum and what you can expect in the long run.

Course Summary
02:09

The coupons offered in this last lecture are for students only. Courses offered through the Core Freedom Academy are updated and offer additional material that is not offered here on Udemy. 

Course Bonuses
01:01
About the Instructor
Cha~zay Sandhriel Ph.D.
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I absolutely love teaching and your success in every way is important to me!

As a best-selling Udemy instructor with more than a dozen online courses, I also run the Core Freedom Academy with over 14,000 students worldwide, and I am ready to share what I know.

I have been a public speaker, workshop leader and online course creator for more than 14 years. I've spoken on stage with Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad Poor Dad) and also taught at the Learning Annex in San Francisco for over three years.

I teach courses in the field of professional and personal development and new courses are constantly being developed.

Today I draw on my further education as a metaphysician, holistic life coach, certified hypnotist and trained grief and suicide hotline counselor. I’m also a non-denominational ordained minister, a Reiki Master and I teach courses in EFT (emotional freedom technique) and dowsing.

It all started in the world of business. I’ve worked for the Swiss Government and Private Banking Industry, before moving to Silicon Valley putting together teams for technology start-up companies. A tragic loss in 2006 left me homeless for 7 months while I withdrew from society to reinvent myself and my life.

The courses I teach today come from my school of hard-knocks

I’m a huge fan of living the mobile lifestyle. Less is indeed more and being able to live wherever I want to is possible thanks to being an online instructor. My life lessons are woven into all of my courses.

Enjoy!