How to Be an Administrator in an Online Forum

Two Methods:Develop Forum Administrator TraitsBecome an Online Forum Administrator

An online forum administrator, also sometimes known as a forum moderator, monitors the activity that occurs in a community forum. An administrator is responsible for ensuring that all community members adhere to the forum rules, and often provide online support to members when necessary. In addition to monitoring forum activity, an administrator may also be responsible for driving traffic to the forum, as well as encouraging forum participation. To become an administrator in an online forum, you must develop an online forum presence and demonstrate that you possess the traits of a forum moderator. You can then apply for various forum administrator jobs on the Internet. Use this article as your guide for becoming an online forum administrator.

Method 1
Develop Forum Administrator Traits

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    Become a member of one or more online forums. Participating in online forums will allow you to become familiar with the forum environment, and can help you develop an online presence.
    • Join forum communities that discuss a topic or niche that interests you. For example, if you enjoy playing role-playing computer games, join the forum that discusses tips and tricks for your favorite computer game.
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    Become an active participant of forum discussions. This will allow other forum members to get to know you and start to recognize your online presence.
    • Visit the forum on a regular basis and engage in ongoing discussions or start new forum discussions.
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    Demonstrate your knowledge to other forum members whenever possible. Providing helpful information and knowledge to other community members can demonstrate your experience with the discussion topic or forum, and can make you a valuable asset to the community.
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    Maintain a neutral, positive voice in the forum at all times. A major part in the role of a forum administrator is to professionally moderate and manage heated discussions and conflicts.
    • Tailor your responses to forum posts and discussions in a manner that adheres to forum rules without becoming too emotional. For example, if a forum member posts an angry comment about another member, politely remind the angry forum member that personal attacks and comments on other members are not permitted in the forum.

Method 2
Become an Online Forum Administrator

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    Inquire about forum administrator roles with your current administrator. This is an ideal approach if you have developed a recognizable, online presence in one or more specific forums.
    • Send an email or private message to the current forum administrator and express that you are interested in becoming an administrator.
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    Add online forum experience to your resume. Even if you have not held the official role as forum administrator, you can still demonstrate that you have experience in forum participation and with helping other community members.
    • Include links on your resume to the online forums you have been participating in. In most cases, prospective employers will join or visit a particular forum to read and review your posts and discussions to verify that you are a qualified candidate for a forum administrator position.
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    Search for online forum administrator positions on the Internet. Some websites will pay you to be an administrator; whereas other websites may be looking for volunteers. Examples of search phrases you can use are "forum administrator," "forum moderator," and "forum leader."
    • Visit major job search websites such as Monster, Indeed, or CareerBuilder to find online forum administrator positions on the Internet.
    • Go to any search engine such as Bing, Google, or Yahoo, and look for online forum administrator openings.


  • Network with administrators in the forums you frequent regularly to find open positions. In some cases, administrators can refer you to companies, websites, or other forums that may be hiring moderators or forum administrators.

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Categories: Internet Forums and Message Boards