As long as chat rooms and forums exist, moderators will also need to exist.
That’s because website owners need people to delete negative comments, make sure things are running smoothly and forum users are getting their comments and questions responded to.
To become a moderator, you would need to regularly monitor comments posted by users, delete spam, answer questions from users, and reply to user messages. You would also need to encourage threads, add new content to the site and block comments posted by people who ignore the forums rules.
If you have an interest in certain forums, this could be very fun and interesting job for you to do. Just like forum
posting, you also have the potential to learn a lot.
A forum moderator will need good people skills, possess good grammar and should communicate well via the written word, be efficient with a computer, and can sit for long periods of time, often checking the forum until their help is needed.
Most of the job listings will describe their technical requirements, but most of them will require you to have your own computer with an internet connection.
Getting a job as a forum moderator may be as simple as applying for a position on a job search website, or it may require being part of an active online community until you’ve earned a respected place in it.
Often, you can do some research into the communities you’re a part of and see if they have any openings on their “Careers” tab.
In order to become a forum moderator, here are some steps you can take:
● Post a profile on freelancing sites such as Freelancer.com, Guru.com, Upwork.com, etc.
Describe your interests and your level of expertise. You can also search for forum moderator jobs on the same freelancing sites, and apply for them.
● Google forum moderation job openings. If there are forums you’re interested in, check with the owner.
Examples of search phrases you can use are “forum administrator,” “forum moderator,” and “forum leader.”
● A lot of people don’t post on freelancing sites but rather prefer to hire people who already post a lot on their forum.
Participating in online forums will allow you to become familiar with the forum environment, and can help you develop an online presence.
If you are always posting on a particular forum and helping others, the people in charge may notice and invite you to become a moderator when an opening is available.
Providing helpful information and knowledge an demonstrate your experience with the forum topic, and can make you a valuable asset to the community.
● Browse job search websites such as Indeed, SimplyHired and Monster Jobs for forum moderator job openings.
● Search for forums on Google that you are interested in and contact the owner for possible job openings. Find out how they tend to hire. Be prepared to share some writing samples, particularly on the theme of that website.
How much can I make from moderating forums?
Pay can range from minimum wage to $15-$17 an hour. Some jobs pay for the entire time you are monitoring the forums, while others may only pay you when you respond to issues that come up in a work queue (meaning that you can be away from the community until you are called in).