FAQ

General
  • What is The Forum Wheel?
    The Forum Wheel is an online posting exchange network that allows writers to earn money by posting in forum communities. This creates a unique environment in which forums can generate quality content and writers can get paid for doing what they enjoy.
    For more information please visit our About page.

  • How do I make money at The Forum Wheel?
    Making money at The Forum Wheel is easy. All you have to do is post in forums that interest you. Every time you post in one of the sites you are subscribed to, you earn credits. The amount you earn per post is based on several factors which are explained below. These credits can then be traded in for real money at any time!

  • How do I get started?
    To get started as writer there are 3 steps:
    1. Register an account here.
    2. Follow the link sent to your email address to activate your account.
    3. Register an account here.
    4. Subscribe to "The Gateway" here.
    5. Make 10 posts in the Gateway forum so we can review your skills as a writer.

    After you have made ten posts you will automatically be submitted for review. Once we have reviewed your account you will receive an email notifying you of our decision. Assuming that your application was accepted you will then be able to post in the other forums and start earning money.
    To get started as a forum owner there are 3 steps:
    1. Register an account here.
    2. Follow the link sent to your email address to activate your account.
    3. Add your site to our forum list here.

    Upon submitting your first site you will receive 5 free credits to get you started. Once those credits run out your site will become inactive and you will need to get more credits by either purchasing them from the Store or earning them as a writer.

  • Is there a minimum age for participating here?
    No. There is no minimum age for participating in any area of The Forum Wheel.
  • How do I delete my account?
    For security reasons we do not delete accounts. We can however place a ban on your account by your request. If you would like to request a ban then please contact us here. Please note that you will need to be logged into your account while using the contact form. Do not contact us as a guest and request that your account be banned.
New Users & Approval
  • How do I get started as a writer?
    To get started as writer there are 3 steps:
    1. Register an account here.
    2. Follow the link sent to your email address to activate your account.
    3. Register an account here.
    4. Subscribe to "The Gateway" here.
    5. Make 10 posts in the Gateway forum so we can review your skills as a writer.

    After you have made ten posts you will automatically be submitted for review. Once we have reviewed your account you will receive an email notifying you of our decision. Assuming that your application was accepted you will then be able to post in the other forums and start earning money.

  • How long can I expect to wait after making my 10 posts?
    The application review process usually takes less than 12 hours but no longer than 24.

  • Will I receive a notice once my application has been reviewed?
    Once your account has been reviewed by our staff you will receive both an email and an alert in your dashboard that will notify you of our decision.

Content Writers
  • How do I redeem my earnings?
    Cashing in your credits is a very simple process. The details are outlined below...
    1. Navigate to the Withdraw page. You can access this by clicking the blue "Cash in!" button located at the bottom of your dashboard or by clicking the 'Withdraw' tab located on the left hand side of your dashboard.
    2. Enter the amount of credits to withdraw.
    3. Enter your PayPal email address.
    4. Click "Submit".

    Your payment request will then be added to our que and will be processed within 24 hours.

  • How much do I get paid per post?
    Every time you post in one of the forums that you are subscribed to, you earn credits. The base pay is 1 credit per post. This rate builds up the more you post and the higher your rating is. Each credit is worth $0.05 so the minimum pay is $0.05 per post. The maximum pay is 2.5 credits per post which translates to $0.13.

  • Do I earn credits every time I post?
    Yes. However if the site is inactive or you have exceeded your daily limit then you will not earn credits for posting there.

  • Is there a minimum payout that I must reach before cashing in my credits?
    No. You can cash in your credits for money at any time.

  • What happens if I get banned from one of my subscriptions?
    Forum owners have the option of banning certain subscribers that produce low quality content for their site. If you get banned from a particular site then your subscription will be removed and you will no longer earn credits for posting there. If you feel that this ban was unjust then you are free to discuss it with the forum admin and perhaps negotiate your return under certain circumstances.

Forum Owners
  • How do I add my site to the forum list?
    To add your forum please use the following steps:
    1. Make sure that you have reviewed the rules.
    2. Navigate to Dashboard > Sites > Add New Forum. Here is a direct link.
    3. Download the appropriate file package for the software powering your forum.
    4. Upload the contents of the 'upload' folder into the root directory of your forum.
    5. Once you have done this, return the forum submission page and click the "Next" button.
    6. Fill in all of the information and then click "Submit".
    If you did everything correctly then your site should appear in our forum list. If you encounter complications, please post in the support forums and our staff will help you resolve the issue as soon as possible.

  • Do I have to pay to add my forum to the list?
    No. Adding your site to our forum list is completely free.

  • How can I get more people to subscribe to my site?
    Purchasing extras are a great way to make your forum stand out. Not only this but the more extras your site has, the more of a bonus your subscribers are paid and the less you pay per post. So they get paid more and you don't spend credits as fast. This is a real incentive to get writers to subscribe to your site.
    You can purchase extras here.

  • Can I give my top contributors some sort of bonus for doing a great job?
    Yes! If a writer is doing an especially good job and you'd like to reward them for their hard work you can offer them a bonus. This bonus is applied to their subscription so that they earn more credits per post. However do keep in mind that since they are earning more, you are also loosing more. You are essentially giving them a raise.

  • Are non-English forums allowed?
    Yes. It does not matter what language your forum is in. Just make sure to submit any non-English sites to the "Not English" category.

  • Can I ban subscribers if they make poor quality posts?
    Yes. If a writer is doing an unusually bad posting job then you have the option to ban their subscription. They will still be able to post on your forum but they will no longer earn points for doing so.

Credit System
  • What are credits?
    Credits are the virtual currency used in our system to pay writers for posting. These credits can be traded in for money at any time.

  • How much is each credit worth?
    When cashing in your credits you are paid a flat rate of $0.05 per credit.

Rating System
  • What are ratings?
    Your rating is a score attached to your account which reflects the quality of your writing. The better job you do as a writer, the higher your rating will be.
    Ratings are based on a scale of 1.0 - 5.0.

  • How does it help to have a higher rating?
    A higher rating helps in two ways.
    First off it means that you earn more credits per post. After all the better you are, the more you should get paid right?
    Second, it means that you will have a less limited selection of sites to subscribe to. Every site in the forum list has a minimum rating requirement. If your rating is lower than this requirement then you will be unable to subscribe to the forum. A higher rating means that you will have more forums to choose from.

Level System
  • How does the level system work?
    The level system allows writers to earn a bonus for being more active. The more posts you make per day, the higher your level will be.
    The different levels are based on a scale of 0 - 10. You will be a level 0 when first signing up. After that your level will increase based on the amount of posts you make daily. A bonus of 0.05 credits per post is given per level. So if you are level 5 writer then you will earn 0.25 bonus credits per post.
    The ten different levels are scored based on an average of posts per day for the past three days. Every 10 posts adds another level. If you've made an average of 23 posts in the past three days then you will scored as level 2. Level 10 is the highest level which requires an average of 100+ posts per day.
    Level 0 | 0 - 9
    Level 1 | 10 - 19
    Level 2 | 20 - 29
    Level 3 | 30 - 39
    Level 4 | 40 - 49
    Level 5 | 50 - 59
    Level 6 | 60 - 69
    Level 7 | 70 - 79
    Level 8 | 80 - 89
    Level 9 | 90 - 99
    Level 10 | 100+

  • How long does it take for my level to update?
    Our system updates the levels every day at 12:00AM EST.

Referrals
  • How does the referral system work?
    Every time a person signs up using your referral link, they are listed as one of your referrals. This means that you get 20% of all the credits they earn and 10% of the ones they buy. So if they make 100 credits per day then you will be making 20 credits from them daily. If they purchase a 1,000 credit package from the Store then you will automatically receive 100 credits.
    You can find your referral link here.

  • How do I get people to sign up under me as a referral?
    There are many ways to promote your referral link and get people to sign up under you.
    Signatures are a good promotion method. Provide a short sentence telling people that they can make money by posting on forums and then provide your referral link. People will see this and hopefully click your link. This will automatically set a cookie in their browser that tells our system who invited them. As soon as they register they will be listed as your referral.
    You can also share your referral link via social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ are good examples. Make a short post that lets them know of the benefits and then provide your invite link.
    A YouTube video is another excellent idea. Make a video describing how the system works and provide your referral link in the description. People who watch the video will use your link and sign up under you as a referral.

Community
  • What is the purpose of the Community forum?
    The Community forum is a place for our members to discuss the system, report bugs, request features, give testimonials, get tech support, and everything in between.

  • Why is my Forum Wheel account not showing up the Community forum?
    The Community forum is running a script that is independent of the home site and will therefore require you to register a separate account there. We do however request that you use the same username for your Community account as the one used here at the home site. This keeps things much more simple.

Store & Purchases
  • What payment methods do you accept?
    We accept payment via PayPal only.

  • Can I get a refund for items I purchase?
    We currently do not offer refunds.