Community

Why Is A Community-Based Website So Important? | 0% To 1000%, Knowledge Can Make All The Difference

OK, angel investing is rather exciting. It’s definitely something different from the same-ole repetition of watching the stock ticker and tossing a few bucks into your 401k, IRA, or some mutual funds. So, why is a community-based website so important?

That’s a great question and one I hope to answer here in this post. I’ll discuss what a community-based website actually is, list some of the pros and cons, and end by offering my opinion on why one is so crucial for the angel investing community.

I believe in this so much that I went as far as to create this website to provide a place for angel investors to connect and share with one another. After all, knowledge is power, and it’s not what you know but who you know that can make all the difference.

Let’s get started…

THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. PLEASE SEE MY AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

So, What Exactly Is A Community-Based Website?So, What Exactly Is A Community-Based Website?

A lot of websites you go to these days fall into two categories; informational or commercial/sales. Community-based sites can fall into either one. That said, the focus of AngelPowwow.com leans heavily to the informational side.

A community-based website is a website that’s dedicated and contributed to by the community that uses it.

One example would be a neighborhood website that offers it’s members (your neighbors) the ability to share events, warn of issues (like a burglary), and so on. There is usually one or more ways to share this information, depending on the site in question. It could be an event board with a calendar and whatnot or a simple forum where members post various topics and add to existing threads.

Other examples are a group of health enthusiasts in a specific genre (think morning marathons, spin class buffs, etc.) or a recipe sharing group that likes to share recipes in a particular category (like Keto or desserts, etc.). Many times these types of sites are just pages or groups on social media platforms like Pinterest or Facebook as social media sites work well in such cases.

That said, there’s something about a dedicated website that just can’t be addressed on a social media platform. In the case of AngelPowwow.com, it’s the multitude of ways that one can share information and build their network with other investors and even the companies and founders that you might want to invest in.

Many of the websites out there are more of a monarchy if you will. They have an owner, and he or she will either produce the content directly or source it and control what is presented. My drone-focused website MavicManiacs.com and SmallOnlineBiz.com, are of that variety.

Community websites tend to get their content from the community members themselves. It’s more of a collaboration and a genuine sharing of knowledge.

What Are The Pros?

What Are The Pros?

Community-based websites offer quite a few pros. I’ll list some of my favorites here:

A Wide Range of Topics

Even though a website might have a general focus (such as the neighborhood example used above), the members of a community-based site will be coming from all sorts of angles and topics. Someone might want to talk about an event, such as the neighborhood block party, where others may wish to discuss a city ordinance or some issue that affects the community. As you can see, these are related, in as much as they’re about the community, but they are quite different subjects.

In the case of AngelPowwow.com, the topics will range from different angel investment opportunities; those for anyone and those for accredited investors; non-angel related investment opportunities (think stocks and whatnot); angel investing events; tools for the angel investing community, and so on.

Networking

Have you ever heard the phrase “It’s not what you know but who you know”? You should have, as I mentioned it at the beginning of this post. That applies to angel investing too.

Many times opportunities are shared privately between members of an “elite” network or friends. Such deals may never make it to the crowdfunding sites that many are familiar with. By being part of a community, you could get that rare tip that connects you to an opportunity you might otherwise not have even known about.

AngelPowwow.com is all about building those connections and creating a network of angel investors, founders, and entrepreneurs.

Education

There’s nothing like jumping in and getting your hands dirty, so-to-speak. AngelPowwow.com will publish educational articles from time to time. I will write many, but other members and industry leaders will write some as well. Soak up the information, feel free to comment on them, and apply what you learn.

Blog posts are not the only source. You’ll also be communicating with other angel investors. Learn from them, share your knowledge, experience, insights, and opinions. The more information everyone has, the better prepared we’ll all be to make informed investing decisions.

Communication

This is really covered in the first three topics of this section, but that’s the bread and butter of AngelPowwow.com. To communicate with other angel investors, learn from, share with, and help one another.

There are plenty of other pros that could be listed here, but, in the interest of keeping this to a blog post and not a book, I’ll stop here. I think you get the gist of it.

How About Some Cons?How About Some Cons?

Nothing, and I do mean nothing comes without a downside. The same is true of community websites. Let’s take a look at a few potential cons:

SPAM

Let’s face it. When a site is opened up to its members, someone’s going to try to take advantage of it. It may be someone trying to promote their product or service. Maybe someone is trying to make a quick buck by promoting something that gives them a kickback for every sale or subscription.

AngelPowwow.com is all about sharing information. In fact, I want that information to be available to the community ASAP. To that end, I do not hold posts for moderation. If a member posts something, it’s live right away.

That said, I will go back and alter or remove posts that are deemed SPAM or inappropriate. Sadly, this doesn’t prevent the post from being seen immediately, but this is the trade-off I accepted to get information out as quickly as possible. If someone abuses this feature, their account will be suspended or canceled altogether.

Arguments

Community-based websites are made up of members from all backgrounds. As such, there will be times when people collide, sometimes passionately. I hope that the community members can identify and acknowledge when they get into these scenarios and self-correct the issues. In the rare cases where this is not the case, I may step in and moderate the situation.

Misinformation

Fact-checking community-generated content is a very time-consuming endeavor. Fake news can make its way into virtually any medium, and there’s no mechanism in place that prevents a member from providing such news.

AngelPowwow.com does not fact check the content provided by its members. That is the member’s responsibility before taking any action based on the information provided. Do your due diligence. I like to operate in a trust but verify fashion. Accept the premise offered by another member but do a bit of research and find data that backs it up, etc.

Overload

As a community-based website grows its membership, things can get hectic. AngelPowwow.com offers Live Chat. Imagine 100 members all chatting at the same time. How about 1000? Chances are, you’re going to miss something someone said or think someone didn’t respond to you when they actually did, but it went by so fast you missed it.

The same can be said of the forums. So many people may post in a thread that you could spend quite some time sorting through it all. Luckily you can search the forums to help find what you’re looking for.

Such is the burden of a community site. Information is great, but it can also be overwhelming at times.

As with the pros, I’m sure there are more cons to consider. Still, the ones listed above should give you a reasonable expectation of what to look out for.

Why Is A Community-Based Website So Important?Why Is A Community-Based Website So Important?

OK, we have some pros and some cons, and you know what a community-based website is. So, what makes one so important?

In a nutshell, information, and networking. I said it before, but I’ll repeat it here. Knowledge is power. The more you know, the better off you are when it comes to making an informed decision. Especially when it comes to investing. Networking is where you can get some of the juiciest information, including learning about a deal in the first place.

The goal of AngelPowwow.com is to provide a place for angel investors to share their knowledge, learn from others, and make those critical connections. Some options available to members include:

Information

Live Chat

Sometimes you might want to pop off a quick tip or ask a simple question. The Live Chat channel is a great place to have that back and forth with other members in real-time. Just know that those chats are temporary, and the data will vanish after some time.

Another feature of the Live Chat system is the ability to have a live one-on-one text or even video chat session with another member.

Forums

Think of forums as a more permanent not-so-live chat. This is where you’d share something that you’d want to hang around for a while so others can see and respond to it. Forums are a more permanent record that can be referred to at any time. This is where much of the “deal talks” happen.

Public and Private Messaging

Want to talk with another member one-on-one but in a format that lasts vs. Live Chat? You can message other members either publicly, where other members can see your conversation, or privately, where it’s just between the two of you.

Networking

Friending

AngelPowwow.com offers a social media-like system where you can friend other members and follow them. Get up to date quickly on your friend’s activities and postings.

Communication

Friending isn’t enough.  You need to build relationships.  Offer help and advice.  Seek it from others.  Share information on deals you know of.  The more active you are, the more you’re going to get noticed.

And there’s plenty more!

Conclusion

As you can see, I’m a bit passionate when it comes to Angel Investing. A community-based website really is a perfect fit for angel investors. I hope AngelPowwow.com becomes the go-to place for the community, helping angel investors everywhere share information and build their networks.

So, you know what I think. Now, I want to know your opinion… Why is a community-based website so important? Are the features listed above enough? Is there some other feature that I didn’t list here that you think should be included? Do you think I’m entirely wrong, and a community-based website isn’t important at all? Please let me know by commenting below. I’d love to hear what you have to say.

I hope I’ve answered the question of “What Is Angel Investing” and that you found the prospect at least intriguing if not exciting. So, what are you waiting for? Register now and start engaging with other members!

Logo

Thank you,

Scott Hinkle

AngelPowwow.com

Return to Main Page

Related Articles

Responses

  1. You’re absolutely right of what you said about a community-based website. Indeed, it can be seen as a source of knowledge because it covers a wide range of related topics.

    The benefits that a community-based website offers are really awesome especially information and networking. And I can see that you’ve brought about a website to help investors everywhere share information and build their networks.

    This can be a helpful article to Angle investors that want to share their knowledge, learn from others, and make those critical connections.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

      That’s really my goal here.  To connect angel investors and allow them to share with one another.

      Thanks again,

           Scott

  2. Hi!

    I just read your article. It is fascinating and seems like it is very close to Wealthy Affiliate.

    Is it? They seem to have some mutual points, that makes them better than other programs.

    I have a question though. How much does it cost? Do they offer annual subscription, or just monthly? 

    Thank you for your lovely post,

    Cheers,

    Primoz P.

    1. Hello there,

           It is much like Wealthy Affiliate in as much as it’s a community-based website.  WA focuses on teaching people about affiliate marketing and related endeavors.  Angel Powwow is tailored toward the angel investing community.  It’s funny that you make the connection because that’s where I got the idea really.  My experiences with WA led me to create something similar for angel investors.

      Right now, it’s free.  I want to build the community up and get people using the platform and seeing how it can actually benefit them.  Down the line, I plan to introduce a subscription model.

      Thank you,

           Scott

  3. I don’t joke with community websites at all. The advantages could be so profitable if properly utilised.

    The problem I do have most times is spam and incorrect information. I like the fact that you don’t hold back post for moderation and you would delete the or suspend the person that spams. How about adding something like a button for us to report spam?

    Thanks.

    1. You’re quite right.  If someone uses the tools available to them properly and does their due diligence, it could make a huge difference in the profitability of their investment choices.

      I’m actually looking into that now.  I use separate plugins to provide the forum, live chat and social media/messaging features on the site.  Finding a unified way to offer a reporting system is difficult.  That said, it’s still under review.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment,

           Scott

  4. Wow! Ive never thought of the hidden benefits attached to a community website. Actually, it is making sense to me.

    After all, everything will not come strictly from a single source. However, I am more into the prospects of investing and getting reliable connections that can help in growing my network as networking and connections are very integral for any online business.

    Thanks

    1. Hello,

           Yes, we join social networks, many times just out of the fear of missing out and, to communicate with others.  We don’t necessarily stop to think of the business use cases and potential benefits beyond that.

      You’re absolutely right, any online business can benefit from a community-based website.  That said, there’s a lot of effort and upkeep involves so one has to weigh the costs vs. benefits to make a final decision.  I think it fits the financial sector very well and that’s why I built this site.

      Thank you,

           Scott

  5. I never thought of a website based solely on a certain community. That is so brilliant! Not to mention that you don’t have to do all the work yourself , but instead everyone can collaborate.

    This sounds more of a forum type of website or is this different?

    There are so many good things with sharing your work with other people. We all have our talents and habilites. Not to mention the knowledge, so anyone can actually apport something regarding whatever the topic is. 

    1. I know!  Most of the time we look at sites like Facebook, Twitter and so on and think “I should join that and keep up with my friends”.  Yes, you can absolutely do that but then you start joining groups and liking pages and start using it for other things (like your favorite recipe group or keeping up to date on the droning world, etc.).

      Forums are one way to communicate and a community-based website can simply use that one feature but I’d argue that integrating multiple options offers a better way for members to communicate in their preferred manner.  That’s why AngelPowwow.com offers Forums, Live Chat, Public and Private Messaging, a friending system and more.

      You’re so right!  We all have our strengths and weaknesses.  Even if we don’t know a lot in a specific category, our opinions can still help shape someone’s view and even introduce something the other person may not have considered, etc.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment,

           Scott

  6. A community based website to me is a very advantageous one, as it provides a lot of possibilities. 

    There is always an opportunity to showcase different ideas and aspirations on business dealings. A lot of goals are also achieved through collective coordination and execution.

    Angel Powwow has done a great job on this one by helping many people realize what only few knew before.

    The only problem one can have with the community based website is the bad eggs who are selfish and want everything to themselves, when they use the platform for their own selfish ambition.

    1. So true.  The possibilities are virtually endless when enough minds come together in a common goal.

      Thank you.  That’s the whole reason Angel Powwow exists.  To connect the angel investing community and share knowledge.

      Sadly, there will always be bad eggs.  It’s now we deal with and respond to them that matters.

      Thanks again,

           Scott

  7. Getting to read through this is a great opportunity for me. 

    We need to understand that, to everything, there’s a positive side as well as negative one, so the pros and cons are things that should be expected. We can’t not have a community website because of them. 

    Indeed, such a website is important as it offers a lot of benefits, most especially, that of information.

    Thanks.

    1. Hello,

           I’m glad you liked this article.

      That is universal.  Good, bad.  Ups and downs.  Everything has them and some would even say that you can’t have one with out the other.  You’re right.  I wasn’t about to halt development of my website because of it.

      Information is power.  A community-based website, where we can come together and share, just makes sense.

      Thank you,

           Scott

  8. This is really like the first time that I am hearing about what a community based-website is. I have seen something like that before and I didn’t know this is what is called.

    I like how it works though and it feels like a social media group too. Do you think it is better than the social media groups?

    1. Let me start off by saying that I don’t know of community-based website is the official term.  It’s just how I see it and what I’m striving to provide.

      I’m glad that you like it.  My priority is getting everything working smoothly, then I’ll circle back and address appearance.  Right now, I think it looks a bit clunky and I know that many people “shop with their eyes”.

      Part of the site’s goal is to provide a social media site experience.  People can chat, friend each other, see one another activities and so on.  It actually is a social media site but one that is tailored to a specific community.  Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and so on are social media sites but they don’t have a specific focus.  Facebook started out as a social media site for colleges but you can see that it encompasses much more than that.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment,

           Scott