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    Turning Profit on the Web

    How much of a challenge is it to turn profit from a website that is not an online store and does not sell any type of service? Is it do-able?

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    From just ads?
    You can turn a profit, but don't expect much.
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    Unless you have some massive traffic and some great click thru ads it will be tough.

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    You'll need something to make the money... whether it's a really creative idea, or you have tons of traffic, find a unique angle and you're made.

    Just don't expect it to come easy, and don;t expect it to come quickly. It's a matter of time, effort, and patience.
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    Its extremely easy to turn a profit with a content site. Your only costs are hosting and a domain, which are first shouldn't amount to more than $10 a month. This is of course assuming you don't pay yourself anything.

    If you make $11 a month you're turning a profit. Its not much, but its profitable. At that point time is on your side. If you can design a site that does not require much in the way of upkeep then once you achieve profitability you can "set it and forget it" and it will continue to earn you money while you work on a new site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aspen
    "set it and forget it"
    You've been watching too many Ronco infomercials at night!

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    I have pages that have been up unchanged for five YEARS that do quite well. "How to light a pilot" will get traffic until electronic igniters have replaced all the old thermocouple controlled gas valves; 30 years maybe?

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    A good content site with time can make you alot of money. Like Chris and Mr. Ronco said set it and forget it . It can take time to build your site and time for the search engines to pick it up, but then all you got to do is cash those checks or better yet get direct deposit.

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    Since my site is a content site but also has a community, i was wondering i i should do this; Should i try to fill up with content first than advertise? or should i start doing site promotions to get the forums a little more active and fill up on content as i go?

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    Like Chris said - content sites can be made profitable because they lack any large expenses. Once you have the idea, and the content the next think you need is visitors. Once you have visitors you then can start placing ads on your site and earning money, and once you earn more than the site is costing/costed you you WILL be earning a profit. Don't start your site with a LOT of ads startout with few or none, and add ads as the site GROWS.

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    what happens when your site just starts to die...slowly losing visitors until one day you look at your logs and have a total of 1(one) visit for the day and it was googlbot. :sob:
    Links? I don't need no stinkin' links.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomi
    what happens when your site just starts to die...slowly losing visitors until one day you look at your logs and have a total of 1(one) visit for the day and it was googlbot. :sob:
    ...put up pictures of porn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomi
    what happens when your site just starts to die...slowly losing visitors until one day you look at your logs and have a total of 1(one) visit for the day and it was googlbot. :sob:
    Then you need to make some changes. Re-evaluate the layout. Add good content and pages, submit it to some new directories. Wait.

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    i even get my hosting free but the company got hacked a few days ago and there have been some server problems, it's gone down a few times

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckandes1
    Since my site is a content site but also has a community, i was wondering i should do this; Should i try to fill up with content first than advertise? or should i start doing site promotions to get the forums a little more active and fill up on content as i go?
    no one ever answered this

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    I think you should go ahead and add limited advertising, so you will have the opportunity to learn about it as you grow. You might want to consider doing it on more than one site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckandes1
    no one ever answered this
    add content first. there's no point in paying for people to visit a site that doesn't have the content they're looking for.

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    It tooks years to generate traffic into content site....

    Quote Originally Posted by aspen
    Its extremely easy to turn a profit with a content site. Your only costs are hosting and a domain, which are first shouldn't amount to more than $10 a month. This is of course assuming you don't pay yourself anything.

    If you make $11 a month you're turning a profit. Its not much, but its profitable. At that point time is on your side. If you can design a site that does not require much in the way of upkeep then once you achieve profitability you can "set it and forget it" and it will continue to earn you money while you work on a new site.

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    Using content websites you can also add affiliate stores to it and then 'sell' stuff to make an additional profit. The affiliate stores should be related to the content and add value to the stay on your website.

    It's one slow step after another. If you can work full-time on your sites - great. If it is a part-time venture it can take a while to get where you want to be.

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