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    Best way to make a quick buck?

    I am not looking for a gold mine, but a few $100 a month would be nice I am just wondering, is there anything like a "sure thing" for success?

    I obviously have to take in account the domain name cost and the monthly hosting bills, which is why the site should make a little profit.

    To get to the point, what is the best site to set up for making a little extra cash? (By ads). Could something like free emails with a clever domain name be something to consider or could a pure forum site (if it gets popular) make a profit?

    I am also wondering, how many visitors would you have to have a day/month to make it worth while?

    Sorry for all the questions, but I hope someone will answer them

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    Well... NO

    There is no way to make a quick buck without spending some quality time working. It takes time (or money) to make money.

    Get rich quick schemes are just that and anyone who tells you a business opportunity is a "sure thing" is lying (unless he's Bill Gates).

    If you want to start a website, you need to do it because you love what you're doing because there's not THAT much money in it and doing something you loathe just for money isn't worth it.

    If there was one web business that was a sure thing EVERYBODY would be doing it and it wouldn't be a sure thing anymore... it's the nature of a free market. Supply meets demand sooner or later.

    Good luck, and I hope you find something you can make a buck at that you also enjoy.

    P.S. - I wouldn't do it, but I hear Porn is still a booming industry... and there are tons of services out there that will assist you in setting up XXX sites or 1-900 numbers for a small fee.

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    I would reccommend thinking of an idea where you can make money off the internet other then ads. I'm sure some people out there make money off of ads but any site that gets huge has to adapt and get away from that model.

    Selling stuff over the internet can work if you find a small specialized niche market. Then just keep working on it and before you know it - you will be quitting your job to work full-time over the net, IF YOUR LUCKY.

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    Yup, forget ads Dalixam - they're a no go.

    As The Bigfoot says, Porn is a good for money, but it's so saturated and competitive that you'd have to come up with some niche. Perhaps some kind of local community peeping site or something.

    A better route is a dating site - maybe using Dating-Central.com and targetting to an area you know.

    These are the sort of things that do sell.

    But be aware that whatever you do, you're up against some very intelligent people with years of experience who you're unlikely to beat in a straight fight - look for your niche and learn.
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    Well put Rawnet... definately find a niche. Look at us... did we go up against the shoes.com and zappos.com monsters? No way!

    We picked a niche market that wasn't saturated. Most of the large shoe stores have tons more styles than us but do they STOCK size 22?? I think not.

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    Originally posted by beley

    ...but do they STOCK size 22?? I think not.
    LOL, yeah, I guess that would definitely be a niche market!

    You both said it perfectly; the 'net is so saturated that you HAVE to specialize, or don't expect your webshop to go anywhere.

    "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world.
    Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead

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    Another to point to remember, I believe, is that your niche may be modified :

    As soon as your site becomes successful in this niche, other people will take notice and will jump on to your idea and set up competing sites.

    Don't be afraid to modify your site to enhance your "niche" in the market.

    An example of this happened to me, which is why I'm making this point. Another site started doing the same thing as ServicePals.com - it was a military friend finder service - and I felt that this market was becoming saturated and I didn't have the resources to promote ServicePals in this area as much as other sites could. So the focus of the site was changed from "friend finder" to "community", and it's still leading the way as a UK Military community as there's far less competition, but still a demand.

    So just be prepared that your niche won't remain so for very long if you do a good job with your site, so you may need to refocus some time down the line.
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    You could always sell your body down on Lombard Street!

    I'm sorry, I shouldn't have gone there. It was just too big of an easy wide open door. Please forgive me powers that be...

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    LOL, that was the first thing that came to mind for me too, but I figured that would be a rude comment to make.

    Glad to see you didn't have that crisis of conscience yourself! LOL

    "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world.
    Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead

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    I really don't think there is a "best" way to make money online and there isn't really a "quick buck" either because whatever you do will take time.

    Like another poster said, find a niche so you will stand out from the crowd. Think about what can make you different from all the others out there. Why should someone choose your service over another? Just keep those in mind and you'll be on your way.

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    well.. i just wanted to make u know that there's one more way to make money .. check this site out--

    http://www.gimmeabuck.com/index.shtml

    Peace.

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    Your world of monkey island site looks interesting. Did you designed the header and side bars yourself? If you did, I think you can use your talent to earn more income.
    Last edited by SitePointer; Apr 1, 2002 at 23:52.

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    Re: Best way to make a quick buck

    Not sure why more people don't think of this, but
    try developing your own infoproduct. Now, before
    everyone screams, I have done it and am pulling
    in over $300 in the first month - and have not even
    advertised/marketed it yet.

    I don't mean generate a 200-page book, nor do I mean
    produce meaningless 10-page reports. Instead, focus
    on an area you are interested in (passionate about
    if you really want to do well), have some experience
    in and understand your market.

    Then, spend a few days hanging out on discussion forums, reading articles, brainstorming ideas, thinking
    about information that you have had to go out and
    spend time getting - then start by developing a 20-page
    report that addresses a need. Start by offering it
    for $5 or $10, perhaps bundle it with a few products
    from affiliate programs and sell it all for $27 or $37.
    Develop a quick minisite, sign up with a pay service and your off and running.

    While this is not immediate nor dead-simple, it is relatively quick (weeks or a couple of months tops) and does not take specialized knowledge (other than some basic HTML) - AND you have your own product, keep 100% of the profits, get a lifetime of sales and draw others to you to build your business.

    Cheers....

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    well I think that it easier to safe $ when you want to give it out

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    Hehe.. that gimme a buck website is great!
    Can't believe it's come to that...

    But i think it's a perfect example of site you are looking for.
    It's guy who needs money and has nothing to offer.
    Please don't get me wrong, but when I say nothing to offer, in your case, I mean time.
    I'm assuming that if you want to make a quick buck you want to do some work everyday and generate some nice extra bucks.

    The gimme a buck website takes this idea to the limit. But the result of his site (if it's popular) is that he probably has to work harder than he imagined. And I bet he doesn't make THAT much money, since just giving people money can't be THAT popular these days.

    What i'm trying to say is that every site that you make that is to generate income will cost some major input from your site first.
    This is because everyone wants to make money and a surfer knows this! Therefore his demands will be very high, and so the work you will have to do will be great.

    Greetz.
    Tyhe.
    That's all folks...

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    I know the guy who built and runs the gimmeabuck site (actually he's a SitePointforums member). I think he just does it as a experiment/hobby of sorts; not like he's trying to make a living off of it or anything!

    But I have to agree, I find it hard to believe people are actually willing to just donate money to a complete stranger, and not even for a good cause! There is every kind on the Internet. LOL

    "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world.
    Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead

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    Originally posted by hurtdidit
    I know the guy who built and runs the gimmeabuck site (actually he's a SitePointforums member). I think he just does it as a experiment/hobby of sorts; not like he's trying to make a living off of it or anything!

    But I have to agree, I find it hard to believe people are actually willing to just donate money to a complete stranger, and not even for a good cause! There is every kind on the Internet. LOL
    I just read a book which had the story of a radio personality who asked readers to send in $20, for absolutely no reason. He didn't say why he wanted the money or what he would do with it... He got something like half a million dollars within a few weeks.
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    A radio personality that asked readers?

    I think you mean listeners right Matt??

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    "I am not looking for a gold mine, but a few $100 a month would be nice I am just wondering, is there anything like a "sure thing" for success?"

    I just read this line again... it makes me seriously wonder about you, Dalixam, although I noticed you haven't replied anymore.

    What were you thinking when you wrote this? Did you really think that there were some quick ways to make money?

    And before everyone starts telling me how I should respect every question, I just really would like to know. Because this isn't the first question like this.

    Apparently people are sitting at home, just waiting for someone to finally fill them in on the quick-buck theory of the world wide web.
    People actually believe that their personal qualities, of the lack thereof, don't even matter on the net. All you need is a 'clever' idea....

    That amazes me! It also makes me wonder about the understanding that these people have about the net.

    It just seems weird to me.

    Greetz.
    That's all folks...

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    I have the answer

    "Work hard and be nice to your mother."

    Doing both should ensure your never penny-less or hungry.

    Regards

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    Originally posted by Matt Mickiewicz


    I just read a book which had the story of a radio personality who asked readers to send in $20, for absolutely no reason. He didn't say why he wanted the money or what he would do with it... He got something like half a million dollars within a few weeks.
    That's crazy! Who are these suckers...more importantly, WHERE are they so I can go and ask for a few bucks without any legitimate reason! LOL

    Sounds like the dotcom venture capital craze all over again...perhaps people are less gullible nowadays...(yeah, right!).

    "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world.
    Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead

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    just becoming a radio personality now, send me $20 and i will tell you what i'm doing with it after i spent it lol.

    "I am not looking for a gold mine, but a few $100 a month would be nice I am just wondering, is there anything like a "sure thing" for success?"

    I just read this line again... it makes me seriously wonder about you, Dalixam, although I noticed you haven't replied anymore.
    go wash your neighbours car. Thats the best way lol and it gives you some exercise instead of hoping a quick buck as people have said when it comes to the net there is no quick buck

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    John Paul Getty (aka Getty Oil Baron) on making money.


    Rise Early...



    Work Hard ...






    Strike Oil.

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    Re: I have the answer

    haha

    Originally posted by micmol
    "Work hard and be nice to your mother."

    Doing both should ensure your never penny-less or hungry.

    Regards

    Micmol

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    Quote Originally Posted by galt
    John Paul Getty (aka Getty Oil Baron) on making money.
    Rise Early...

    Work Hard ...

    Strike Oil.
    lol, like it. A sure thing for making money online. Google AdSense. I wrote a whole site on how to make cash online, and so far, practicing what I preach I bring in about $120 a month, and I've only just started !!
    Learn how to make money online - www.gimmeabuck.co.uk


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