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Q: Research ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Research
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: mi2mia-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 12 Aug 2005 15:53 PDT
Expires: 11 Sep 2005 15:53 PDT
Question ID: 555114
I would like to know how websites make their money, (i.e. my space)
Give me exaple of sites, (not obvious ones, like Amazon and Ebay, but 
other well known sites that are geared towards socialization and/or 
encouragement for peoples postings.

Request for Question Clarification by easterangel-ga on 13 Aug 2005 03:34 PDT

How many sample sites do you require?


Clarification of Question by mi2mia-ga on 13 Aug 2005 10:11 PDT
4 or 5 would be good.

Subject: Re: Research
Answered By: easterangel-ga on 14 Aug 2005 08:51 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi! Thanks for the question.

Here are ways, some virtual communities or those which encourage much
viewer participation, use their sites to generate income.

Craigslist ? One of the most popular community based website which
features jobs and other product offerings.

Fees for Job Posts: $75

Pre-Purchase of Block Job Posts: $500

LinkedIn- A popular business based virtual community.

LinkedIn Business account ? ?$15 per month and gives you 3 InMails?
per month with a 7-day response guarantee, 10 active Introductions,
unlimited reference searches, and 1-business-day customer service.?

LinkedIn Business Plus ? ?$50 per month and gives you 10 InMails? per
month with a 7-day response guarantee, 25 active Introductions,
unlimited reference searches, and 1-business-day customer service.?

Premium Version LinkedIn Groups ? ?Pricing for the premium version
starts at $5,000 for the first year. ? 

------------------------ ? A popular dating site which gets its revenue from paid
subscribers. Its traffic is fueled by partnerships with major portals
and content providers.

"Match's revenue statement from the third quarter of last year says
the site has over 650,000 subscribers, each of whom pay $24.95 a month
- a 158 percent increase over the same period in 2001. Match's third
quarter revenue was $33.4 million.? (2002 FIGURES)

?Jonathan Gaw, an analyst with research firm IDC, says that Match
attained its large user base partially through "a very advantageous
deal with America Online." But Match's AOL alliance is only one of
many portal relationships the site leverages for distribution; others
include MSN, Excite, EarthLink, Netscape and BET. ?

?Case Study:

Current Financial Highlights for

---------------------------------- (Second Chances)

?, which is owned by the New York Times (Quote, Chart),
recently launched a 'Second Chances' feature that allow unregistered
users to publish short text-based notes to people with whom they had a
chance encounter. ?

? isn't using the per-month subscription model. Instead, the
company sells credits (for $24.95, users can purchase 25 credits).
Those credits can then be used to buy access to reply to the
personals. De Sisto said more than 65,000 members have registered for's personals, with 10 percent of those purchasing credits.

?We're generating about 4 million page views a month. And, on those
pages, we're serving targeted ads. We have advertising geared to the
online dating demographic,? De Sisto explained.?

?Online Personals: Big Profits, Intense Competition?

Wikipedia: Wikipedia is an interesting website because it is a free
encyclopedia which can be edited by its users.

Wikipedia supports itself through donations since it is a non-profit
group. It also sells merchandise at Café Press.

Wikipedia: Donations

Wikipedia: Store 

Finally, this very site, Google Answers is a virtual community as
well. It generates revenues when users ask questions and set their own
price to receive answers from researchers. It also gets advertisement
profits from sponsored links. Non-researchers can also post their own
views and findings for free.

Search terms used:  
"business models" "virtual communities" 

I hope these links would help you in your research. Before rating this
answer, please ask for a clarification if you have a question or if
you would need further information.
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Request for Answer Clarification by mi2mia-ga on 15 Aug 2005 07:15 PDT
Thanks for your reply.

Could you tell me how thry gained popularity?



Clarification of Answer by easterangel-ga on 15 Aug 2005 07:47 PDT
Hi again! 

I can provide you with links to how some of them started so you can
see how they took off. Here are the articles.




I hope this would be of help.

mi2mia-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $25.00
Relevant information great response.

Tanks for your insites


Subject: Re: Research
From: easterangel-ga on 15 Aug 2005 15:22 PDT
Thanks for the kind words, the 5 stars and for the generous tip! :)

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