|06-14-2007, 10:08 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2007
Profit/non-profit website idea?
I have recently thought up an idea for a website which I believe could be very popular and provide a lot of help to people.
It would be reasonably small in comparison to say stevepavlina.com but I would like to provide some of the following: articles & advice pages, links to other sites, at least one regular blog of my own but maybe additional blogs, if the site is popular a forum also.
I have two options:
#1. It would be terrific if I could use this site for my own passive income, but how would I generate enough revenue to cover the domain, hosting etc. ?
I don't believe that I could charge a subscription to the site but I would certainly include a donation system of some sort.
#2. Because it would be of benefit to the community and college (university) students in my area I guess that I could ask for sponsorship of some sort to cover the running costs.
Has anyone here set up a charitable or non-profit site before?
Any help would be very much appreciated.
I will continue to research this topic further.
|06-14-2007, 01:12 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Cheshire, UK
Project Wonderful works pretty well for me. It'll cover your hosting bills without problems.
Speaking of hosting bills, enter "PAVLINA" in the discount box at HostingForAQuid (link's in my sig) for a 10% discount.
|06-14-2007, 05:36 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2007
The site doesn't necessarily have to be popular to have a forum. They're actually very easy to make, and allow people to discuss the articles. Also, even though I've never created an income-generating site before, I would advise against having a paid subscription. For some reason, they just remind me of AOL, and their gated community. I think you should just set up your site with a donation page, and maybe no ads at first, since they will probably generate almost nothing at first. Get your site going, and just bite the bullet for a while, your site is not going to make money from the getgo. I think the sponsorship is a very good idea, but let the potential sponsors know what they are getting into. Let them know that your site won't be getting a million hits a day from the beginning, it'll take a while to get going.
My random $.02
|06-14-2007, 08:51 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2007
Thanks for the insights.
I think I will concentrate on producing a lot of great content and a very easy to use offline site first.
Like you say, I should
If my site generates a steady and increasing number of traffic, then i can go about monetizing on the site.
Project Wonderful looks like a great way of doing things. Will definately look into that.
|07-13-2007, 04:39 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2007
Caveman Joe may have been onto something with the Project Wonderful. I've never used it myself, so can't comment.
In a topic I responded to earlier I mentioned experience from the endeavour. Your non-profit site may not generate much, and may even end up costing you a little. But consider 400 bucks for a year. And that's at the higher end in my opinion.
I believe Restrikted summed it up perfectly. A minor point I would make is, don't make a lot of forums. In the beginning funnel everything to 1 general forum. You want to generate responses.
Look into sponsership with companies. If you're in a college town, a lot of companies want more exposure. Offer them something reasonable and they'll line up at the chance.
Depending on the college, people want a cause to believe in, just help direct it. Your there
Either way, you lose a little bit, and gain experience in a field you obviously enjoy. Or it takes off....
I just reread entire thread. I was replying as if you're a non-profit. You simply said you have something to offer university students.
First, it will not be passive income. If you want the website to generate anything more than a few cents it needs active content. Or just pick out the next "hot" words and secure the domain names.
To rework what I wrote above.
Work on local sponsorship. The costs are actually very minimal for things such as hosting. Decide on what you can afford as a one-time cost on the site, and on-going costs. But the exposure you can provide potential companies is ENORMOUS.
University is something highly coveted by marketing companies. Perfect age group, money and not much thought.
|07-14-2007, 08:52 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Beavercleaverville, AZ
I really like where this thread is coming from, but why reinvent the wheel? I may be way out of line with a comment like that, but you can accomplish the very same thing for free. The system and the site are already set up with just this very thing in mind.
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