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Local Subscription Website?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by SpellZ, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. SpellZ

    SpellZ Regular Member

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    Everytime I look at the subscription website that charges like $.99 - $14.99/mnth, they all have a global thing, they all have 4000+ members and do it globally or sometimes natioaly.

    What about doing something localy, did anyone try it? Or is it a guranteeed NO!? By locally I mean opening up some subscription website that is not about money (or can be), some hobby or interest that the state/city has, finding 4000 people who'd pay $9.99 and go from there?
     
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    geteasymoneynow Regular Member

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    many are nationally and globally since it is hard to get members to sign up in one area
     
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    geteasymoneynow Regular Member

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    I think you can start out with a free community website and then after you have a few thousand ask them to donate like here in BHW and get it started like that
     
  4. SpellZ

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    But what about a local "group buy" club?

    You pay $9.99/mnth to be a member and each week a new item is posted which says

    "This TV costs $1499 at the store, we need 50 people and that same TV can only cost us $899"

    Week 2, "This laptops go for $800 at the store, if 70 of us buy it, it'll only cost $490"
     
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    I started a community web site in my county that is basically a community resource site - jobs, forums, facebook like profiles, etc.. What I have found is that local sites are hard as hell to get going. Its a grassroots effort since local sites are hard to optimize for and market on the web. You're going to make it very custom tailored to that area's interests and do some local advertising. The biggest problem with any membership site right now is that everyone is addicted to Facebook and spending most of their time there.
    I only charge for classified ads and banner advertising. I would only charge a general membership fee if you have a member area with some very valuable and fresh content. A fee for a local site is almost a deal breaker for the average user. And then you run into the same caveat that Facebook is facing. You always want to start out free and say "when my site picks up, I'll charge a small fee". However, when you build up a legion of faithful users and then slap them with a fee, they feel betrayed and leave. With Facebook so popular, it won't be a hard choice for them.
     
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    Tell me about it.

    Here in Toronto there was about 6 nightclub community websites. Pretty much clubbers who want to chat, etc. All 6 sites were HUGE! Some catered to the older crowd, some took the urban community, some took the european community, some took the younger crowd, etc.

    And new sites were popping left and right! (they sucked ofcourse, but still). 3-4 years ago once Facebook became HUGE... not ONE site showed up. All those sites started to die down. Now 2 are left, and are struggling (they just got the groupies left and thats it). and not a single new site came up.

    Its crazy.

    But here is the thing...
    Facebook is SOOOO WIDE

    What if it a community site for group buys? $4.99/mnth

    Or I just googled, "Top Hobbies".

    1. Fishing - Open up a fishing subscription website.
    2. Sewing - Tons of females pay stuff online
    3. Music - HUGE!
    4. Cars

    So yeah

    But yeah, just some ideas I had in mind.


    I still have AN IDEA in mind, but I was thinking of doing beatifulpeople.com, but locally:D
     
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    Perhaps.

    But what if you recruit only 100 members a month?
    And you rent some room in a hotel, and tell those 100 people to come, you explain about the site, etc? Yeah it might seem a lot of work

    But if by the end of YEAR_1 you can have 1200+ members and counting, who pay a small fee of $9.99/mth (which is not even a full lunch), that equals out to almost $12,000/mnth!

    Plus to keep them there, you can have in-site contests each week. Each week you give away $500 full of prizes, and at the end, you're left with $10,000/mnth at the end of your year one