Hi all, I'm sure this idea has been thrown around but I'm still going to give my two cents. I'm working on a social network for a local area. The big picture of it all is to have members from a specific small area that I will be able to use to market local advertising too. The social network is up and running and is visually attractive. I'm trying to figure out how to monetize it now. My ideas are as follows: 1.) Sell advertising space to local small buisnesses. 2.) Google Adsense 3.) Affiliate Links. 4.) Raffle Tickets In order to be able to sell advertising space for a decent price I know I need traffic. Instead of just traffic though I would love to have dedicated visitors and members. This is where I'm hoping to get some advice. What can I do to ensure that my members keep coming back. My target audience is local highschool and college students. I figured if they get it it will catch like a wild fire. (fingers crossed) Ideas to keep members coming back. 1.)I would like to be able to integrate a community game like MafiaWars etc. that people from a common area could enjoy. 2.) List of local gas prices (Perhaps a reason to make my site a local home page). etc. I'm looking for ways to keep my members entertained and coming back. I think this method can be very profitable. Any suggestions? Thanks!