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07-01-2003, 02:09 PM
Does anyone know of any alternative revenue streams for websites other than advertising/sponsorship? I have an idea for a website which is still in the very early stages, and am reluctant to set up a website relying solely on advertising revenue. I don't think I can get away with charging a subscription for the service, at least not initially. Some things I have thought of which may be of interest to my target audience include internet shopping and finance (loans/credit cards) however I do not want to get into providing these myself. I understand it is possible to earn commission through directing people to shopping sites and introducing them to financial companies - how would I go about finding these opportunities and how much revenue could realistically be raised through these kinds of activities?

Any advice/info much appreciated...

07-01-2003, 03:16 PM
Hi there

There are loads of affiliate programs which you can sign up for, and all of them either pay you on clicks, leads or sales which are made by visitors, which go from your website to theirs in the way of banners, text links and other forms of advertisements.

I would recommend not to bog your website down with advertisements though as it puts people off, maybe just use text links with products which will interest your visitors.

Below are some of the main Affiliate Websites I know of:-

Affiliate Window (http://www.affiliatewindow.com) TradeDoubler (http://www.tradedoubler.com)
Commission Junction (http://www.cj.com)
Clix Galore (http://www.clixgalore.co.uk)

Wishing you all the best with your new website
Best Regards
Matt Street

2cSouthend (http://www.2cSouthend.co.uk)
UK Mobiles (http://www.uk-mobiles.biz)
UK Ringtones (http://www.uk-ringtones.biz)

07-01-2003, 05:23 PM
Yes it is possible to earn commission by directing people to shopping sites and financial sites by using affiliates, shops usually pay per sale the best ones I found with the highest commission are financial/credit card companies with pay around 30 a sign up how much money you make depends on how popular your web site is. I put affiates on my web site I have information on my web site to tell you were to get the best affiates from you can find this information on page called (free online business). http://gates211.homestead.com/gates.html
best regards

29-01-2003, 02:52 PM
Hi my new business idea is going to be a new payment metod online...email me and I will give you some aditional info



29-01-2003, 06:54 PM
Depending on how compelling the content on your website is - rather than charge a subscription to the site you could try charging for specific areas of the site deemed to be "premium content". For this you could use some kind of micropayment billing mechanism i.e. reverse-billed SMS (text messaging). Access to these areas can be restricted by unique passwords which require the user to input their mobile number and in return receive an instant text message with their password. This overcomes most of the barriers faced by accepting more traditional forms of payment for online access.

29-01-2003, 09:42 PM
Realistically, you will not earn that much off affiliate schemes even if your website is popular. The best bet would be to use advertising revenue to supplement other income such joshdhaliwal suggested using micro-payments.



30-01-2003, 11:13 AM
The text message charging idea is a good one - I haven't seen any sites operating like that, my only concern would be that personally I wouldn't be happy about being charged on my mobile bill. Although if it's easier and cheaper to set up and run that wouldn't be too huge a problem. How difficult is it to set up a subscription based service via credit card/switch payment?


30-01-2003, 11:32 AM
We published a whole report on Mobile Payments last year and the conveniences of using the mobile phone as a payment tool far outweigh using credit/debit cards for micropayments in terms of convenience and usability. More people have mobile phones than have bank accounts allowing you to reach a wider audience including those who for some reason can't have credit cards including those with bad credit rating, underage etc.

30-01-2003, 02:09 PM
More people have mobile phones than have bank accounts

are you serious??? I'd be very interested to see those figures...

30-01-2003, 03:06 PM
More than one in five adults - 7.8million people - are victims of financial exclusion, routinely refused credit facilities by banks, building societies and other mainstream lenders. This represents 21% of the UK adult population.

Within this total, about 6% of the adult* population do not have a bank account, either because they are genuinely excluded or because they choose to opt out - for example, they do not trust financial services companies. This is the total number of people with a bank account - the number who have debit or credit card facilities with their accounts is significantly lower.

*These figures do not include under 16s.

Ownership and use of mobile phones amongst adults in the UK is approximately 80%. Although amongst adults there is a higher penetration of bank accounts but when one takes into consideration the proliferation of mobile devices amongst under 16s where mobile penetration rates are reaching saturation particularly amongst the 12-15 age group the picture changes significantly.

30-01-2003, 03:49 PM
we are trying to setup a company we will be a UK based micro-payment provider. As said before it is the newest way to generate significant revenue.

At the moment we are looking for funding to get started however when we are you can certainly have an account with us.

At the moment a good company to speak with is www.mobilebridges.com they have set my website up with sms billing. You will want to speak to alex but please do mention Aaron when you signup.

As for credit card accounts in the UK it is illegal for 3rd party credit card processing but not in the UK. Try using www.ibill.com or www.ccbill.com they should be able to help you.



07-04-2004, 09:45 PM
Hi Rayne,

I'm a member of an affiliate scheme from a company called FAST TRACK education Ltd. If you're interested in their scheme the details are below.

I disagree with the comments about being able to make decent money. They pay commission of 30%, which seems a healthy profit to little old me.

I hope this helps.


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The tracking period for each month begins on the first day of each month and ends at midnight GMT on the final day of the month. Fast-Track Education Ltd, will perform order confirmation and commission calculations during the 15 days that follow the month's end.

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08-04-2004, 11:08 AM
We have been involved in this area for some time and have heard of continued problems due to the network operators punitive charges...

If you are billing someone 2 via mobile, a massive proportion of that goes to the netowrk operator... This makes it unsuitable at present for micro payments. Although the trade press seems to think that changes are afoot....


James Hirst
A4 Internet ltd
0845 108 0411

08-04-2004, 01:19 PM
They are but selling a can of Coke through a vending machine may be a little way off.