How to deal with not offering a product or service yourself?

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If you can make a website and get some few or much traffic to it, that's fine but what if you don't have anything to offer for your site visitors yourself bc you don't have your own business or product or service? What to do then? How can you prevent such a situation? How to monetize that traffic then?
Yes, you know how to make a website but you're not able to really profit from it bc you don't offer anything yourself.
Isn't having a real business where you actually produce a product or offer a service much more lucrative?
#deal #offering #product #service
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  • Profile picture of the author naviown
    You can create something (seo service, designe service, write ebook and so on), but this requires more experience and if you just starting out, you don't know if your product will convert.
    Second way is to use affiliate offers and get commissions. This is I think perfect way of doing business if you already have traffic source. Just check affiliate offers, offer them to your audience and make money.

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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    It sounds like you could place ads or work with affiliate programs to become an affiliate and use your site to send traffic to these offers.
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  • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
    Originally Posted by Expresso77 View Post

    If you can make a website and get some few or much traffic to it, that's fine but what if you don't have anything to offer for your site visitors yourself bc you don't have your own business or product or service?
    Then what was the reason for building the site in the first place and why would you be possibly be spending time/money/effort to drive traffic to it?

    I realize that everyone should have a hobby, but still . . . . . . .
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    • Profile picture of the author Expresso77
      Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

      Then what was the reason for building the site in the first place and why would you be possibly be spending time/money/effort to drive traffic to it?

      I realize that everyone should have a hobby, but still . . . . . . .
      Then how would you do it?
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      • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
        Originally Posted by Expresso77 View Post

        Then how would you do it?
        I would have had a mission, before I did anything else. Why am I building this website. Who am I trying to reach? Once I reach them - what next? Do I want to educate them? Sell them something? Form a community?

        It's the old what comes first - the chicken or the egg? I certainly would NOT have been using the old 'fake it 'til you make it,' technique.

        Everything you do in business needs to start with an idea, then a plan, then a process. I don't see where you employed that strategy.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChristianC
    Hey There,

    One of the things I started doing when I had quite literally, nothing to offer, was reach out to local businesses ( mainly ones I could actually go visit within a reasonable distance) and do their paid ads. More often than not, they had no idea the technical side to it. Even if I didn't know what to do right away, I would gladly find out exactly how to do what they hired to me do. I don't remember the quote or who said it exactly but it was something like " if they hire me and I don't know how, I'll learn how and they will never know".

    Hope this helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author Philippeaqua
      #1 First of all you have to have a Goal for your website like visitors, revenue, content you want and then you can always switch goal

      # 2 make sure it is a relevant website that you can monetize go to google trends and search if it gets many searches

      # 3 navown is right you can go the affiliate way a great place to start is clickbank there for sure you ll find an offer you can promote on your website even more

      #4 think of building a list from the people that go to your website cause only less than 3% will buy from you just by going 1 time on your website that is why the list is important

      Best of success
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by ChristianC View Post

      I don't remember the quote or who said it exactly but it was something like " if they hire me and I don't know how, I'll learn how and they will never know".
      My god. This is pathetic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Expresso77
    Thanx guys, I shall try your answers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tyreece Cox
    Try affiliate marketing where you promote someone else's offer and make a commission every time you make them a sale or you can put google ads and profit that way if you have a popular website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Craig Issod
    You have some of it right. I have been in every type of business and done many millions of dollars in each. Every one provided something to the consumer.

    My basic advice is to stay away from the temptation of trying to make money out of thin air. People selling that (most here and elsewhere) are selling you a "lottery ticket", not a job or income.

    You need to know things...or learn them. Or, if you know IT (for example) or programming, you can perhaps create or enhance a "platform" and then have others provide the knowledge or content.

    But it's harder than you imagine. I had the benefit of having 20+ years of work experience under my belt before I started my first websites so I was able to "brain dump" much of what I learned to establish content. After content comes visitors and after visitors comes value.

    Good Question. Unlike many seeking "free money" you seem to understand the basics.
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  • Profile picture of the author ehlee
    A website is a business. I would never promote my site without having a product or service to offer. Just like you won't open a brick and mortar without having a service or product. There are no set in stone rules to follow in online marketing. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Expresso77
    It's nice reading your comments guys, thank you.
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