IMHO an online business model is...
... how you intend to convert your actions into income:
- Affiliate Model:
You sell products for a commission.
- Info Product Model:
Create and then sell an info-product that you created.
- Adsense Type Model:
You publish content on a page on the web and the content has ads around it and when people click on the ads you get paid. No one has to purchase anything.
- CPA Model:
You induce your prospects to signup for a free trial offer, give someone their name and email address etc. and you get paid without anyone actually buying anything.
- Forum Administrator Model:
You create a forum and earn income in various ways from your membership but the key here is that you're generating income by using a forum.
- Membership Site Model:
You create a membership of some type and collect recurring membership fees from your membership.
Some people define a net business model as the income mechanism and everything else also involved in the promotion of the offer...
* affiliate program
* article promotion
* Google Site Placement Program
* other promotion techniques
... but I believe promotion is simply an additional part of the online business model.
When newbie folks that don't know any better start reading all those threads about how blank made bla, bla, bla in 90 days, many times they are getting confused big time by the combo of the basic net business model and all the different methods of generating traffic.
If you separate promotional methods from basic net business models you won't be so confused.
What do you think???
Hope This Helps !!
Ps. If you don't know where to start, confused and suffering from info-overload, researching and then selecting a net business model will clear things up a lot for you.
PPS. Here's a model I hear lots of people are using to find success and it does not involve a lot of the normal tasks with most of the other net business models.
- Domain Name Investor:
You buy/create and sell domain names like real estate.