What would you sell to students? 1000+ student visitors every month.

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Hey guys!

I've got a good opportunity here, and would appreciate some tips from you.

Let me explain...

Me and a friend started a website a few months back for students at our university. What we do is gathering course material (old exams, summaries, presentations etc.) and then share with all other students.

Today we have 1 000 unique student visitors a month, and when we expand to other universities we have the potential to get much, much more traffic. We've already established contact with students at other universities that will give us a start with some course material.

My plan now is to start up a new website, targeted for students. This website will be advertised on our original website. I didn't had this idea in the first place, but I realised the potential a few weeks ago.

The problem is to figure out what to actually SELL. What do you think would be a good idea? Give me some inspiration! Preferably something digital.

Thank you!
Carl
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by veni vidi vici View Post

    The problem is to figure out what to actually SELL. What do you think would be a good idea? Give me some inspiration! Preferably something digital.
    Sounds like you're in the UK? (Might be relevant-ish?).

    Just throwing out a few very quick ideas ...
    • CV-writing services (and job-search related stuff?)
    • Interview-technique advice/employment-related
    • Things matching age 18-25 demographics (dating/relationships, fashion, books, music, computer/techie-related stuff?)
    • Advertising space (to essay-writing companies, who are doing big business?).
    • Editorial advice skills/services (re dissertations/thesis preparation?)
    • English/writing coaching/tuition?
    • Shoes (maybe not so much, if you're in the UK :p )
    • Flat-sharing/rental (aimed at those graduating?)
    • Credit management/financial advice?
    And maybe even "downmarket travel-related", too (students are always planning to travel?)
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  • Profile picture of the author franamico
    College students? any particular faculty? There many products on clickbank in the "Education" niche
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  • Profile picture of the author SuccessMarketer
    Originally Posted by veni vidi vici View Post

    Hey guys!

    I've got a good opportunity here, and would appreciate some tips from you.

    Let me explain...

    Me and a friend started a website a few months back for students at our university. What we do is gathering course material (old exams, summaries, presentations etc.) and then share with all other students.

    Today we have 1 000 unique student visitors a month, and when we expand to other universities we have the potential to get much, much more traffic. We've already established contact with students at other universities that will give us a start with some course material.

    My plan now is to start up a new website, targeted for students. This website will be advertised on our original website. I didn't had this idea in the first place, but I realised the potential a few weeks ago.

    The problem is to figure out what to actually SELL. What do you think would be a good idea? Give me some inspiration! Preferably something digital.

    Thank you!
    Carl
    It may seem obvious but the first thing I'd do is to add an opt in page to try and capture their emails FIRST.

    The second thing I would do is to invite them to a Facebook group to keep them engaged or even a forum (you can create a free forum very easily now a days)

    You could promote CPA offers related to what young people want and/or need... a good example that could produce quite a bit of cash is promoting video offers. If you are in the UK, you could promote "Lovefilm" free trials... it pays really well with some of the networks

    I hope it all works out great for you mate
    Alvaro
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    • Profile picture of the author veni vidi vici
      Amazing response, thank you!

      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Sounds like you're in the UK? (Might be relevant-ish?).

      Just throwing out a few very quick ideas ...
      • CV-writing services (and job-search related stuff?)
      • Interview-technique advice/employment-related
      • Things matching age 18-25 demographics (dating/relationships, fashion, books, music, computer/techie-related stuff?)
      • Advertising space (to essay-writing companies, who are doing big business?).
      • Editorial advice skills/services (re dissertations/thesis preparation?)
      • English/writing coaching/tuition?
      • Shoes (maybe not so much, if you're in the UK :p )
      • Flat-sharing/rental (aimed at those graduating?)
      • Credit management/financial advice?
      And maybe even "downmarket travel-related", too (students are always planning to travel?)
      I live in Sweden, not the UK.

      Our university provides most of the CV/interview stuff, so I don't wanna go there. Shoes and rental would be too difficult I believe. Well, I have been thinking about importing some outerwear from China, but first I want to review my digital options.

      As for ads, we will sell those to local companies on our current website!

      Originally Posted by franamico View Post

      College students? any particular faculty? There many products on clickbank in the "Education" niche
      One of the top technological universities here in Sweden. But we've got courses in economics, law etc. too.

      I will check clickbank for brainstorming and ideas, but if I'm going to promote anything it needs to be a very HQ product. I'll be happy for more detailed suggestions.

      Originally Posted by SuccessMarketer View Post

      It may seem obvious but the first thing I'd do is to add an opt in page to try and capture their emails FIRST.

      The second thing I would do is to invite them to a Facebook group to keep them engaged or even a forum (you can create a free forum very easily now a days)

      You could promote CPA offers related to what young people want and/or need... a good example that could produce quite a bit of cash is promoting video offers. If you are in the UK, you could promote "Lovefilm" free trials... it pays really well with some of the networks

      I hope it all works out great for you mate
      Alvaro
      Absolutely, capturing their emails with a little teaser is #1. Facebook is a good idea, we've already got a Facebook group for our current website, so "networking" between them is a possiblity.

      We have Lovefilm in Sweden too, you've got some network you'd recommend for that?

      Thanks mate

      Edit: you know, a forum might be very good for our current website. I'll check into that.
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    • Profile picture of the author networkersmagnet
      CPA offers will definitely give you some profits here - I back up the idea below, to start by capturing emails (in order words preserving your traffic that is invaluable) then...

      Originally Posted by SuccessMarketer View Post

      It may seem obvious but the first thing I'd do is to add an opt in page to try and capture their emails FIRST.

      The second thing I would do is to invite them to a Facebook group to keep them engaged or even a forum (you can create a free forum very easily now a days)

      You could promote CPA offers related to what young people want and/or need... a good example that could produce quite a bit of cash is promoting video offers. If you are in the UK, you could promote "Lovefilm" free trials... it pays really well with some of the networks

      I hope it all works out great for you mate
      Alvaro
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  • Profile picture of the author veni vidi vici
    Originally Posted by Ken_Caudill View Post

    Hook up with one of those outfits writing term papers for the lazy, dishonest and stupid.

    You should do well.
    I'll think of that.

    Originally Posted by mikedcarroll View Post

    I would definitely look at trying the networking route first. Email capture and more. Then worry about getting ads and affiliate products.
    Hm.. do you mean capture email on my current website first, or how'd I get them as subscribers?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Maguire
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  • Profile picture of the author serryjw
    I love what Alexa said...Why don't you start your own entranet for students similar to FIVERR. I don't know a college student that doesn't need to make money and those that have the skills.
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    • Profile picture of the author veni vidi vici
      Originally Posted by serryjw View Post

      I love what Alexa said...Why don't you start your own entranet for students similar to FIVERR. I don't know a college student that doesn't need to make money and those that have the skills.
      I love the idea. Are there any templates available somewhat similar to fiverr? Because I don't know if I've got the skills to do that from scratch (or the money to hire someone for it...).


      Originally Posted by eClicker View Post

      If they are in the same geographical location you could make a deal with local bars or restaurants to broadcast their deals to the students.
      We have a couple of students' union doing that.

      Originally Posted by brutecky View Post

      If it is anything like my university was Id sell them hang over pills. (or condoms)
      Yeah, maybe hangoverpillsdeliveredfast.com? Or couponcondoms.com.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Maschke
    College kids have one overwhelming desire that towers above all others, that is to enhance their social status.

    You still have to narrow it down a bit more, but it points you in the right direction.
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidAtias1
    Hi,

    First of all, you should build a list and than promote offers to them...
    You can sell them amazon ebooks...

    David
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  • Profile picture of the author Social App Zone
    Beer and Food discount vouchers
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  • Profile picture of the author eClicker
    If they are in the same geographical location you could make a deal with local bars or restaurants to broadcast their deals to the students.
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  • Profile picture of the author brutecky
    If it is anything like my university was Id sell them hang over pills. (or condoms)
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  • Profile picture of the author veni vidi vici
    I've been thinking of starting some kind of web course for study techniques. My friend have top grades in courses like math, physics and programming, and I have top grades in the more "soft" management courses. Together we cover up some pretty good experience. This will be especially useful for younger students (we will begin year 4 soon).

    We can also find other students to share their experience, for example those that have had a tough time and studied really hard to even pass the courses. A classmate failed 75% of the courses in our first year... but he bounced back. Stories like that are inspiring.

    So... something like this:

    mydomain.com --> a welcome page with a video explaining what this is, what you'll learn. --> subscribe to get a free pdf [or video] with some basics --> buy to get access for the full course.

    Thoughts?

    One problem we need to work around is that students may share accounts with each other.
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