I had been looking through the Joint Venture forum, and had seen a number of posts asking for partners who can send traffic to a webinar promoting some offer, and sharing the profits.
This seems like the perfect deal for me, since my biggest difficulty in making money online is generating traffic. I can create and host webinars, and create products, but never quite figure out the whole traffic thing.
So, I posted to the Joint Venture forum, offering to partner up with someone who can send traffic to a free webinar I would host, selling a product I create (or co-create) for the partnership.
At least I tried to. My post was rejected because, and I quote, "This is not a JV, it's a service. It belongs in the marketplace section".
As far as I can tell, there are a number of posts in the Joint Venture forum offering the same exact type of deal I was. "Send your traffic to my webinars" is acceptable, but "Send your traffic to my webinars selling offers created specifically for our Partnership" is not acceptable?
I don't understand how wanting to make more money by promoting an exclusive, unique offer suddenly turns it into a "service"?
And I really don't understand how ANY Joint Venture does not involve each partner providing a "service" to the benefit of the partnership. By that reckoning, there would never be another post allowed in the Joint Venture forum, as they would all be required to pay for a listing in the Marketplace due to "providing a service".
I admit, I did get angry when I first read that my post had been rejected, and told it belongs in the "Marketplace section" instead.
Because initially, I thought maybe somebody was just trying to find an excuse to prevent me from posting a legitimate Joint Venture offer in a free forum, and forcing me to post in a forum where I would be required to pay.
But after calming down, I realized that maybe I had accidentally offered a service when all I was looking for was a JV partner?
Is there some formula for determining the difference between a legitimate Joint Venture proposal and offering a service?
I am trying to look at if from the other point of view as well. I admit, I did my best to write my post in a way that would attract potential Partners. I tried to detail everything I would bring to the table, and make it as easy as possible for someone to partner with me.
Maybe someone had a long day, and was tired, and after a cursory glance at my post, thought it looked more like a sales letter than a Joint Venture proposal?
I mean, mistakes happen.
But assuming that was not the case, I am interested in what you think the difference is between a service and a joint venture.
There obviously must be a difference or they would not be making that distinction.
When I think of a service, I think it means I am asking for money in return for doing something. Like if I had said, "Pay me to create a webinar and product for you".
But in my instance I was only asking for traffic in return for splitting the profits.
Personally, I think that is a pretty clear distinction, and I stayed on the Joint Venture side of that line.
But like I said, I don't know.
What are your thoughts as to what the difference is between a "service" and a "Joint Venture"?
I would love to read your reply.