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Old 08-01-2011   #1
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Default How to make a profitable dating site

Hi,

I have a small spanish dating site with a nice domain, which I haven't pay much attention in several month but it still have some life and about 1000 users.

The design and code was made from scratch last year but now I think it's time to re-do the whole site with a newer, fresher and lighter design and code.

I'm thinking if I should still keep it free and throw some adsense ads or make it premium...

The redesign will cost me a couple hundred dollars... what do you guys think?

Free?
Paid?
Freemium?
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Old 08-01-2011   #2
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i would keep it free ... and let it grow ..
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Old 08-01-2011   #3
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Let it grow then once there is more then 5,000 start paid memberships
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Old 08-01-2011   #4
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I would keep it free for a while until it grows a bit bigger
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Old 08-01-2011   #5
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I say leave it alone. It's not broken, so don't fix it. Throw up some Adsense or other publisher ads, and make your money that way for now. Once you've gotten a larger member base, convert to some type of premium membership.
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Old 08-01-2011   #6
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I agree 100% with this. Nobody wants to pay for a dating site when there is only 1,000 other members spread across an entire country. Also, many of these 1,000 members may never come back again. You should try to build a solid base of at least 10,000 active members. Then you can introduce some small fees for premium membership features. You will inevitably loose some members, but as long as the fee is small it should not hurt you too much.

If 5,000 members were paying just $5.00/month, that's $25,000 a month you would be making. Wow! I'm getting excited just typing those numbers. You could reinvest some of that into advertising, and live comfortably off the rest.

All the best!
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Old 08-01-2011   #7
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Well my advice for you is to use SEO instead of adsense or adwork or any other related services. Cause SEO work will be benefit your website more then any advertisement things.
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Old 08-01-2011   #8
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Thanks guys for the help! I will keep it free and run some ads later when the traffic grows... I think I will do a small redesign to a lighter version and more SEO friendly because when i was building this 2 years ago I didnt know much about this "SEO" thing that everyone talks about here now hehe.

i didnt even realize the importance of being featured by major tech blogs and newspapers!
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Old 08-01-2011   #9
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i would build up your database then once you start charging mabey offer a 14 days free trial offer then do something like 4.99 per month. People like free things and most of them forget to cancel.
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I'd keep it free until around 10,000 - 15,000 members then charge a fee for a upgraded account. A lot of those 10k-15k members will not even be active... you need to remember that.There are so many very large sites to compete with. You need to offer something. The free membership is one thing.
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