How can web sites generate income apart from by advertising?

Bharath K May 18, 2014
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Some social websites, e.g. Twitter, generate revenue without ads. What are other ways to do business in internet websites ?

  1. Oron J
    May 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I'm not sure what Twitter's business model is, but there are so many ways to monetise a site. For example:

    1. Require membership fees either for access (i.e. make them premium sites, like many newspapers) or for some pages/services (the freemium model)
    2. Sell something on the site. Even if the shop is only a single page in a large site, the site can drive traffic there and it can make money.
    3. Collect marketing information by using analysing traffic on the site (either on its own or in combination with geolocation info and/or cookies), and sell it to marketers.
    4. Promote "sponsored" sites without saying so (i.e. link to certain sites, perhaps review or recommend them)

    I'm sure others will be able to suggest many more schemes.<