View Full Version : Need some help from the internet business savvy

02-02-2007, 12:16 PM
Can anyone shed some light on how internet businesses make money if their services are free, and there's no obvious advertising?
Is it just as simple as selling email and other information when you sign up?

02-02-2007, 08:26 PM
yep. Buying list of names is big business. About .01 - .15 per name. I have bought some before for marketing purposes.

02-02-2007, 10:00 PM
I think marketing is the major reason....they can calculate how many people use certain sites....I think this is why Google is worth so much. It is not just how many people use the site or pay for stuff but what the site could generate, and how many people visit the site.

02-02-2007, 10:15 PM
they get paid on traffic, and lists of names. plus their costs have come down a lot as hosting and servers become cheaper... so they can swing it. and there is advertising in there somewhere.