Questions Before Starting A Niche Dating Website?

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  1. kid

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    Hello Forum:
    I want to start a paid niche dating website. I don't have any technical know how (html, css, java etc). I will be asking someone to build my website for me. But I have a lot of questions before I can even ask someone to do that kind of job for me.

    Some of the questions are:

    What is the cost of integrating email, Skype and any Chat in the website? Is it a one time cost or its a monthly or yearly cost?
    What kind of expenses I will incur once the members start to increase? lets say they go from hundreds to thousands, what expenses will increase with that?
    What is the cost of weekly newsletter?
    The 24/7 customer service will only be there if the business is grown too much?
    Lets say the front and backend of the website are designed by an excellent coding company. Now in future if I outsource the work(to Odesk, guru etc), is there a chance they can mess up the original work done by the coders?
    If a niche dating site is always on the first page of google, how much money it will be spending on marketing?
    Besides domain name, hosting and above mentioned stuff, what are the other frequent and infrequent costs one should keep in mind?
    Is it possible to build and run this kind of website with an initial capital of twenty five thousand dollars?

    I shall be highly thankful for your valuable advice, input an experiences. I understand many will say dating thing is fully saturated. Its a useless idea to pursue...forget it...But I am only interested to know the answers of my questions. I will greatly appreciate your responses.
    Thanks
     
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    1. Have a look into the plugins on Wordpress. These free (and sometimes paid) plugins will save you a lot of time and money. There's also a great online chat plugin that many top online businesses use but I can't remember what it's called.

    4. yes I suggest you do the online chat and email enquiries at first before looking for help.

    5. No, an experienced web designer can read any code and modify it so long as he is an expert in the field such as html or java. They won't mess up your website and to make sure of this only hire those with 4.5 star rating and above.

    7. Guest posts. The middleman fees for a 3rd party you would use to handle the credit card info - it is incredibly important that you don't take the credit card information on your site let a 3rd party company who specialises in that do it for you. Or you could use paypal. Perhaps you want to raise awareness through blog comments. Social media marketing.

    At first I recommend that you make all your membership free just to get the people rolling in. You should also hire a consultant who has experience in this field to take your business in a different direction because you need to offer the people something different, something easier and something more modern.

    I dont know the answers to the other questions as I've never developed a site ion the dating niche
     
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  3. Manish Vats

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    Hi there,

    Find below the answers to your questions:

    What is the cost of integrating email, Skype and any Chat in the website? Is it a one time cost or its a monthly or yearly cost?........Are you looking for the chat system where users can chat with each other OR they can chat with the website Admin?


    What kind of expenses I will incur once the members start to increase? lets say they go from hundreds to thousands, what expenses will increase with that?.......That will only increase the server cost to sustain the website loading time which means that the website will load speedily and will not crash.

    What is the cost of weekly newsletter?........It is quite minimal; you can take any third party email newsletter service.

    The 24/7 customer service will only be there if the business is grown too much?......Yes, no need for 24/7 customer service at initial stage.

    Lets say the front and backend of the website are designed by an excellent coding company. Now in future if I outsource the work(to Odesk, guru etc), is there a chance they can mess up the original work done by the coders?..........Yes and No, it will depend upon your selection criteria for hiring an outsourcing company. There are ā€œnā€ numbers of both good and bad outsourcing companies available on these platforms.

    If a niche dating site is always on the first page of google, how much money it will be spending on marketing?.......It depends mainly on three factors ā€“ What are the keywords you are targeting and their competition and the market you are targeting.

    Besides domain name, hosting and above mentioned stuff, what are the other frequent and infrequent costs one should keep in mind?..........Initially, you need to focus on the development of the website and its corresponding costs (SEO, newsletter marketing, etc.) and then other costs like customer service, operations costs, staff, etc.

    Is it possible to build and run this kind of website with an initial capital of twenty five thousand dollars?......Absolutely, we are an IT company based in India and can help you in developing your dating website in this budget. For more information, you can visit http://www.imensosoftware.com/ and contact us through Contact Us form.

    Many Thanks,
    Manish Vats
     
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