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It's on case by case basis, but I would say that they are trying to build a user base first and monetize later on. Perhaps they have Venture Capital (VC) funding that is keeping them going for the moment. A prime example of this is Instagram, never made a penny, sold for $1bn, they effectively sold their user base to Facebook. Tumblr is another great ...


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I know O'Reilly has a book about this: "Social Network Analysis for Startups". Also, there is a ton of good info on SeoMoz about these kinds of topics. I'll say this though. We are in the middle of the redesign of our site. I told the designer to not worry about ads or social media. I don't regret it. Design for the user first, add the social elements ...


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Google's updates to its search engine algorithms nullified the impact of having domains that exactly match keywords, more commonly referred to as Exact Match Domain, abbreviated EMD. Some argue there are still benefits to having keywords in a domain name if your site also meets Positive Engagement Metrics. But the purpose of the updates regarding EMD were ...


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The Social Media for Dummies book sounds very appropriate for your situation. I found the first section on developing a higher-level strategy to be the most interesting part, but you should find the practical step-by-step guides in the rest of the book very useful. However, I think I agree with @bikedorkseattle that you should leave social integration ...


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This question is hard to answer without understanding your aptitude for scripting languages (you've stated you are a novice, but that doesn't quantify your abilities in a meaningful way). It's really your decision alone to make. The biggest concern for someone trying to build a site that relies on scripting languages is security. Hackers have armies of bots ...


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Maybe not yet, I remember when Youtube and Facebook put no ads on their pages and video (pleade CMIIW but at least in my country was). But there are many ways for startup to pay the bill: donation, pro product, member or page promotion (e.g in your Twitter suggestion, page suggestion). Money is not always part of the main purpose. My friend told me that a ...


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I do not think there is any significant problem with having your contact info be on the same domain as your domain name. In fact, it might actually be more secure, as free services may have security holes that would allow an attacker to hijack your free account and steal your domain name.


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Really depends on where you live, but for London and most large western cities meetup.com usually has a good selection of weekly and monthly groups.


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It's fine if your purpose is to learn how to program. But if your primary goal is to build a successful website through which to launch a business, then this is not a good idea for the reason JMC outlines and others. Because you describe yourself as a novice (and the terminology you use sort of reflects that, e.g. "the php script" instead of "the ...


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