Ether: A new revenue stream

ether Ether is a new service that just launched it’s private beta site. It’s owned by the folks at Ingenio.

Although this review could be long and complicated about their technology and exactly how it works, I’m going to give you the short and sweet of it and then show you how I’ll be able to gather a new revenue stream from it. It’s truely beautiful. I have wanted a service like this for the past few months, and now, I’ll have it and won’t have to create it.

The jist of the whole thing is simply that Ether will give you a phone number and a little graphic for your site. Those two things are the doorway for your visitors getting the information they need, and you getting paid. You say what information you’re able to give and for what price/rate. More on exactly how this works can be found at TechCrunch.

So, how is this going to give me a new revenue stream? Simple. I get calls all the time to diagnose a computer problem over the phone. I don’t mind it too much, but it certainly does break my concentration. These calls range from family/friends to people I don’t know from Adam. If only I could monetize those phone calls from people I don’t know…. ta da. Now I can.

I advertise the number and rate, and now I can charge for my time – as long as my family/friends only give out that number or site.

Beyond this, however, is a complete new business model just waiting for you to snatch up and run with it. If you’re the type of person who knows smart people, this may be your ticket. 15% of the fee is held by Ether, and then you’d have to pay your “call center” workers. But, you could make a bundle if you had a service to sell over the phone. It’s kindof like you’re own 900 line, but without the up front costs.


[tags]Ether, Web 2.0, Web+2.0, revenue streams[/tags]

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

2 Comments on "Ether: A new revenue stream"

  1. barry says:

    And how are you!
    Since you have account with ether can you help me out? long does it take to get paid by ether? many phone no. can you have? they provide a free web page for you or blog?
    4. Can you sell a product for a $1.00 or $500 or do they have a limit?
    5.can you send me a email since i had to put it in that little box?

  2. nate says:


    I’ve not utilized Ether yet, so I don’t know the answers to your questions, unfortunately. Sorry for not being too helpful in that regard.

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