In relation to this blog, the thing that people ask me the most is how they can get into a business here. They need to earn money so that they can live here, and they don’t know how to do it. Well, I have made other posts in the past about ideas on how you can make money, but there is something I want to address specifically.
When guys tell me that they have a website that they are operating, or that they have an idea for a website, and they think it can make money for them, inevitably, the most common thing they are going to mention is a dating site, or some kind of site where they will introduce Filipinas to Western men for love and marriage. I have a couple of problems with this kind of business.
First, the biggest problem is that it doesn’t make any money! There are so many of these sites on the net already, and many of them are doing it for free. Maybe they are hoping to draw traffic to their site so they can leverage ad dollars from AdSense or some other advertising campaign on the site. But, as I said, there are hundreds, probably thousands of these sites already, and the odds of making any kind of serious money doing this are very slim.
There is another problem though, and one that you must consider if you are thinking of living here. This kind of site is illegal here in the Philippines. You could end up in jail if you operate this kind of site while living here. If you operate this kind of site and don’t live here, don’t be surprised if you are not allowed into the country when you come to visit.
In 1990, a law was passed here in the Philippines called Republic Act 6955 which is also called the “Anti Mail Order Bride Law”. Because of this law, people operating sites that are used for introductions for dating or marriage are subject to being jailed! Believe me, you don’t want to end up in a Philippine jail!
So, if you are looking for a business here, don’t look the way of an online dating or marriage introduction site! It can get you in a lot of trouble, and probably won’t make you much money!