Hi, I'm in the US and would like to start a social network-like site in China. Can anyone help with providing links to information on the following?
1. The business setup process - What steps do I need to take to get a business and ICP license? How much would this cost in terms of fees? How long would it take? How much would it cost to contract a lawyer to help with this?
2. How difficult is it to build traffic compared to starting a website in the US? Is it about the same, or are the search engines in China a lot worse about corruption and keeping the big/favored sites at the top of results, etc?
3. What kind of advertisement networks exist in China and what kind of advertising models do they offer?
4. What's a rough approximation of ad revenue dependent on traffic? For example, in the US it's the case that a site with ~40,000 visitors a day could make about 1k a month. I don't need to know specific numbers, but is it on the same order of magnitude for China? Or do you need many more visitors for much less money, or do you get much more money for far fewer visitors?
If someone could point me in the right direction on where to search for information, I would be very grateful! Thank you!