There is so much talk in the “Internet Marketing” world about automating your business, setting up processes, and creating “passive income” that the Nirvana would seem to be a business that is 100% hands-free. Of course, that is not possible — not entirely.
And there is also a very big downside in taking the “maintenance free” approach to building a business online. The downside is: it's possible to set up a website that is hands-free… and that makes very little money. Hmmm…
The meaning in this seems to be: the income you derive from a website is in direct proportion to the value you put into it.
Said more plainly: if you build crappy websites, expect crappy results.
There's a great post about how zero maintenance can mean zero money over at Self Made Minds. Worth reading.