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Three Projects on the Table

Ideas haven’t really been flowing for this site recently, but that doesn’t mean my head has been completely empty. I’ve got three new sites that I’ve been working on, and I’m hoping to have all of them up and running within the next few months.

An actual content site

I’ve already put this one online, and right now I’m working on cranking out articles. I’ve picked a subject that I’m fairly knowledgeable about (web hosting control panels), and I’m writing how-to articles for end-users and admins. Right now I’m up to 10 articles, and I’m hoping to hit 50 by the end of August.

Content is everything here. I’m relying on organic traffic 100%, so I’m writing original, unique articles with appropriate screenshots (and for the first time ever, I’m actually using the alt text attribute with images. Maybe that’ll score a few points with Google image search). As usual, I’m using the standard Wordpress sitemap and SEO plugins, paying careful attention to actually using all of the features All-in-One SEO has to offer.

The goal for this site? Get some decent Adsense revenue and then sell it. I still need to consider how to build some decent backlinks though. Right now my only strategy is to go to forums where applicable questions are being asked, write up an article to answer them, and then link to the article on the forum.

Time to learn some PHP

I have an idea for a social networking niche site that is fairly unique and 100% awful. I’m not going to elaborate too much. Suffice it to say that it would appeal to the scum of the Earth (completely legal though). Anyway, I’m way overdue for learning PHP, so I picked up PHP & MySQL for Dummies the other day, and I plan on coding the whole thing myself. Possible time frame = Forever.

Obviously, this one is still in the planning stages. Right now I’m busy designing the database structure and layout of the site, and coding the backend will take me months. I’ve learned something very valuable from the design phase though: Giant erasable whiteboards are awesome. Go buy one.

Goal: The goal is to develop a decent-sized userbase, and eventually to start charging a monthly membership fee. Goals are easy, it’s the execution that’s the hard part. Right now it’s way to early to plan anything specific.

A new blog

3 Bucks for Brendan has inspired me.  Since I seem to be incapable of saving up enough money to take a two-week trip to Japan, I’m going to see if the Internet can pay for the whole thing.  Not sure how I’m going to pull this one off.  Right now I’m thinking that donations $5 or more get a thank-you postcard from me, and donations $50+ can specify a souvenir up to 20% of their donation value that they’d like me to bring back for them.  In addition to that, my thank you page would contain names and backlinks if appropriate (although that might run afoul of Google, effectively killing my site).  I’d also keep a blog where I talk about my attempts to learn the Japanese language, things I plan on doing, and other such topics.  Will the Internet be generous enough to fund my (estimated) $3,000 bill?  We’ll see.

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6 Responses to “Three Projects on the Table”

  1. Jared Stenzel Says:

    If you are serious about this PHP site, I can probably recommend a coder for you. He did an excellent job for me a few weeks ago. It was some advanced PHP, ASP, and then he just did the HTML and CSS for me as well.

    As for projects, I know what you are talking about. I am more than overloaded at the current time. You can stop reading now if you don’t wish to hear about them :p

    I have my make money blog of course.

    I have been trying to find time to get back to posting content on Triond(.com) lately. I haven’t gotten to it in 3 months. I made a lot of money there.

    I have 2 gaming blogs I’m trying to keep up.

    I am maintaining my $20 a day income for a referral site. I guess this only takes me 20 minutes a week though.

    I also am about to start my own GPT site. It’s called rewardcache. It’s not quite done yet as I need to add the rewards you can get, as well as a bunch of offers. This will work with the above $20 a day income well because I will simply switch my referral link to my sites link and get 100 members a day from my own referring.

    I’d say I’m just as busy as you. Everybody who makes money on the internet is probably overloaded with things they should be doing.

    Good luck on your newest tasks. Hopefully you’ll be in Japan by the end of August!

  2. Brendan Says:

    Japan’s cool. Good luck…


  3. Rajaie AlKorani Says:

    Wow, sounds as though you’ve been busy lately!

    Really like you ideas, especially the third one, but I do believe that it will be a bit hard to pull of. Maybe if John Chow gave you a mention you’d be alright ;)

  4. Jenny Says:

    Idea: Don’t create a site- just flip it.

    Maybe you’ve tried it already, but it sounded interesting, and I think you know enough about what makes a site good and what sorts of niches have potential to maybe consider something of the sort.


  5. ed Says:

    Dummies books are OK (I’ve used a ton of ‘em), but building a PHP & MySQL website I’d recommend this book:

    PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Websites by Larry Ullman

    Early this year I build a database-driven website using this book a my guide. It came out pretty well, the website itself.
    Now I gotta figure out how to drive more traffic to it…

  6. Sketchplanet Says:

    Seems like you are starting out and full of ideas..that’s great…you remind me of me:)

    I’ve got 8 years experience of doing this full time and only within the past year have I started to make a significant income by developing each site at a time and focusing on:
    - Making my affiliate links/promos visible
    - Fixing any html bugs and check for broken links/pages
    - Add fresh content
    - Make the site easy to use/design clean
    - Find the correct related keywords to use on the site and seo every page.

    There’s other stuff I do, it takes a while to develop each site but it will be worth it. Also each site you own needs to make you money (pay for it’s domain name and hosting per month at least), otherwise it’s not worth it.

    My 2 cents ;)

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