Website Ideas

website ideasSometimes my brain is about to explode because of too many website ideas.  As of yesterday I had four ideas I would like to implement and no time to really think them through and scope them out.  Plus there are always those pesky costs involved with starting a new website.  None of my current ideas are million dollar ideas, but any of them could earn $5K+ per month if my timing and take on the idea is just right.

What I do with these ideas as I get them is add them to my idea notebook – an ongoing rough summary of what I want the website or service to do and then add any new features it should have to my notes as time goes by.  My hope is that as things clear off of my plate and the idea fully crystallizes, I can start the wheels turning on making the dream come true.

Without giving anything away, one idea on the list is to build 100 sites that each make $100 per month.  However, there is no way for me to manually manage 100 different sites to the point of actually being good enough quality to make money for an extended period.  Therefore my idea hinges on a method of extreme automation to the point where if the 100 sites work, 1,000 sites will work even better. For now, I continue to fine tune this idea on paper before I commit anything to code.

Starting any new website service is always a risk.  No matter how great one may think an idea is you never know how it will perform until you get it up and running.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, and sometimes it works but in ways not initially considered.  This means before I take on a new “can’t miss” project, I need to have scoped out in great detail to give the project every chance possible for success.

I read a comment somewhere from a very successful Internet entrepreneur that he expects a 90% failure rate on all of his new ideas.  The problem is failed ideas are expensive and I don’t have a multi-million dollar bankroll, so I try to do everything possible to insure success before committing to starting any new project.

How to Make Money Online

Make Money OnlineWith the economy in the toilet and people out of work looking for stay at home  jobs, many visitors that have never had a website come to this site looking for website ideas.  Many of my posts to date assume some level of website experience.  But what if you are completely new to the world of websites? What type of website idea would be a good place to start?  How do you get it built? How do others find your website? All simple questions for those in the business, but for those off the street they are mind boggling questions.

Starting with this post, I am going to explore these issues further in an ongoing series of posts.

By far the easiest most automated way to make money on the web is to provide information – lots of it.  If you could build a site that has 20,000 to 30,000 pages of unique information on a single topic or various topics you could easily make $200 per day on your web site.  The problem is, it is impossible for one person to write that much information.  Even if you pay someone $5 per article you would go broke before ever got a decent amount of content.  So you are probably wondering how some sites out the get 20,000 or ever 100,000 pages of content? There really is only one way to do it, have your visitors create the content for you for free.

A short cut to a content site is an article directory site.  You can use free website software like Article Dashboard and even use a free article feeder program like Article Marketers that will give you 100s of articles a day.  Using this strategy you will quickly have 20,000 pages of content.  The only problem is that most of the articles you will  have will be duplicated on 100s of other article sites. Search engines like Google, only need to list and article once, so one site will get ranked well for the article and the rest of the article sites will only get a random hit here or there.

So what’s the point?  Well even with an article site that is full of duplicate content, if you get enough content, you will get enough random traffic to make $5-$10 a day.  Not much, but it’s something, plus you will start to get an idea of how the web works.  There are various article marketing tips and tricks that will help you make a bit more, but unless you are one of the big 5 or 10 original article sites, you are only going to make some spare money on your article site.

Going back to what I said before.  To make big money, your site needs to have original content, and to get original free content you need a compelling idea that get’s visitors excited about giving you content.    So if your looking for a website idea, try to think of sites that would draw people in to create original content for you. Sites like lifetips.com and epinions.com figured out a way to do this, if you can, you will have the Golden Goose – and a nice retirement plan!

Stay tuned for more online money making for beginners brain dumps – err posts.

Going Viral

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I was trying to sleep last night and one of my nagging website ideas popped in my head.  I tossed and turned as I thought about the details of how it would work, half awake,  half asleep more information flowed into my brain.  Finally, I got up and started writing in my idea notebook.

I had to do a brain dump of this idea so I could sleep without worrying about forgetting the details this morning.  I started writing and scoping out the project.  This could be big I thought as I scribbled out six pages of notes and diagrams.  Then, just like after waking up to take a much needed pee, I went back to bed and slept like a baby.

I seem to come up with these late night ideas about once every month or two.  Often, the next day I look at them and go what was I thinking? Or even worse, it’s a great idea but would take massive resources, single-mindedness, and total dedication to the idea to get to a finished product.  But today, I reviewed this late night idea and this one is different.  It falls squarely in a social media space that no one has thought about (yet).  With one broad stroke, it fills a niche that Twitter, Digg, and Stumbledupon are all missing out on.

I’ve wanted to come up with a social media network that is unique and simple enough to excite in the masses and take off with a small kick start.  Well, I believe this is the one: The idea is so simple it is almost stupid (kind of like Twitter).  The best part is, except an unknown variable of the server power needed to run the site, it is doable and will not cost a fortune to build.  Now, little by little I need to fill in the details of what this social site will do and then start writing a real requirements document – ugh, I hate writing official requirements.

Unlike Twitter, Ruby on Rails is out.  I’ll need to find a python coding expert to build a streamlined scalable framework that does not come crashing down like Twitter did in its early days.  To save cash, it will need to be built in a way that minimizes server resources and puts some of the load on the users.  The last piece of the puzzle, and perhaps the  most important,  is to come up with a way for this social network to go viral.  I have a few ideas, but I need to investigate whether they are realistic.  If I can create this, 2009 could turn out to be a very good year.

Website Ideas

Sometimes my brain is about to explode because of too many website ideas.  As of yesterday I had four ideas I would like to implement and no time to really think new life in light bulbthem through and scope them out.  Plus there are always those pesky costs involved with starting a new website.  None of my current ideas are million dollar ideas, but any of them could earn $5K+ per month if my timing and take on the idea is just right.

What I do with these ideas as I get them is add them to my idea notebook – an ongoing rough summary of what I want the website or service to do and then add any new features it should have to my notes as time goes by.  My hope is that as things clear off of my plate and the idea fully crystallizes, I can start the wheels turning on making the dream come true.

Without giving anything away, one idea in my notebook is a web project to build 100 sites that each make $100 per month.  However, there is no way for me to manually manage 100 different sites to the point of actually being good enough quality to make money for an extended period.  Therefore my idea hinges on a method of extreme automation to the point where if the 100 sites work, 1,000 sites will work even better. For now, I continue to fine tune this idea on paper before I commit anything to code.

Starting any new website service is always a risk.  No matter how great one may think an idea is you never know how it will perform until you get it up and running.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, and sometimes it works but in ways not initially considered.  This means before I take on a new “can’t miss” project, I need to have scoped out in great detail to give the project every chance possible for success.

I read a comment somewhere from a very successful Internet entrepreneur that he expects a 90% failure rate on all of his new ideas.  The problem is failed ideas are expensive and I don’t have a multi-million dollar bankroll, so I try to do everything possible to insure success before committing to starting any new project.

One successful web project that started in my notebook is LinkXL.  There are also a few failed projects that are no longer alive, and a few that I crossed off my list because someone beat me to the idea.

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