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Re: My Current Projects

Post by jc » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:14 am

Bear, I brought a bunch of domains in the naughties like a lot of webdesigners. Even rocks has some too. Some of them I just put a page online and they would get a lot of search traffic back in the early to mid 2000's. The domains were much cheaper then too although they are still not too bad. Sometimes I would buy info domains for as low as .50c for the fist year. But by the time the first year past it was time to renew and the costs are more like around the $5 to $10 mark. I dropped a lot but still have over 40. I plan to keep about 25. A lot of the domains would pay for themselves back then, you could put a few products up etc and they would make you some income pretty easily. When google came out things changed and you had to cover a lot of things to get your sites any traffic. So I dropped a lot but I sill have quite a few domains and I have closely been upgrading and building their websites over the years. I did a big upgrade in the last 2 years on most of them but I had over 70, now just over 40 so it takes time. All the backend and general work is done to them, this round is really trying to give them all a special makeover to make them a really good functional website with a purpose. I want each to have a really nice theme and design with a focus more on content. I already added a special automated shopping system to most of them and now I want to bring the content more to the front on most of these sites but still integrate the shopping catalog into the system.

Once I complete all these sites with their final makeover I will then make a regular schedule and system to write content, take photos, promote etc for each one as well. My plan will be to write 1 article for 5 - 10 websites a day or something like that. I will use NDS as well to help with speeding up the content writing.

I'm focusing more now on the sites I have an interest in and dropping the other domains. I enjoy motorbikes so I can see this one as a long term project. My plan for this one is to go around to some motorbike shops and shows, get some photos and content, write some regular articles etc, pretty much like I have done before. It works, they get a bit of traffic when you write these articles.

This is also my plan now to bring in a regular income as I have lost about 90% of my income in the last few months due to just the way Google and other factors have changed. I had a lot of good income sources over the years but most of them have all changed, stopped or moved on. it has been really depressing to slowly see my income at it's peak in 2008 around 10k a month to now about $10 a day if I'm lucky. Now out of desperation I need to work fast on getting this long term plan running. I might have to abandon everything soon though and go get a regular job as my CC is nearly 9k overdrawn and I estimate I only have a couple of weeks before I have no choice but to go back to work, what job I have no idea.

But I will still work on my long term website plan part time at least. There is potential, it will work but it will take more time yet.

The hardest part is living here without my girlfriend, I would much rather be there plus it's a lot more fun, I miss going out socializing there with friends and drinking cheap beer, playing pool etc.

The positive thing is I get nice fresh food and fresh air here in Sydney and the place I have is good value plus it has very high speed unlimited internet so it's ideal for me to use and work here for now.

wow did I just write all that? lol I need to get another drink of this bourbon & coke someone left here :)
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Re: My Current Projects

Post by TwoRox » Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:00 pm

Wowzers! :shock:

This is gonna take me some time to "unnoodle"... :lol:

Well, it's the weekend, so the "official unnoodling" is beginning right now! :mrgreen:

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Post by TwoRox » Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:05 pm

First things first:

Motoxcenter.com looks killer! :thumbsup

You got an eye for beauty, mate! :D

Now for the "unnoodling" of your quite long (and inspiring) post... :lol:

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Post by jc » Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:27 pm

TwoRocks wrote:First things first:

Motoxcenter.com looks killer! :thumbsup

You got an eye for beauty, mate! :D
thanks, :)
TwoRocks wrote: Now for the "unnoodling" of your quite long (and inspiring) post... :lol:
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Post by TwoRox » Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:31 pm

jc wrote:I brought a bunch of domains in the naughties like a lot of webdesigners. Even rocks has some too. Some of them I just put a page online and they would get a lot of search traffic back in the early to mid 2000's. The domains were much cheaper then too although they are still not too bad. Sometimes I would buy info domains for as low as .50c for the fist year. But by the time the first year past it was time to renew and the costs are more like around the $5 to $10 mark. I dropped a lot but still have over 40. I plan to keep about 25.

Snippy-snappy, part one... :wink:

Yessir, same here... :mrgreen:

At "my worst" :lol: I had some 50+ domains, not really knowing what to do with them... :lol:

When I lost pretty much everything, due to bad health, there was an interesting "side effect": I learned to focus on what's really important for me, learned to focus on "the core stuff"...

That's turned out to be the key (for me)... to go with what I'm passionate about.

I could still "go all over the place" everywhere... :lol:

I got so many ideas in my li'l human brain, but there's still only those 24 hours in a day... :lol:

Lesson I took away from that: "Focus, focus, focus"!

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Post by TwoRox » Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:36 pm

jc wrote:ignore my late night ramblings, too much beer :lol:
Hey... beer's one of the last remaining "unaltered" foods left on this-here planet! :lol:

And I thank them German monks who came up with that "purity law" = "Reinheitsgebot" some several hundred years ago... :mrgreen:

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Post by TwoRox » Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:43 pm

jc wrote:A lot of the domains would pay for themselves back then, you could put a few products up etc and they would make you some income pretty easily.
Snippy-snappy, part two... :mrgreen:

Yup. It was the "Wild West" back then... :D

Grab that domain, put up some nice stuff, sign up for some "partner / associate" programs... and the "Moola" just came in as a "monthly check in the mail"... 8)

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Post by TwoRox » Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:07 pm

jc wrote:"When google came out things changed and you had to cover a lot of things to get your sites any traffic.
Yup, big "game changer".

When I started out with web design (in 1995! :shock: how old am I? Never mind... :lol: ) I was a "hot commodity" -- pretty much nobody else was "doing it" back then, and the going rates were "through the roof"... :D

Even when I moved to the wonderful U.S. of A. in late '97, I still made some 5000 bucks a month as a web designer, easy. 8)

I been going through that kind of "cycle" several times in my life: first as an electronics engineer, then as a "computer specialist journalist", then web designer, and so on, and so forth.

Every single time, "rates broke down", eventually... :(

It's all about adapting, keep learning, moving forward, and I love to do that! :D

I been (almost) rich (not quite on a Bill Gates level, though... not yet, at least... :lol: ), I been poor to the point of being homeless... that's life! (And I love it! :D )

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Post by jc » Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:20 am

wow that's interesting, I did not know you were a web designer in the 90's. We have a few things in common. I also started around 96 and I started web designing a few months later. It all started with me and 3 other guys, all around the same age ( early to mid 30's), we decided we would start a web design company but in the end we all did our own thing. I did get a good contact out of that though, a small local web company that were developing for a number of high profile companies.

I had studied most of the programs back then and knew HTML plus could use Photoshop and Macromedia stuff pretty well. They got me designing the interface or themes and they would do all the backend work. It was a great job and I had never done anything like that, plus working fromm home was cool. All my previous jobs involved hard physical work and it was nice getting paid around $700 -1000 every few days for each job. I carried on freelancing for them right up until around 2005, even from Australia.

Around 2004 I brought a number of domains including this forum. I hacked away but I was not making enough so I got a job at a Sydney web design company and worked there for 3 months. After that and pretty low wages I decided I would make a living from running my own sites. It was steady income but nothing great. It was in 2007 that I finally hit the jackpot with a hosting company that got me to promote some of their services. They gave me some special coupons that would track without using the url so as long as someone used my code I would get paid even if they came from another site.

I started posting on hosting forums and domain forums (within the terms) and giving others the coupon codes to get discounts. After a few days the sales came rolling in. Along with that my other domains were bringing in some good sales too from loads of various merchants, they were the days alright. I remember I had domains that I would hook a shop script to and they would bring hundreds in each week. I had a bunch of those bring in good side income.

Looking back now if I used my head I could have been a millionaire now. So these hosting coupons were bringing in big bucks with around $100 per sale and then they gave me huge bonuses as I was constantly in the top 3 marketers. Some days I would make $1000 or more. It was a great feeling coming home and looking at my stats, sometimes the sales were coming in live, I would refresh my page and there was another $200 or $300 in commissions.

That went on to around 2009 until they hired a new marketing manager and things went down hill fast with that %$#% :). I brought 2 homes and a new car plus did a few overseas trips, gave money away etc.

There were a few times where it came back a bit like in early 2013 I found a way to make good money from youtube but that only last for a few months before Google changed the search on videos.

So now down to nothing it's hard, at least I still have my best property (leased out). I regret selling my house though in 2012. it was not that great as it had a few issues like sinking sandy back yard and some rotting timber but it was still a mistake to sell it. I don't regret selling my car though as I don't need that and the upkeep is costly here.

I'm a positive and very optimistic person, I have no doubt things will pick up soon, I'm working on some stuff but it's going to take a while and it should be more long term.

now back to watching the movie.... I have to rewind it lol...
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Re: My Current Projects

Post by TwoRox » Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:29 am

Thanks for sharing, brother! :D

Now I got some more "unnoodling" to do... :lol:

You go watch your movie now, and I watch mine, and later on, we figure out how we become trillionaires by collaborating... 8)

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