Compared to Perfection
Hmmm, I am not sure�
I was having a conversation with an extremely intelligent man the other day, I was explaining to him or he was comparing my site to the Keven Sites in the Hot Zones site. I had just posted the day before a longish comment explaining the site.
Well, the next day my friend says something to the effect,
- This is how your site should look. -
Frustrated in a way, trying to say,
- Yes, but this site is made by Yahoo.com, the biggest site on the internet. -
( I think the Kevin Sites part is a lost leader or does not make money for yahoo.com)
I review in my head, or I have been droning away how to make my site like Kevin Sites. NOW, PLEASE do not think I want to write like Kevin Sites, I cannot stand to read, or even peruse the site, however from a techie point of view SOME, only about 25 percent is PERFECT.
Most is promoted by Yahoo, therefore not getting traffic on just from the search engines, not the same as Hobo.
Ok, I do not like to read his material, therefore I do not read.
Nevertheless, the question is posed in my brain, how I can make a perfect site and why is my site not perfect. The answer is relatively simple, I have always lived within my means, and the site has always been 100 percent solvent. This means it makes enough money to pay for it self easily.
The cost of keeping the site in business is presently about 6 of the income, therefore impossible to go out of business. IF I stopped traveling the income remains the same, the money has little to do with the blog.
However, the Dot Com failures, the idiots making webpages, the whole industry is strewn with idiocy. My first goal was to have a website that made enough money to allow me to travel. This does not mean I invest money to make money, it means I invest time to make money. Now I am ok, life is very good.
99. 9 percent of Travel sites must fail
First things first a person needs to survive, next to thrive, then I can start to pay to clean up the site.
Well, soon the cleaning of the home will start, I hope. There is only one-way to do this unfortunately, I need to pay the boys in India or Bulgaria or some cheaper than dirt country to work. I wish I could pay some over-priced USA people that speak English to help; they always seem to be prima-donnas and have no clue.
NO CLUE as to how a website makes money.
They make them all the time, however they do not believe for one thing, and they do not know. Most of them assume and correctly most of the time, you will go out of business, you do not make enough money to pay me.
Interesting world the world of techies, they would fit in well on Khao San Road. Delusional.
Compared to Perfection
your website is among the last of a dying breed: websites that make money through advertising.
Outside of pornoland, most websites either don't make money, or make money by their functions: e.g. they are a shop or you pay for a membership.
Those websites that do make money through advertising are normally big communities sites, like blog sites or online games sites, and the advertisers will advertise there because they have 2million members who will all have to see their ads to log-in.
Or, they are subsidised by Google, Yahoo, Microsoft etc. (I assume blogger doesn't make money, I can't see how it does, they don't advertise or pay to sign up. I think it must be subsidised by some Google philanthropists).
So most people in the West are great at making a website for Joe's Scaffolding PLC. and Congressman Bloggs of No-Wheres-Ville: these sites do not have to make money: they are advertisements themselves. You go there because you want to know more about Joe the scaffy or Congressman Bloggs, or to get in contact with them.
It is very easy to present information on a page. I can do this very well, it is about logic and clear design. It needs to be monkey-proof.
So all the cheap western techies who do a bit of this on the side, like me, can present information. If you want to create Amazon.com or Google.com or Ebay.com style websites, you probably have a degree in computer science, and you're probably charging a fortune per nano-second.
I think websites that make money by advertising are growing, not dying. Contextual advertising is growing.
you're probably right. Shows how much I know about advertising revenues ;o) I do remember the dot com crash, when advertising revenues dropped massively. People are realising now that we will not click on pop-up ads, we will develop software to destroy them instead. As advertising grows more effective, there will be more money to be made.