I love website ideas that let users create content and interact with each other, all the while they create free content and improve your site in a fashion that lets you stay hands off. Starting a site like this is slow and painful but once they get natural momentum they can really take off, you don’t even have to have an in depth knowledge of the subject.
That’s the thing, I don’t have any tattoos, I only speak one language and I can’t draw but I have 2500 tattoo designs, thousands of user submitted images and do online sales of translations in many languages. You can make plenty from utilising other people’s talents and connecting people together
– take ‘freelancing’
– Find a list of all types of trades & services that people freelance
– Find a way of supplying the service online by being unique, an angle or more choice
– Connect freelancers with customers on your own site offering the service yourself or just a contact point.
In my example I found translators & tattoo artists who can provide drawings and made deals it’s a wonderful illustration of benefiting from the work of others, I don’t see it as taking advantage as those people would not be connected and making extra money if it was not for webmasters creating these sites. I have a few other very viral sites that build content everyday through user input gathering links and content in a genuine way that lets them double their traffic each year.
I also enjoy watching the discovery channels and reading scientific magazines commenting to my wife that I find it exciting and pretty amazing that while millions are spent in laboratories over many years developing new ways products, pills, services and cures it is people like us that can still benefit greatly along the way by getting a piece of the action, be that affiliate sales of new products or domain acquisitions for future re-sale or information sites with advertising.
I’ve taken more than my fair share of NO’s lately, sending emails trying to find a bargain on a domain, an LL.com had almost agreed to sell for $10k subject to a few fine details which I had agreed to and then they changed their mind, par for the course I guess. I also had a superb future domain that was an LLL word I was waiting to hear back disappear from under my nose, the guy who I was dealing with who was agreeable to the sale had told me to leave it 3-6 months and come back and when I did he had left the company and the new guy said no! arghh, when I get lots of NO’s I feel the prime domains are all slipping from me and this window of opportunity which still exists is getting ever smaller.
I only ever let the NO’s slow me down momentarilly as I am pretty focused, so I grabbed the bull by the horns over the last week and spent £12k on 2 UK domains, now that’s gotta hurt 😉 One is very much a domain for today and one very much for the future. They are just transferring just now so I’ll comment on them later.