Business ideas connecting people and domains

ConnectI 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.

NoI’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.

About Scott Jones

Scott hails from the north east of Scotland and started earning online at the end of 2000 building websites for local businesses during which time he won an award from Lord Alan Sugar for Excellence in Enterprise. After having quite a bit of success with domaining Scott mainly runs educational evergreen websites which generate over 3 million visitors per month but is always on the lookout for a fresh thinking out of the box way to turn a buck. Follow on Twitter.

Comments

  1. Unfortunately you’ll have to get mostly No’s to finally arrive at the yes’s that make it all worth while.

  2. I think something that needs to be explained is the time commitment involved. Finding an idea is moderately easy. Buying a domain is simple. Building a simple site is easy. But building and promoting a system, well, that’s where the patience and hard work really come into play.

  3. You really do not have any tattoos? I imagined you would be totally covered with them. :) I am currently working in a project were the main objective is to put buyers and sellers together to buy a niche service. Internet is a great place for niche services which are difficult to find elsewhere.

  4. I feel your pain on the domain deal.

    I had a written offer–with earnest money–for over $100K for one of my sites last year. The buyer kept dragging his feet and I turned other buyers away.

    After 2 months of going back and forth with his attorneys and mine he backed out. Sure I got the earnest money, but the distractions and hassles probably cost me more than that in mental anguish.

    But I agree with Mikael–the “yes” makes it worth it.

  5. My main money making site is 100% user content, without them I wouldn’t have a site!

  6. I have to say that one of the most frustrating things about the Internet is that transactions (like you mention above) don’t always happen like they would in the real world. People just seem to think that since they are not dealing with you face to face that they don’t have to follow through with their deals.

    But, it is good that you don’t let this get you down – it is better to move on and spend your time and energy on more profitable ventures than wallow in the fact that something fell through – you definitely have the right attitude.

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  7. Good post! Building a business takes time and effort.Somehow people have the idea that when a business is on the internet the money is instant.

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  8. Yeah, I get NOs all the time… but I’m not in the domainer business, maybe it’s even worse there. Never tried that kind of thing, only once did I sell a site of mine, it worked out pretty well actually.

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