2018-03-17 (9:04AM): Currently in the process of updating this website
I’m finally getting caught up and should be consistently online very soon. During the time I was without internet I made use of my time by working on an About Me page for this website. Writing about the old AOL, GeoCities and FortuneCity communities kind of inspired me. The page is launched – at least for the most part – but it’s not exactly how I want it yet and I don’t have it linked in the header.
When I first decided to make the About Me page I was thinking about the old AOL / GeoCities / FortuneCity pages along with Myspace and Facebook. I wanted to combine some of my favorite aspects of the previously mentioned websites, minus some of the psychedelic colors and flashy-ness that was often associated with the free hosting pages and Myspace.
One of the things I always loved about the old AOL communities was the guestbooks. I know guestbooks are defunct, but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t bring one back to life. Even if for nothing more than nostalgia purposes.
On my old Myspace page I had an area that that featured a bunch of interview style questions. I would answer them and both questions and answers would be published to the page. Once published the Q&A looked like I was being interviewed. At the time that was a very unique feature that I feel provided visitors a clearer picture of what I was really about. Another feature I had on my page was a list of my favorite quotes. I know that sounds simple enough, but you just don’t see that very often on personal web pages today. And of course I had the photo gallery (as I do with Facebook) which is usually fairly popular.
Once I migrated to Facebook I really liked the idea that you could pick your favorite books, movies and television shows and have them displayed on your page. And most of all I loved the idea of connecting with old friends, the wide variety of stories featured on the news feed and privacy settings. Even though the last three features are not related to this post, I wanted to point them out because they are part of what makes Facebook an extremely special website.
I think when the features I mentioned are combined, visitors get a decent idea of the person who created the homepage they are viewing. I tried to add as many features as I could to my About Me page. Overall I think it came out ok – almost like a first draft, but I do think it looks a little bland. I’m thinking about adding some bars (AOL, GeoCities Style) to separate the sections and mixing in some color. But not the crazy overwhelming color and animated gifs that were popular in the 1990’s.
Here is the link: About Me
Sorry for the lack of posts this past week. I’ve been traveling a bit and was without internet for a few days. I have some catching up to do, but things should be back to normal in no time.
One thing I like to do is come up with a creative domain names, register the domains and then design a website specifically for the domain. Most of the domain names I have are developed and active. However, I do have a few undeveloped domain names with potential to be turned into cool websites. The problem is, at this moment of my life, I don’t have the time or ability or even the motivation to develop the domains. And even if I did come up with a creative idea and found the time to develop the website, I certainty wouldn’t have the time to promote it properly. I’m already up to my ears in social media accounts. And despite all the accounts I’m still not getting that much traffic. Although, that’s because many of the accounts don’t have the followers necessary to deliver meaningful traffic. Not to mention, I have to make getting the three inactive / maintenance mode e-commerce websites up and running a priority before I can get into any new projects.
I hate sitting on good domains, because it takes away the opportunity of potential development. Even so, I only have a few and I’m going to hold on to them in hopes I’ll be able to develop them myself in the future.
As for the time being, my main focus is going to be adding content and promoting News Stop, Wowzers and UpperCut. The great thing about adding content is it’s different everyday. This is an aspect I really enjoy because I come across so many excellent, interesting and informative stories. As for promoting – in general it isn’t my thing. I always had the mindset that a good product promotes itself (at least after a certain point). And when I see to much advertising it’s a turnoff. However, I seem to do ok with social media. Maybe because it is networking with the end result often being promotion.
In a post about a week ago, I mentioned I was going to spend more time promoting through social media – I did. Though, most of the time went to organizing and creating accounts for each active website. Directly below are the social media accounts (at least the major social media accounts) I now have for each website (feel free to network):
If you noticed I don’t have any Tumblr accounts. I’m hoping to change that this week. I’ve heard some good things recently about Tumblr regarding the websites technology and the traffic for which it can deliver. I’ll soon find out if that’s true.
—- Updates —-
Revamped the main page so only active websites are being displayed. Removed all tables from the entire website; reorganized the “current websites” page and created individual description pages for each website.
All Kinds Of Good Stories were added to News Stop over the past week. Here are a few of my favorites:
After a slow couple of weeks for UpperCut, there were some very cool stories submitted. Here are some of the better stories:
All the tables from the main page have been removed and replaced with div tags. Now the same has to be done to the rest of the this site. Web sites that use tables incorrectly aren’t penalized (at least not yet) by search engines and still work in web browsers. However, tables are no longer intended to be used as part of the – design of a web site – in HTML5. So it is time to bring this site into the 21st century and avoid potential problems in the future.
An e-mail subscription form has been added to NewsStop.us – So please subscribe to the newsletter! This has been a long time coming and the idea is that it will help to increase readership.
Two new news stories have also been added to News Stop:
The Week Ahead
I’m hoping to apply a bit more time to social media marking in the week to come – especially regarding News Stop and Wowzers. The long-term plan is to generate revenue from the two sites via adsense. Right now neither site generates much traffic. One site is new and the other one never gained much momentum and has been dormant for around a year. So I have my work cut out for me when it comes to building up readers / users / traffic.
I am far from an expert in marketing, but I do understand social media to an extent. Currently, I’m only using Twitter to drive traffic towards the two websites. And in regards to Twitter, I try to use it as intended, meaning I don’t use programs to add thousands of followers at once. This makes it a bit less effective in the beginning because it takes more time to build up followers.
Going forward I am hoping to start using additional social media sites including Reddit, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, Google+, Newsvine, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Delicious, Facebook, and Youtube. I believe I have accounts for most of these sites, but not many followers / connections. The great thing about promoting a site via social media is the cost: Free. At least if you don’t outsource. The bad thing is it can take up a lot of time if you decide to post to all the top social media sites. Moreover, it is very important to add followers / connections in order to maximize the amount of users who see the content and links posted.
With that said, I did discover one way to help save time when when submitting content to multiple social media sites. And that is to use a FireFox extension called ProfileSwitcher. ProfileSwitcher lets users switch between social media profiles without having to log-in and out of each social site. This saves a substantial amount of time.
I also plan on commenting more on other peoples blogs and within message boards. When the opportunity presents itself and if ones comments are legit and relevant, both blog and forum links can be very valuable. Plus, they are a great way to make connections around the web.
GreenTeaBreak.com – one of my favorite sites hasn’t been updated since February. I do have a new post in the works, but it is still a ways away because of additional research that needs to be completed.
The two e-commerce sites I ran before I got sick are very far from going back online. Mostly, because I am just not in a position to get them up and running properly. Even when I get into a situation where it is feasible to put The Dusty Loft back online, I’ll need to build up inventory beforehand.
The other e-commerce site I ran was MagicCity.us. That site was a mess even before I got sick. It is made up of an e-commerce website, a blog and a directory – none of which mesh well together with the current design. I’d defiantly want to redesign the whole thing so it fits together better. I figure at worst I can work on a new design and contribute to the blog portion of the site until it makes sense to re-open the e-commerce store.