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Seeing How Much Different An Expensive Look Will Do

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 by

So today I figured that since there was a site that I am maintaining is doing exceedingly well considering not much effort has been put into it made me wonder how much different a simple look and feel change would do. For example, just trying to update the look to make it seem like there has been money or a lot of effort put into the design. It’s no mystery that many people are very visual where they even judge say businesses based on the look. For example, I bet even for e-commerce sites if the site looked very primitive people would be weary of doing business with them regardless if they are clearly one of the best.

What I am thinking might happen is that it may increase opportunities when it comes to things like sponsorships or pitches for it. No different than someone walking with a suit now instead of a t-shirt where people will associate it with success of some sort and therefore would want to associate with them. Be interesting to see how this one goes.

Seeing One Creation Outperform The Other

Saturday, April 28th, 2012 by

While looking at some statistics yesterday for two pet projects I have been working on the first thing that came to mind was how one item was doing exceedingly well considering I did very little if anything to try and promote it. As a result you can’t help to think if you should just scrap everything else while simply placing all your attention to what appears to be working better.

It’s usually not so straight forward though and as the creator you tend to be a little hesitant to throw away any of your creations if you believe in it. I guess an example would be a person who owns and runs a restaurant. Imagine there is this one dish item that you put some much effort and sophistication in which you really think should do well but in reality the most popular item at your place is simply frozen food that you pop in the oven or microwave which requires very little effort that anyone can do. Like that I know most people would have way too much pride to just go with what the numbers tell you.

Instead of just abandoning one for another I usually use scenarios like these as an opportunity to study why it is the way it is. For example, it could tell you a lot where maybe you are targeting the wrong people. At the same time, maybe placing your creations in different places would yield different results. I think another popular and wise route too is if you find there is one thing that is super popular then it may be good to temporarily put all your focus into that and so when you become bigger you can leverage that success into your other work.

Enabling Detailed Statistics For Answers

Thursday, March 1st, 2012 by

A funny thing happened today as not too long ago I created this video for a community for fun as it simply showed some clips of an event. Didn’t really expect much as it was more for the community itself. However, for some reason the video got thousands of views from other sources which made me wonder where all the traffic came from.

One unfortunate thing was I didn’t exactly setup the video to an external statistics program and so I didn’t really have much to go on. Instead, I looked at some basic statistics and it seemed like a large chunk of it came from a post on Facebook. You can usually learn so much using analytic tools ranging from where the audience came from to what makes people take action. I know a lot of people are intimidated to get into things like that, but if you are running a business it’s no different than calculating your daily sales I say. I personally find all that accounting work more difficult than using online statistics programs.

If anything, just have the option where things like this are enabled so that you will at least have the option to go back and look at them if for some reason you are not ready to do so now.

Paid Blogger Profession

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 by

I was reading a couple of articles today about people who do blogging for a living and get paid for it. It started with this article on the Wall Street Journal at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124026415808636575.html that talked about bloggers for hire as a new profession.

I then read other articles such as from the Business Insider at http://www.businessinsider.com/henry-blodget-us-now-has-more-paid-bloggers-than-lawyers-2009-4 which implied there are now almost as much paid bloggers as lawyers in the use.

The statistics seemed so questionable to me. For example, what exactly did they define as a paid blogger? It sounded like the figures included anyone and everyone even if they made only say $1. As well, implying that a blogger needs about 100,000 unique visitors to earn about $75K seems extremely skewed around people who specifically focus on getting paid to blog and are very successful at it.

It is kind of interesting though if a blogger is being hired for companies in a more mainstream fashion. While again I emphasize that those numbers should be taken with a huge grain of salt, if you really want to do something on the side to possibly earn an income then blogging can be a great thing to get into.

Especially if you are someone who is out of work, I suppose if it is becoming more mainstream in a professional sense then it can be a great skill to obtain as well. Great way to possibly diversify yourself.