Category Archives: Internet business proposals

AdSense Income Calculator

Most of the web content we create for our customers is oriented to generate AdSense income.

This is a first approach to the issue of Adsense Income estimation. Most webmasters create sites with the intent of earning money from ads, and usually their expectations are overrated.

We designed an AdSense Income Calculator based in several factors known to influence AdSense revenue:

– extension of project (the more content, the more chance to earn from ads)

– language (English paying triple than Spanish, for instance)

– subject (cars earn more than bikes)

– Clic-thru rate (CTR). A measure of how attractive are ads for users. Hard to master, but critical for success.  There is a whole discipline called “adsense optimization” that addresses Adsense revenue at the time of writing and designing websites.

– Ad density (there is an optimal ad density, and it is dangerous to drift away from it)

– SEO (the site needs to rank top in Google, otherwise it will not earn money)

– age of project (ranking improves with time, provided we do not do anything punishable)

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Intelligent Agents on the Internet

This article was written in 2004, and a few thing might turn out outdated today. However, it has strong links to the Viral Marketing campaigns that we are offering here and in Ideotic.com. We have developed a couple of Intelligent Agents since then.

What are the intelligent agents?

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Viral Strategies for Internet Marketing

Viral e-marketing is a system that propagates the word about a product or service with minimum effort, using resources taken from the recipients of the message. As the viruses do, the viral marketed idea or product grows exponentially, for as long as it finds “food” or usable resources. Viral marketing is usually accomplished by information products that are freely distributed, carry the originators´ message and use the recipients resources.    Continue reading

Viral Marketing Products

When the average marketer starts reading about Viral Marketing, the first question that appears is: How can I do Viral Marketing in behalf of my product or service?

Let’s compare this situation with the offline Viral Marketing. You would go to a company specialized in advertising materials, like pens, baseball caps, T-shirts, car window stickers or paper pads. You would order to print your logo on them, and start giving them away to clients and friends.

In the same way, when you want to start an Online Viral Marketing campaign, you would go to a site that offers all kinds of products, customizable with your logo, URL address and advertising message. Of course, the variety of digital products is huge, and there are more and more every day. It would be easy to pick up the wrong product and fail miserably after having spent a few thousand.

In our Ideotic section we are offering a large number of products or services that can carry your ad, with a strong chance of a fast and wide spread over the Internet. You can also see our Viral Marketing ebook with proposals for campaigns based on many different sites, softwares, videos, CDs or other formats.

The format of the project is decided starting from its features and potential, and we usually use a multi-format approach: software, video, ebook, images, audio files and many others.

Sometimes it is very obvious when an idea will become viral. However, going from idea to implementation is difficult for most people, who do not manage the web promotion technology and tools. It is easy to spot a strong project and say: “I wish I had done it”, but that hindsight is usually pointless. For instance, I recently saw a social network for cheating married adults, and immediately recognized its potential. Unfortunately, it was someone else’s idea and project.
However, there are still plenty of high-potential projects to carry out.

We are concentrating our efforts in improving the methodology to spread ideas across the web, using web design, CMS, SEO, SEM, social networks and clever software selected over the years. With all these elements, any good idea can be designed, implemented, promoted and turned into a profitable enterprise.
Discussion of ideas is good, because the brainstorming originates improvements and ways to carry out the projects. Readers are welcome to contact us for a fruitful project discussion. We can sign confidentiality and non-circumvention agreements if the customer wants to do it.

Contact us for a customized budget for Viral Marketing campaigns, based on our existing products or other that could be developed specially for your product, service or brand.

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Ask us about our Website Development Service – We create website content, either writing or programming.
Contact us for a viral marketing proposal.

Technology Transfer by means of SEO, Web 2.0 and conventional web tools

The author is completing a methodology to be sold to Universities as part of a Technology Transfer Program.

Most universities have no technology transfer office, and others have a couple of employees who only make a few phone calls and expects for events to happen by themselves. A few ones are leaders in this field and promote actively its achievements by modern digital marketing techniques. We offer to every institution the outsourcing of this valuable service, using the same techniques that these days sell almost anything on the web.

There will be a Consulting Marketplace, with all possible categories to help classify the offers and demands, and to allow efficient matching of problem posers and problem solvers. Both companies looking for solutions and individuals offering services can find each other and become partners.
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Investing in Domains: revenue thru Adsense – How much and when

Investing in Domains in these days more profitable than putting the money in bonds, stocks or any other financial instruments. Of couse, this is November 2008 and the markets are quite upset. My view is that they will come back to almost normal in a month or two. In the mean time, Domain Development is a very good alternative.

Since I started DomainGrower.com I am trying to predict how a domain will perform, depending on its name, the intended market, and the investment the owner is ready to do. Every domainer wants to make sure the investment will be highly profitable, and they ask about Google Ranking, Traffic, Adsense revenue, maintenance cost, increased domain-site value and finally, profit.

I am not able at this point to provide exact projections or a formula. However, I have now a pretty good idea of how the domain can grow and how much will return.

Very good domains convert visits into sales at 1% or more. This is quite unusual, but sometimes we see it. When your domain does not sell any particular item, just adsense clicks, the conversion rate can be 0.5% and be very good. It is also important to assess the quality and quantity of the traffic. If your visitors are real estate investors ready to buy expensive property, the clicks will be very valuable. Maybe U$D 40 or 50.

On the other hand, if they are poor Hispanic teenagers looking for free music or porn, their clicks will be much less valuable, maybe $ 0.03.

My advice would be to focus on a niche audience, providing some free service that could mean value for them. Adsense revenues will help pay the bills.

After that, you can start thinking into selling some valuable items. As your audience grows you can find new demanded fields where you can offer quality contents. At that point, maybe 6 months after start, you will jump from red to black numbers. In a year, the increased value of your site will be also reflected in the domain name value.

Ask us about the value of your existing domain or developed site, and listen to our domain growing suggestions.

Support for purchasers of our GGG software

The GGG (Great Gateway Generator) project was born in 2002 as a gateway page generator. Over the years there were 2 spinoff softwares: Keyword Thief (a keyword retrieving spider) and Synonymizer (a content generator). There are also some beta-stage PHP scripts that complemented the main product: Octopus Link Quadrangulator, Search Engine Optimized FAQ System, and Delinker.

Over the years we collected several testimonials from customers who succeeded in improving their SE rankings using GGG, and we used it to provide service to our customers. Several buyers requested special features and appointed custom programming from us. Most of those improvements were incorporated into the products.
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How to value a website

At some point most of us wanted to sell our websites. The perspective of selling a virtual item for real dollars is very attractive, but most developers get disappointed when facing the website market.

Before Adsense, the perspective was even worse, because not even high traffic websites achieved revenue. Thanks to Adsense, the advertisement serving program run by Google, things have gone better for webmasters, who can now collect some money. This advertisement serving was Google’s and Yahoo ‘s great success.

So, it is all about signing up to Adsense, place a little Javascript on the pages, and start making money. For example, PodcastDirectory.com gets 35.000 dollars per month for Adsense, and seatguru.com gets 15.000. Right, the first one has a million hits per month, and the second, 700.000. Humble websites with 400 visits a day (which are not that easy to obtain) can collect 40 dollars per month, luckily and with tail wind…

There is also a theme-related matter. A website in an “expensive“ field, such as medical malpractice, will get more valuable clicks than a website with poor advertisement opportunities, such as a personal blog.. If we multiply the monthly revenue by 18, we will get the approximate value of each website, following a pretty conventional valuation model.

Let’s suppose our site has no Adsense, either because we do not want to damage our image, because the revenue is not enough, or other reasons. Thus, we have a highly visited but profit-less site.¿How do we value it?

Websiteoutlook.com is an online free tool for website valuations. According to it:

PodcastDirectory.com is worth $60580
seatguru.com is worth $70200

This is less than the value coming from the real revenue, but is still pretty good for a website that pops up a number live and free, without asking for anything but the domain name.

See these SEO related sites:

seochat.com is worth $340,000
seobook.com is worth $342.000
webuildpages.com is worth $37,529
seoadministrator.com is worth $23,000
domaingrower.com (this site) is worth $2,379

If I was to valuate a website, I would ask lots of things. Firstly, how the website makes money, its development and maintenance cost, etc. And after offering my valuation to the clients, I would listen to their opinion, and, maybe, basing on it I would adjust my value algorithm.

Analyzing some small and medium size sites, own and from clients, I find that the automatic valuation comes quite close to the real asking price for the developed sites. The predicted values for very large sites (google, yahoo, microsoft, cnn, wired) are not related to real market values, as expected, because many other considerations apply, besides some site metrics.

So, what is this website valuation model based on? In the linked spreadsheet there are some details, as indexed pages, Alexa ranking, backlinks, and the relation between these values.

Website valuation data.xls

Another factor, not taken into account here, is web positioning. Websites positioned for SEO, that allows offering services, should have an increased value. To know, a positioning index should be established for each site for a group of keywords, as the one I suggest elsewhere, and multiply it by an activity-specific rate.

The site itself, WebsiteOutlook.com, has an Alexa rank of 11.000, 370.000 indexed pages, and, according to itself, it’s worth $217.000. The many indexed pages correspond to every search saved in a new page. They double as cache and indexed content.

Having figuring out their algorithm, we should be able to duplicate their valuable site, improve it, and also calculate the increase in value of any client website enhanced by SEO (Google ranking) and Domain Development services. Is is also a nice tool to establish link value, predict traffic and check the value of promotion campaigns.

How Idea Marketplaces work

Ideas are hard to define, and more to buy and sell, so an Idea Marketplace is a tough challenge.
The globalized world is extremely open to idea flow, to dismay of a few dictatorial governments. But flow is not necessarily trade, and quantity does not imply quality. A good idea marketplace should have a way to tell the golden ideas from the sand, and deliver them to those who can appreciate them and turn them into profit.

A well-deviced but unsuccessful approach to the Idea Market

Around 2000 there was Ideaexchange.com, where ideas could be bought and sold. The ideas had a short public description, and a longer hidden explanation. If you paid the price, you would access the whole thing. Idea authors charged for their complete ideas and the website collected a percentage.  Buyers could call for an idea on a certain topic and also comment on the ideas they bought for others to join or beware.

To my deception the website did not last. I do not know why, because in my opinion it was a hell of an idea. Possible failure explanations: Ideaexchange.com did not have a mechanism to convert ideas into projects. The fact that idea posters had to pay a small fee beforehand probably prevented them to reach critical mass. Also, the ideas were too wide (proposals together with jokes, gossip and varied information).

The word “idea” has many meanings, and the marketplaces should limit itselves to measurable ideas, and to ideas that can have any useful follow-up or consequence.

Idea Futures

There is also the concept of Idea Futures, which implies prediction power about the truth of an idea. A nice website called Ideosphere tries to predict events using the reputation of the predictors. Those who earn points predicting accurately are more credible at predicting new issues. The site covers future facts or hidden facts, like science issues.

So, this site deals about Future and Hidden Facts, not just “ideas”. Predictions often deal with the stock market or sports results, and those activities are heavily regulated, which limits this peculiar subset of the idea marketplaces.

Got an idea? We will invest on it!

There are several inventor-investor matching sites, where business ideas can develop into projects. However, most of them are inefficient, with worthless ideas and false investors. Worthless ideas rank from perpetual movement to cold fusion in the kitchen, with better mousetraps in the middle. False investors include those who require a “fee” to analyze the idea and then disappear, and those who are willing to invest up to 10 dollars in your idea, plus those who demand the inventor to fill a 100 page form before anything, with no assurance that even the title will be read.

I have seen them all and I recognize that good matching requires many right properties on each part: financial, geographical, language, age. Also, like in romantic matching, there are many hard-to-define human qualities.

Regulating the entry of both parts (good inventors – real investors) would be an assurance of quality for these idea marketplaces, but that requires time and money. It is hard to find someone able to predict which idea will fly and which will not take off. Who could that be? An academic? A successful businessman? A psychic? Probably none of them. Most likely, a committee with the three of them.

The Web 2.0 is about filtering trash

The Web 1.0 had many data covering the valuable information. Search engines still post: “Results 1 – 100 of about 7,190,000 pages”. 95% of all email is spam.

The news aggregator systems like Digg.com, Reddit.com and Meneame.net (Spanish) became recently very successful as typical Web 2.0 mechanisms. They use qualified voting, social networks and automated quality rating for entries, usually news.

You probably are reading this article because you found it on Digg.com or similar aggregator.

Aggregators as idea marketplaces

Are News Aggregators feasible idea marketplaces? Can you post an idea and see if it catches on? I assume you can .

Business ideas can be filtered by the News Aggregator public and that could be a predictor of its future acceptance by the general public. If the idea is accepted by the masses, savvy investors will be able to catch them.

Political ideas can also have a similar mechanism. Anyone could launch a proposal and the politicians fishing for good ideas could profit from it. Conversely, someone who reaches Top-Digg user status (good Karma in the pligg-like systems) can become a good real-life politician.

Empty domain names are like business proposals, and are also subject to Aggregator treatment. Such Aggregator could be the ideal automated domain valuation system.

Aggregators could be used for painters to test their sketches, for advertisers to test their logos or catchy phrases, for models-to-be to expose their beauties, or for conferences looking for appealing speakers. The Barcamp geeky Web 2.0 conferences use such a system.

There are a few necessary conditions for an aggregator to be successful: good coding, critical mass and some of the features described above in IdeaExchange and Ideosphere.

Finally, I started one aggregator for business ideas at www.business-ideas.com.ar and one for local political ideas at www.ideaspoliticas.com.ar . I am ready to start others by request.

Business Ideas Aggregator: vote the best

We once had a website called business-ideas.com.ar, but now the ideas are posted here. See the IDEAS tag or keyword. We tested the Digg technology for ranking the ideas according to the number of votes from the users. Its purpose is to select the ideas that are best according to their popularity.

Sometimes the idea is theoretically good, but does not work in the real world. Why? Nobody knows. Probably a marketing issue, or the way people perceive it. On the other hand, some ideas go to the top in spite of being lame quality. Just turn on the TV and judge: the more popular shows are often bad quality, but they have something that appealed the audience.

So, this Business Idea Aggregator will help us pick up the best received idea. After that, it will be easier to obtain funding to carry it out.

At this point, most of the published ideas are mine (Sergio’s). This means that you will find an heterogeneous and unpredictable mix of crazy, far fledged, long shot, plain stupid, sensible and Net-oriented projects.

The site is open to anyone who wants to publish, vote or comment on the projects.