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Old 12-07-2001, 05:41 PM   #1
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It's been said that the top 4 topics that people respond most to are:

1. ***
2. getting rich
3. losing weight
4. hair loss

If you were going to set up a new site to get maximum interest and maximum # of visitors/revenue making opportunities, which one would you pick? Which one grabs your attention the most?
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Old 12-07-2001, 06:47 PM   #2
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To be totally honest - none of the above.
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Old 12-07-2001, 06:56 PM   #3
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I have to agree with Lil_Red!

*Steve adjusts his pacemaker*
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Old 12-07-2001, 07:29 PM   #4
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That surprises me. Do you have your own "short list"?
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Old 12-07-2001, 08:23 PM   #5
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It sounds like you're trying to slap a site together to make a quick buck rather than build a quality site. Nowadays, there is no such thing as slap a site up and the checks come rolling in. It takes a lot of work and effort and a desire to build a site that attracts visitors.

There already are a ton of get rich, ***, weight loss and hair loss sites on the web. Why would anyone be interested in one more?
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Old 12-07-2001, 08:47 PM   #6
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key of the success is find your niche area and then target it and keep on refining it by understanding your visitors, customers , stats, demographics etc
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Old 12-07-2001, 09:51 PM   #7
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There's gotta be some ***-craved, poor, over weight, bald guys out there, right? Hehe.
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Old 12-07-2001, 11:17 PM   #8
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Lil Red:
I'm not looking to slap together a site. After wearing my fingers to the bone building and carefully nurturing www.talkingpresents.com, I have an appreciation for how much work is involved in developing a niche site. Don't get me wrong, I love every minute of it. But I'm the last person to look for a get rich quick scheme.

It's just that if I want to start thinking about developing another site, I think that it's only natural and logical to consider categories or topics that might have some mass appeal.

After all, developing a site about, let's say. the yak's skeletal structure might interest the person building the site, but it's not likely to grab your attention or mine.

Look at TV, magazines, most media. Alot of quality programming revolves around or is based on some basic primal human desires.

I realize it might have sounded like I was looking for a quick buck site. But I'm just looking for a general direction in which to start building a quality site.
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Old 12-07-2001, 11:30 PM   #9
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Originally posted by StickSuicide
There's gotta be some ***-craved, poor, over weight, bald guys out there, right? Hehe.
How is 3 out of 4? (Not telling which 3)

Seriously though, if you just want to know about popular subjects, here is the (editted for stupidty, cleaned-up) Lycos top 10 at the moment:

1 Christmas
2 Dragonball
3 Harry Potter
4 Osama bin Laden
5 Britney Spears
6 Morpheus
7 NFL
8 Xbox
9 Pokemon
10 Tattoos

See Lycos Top 50 for more info.

Here is the Wordtracker (ticker) top 20 for today:

1. Yahoo
2. ***
3. jokes
4. hotmail.com
5. hotmail
6. ebay
7. yahoo.com
8. lyrics
9. google
10. attorney/legal
11. www.hotmail.com
12. ww.yahoo.com
13. music
14. games
15. ebay.ca
16. morpheus
17. xxx
18. dictionary
19. song lyrics
20. christmas

See Word Tracker for more info.

Finally, here is Yahoo's current top 20 list:

1 Christmas
2 PlayStation
3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
4 Dragon Ball Z
5 Segway
6 Britney Spears
7 Xbox
8 WWF
9 Morpheus
10 Lord of the Rings
11 Nintendo Game Cube
12 National Football League
13 Goner Virus
14 Jennifer Lopez
15 NBA
16 O.J. Simpson
17 Linkin Park
18 Osama bin Laden
19 Shakira
20 Everquest

See Yahoo Buzz for more info.

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Vito, you can't call:
1. ***
2. getting rich
3. losing weight
4. hair loss

quality sites

I have those subjects daily in my junk mail folder.

If I want access to any of the above, I most certainly wouldn't get them off the net.

If I want to lose weight, I would go on a natural diet and exercise program.

I am trying to get rich with affiliate programs

If I had a hair loss problem, I would consult my doctor for guidance.

If I.......I'll stop there
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What if Vito could come up with a single product which covers all 4 at once?

A combined diet, ******, rogaine pill which you can sell to become incredibly rich!

That would get a few visitors to your site.

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Hi Jan:
Just because we all get junk mail from poorly developed sites doesn't mean you can't build a quality site about these subjects.

In looking at sites in these categories, I've seen, for example some really informative and well designed sites about hair loss. It doesn't mean you don't go to the doctor for professional guidance. But the net is the "information highway". It's a great place to get informed.

A site about losing weight doesn't have to be one of those cheezy sites making flamboyant claims. It can be a thoughtful and logical guide to help people with weight problem. Perhaps they feel uncomfortable going to their doctor about it, and a good site would help them.

There are tons of examples. I guess the problem is that there are in fact alot of bad sites out there. For the most part, the Internet is a "medium" because it's neither "rare" nor "well-done"...
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I'm sorry Vito, I guess I misunderstood your initial post.

Indeed, if you carefully research a subject in your list and get a lot of factual information, then you could make it a quality site.

If you are prepared to go into one of the above in depth, have the time and don't try to promote "amazing cream to combat hair loss", "These pills will help you lose 20lbs overnight", "Fantastic MLM scheme makes you 1000s while you sleep" and porn of any kind, then I wish you luck
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Old 12-08-2001, 12:22 AM   #14
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Might I add that a lot of folks involved in items 2-4 are:

In Jail
SEC sanctions
FDA bad list
FTC cease and desist
AG legal actions in numerous states

So, you face a serious challenge in creating a quality site and monetizing same since a lot of surfer folks and advertisers have already either been ripped off or have a preconceived negative connatation of what it's about so they ain't interested. Forums also fit into this equation and it took me years to break through the preconceived notions. I'm not so sure I would try it today

I'm not saying ALL sites and I'm not saying you couldn't make a go of it with 2-4 since you already created a neat and quality site. Just the realities. Besides, after you do your Ebay auction as we discussed in the other thread you won't have time for anything else I'm darn sure of that!

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Old 12-08-2001, 12:37 AM   #15
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Steve:
I think that if you rise to the challenge and overcome the negative connotations and preconcieved notions, and build a site of value, you will reap rewards in spades. It will take longer than normal to prove yourself since visitors will be skeptical. But if you're able to "break through", success is imminent.

By the way, the ebay project will begin early January. No time for other projects, you say? You're assuming I actually sleep...
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