“Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet, just as it was in broadcasting.”
Bill is correct, but I would tweak his quote to say the content owners are the ones who will make real money. Simply producing content & being paid by the inch, per word, per article, commission or whatever means you’re a fool.
Don’t worry, you’re not the only making this mistake.
I also recently found out someone I really respect as an author & podcaster has left the website that was hosting his content …. for the second time. I don’t know this person, but through his work I feel like I do. I hope he hangs around the industry. He’s good. I sent him a tweet today that he seemed to appreciate. If during the past few years he had put all his content on his own site, it’d be worth enough to buy a decent car … even in a weak poker affiliate/ad market. That, or he’d have a wonderful head start on promoting US facing gaming sites once they grow to the larger markets like California.
But such is life, and life isn’t all about making money or capitalizing on every opportunity.
Maybe that’s true.
But maybe the content creators don’t realize how much the content they are creating is actually worth?
A quick scan of the #1 public website marketplace is full with websites selling for thousands …. Most were setup a few months ago, have inflated ‘revenue’ and traffic sources – but people pay. Rarely do quality websites come across that site where the owner has spent more than a few days on it.
But getting $1,000’s for a website you spend a few hours on is pretty good. I know guys who make a comfortable living doing this.
Real websites written by US authors are sold privately via brokers.
And it’s life changing money.
Spend 2 years writing about insurance or diet trends & you’ll have a new car & home you need insurance for.
Writing for a website that you don’t own is like buying stocks that never go up in value. You might as well keep your money under a mattress … and you’re always better off putting your content on your own website.
Now that we are clear, it’s time you NEVER give your content to another webmaster & it’s time to understand some webmaster basics:
#1 Never put all your eggs in one basket. Where Basket = website AND Basket = sponsor.
If you only have 1 successful website, with 1 advertiser that you make money from. You’ll be looking for a job one day.
#2 Outsource everything
You were once a pawn in the website game, now employ the idiots that want to write for pennies. Same with setting up the website, promoting it and all. Just simply outsource the entire thing and reap all the rewards & profits. Or just spend a few days watching YouTube videos and reading forum threads … that’s how I learned.
#3 SEO is a myth
I’ve thought this for years. If you put up content that the user likes better than what’s already out there, you will get traffic immediately. Used to take months, regular content, links … ect – now you don’t need it. Which is good, Google shouldn’t reward websites that just contribute to the countless thinly written ‘articles’ that are out there. If you only have 3 pages on your website … it doesn’t mean your website sucks.
How do I know?
I’ve tested it a few dozen times.
Here’s a website – I spent about 3 hours of my own time, and I paid someone $5 for an article on Fiverr. the website only has 6 pages … but it’s exactly what the user needs.
That wasn’t too hard. That’s a really competitive niche too.
Here’s another one. Set this one up at the end of August & it’s doing really well. It has lots of unique content that I actually write myself. It’s more work than I like normally, but there should be plenty of potential buyers … some have already bought advertising.
I’ll end up selling both of them. So if you’re interested just contact me and I’ll let you know when they go on the block.
No backlinks. No webmaster tools installed. No site-map. No blog commenting or trading links. Just put the content up and they will come. SEO is a myth, but incredibly profitable since so many are willing to pay for ‘secrets’ or tips that don’t do anything.
#4 There are lots of dumb webmasters
Most have no idea what they are doing. Many don’t speak English very well. Many waste time on things that don’t matter or will become obsolete one day. Remember, content is still king – focus on that.
#5 You can do it.
Your reading words of living breathing proof it’s possible to do everything on your own. You don’t need partners, sponsors or support from the community you’re writing for. You don’t even to really know much about what you’re writing about. Figure out what your readers want and deliver for them. Sometimes it’s lots of work. But that beats doing all that work for someone else.
Sports Card Radio’s Top iPhone Apps – I will be adding to this list as I download new Applications that I like.
Twitter App – Free
Twitter is a site that takes some time to really fall in love with. To most, its a glorified Facebook ‘Status’ Update. To the average person, I could see how this could be the case. However, for someone like myself who manages several websites – its a great way to get the word out about things on your site. Aside from that, I have found Twitter to be one of the fastest and most reliable sources for Fantasy Sports information – in particular Start/Sit/Injury type situations. I can think of countless times searching ‘Kevin Durant’ 1 hour before tip-off to see if his ‘game-time’ decision was keeping him out or if he was in the lineup.
Since downloading this app – I rarely visit the site on my computer. You can follow your timeline/list, post tweets, photos, shrink URLs + more directly from the app. It helps me follow the Sports Card Collectors I have listed – so I can keep up on the latest Sports Trading Card News/Information. I’m sure there is a community for just about anything on Twitter if you take the time to find them.
eBay App – Free
There is nothing like surfing eBay on a full screen computer (or iPad). However, if you are on the go – say at your local Card Store or Retail Store and you want to check the price of something on eBay, this will be your fastest way. Say the Card Store owner has a good sale on some boxes or single cards, now you can check the price on eBay before you buy – instead on waiting until you got home. There are additional eBay Apps depending on what you use the site for and I’ve listed them below.
eBay MobileeBay SellingeBay DealseBay Fashion
Words With Friends App – Free or $2.99
Basically ‘Scrabble’ but under this name. A very fun game that you can play with friends or random opponents from around the world. What I like about this game is that you can play at your own pace so there is never a rush to finish a game. The chat box feature is cool – and I’ve actually made a few ‘friends’ by playing a couple of re-matches against the same random people. The free version works for me – as the ads don’t get in the way too much. But if I keep playing this game for a long time, the price you pay is pretty cheap for all the enjoyment you can get from this little game. Find us under username: SportsCardRadio
Justin.TV App – Free
I’ve been going to this site for about 3 years now and I’ve always watched the content on the website. The Poker Channel usually runs 24 hours a day of re-run Poker content, which is perfect sometimes when nothing else is on. I’ve found this app useful for streaming my own Box Breaks on my own channel directly from the iPhone. It gives you the ability to go live right from your phone (as long as you have a good 3G or WiFi connection). I setup a channel and it works pretty good, giving our fans instant access to our breaks instead of waiting for it to upload to YouTube. www.justin.tv/sportscardradio – it even archives your videos to view later…all for free.
The Weather Channel App – Free
There is an existing weather app on the phone – but I felt it lacked actual satellite imagery of the incoming weather systems. In California, the weather is pretty predicable, with most systems coming in from the West Coast where the massive Pacific Ocean is. So often I just need to see how the storm is developing in San Francisco or the Bay Area – to see how its going to roll into the central valley. Seeing simple doppler or satellite radar can help me plan quick trips to the store, or delay them because a storm is coming. A ‘forecast’ is good for most people, but if you actually want to see radar – this is the app for you.
Battery Life Pro App – Free
Cool free app, there are lots of these in the App Store – this just happened to be the one I got. I really don’t see any ads or anything other than the information you need about your phones battery. I like that it gives you a charging time estimate and it keeps track of your usage in graph form. There are multiple displays and functions – and it give you a readout of how much battery time you have to do specific things on your phone like listen to MP3’s, watch video, play games, surf WiFi/3G, talking time, standby time and more. You can also warn yourself below certain limits to give yourself extra warning when you are running low.
Charles Schwab Banking App – Free
I got my iPhone just a few days before this App came onto the market – and I couldn’t be happier that it did. Easily check your balances (both investor checking and brokerage accounts) all in one quick glance. Trade stocks, check your watchlist, transfer money + more. A must if you bank with Charles Schwab.
Angry Birds App – Free – $0.99
There is a reason why this game is #1 on the all time charts – its super fun. I honestly don’t know of a game where I’ve paid $0.99 and played it as much as I did with Angry Birds. Basically you fling birds from a slingshot and try to break objects and little green monsters … sounds simple, but that’s probably the beauty of the entire game. It will drain your battery pretty good – so make sure you don’t want to make a bunch of phone calls after trying to pass a couple of worlds. Time will fly by when you play this game. The free version is just a teaser – and if you enjoy it, you will have no problem paying $0.99 for the full version or the ‘Seasons App’ which includes Christmas and Halloween.
PayPal App – Free
eBay Sellers or merchants that accept payments via PayPal will love this application! It sends you a notification (if turned on) when you get payments … making it easy to know when you have something to ship out right at your finger tips. You can also transfer money, check your balance and do all the other normal things you can do within your web-based PayPal account login. You might actually find that you use the App more than you use your web-based account because the features are really easy to use if you are familiar with PayPal.
Netfilx App – Free*
I signed up for the Free 30 Day Trial of Netflix to basically stream a couple of shows I wanted to watch entire series of onto my computer. I found that the buffer/time to watch a video was actually faster on my iPhone – making it a very nice way to watch a program. The app is useless unless you have a subscription – however I did make use of the 30 day trial and they have re-bill options for PayPal, Credit Card and other methods starting at $7.99 a month for online only. To get 1 DVD out at a time – its $9.99 per month + you can watch online /on your iPhone. If you love Netflix – getting an iPhone will only make your subscription more useful.
Sports Card Radio Poll Results
Poll Question: Who Will Win The Super Bowl?
– Started: November 26, 2009 –
Another Team: 5
Poll Question: What Is Your Favorite Sport To Collect?
– Started: May 12, 2009 –
Baseball: 38 46.3%
Football: 30 36.6%
Hockey: 6 7.3%
Basketball: 4 4.9%
Nascar: 4 4.9
Do You Like High-End Products Like Oval Office & Exquisite?
– Started: Feb 14, 2009 –
2010 NBA Slam Dunk Contest
Nate Robinson – NY Knicks –
Gerald Wallace – Charlotte Bobcats –
Shannon Brown – LA Lakers –
Sports Card Radio’s Prediction: Shannon Brown -SHANWOW- takes it down! –WRONG–
Actual Winner: Nate Robinson
Shannon Brown -LA Lakers- PG/SG
Here at Sports Card Radio, we are proud L.A. Lakers fans, and we will be routing on Shannon in his very first NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
The competition will be tough. Nate is a seasoned Dunk Contest veteran, and is the defending champion. Gerald is also a former contestant, and he is going to bring it.
Best Rookie Cards on eBay:
Nate Robinson -NY Knicks- PG
*2010 Slam Dunk Winner*
He has been riding the pine in New York, so this is his one time a year he can shine on the big stage.There probably is no player in recent memory that looks forward to the NBA Dunk Contest as much as Nate Robinson does. It seems like this is his event.
Best Rookie Cards on eBay:
Gerald Wallace -Bobcats- SG/SF
Gerald has been in the Dunk Contest before and has performed well. Look for him to be a sleeper to win.
Best Rookie Cards on eBay:Can’t believe Sacramento just let him go for nothing all those years ago.
|With the 2010 Winter Olympics just days away we take a look at some athletes that have cards and collectibles. Shaun White, Lindsey Vonn and Apollo Ono (who lacks any real collectible) will be NBC’s ‘darlings’ so expect them to see quite a bit of face time. Don’t expect any of these athletes to become the next Michael Phelps, but for 2 weeks they will be the face of athletics. You can find some of the collectibles below on eBay.|
|Shaun White – Snowboarder|
|2003 Sports Illustrated for Kids #278 Shaun White Snowboarding|
|2007 Sports Illustrated for Kids #209 Shaun White Skateboarder|
|Shaun White has the potential to be the biggest star for NBC during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Expect the network to devote a good portion of prime-time coverage to Shaun White as his wild hair, colorful personality and major sponsorships make him one of the most recognizable athletes at this years Winter Olympics. We doubt his cards could go up as much as the Michael Phelps 2004 SI For Kids Card did on eBay but anything is possible.|
|Bode Miller – Alpine Skiing|
|2004 Studio Fans of the Game #218 Bode Miller|
|2008 Sportkings #81 Bode Miller|
|Bode Miller has competed in several Olympic Games and has had some success. He is probably best known for a 60 Minuets Interview where he admitted to skiing while being drunk. An interesting character that is already known by most of the public. He has numerous Sportskings cards including several Autograph Versions.|
|Lindsey Vonn – Alpine Skiing|
|Lindsey Vonn February 2010 Sports Illustrated Magazine|
|Although not an actual card (I could not find any) this could be one of her best collectibles. Lindsey Vonn might end up being the most promoted athlete during the 2010 NBC Olympic coverage on TV so her popularity should rise over the next few weeks. She also appears in the 2010 Sports Illustraded Swimsuit Issue.|
|2010 USA Hockey Team|
|Tim Thomas||Ryan Miller||Paul Martin|
|Ryan Suter||Brooks Orpik||Ryan Malone|
|Paul Stastny||Zach Parise||Jamie Langenbrunner|
|Bobby Ryan||Joe Pavelski||Mike Komisarek|
|Brian Rafalski||Jonathan Quick||Paul Kessel|
|Jack Johnson||Patrick Kane||Ryan Kesler|
|Erik Johnson||Chris Drury||Ryan Callahan|
|David Backes||Dustin Brown|