You might say that creating websites is a hobby of mine. I thought I would go through some of the sites that I’ve put together over the years in my next few blog posts. I am probably the last person you might think would be an avid fan of developing websites. My artistic talent is nil and I have never had the desire to pursue programming.
The simple solution is that website design doesn’t necessarily require either of these. I design on creativity and a love of writing solid content.
Why design? I love to watch the stats. I like to see the traffic, where it is coming from and how it grows. Oh, yeah, there’s the money thing, too.
Most of my sites contain advertising of some sort. It’s easier to get into than you might think. Surprisingly, a little text ad can add up the revenue over time, especially considering the fact that it trickles income in, regardless of your interaction with the site. Granted, the more interaction you have, the more the site may make.
Classic Novels In 5 Minutes a Day!
This first website is one I created in college, almost ten years ago. I generally stopped tinkering with it in 2006, so it’s just been on autopilot for about five years now. It still manages to generate enough revenue to cover most of the hosting costs for my other websites.
The site allows people to sign up for an email newsletter of sorts. They pick a novel, and the system (actually designed as an autoresponder script) sends them five minutes worth of reading every day until the novel is completed.
A simple concept, but it took me a bit of work to get established. It was the culmination of the final projects of most of my classes. When there was a project, I tried to find a way I could complete the project as an addition to the website. Web design, database design, programming and other classes provided the impetus for the site to develop.
I may get back to it someday, at least to clean up the invalid links and some of the sections. For now, it just sits there and the money trickles in.