Web of Disappointment
Web of Disappointment-
I am sure many can relate with the words that I am about to spew all over this page. Many of these thoughts and feelings have rolled around in your head, come out of your mouth, and similar actions have been taken. The idea of it all is beautiful and the possibilities seem endless. So you took the plunge and decided to buy a domain name and some internet space.
Your idea is great and you have it all figured out.” I am going to make something I have never seen before and people will love it. It will be the talk of the net and my YouTube videos will be in the 100,000’s. This Word Press thing seems simple enough and I am going to be famous.” Next thing you know you have put 100+ hours into getting the site ALMOST the way you like it. “I think it is time to try this Twitter thing out and post my link on Facebook. I just know my 500+ Facebook friends will just love what I made and I will have to be selective in whom I pick to write for my blog and other sections.” So you go ahead and cheerfully put a post up about your new awesome site on Facebook and send out your first tweet. All you have to do is sit back and hope you have the time to answer all the emails.
It has been a couple weeks and you have found yourself posting your site on Facebook, Twitter, Red-it, G+, and a dozen other outlets trying to get the word out. “My idea is great and clever… Why won’t people click the link and come see what great things I have to offer them? I have posted more ads to my site than hits that I have received. Why won’t people “like” me on Facebook?” It is heart breaking but you aren’t to the breaking point yet. You reassure yourself that it is just because I am new and it will take a while for people to find you. You start reading about search engine optimization (SEO) and it is all confusing and you see dozens of ads for someone else to do it for $$$. Being cheap spending money for something you can do yourself is not an option so you keep reading and d-load some plug-ins and so on. Hours and hours later you have your pages all tagged and you feel fulfilled. “If I build it they will click.”
Life is good and everything on the site seems grand. After a hundred or so days your framework is tight and you are starting to see some Google traffic come in on odd searches here and there. Then one day you notice that some hits are coming from the first site you installed, you know the one that you did wrong, and this is no good. You think to yourself it is an easy fix and all you have to do is uninstall the original Word Press site and problem solved. And in only 5 minutes it is all gone, poof like it never existed. 100 days worth of blog posts, numerous articles, photo galleries, and everything absolutely everything gone. That which took 100 days to build is scrubbed away with the click of a few buttons.
By now you realize this is a story of my last 100 days running the site GenXnerd. It has been an amazingly huge learning process and I have loved every minute of it. I started off with one idea that relied on the participation of others and that was an epic fail. Anytime I have ever had an idea that involved anyone else it has been nothing but disappointment. It is very difficult to do everything on your own but that is the only way it will get done. Figuring this part of the puzzle out led me to the interest in finding and promoting people like myself but more so people like Josh Cook of ZombieACRES.com. Anyone who has a creative idea and takes the plunge onto the internet to promote and display their project is a hero in my book. With the internet today a website is just one tool in the box you need to promote/ sell your project. And nowadays it isn’t even about selling your idea but it is just as important to sell yourself. We live in a society who is entertained by a huge dose of reality television for the last 10+ years and your fans want to see you. People are as likely to check your facebook , twitter, and google + out before they might check your website.
I have ideas, beliefs, and some tricks since I have been doing this site and I plan on sharing them all with you along with a complete open mind to new concepts and strategies. So my plan now is to help the little guy or try my damnedest to somehow. I am not a guru or a professional but I do have experience from multiple websites and friends in all sorts of places.
“Buy the Ticket, Take the ride”- Hunter S. Thompson