ChainCatshark.com: A New Site is Born
Steven Kennedy’s development story motivated me to build a site on my own to show just how simple it is – even for someone without much development skill (like myself). I wanted to find an animal-related domain name that wasn’t registered, as the point of my experiment is to start from absolute scratch. I did some research focusing on sea-life and sea creatures, and I honed in on species of sharks.
After doing some research, I learned about the Chain Catshark, and I saw that Aaron Wall’s keyword tool showed 65 daily Google searches and 93 total daily searches. There were also just a few thousand sites indexed in Google that even mentioned the Chain Catshark. I saw that ChainCatshark.com was unregistered, and I went to work at around 4:30 in the afternoon.
I found a site for free web templates, and I downloaded one of the templates I thought would look nice. The only requirement they have is a link in the footer. I then found a GNU free to use image on Wikipedia, and I began to play around with the template. I wanted the template to look as customized as I could with my limited technical expertise, and it was fairly easy to do with Dreamweaver.
After adding Adsense spots and making color and font changes, I began to do some research on the Catshark, Chain Catshark habitat, Chain Catshark food, and other Chain Catshark information. I used several reliable internet resources for my information in order to provide visitors with the content they are looking to find. I created individual pages for several topics related to Chain Catsharks and wrote small articles for each.
Overall, the entire project (research to development) took just under 4 hours of time. Hypothetically, if I paid myself $100/hour, I will need this site to make $.15/day consistently to profit on an 8 year revenue multiple – basically less than 1 click per day. If I was able to do 2 of these a day (I won’t – I would rather work on Burbank.com or Torah.com), I could probably sell these sites for a nice return down the road.
While I don’t expect to make a lot of money from the site or others like it, I do want to show that you can make money by registering new names without having to hope that someone randomly makes an offer on the name before it expires. If you have a passion for something and buy a domain name related to that interest, learn how to build a small website and spend an afternoon developing. You probably won’t get rich, but you will learn how to use html in a low risk setting. I should also add that it’s nice to be able to mess around like this – being my own boss is great.
***I am headed to another wedding in a couple of hours, so I won’t be approving comments until I return.
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