Recession came more powerful than I initially predicted. Online earnings went down to as much as 60%. As a result of this, I started to research new strategies, I joined more networks, improved some of my web sites, and tried to grow others. If I would have done this last year or two years ago, it would have been a blast and lots of traffic spikes would test my hosting power.
Another step I took was to put some domains for sale. I just can’t seem to find the right formula for the Blog Tycoon (getbutterfly.com) domain. I started it as a multi-user collaboration blog. Lack of promotion and marketing made me start a blog directory. Long-term intention was to develop it into something like Blog Catalog or Technorati. Again, lack of time made me choose the wrong platform, and a custom in-house one is out of discussion. The other one is cgButterfly (www.cgbutterfly.com). Its initial purpose was to create a graphics designers community, somthing like cgSociety, cgArena, cgIndia, and more.
Right now I am working on a custom CMS for a real estate portal, and a statistics engine, something like Google Analytics. One of our local statistics (and one of the three available in Romania) decided to implement a fee. A small one, but it’s a fee. And I’m sure that 75% (I dare to say 80%) of the web sites they analyze would just quit. It’s simple as that. They should implement some damping measures, not ask money. So, I reckon this is the right time to put it online and promote it like hell.
And the sun will shine again.
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