The Student and The Barometer

“Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open.” – Thomas Dewar Here’s a story I heard many years ago that has stuck with me: [note that a barometer is a compass-looking device used to measure atmospheric pressure] ——————————————————————————————————————————————— The Student and The Barometer Some time ago I received a call from a colleague.… Read More »

Beware of Black Hat SEO

I come to you today with a warning: Beware of SEO companies. Not all SEO companies are bad, but many employ tactics that are considered “black hat,” where they promote your site by doing things that violate the rules of the internet. The problem with black hat is that it can actually decrease traffic to… Read More »

2016 – The Year of Virtual Reality

My prediction is that 2016 will be the year that virtual reality (VR) finally becomes a major industry. There are many factors at play, all of which will soon come together to make virtual reality ready for mass adoption: 1. In the next few months, Oculus Rift (now owned by Facebook) is expected to launch… Read More »

Klarna.com – Buy Now, Pay Later

Do you own a website where people pay by credit card? If so, you may be interested in a new service that could increase your sales. I have no affiliation with this company, I have not tried it myself, and am not endorsing them. I just thought it is something other business owners might be… Read More »

Thinking Big

Damn that Elon Musk! I create a site solving the mystery of why some women’s shirts get tiny holes in them (ShirtHoles.com); he builds the world’s largest electric car company (Tesla). I create The Fart Name List; he sends rockets into space. And, in his spare time, he is designing Hyperloop (the fastest, most ambitious… Read More »

Are All The Good Domains Taken?

Surprisingly, this is a very controversial question. It plays a central part right now in a big lawsuit, where Verisign (they run the .com domain system) is suing XYZ.com (they run the .xyz domain system) and its CEO Daniel Negari for among other things talking badly about .com domains. Verisign specifically takes issue with the… Read More »

I Wrote A Book – How To Make Money Online

I finally decided to write a book. It is called How To Make Money Online: Work From Home and Get Rich On The Internet, and you can buy at Amazon.com. Why the long title? On Amazon, it is all about keywords. There are millions of books about making money, and the chances of people finding… Read More »

The Online Music Business Sucks

A year ago I wrote about how I started outsourcing my song performances, because I had written over 100 songs but don’t sing or play any musical instruments. Since then, I have actually made a lot of progress, but as with most things in life, it is a mixed bag. As I described in that… Read More »

My First Kiss

Fear. That is what it came down to. In a previous blog posting, I talked about my First Date in middle school. We fell in love but never kissed. I wanted to of course, but we were young and inexperienced, and it never ended up happening. Then came high school. I did not have any… Read More »

Google’s Mobilegeddon

Google made their much anticipated mobile-friendly update (nicknamed “Mobilegeddon”) last week, where a site’s search engine ranking now takes into account whether the site is mobile-friendly or not. The goal is to give mobile device users better search results since it is not much help for them to find a good site in Google but… Read More »

Domain Name Prices

I find the current state of the domain name market confusing. Every week I read about a bunch of domain sales, all at what I consider pretty high prices, yet I have not had much luck lately selling my own domains. I currently have Physical.com up for auction at Flippa.com, but this is the 2nd… Read More »

Google Adsense Warning

My Google Adsense stats have been going crazy for the past 24 hours. I am making 2-10 times as much money as usual for some of my sites, while other sites have stayed the same. I did some research into this, and the reason is due to unusually high click through rates, which seem to… Read More »

My First Date

Sometimes business is a little like dating. Let me explain. I went on my first date when I was in 7th grade. It was typical middle school stuff. I had a crush on a girl in my class (I will call her “Monica”) and was flirting with her, so she had her best friend ask… Read More »

Illegal Sites

If you are a small company, it is important to do whatever you can not to get sued, because a lawsuit will eat up all your time and money, even if you think you did nothing wrong. I am frequently presented with business opportunities that would probably make a good profit, but I avoid them… Read More »

Are .Com Domains Headed For A Fall?

There are already over 400 new gTLDs available right now, such as .music, .shop, .love, .nyc, .eco., .news, .hotel, .dentists, and .money, with thousands more soon to come. There is a huge debate within the domain industry as to whether or not these domains will succeed, and if they do, will .com still remain king.… Read More »