YouTube Red

I signed up for YouTube Red this week, and I recommend you give it a try (they offer a free 1 month trial). But, that is not why I am writing this posting. Before I get to my main point, though, here’s some quick info: YouTube Red is a premium version of Youtube which costs… Read More »

BoatDeals.com – Will It Float?

“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” – T.S. Eliot You may have heard of Beepi.com, which is a new way to buy and sell cars. They will get your car sold in 30 days or less, or they will buy it from you themselves for the… Read More »

Free Books

Did you know there are hundreds of eBooks you can read for free each week? I only stumbled across this industry because I was looking for ways to promote my own eBook. It turns out that Amazon.com allows authors to have a book promotion where their book is offered for free (or sometimes 99 cents)… Read More »

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 »

My Top 10 Mistakes and Failures

Some people have told me that my book How To Make Money Online: Work From Home and Get Rich On The Internet has a misleading title because it is more about my failed business ventures than how to actually make money. My response has always been that the key to getting book sales on Amazon.com… 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 »

Are You In A Bubble?

We live in a magical time. With one click, I can listen to almost any song or album ever made just by paying $9.95/month to Spotify or iTunes. I can view any music video instantly for free with only a simple YouTube search. When I was a kid, I had to spend hours watching MTV… 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 »

I Have Seen The Future

I don’t usually make product recommendations on my blog, but for $10 you really should try the Google Cardboard virtual reality device, especially if you have kids. It is like a cheap demo version of Oculus Rift and Microsoft HoloLens, both of which are not even for sale yet to consumers and have an expected… 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 »

There Is Nothing New Anymore

I bought a new computer this week. It was a top of the line PC for $1100. But, it really is no better than the last high-level computer I bought in 2009. In fact, it is worse, because it has Windows 8. Other than the interface change, I don’t think I would notice the difference… Read More »

Buying Cheap Traffic – An Experiment

Almost every new site I create gets no traffic. That is frustrating, disappointing, and not good business, and I am not sure exactly what to do about it. In the olden days, it used to be if you built a good site, people would find it. Google would send it lots of traffic, other sites… 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 »

How I Found My Voice

When I was in high school, I wasn’t a typical teenager. I was not a geek, not a jock (playing on the tennis team did not count), and not popular. I was a shy, socially awkward, honor roll student, who read the Wall Street Journal every day in the school library during study hall. Fast… Read More »

Seller’s Remorse – GameReviews.com

In February 2014 I bought the domain GameReviews.com for $7000 (estibot.com appraised value = $63,000). Over and over again I had vowed to stop buying domains but I saw this domain for sale in an email newsletter and felt compelled to buy it, even though I did not have any particular plans for it and… Read More »