Monetize, Deodorize, Pulverize!!

I posted a thread up on Steve Pavlina’s forum asking how I should get SpicyMelon off the ground. After reading the responses, I felt a bit overwhelmed. Although I do have a decent technical background, the amount of stuff I would have to do to get SpicyMelon off the ground is daunting.

One of the reasons it’s difficult to make SpicyMelon is because I want it to be a social network/search engine. Because of this, I need a lot of server space and software that won’t kaputz on me or my users.

Because of the sheer amount of work that I would have to put in to recreate SpicyMelon, I wanted to have it outsourced. It’s definitely a good idea since the website’ll be made by a team of experts instead of a guy with a grabasstic knowledge on the subject. Sure, I went to college for this stuff, but technology changes quickly and there’s a lot of things that are important that I wasn’t taught (like SEO for example). Despite outsourcing being an excellent idea for getting my business up and running, I don’t quite have enough money for it yet.

What to do, what to do? Well, I could just give up and try to get another job that I’ll be miserable doing. Don’t worry, I won’t do that unless absolutely necessary.

My plan is to go ahead and build a guitar blog, either TheShred.com or GuitarReviewer.com. I could do both, but I want to start off with just one.

The idea behind GuitarReviewer.com is pretty straightforward. I’ll do reviews for guitar-related products ranging from actual guitars, instructional videos, stompboxes, amps, guitar magazines (by issue), the list goes on. I plan on earning income from this site by advertisements (text-link ads, Chikita, etc.), joint-ventures (recommended products from Amazon.com, Musician’sFriend.com, etc.), and donations.

I believe that GuitarReviewer.com will be my big online break because I’m passionate about the guitar and would like to convey that passion in a way that will earn me income so that I don’t have to “work for a living”. The best thing about doing a site like this is that I don’t have to ship out any products.

After GuitarReviewer.com gets going, I plan on adding other sites as well. AnimeReview.com is something that I’ve wanted to do for ages. Of course, I still want to get SpicyMelon.com and TheShred.com off the ground as well.

“But Andy, if you’re putting up all of these websites, how will you find the time to do anything if you’re always writing articles for these websites?” Great question! As I mentioned earlier, I want to start off with just one website and then add other sites from there. All of these websites can be put on autopilot if I get burned out on a topic, if I wanna go on vacation, etc. How? Outsourcing of course! I could hire people to write articles for me. When it comes to articles where opinion is key, like product reviewing, I could hire people to contribute articles in their name. They get the credit for their articles and traffic for their websites, and I sustain my traffic (and thus my income) without writing a thing! Websites like SpicyMelon.com will require a lot of initial content creation to give potential users a real working example of what they can do on SpicyMelon.com instead of an everypage example.

In order to get GuitarReviewer.com off the ground, I want to use SiteBuildIt!, which was recommended by Steve Pavlina. I looked into it to see if it was for me, and although it may not be ideal for something like SpicyMelon.com, it can definitely get GuitarReviewer.com up and running.

Changing gears, I feel absolutely drained today.

I had my interview with UPS today. It was pretty cut-and-dry to be honest. The guy gave us a sheet outlining what we’d be making an hour if we got hired (a whopping $12.88 per hour) and a general outline of our daily routines. He then interviewed us individually. The whole thing took like 75 minutes tops.

After that, I went to McDonald’s for some lunch. I then decided to go to my dad and grandparents’ graves. It felt good visiting them again. I noticed that the ground above both of their graves had dying grass on top of it (my grandma’s had none) and even my grandpa’s had dying grass. My grandpa’s been dead since 1987, my grandma died in 2005, and my dad died in 2004. They say that the dead are restless if the grass above their grave is dying or not there after they’ve been buried at least a year. I wonder if that’s true. Hmm…

When I finished visiting them, I decided to go on a little trip. I took the main road and rode my moped until I was in a town I’ve never been to. It was fun, but I didn’t want to push it since I didn’t know where I was and I didn’t see any gas stations so I headed back home. Before I came home, I browsed around the rich section of the town my dad and grandparents are buried in. Their houses aren’t as impressive as the ones in my town, but it was still fun drivin’ around.

From Thursday through the weekend, I’ll be visiting my friends at UU. Genshiken UU’s throwing the Azumanga Daioh M8 Marathon on Saturday and I think it’ll be fun to see that as well as my friends again.

Well, I’m gonna get something to eat so I’ll see you guys around. Bye!

TheAndySan

I've Been Thinking…

…And I’ve come up with a lot of ideas! Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan with pants. Yes, pants.

I haven’t been updating as much as I used to because I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. I’ve been thinking of my future and what I’ll be doing in order to make enough money  to support myself. In all honesty, I can’t support myself just working at Wal-Mart, at least not as a cashier. I could try to move up in order to make moAr money, but that would take too long and working at Wal-Mart isn’t what I wanna do long-term. Basically, Wal-Mart is my steady income until I can live off of making money from my websites.

My plan is to make several (probably no more than 10) websites of different interests of mine. Those sites’ll be my main sources of income, and I’ll still have this site up as my personal blog. I was gonna make these sites into social networks, but for simplicity’s sake, I’ll make them into a blog & forum combo. I’ll submit my stuff on the blogs and other members can submit their things on the forums. I’ll have ads mostly on the blog sections with some in the forums. I dunno how I’ll organize it, but I’ll get there when I get there.

If you haven’t already noticed, I’ve dramatically changed the look of this site. I got the theme from Dosh Dosh so kudos to you sir!! I don’t usually like 3-column blogs, but this one’s set up nicely so I think I’ll keep it around for awhile.

Well, I’m gonna go eat so I’ll see you guys later. Bye!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 56 days since www.theandysan.com has been up and 28 days since www.spicymelon.com has been up. www.spicymelon.com is back up again, but I’m going to be retooling it so it might take a bit before I regularly update it again. Stay tuned!

A Funny Thing Happened To My Internets

Hey guys, It’s TheAndySan back in da house!!

Sorry about the absence. I had some problems with my Internets, but they’re fixed…for now…

Jon’s living with us again. I guess it’s back to sleeping on the couch.

Last week was fucking crazy. As you guys know, my truck broke down. I sold it to the guy to cover labor and I got $75 out of it. After I sold it, I found out that I could have sold it to a junkyard for wayyy moAr, even after towing costs.

Because of my transportation situation, my mom’s letting me use Jon’s moped. Honestly, It’s a really nice moped, but it’s been draining my money as of late. It cost me $88 to insure it for a year (amazing, but it still sucks in the short-term), $30-something for new plates and tags that expire in November (I really hope I’m not still riding it by then), $12 for a new chain & lock, $5 for an awesome screwdriver for when the fuse blows up every time I start it and I push the fuse holder into the other side of the tank, and $38 for a new back tire that went flat on my way to Ben’s house for Eights and Aces’ morning practice (I’ll be putting the video of that up as soon as I get the file). I’ll get the tire sometime this week (I’m guessing Wednesday) so my parents have been gracious enough to drive me back and forth to work in the meantime.

Despite all this crap happening, I think that a girl at work has a crush on me. Her name’s Jess and she’s been especially friendly to me ever since I talked to her after she handed chewing tobacco to a customer and they came through my line since they had more than 10 items. It seemed like the customer had a valid reason to purchase the chewing tobacco at an aisle besides the one that sells tobacco products. I called a manager over just in case, and it turns out that I was right; there’s only one aisle that a customer can purchase tobacco, regardless of how many items he/she is buying. So I handed it back to Jess and the customer didn’t want it so we both didn’t get canned. Hurray.

I haven’t asked her if she has a boyfriend/husband yet, so I dunno if she’s single. If she is, then I might have a chance. Maybe. Like I said, she’s been really friendly towards me and I’m pretty sure that she either doesn’t have a boyfriend/husband or is gonna break up with him soon. I’m kinda nervous since it’s been awhile since I last tried to ask someone out. In fact, the last time I was even close to having a relationship was back when I was in UU with the blazin’ Azns Paulette and Amanda.

In my previous post, I said that I’m planning on starting up another website. I’m still doing it, but I’m debating between two cameras, the Aiptek Action HD 1080p and the Sanyo Xacti CG-6. Both are affordable and are pretty good cameras for the money from what I’ve read online.

Well, I’m off to catch up on 6 days without an Internet. Catch ya laters!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 54 days since www.theandysan.com has been up and 26 days since www.spicymelon.com has been up. I’m going to be retooling www.spicymelon.com so it might take a bit before I update it again. Stay tuned!