The 'building a business' scrapbook.
Monday, April 22, 2002
This article at Salon discusses how "player-created additions to computer games aren't a hobby anymore -- they're the lifeblood of the industry". Titled "Triumph of the mod" it details how fan made mofidications to existing PC games are reshaping the gaming industry. And now Valve Software have unveiled Steam, a for-profit (optionally) broadband distribution network for game mods.
Saturday, April 20, 2002
Highlight Word Bookmarklet is one of those ingeneous little freebie utilities that send a surge to the lightbulb in your head! -
Tuesday, April 16, 2002
While 'flicking' through the Innovations website last night I noticed a fantastic new gadget I wasn't previously aware of - a USB mobile phone charging cable. So imagine, you're on the train, furiously poking away at your laptop keyboard when suddenly the mobile rings, the beeps.... low battery! So you whip out the USB charging cable, plug one end into the laptop and the other into the phone to siphon a little energy over. Beautiful. It's like a jump lead for your phone.posted by James | 10:09 PM
Monday, April 15, 2002 8:11 PM
Sunday, April 14, 2002
Now thisis what Ireland.com should be using for their email. OddPost is one of the most amazing things I've seen on the net in years! People are raving about it, and the creators justifiably IMHO call it, "indubitably the most astounding Web-based e-mail application on earth." More in this wired.com article. And Julian Harris said, "Oddpost is the first practical online web application with a desktop-quality user experience."
Friday, April 12, 2002
Wow, I'd heard that Google is constantly spidering sites and will get back to each one frequently but I did NOT expect to see www.GlobalGreyhounds.com blazing up the charts like this :) For a "greyhound racing" search we've gone from 26th place (on page 3) to 15th (on page 2)!! That's an amazing climb in only a few days. I'm going to study our stats at the end of the week to see if it's made much of a differenceposted by James | 9:20 PM
Wednesday, April 10, 2002
When I was a software tester with Apple Computer in Cork we used to get the odd spell of games testing (tough work but someone had to do it!). I used to joke with friends that I played games for a living. Well you know it looks like this kind of a living may become more accessible to the general poplulation if plans of Swedish company MindArk are realised.
Another excellent newsletter I subscribe to is Andy Bourland's Bourland.com, which is, "dedicated to Developing Profitable Online Publishing Business Models". Together with the The End of Free blog this is a wonderful resource for anyone trying to move from a fRee to a fee content model. A contributor reported some particular pearls of wisdom from Fred Davis, CEO of Lumeria, Inc, "If you can only lure customers to your site by squeezing your margins down to the basement, you'll be out of business sooner or later. Even worse are those who follow the cult of the free. In this Internet paradise, everything is free! But these Utopians have forgotten that free is anti-value. If free is your best selling point, don't be surprised when you only attract freeloaders."posted by James | 9:34 PM
Saturday, April 06, 2002
Following on, the inward linkage to www.IrishInSpain.com is quite miserable, with only 1 link coming from www.123propertynews.com with whom I did a link exchange. Not to worry, I'm going to work on improving that. That's the real hard draft - just takes time looking up other high ranking sites and soliciting them for reciprocal links. Why worry about reciprocal links when my rankings are already respectable on Google? Well, because there are 3 prongs to successful Search Engine (SE) rankings - keyword density, inward linkage from 'authorative' sites, and relevant content. Apparently Google is a real stickler for the inward linkage bit and rates link popularity fairly highly in its ranking algorithm.posted by James | 11:06 AM
Ok, we're getting somewhere now! Early this week I installed an excellent (and FREE!) ExtremeTracker tracker. I've tried quiet a few of these little gizmos (including TheCounter, Stats4All, etc) but none compare to ExtremeTracker. Allready I'm seeing some eye-opening results. For instance, I expected that having two important keywords in the domain name - "Irish" and "Spain" - would improve my ranking, but not by THIS much and not so SOON!!
Tuesday, April 02, 2002
The challenge: To raise the profile of www.IrishInSpain.com significantly over the next few months. Right now I'm going to go and research the current position, with regard to Search Engine (SE) ranking, backward/inward links (links from other sites to IrishInSpain.com which improve its SE ranking by virtue of being deemed relevant!), etc, etc.