I’m back from 10-days in L.A. where my wife received her PhD in Psychology after six years of grueling work. Yes, Dr. Walling is now in the house.
I’m launching a decent-sized project tomorrow (about 22 person-months of work), and moving to Boston on Monday – thus the dearth of posts lately. But tonight, instead of doing something important, I’m blogging. Since I don’t have a lot of time I’m going to rattle off a few things I’ve been thinking about:
I’m on a kick to increase revenue from a few of my websites. Aside from my ASP.NET Invoicing Application, I run a blog directory submission tool and an e-commerce site.
My blog directory submission service receives 900 organic visitors per month without fail, and has for 3+ years, but only makes around $60 a month. The same goes for my e-com site, except that gets around 5,000 organic visitors (it’s on the first page of google for some generic keywords), and closes only 3-5 orders per month.
Those numbers are despicable, so I’m on a quest to improve the conversion rate of both sites, and will be sharing that process with you in the coming months.
Looking for Suggestions
I’m looking for a term to describe something I’ve been thinking about: a software/web developer who uses his (or her) talents to build, buy, and leverage websites and software applications to create multiple recurring income streams. Sort of a cross between a webmaster, a Micro-ISV and a website flipper.
It’s like a Micro-ISV in that it’s one person, but the “products” he makes money from are not limited to downloadable software. The “products” can be software as a service (SaaS) applications, e-commerce sites, interactive learning environments…anything you would need technical skills to implement that provides real value for a group of people (i.e., not these crappy Adsense sites that clutter search results with poorly-written ESL content). This developer would typically have a portfolio of sites/apps he’s working on to stave off boredom and ensure a stable, recurring income.
I’m trying to describe that in less than the two paragraphs used above, and here’s what I’ve come up:
- Solo Entrepreneur (too vague)
- Solo Software Entrepreneur (too long)
- Web Entrepreneur (too lame)
- Internet Entrepreneur (also vague but my current favorite, even though it sounds like a term Dan Kennedy or Yanik Silver would use)
Yes, this is a somewhat random question, but I think I’m going somewhere with it.