Give us your traffic and we won’t ruin your wedding album...
The following is a post from a guest blogger profiling his experience launching a web startup, Creepyfaces.com.
Sitting in a cubicle for a few years, like millions of other "young professionals", will drive someone on a lonely journey along the daydreaming spectrum. I’ve had countless procrastinating daydreams of everything imaginable. Having superpowers, encounters with aliens, new recipes for potato salad, karate fights with random co-workers; I’ve had them all. The most common of these fantasies though, is the one which inevitably leads me to endless riches so I can trade my cubicle for endeavors where being miserable at my work is not the only way to pay my rent.
A few months ago, me and my semi-odd friends created a blog/website called Creepyfaces.com. While the primary and initial idea of this site was for fun and our own personal amusement, we’ve had enough feedback to think that we can actually make some money from this. The concept of the site is to post "people who ruin pictures". Seemingly everyone at some point has posed with a group of friends or family members, only to have their picture ruined by some weirdo in the background making a face like their genitals have been covered in gasoline and lit on fire. Since starting the blog just about 2 months ago, we’ve already obtained a regular audience ranging anywhere from 500 – 5,000 uniques a day. We’ve also been listed around the internet such as being on Askmen.com "Site of the Day", Thrillist.com, and various other blog mentions.
So now my restless mind and weirdly fun blog has escalated my fantasies to being the next Bill Gates or whoever that guy is who started Facebook. Now it’s time to make our millions of dollars. Ok, so how exactly do we do that? Ummm. Well, I believe that we are close, real close to completing this mystery. We are missing just one piece of the equation. Here’s what we have so far:
Step 1: Drive traffic to our site
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Being followed around by TMZ paparazzi all day because we’re so rich.
We assume that the first step is to drive traffic up until we are internet sensations. We’ve explored the social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Stumble etc. We’ve also signed up for Google Adsense to start making some revenue off of our traffic. Unfortunately we’ve run into a couple of roadblocks on our way to fabulous celebrity and superstardom.
While the social networking sites are a good idea in theory, we don’t believe its helped us at all. Twitter seems to be the least effective, as we only have about 20 Followers. We’ve setup twitterfeed so each post is microblogged on Twitter, but that still doesn’t seem to help. Digg and Stumble and those sites also don’t seem to be very effective. Facebook has been the most successful as we have about 300 or so members on our Creepyface.com group, but that also doesn’t seem to be the answer to our needs. We’ve exchanged links with other blogs who have a similar audience as us, but it’s been hard to tell if that’s made a significant increase either. Google Adsense has been most disappointing out of the bunch though. We simply want to have relevant ads on our site so we can take home our sweet $10.00 paycheck each month. Oddly enough though, it seems that this marvelous Google algorithm can’t seem to find relevant advertisement with keywords on our page such as "Creepypants", "bologna fingers" or "a hairy belly that looks like an Everything Bagel". We are currently only showing public service ads with an eCPM of around $0.03 cents right now.
So where do we go from here? Well, my daydreaming fantasies will tell you that a bunch of naked Swedish supermodels will show up at my door, express there obsession with Creepyfaces.com, and offer me 100 million dollars for it. Then they will bake me magic cookies which will make me grow to 6”5 and I can play quarterback for the NY Jets, while twilighting as a crime fighting ninja at nights. Likely? Probably not. So please send us your creepiest pictures and make me rich.