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Website Ideas and Purposes

Amazing but a lot of websites are started without any idea. If it is a personal website, the only idea was "Writing stuff about me", for commercial website "making money online in any way". Do not start this way. Before making any steps first find out the right subject for your website. Creating website and hoping that the right idea will come by itself while building - is not very intelligent.

Finding website ideas

Finding website idea is the most important step. What are your personal interests? Reading books, going in for sports, playing online games, breed cats, listen to music or even watching TV - each of these subjects can be put in the middle of the website. But do not put all together! One idea per website is the best way to start.

Some examples how website idea can be born:

  • If you read books - create a website with books you have already read, write reviews on them, allow visitors to write comments to the reviews and create a personal ranking of the "10 books, you have to read" that is consequently updated.
  • If you go in for sports - build a website for your sport club, make a possibility to communicate through forum, add photos you shot during tournaments and publish actual scores.
  • If you listen to music - make a website about bands from your region, place a calendar for the concerts, add videos, offer CD in online shop, organize concerts yourself.
  • If you like to walk - make a website about your town. You would wonder that the most people living in your town do not even know half of places where they can walk or spend their free time. Contact local radio or newspaper to cooperate. Add news, actual events, forum to communicate.

Just stop to look for the best website ideas and look around you. What are you doing every day? What your friends are interested in? Write these two questions down and reflect on them, note anything you get in your head. Website ideas need time, so do not try to find one within 15 minutes. Take up time, a day or a week. Then concentrate on one idea and start to deepen it.

The website idea depends on your savvy and personality as well. If you can not write you should not create website based on content only. If you are not very communicative person you probably will not get any success with community website. And if you would not like to learn you should not start any website at all.

As a last resort see what your family members or friends can need. Ask them and start to make website according to their interests. I have started some projects this way and one of them has now about 15.000 visitors daily.

Make a "400-words-test": write down about 400 words considering your website idea. It may be introduction into the subject, description of the website sections or the reason for you choosing this subject. If you are not able to write it, then leave the idea and look for another one.

Understand the purpose of the website

Do not try to create website just "because you can earn a lot of money online". There are no successful websites out there that has been made this way. Why? The reason is simple - if you write about something that you are not interested in the website will be surely boring. Nobody would bookmark your website, no visitors and thus you have to invest money to buy visitors before you earn one cent. Be clever and save your time.

The best purpose is to share something you can do best. It can be your knowledge, experience, guesses, and thoughts. Think about giving something to your visitors and they (or your website) will surely give you personal satisfaction or desired income back.


Comments to "Website Ideas and Purposes"

  1. Howie July 11, 2009, 8:53 pm

    Hi,
    great idea to write a tutorial, which is not for programmers, but for normal people like me. I like most the help for finding new website ideas.
    Howie


  2. java master August 9, 2009, 1:50 pm

    i'm a techie, but there's so many tech sites already out there. i don't know where to start.


  3. Sofia August 10, 2009, 6:05 pm

    @java master: there are many sites, it's true. There are also many companies, but only some of them are really good and successful. There are many books as well but only few of them are bestsellers.

    It is not entirely the subject that makes your website unique and useful. It is something about the approach. If you make a tutorial, the result of it should be a useful program not an “academic” example without practical use. There are a lot of websites in internet that use java applets. Review them! Start your project and showcase each week a new java applet explaining how good (or bad) it is.

    There is almost nothing that is not covered in internet, but there are a lot of subjects that are not covered well enough, so that visitors are just waiting for the better resource. Probably yours?


  4. Fola November 7, 2009, 12:19 pm

    Wow... brilliant article! Short, yet direct at me. I think i have a problem of too much ideas...lol. I could say am a techie too, but i'm not the "geeky" type. I know how to keep a topic alive.

    I really thrive on practical work and i want to build my site on really practical stuffs for people in my region (Africa - Nigeria to be precise).

    I deal with computers as a whole quite extensively, from programming to networking to web development to animation and my favourite, graphic design. So i finally decided i was going to create a wiki of some sort for designs (web and graphics). Problem is, i get discouraged because i see so many really good stuff on this topics on the web, and its going to be really hard to get my site to top these sites on popular searches (google, yahoo, bing).

    Do i just look for another 'idea'? My site has had a "coming soon" notice for 3 months!


  5. max fadia December 9, 2009, 12:51 am

    This was a great artical but their are really an infinatnt number of tech sites i am a techie i love anything that has to do with technology.


  6. Michael January 7, 2010, 5:42 am

    Awesome find. I just discovered CMS MS and your tutorial have me well on the way to success..


  7. Andy January 27, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Thanks for this!


  8. Bernard Black February 17, 2010, 5:42 pm

    Nice article! I'll try to find a great idea now)


  9. Chris Hall May 23, 2010, 10:31 am

    Sofia,

    Bravo! :D

    I have many (many!) years experience in this area, and already I know a lot of what you say. But not all!

    You think and write very well, and share very useful experiences and information.

    You are helping increase the quality of information on the internet, saving people time and effort, and making people lives easier and perhaps even a little more rewarding.

    Thank you! for taking the time and making the effort. (And for doing it so well.)


  10. Kruno July 28, 2010, 10:33 pm

    I have a problem of too much ideas and you help me.
    Thanks for this!


  11. nancy August 25, 2010, 9:37 am

    Thank you for posting article. It help a lot.


  12. smiling face August 25, 2010, 9:39 am

    what a great great article, thank you so much...


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