tangor - 6:20 am on Sep 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
Grand thought for:
I'd like to start a list of tips and techniques on how to generate ideas for (hopefully profitable) web site ideas.
With grand fail to follow BECAUSE those who have success aren't about to share that info with competitors for all the reasons that don't need to be expressed. As to the opening query, here's my response. Some serious, some tongue-in-cheek:
1 - Modify a known success (first MySpace, then Facebook)
No thanks. Don't have the VC to get 'er done.
2 - Check Alexa Top 500 sites (alexa.com/topsites)
Alexa? What is that? (Facetious)
3 - Make a list of problems - many web sites solve some type of problem
And MOST are topic generated not problem solvers. Only Democr... er... lib... er... those kind want to solve "problems"
4 - Make a list of things you love to do - hobbies, passions, etc. and focus in those areas.
The majority of web sites. Pick a theme and jump on it like white on rice!
5 - Check Flippa to spot hot selling web sites to see what's in demand
Go to Walmart and see what sells, then mimic them.
6 - Record all of your web site ideas somewhere
Done. Just won't share them. Too many trolls out there! (Grins)
7- Ask people what kind of web site they would like to exist
Ordinary marketing. This should be done first if commerce it in the mix.
8 - Google Trends - check for latest trends
There's more than one pony in the race. Google does not always win.
9 - Check for popular Facebook groups
Social is highly OVER-RATED. Haven't seen any "bucks" from FB yet.
10 - Take note of really active forums to get ideas
Good thought. Where to rip the "next big thing". We're all working on that!