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Nobody is digging?

What happened to the gold rush diggers?

     
12:33 am on Aug 11, 2016 (gmt 0)

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2004-ish...we were all digging for gold.

2016...all anyone is selling is "shovels" that only work in their area of the field.

What happened?

Ask for some help for a website...they say, "You GOTTA go over to WordPress! It's AWESOME! Only $800-$1500 to move you over! We don't fuss with that whole HTML stuff...WordPress is where you need to be now! EVERYONE is doing it!"

Me: "Um...no. I can kinda code, I just need a bit of help in this area. Can you do anything beyond using WordPress?"

Still waiting for a response.

I'm ready to take out a radio commercial for even the local stuff.

It seems like the whole place is empty. I just never noticed it.

Have you noted it also?
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What "whole place is empty?" This forum? There's plently going on here and quite a few willing to be helpful if you ask specific questions.

There are various choices to set-up & run a site. CMS (wordpress, drupal, etc) are one way to go, but so are WYSIWYG & hand coded sites. It really depends what works best for you and your niche.
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Ask for some help for a website...they say, "You GOTTA go over to WordPress!

That's because it's an easy solution which wasn't available all that time ago. It can do what most people want. I'm not saying I would promote it in the way your describe, but, for example, people ask me if they can make their own edits to their site. Wordpress, and other CMS offer that capability with a certain level of safety. Most I speak to won't pay for a customised CMS, and most don't need it.

Yes, many are selling shovels, and many are selling how to use a shovel, too. The market has changed over time, but that doesn't mean there's no demand for gold. The experts know where to dig for gold, and have their own shovel.
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all are busy in this forum.....cms is very important for us
10:57 am on Aug 11, 2016 (gmt 0)

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All gold rushes end. The Web rush went into first decline during a general increase around 2002 (those who made the BIG bucks quick took the money and ran to something else while the rest were just waking up and ...)

2004 every Tom Dick and Harry were digging,---digging hard--- and some were obnoxious enough in that enterprise that ad blockers were invented (and browsers came with pop ups disabled by default, third party bits and pieces were denied, or could be) and the consumer (whose gold everyone wants to mine) was just exploring the web for real, and discovering who was real and who was scam, and learning the hard way the miscreants were out there making life (and identity protection!) difficult: thus the rise of brands and the eventual decline of the "mom and pop" sites.

There's nothing wrong with selling shovels, but the real money is in apparel, housing, travel, etc. Also the definition of gold changes day to day. Right now gold seems to be spelled "news", "entertainment", and "social media" ... with all of them wall papered with ads, affiliates, or other methods of separating a dime or a dollar from Joe Blow and Mary Sue.

I'm pretty sure those of us who were there at the beginning are still digging ... but due to market, customer interest, cultural, political, economical, we might be using a garden trowel or a steam shovel, or even more granular: a toothbrush and tooth pick.

The gold is still there; HOWEVER, There's only so much in the world. That won't change anytime soon (unless for fiat money is printed as countries go to trade wars), and with half a billion webmasters gong after that wealth (old days it might have been 10 million websites ... and not all of them were monetized!) the slice of the pie is infinitely smaller.

Not doom and gloom, just the facts . If one can stay the course, have enough bankroll to continue operations through the first two years, and truly play that game an income, and perhaps a real profit, can be had.

These days one has to recognize that the gift of free tips and how-to-get-rich sailed long ago. NO ONE who is actually in BUSINESS will reveal that many "secrets" to the great unwashed because the competition is already immense. One more might be just one too many.

I'm now going back to selling shovels, shirts, transportation, a delightful hovel, current and historical entertainment and a good read or two. Or take a nap---whichever is more profitable at this time. :)
1:47 am on Aug 18, 2016 (gmt 0)

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There is a funny set of videos some Canadian company puts out.

They expose fake handymen/plumbers/etc.

They take a sprayer from a faucet...loosen the connection a bit so it drips...then they call the "plumber". This "plumber" takes a look at it...and (basically) says, you need a new faucet...for several hundred dollars...

Take two:

They take a toilet and wrap the chain around the lever so it keeps running...
The 'plumber' says they 'need a new toilet'...for several hundred dollars, again.

That is what I meant by "digging for gold" and 'everyone is selling shovels now'.

I want to take out a radio commercial and say (figuratively), "Are tired of buying a new faucet when all you need is the sprayer connection tightened? Call ME!"

I guess I didn't realize (my fault) that there aren't any real 'plumbers' left in town...

BTW...still silence from the 'you gotta move to WordPress team...'