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The focus will also obviously be on the twitter feed - should the two things be separate or do they overlap?
I want to follow the rules of KISS on this so i can just update the site and users see what's going on straight away. I thought also about using a wiki for the homepage so multiple users could update...
Any thoughts or ideas?
To have the punters recognise your site as the authority for that topic takes a lot of steady graft.
The other thing is that if it takes off you will get a lot of repeat visits. Repeat vistors tend to be ad blind. I actively told visitors that if they wanted to keep getting listings then they should support us by making their Amazon purchases through our affiliate link. That usually paid marginally more than Adsense.
To accomplish this round up all of your data sources, either via data feeds or by collecting the data into a database, and the rest is simply a matter of displaying that information in a way that accomplishes what you want.
When you have that done you can add more features, such as member accounts, and entice people active in the field to provide information by making it simple and rewarding to do.
Before you start working on this project you should set some goals. If making money is the primary goal a site doesn't need to become viral to be profitable. If being the top site on the subject is the primary goal becoming viral is more important. Your goals dictate quite a bit about how you should approach the project.