I’ve been a fan of David Gibbons’ website for a few years now, but it’s been in stealth mode for a while now. The website is really just a bunch of cool videos and free downloads, but I feel like he was trying to build up a community of technophiles before it was all over.
The website was actually legit, the first time I ever saw it. I had just gotten my friend a website for a new app he wanted to build, and I was curious how it would work. So I went ahead and started playing around with it. I wanted to see if I could make a cool app myself, but I didn’t want to do it in a way that was illegal. I was just a kid in high school and I didn’t know anything.
So I decided to do a web design course and got my own domain, set up my own website, and then I went to the website and I signed up for the site-building course. Then I realized I had never actually been on the site before. I had been reading it on a regular basis, but I didnt know how to get on the site. I thought it would just be a regular website with a bunch of random links, but it was like, well, it wasnt.
After I hit a few home page-loads I was actually pretty excited that I had created my own website. My main goal was to have my own website on my own website, and I had no problems designing it, but I thought that was probably a stretch, because I was going to have to spend a lot of time building my own website. I thought, Oh man, it looks like a really pretty little website.. but it’s not.
I could see the problem, because I assumed that I was going to build my website in a very specific way, but then I started looking at some of the websites on my own. I see this a lot, where people try and get as much traffic as they can on some website and the website has a lot of traffic but the visitors are not actually interested in the content. One website I just looked at had a huge number of visitors but was barely getting anything out of the visitors.
The problem is you can’t really target visitors without targeting them. If you put your content on a website that you don’t really care about, then there isn’t really much you can do to get more visitors. It would be like if you put a website in a shopping mall and say, “This is my mall, I’m going to visit all the stores in here.
Exactly. You can visit a big-box store, eat at McDonald’s or KFC, but if you don’t really need to go there, that’s the extent of your website’s usefulness. You can’t target visitors at a website that you don’t care about.
In fact, you can target a website but you cant do anything to make them better. For example, you could target your website to people who live in the city, and you could make it a restaurant-like website. But if you did, then you would need to get a license from the city to serve them. And that might be a hassle, because if I were a mayor of a city, I would have to get a license and be responsible for that.
Sure, it’s fun to imagine this. But if I were the kind of person who would get my hands dirty, I might go the route of actually making this happen. But I don’t live in a city. If I were to build a website, it would take months and a lot of money to get a website in the first place. So I don’t really have that option.
The problem is what: I think people will just leave you alone and forget about you. It’s just a good idea.