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I love simple ideas like these: Graeme McGaw makes $50k/month running OrderOfBooks.com, a blog that lists books in different orders.
When people want to get started reading a book series, they might search for something like “order of Harry Potter books”... That’s when they’ll land on this website, where they will get exactly what they are looking for.
Turns out Amazon doesn’t do a great job at listing out books in series order, so niche websites like these can attain hundreds of thousands of traffic per month.
It’s the simple ideas that usually win...
Here’s Graeme’s biggest takeaway on his success:
This is the method I approach all new websites with (especially if I don't have any hard data on traffic or financials); the K.I.S.S. method. Create a very basic website and if it grows - build onto it. The only major changes in the last 10 years have been cosmetic changes to the website. The core remains the same.
This is some of the best advice I’ve read in a while. Stop overcomplicating things and solve problems in a straightforward way!
More simple ideas that profit…?
It’s usually the simplest ideas that make the most money:
- Matthew makes over $10M/year on his stock market research site
- Caitlin makes $2.4M/year with a blog about proofreading
- Patrick earns $140K/month with a blog about getting into finance
- This blog makes over $1M/year helping businesses grow on Pinterest
Want more? Here are 36 more bloggers making up to $2M/year
At Starter Story, we’ve grown to over 1M visitors/month, and like the blogs mentioned above, we’ve done this with our Lean SEO strategy. If you want to grow your traffic, check out the course on exactly how we did it.
Guillermo started the very first Airbnb for motorcycles, and now he’s making $150K in revenue per month, has over 15K motorcycles on the platform and 100K registered users…
This reminds me of another Airbnb for X startup I saw recently:. I wonder what else?
We just caught up with Jae, who started Gorilla ROI, a plugin that helps Amazon sellers automate part of their work (in Google Sheets).
Last year they were at 8K in MRR. Now they’re at 23K MRR, nearly all through SEO and word of mouth...
Read the full interview…
Bootstrapping a business with little or no capital comes with its fair share of challenges, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.
With sufficient research, a solid plan, and some extra time, there are plenty of ways to build your business from scratch, regardless of your startup budget.
We’ve identified 52 business ideas you can start with $0…
- Gorilla ROI ($23k/mo) is looking for content writers
- Ekster ($1.5M/mo) is looking for Head of Growth & Head Of Influencer Marketing
- Dox Design ($20K/mo) is looking for a VA
- Hairstory ($30M/Year Hair Care Products) Head of Marketing and Product Manager.
- Ora ($21K/Month Project Management System) Junior Frontend Developer & Sales.
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