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You need to purchase a domain name for a separate url.  If you set up a separate wordpress.com (free) site you won't have plugins and other options.  It is limited.

Wordpress (open source software) has both files and a connected database.  I have several wordpress tutorials at http://boomerempowerment.com/wordpress101/  this is for self-hosted wordpress.

Microsites can be on the free sites such as blogger, wordpress.com  etc.  Lots of choices.  However, I believe that if you purchase a domain name for those, and have that free site run on those domain names you will be better off.  You will still be limited to what each free platform has available. 

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I did a quick search for prepper directory, found a few sites, some are prepper organizations groups more than companies to buy from, or lists or prepper sites, etc. 

The directories I did find on page 1 of bing, were empty for the most part, ranking of 0, seems room for improvement.   I didn't check adsense or such as to number of searches for keyword.

Would small businesses shy away from this?  The survival podcast and other sites seem to find advertisers.   

I'm not sure exactly how you want to set this up, which businesses you are targeting, may want to talk to a few such businesses if they'd welcome such a directory. 

When I think of successful directory sites I look at LocalHarvest.org   They have been around a dozen plus years.  They found a need a filled it, today a high traffic successful directory for finding local produce, etc. 

I think a high quality prepper directory site would do well. I see many directory sites started in various niches, hard to search, only a few listings, thus not filling a need, little success.  In the end, until you try, you won't know how it'll do.  Do make it stand out. 


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Last November, my oldest son decided to make the transition from employee to self-employed. 
He is an open source programmer.  Issue is he must market and promote his services along with doing the actual work.  And when one job ends you must have a new project ready to go.

With 4-6 weeks left to go with his current client, he came up with a month long project he wanted to develop.  Within 27 hours his project was funded, along with a job offer to continue his project while working for another company.  He declined the offer, wanting to stay independent. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/creationix/js-git   He is thinking next time he will ask for more $ and finance a longer term project.   

He never has a shortage of job offers, and several have wanted to build start up companies around his expertise.  His theory is that if his skills are that valuable, he can succeed on his own.  I can remember many years back discussions we'd have on ways to earn income writing code which you give away. 

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WordPress Wizardry / Re: Multiple domains better than one?
« on: March 22, 2013, 10:58:22 AM »
I can't say which would be best.  Great question.

Because your existing domain is doing well, you can set up separate sub-domains or folders on your current domain and each area have it's own wordpress site.  ***.com/weddings   or seniors.***.com 


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Not heard of Quirky, gave your project a vote. 

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Meet, Greet and Network / Re: Greetings from Michigan
« on: March 15, 2013, 07:03:40 PM »
Welcome!

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The Water Cooler / Re: Where is everyone?
« on: March 05, 2013, 06:12:05 PM »
"Where are you hanging out?" 

The internet does work that way.  Several years back I was very active on Ryze, many business owners there, friendships made, much learned and shared.   The groups sort of split up and went different ways, many on Facebook, some on twitter, others linkedin.   Some group leaders moved their groups as things slowed down to Facebook, but it was never the same.  One guy is starting a networking group back up on Ryze. None were ever as active as the Ryze groups once where.  Yet we still bump into each other online, refer business to each other, even if not so active in the same group.  Miss that online virtual water cooler.

I've spent some time on the Warrior's forum, but more like a lurker than actively involved.   There are many people over there, many to sell their stuff to online business owners.  I've found answers to questions there from time to time.   I've not really built any relationships there, doesn't feel like home I guess. 

G+ is growing, hangouts are another way to interact, and there are now communities there.   One of my friends loves the groups on Social Media Examiner.   

Whether here or elsewhere, an active community takes people interacting with each other.  Asking questions, answering questions.  Brainstorming threads where my favorites.   There were also some quite heated debates. Lessons taught, homework suggested.  Stuff learned.  As more people interact, the group grows.  When less people interact the group quickly dies down.   

I recently picked up some ebooks which are very good.  Similar to the stuff Jack was teaching in his podcast.  I'll be putting these things in place when I get back from a trip.  One thing I like is 5 months worth of step by step things to do, another book telling you how to do these things, improve site stickiness and more.   Example, first week was to buy a used domain in your niche create a site with it, add 3 articles, link homepage to your main site, and create a facebook page for your site, linking to your site in the about section. (different ip than your main site- could use something like blogger with your domain name instead of blogspot.com url) Nice having clear cut goals. 

Where have I been hanging out?  on Facebook most, rest of time with family, working on my sites and client's sites.  I check in here several times a week. 







 


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Physical Products / Re: Online store shopping cart
« on: February 24, 2013, 11:23:52 PM »
Wonder if there are any great forums for drop shippers.  It would be best to get an answer from someone doing the same thing.   You may want to check at http://www.warriorforum.com/  lots of info there for online marketing, software questions.  I can't vouch for everyone over there, as with anything, you have to use your own judgement.

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I agree, side project.  And if you look at the survival podcast, it is a great example of consistent content and a successful site.   

There is great info online, along with the great content from 5 minutes with Jack.  Enough info to make a site successful with the time, effort and valuable content.   

Nor is that the only business model. 

Doesn't mean we can't share ideas and help each other build our own businesses.  A community is so much stronger than relying on any one person.  No one has infinite time.

As I look at kickstarter and related sites, I realize there is so much more than can be done to encourage more business start ups, especially at the local levels.   


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General Business Issues and Ideas / Start Garden
« on: February 07, 2013, 07:17:21 AM »
http://startgarden.com/

I like the way they are doing things to help new businesses get started.  If you are anywhere close to Grand Rapids check them out.  Also good to look at as a possible model for encouraging start ups in your area.

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Motivational Mania / Re: It's Happening!
« on: February 05, 2013, 08:10:21 AM »
Congrats and great use of ebook!

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Nice!  Surprise checks are always fun.

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I've always thought free plus subscription for more is a good business model.

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