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Looking to start a typo site...

turpentyineturpentyine Registered User regular
edited April 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
Anyone know where I could go to learn on how they work?
I know that some people think that these sites are bad, but i dont care so please dont post telling me how this is bad. I dont care.
Thnx...

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    SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    umm... just buy a site that is spelled similar to a popular site..

    begin whoring yourself and your crap out...

    revel in being a gigantic douche.

    Not sure what other advice would be helpful here.

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    turpentyineturpentyine Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    but how do you get all the marketing crap on there i dont know how that stuff works....
    and please can we do without the insults if you do not like my question just ignore the topic and do not respond...

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    ApexMirageApexMirage Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Buy a business plan? You're not gonna get any kind of helpful advice on being a nuisance.

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    DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    does he mean he want to own the domain for a url that's a typo of some legit place a user would be trying to get to?


    and filling the page with advertising and similar products/services to make money off of unsuspecting web users?

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    Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Read up on it.

    Be aware that you will be hassled by companies if it is a trademarked name.

    Also: What Apex said.

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    KealohaKealoha Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    You've gotta become pretty well versed in business stuff to make it successful, probably. How does one of these things actually make money, anyway?

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    Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Kealoha wrote: »
    How does one of these things actually make money, anyway?

    Advertising/spyware.

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    KingthlayerKingthlayer Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Helpfully redirect to the site you're spelled similar to and offer a look at your fine wares. Maybe some people will check it out because you were honest.

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    Tweaked_Bat_Tweaked_Bat_ Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    What, like macrosoft.com or something?

    I know there used to be a few relating to google, but they all seem to redirect to google.com now anyway - owners of those sites probably got harassed pretty fiercely by google to hand over the domains.

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2008
    I'll send you a startup package (domain registration included!) for $99. Guaranteed to make more than that!*

    *not guaranteed.

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2008
    Ugh, I thought the title meant he wanted to start a site about typography.

    I think you'd only make money off this sort of thing if you had millions of them.

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    DekuStickDekuStick Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    What, like macrosoft.com or something?

    I know there used to be a few relating to google, but they all seem to redirect to google.com now anyway - owners of those sites probably got harassed pretty fiercely by google to hand over the domains.

    Harassed with money. I remember when gogle.com was a big ad fest.

    You could do it like Firefox.com did. Firefox was SOMETHING else I can't remember but the main page always offered to redirect you to the web browser site you actually wanted to go to. So you could make a border of ads and in the middle a "Were you looking for *****" link.

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    turpentyineturpentyine Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Forbe! wrote: »
    Read up on it.

    Be aware that you will be hassled by companies if it is a trademarked name.

    Also: What Apex said.

    thnx that helped

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    GihgehlsGihgehls Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
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    turpentyineturpentyine Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Gihgehls wrote: »

    is this one of the companies that gives you the ads for your site?
    i dont really know what domain parking is
    thnx

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    GihgehlsGihgehls Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Gihgehls wrote: »

    is this one of the companies that gives you the ads for your site?
    i dont really know what domain parking is
    thnx

    Yes, they serve up ads for your site based on a niche that you select.

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    turpentyineturpentyine Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    oh thnx a lot that helps

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    turpentyineturpentyine Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Forbe! wrote: »
    Read up on it.

    Be aware that you will be hassled by companies if it is a trademarked name.

    Also: What Apex said.

    how do you find out which names are trademarked or not?

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    turpentyineturpentyine Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    also should i start an llc to do this instead of just doing all this under my name?

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2008
    also should i start an llc to do this instead of just doing all this under my name?

    Absolutely, yes. It will cost some cash up front, but it will pay off in the long term.

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    QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I highly recommend buying multiple web design books.

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    JNighthawkJNighthawk Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I highly recommend not doing this.

    *sigh*

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    see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I could be wrong here, but wouldn't this fall under the "Don't help people be dicks" rule?

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2008
    see317 wrote: »
    I could be wrong here, but wouldn't this fall under the "Don't help people be dicks" rule?

    No, what he's trying to do is legit.

    This book tells you what you need to know, start to finish. It's a little expensive, but worth it, since you'll be able to make at least $20,000 a year on this.
    http://www.amazon.com/Dot-Com-Lifecycle-Implementing-business-Internet/dp/B00005MCPX/

    In addition, you will probably need a license for Visual Studio Pro (not express), since .NET is the best platform to make money from a website. A valid license will enable you to use ads from google, yahoo, and all the other top ad providers. You can get up to $30 a click-through. It's serious money.

    You will only need the "professional subscription" one if you want to be able to make money from the site, so that will save you some cash:
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vs2008/products/cc263904.aspx

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    AtomBombAtomBomb Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I thought the professional edition of Visual Studio Pro capped your ad revenue at like 100 clicks per day. If you're get some good domains I would spring for premium. It would suck if you got 500 people trying to go to your links and you only got paid for 100 of them.

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    anonywhoanonywho Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Ugh, I thought the title meant he wanted to start a site about typography.

    I think you'd only make money off this sort of thing if you had millions of them.


    That's what I thought too, I had a tab open about typos too that I was going to post.

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    turpentyineturpentyine Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    thnx for the help...
    i read up on this and it seems a lot of people who own these sites been getting sued by the legit companies so now i dont know if it will really work.
    is there a more legitimate way of doing this without possibility of lawsuits?

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2008
    thnx for the help...
    i read up on this and it seems a lot of people who own these sites been getting sued by the legit companies so now i dont know if it will really work.
    is there a more legitimate way of doing this without possibility of lawsuits?

    The best thing to do will be to retain a lawyer ahead of time.

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    Nexus ZeroNexus Zero Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I imagine a good way of checking the most popular typos for a domain is by using Google Trends. If people misspell it in Google they probably misspell it in the address bar.

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    PheezerPheezer Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2008
    Nexus Zero wrote: »
    I imagine a good way of checking the most popular typos for a domain is by using Google Trends. If people misspell it in Google they probably misspell it in the address bar.

    Of course, anything on that list is already going to be owned by one of the monster companies that own a few hundred of those sites already. But nice thought.

    Seriously, this is just about the worst get rich quick scheme you could have thought up. The ship sailed on this one nearly a decade ago. Next you're going to come up with the brilliant idea to sell people discount pharmaceuticals via unsolicited e-mail, right?

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