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Hi, welcome to my blog. In this part of my world, I talked about how to achieve financial freedom by learning how to make money online through creating sites and earning from them.

Below are some current and past make money projects that details my learning journey.

My current experiment in making 50 amazon site niches. If you have not been following this challenge, best place to start is this resource page for the amazon challenge, that lists all the articles that I have written so far.

My experiment in making 1000 a month through adsense in 9 months.

If you came here looking for low cost startup ideas, here are 140 startup ideas that you can browse through.

Monday, 28 January 2008

Startup Idea #36: Tags based aggregation

Aggregation across media for one vertical is going to be big. How to accomplish this? Use tags. Just imagine, pulling tags called 'bleach' across youtube, flickr, wikipedia, gaia online et al and putting them all in one attention saving interface.

One application for this idea is to create a widget for users to aggregate content for personalisation of their mobile phone, based on their interest groups. For example, fans of Radiohead in MySpace can use our widget to aggregate Radiohead ringtones, wallpaper, phone covers, et al through tags called 'radiohead'. Such a widget gives connected consumers a platform to create something for the brand they loved ,be they bands or fashion or toys. This is similar to what Zazzle is doing for branding and t-shirst

Brand 2.0 + Tags + Horizontal aggregation = interesting

Startup Idea #35: Interesting mashup ideas

Have found a couple of interesting posts imagining interesting mashups. Note that mashups are networks but they aggregate applications/services instead of content. Hence, all economics related to networks applied here.

A host of mashup ideas = this

Sickness measure + twitter + food nutrients = this

parking lot exchange + event organising site = this

parking lot exchange + farecast = this

ownerIQ + product reviews = this

Startup Idea #34: Reconstructing instruction manuals

Upated: 31 Jan 2008

Last idea is kinda of stuck so shift to this one.

Instruction manuals are hard to read and yet necessary for using your new, wonderful gadgets. How about we reconstruct the entire chain of instruction manuals and replace books with full 3D visualisation as well as more immersive media. Imagine seeing 3D models of your gadget with clear visual instructions on how to use it, rather than reading through a thick book.

What is needed to realise this idea? First, create a tool that displays 3D versions of gadgets. Second, have this tool massively distributed so that interested users can use it to create their 3D versions of instruction manuals. Aggregate these distributed 3D manuals and use effective search mechanisms or filters to help users get the help they need.

If this can done correctly, the value creation is enormous.
- due to our search functions, we can effectively aggregate consumer preferences. We can use this info to recommend complementary products or better choices.
- more importantly, we can track and aggregate the main problems for each gadget. This has tremendous value for feedback to product design. It would be an easy step to allow users to modify their 3D gadgets to their dreams, a 3D wish list if you will. How much value can be created out of that?

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Startup Idea #33: Network to connect companies to healthcare wholesalers

A theme I am will be thinking about is using web 2.0 ideas to solve real world issues. One of them is the rising costs of health care. How about a network to connect companies to health care wholesalers such that costs are reduced for their employees?

Updated: 26 April 2008
See this post for articles, see this post of a possible idea for a new healthcare startup

Idea generation #14: Co-Space ideas

Design tools

Twitter to Second Life: How about the other way? Turning actions from virtual worlds into feeds, which can be exploded into things like digg, twitter, techmeme?

Marketplace to sell cool avatars

Update: Part II of the post is here

Monday, 7 January 2008

Idea generation #13: Brandscape 2.0

I am going to collect Bubblegen's brand posts here as a coherent reference. I think rethinking the economics of branding has a lot of potential to unlock tremendous value.

First post

Youtube making branding hyperefficient

How Google cannot be branding 2.0

A peak into what branding 2.0 can look like

Further explanation of branding 2.0