So I am almost done with the next version of ShowMeProofs.com, and I’m looking forward to turning it loose to see how people react to it. My business model is very unique compared to my competators. I think I’m going to blow them away. Thank you Bill Gates and PlentyOfFish.com for the inspiration. So what is my plan?
Well, I’m going to make the entire site free for anyone to use. That means that anyone who wants to use the cart system to sell their photos can do it for free. I will be the only free online photo sales solution in the world, and by free I mean no fees, no percentages, etc. FREE.
I learned from Bill Gates’ book “The Road Ahead” (which turned out to be either wrong or way behind) that DOS became the dominate operating system because it was FREE. Internet Explorer became the dominate web browser because it was FREE. People will take advantage of FREE and I’ll take advantage of that fact.
So what about PlentyOfFish.com? I learned how FREE can produce an income, and what a genius that guy is! He gets several million hits per day on that site and has become a HUGE problem for all of his competition (all of which charge fees) who are all large corporations while he is just a one man operation.
Isn’t it cool that the internet has leveled the playing field so much that a single person can compete with an entire corporation of IT, marketing, programming and researching people? Seriously, this one guy is making as much as those big corporations and he has almost zero overhead.
I’ll let you know how my experiment turns out!