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Being Successful Online

I’ve had a couple experiences lately that have reinforced a couple of my core beliefs about success on the web. These beliefs have proven out over different areas throughout my time in the web industry, whether it is site development, marketing or web application development. Your mileage may vary, but this works for me.

More than anywhere else, the web democratizes information and lowers the barriers to entry for competition. So, if you have a good idea today and you want to make something of it, you had better act. Chances are that there are a dozen others thinking the same thing, and a couple of them are willing to take the risk and move on their idea. Agility is key.

Take Risks
It doesn’t do you any good to copy everyone else. You need to have an original idea, or at the very least, an original take on an old idea. Sometimes that means taking risks and presenting a new web application, product or service that will not please everyone. If you’re not different, you’re not going to be noticed.

Be Remarkable
This could be the idea itself, the design, the ease of use – any number of things. If people don’t want to talk about you, then you’re not going to be successful. I tend to think that design is half the battle online – rock people to the core in the first few seconds, let them experience your quality.

Above all, you have to be a true believer yourself. If you don’t believe in the product, site or service, then why should anyone else? You might think people won’t notice this part, but that’s not true, it comes out in the little details that will set you apart from your competition.


  1. Excellent points Hash

  2. Good advice for online or off-line living.

  3. Not that I’m successful, but I was waiting for the part where you explained how you did it with no sleep. I’m amazed by your ability to wear the hats of father, worker, and still stay so productive online Hash.

  4. David, there are some rather long nights, and times when I want to throw in the towel. However, the last one I should have mentioned in this list is commitment – if you don’t stay the course, it’s not worth starting.

    Also, thanks for the compliments. Many times it’s the people that I work with who are the ones that make everything come together. Actually, that’s all the time.

    The question is, when are you going to do a project with me? 🙂

  5. Hash

    I have been sitting on an idea for about 2 years and the first piece of advice that you give in this post has given me a fresh jolt of energy.

    Thanks for the motivational talk.

    – Steve

  6. Ntwiga, from you I expect great things! Let us know when it’s done.

  7. Act!! “Chances are that there are a dozen others thinking the same thing”

    That’s so true!!

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