Back in December 2011, I started a new development competition. See here for details. It was really meant to be a way to push the participants finishing up one of their projects within 1 month. See the results.
While, I didn’t have a lot of participants this time around, I still consider it a successful competition. I am planning to run this again on annual bases and will probably change the terms a little and have prizes.
I got the idea while struggling when I was struggling to focus on a single project. I’m usually always good with deadlines. If there is a deadline, I’ll push myself real hard to meet the deadline. It’s not just in development, but even in life, that’s how I am in general.
However, sometimes, it’s hard for me to focus on a single project. I get a few domains a week, and they all have an idea behind them. It’s hard to pick which one to work on.
1 Month Deadline Competition was a great way even for me to focus on a project and work real hard to finish it up on time. I think I was able to do that.
This time around, I only had one other participant, Roma and his project was Icicles.org and as promised, I will do a small review of his project.
Great single word domain, it has over 8k exact monthly searches and 14k global searches. CPC of around $0.50, not great, but it’s not bad if you can easily get some of that traffic. The idea is great, the site contains both information and affiliate products. This is a good way to accommodate all visitors based on their needs.
Roma, great job on getting your project done within 1 month.
- Improve the performance – site loads super slow for me.
- Submit it to search engines – the site is not found on google. I didn’t check, but make sure you have unique content on your pages and submit it to all search engines.
- Improve the look and feel a little and add a logo.
Hopefully, with some adjustments your hard work will start paying off. Again, good job Roma, if you’re reading this, feel free to share with us how you did it and how you came up with that idea/domain.
TopDrops.com – as stated, I was also a participant in this competition. I didn’t really have a good idea as to which project I was going to work on in the beginning. Then, when I acquired TopDrops.com domain, I knew that I couldn’t work on anything else as I had a big passion for it. What drives me in a lot of my projects is personal passion. While, I don’t care much about some of the mini-sites that I build, most of my bigger projects were worked on because I had passion. That is the biggest driving force for me.
TopDrops was actually much bigger project and it was almost impossible to finish it in a month with my schedule. Not only that but I also wanted to try some new things with it, including a brand new design/logo and new development framework. All this takes time and I didn’t outsource any of it. Then, the actual development was pretty complex. While, the frontend doesn’t have a lot of features, the backend is pretty complex. It took a lot of hard work, but I am glad it’s done. If it wasn’t for the deadline competition, I most likely wouldn’t have finished the BETA in a month. If you remember, TopDrops launched on the 9th; which was the last day per terms of the competition.
That’s it, again, I am planning on doing this every year. I encourage everyone to participate, it really is a great way to complete a project.