What Can Modern .com Entrepreneurs Learn From Donkey Kong?

  • Comments: 5
  • Written on: April 15th, 2007

I came across a post today on Gary Conn’s blog about a web page he designed to make some money on the Internet using Google’s AdSense program. After reading the post, a not-so profound thought came to me that I figured would make a good blog post for wanna-be online .com moguls out there.

People who want to make money online often look into complex schemes or modifications of popular ideas that are already making money online because it is difficult to create a million dollar baby from scratch. Sometimes a fresh look at an old idea or combining two current simple ideas in a way that no one has thought of is all that is needed to earn a modest online income.

Gary created a web page that took an existing flash version of the 1980’s arcade hit Donkey Kong and combined it with an original picture of a Donkey Kong arcade machine. The result was a unique page that looked like you were playing the original arcade game, console and all, directly from your computer’s screen. He monetized the page with Google AdSense and made a few bucks off the deal.

The point here is that if you have the creativity to see beyond the systems that are in place and their current applications, you can find a money-making niche online. You don’t have to design the next eBay or found the next youTube (although if you are doing that, please cut me in).

I can honestly say that most of the money I make online is generated by taking established ideas and systems and applying them to my interests in a unique way. I am not a .com millionaire or anything, but I did manage to earn about the same income a college graduate would expect to earn in a year – all from online efforts.

I do have a couple large projects in the hopper, but they are not the juice that keeps me rolling day in and day out. Just like in baseball, you need a few base hits, maybe even a double here and there, to make a home run REALLY count. In fact, if you focus on the base hits and execute properly, you may never even need to have the home run.

Keep it simple when you are making money online, and you will find that suddenly you have the resources to do bigger things and do them right.

  1. Liz Sawyer said on April 15th, 2007 at 9:36 pm

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  2. Garry Conn said on April 16th, 2007 at 1:21 am

    Very well said and thank you for the mention. I created that page over a year ago and found it on my server when I was cleaning it out getting rid of extra files, pictures, etc… and I decided to go ahead and write a post about it and link to it, hoping that maybe it would inspire someone out there to be different.

    That is the thing about the Internet and the whole Web 2.0 thing… the crowd has changed so much and it seems like all the Web 1.0 Junkies (like myself) have either disappeared or followed all the newbs into this 2.0 adventure.

    Web 2.0 is great! Don’t get me wrong… but, I have viewers on my site who are all programmers, seo experts, design consultants, etc… flip out when they see a banner that I created where certain section of the banner are hyperlinkable to different external web pages… their jaws drop.

    Sometimes as generations go by, its older generations who tend to stay old school and true to their era, make a difference. And when a crowd of experts freak out because they witness a technology they have never seen before (yet the technology is over ten years old = image mapping) that tells me that the the Internet, especially the blogosphere need to be not only shown how to re-design the wheel…but rather shown, “What the Wheel Is”.

    LOL!! I hope I didn’t lose anyone in that thought… because I know I almost did!

    I really try to keep things simple. I love HTML, I love MSPAINT, I am an old school Web 1.0 Junkie, and because I am now becoming a rare breed, I am seen as a unique and creative individual (Which I am) but its because I haven’t changed my web style much and have Web 1.0 roots is the TAG that makes me different. I love my roots and I love applying my knowledge into the World of Web 2.0. I have tons of fun with it! I can tweak things and make them my own and because the features are so rich and advanced, I can make things with tons of bells and whistles and do things I couldn’t do easily years ago. It’s all fun!!!

    Thanks again for the mention… I love your site, I like how you keep things real here. Keep up the great work, stop by again and pay my site a visit and I will definitely do the same for you.

    Best Regards,
    Garry Conn

  3. coop said on April 17th, 2007 at 10:44 am

    donkeykong pwns. period

  4. Bill Tones said on April 18th, 2007 at 9:36 am

    You must think pretty highly of this guy to post three posts about him in a week and add him to your blogroll

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