Is it possible to become BIG like Tripadvisor.com?

by Just4Kix 41 replies
Is it really possible. I am a simple guy with 3 years experience in internet marketing and I know what it takes. I have few sites and they are doing well.

Still how can I beat them? I don't have the budget and manpower like them. I can only afford $100 a month as of now but is it really possible to even dream of being like them?:confused:

How can I be unique and not just like them? I try to think somethign out of the box but everytime i fail..
#main internet marketing discussion forum #big #tripadvisorcom
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  • Profile picture of the author Just4Kix
    Thanks for not replying
    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      You waited a whole hour and ten minutes before deciding you were being ignored, and bumping your post with a snarky remark?

      Okay, now you have a reply...

      TripAdvisor didn't start out as big as they are. It took several years, some smarts, some luck and some patience.

      Until you learn that, just keep dreaming...
    • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
      Originally Posted by Just4Kix View Post

      Thanks for not replying
      With an attitude like that, why the hell would anyone want to help you?
  • Profile picture of the author raylee1
    to be fair i never believe any reviews on trip advisor,just a bunch of cranks who whinge about nothing. i went to lanzarote last november, and had a look on there a week before we went and there was some bad reviews for the hotel from people who had not long been back, we had a great week was red hot and was an excellent hotel and great food. i think some people just go out to look for problems and have a whinge.
  • Profile picture of the author mrelk159
    It is possible but it will be VERY HARD, and if you are going into the travel or tourism niche, tripadvisor has become your direct competition.
  • Profile picture of the author fcebri24
    The most important thing is to take action!! Start!! Then along the way, you can figure out how can you be as big as them. Many brilliant ideas have faded just because of doubtful brilliant people...
  • Profile picture of the author Lukas
    There are many smaller ones than TripAdvisor that are competing and they've been around doing just fine. Hotels or PriceLine could also up their anty a bit and include reviews.
  • Profile picture of the author lovboa
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    Most of those companies are venture backed start-ups.
    They raise millions of dollars and have a lot of money to put into their business.

    It's a lot harder when you purchase your domain for 8 bucks, set up hosting, and begin typing articles on your keyboard.
  • Profile picture of the author inyourzip
    Wow everyone in this thread is negative. You can do it, don't listen to the negative people here.
    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by inyourzip View Post

      Wow everyone in this thread is negative. You can do it, don't listen to the negative people here.
      You really don't know whether or not he can do it.

      It would be silly for everybody to say, "Yes, anybody can make a hundred million dollar site!" It would be silly, because it's just not true. Not everybody can do that. You need to start with a great idea, build a solid business plan, and get the backing you need to build your brand. I would venture to say that 99.999% of folks reading this thread have no idea how to complete a deal with multimillion dollar backers.

      If everybody acted like cheerleaders, instead of throwing out the roadblocks, then this community would be pretty worthless. I don't think being honest is negative, especially in business.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dazzling Content
      Originally Posted by inyourzip View Post

      Wow everyone in this thread is negative. You can do it, don't listen to the negative people here.
      There's a difference between being realistic and being foolhardy. People here may be negative but they are realistic enough to tell you that it takes gargantuan sums of money and effort to transform a website into something as big as Tripadvisor. There are millions of travel websites all over the Internet but only a handful few are in the same league as Tripadvisor. Good luck competing with the million dollar promotional budgets of Tripadvisor or Agoda. You can still make handsome amount of money with your travel site by living off the crumbs left by these mega-sites, though, but to make it as big as Tripadvisor? Nah... just make sure that you are as lucky or as savvy as Jeff Bezos or Mark Zuckerberg.
    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by inyourzip View Post

      Wow everyone in this thread is negative. You can do it, don't listen to the negative people here.
      Okay, you win...

    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Lenney
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      Originally Posted by inyourzip View Post

      Wow everyone in this thread is negative. You can do it, don't listen to the negative people here.
      #1. He was being a douche
      #2. People are being realistic - not negative.

      "Yeah you can do anything you set your mind to!" would not be an appropriate response here.

      To compete with a HUGE well branded site like TA would require substantial financial backing. TA has been around for quite some time (since 1999 or so I believe) and got in early enough to own the large part of the market that they do.

      It would take a rather large budget, and I would imagine quite a decent amount of time, to get to where you can compete with them. It's not negativity, it's simply the truth.

      If he's got millions to invest, then yeah sure - he's got a shot. But chances are he doesn't, being that he's posting here asking how to go about doing this.

      My $0.02
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  • Profile picture of the author theemperor
    Originally Posted by Just4Kix View Post

    How can I be unique and not just like them? I try to think somethign out of the box but everytime i fail..
    Why not go into a travel subniche and create a site on that? E.g. vegitarian travellers, gay travellers, adventure travellers with children, religous travellers. Then find a way to get those people to write reviews on your site.

    Some other ideas:

    1. I don't think tripadvisor is very 'social' - maybe your site would encourage people to chat or even find people to meet up and travel with.
    2. Mobile experience - how to make your site a killer for people on mobile phones with fat fingers. Think about that.
    • Profile picture of the author hmartin90
      Originally Posted by theemperor View Post

      Why not go into a travel subniche and create a site on that? E.g. vegitarian travellers, gay travellers, adventure travellers with children, religous travellers. Then find a way to get those people to write reviews on your site.

      Some other ideas:

      1. I don't think tripadvisor is very 'social' - maybe your site would encourage people to chat or even find people to meet up and travel with.
      2. Mobile experience - how to make your site a killer for people on mobile phones with fat fingers. Think about that.
      I think this is a very interesting strategy. You will not compete head to head with a site like Tripadvisor, but you can go through the backdoors and "steal" there traffic.
      There are plenty of deep down sub niches in travel that are not as competitive.
      Social media is also a integral part of any plan to take on the big niches. If you don't have a social media plan, you are making things harder for yourself. How many times have you tried something new or checked out a site just from a facebook like or share?
      Don't give up, just get focused. Focused on a super specific niche in multiple areas with multiple sites. I think that is the key.
  • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
    The answer is NO. I've been in travel industy in the past and focussing on a niche travel or location is YES you can beat them but if it's general TRAVEL NO! The only way to beat them on general travel will be $$$$$$

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