I've found that I catch myself thinking about the money and success a lot, not the hard work and effort put into it. Back when I was 13, before Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and around the beginning of Youtube, I had a hugely successful forum dedicated to reverse engineering PSP games. I had somewhere around 100,000 members from all over the world. I could have made a fortune on CPA offers, PPD, ads, etc. but I never knew I could. My community died before I wised up, and now I have nothing to show for my success but a few remnants of videos and mentions of my old alias. The success I found with that niche was because I was passionate about it. I wasn't thinking about the success or the fame, I was just really interested in it. I spent hours on end doing what I loved, and the success and fame was a byproduct of that.
It's been years since then, and I'm now in college. I want to start another venture on the internet that I can do outside of college, but I just don't know where I can apply my expertise. For that reason, I'm compiling a list of what areas I'm interested in working in and what I'm generally good at. I'm hoping that some of you more experienced internet marketers can give me ideas on where I should search. I'm not looking for secret, targeted niches, how to get rich or the "easy way." I'm just hoping to amass some ideas to get the wheels turning in my mind. I want to take the ideas given to me and see if I can put enough of a twist on them to make it a worthwhile investment.
I would LOVE to make and market my own brand, but I'm taking it one step at a time. I'm hoping with any ideas thrown at me I might be able to put a spin on them and get something rolling. I don't know if anyone will reply, but I'd greatly appreciate it if anyone did. Nonetheless, here's my list of interests / expertise:
1. I'm interested in building a community. Forums are a ton of fun, and I have a lot of experience building them.
2. I love the idea of giving out prizes. I've always wanted to run a site that would allow me to hold contests and little "no work required" give-aways. Not only that, I think they're pretty good for promotional purposes. I know these cost money and will not generate any revenue for me, I'm OK with that.
3. I'm decent at developing software. I used to write a lot of programs in C++ and VB.NET back in the day (at the same time I was reversing PSP games). I can design software, but these days I know people are more interested in mobile apps, which I have no experience building.
4. I love the idea of a shop. More specifically, I'm in love with the idea of running a community that has a shop on the side related to the community in some way.
5. I love video games. I would love to get into the video game niche somehow, but I don't have enough money to buy all the new games when they come out to make reviews and that sort of thing, especially when that specific niche is dominated by Pro-Youtubers and sites like IGN.
6. I'm really good at mathematics. I'm currently majoring in math at college. I'm open to math related ideas, but I'd really prefer to keep my math skills separate from my internet venture since I already work with it so much in life. I'm currently looking at taking up tutoring positions in real life, too, which will make it worse.
7. I'm pretty good at writing, too. I know that I can write good articles or generate unique content for whatever website I build. I know I can write a book and get people to sell it, which I've thought about, but I haven't come up with any ideas that I might be able to market specifically.
Thanks for hearing me out guys. If you think I might be good at working in a specific area, I'd love to hear it. I'm just in a rut that I can't seem to get out of right now. Thanks for any input!