Below, you will find a chronological order of events which brought the 10milliondollarpage.com / 10mdp.com to become what it has become today.
Well, in anticipation that this site will become popular, we grabbed the domain tenmdp.com in addition to 10mdp.com purchased back in June. 10mdp.com is easy to remember once you have seen it, but if someone tells it to you in conversation or on the phone (in today's world, a phone you use to talk electronically to one another), it is easier to say ten MDP.com rather than saying "ten" as in "one zero MDP.COM".
Also, the anticipation portion is once it becomes popular (it will), we rather spend our $30.00 dollars on the domains for 2 year now, than having to buy it from someone who figures, "tenmdp.com", we are going to park on that one now that it is popular. 20/20 hind sight averted, by using 20/20 fore site.
Ditto for tenmilliondollarpage.com, and for the same reasons. Thanks to our daughter for suggesting this one as well. So, 10mdp.com, tenmdp.com, tenmilliondollarpage.com, 10milliondollarpage.com...That's us.
Made a small modification to the 3 logos on the page (the home page, the stamp, and the background). Added 10mdp.com to all three logos, and renamed the background.png to 10-million-dollar-page-logo-background.png. Helps with Google image searches. Updated all the apple-touch icons, favicons, etc...funny, a simple task, but a lot of additional things to make it happen.
In our first blog post, we mentioned Step 4 of the Plan. There is a plan, with multiple phases and approaches. We cannot reveal ahead of time what the rest of the plan will be. There are at least 10 Parts or steps to the Plan.
Since we added the Blog just the other day (and since everything was black ops until we launched October 1st), here is a breakdown of the first Steps.
Step 0. Working on the idea. This involved getting the domain(s), seeing how a similar site worked, improving on that idea, seeing if there are any other sites out there.
Step 2 involved the formation of the Giveaway zone, terms, database, rules.
Step 3 was linking in Sample sites. This was pretty straight forward, since all the footwork was done in Step 1.
Step 4 could be considered "If you build it, they will come". With previous websites we have built, we know it takes about 1 to 2 months for search engines to get things organized and rankings to start to show.
We are currently working on Step 5 and 6 simultaneously. We figure Step 5 will take about a month to complete, and Step 6 will take a while longer.
Some of the Steps have to be executed in a certain sequence, while others can occur when completed.
When more ideas come to mind, we begin our implementation plans depending on complexity. For example, this blog. We thought it would be pretty cool to document the progress as it is happening, and provide some insight to what will be around the corner. This is not only for viewers, but also for ourselves to look back at and learn from the past successes and failures.
The blog wasn't part of our 10 Step Plan, but if we had planned on implementing it right from the beginning, it would have been.
A Blog has been added to the 10 Million Dollar Page. As a developer, we thought it would be a challenge to create our own blog from scratch. But then we figured, let's Google what was out there. Boy, are we glad we did. Did it not only save us who knows how many hours of additional work, but this is really a very nice Blog. We are using nibbleblog from http://www.nibbleblog.com/ .
On their main page, they hooked us in with 3 words we like ... Easy, Fast, Free. And were they right! It was super easy to install. It is fast (making use of a flatfile system which we are 100% behind). And free!
Kudos to http://www.nibbleblog.com/ for getting this right! Good job.
Well, our site is finally live. We had registered the domains back in June and password protected the site until we were ready to unveil it. On October 1st, 2015, we removed the password. We did some final cleanups (by passing it through https://validator.w3.org/, https://varvy.com/ and Bing SEO tools). Once we were happy with the results, we passed on the information through our webmaster accounts at Google, Bing and Yandex.
Now Step 4 of the plan is complete. It is officially launched, and now to let it soak and let the organic search engines do their thing.