While landing pages and sales web sites are what drives the most revenue, often times it’s our first web sites we made, that are our favorites. I remember when I first got online (early-mid 90s) and fooled around with designing my own sites. Of the first few sites I made, one was an Orlando Magic fan page, and another was just a funny site I created with pictures and stories that I had come up with. Unfortunately those first sites of mine seem to be forever lost now, unless they happen to still sit on one of my old computers in the basement. 🙁
Like the majority of internet users back then, my first sites were hosted on AOL members pages and free hosting sites like Geocities, Tripod and AngelFire. For anyone that had their old and original web sites hosted on sites like AOL member pages and Geocities, unfortunately they are now (or about to be) deceased and closing out sites. I wasn’t even aware about AOL closing out there member pages til I went to check out one of my old sites a few months ago.
You would think AOL and Yahoo would have been able to find a better way to monetize these hundreds of thousands of web sites they were hosting, instead of just closing them all out. Decisions like these my contribute to why both companies continue to have problems generating profits.
What were your first web sites, and where were they hosted? Did you have a fun or personal web site, or did you start right off with affiliate marketing?