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Multimedia Empire http://multimediaempire.com Advice for creative entrepeneurs Sat, 14 Mar 2009 17:54:08 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Cringely on Parrot Secrets http://multimediaempire.com/?p=67 http://multimediaempire.com/?p=67#comments Sat, 14 Mar 2009 17:54:08 +0000 andrew http://multimediaempire.com/?p=67 Bob Cringely has a very fascinating article about a website that makes $400,000 a year from selling a couple ebooks on training your parrot. Pretty incredible. Well worth checking out.

Before I lose you here’s the literal bottom line on Parrotsecrets. The site sells 15-20 eBook sets per day seven days per week. Using the low end of that range is 5,475 copies per year for gross sales of $437,726.25 from a web site that costs less than $10 per month.

The profit on Parrotsecrets, even after various expenses I’ll detail below, is WAY north of $400,000 per year

Here’s Cringely’s article: Parrot Secrets

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Animoto: The No-Infrastructure Startup http://multimediaempire.com/?p=66 http://multimediaempire.com/?p=66#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2008 00:47:09 +0000 andrew http://multimediaempire.com/?p=66 Fast Company has an interview with the founders of Animoto.  I love their application.  As an early user I appreciated the fact that they were very responsive to my emails. 

The interview covers how they built their start-up on external infrastructure like Amazon S3.

Read it here

Update: How on the ball are these folks? I just got an email from them thanking me for my comments. They follow Google Alerts to see what’s being said. Very clever.

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FreeBlogPhotos.com test http://multimediaempire.com/?p=64 http://multimediaempire.com/?p=64#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2008 10:13:26 +0000 andrew http://multimediaempire.com/?p=64

I created this website last night for finding good quality creative commons and free license photos: FreeBlogPhotos.com. I thought I’d give it a try with ScribeFire, my favorite Firefox browser based blogging tool.

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FreeBlogPhotos.com test http://multimediaempire.com/?p=61 http://multimediaempire.com/?p=61#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2008 20:37:54 +0000 andrew http://multimediaempire.com/?p=61

I created this website last night for finding good quality creative commons and free license photos: FreeBlogPhotos.com. I thought I’d give it a try with ScribeFire, my favorite browser based blogging tool.

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My iPhoneTrick.com experience http://multimediaempire.com/?p=58 http://multimediaempire.com/?p=58#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2008 00:53:34 +0000 andrew http://multimediaempire.com/?p=58 I created a fun site for playing gags on the iPhone. I told a few people and then created a YouTube video about the site. Then I forgot about it. Then my site started crashing. 200,000 + views and visitors later it’s still going. If only I’d figured out a way to make money off the thing…

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Online contest promotion made easy http://multimediaempire.com/?p=57 http://multimediaempire.com/?p=57#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2008 00:46:53 +0000 andrew http://multimediaempire.com/?p=57 Contestmachine.com promises to make it easier to run online contests by handling all the small details. I haven’t tried them yet, but this looks like it might make a useful service for iTricks.com.

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picapp.com free images for bloggers http://multimediaempire.com/?p=56 http://multimediaempire.com/?p=56#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2008 20:24:46 +0000 andrew http://multimediaempire.com/?p=56 This is a cool site that’s time has come. They provide you with free images (not public domain) to use as embeds in your blog site: http://www.picapp.com

The Dark Knight European Premiere
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What Makes for a Good Blog? http://multimediaempire.com/?p=55 http://multimediaempire.com/?p=55#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2008 07:45:31 +0000 andrew http://multimediaempire.com/?p=55 Productivity guru/hipster Merlin Mann lists 9 points for a good blog here.

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What an $800 HDV camera can do… http://multimediaempire.com/?p=54 http://multimediaempire.com/?p=54#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2008 22:18:21 +0000 andrew http://multimediaempire.com/?p=54 The technology has progressed a lot since the days of plain old DV. Here’s a cool clip made with an $800 Canon HV20

Escape from Kyle Shields on Vimeo.

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Red Scarlet http://multimediaempire.com/?p=53 http://multimediaempire.com/?p=53#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2008 17:25:56 +0000 andrew http://multimediaempire.com/?p=53 A 3k 120 FPS camera for under $3,000 is kind of a big deal for multimedia producers…
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