What I Learned This Week

I hope everyone is having a great weekend, this week flew-by and tonight is our Christmas Tree decorating spectacular so I’ll keep this short and sweet. I’ve really enjoyed doing these Saturday posts, helps center myself a bit and focus on what I learned the previous week. If you ever try this exercise and find you can’t come-up with anything then you need to start opening your mind and learning new things. Just about every week I try new services, read about new techniques, and experiment – and in this industry it’s all a lot of fun 🙂

This week I have three main lessons:

  1. If you’re going to build a directory start with an established system like PHPMyDirectory. This is my first foray into building a directory site and I initially started by building my own directory system. I quickly realized that other people have done the work of building sophisticated directory systems. Rather than re-creating the wheel why not go with an established system? This had an immediate impact on how efficiently we could add stores, upgrade listings, etc. I guess the lesson here is a simple one, don’t re-create the wheel.
  2. The NNNN.com market could be one of the biggest opportunities that nobody but my friend Shane are talking about. This week I read a great post on Shane’s blog about NNNN.com and spent some time researching past sales and getting familiar with 4.cn. Totally new market for me and I’m learning every day!
  3. There is nothing more satisfying than making the person you love feel like the most important person in the world. It was Daina’s Birthday this week and I surprised her by flying her best friend out from Toronto and doing everything I could possibly think of to make this the best Birthday ever. It really turned-out even better than I had imagined and it’s always great when a plan comes together! Heck I love Domaining but there’s nothing more satisfying than how I feel right now.

Okay now back to decorating the tree, I’ll make sure to share a picture with all of you once we’re done.

As always feel free to comment and share what you learned this week!

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • 3ddi3 December 5, 2010, 1:07 am

    Hi Morgan, is this a directory service you’ll be offering to the public? If so would be interested to see your directory service once it is done. Have a great weekend!

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  • Morgan December 5, 2010, 9:52 am

    @3ddi3 Yes it is! I will have a blog post announcing the service once it is available!

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  • Joe December 5, 2010, 10:30 am

    Great post and I couldn’t agree more with the first sentence of #3! 🙂 See you on FB.

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  • Morgan December 5, 2010, 10:32 am

    Thanks @Joe – much appreciated!

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  • TeenDomainer December 5, 2010, 1:35 pm

    I learned to
    1. always take backups,
    2.to reply to emails even if they seem unimportant you never know who you are talking to,
    3. starting a online store is harder than I thought
    4. stuff happens deal with it.

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