Starting an Online Business – The Waikiki Site

Waikiki Beach

by Ryan

This post is part of the Waikiki Site Series, in which I’ll show you how to build a successful travel niche website from concept to reality.

I recently found a money making niche online which I’m going to pursue, and I’m going to share my experience with you along the way. Sound interesting? If you have any entrepreneurial spirit you’re probably intrigued right now, as you should be… this is going to be fun!

Moving to Hawaii and in particular Waikiki has left me pondering about the lack of resources for a person moving or traveling to Waikiki. Most websites that I’ve found are catered towards, Hawaii, or Oahu, or even Honolulu, but there are a shortage of high quality Waikiki websites which means my competition is minimal and there seems to be room for a site (mine perhaps) to swoop in and take market share explaining to people from around the world why they should visit Waikiki by telling them my experience through my unique voice.

I’ll be starting from scratch using the WordPress Thesis theme as a demonstration tool and highlighting how an awesome product called Site Build It! gave me the inspiration to build the site.

When I started with Site Build It! a few years back one of the sites that was highlighted was that of a 14 year old girl who built a site about Anguilla. If you haven’t heard of Anguilla, don’t worry, I hadn’t either. Her site earns her substantial money through affiliate income, which I’ll also be shooting for. Smart girl; It probably helped that her dad is the owner of SBI – Ken Evoy!

After a few years of adding quality content via her family vacations on the site she had a highly ranking website, as I check this today her alexa ranking is past the 50,000 mark! Not only that, her site is about some little ol island in the Caribbean that most people have never heard of!

Want to know her site? It’s anguilla-beaches.com – check it out.

So my plan is to build something similar for Waikiki, something fresh, something with a ton of content, pictures, maybe even video, and share with you the process of building it. I’ve also teamed up with David over at MBA Briefs to work together in analyzing the project potential and discuss it as I hit each stage of the business. David offers consulting for start up businesses and I am looking forward to gaining his advice as I progress with the site.

I’d also like your active feedback on the site as I build it from scratch to the ultimate Waikiki vacation website!

So come along for the ride and learn a little bit more about paradise with me, you might even be lucky enough to catch me in my swimming suit!

In my next post about the Waikiki site project I’ll discuss how I found this niche and how you can find one too…

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MD @ Studenomics January 25, 2010 at 6:35 am

Thanks for visiting Studenomics, Ryan! I hope to see you around. I love the theme btw. Straight to the point and effective.

Looking forward to see what your new project is about. You’re always welcome to guest post on Studenomics.
.-= MD @ Studenomics´s last blog ..Best of Money Carnival #35: All Over The Place Edition =-.

Tracy January 25, 2010 at 8:11 am

Go Ryan! I plan to cheer you on! I think what you are trying to accomplish is terrific, and selfishly, I hope to learn a thing or two from you. :o)
.-= Tracy´s last blog ..Village Economics: Custom Debt Solutions From the Community =-.

LeanLifeCoach January 25, 2010 at 6:09 pm

You will be offering free tours of the island, right?

We are all cheering for you! Good luck on your next venture and don’t forget to share all the details.
.-= LeanLifeCoach´s last blog ..Carnival Of Debt Reduction – It’s Working Edition! =-.

Ryan January 25, 2010 at 6:31 pm

@ Tracy – That’s not selfish at all! I love teaching people what I know (what little that is) and hopefully this will be a good learning experience for you and I together.

@ Coach – Yes, free virtual tours, via a video camera! I’ll be sharing every single little detail… it’ll be like behind the scenes in Waikiki! Honestly, I want this to be a full on tutorial with step by step instructions of what I do. I think it will be absolutely invaluable to get opinions from other helpful bloggers like yourself as the site progresses so that the competition doesn’t stand a chance against the collective wisdom of the PF blogosphere!
.-= Ryan´s last blog ..Starting an Online Business – The Waikiki Site =-.

thriftygal January 25, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Ryan! We seem to be having similar interests! I heard of Site Build It via Steve Pavlina’s blog (which if you haven’t checked out yet, is an awesome personal development site) but of course it takes me ages to get anything started. A friend of mine was working on building a resume writing service with Site Build It, and I’ve heard good things about it from her. Good luck with your site. I’ll be following you for sure!

Ryan January 25, 2010 at 9:03 pm

@ Thriftygal – I would highly recommend site build it if you’re considering starting an online business. Before I even knew what html was I signed up with them and learned the ABC’s of how a successful website is built. A lot of what they taught me I use today on this site. It’s a very genuine product that doesn’t sell hype, only honesty and results.

I also am a big fan of Steve Pavlina’s site… one of my favorites.
.-= Ryan´s last blog ..Starting an Online Business – The Waikiki Site =-.

Sire January 26, 2010 at 1:14 am

My family and I actually spent our vacation in Hawaii and we stayed at Waikiki. It was fantastic, there was always plenty to do and when you just wanted to relax we would spend it on the beautiful beach.

We often talk of going there again so that we could visit all our ‘cousins’. πŸ˜‰

Ty January 26, 2010 at 4:56 am

A suggestion from my last trip home, include a page with information about urgent care clinics. My boyfriend’s ear infection didn’t clear up after his antibiotics ran out during our last visit and he didn’t feel comfortable flying back to the east coast in that condition. Neither my old GP or my parents’ GP could see him, it was new years eve, and we didn’t know of any urgent care clinics. We didn’t want to go to the ER for an ear infection so I spent a couple of minutes on-line and found a list of places. Nobody wants to have to think about seeking medical assistance when vacationing in paradise but it happens.

Ryan January 26, 2010 at 11:35 am

@ Sire – Were there any specific resources that would’ve been helpful that were missing when you were planning your vacation?

@ Ty – Thanks for the idea, I would’ve never thought of that! I plan on making it a combination tourist site and a guide for people moving to the Waikiki area so resources like that will be helpful to all.

Little House January 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Sounds like a great idea. Especially since I have no clue where Waikiki is! Where is it in relation to the 5 more known islands? Obviously, there is a need for information to people looking for less crowded Hawaiian vacation spots.
.-= Little House´s last blog ..My Credit eBook is Available! =-.

Ryan January 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm

@ Little House – Waikiki is actually the most touristy destination in Hawaii, however, most sites have been about Oahu island, and Honolulu in general. This is a niche that will discuss the Waikiki area specifically down to local bars, beaches, things to do, real estate, moving guide, etc… Waikiki is a specific area that is about 2 miles long and half a mile across. I’ll also keep a personal feel to it like I do on this site.

You can find a map on the Waikiki series landing page I’ve created on the left column of this blog. The link is:
http://www.plantingdollars.com/waikiki-travel-site/the-waikiki-travel-site-series/

Thanks for stopping by!
.-= Ryan´s last blog ..Starting an Online Business – The Waikiki Site =-.

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