There are plenty of “secrets” in webpreneurship – ranging from SEO and link building strategies to various productivity/process automation tools. But did you know the biggest secret of all? Fail fast.
What is ‘fail fast’?
Fail fast is probably the best web asset building strategy so far. It is easy to say but challenging to do.
Fail fast means “bail out” (e.g. sell your web properties) when you know that your new sites won’t make it far, in such a way that you minimize losses and allow yourself to move on quickly, thus increasing your chances to strike gold.
How to know whether your websites suck or not? Well, let me put it this way; when building a site, you surely envision what the site should become in, say, a year time. When the site is already 1 year old and it’s not even close to what you envision the site to be, then it’s safe to say that this particular web property is failing.
Some naysayer would argue that this ‘fail fast’ strategy will lose you a lot of time and money on site development, and you’ll never be able to grow your web assets. While it’s true that fail fast will lose you money and time, you can actually minimize your monetary loss – more on this latter; read on.
Here’s my counter argument to those naysayer: Holding on a poor-performing web business will lose you a lot more money than if you implementing the fail fast strategy – this is a first-hand experience, and I’ve read the same thing from other webpreneurs; well, you can’t argue with first-hand experiences.
Now, you obviously shouldn’t throw away failing web properties, mostly by letting the sites rot to death and let the domain names expire.
Just like a popular saying, “your junk could be somebody else’s treasure.” And believe me, the saying holds true: I’ve bought people’s “junk” web and blog sites and turn them into valuable web assets (my personal best: I sold a blog which price tag is 12 times the original purchase price – all within 1 year time.)
So, the better way to fail fast is to sell your web properties before you are going to abandon them.
In my own experience, when a website is not as good as what I expected it to be, I tend to ignore it. So, never say that you’ll probably grow it later when you come up with an idea – trust me, you will probably never touch the site again, ever. Eventually, you’ll end up selling the site, anyway – at a poor price due to your negligence. Why don’t you sell the site when you sense that you’ll abandon the site?
After deciding to sell the failing site, you need to start another one right away. This way you can keep your portfolio’s diversity intact, filled with web properties you really want to grow – both established and new ones – while giving yourself a shot at striking gold.
Simple steps to fail fast – and achieve success faster
So, to sum them all up, here are the simple steps to help you grow your web assets well:
- Build a site, set a target to reach with a time limit
- If the time limit has passed and the site fails to fulfill the target, fail fast; if the site made it, keep it.
- Rinse and repeat.