I have seen so many sites that are copies, almost identical to an original successful site. Earlier today I asked myself this question; why are so many people copying successful sites? The only answer I have found is that they do it because itīs a lot easier than to come up with a brand new idea.
When we know that a site is successful, many people ask questions like “why didnīt I think of that?” (at least I do that). And when we didnīt think of that, the next best thing to do is to copy exactly what they (the people behind the successful site) are doing, and then we (the copy cats) will also become successful. Itīs not that easy and I do believe in original content and new ideas, but sometimes you can become successful by copying a successful site.
I think that the easiest and cheapest way to benefit from others success is probably to buy a similar domain name. This way, people will have an easier time to remember your domain, and they understand that your site is similar to the original site. And if they like the original, they might like your site as well.
For instance, You Tube is probably the most successful online video site (at least that I know of). I did a little research to see if anybody had “stolen” the YouTube name and tried to benefit from it. I found many variations of the name with similar contents. “We all” think of Tube as something to do with videos now, a lot of people have tried to benefit from this.
Here are some of the examples (I am not linking to them, but just do a search on Google and you will find them all):
- Free Tube
- Hi Tube
- Porn Tube
- Teacher Tube
- The Tube Video
- You Tube Videos
- Top You Tube Videos
- Video Tube
… and there are many more. The site I actually enjoyed the most from my research is ViralVideos.com, but unfortunately it didnīt have the Tube in the name ð