Josh Pigford's Absurd List of Products, Apps, Websites & Businesses
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ReallyDumbStuff2003
Link directory of weird things I found around the internet
Sold itTaught myself PHP with this
https://web.archive.org/web/20030527003613/http://www.reallydumbstuff.com:80/
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ReallyFunArcade2003Link directory of Flash gamesSold it 1 year later for $4,500First site I ever soldhttps://web.archive.org/web/20030810010353/http://www.reallyfunarcade.com/
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Indie Riot2003Online community & publication for musicians/artistsShut it downI started it by writing music reviews, then it just pickled out. I got bored.https://web.archive.org/web/20031205175733/http://www.indieriot.com:80/
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Automatik Studios2003Web design consultingMorphed in to Sabotage Media (see below)First freelance consutling "company" I created
https://web.archive.org/web/20031224171840/http://www.automatikstudios.com:80/
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Tutorial Outpost2003Link directory of design tutorials around the internetSold 6 years later for $19,000
https://web.archive.org/web/20031126191524/http://www.tutorialoutpost.com:80/
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The Fun Mall2004Amazon affiliate site Shut it downI started dabbling in affiliate revenue learned about the whole world of scrapping content and using APIshttps://web.archive.org/web/20040519054035/http://www.thefunmall.net:80/
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Lawn and Garden Outlet2004Amazon affiliate site Shut it downI kept dabbling in affiliate revenue
https://web.archive.org/web/20040614200539/http://www.lawnandgardenoutlet.net:80/
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Brush Source2004Amazon affiliate site Shut it downGuys. Affiliate revenue.https://web.archive.org/web/20041209132401/http://www.brushsource.com:80/
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Smart Pet Shop2004Amazon affiliate site Shut it downYou guessed it.
https://web.archive.org/web/20041023043309/http://www.smartpetshop.com:80/
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eKitchenShop2004Amazon affiliate site Shut it downhttps://web.archive.org/web/20041013063626/http://www.ekitchenshop.com:80/
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Jewelry Shopper Online2004Amazon affiliate site Shut it down
https://web.archive.org/web/20050507074705/http://www.jewelryshopperonline.com:80/
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MagazineReviews.net2004Amazon affiliate site Shut it down
https://web.archive.org/web/20041022020505/http://www.magazinereviews.net:80/
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Arcade Rampage2004Amazon affiliate site Shut it downhttps://web.archive.org/web/20041210182131/http://arcaderampage.com:80/
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AppleLeak2004Amazon affiliate site Shut it downhttps://web.archive.org/web/20041209110928/http://www.appleleak.com:80/
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Poster Outpost2004Amazon affiliate site Shut it down
https://web.archive.org/web/20041209120540/http://www.posteroutpost.com:80/
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All Tropical Vacations2004Amazon affiliate site Shut it downStarted adding content to Amazon affiliate sites! Sigh.
https://web.archive.org/web/20051217102723/http://www.all-tropical-vacations.com:80/
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HarmonyPeriod2004Free music lessonsShut it downSEO play using free creative commons content. Would then show ads on the site.
https://web.archive.org/web/20040417013117/http://www.harmonyperiod.com:80/
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TheAppleBlog2004Apple technology publicationAcquired 4 years later by GigaOm for $75,000 (plus a salaried job for 2 years)One of the first things that really took off for me. I had a pretty extensive staff of writers, was invited by Apple to various events and established it as one of the major Apple sites at the time.https://web.archive.org/web/20041124230640/http://theappleblog.com/
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Sabotage2004Shell companyStill exists as the legal entity for all my random stuffUltimately what became the permanent "shell" company for everything I do.
https://web.archive.org/web/20050204220139/http://www.sabotagemedia.com:80/
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MedicineDB2005Directory of information on medicineShut it downSEO play using free content. Would then show ads on the site.https://web.archive.org/web/20051220135121/http://www.medicinedb.com:80/
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Survive The War2005Content for preppersShut it downSEO play using free content. Would then show ads on the site. What a dark topic. 😛https://web.archive.org/web/20051220114842/http://www.survivethewar.com:80/
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First Aid Support2005Content on first aidShut it downSEO play using free content. Would then show ads an Amazon affiliate links.
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CodePaste.net2005Code sharing siteShut it downhttps://web.archive.org/web/20050111115345/http://www.codepaste.net:80/
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The File Bin2005Free file storage and image hosting serviceShut it down50mb for free! 😛https://web.archive.org/web/20050103075807/http://www.thefilebin.com:80/
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MyMegaFile2005Free file storage and image hosting serviceShut it down100mb for free! 🤑https://web.archive.org/web/20050812005417/http://www.mymegafile.com:80/
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Doinko2005Music video embeddingShut it downSharing videos wasn't easy back then...https://web.archive.org/web/20051124163655/http://doinko.com:80/
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26Faves2005Community to share your favorite thingsShut it downYou'd share one thing for each letter of the alphabet (hence the "26" for the 26 letters of the alphabet)https://web.archive.org/details/26faves.com
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Brush Find2005Photoshop brush directorySold 1 year later for $700https://web.archive.org/web/20051104034532/http://www.brushfind.com:80/
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Statblox2006Web stats & hit counters serviceShut it downhttps://web.archive.org/web/20060702235217/http://statblox.com:80/
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Adregate2006Ad management platformSold it for $10,000 before even launchingGoogle launched their own ad management platform while I was building this. Ultimately got cared by that and opted to not launch it and instead just sell it. Also, used every dime of this to pay a $10,000 IRS bill thanks to a terrible CPA I had at the time.https://web.archive.org/web/20060409113920/http://adregate.com:80/
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Fugitive Toys2006Urban vinyl toy storeSold 3 years later for $26,000Mubashar Iqbal (aka Mubs, a prolific maker on Product Hunt was a co-founder). My wife and I had vinyl toys stacked to the ceiling of our apartment. Seriously, one of the funnest businesses I've ever had.https://web.archive.org/web/20060203034356/http://www.fugitivetoys.com:80/
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Daily Translation2006Weird phrase guessing gameSold 1 year later for $200https://web.archive.org/web/20061107140835/http://dailytranslation.com:80/
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BanThat2006Community based around what people didn't likeSold 1 year later for $2,000What a terrible idea...https://web.archive.org/web/20060430102649/http://banthat.com:80/
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Arcaplay2006Free online flash gamesSold 1 year later for $2,700Had AJAX commenting and rating!https://web.archive.org/web/20060101030538/http://arcaplay.com:80/
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MyPollCreator2006Poll builderShut it downOne of the first "apps" I createdhttps://web.archive.org/web/20060423153938/http://mypollcreator.com:80/
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MadLibCreator2006Madlib builderShut it downhttps://web.archive.org/web/20060708225120/http://mymadlibcreator.com:80/
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MyQuizCreator2006Quiz builderShut it downhttps://web.archive.org/web/20060505175638/http://myquizcreator.com:80/
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Fleckspot2006Web hostShut it downYes, a web hosting company. Or more speficially, a web hosting reseller.https://web.archive.org/web/20060602013750/http://www.fleckspot.com:80/
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TrackThePack2006Package tracking appSold 6 years later for $11,000 (and then backed out at the last second) and then shut it down.First SaaS product. Built it while running Fugitive Toys. Was one of the first package tracking apps for the iPhone. Decided to sell it, but then at the last minute I backed out and gave the money back. I had plans of doubling down on it and then never did anything with it. In hindsight I wish I had sold it.https://web.archive.org/web/20060704221606/http://trackthepack.com:80/
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Designerside2006Creative community and graphic assets storeSold 1 year later for $975https://web.archive.org/web/20060813034126/http://designerside.com:80/
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ColourMod2006DHTML/JS color picker and OS X widgetSold 1 year later for $3,150I purchased this for $3,000, then got bored and sold it for a handsome $150 profit. 🤑https://web.archive.org/web/20060301005930/http://colourmod.com:80/
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Sitethrive2006HTML/CSS template building serviceSold 1 year later for $800$139 per page!https://web.archive.org/web/20061209234018/http://sitethrive.com:80/
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Superior Mint2007Coin collecting dropshipping siteShut it downI sold 1 coin.https://web.archive.org/web/20070525204958/http://www.superiormint.com:80/
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Imgry2007Photoshop tutorialsShut it downInstead of being a directory of links, this was me and others producing actual tutorialshttps://web.archive.org/web/20070425073254/http://imgry.com:80/
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Decomodo2007Cool stuff blogSold 1 year later for $1,000https://web.archive.org/web/20070905224314/http://decomodo.com:80/
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PugSpot2007Online community for pug ownersSold 10 years later for $5,000Taught myself Ruby/Rails with this! Labor of love (we have 3 pugs). At its height was one of the most popular online communities for pug owners. We even produced a calendar one year and had our own custom pug emojis! 😛https://web.archive.org/web/20070430225335/http://pugspot.com:80/
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TechUniversity2010Mac video tutorialsShut it downSaaS product. Produced dozens of high quality videos on how to use apps on your Mac. Super proud of this. Just couldn't get any traction with it.https://web.archive.org/web/20100514101241/http://techuniversity.com:80/
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Critterly2010Pet management appSold 1 year later for $1,650SaaS app that never had a single paying customer. That logo was dang cool though.https://web.archive.org/web/20100709232817/http://critterly.com:80/
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PopSurvey2011Survey appSold 3 years later. Made nothing from the sale.Started as a client project for Siamak Taghaddos and David Hauser, the co-founders of Grasshopper (telephone service). I ultimately moved in to the co-founder/CEO role. I needed SaaS analytics for this product and it's what ultimately prompted me to build what became Baremetrics.https://web.archive.org/web/20111103105835/http://www.popsurvey.com:80/
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Deck Foundry2012Pitch deck design as a serviceShut it downCo-founded with David Hauser. I think we sold maybe 2-3 ever.https://web.archive.org/web/20120720012206/http://deckfoundry.com:80/
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Temper2013Customer happiness survey appSold in 2014 as part of PopSurveyWas part of the same "PopSurvey" entity. Chris Meeks, who designed this, ended up doing a ton of design work on Baremetrics a couple of years later.https://web.archive.org/web/20131028040836/https://temper.io/
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Baremetrics2013Business insights appStill kickin' (Doing over $100k/mo)Started as an internal tool that I needed for PopSurvey/Temper. Now doing over $1M a year and growing.https://web.archive.org/web/20140226171910/https://www.baremetrics.io/
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Cedar & Sail2016Handmade home decorActiveNeeded a creative outlet and way to use my hands outside of computers.
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Rockburg2017Music simulation gameActively working on it!It's open source!
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Droptune2018New music notifications appActively working on it!It's open source!
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Forge & Fabricate2018Maker show & publicationLaunching Fall 2018
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Laser Tweets2018Wooden laser etched tweetsRecently launched!
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