I’m Selling FitnessApps.com on Flippa

Like the title suggests, I’m selling the domain FitnessApps.com, which is obviously a killer niche app domain name. This is just a quick post to let you know that it is currently for sale on Flippa.

There’s just so much you can do with the domain, but here’s a few ideas:

  • Make some really useful/awesome fitness apps for iOS, Android, and/or the web
  • Charge like 99 cents each, or have in-app-purchases for “workout plans” and the like
  • Make free versions with ads. Make your first million. And repeat. Again.

I’m using a similar monetization strategy for my iPhone games at Astro Bro. It’s a winning one.

and it comes with bonuses (like the full rights and source code to a bunch of already-made fitness apps). You can get more information on that at the quick landing page I set up on the Fitness Apps site.

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I Made an iPhone Game and Released it on the App Store

astro bro iconSo, a couple weeks ago. I got a game approved in the App Store. It’s called Astro Bro: Engine Room Escape.

It’s a free game. It’s pretty fun. More information can be found on the Engine Room Escape page on AstroBro.com.

The Story

I’m not exactly sure what caused the app development bug to bite me, but it did. Here are some thoughts I had throughout the development process.

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20 Reasons Why Vapid BuzzFeed-Style List Posts Make You Look Like An Idiot

A lot of people say “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Actually, that’s a load of bs, and I’m not going to go into too much detail explaining why.

There are plenty of outrageous and outlandish things anybody can do to get attention, that ultimately end up damaging your reputation in the long run.

I thought this sort of behavior was limited to “celebrities” trying to desperately extend their 15 minutes of fame, but no. It has begun to spillover in my beloved web design community.

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New Responsive Design for Leland.me

So, I decided if I’m going to be talking about responsive web design related topics, my own personal site probably shouldn’t be using a three-year old, unresponsive design. I just finished coding it last night.

I also have a brand spanking new newsletter where I’ll pretty much just update you on new blog posts. See the subscription form to the right or below (depending on your device width).

Like any redesign project, this is very much a work in progress, and I’d love to hear any of your feedback. Especially bug reports, if you notice any.

How To Move WordPress To A New Domain

So late last night, I moved leland.info over to leland.me. I bought the leland.me name a while ago with the intention of “rebranding” leland.info with it, and haven’t gotten around to it until now.

This will be a quick post on how to properly migrate a WordPress site to a new URL, including the crucial task of redirecting old URLs to the new domain.

Step-By-Step WordPress Migration Process

I have a pretty simple process for moving WordPress sites. It’s not 100% ideal compared to a service like ManageWP or plugin like BackupBuddy, but it’s free and it works in most cases.

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The SEO Strategy Spectrum, Finding a Middle Ground

I see a lot of misinformation out there about SEO, and it’s never going to end. When ignorant SEO-clueless people see an ad for “get #1 for any keyword!” they’re going to pay attention, and they’ll probably pay up for some fraudulent ranking service. (Hint: the only people who can actually “guarantee” you a top spot in a search engine would be the search engine, not some random dude advertising on Google Ads).

The SEO Strategy Spectrum

There seem to be two sides of the spectrum when it comes to SEO strategy. On one side are the “content purists” and the “over-optimizers.” I just thought of these two terms off the top of my head, so I’ll explain what I mean.

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Hourly rates, legal threats, and how not to hire a freelancer

A few days ago, I received an email from a potential client for what would have been a pretty small, straightforward coding project. He informed me he found me through a tutorial I wrote about adding a widgetized footer to your WordPress theme. (Yes, I know it’s over three years old, but it’s still a very popular practice to include content in the footer of your site.) He wanted me to code something similar for his own site.

I responded saying that I could do it (I wrote a tutorial about it after all), told him about my hourly rate, and that it probably wouldn’t take more than a couple hours. A pretty reasonable estimate.

What he responded with

He came back saying that he doesn’t use a per hour fee for any graphic work. Okay, whatever, I’ll just multiply my hourly rate by the number of hours I estimate it will take and use that as a fixed rate. Simple.

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