I am the kind of person that really enjoys a good challenge. When I find something that I think is interesting I focus on it until I have pretty much mastered it. This is how I learned to build websites, program, and of all things, how to solve the Rubik’s Cube.
It all started my senior year of high school. I was at my aunt’s house celebrating Easter and my cousin Quinton had a Rubik’s Cube that he had learned to solve. After he had seen The Pursuit of Happyness (great movie by the way) he had decided to learn and had become pretty good at it. I gave it a few tries and over the course of a few hours had made absolutely no progress. So, on my way home I stopped at Walgreens and picked up a Rubik’s Cube of my own.
When I got home I started my online research for how to solve the Rubik’s Cube by reading through many very confusing articles. There is a lot going on with a Rubik’s Cube and unless you already know what you are doing reading an article to learn how to solve it is about the most flustering thing ever. After a few frustrating hours, I made my way to YouTube and found some fantastic video tutorials. Although I was far from being any good at it, within a couple hours I had finally solved the Rubik’s Cube.
As I studied the cube I began to learn more and more combinations so I could solve it without any outside assistance. Soon, not only was I solving it without a problem, but I was timing myself to try to solve it faster and faster. I was absolutely obsessed with it. I took my Rubik’s Cube to school and would solve it when passing between classes and at lunch. One day, I even made $20 because a teacher had bet me I could not solve it in less than 40 seconds. As my addiction to the cube grew, so did my desire to build a website to show people how they could learn to solve it as well. I had taught many of my friends and some of them had started trying to learn faster combinations so I knew that a video website where you could find tutorials could be popular and that was the direction I headed with my new project, RubikVids.
RubikVids was a portal for Rubik’s Cube videos on YouTube. I purchased the script for RubikVids on DigitalPoint Forums for about $10. I then modified it to my needs, created a simple design, and started to promote it. One way I thought would be cool to promote it would be to do “Sponsored Solves” and I knew immediately who I would do my first Sponsored Solve for.
Around the same time all this was happening affiliate marketing superstar Jeremy Schoemaker (aka Shoemoney) launched an advertising platform called AuctionAds. I thought AuctionAds was pretty cool so when Jeremy started selling AuctionAds shirts I got one. Well, knowing that Jeremy was really excited about AuctionAds and a marketing guy himself, I assumed if I made a video solving the Rubik’s Cube wearing an AuctionAds shirt I could get Jeremy to post about it on his blog. Well, I was right.
Not only did Jeremy post the video above, but he also included a link to my RubikVids website, which immediately had a huge effect on traffic. Search engine spiders started indexing the entire site rampantly because of the link on Shoemoney.com and within a few weeks over 300,000 pages from RubikVids.com were indexed by Google. The site started to get around 2,000 unique visitors daily and nearly all of it was search engine traffic!
The traffic was amazing and it was exciting to see some AdSense money coming in, but it did not take long before I was ready to sell the website. I was in college at the time and I really needed some cash. I was also hoping to be able to buy an iPhone (the first iPhone at the time) and I assumed I would be able to get over $1,000 for the site, which would be plenty to get an iPhone and have money left over for some of my school costs. So, I put the website up for sale on DigitalPoint Forums.
The auction went well and I ended up selling the website for $1,500. That money, combined with the AdSense earnings, puts my total at $1,573.64. I am not sure how long it took, but eventually a Google update deindexed the entire website. I think I made out pretty good from the sale and have no regrets.
In conclusion, with a lot of passion and a little bit of creativity, I was able to successfully make over $1,500 simply from learning how to solve the Rubik’s Cube. I still enjoy solving the Rubik’s Cube and although I am not as crazy about it as I once was, I can still get solves in the 20 second range. I’ve never made any more money from it, but I expect to from this post and eventually I’ll add that to my tally ;)