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Weird Ideas That Make Money

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The following are curated information about how others find weird ways to get rich in the past. It may not work anymore, but who knows?

MILLION DOLLAR HOME PAGE

Some of you can recall in 2005, a student called Alex Tew made $1 million dollars from the a single webpage selling pixels for $1 each. There are one million pixels to sell, arranged in a 1,000 x 1,000 pixel square pixel grid, and they are sold at block 100 pixels. He sold the entire grid and made $1million dollars. This is the famous “million dollar homepage“.

Subsequently, he went on to create a few failed ventures before starting Calm in 2012. Calm is a meditation app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation. After that, the growth seems to be exponential:
In 2013, the app netted $100k.
In 2015, the revenue went up to $2million, after hiring a meditation teacher who narrates the daily exercise.
In 2016, the figure went to $7m, as people are stressed with the election and needed to meditate more.
In 2017, Apple’s executive were probably also stressed out and need to meditate alot. They won App of the Year and the revenue went to $37m.

Other competitors of Calm are Headspace, Breethe, and Buddhify.

Alex Tew, attributes this growth to “the anxiety and stressors of modern life.”. “Living in busy cities, going a million miles per hour, always being plugged in and slammed with information — that’s not a life we evolved to live.”

calm app
Source: Calm

GRUMPY CAT

If you’re familiar with social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, you’d have most likely come across a ton of angry/funny cat memes on your timeline. The cat in question is Tardar Sauce, famously known as the Grumpy Cat. She took the world of social media by storm when her pictures flooded the internet as memes, but that’s not all. According to reports, her owner Tabatha Bundesen earned figures running to almost a 100 million dollars from merchandising, movies, event appearances, and from a copyright infringement lawsuit worth more than $700,000. Ironically, the Grumpy Cat made millions of people smile all over the world, and her owner must be super happy for posting cat pictures on Reddit years ago. She passed away peacefully at aged 7, on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha.

CUDDLING

Getting paid for snuggling up to someone for hours is an unusual way of making money? No surprise there. It is estimated that professional snugglers/cuddlers could be earning as much as $40,000 per year. Earning that amount just doing cuddling with someone in bed for hours is a big steal, and every bit of it is real. If you check the internet, you will find different websites or platforms created by individuals or institutions that offer cuddling services in return money, and it doesn’t matter the time of the day for them; day or night- it is the same with them. Examples that we are not affiliated with:

Cuddle Connect
Cuddle Companions
Cuddle Comfort

PET ROCK

If you wanted to get a pet, you’d probably think dogs, cats, birds, or even snakes right? Well, have you ever thought about having a pet rock? Pet rocks are small, smooth stones that come from Mexico’s Rosarito beach, and marketing genius Gary Dahl became a millionaire by selling them to interested individuals. Pet rocks come with their own carrying case and breathing holes. The sale of these as pets, complete with instructions. The instruction book was the real product, which was full of gags and puns. The 1975 fad only lasted about half a year.

REVIEWING TOYS

Many kids play with toys to have fun and keep themselves occupied, but not Ryan. 5 year-old YouTube juggernaut Ryan Kaji came into the spotlight in 2015 when his mom created a YouTube channel, and published a few videos of Ryan unboxing and playing with toys. The views on the first few videos were quite low, but after a while, millions of people, mostly kids, started watching his videos. Within months, Ryan’s channel gathered millions of views making Ryan the most popular kid on YouTube. Reports claim that Ryan has made about $120 million from reviewing toys on YouTube, and he is currently one of the highest earners on the platform. In 2019, 8-year-old Ryan Kaji creator of Ryan’s World earned $26 million this year alone.

PLAYING VIDEO GAMES

Decades ago, video games were mainly for kids, and it was just a fun thing to do with friends. But times have changed. Playing video games is now a way to make some cool cash if you’ve got the skills, and there are many ways to go about it. You now make some money by becoming a game tester for gaming companies, starting a YouTube gaming channel, competing in online tournaments and competitions, and becoming a game developer or a video game coach. It’s pretty simple to make money in the gaming world, but only if you’ve got the skills.

POST SECRET

PostSecret.com is a one page blog that publishes “secrets” from anonymous sources all over the world. It is touted as the largest advertisement-free blog in the world. Visitor count: 837,449,497 as of this writing. 

If you are contributing material to the website, please check out potential implications.  especially leaking very important and sensitive information such as these:

I steal toilet paper and tissues from my school because my salary is so low I can barely afford to buy it
Source: PostSecret

CHIA PET

Here’s another weird pet that has gained some ground in the market, and is currently making profits in the millions. Chia pets are basically terracotta figurines that can be used to grow chia, a flowering mint plant. The figurines for chia pets range from puppies, to superhero characters such as Spiderman, Superman, and the Incredible Hulk. Since their introduction to the market in 1977, Chia pets have sold more than 500,000 units, making millions of dollars in the process.

PHOTO BLOG

Photography has always been something of great value, and Brandon Staton, creator of photoblog Humans of New York is a living proof, however, the brand does a whole lot more. Humans of NY takes photos of strangers on the streets of New York and interviews them, urging them to tell their stories. With a huge following on social media, an internationally recognized photoblog, and a bestselling book, Brandon Staton is worth an estimated $13 million. Brandon wants the photoblog to serve as an interactive map of the mega city, and there’s no limit to the heights he could reach in the future.

CREATE A VIRAL INTERNET MEME

Hawaiian blogger Eric Nakagawa accidentally created a social media rave and trend when he posted an image of a short-haired British grey cat nicknamed HappyCat with the caption “I Can Has Cheezeburger?”. His post caught fire, gathered a lot of attention to his website, and sent the internet on a frenzy. I Can Has Cheezeburger went on to become a blog on which Eric and his partner Kari Unebasami posted more funny macros and LOLcats, to increase its popularity. Eric’s website was later purchased for whopping $2 million in 2007, which is quite a large amount to earn for creating a website for cat memes.

DOGGLES

This might come as a shock to you but dogs have their own eye protection brand called Doggle– basically goggles for dogs. Doggles can serve as a fashion statement or eyesight protection, either way, dogs can now enjoy a human luxury. Doggles made $3 million in sales in 2015.

Nowadays, there are many other new breads with interesting design such as this dog goggle:

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SHIP YOUR ENEMIES GLITTER WEBSITE

Sydney-Based Mathew Carpenter, found shipyourenemiesglitter.com in 2015, which makes it possible for anyone to send a prank to their “enemies”. The website was later purchased for $85,000 by Peter Boychuk who operated the business until he passed away on February 18, 2018, only at age 30.

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