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October 19 2008

The Great Website Creation Contest

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Hello ThinkTankers and others looking for a badass website that you can make money with at potentially a very low cost.

At the ThinkTank Rhea announced a competition where attendees were split into teams, and they had a chance to work with each other in building a site that would be auctioned off. We had a bunch of great prizes.

Here are the two sites.

Team Captain: Chris Hedgecock

Team Captain: Sebastian Schepis

These sites will be sold in 14 days to the highest bidder.

In reality what ended up happening at the ThinkTank, was that a bunch of the guys were so into other fun activities that they chose those instead. At any given second at ThinkTank there was a lot going on.

It just so happened that two of the teams had crazy, mad, massive experience, stay up all night for decades kind of programming skills. The two of them coded out projects that are actually amazingly impressive. If I had paid someone to code these I would have expected to pay a gripload!

Bidding will end on Sunday, November 2nd. at high noon, Pacific Time. The exact second it ends will be determined by me with my watch on my hand and not up for discussion.

A percentage of the proceeds will go to breast cancer prevention, a small percentage to Rhea for setting up the contest, a small percentage to me to cover the (three hundred?) bucks I spent on gift cards for the competitors to use. And the rest will go to the team captains. If the captains did all the work themselves, then they should just keep that dough. If other team mates helped, then they can divy it up as they see fit!

Payment will be due within 1 hour of the end of the auction. If not received by then, I will work my way down the list of bidders until a winner is found that can pay imediately.

To bid, just leave a comment below. Put the name of the site, either or, and a maximum price you will pay. If you want to bid on both sites, then leave a comment for each site, each bid. If a bid looks ambiguous, then I will skip it.

Both sites will be sold, each one to the highest biddder.

Anyone can bid unless for some strange reason it was illegal where you are and then you can’t.

That means that even the team captains themselves can bid.

As for the team captains! The winner will have their choice between $1,000 of either trademark or copyright legal services from Dana Robinson, a kick ass attorney! Or an $800 pair of custom made esquevel shoes!

Feel free to tweet about this contest, blog about it, or whatever else you would like to do.

I think both of these sites are badass and want to get these guys as good a price as possible!

Feel free to ask the designers questions in the comments below. You will get the software running the sites as well as the domain names.

Here are the programmers descriptions of what they are.


Zappi Search is a search engine that aggregates multiple data feeds into one search result page, which is monetized based on your search context. When you search for a keyword on, you are presented with the top search results for:

Web – results yahoo web search results
Shopping – shopping results for amazon – your affiliate link is embedded in, so you make money when someone clicks through and buys from amazon
Auctions – auction results for ebay – your affiliate link is embedded in, so you make money when someone clicks through and buys from ebay
Images – gives you image search results from Yahoo
Video – gives you video search results, aggregated by Yahoo
News – the latest news on your keyword, aggregated by yahoo
Blogs – the latest blog results for your keywords
Articles – the latest articles for your keywords from

Dynamic thumbnails are created from search results, so you can see where you’re going before you get there.

You can also see more results for each search type.

ZappiSearch is highly monetized. You can plug in several PPC ad XML feeds for the PPC ads at the top and the right-hand site of the search results – ZappiSearch will aggregate and sort the ads and put the highest paying ads at the top of the page. The ads you currently see are aggregated from 7Search, RevenuePilot, SearchAnyway, and SearchFeed.

You can also plug in your eBay and Amazon affiliate ID’s and make money that way.

You can also plug in any number of custom ads for any number of keywords – for example, the banner ads you see when searching for the keywords ‘mortgage refinancing’ are all affiliate ads from a CPA network.


It is basically an ebay niche store on steroids. A user can search for any product at any price. For example, a chargers jersey for $50 or less:

It is completely optimized for organic SEO, in both its simple keyword-rich code structure and url structure. In addition, each search that returns a result is added to the tag could and the sitemap for spidering. So this site has unlimited pages, each new search is potentially a new page. We use the youtube API to grab some related content for each search as well.

Monetization is through eBay’s Partner Network and Google’s Adsense.

Site Team Captains, feel free to ad anything you like below! Readers, ask questions, bid, and let the competition begin!

  1. Dan said on October 19th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    The first zappisearch link is the other team’s site.

  2. dk said on October 21st, 2008 at 4:08 am

    Sebastian just twittered me this – Zappisearch has gotten indexed by Google and others and it is currently making $8 a day – without any work on my part.

  3. SnowBall said on July 15th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Haha I wish I would have known about this contest earlier. I would have bid $8 on zappisearch. I also really like the concept of the second one. I want a sushi dinner for $5, now find it!

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