Secondly, Michelle, the last thing I want to do is make you guys out to be something you're not. I never said you guys were ripping off inventors. I even said I'm using the site for my own self-promotion by giving advice and sharing my experiences to inventors. This site (as I've said before) is a godsend. It's invaluable to struggling inventors, me included. I am eternally greatful for this opportunity AND acknowledge what a deal it is. You CAN'T FIND A DEAL LIKE THIS ANYWHERE ELSE! The time and effort put into this undertaking is commendable.
What I was saying was that this whole inventor help phenomenon is interesting to me. I said it wasn't all a bad thing, it's just interesting. Maybe this is the key? Maybe inventor guild-type communal support is what we need? Keep in mind, it won't make a poor invention better than it is but it can be an invaluable teaching tool and source of peer support.
I do not need you to say nice things on our site to us. Go tell someone else and bring them here. I want your help to build this site.
This site will be what inventors want it to be. If inventors help and make this site more fun, interesting and full of valuable info for inventors and thus more popular, than it can be a true "godsend" for inventors.
Over the summer, we approached a few companies that partner with inventors to try to have them look at the inventions in our gallery, perhaps work with us in picking items they may want to review, etc. They pretty much ignored us or told us to come back when we grow up.
If we get REALLY successful and thus have influence in the industry, we will no longer be ignored. We will have ccess to the people inventors want to talk to and get stuff for them that any individual inventor alone cannot get.
If we can get REALLY popular, people will come to us.
We are making progress but we have so far to go.
If you would help tell your family and friends about us as a great fun site, we can use our growing reputation to make a difference in inventor lives by making what is now hard easy.
We don't want to be a mere information and support site for inventors. Aren't there already a million out there that no one goes to visit?
Our vision is to make the process of inventing for independent inventors easier and more fun.
cool databases with track records of companies that license from independent inventors that you can contact about your invention with a mere click of a button.
a webstore where all the inventors who cannot support their own web business get together and market their inventions together...an inventor commune with the coolest collection of inventions out there, with bulk pricing and discounts.
licensing meetings virtually with real companies genuinely interested in your invention
free commercials for your invention in a top 1000 traffic website to tell the world about your invention.
and on and on and on
So BottleSling, its up to you and to other inventors.
How many articles from our site did you email to people and tell them to check us out?
How many times have you posted in the comments and forums on other sites you visit, a link to a good article you found on our site.
How many people have you personally asked to visit this site?
If its not many times, then please do it. Help us get people to come to our site.
This is the only place on the web as far as I know where inventors have impact. We are already in the top 75,000 or so most popular websites in the world. If we could be in the top 1000, can you imagine how many people would know about your invention?
So work with us...please. Don't say nice things on our site
about us. Go and do it somewhere else...and convince them that we have stuff they should read.
And if we don't have it, tell us and we will get it. Tell us what we need to do to become more fun, more interesting, more cool....someplace you look forward to checking out every day.