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    Coding Addiction

    Lately I am in a coding frenzy (addiction). I was inspired by tracking down interviews and blogs of great coders such as Jeff Atwood (Stack Overflow), and the makers of some great classic games such as Doom (John Romero, John Carmack). Matt Barton does a great job of interviewing classic game coders on YouTube.

    In the past I have written tons of code, so now I am trying to output very nice and useful code to the best of my ability that people will find useful and recommend. In my dreams, I would be as good at coding as the guys that I referenced but I will try to scratch the surface.

    My plan is to offer free code and monetize the websites with related products that are perhaps better to entice people that are OK to spend money on the solutions offered.

    Scripts that I am thinking to release are:
    File Download - done
    Email Autoresponder - imminent
    Marketer's CMS - done, but want to improve it (try and beat WordPress
    URL redirector - probably be a plugin
    Maybe a Blog script that handles comment spam better?

    I need to make money from coding since I have no job, hence the idea of monetization of the free download sites.

    Anyone else addicted to coding/web site production?

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    I guess I also fit into that category, but Google has managed to take the steam out of my most productive past efforts. Perhaps we need to start a Code Monkeys Anonymous group to deal with our addiction.

    The real problem today is trying to find a profitable online niche that is not already saturated.
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    Well, I am going to publish my best coding efforts and see what happens.

    At least it will be out there rather than vegetating on my hard drive.

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    You have to be able to turn 'publishing' into 'making money'. It can be done if you can come up with something useful that is not easy for someone to duplicate.

    I have a friend who claims he has 'made money beyond his wildest dreams' by producing a WordPress plugin that he sells for about $75. His initial offering was cheaper, less sophisticated and non-encrypted. Several people stole his code and started offering the plugin themselves. He then came out with the full-blown professional version that is encrypted with Ioncube and that is where he made the real money. As much as I hate Ioncube, sometimes it is the only way to protect your work.
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    All of my stuff is easy to duplicate, but I have an original idea for a WP plugin that could be popular.

    I wrote a PHP obfuscator tool before. I think it is good since it garbles up the names of every function, class and variable, strips out comments and white space etc. So it makes it hell to work with the code. I wonder if Ioncubed code is compatible with the GPL? Since the code is closed source. My method still produces open source code. All of your friend's money could be taken away in a law suit maybe?

    But for scripts that are easy to replicate, I am happy to have the code open and make money via the traffic to the site clicking on Adsense or buying products via the email list.

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    Lots of paid plugins use Ioncube. I am working with a paid video plugin right now that uses IonCube. It seems the more sophisticated the paid pluin, the more likely it is that Ioncube will be necessary.

    1. Who is going to sue someone over this? My friend has been selling the plugin for 4 or 5 years with no complaints from anyone on the WordPress team.

    2. The GPL may just say that you cannot copyright the code. Anyone who can see it can use it or modify it. I don't think it says that the PHP code cannot be encoded.

    You can still make money with open source code if you can use it to drive traffic to your sites and build brand recognition of your name. The name recognition draws in people who want custom code work.
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    Who is going to sue someone over this? My friend has been selling the plugin for 4 or 5 years with no complaints from anyone on the WordPress team.
    Probably no one, unless they wanted to set an example.

    The GPL may just say that you cannot copyright the code. Anyone who can see it can use it or modify it. I don't think it says that the PHP code cannot be encoded.
    You can't extend and modify the code without access to the source code. Ioncubed code is closed source.

    You can still make money with open source code if you can use it to drive traffic to your sites and build brand recognition of your name. The name recognition draws in people who want custom code work.
    Agreed. Also, it is difficult to make substantial money selling code modules without a lot of marketing push.

    The first version of code is often buggy (feature rich?) and feature-poor (lacking bells and whistles), so giving it away can get you early adopters (beta testers), and code contributions to rapidly improve it.

    The idea of a "hire me" page on the product page may be worth implementing? Also, looking for similar project work on freelancer sites.

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