Should I createa new site or add as a feature to the existing website?


I currently have a website in which I can add a feature that integrates with Twitter. I can add this as one of the features for a premium plan. Alternately, I can create a brand new website and have the Twitter integration feature be the the primary feature (I believe that this feature will have value by itself)

By adding to the existing website, I get the advantage of all the SEO work done and can leverage on the existing user base. However, if I build a new website, I may be able to get additional revenue.

Any thoughts?

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asked Mar 15 '11 at 13:01
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I would suggest staying focused on adding value (premium is fine) to your core offering. Build where the traffic is.

answered Mar 17 '11 at 00:30
Andy Swan
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  • Great point, but i would advise against having all your eggs in one basket. Nothing is more fun than being your own competitor. You see this a lot with VOIP services. It lets you manipulate the market. If you have multiple yet similar offerings it could be a strong advantage. It really depends on your situation and your app. My thinking is if you have a successful product now, you should try and re-brand it a few times over. Maybe you could make your next product and add on for your existing product but its own brand. Kind of like selling rims and the car. Try to explore all options. – Frank 13 years ago


Well its hard to pick what you are doing exactly without the website to understand the context.
Given the broader general question of I have a cool new idea growing out of an old one ... what should I do?

My answer to that again is it depends ... but if you have existing traffic I would most likely put it in the existing site first, use that as the incubator for the concept and then if it looked like a winner extract it out later. If you design with this end goal in mind you should be alright.

This mainly comes down to the trial and error approach for these new ideas, its generally harder to get a good concept incubation and feedback loop set up than it is to write the new bit of code.

answered Mar 15 '11 at 16:13
Robin Vessey
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Got it...
... integrate into #1, also make #2, run some tests, different look and feel and marketing angle (not too different) and get some more feedback. Why guess when you can know for a low cost.

answered Mar 16 '11 at 05:30
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