Teoalida old website 2009-2012

Teoalida's old website 2009-2012

About Teoalida & curious why I made this website?

Many visitors browse most of website pages, but ommiting Index page.

Please read the Index page before About Me page!

I am born with high creative and artistic skills, and mainly guided by my parents. I learned AutoCAD and architecture.
Everytime when I was visited by family friends, my parents encouraged me to show what I can do. Today I am still not sure if this is a good or bad behavior (what do you think?).
In 2005 I got internet connection, which mean freedom of making new friends, I kept my habits and I show my work to friends by sending it via e-mails and instant messaging to each person. Sometimes I took a laptop with me when I visited friends, especially to ones with no internet connection, to show my masterpieces.
No wonder that many friends criticized my parents for being too conservative, keeping me behind technology, limiting my education, discouraging me to use internet, wanting only the bad for me, etc.

As I was encouraged by friends, I shall migrate to a web-based lifestyle, to allow all my friends and potential business partners to view my work anytime, also to access my work from friends' computers when I visit them.
So... I decided to create this personal-hobby-business-looking website that has to represent my image!

A little history
On 1 april 2009, the website was created, only the first page, not as a fool, but for testing Webs.com.
During may 2009, I added four more pages, originally named: Teoalida's Housing (initially contained what is currently in Apartment Design page), Teoalida's Palace, Teoalida's Cars, Teoalida in The Sims 2, with a small example of what I work. I linked it to several other sites and I waited to be indexed in search engines before take more care about it.
During june 2009, I cannot wait the indexing in search engines, and I added some more content to have something to show to my friends via direct links (anyway from the beginning I wanted that the main source of traffic to be direct links).
On 21 july 2009, my site appeared in Google for first time, even if only the first page!! I started to take more care about it, everything was rewrote.
As 1 august 2009, I can say that my website is complete, initial phase, with 10 pages. The rest of pages were indexed during late 2009. I added new pages and continued to improve it as soon as I had ideas.
As few people are interested in someone's portfolio (perhaps architecture students and businessmen looking for AutoCAD designers), I decided in late 2009 to add more pages related about real world, such as Countries & Cities and Singapore HDB research, to gain more visitors and increase website ranking. My private website became a public website, so I deleted all personal information.

I sucked at SEO, the visitors count was increasing but Google sent the visitors in wrong pages and they quickly left (example: searching "Singapore 4-room floorplan" and landing in Apartment Design page, searching "100 sq m house plan" and landing in Singapore page).
Originally the pages were named to achieve best-looking in sidebar (Webs.com do not allow different page titles than URL).
But since I got idea to make a custom-built navigation bar, in 2010, I could write anything for the page links, so the page URLs and titles were changed more SEO-friendly (example: Teoalida's Cars > Car Design, Housing-Current > Apartment Design)... and my website reached over 100 visitors everyday and higher engagement ratio.
Remember that gaining many visitors as possible was NOT my point (I could easily do that by overloading with unrelated keywords).

This is an ever-changing website. I constantly added new pages and more content on existing pages.
Since 2012 I started to use blog application to show you the list of updates.

Due of traffic growing too much for a free hosting like Webs.com, I started a totally new website on www.teoalida.com, intending to move my business on it.

Making money online!
Some people are asking me how I earn money from this website. Well... I don't earn any money directly from it (I keep it ads-free website), but think about people that were impressioned by my skills and ask me to work for them. That's how my money came!
Most of things presented here are made by me alone, for passion and presentation of my skills. But yes, I am ready to work at request.
Unfortunately I had just few clients, until I found that is possible to chat with website visitors, a MUST-HAVE for websites that sell things or offer services.
I don't know if is a good idea to post the projects made for customers or to keep them confidential.

Advice for amateurs who try to copy my business
Do not think that if I have 200 daily visitors means that I earn $20.000 per day. Of 200 daily visitors, 60% are singaporeans looking at HDB section, only 5% enter via architecture section, of them only 1% ask me to work for them, 99% come just for looking.
In case of Car Database the conversion ratio (visitors to customers) is again 1 : 100, that average one sale per month.
Some people trust only after meeting face-to-face. They just consult with me, then choose to pay a sum with 4 digits to a local architect instead of a sum with 3 digits to me (maybe I should ask money for consultation too?).
Also I am afraid that many people do not realize that I am a designer, they think that I collect floorplans found over internet, they rely only on what they see on website, if they cannot find a suitable house plan here, they go away rather than contact me to design a house for them (and pay me for architect-design service).

Feel free to give suggestions and critics!
Don't suggest to delete all content and replace it with funny videos. I am the admin of other websites too, profit-making websites, they are with funny videos, but they are not related in any way with my life or what I like to do. This one is indeed to be a PERSONAL website, everything is made by me except the real photos, as far as I know there is no problem to use free and non-professional photographs. Its content may not be for public interest, and I do not need to make direct profit from it.

Some people says that I put too much personality in this website, who the hell would be interested in someone's personal opinions and personal portfolio?
Others, especially my friends see me as a Very Important Person and says that my opinion matters and appreciate me because it's only MY work, professional-looking without professional training.

What do you think?

Biography

Even if this is a serious, business-looking website, with several FUN parts, some people especially local friends requested to publish biography and even photos with me (is this really necessary?)...
Ask me what else you want to know about me?

Where I live: Terra, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy (I am a GLOBAL person who does not live in any specific country of this world), keep browsing my website and you may see where I live.

Birthday: 17 february 19xx.

Nicks used in the past: Teoalida (Majestatea Sa Teoalida) in local community. Somebody and Future for rest of world and in games (from 2009 I decided to promote my name Teoalida for entire world, today I am doubt that was a good decision).

Languages known: full of english, half of spanish, a little half of portuguese (fastest-learned language), plus the mother-tongue language.

Most loved at school: mathematics, geography, science.
Most hated at school: chemistry.

What I like today: making friends with high IQ like me, from as many countries is possible, becoming a TV star, exploring local cities by walking, exploring rest of world via internet, watching buildings, going in nature, forest, mountains, as well as doing useless and stupid things.
What I hate today: smoking, drinking, violent, arguing, racist, retarded, handicapped people, everything that segregate communities, creates war and destroys a peaceful world, or lowers the global intelligence level of humanity.

Favorite car: this marque (I have a lot of knowledge about cars, although I don't like to drive, cars are too dangerous for me, I prefer to use rail transport as much is possible).

Favorite color: all colors takes part in my life, I love red-orange for buildings and pink-blue for clothing and cars.

Favorite sports: probably walking and shopping (I am not a sporty person).

Favorite animal: this one, anybody know if is possible to have one as pet!?

Favorite music artists: Alan Jackson, Angelica, Aqua, Belanova, Eliana, Fandango, Garth Brooks, Hannah Montana, LazyTown, Maria Isabel, Pasarea Colibri, Peter Maffay, Rednex, Rionegro & Solimoes, Sandy & Junior, Shakin Stevens, Shania Twain, Tatiana, Taylor Swift, Thalia, Timbiriche, Xuxa, Yuri... so mostly in pop-rock-country zone, I never listen to genres like electronic, hip-hop, or manele. For details, see Music Database.

Favorite TV productions: I watch some things on TV but they are more like TV shows rather than mainstream movies, I love movies which shows the life in realistic ways, without excessive fake scenes. Also I hate to see violence, guns, explosions, crimes, or sex and porn.

Favorite (computer) software: I have too high knowledge about computers and too many softwares to fit them in a list. Since childhood I know everything about Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, AutoCAD, etc... I can learn new software in days.

Favorite (computer) games: Age of Empires 1 and 2, Caesar 3, Railroad Tycoon 3, The Sims 1 and 2, Worms... so mostly I like real-time strategy and city-building games (Too old games? Because today I am a serious person and I rarely play a game, if I don't have what to work and I want some fun, I prefer to play creatively in AutoCAD rather than search for a newer game).

Motto: I want to live in Singapore with a Japanese wife in an apartment with Korean home automation, drive a German car and eat Italian food while watching Mexican movies and listening to Brazilian music...

Facebook, Twitter, Hi5, etc... I have accounts, but why I should use them since I have this website?

PS: don't try to put any of above things as answer at Secret question for password recovery at any of my accounts... because you will only waste your time trying and trying!!

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About me

I created teoalida.webs.com in April 2009 to publish my portfolio of projects made by me, primarily AutoCAD and architectural design, as well as articles about real estate, games, etc... all my hobbies.

Website grew to 50 pages and over 200 daily visitors in 2012, too much for a FREE hosting like Webs.com.

In 2012 I started a new website: teoalida.com using WordPress platform, paid domain name and paid hosting, and moved all my portfolio from Webs to Wordpress. The new website grew to 800 daily visitors as 2014 and my hobbies turned into BUSINESS!

Conclusion: starting a business using Webs.com was a huge mistake. I could have been richer today if I would have started with WordPress from first time.

Example: teoalida.webs.com/apartmentdesignold.htm
Moved to teoalida.com/design/apartmentplans

I keep on teoalida.webs.com only the home page and few pages about Webs.com, to teach other startup businesses to not make same mistakes like me, to turn people away from using Webs.com services, and to show you tricks for webdesign & SEO.