Turning Passion Into a Successful Business – LoveSongs.comMike Sullivan
Vincent James creates custom love songs for couples and families worldwide for many occasions including Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays and holidays. Over the last several years he’s written dozens of custom songs for clients in the US and abroad including Canada, Austrailia, UK and Singapore. Vincent also owns the domain LoveSongs.com and shares a little bit about his business and the domain.
Mike: Can you give a little background on your business? How long you’ve had your site online, etc.
Vincent: I started LoveSongs.com just about 10 years ago. I was just searching online looking at different things and found the domain parked and immediately I thought wow….my musical style is love songs and it would be absolutely amazing if LoveSongs.com were for sale (at the time it wasn’t listed for sale). So I contacted the owners of the site and it turned out they were looking to raise some funds for another site they were building so yes they were interested. Within a few weeks I had launched the first incarnation of LoveSongs.com
Mike: Has has owning the domain impacted your business?
Vincent: Actually before I had LoveSongs.com I had never written custom songs before. I had written many songs both for myself as an artist and sometimes for other artists. But it wasn’t until after I had launched the first version of the website that I started thinking what would make sense for the domain. So the domain actually helped create the idea for custom songs even though its something I could have been doing all along.
Mike: Who contacts you for custom love songs? How does the process work? Do your clients provide you with the background information and you take it from there?
Vincent: I get contacted by couples looking for a wedding song, husbands and wives looking for anniversary songs and guys/gals just looking for a very special gift for a holiday or birthday for their significant other. I email out a questionnaire for them to fill out and I ask them to tell me as much information as they feel comfortable in sharing. I then sit down at the piano and use their story as inspiration to create their song. Whats interesting is some of the best songs I’ve ever written were custom songs… simply because the inspiration came from real people and real emotions instead of something I was dreaming up in my head.
Mike: What has been the strangest song request you’ve received?
Vincent: Hmmm….I’ve done a song for a child’s pet horse (“Magnum Opus”) and I’ve done a song for Lionel Richie’s birthday that was commissioned by his official fan club (“So Many Songs”). Perhaps the most interesting song I’ve done was for a radio station contest a few years back. The station DJ’s and I both expected the winner to request a romantic song for their love….however the contest winner was a young mother who had recently given up their child for adoption..she wanted a song to tell the story of how she felt so she could play it for them some day if she ever got the chance. I wrote the song and recorded a basic demo in one night and they aired it the next morning on the radio. Being a parent myself I was so touched by the song that I did a full recording of it and included it on my “One More Night” CD and have played it out at many shows to tell the story. The name of the song is called “So Many Things” and you can hear it at www.lovesongs.com/adoption
Mike: Can you share the volume of traffic that your site receives?
Vincent: We get approximately 1000 unique visitors per day from all over the world..maybe 30-35% from the US and the rest from every country you can imagine.
Mike: I see you have Google Adsense on your site. Does that generate significant revenue for you?
Vincent: I wouldn’t call it signifcant but it definitely covers the cost of running the site and I’ll also be using that revenue to do a full remodel of the website next year. Most of the income I currently generate off the site is from the Custom Songs.
Mike: Do you have any other online marketing strategies that you follow (google ads, seo, banners on other sites, etc.?)
Vincent: Currently we do not…all the traffic we receive is organic in nature from the Search engines or people just typing in LoveSongs.com . Once the website is remodeled in early 2011 we will be utilizing several online advertising methods to draw in new traffic.
Mike: Did you purchase the name from someone else that owned it? If so, what was the process you went through? Will you share what you paid for the name?
Vincent: Yes and I definitely wish I had the foresight to register it myself several years earlier 🙂 What I usually tell folks is that for the price I paid for LoveSongs.com I could have gotten a brand new compact car..the difference is 10 years later the car would probably be gone and 10 years later the domain is still going strong earning revenue.
Mike: Do you think you would be willing to sell your domain at any point? Have you ever received any unsolicited offers?
Vincent: I might be willing to sell it some day but the asking price would need to be significantly more then what I originally paid for it. I have gotten dozens of offers over the years…most have not included a started price but the few that have usually start out close to what I originally paid.
Mike: Any other information you’d like to share?
Vincent: I’m absolutely amazed how the internet has allowed me to write and record songs for people all over the world. In the past year alone I’ve written songs for clients in Austrailia, Canada, India and Singapore. I’m just thrilled to be able to share what I do with so many people and cultures across the globe.