Below is a list of accolades I won for my websites.
1. 4 STAR AWARD
2. EYECANDY AWARD
3. A TOUCH OF MAGICK
4. HOMEPAGE EXCELLENCE
5. COOL PATROL BEST SITE
6. THE KEWL HOMEPAGE AWARD
7. THE SOMEGUY AWARD
8. AWARD FOR WWW OKness
9. BLACKSTONE AWARD
10. WIZARD OF THE WEB 1997
11. HUMMING AWARD FOR A HUMMING GOOD PAGE.
12. CHOPTLIVA'S CHOICE AWARD.
13. BUNNY AWARD FOR BEST WEBPAGE.
14. THE GOD AWARD
15. THE GOLDEN DONUT AWARD FOR THE
16. THE POWERFUL PROGRAMMER AWARD
17. THE RED AWARD
18. EYE CANDY SEMI-FINALIST 1999
19. MAJON'S SEAL OF EXCELLENCE
20. THE CRITICAL MASS AWARD
21. EXTREMELY PROVOCATIVE WEBSITE AWARD
22. NGI-WI COOL SITE AWARD
23. THE WEBMASTER AWARD
24. BOUNCEY SMILEY WEBSITE AWARD
25. GRAFIX KINGDOM SELECT SITE
26. AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
27. RAVI'S PICK ELITE SITE
28. BEST OF THE PLANET PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS
29. SAFE FOR KIDS SITE OF THE WEEK
[ first ever personal page to win this award ]
30. WEBSITE INNOVATION AWARD
31. STAR WEBPAGE - FIRST RATE
32. EXTREME AWARD
33. 5 STAR SITE AWARD
35. HAMZ BEST OF THE BEST PAGE 98
36. AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE 98
37. CHEEZY GRIN AWARD
38. THE CUTEBUG AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
39. THE BEST OF THE WEB 98 (SILVER AWARD)
40. THE WEBPAGE APPROVAL AWARD
41. ABSOLUTE CROSS AWARD
42. CREATIVITY AWARD
43. BASS ON HOOK AWARD
44. AECLECTIC AWARD FOR INFORMATION
45. PAKISTANE SITE OF THE DAY
46. PHENOMENALMEN OF THE WEB
47. BEST OF THE WEB 99 (SILVER AWARD)
48. THE PLAQUE OF EXCELLENCE
My Internet journey started from Pakistan, when I asked the ISP if they had a guide on creating websites and they said no we don’t. I spent whole night making it although I didn’t know anything about sites then. And in the morning presented them the guide that was called “poora pagals guide to making websites” And boy oh boy.. the guide was downloaded thousands and thousands of times by almost everyone who logged onto the ISP and that was a LOT of people. That’s how my internet journey began!
Below are few of the sites I have launched:-
- WorldsMine (1999 till 2005)
A search engine that I launched with the pay per click cgi script. Luckily got hold of a chinese portal webmaster who I shared the 50% clicks and earned 200-300 USD every 24 hours. This site I let go when I moved back to Norway from UK
- Thebabesandhunks (2000 to 2006)
This was a celebrity site that was VERY popular! I got an offer for this from indiafm who paid for hosting, then their plans changed and I had to move to my own domain right away. This was an amazingly fun project. And I hired some great programmers do code the site but design and implementation was something I took care of.
- FreelancersDirect.com (2000 till 2004)
This was a freelance marketplace where programmers and webmasters met. I had over 1500 members, from which 250 were paying while the rest paid commission on projects. Site went amazingly well until some personal issues came up and I had to return back to the family in Norway. So no time to manage the site, I just shut it down.
- PooraPagal.com (2001 till 2006)
This was probably one of the cutest chatrooms on the net. I got hold of the creators of penguin chat and used their chat on poorapagal site. It was packed up with over 200 “penguins” every moment you would login. After a while, Disney bought penguin chat and the authors kindly asked me to remove the chat so they can sell all their rights. I will set something else up there soon.
- CrazeFM.com (2004 till 2010)
This is the site I have been running since 2004 almost. Started with another like minded friend and since then till now poured every single penny I had on the site. This site is still eating lots of my cash, but in return millions of users have a radio they can come to when they are bored. Apart from that, I am also the host of the show on the radio. This site also won the Best and most Popular site of 2007 in the Asian Radio / TV category.
Apart from the above, I had launched over 35 different sites. I remember them all, and most of the readers of this page also remember them if I mention them. But that’s a long story :) I will add above a few more as I remember the big ones that really made an impact in how I look at web and venturing new ideas. My way of doing sites is looking at what works, and making it work even better. In a way someone else might never have thought of.
What have I sold?
- AmIalookalike.com (2001 till 2009)
This is a site I sold to an interested buyer in 2009. It was a very fun site. Concept was totally new as at the time of making no site had this idea. I had a programmer create a rating script that would allow users to submit their pictures and allow other regular users to rate them on their resemblance to a celebrity. Site was mentioned on BBC and CNN sites of the day.
- BestRingtones.com (2001 till 2007)
This is one amazing domain name that I was very happy with. I sold it for a few thousand dollars to someone interested :)