Wibiya closing, try the top 5 alternatives to increase user engagement

The merger between Conduit and Perion spells bad news for Wibiya users as Conduit announces that it is shutting down Wibiya. 

A letter that was sent out by founders Daniel Tal, Avi Smila and Dror Ceder explained to the Wibiya users that their service will only be live until the end of 2013.

Meebo a known Wibiya competitor was also killed by Google last year and the move by conduit was kind of expected as many companies felt that such widgets for websites do not justify the investment.

Wibiya is a website bar that publishers used over that last 4 years to increase engagement with visitors. Many publishers that are using Wibiya are going to need to find a new tool to increase engagement and overall website performance.

My thinking is the best way to mourn the loss of Wibiya is to introduce some alternatives:

Alternative number 1: Bumpin

Bumpin supplies site owners with a bundle of widgets that can help make their website more social friendly. Bumpin promises that their widgets will create an interactive experience, which increases engagement among website visitors. The widgets are customizable and there is even an e-commerce app and online open chat service called shoutbox chat room for all your website visitors. The upside to using Bumpin is, the app gives you the ability to retain users and give your visitors incentive to stick around longer. The app also provides some very useful analytics, and the best part is Bumpin is quick and easy to install. On the flip side, Bumpin is a fairly unknown service, which means that for the time being Bumpin cannot added real value to your website that you cannot get from an alternative service. If you are seriously considering switching to Bumpin, keep in mind that without paying money for a premium version, you will be forced to have other company links on your widget.

Alternative number 2: BuzzGrowl

Also a freemium service, BuzzGrowl creates engagement by showcasing your social media activity on your website. Did someone just tweet your product? BuzzGrowl will show visitors a widget with the “Tweet” or “Share” and with a simple click they will be able to re-tweet or share on their social profiles. If you are trying to attract more traffic from social media network you want this widget. BuzzGrowl’s pluses include giving you the ability to attract new visitors via the help of your existing followers, as well it is quick and easy to install. The downside to BuzzGrowl is that the app doesn’t add any extra value, that you can’t personally add by creating a similar feature. BuzzGrowl’s premium version also comes at a pretty hefty price.

Alternatives number 3 & 4: WordPress Plugins

The WordPress Bar:

Although it hasn’t been updated for a very long time, The WordPress Bar is worth taking a look at. Similar to the Diggbar and somewhat the same as Wibiya, there isn’t a lot to report about this tool. Generally speaking, The WordPress Bar doesn’t come highly backed, but if you’re in need of a short term replacement for Wibiya this tool might be a good fit.

Sharebar:

Sharebar will take care of all of your visitor’s sharing needs. The tool, which is always displayed while users scroll down posts will definitely encourage your users to get active. Sharebar will surely only help increase engagement and improve any publisher’s website performance.

Alternatives number 5: imonomy

If you are unfamiliar with imonomy, now is a great time to get to know this amazing product. imonomy is a tool that provides publishers with free images for their website, but imonomy is also well known for promoting engagement, increasing page views and improving bounce rate. The company comes equipped with a variety of interactive feature that publishers can choose to have displayed on their web pages. All bundled together, imonomy generates revenues, enhances engagement, and does a great deal of good for SEO. The service is free to try, and easy to get started using.

The Manual Solutions

Don’t want to lose any of your Wibiya Apps? Here is a list of what you can install manually on your own after Wibiya shuts down:

  • SoundCloud: Want to share the hottest new tunes with your website visitors? The largest music community has you covered.
  • Facebook Like Box: Want your visitors to be updated through Facebook? One single like and they become subscribed readers on Your Facebook page.
  • Facebook Send: Want to share a post privately on the popular social network? Get the send button.
  • Justuno: Offer rewards to people who like your website or tweet your latest post. The app works amazingly well with online stores that want to grow their social media following.
  • ContactMe: Want a contact form that also functions as a CRM system? This app has great features that are worth checking out if you are trying to build a long-term business that builds on returning customers.
  • GameTreat: Looking to engage users in a fun way? GameTreat is a great way to easily embed Flash games.
  • Pinterest Widget: Interested in creating a Pin it button or a Follow on Pinterest button? Create it easily and start pinning.

Think you have a better tool to increase engagement on your website? Tell me about your Wibiya replacement in the comment section.

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How To Find Royalty Free Images For Your Blog

We all want free images, but what images are free and how do we find them?


If you are a professional blogger you probably know by now that it can be difficult to make your blog look attractive. In the last year, there has been a huge increase in the amount of royalty free images on the web, and for obvious SEO reasons everyone wants top quality free images.

Every webmaster knows by now that Google is less likely to rank your website if there are few or no images on your pages. Blocks of text can make Google’s Penguin suspicious about the quality of content being generated on your website, even if the text was in fact a unique piece of writing. No matter the site, images are something you just shouldn't give up on. Websites without pictures are also unlikely to draw new readers as the content will be generally unattractive to look at.

Just think about how many Pinterest shares you are will be missing out on without any images in your posts. Pictures draw the eyes in a certain direction and can provide a lot more information to a reader than a few paragraphs of text can.

Images add a level of quality to websites that not only makes web pages look more official, but also relays information on a more visual and somewhat subconscious level that text is incapable of doing.

So how do you get free images on your website? The first method is simply doing an image search in Google, saving the pictures that are relevant and uploading them to the server of your blog. However, this violates copyright infringement, and can result in legal action being taken against you, even if the infringement was unintentional. Perhaps you have come across articles on the web such as this post, “How to Find Free Images with Google’s Advanced Image Search”.

Beware, this is a risky path that can lead to some serious copyright violations if you are not careful. More and more Internet users are becoming very protective of the images they have published on the net. So if you want to stay safe the Google Advanced search option is out.

Stock photos are now becoming the attractive option for website owners. However, their use requires a license payment to use the the copyrighted images.

These licenses can be expensive, and while you do get access to a vast library of photos sometimes that cost just isn't worth it for smaller blogs of niche sites. Too many images on a web page can make a site look clustered, and make it hard for users to relate to the topic and text on the page. Because these stock photo licenses are so expensive, this option is usually only viable for big name companies who can afford the expense. This leaves smaller-budget site owners with very few options for finding the right images for their pages.

Taking your own photos is another option. I used to take photos from my smartphone when I was running a couple of amateur blogs, but I stopped taking my own photos when I finally moved up from the blogging little leagues.

As you might imagine, not every blogger is a professional photographer. Not every phone has the capabilities to produce high quality images.

I know some online publishers that just can’t afford to take professional photos to post on their site. The ROI of taking your own images is really dependent on the content of the website. For niche blogs such as cooking websites, or traveling sites taking your own photos can be a simple way to decorate your pages without breaking your budget.

However, for niche blogs that focus on more elaborate topics, such as animals near extinction, or ancient artifacts, finding the source and being your website’s photographer may not be as cost efficient. When deciding whether in-house photography is right for your site, you also need to factor in the cost of equipment.

The more professional the equipment used to take the photo, the better your chances are for establishing good looking site. This is not to say that you can’t become a pro blogger with some good photos and an iPhone for snapping pictures, but let’s face it, not everyone knows how to edit the perfect picture on Instagram.

Today, there is a new service providers called imonomy, who specializes in copyright free images.

The company offers publishers easy-to-use stock photos entirely for free, and the best part is you don’t need to worry about the copyright. The process is quite simple and requires very little work on the part of the publisher. The service is scans the content of your blog automatically and instantly adds stock photos to your page. No more Internet searches for relevant photos; imonomy does all of the work for you, providing you with the highest quality images that are relevant to your web pages. imonomy even works retroactively by generating new images for content that was previously published without an image.

Stock photos come without watermark credits on them, and provide quality links to other posts within the same blog, which enhances the quality of your SEO content. Your readers gain access to more content that interests them and you receive more page views. The bonus of using these stock free images by imonomy is that placing the cursor on them will generate links to external content that is still relevant to your blog’s content, making your blog appear even more professional and less likely to be caught by Google Penguin’s parameters. imonomy takes full responsibility to provide you with royalty free images with proper size and a good resolution.

Another great website you really have to be introduced to is Pixabay, this is one of the only websites on the web that can promise you that all their images are actually free.

What I am happy to inform you is that you can use their free image images without any legal worries, any other site you stumble across will probably try and give you some samples and then push you to pay for the images. Many bloggers today are using Pixabay and in my opinion they are just not getting enough credit for their work.

Having relevant images on your blog that are both high quality and free is not an opportunity that should be passed up. Because you’re not likely to find this kind of service through another stock photo provider. Royalty free images don’t have to be an elusive tool that prevents your website from getting the attention it deserves. Using imonomy will improve the quality of your blog content without having to pay exorbitant prices for this kind of service. Let imonomy provide you with the stock photos that are guaranteed to improve engagement on your blog and increase page views in a way that no other method can.

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Written By Avishai Sam Bitton and Edited by Leytal Ross

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The Image Monetization Wave

Images Are Becoming A Key Monetization Strategy For Publishers And Bloggers All Around The World.

Allow me to paint you a picture, it’s a warm summers day. The air is gently whistling between the trees, and the smell of freshly cut grass tickles your nostrils as you cozy-up on your favourite wooden lawn chair with an iced tea and a good book. Not a bad way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon now, isn't it? Well, kind of. You see, while this wonderful dream I just painted you seems quite blissful, it is in fact just that, a dream. While many of us still cozy-up on our favourite lawn chair, or Lazy Boy Sofa with a tall, tasty beverage, the majority of us are not reading a book. Au contraire mon frère, in today’s digital world books are a thing of the past. Today, when we curl up on the couch our hands are most likely holding a tablet, or a smartphone, or a laptop. So what does this shift all mean? Fewer trees being chopped down each day, perhaps. But aside from the extra oxygen floating around in the air, the changes in publishing have meant some significant shifts in the way we interact, learn, and function in this digital era. All the signs are pointing to the future of publishing, which will most likely be more intelligent, more visual, and certainly full of new, innovative surprises.

As time goes by visual cues are becoming more and more essential.

One basic fact remains quite clear, we as a people, are becoming more and more dependent on visual cues in order to relate to our world. A tornado is about to hit, but before your internal sensors go off telling you to find shelter, you pull out your iPhone and snap a close-up of the natural disaster. Once you got your pic, you run for cover hoping, and praying that you will have access to WiFi, or 3G in the shelter so you can upload your latest photo for the world to see #tornado #closecall #goodtobealive.

An image’s significance has reached record-highs. That old saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words”, but I beg to differ. In today’s world a picture is worth absolutely everything. Try posting a news-breaking article on the web today without any images. It won’t matter if you are reporting about aliens who have just landed on earth. Unless that article is posted alongside a high-quality pic of E.T. on a bicycle chances are your ground-breaking story won’t be worth all that much.

Once upon a time, the internet was a vast, unexplored world of information. Today, the internet is still vast, but most definitely not unexplored. In fact today, the internet has evolved into an ever-growing workplace. Today’s young, bright minds no longer dream of growing up and becoming an astronaut, instead most of the generation next-in-line for the workforce aspire to online careers. As the online office place continues to grow, people around the world are doing away with 9 to 5 careers and opting for a career path where a cubicle no longer confines their working area.

Blogging killed the conventional 9 to 5 working culture for good.

The latest shift away from 9 to 5-ing has saturated the internet with a diverse population of worker bees. While it is possible to build a successful career online, all too often, people are quick to pull the trigger on their corporate craft. Building a viable career online requires hard work, dedication and most of all an edge on the competition. With so many new websites being born daily, the user, or “the client” has no shortage of places he can click to in order to get his jollies. In the 21st century, the user holds all of the power, and the internet has truly become a buyers market. The savvy website owner, not only has to fight for his user’s attention, he must also constantly adapt his website to stay on top. This conundrum has redefined the intricate balance required on all websites between visual cues and monetization tools. In the past a website with some smart content, a few eye-catching images, and a wealth of banner ads was the equation for a successful site. However, as publishing continues to evolve, this equation is no longer the golden rule of thumb. The value of the written word has decreased, eye-catching images are only worth as much as the value of the camera used to take it, and conventional banner ads, well, let’s just say I wouldn't trade in my chicken for one of those anymore.

As the internet got smarter, so did the people using it. Nowadays, that flashy banner ad offering “$250 for 5 minutes of work” doesn't have the same effect it once had. Users are smarter now, and the likelihood that the masses will fall for these gimmicks are slimmer and slimmer. Furthermore, there’s another new element to factor into our brand new equation. This new era of online publishing has not only made the user all the wiser, but it also made him all the less patient. If you still think that many banner ads on the same page is the key to success, be my guest, but I will tell you this, your users are getting tired of it. You don’t need to live under a rock to know that these banner ads are money makers, and when a user’s eyes start seeing banner after banner as they scroll down your post, a little voice will often pop into their head saying “I’m not buying it”.

So as the times change, and users stop falling for the same old tricks, where does that leave the publisher? Well, seeing as we, as humans, are built to adapt, this change shouldn't be too frightening. And in fact, it isn't. As the online world evolves, websites around the world, are evolving with it. A quiet shift is slowly being made from in your face banner ads to subdued, less conventional ads. Nowadays, it’s more about what you don’t see, and less about what you do see. Our subconscious also changed as the internet took over, and instead of giving into the bright lights of flashy banner ads, our subconscious has started tuning out.

Image monetization seems to be the new movement taking over the online advertising world, and it comes as no surprise either. Images play an overwhelmingly important part in any website, and more often than not photos on the web page are the focal point. So what better place to advertise then the place all of your users are bound to stare at? Advertisers were quick to jump through this window of opportunity, which leaves our dear friend the publisher in yet another pickle. With so many new image monetization tools popping up, how does a website owner know what route to take? While image monetization, when done properly, can be very profitable, and non-intrusive on a webpage, the flip side could mean some big repercussions for unsuspecting publishers. In other words, if you want your users to eat an apple from the tree of forbidden fruit, not only does that apple have to look extra tasty, but the tree it’s growing on better be the most beautiful, and most inviting place for your users to sit down and snack.

Of late, image monetization has reached two very different heights. The first form of image monetization runs on a very in-your-face, look-at-me-now type of platform. Companies such as GumGum earn their publishers extra dollars by blasting car advertisements on top of a beautifully snapped photo of a cheesecake. But will this encourage the baker-to-be to stop by the nearest Nissan car dealership on her way to the grocery store to buy ingredients for her cheesecake? Not very likely, but it is quite possible that GumGum will get our Betty Crocker to think twice once the lease is up on her Subaru. The real question is not how many people are subconsciously getting played by this form of image monetization. In fact, the real question is how long will this form of image monetization last? If you ask me, I think that this kind of image monetization is not in it to win it. While the concept is smart, I get the feeling that this form of image monetization is a little too similar to our passé banner ads, only now they have been moved to a new and improved location. While these ads have been relocated to an area of web pages that is hard to miss, I don’t expect it to take very long before users smarten up to this monetization ploy.

The image monetization numbers look great in theory. But don’t forget that without engagement the revenue plummets.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not dismissing the concept of image monetization all together. In fact, I am a firm believer that when orchestrated properly, image monetization is by far one of the most profitable forms of online advertising out there today. Take imonomy as an example of how image monetization is done right. These guys aren't throwing the ads in the users face, instead, they make a website’s images interactive, provide users with suggestions of other interesting posts from within the website, and as an addition, ads are inserted as a secondary feature. So what separates this type of image monetization from its adversaries? Well, while the monetization component is alive and at work, the focus is not on generating money. With this type of image monetization campaign, the user-experience becomes the focal point, and the revenue is being promoted as a nice additional bonus.

The key to successful image monetization is a bit of a tricky one, and the catch is not to focus solely on the Benjamins. By leveraging your images in order to provide your users with a heightened experience, the dollar signs will inevitably follow. Ultimately, the user is at the center of the online game, and by catering to both the user’s conscious and subconscious needs, your website will be on a path headed for success. I can’t tell you for certain what the next big trend will be in online monetization, or where the future of publishing will lead, but when I look into my crystal ball I do see a very beautiful image!


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The Art of Raising a Baby Entrepreneur

Becoming a teenage entrepreneur was no random accurence 

My dad is business entrepreneur living the United States His brothers are all business entrepreneur who are also living in the US. My grandfather was a well-known business entrepreneur in Morocco, and my great grandfather was a business man who roamed the streets of Casablanca. With this history of businessmen before me, what do you think happened to me?

So long story short, I never thought that I would become an entrepreneur at the age of five, but who thinks about these things? What I didn't know then was, when I was at the age of five my parents were already planning for my entrepreneurial future. It started very gently with bringing our first computer home. My parents wanted me to learn about finance as soon as possible and therefore the first game we ever played in our house was no other than Sim City 2000. For those of you who are not familiar with the popular simulation game, this PC game was all about running a city on a budget, a tight budget in fact.

I didn't notice it at the time, but my parents were always buying me strategy and simulation games instead of first person shooters. At the age of eight I left my home in New York. At my new home in Israel I had less computer time, and less computer time meant my Mom had to bring me to work, and she did it a lot.

There is a difference between taking your kid to work with a box of crayons and color book then taking your kid to actually do something. So by the age of thirteen I had five years of experience pushing paperwork around, even if a barely knew how to read. If you take your child with you to work enough I assure you he will learn something valuable about work.

At the age of 13 every Jewish man has a bar mitzvah, mine was very festive. My present was very different from other kids at the time, no PlayStation 2 or Nintendo, I got “Business Credit” to buy anything that will create for myself fun and income in the same time. So I bought myself some DJ equipment, I loved music and I started playing in friends parties, I went through with it for 2 years as an amateur and then filled a request at the age of 15 to open an official Event Service business.

When my business started to grow my parents did everything in their power to support me. I took my business loans from them, without knowing that they took loans from the bank for me. They were certain that every move I make in order to create income was a calculated risk for them that was worth it.

They praised my creativity, which may sound like something that every parent does but it isn't. My parents made me believe in my power to find a creative solution to every business problem I encounter, and that affirmation became the key to my achievements.

Then I decided to go study for an undergrad in business. This time, however, my parents were not there to support me. They thought it was a waste of time, and they truly believed that a professor who lived in a lab couldn't teach me about business more than a new job or a talk with my uncles could. So I kept learning as hobby, and now I do agree with my parents that a university degree won’t make you a smarter businessman. University only gave me a lot of technical terms that made me sound smarter in job interviews.

I will fast forward almost ten years to today. I can tell you that I have already opened three different businesses under three different names before that age of twenty three. I am still a business geek, and I still love simulation games. Today I am living the startup life as a CMO in a funded Israeli startup company named imonomy, studying for a Master’s degree in Business Consultation although my parents never approved of school, and not so long ago I served three years of mandatory service in the IDF, which was very time consuming, and the service was suppose to hurt my chances of becoming an entrepreneur once again in such a young age, I managed to stay focused and open a successful internet marketing firm.

My parents got what they want. They developed a baby entrepreneur, and they did it by supporting the idea of mixing fun and learning together. My parents made sure to take what they had learned from real life experiences, and implement it when they taught me what life is about. They ignored the neighbors with the college graduate kids, and they wanted to pave a future that didn't rely on homework and tests, but on real life situations that define to be or not to be.

Thanks for reading my first medium post, if you also have a burning passion for entrepreneurship come visit me on Startup Bloggers to see what I am doing today and how I hope to help out business founders.


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How I Used & Abused My Tesla — What a Tesla looks like after 100,000 Miles, a 48 State Road trip, 500 Uber Rides, 20 Rentals & 2 AirBnB sleepovers.

Most $100,000 cars are babied by their owners. Never taken out except on a warm Sunday. Garaged and kept with extremely low mileage. Only driven by the owner, not even allowed to be driven by a spouse, much less a stranger.

Not my poor Tesla.

I’ve worked that thing like a rented freaking mule.

So, you ask, how did the Tesla hold up? What’s it actually look like now? What are the exact operating costs, repair numbers and dollars spent & earned on this car over the 2 years of ownership?

Read on to find out all the gory details…and the photos to prove it.

It all started on August 27th, 2014 when I purchased my Blue Tesla Model S P85. I bought it used with 35,000 miles from a local Phoenix owner for $79,000. It originally sold for well over $100K when new.

Here’s the car when I bought it with the original 21" Turbine wheels:

In just under 2 years, on August 16th 2016, I reached dual milestones: 100,000 Miles and 500 Uber Rides.

100,000 Miles & 500 Uber Rides happened within the same hour on August 16, 2016

As this was the first really expensive car I’ve owned, I needed to find a way to help pay for the car. Naturally, Uber came to mind so I signed up and actually gave the first official Uber ride in Flagstaff AZ when they opened the market on September 17th, 2014. As it turned out, this would be just one of many firsts for this particular Tesla. Here’s the tweet from the Uber rep in Flagstaff:

I ended up getting commercial insurance as I wanted to do UberBlack, the high end service. However, I didn’t actually get activated on Black for another 5 months as there was a waiting list in Phoenix. My first UberBlack ride was worth the wait: It was during the SuperBowl in Phoenix, and it was a ride that cost $305 of which I made $225.

My First UberBlack ride during SuperBowl 49 in Phoenix

During the same SuperBowl week, something crazy happened. My Tesla was getting world wide press.

Why?

Oh, just this little story about how I rented out my Tesla as “The World’s Fastest Hotel” on AirBnb. The story went completely viral as it was on CNN, CBS, ABC World News Tonight, and more blogs than I could count.

And yes, while I turned down several potential renters I did have 2 automotive reporters pay $85 & $385 (after I upped the price hoping to discourage more guests) to sleep in my Tesla as it was parked in my garage.

Awkward? Oh hell yes.

Funny? Certainly.

A real business idea? Ummm, that would be a big fat NO.

That media frenzy is what inspired my next Tesla adventure, the admittedly poorly named “Million Dollar Tesla Trip”. It was a 4.5 month, 27,615 mile journey across all 48 States plus Canada where I video interviewed interesting & inspiring people in the Tesla as we drove across the country. Interviewees ranged from founders of incredible charities, to the former Driver for Martin Luther King, several authors, lots of fellow Tesla owners, and another cross country road tripper who was volunteering with 50 youth organizations in all 50 States. It became the longest continuous road trip in an electric vehicle (unofficially) and I was the first Tesla owner to visit 200 SuperChargers. Read about my Top 11 Tips for Road Tripping in a Tesla.

After completing the massive road trip, I started renting my Tesla out on Turo.com, the “AirBnB for Cars” in October of 2015. Since my job is renting out Vacation Rentals, it wasn’t much of a stretch for me to rent out my Tesla. Turo provides the match-making service as well as insurance, so it’s worth their 25% cut.

Since I ditched my commercial insurance before the trip and wasn’t too excited about the low UberX rates, I didn’t restart driving for Uber till July of this year. I’m able to do UberX, the cheapest service, along with Select which is reserved for nicer cars and is about 2X the price although only about 1 in 15 rides is Select. Once I started though, it’s become somewhat addicting, but the beauty is I can quit or slow down any time.

Uber’s prices are so low, it really doesn’t pay to drive for Uber in an expensive vehicle especially if earning an income is your only goal. Personally, I wouldn’t Uber in any car besides a Tesla. I do it for several reasons: a great excuse to drive more, sharing the Tesla experience, and it’s fun meeting the mostly cool passengers. If you use it smartly, it can be a lot of fun, and slightly profitable.

There is no better way an individual owner can help Tesla achieve its mission “To Accelerate the Advent of Sustainable Transport” than to drive for Uber or Lyft.

One of the ways to Uber with very little time investment is to use Uber’s commute option where it only offers you riders going your same direction. This way you are paid for going where you were going already. Make someone smile while making some lunch money. Not too bad.

Total Cost of Ownership:

Cost of Tesla: $79,000 used with 35,000 miles

Regular Maintenance Cost over 65,000 miles in 24 months:

  • “Annual Service”: $600 (Yes, I’ve only done this once at 49,000 miles. Probably not a bad idea to do another soon)
  • 2 sets of tires: $1700
  • Oil Changes: Hahahahaha
  • Brakes? Nope. The regenerative braking does 95% of the work and recharges my battery at the same time.

Total Maintenance = $2300

Out of Pocket Repairs from 50,000 to 100,000 miles:

  • 12v Battery $400
  • Door Handle Repair $1000
  • Wheel well fasteners $80

Total Repairs = $1500

Total Maintenance + Repairs = $3800. Keep in mind, 65,000 miles is 5 years of “normal” driving at 13,000 a year.

I’d love to hear about any other $100K car go that far (with 50,000 miles out of warranty) and cost less than $4000 ALL IN? Oh, and I’ve probably spent less than $1,000 on electricity as well.

Earnings:

Uber — 500 Rides totaling $6,142.47 in 9 active months = $682 average per month. Less than 1 month was on UberBlack. Most of it was on UberX & Select.

Other Rides: $360

Turo — 20 Rentals totaling $6652.25 in 11 months = $604 average per mo.

AirBnb— 2 Rentals totaling $470

Total Tesla Income =$13,624.72 / 24 months = $567.69 a month average

Tesla Road Trip Savings: My 27,615 mile (the circumference of the Earth is 24,901 miles) 48 State plus Canada road trip cost $8.37. I had to pay for electricity 2 times, the rest was FREE thanks to the Tesla SuperCharger network. There were about 180 SuperChargers when I started the trip. There are now almost 300 in the USA. Gas savings assuming a 25 MPG car using a national average of $2.75 a gallon = $3037.

I also used the “Tesla Hotel” about 20 times out of the 132 nights on the road since the Tesla allows you to run the A/C or heat all night with no issues. With an average hotel cost of $75, this saved me $1500.

Total Road Trip Savings of just over $4500.

Should I have purchased the Extended Warranty?

As 50,000 miles approached, I had to decide whether or not to purchase the Tesla Extended Warranty for $4000. This would extend the regular warranty to 100,000 miles. My choice? I was confident in the Tesla so I rolled the dice. No warranty for me.

As I hit 100,000 miles, I finally found out if I had made the right decision.

As noted above I spent $1500 out of pocket versus $4000 on the warranty so I made out by $2500.

Tesla also has an 8 year, unlimited mileage warranty for the Drive Train & Battery. This was great, as I did have the drive train replaced at about 65,000 miles and the battery replaced at about 76,000 miles. Tesla service was beyond fantastic in dealing with both issues and I was on my way with zero out of pocket cost.

The moral of the story? The Tesla isn’t a typical prissy $100,000 car. It’s meant to be driven, and driven hard. It’s not just a daily driver, it’s a high performance yet practical and extremely safe car. It’s better than a traditional car in so many categories it’s fall down funny.

So, you want to see the 100,000 mile photos??

Tesla with 100,000 miles and 19" Cyclone wheels — not as sexy as the 21’s but more economical
A few bits of road wear. The Xpel protectant has helped avoid rock chips
Some Road Rash courtesy of the concrete jungle: Manhattan, NYC

In my opinion, the Tesla has held up very well. Most of my Uber riders are very surprised when I tell them the car is almost 4 years old. Yes, there are a few more minor blemishes on the paint, but nothing out of the ordinary for 100,000 miles. I really don’t think you could tell any difference between my car and any other with similar milage even though I’ve given 500 Uber rides and rented the car out 20 times to complete strangers on Turo.

I implore any Tesla owner to throw out any notions of keeping your Tesla to yourself because you are worried you will ruin the car.

Share the hell out of it!

Sign up for Uber or Lyft and give people rides. Trust me, their reactions alone are worth it when they hop in your Tesla. Let others get a taste and they will soon realize what we already know. Let’s help spread the word about these world changing cars. My experience should prove that your car can take all the abuse you can dish out and then some.

Bonus Prediction:

I think even Tesla fans and industry analysts are massively underestimating what Tesla will do in the next few years with the cheaper Model 3 that should be fully autonomous shortly after it’s released. I think Tesla could sell 1 to 2 million units a year by 2020.

Tesla Model 3 starting at $35,000

To clarify, I believe the demand for that volume will be there, but the hard part is being able to ramp up production that fast. Odds say that will be tough to pull off.

However, once people realize they can pay $35,000 for a killer car that can earn them $30,000 in a year by simply pressing a button and telling your car to go pick up passengers for you while you work or sleep — it’s game over.

Wait, a car that makes me money?

Wait, a car that can drive me across the state for free, while I sleep or get work done? It can autopilot me through stop and go traffic, but I can drive it like Mario Andretti on the weekends?

Yes, please.

Not only will this affect car sales, but airlines will see more people shifting to driving vs flying and it will even make not owning a car more practical. This, along with many other ripple effects we are not even thinking about yet.

Bring on the disruption. It’s coming and coming fast. Just like a Tesla.

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