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January 13, 2024

I Launched Zeniteq AI News Website

Zeniteq helps you stay on the loop with the latest news and updates on the AI space.

Jim Clyde Monge
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Jim Clyde Monge

Ever since I started writing on Medium, I’ve always considered cross-posting my content to other platforms. In fact, I’ve tried publishing on Vocal and Substack — but they didn’t flourish.

Growing on other platforms has been challenging for me. Maybe the AI niche is already saturated, and I’m late to the party.

So, why not create my own website instead?

Three weeks ago, I committed to the idea of building my own AI news website.

Today, I am proud to finally launch it.

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The website is called Zeniteq—it's an AI news magazine that helps readers stay up to date with all the latest news in the AI space.

Zeniteq website homepage screenshot

Why “Zeniteq”?

The term “Zeniteq” is a combination of the two words “zenith” and "technology."

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, zenith means:

Culminating point. Example: at the zenith of his powers

Why did I choose this domain name? Because it’s so freaking hard to find an apt domain name that’s not already taken.

Also, I find it a short and really cool name.

If you’re planning to create a website, be sure to buy the domain name ASAP before you even start building.

Currently, there are four categories of stories published on the site:

Zeniteq website news category screenshot

In the future, I plan to integrate apps like a chatbot or an image generator on the website.

The advantage of having your own website

Publishing on my own website gives me several advantages over publishing on a third-party platform:

  1. I have full control over the look and feel of the website
  2. I can integrate Google AdSense for extra income
  3. It serves as a backup in case I lose my content on Medium
  4. I can freely integrate my own apps
  5. It’s something I can truly call my own and be proud of

But of course, it’s extremely difficult to compete with the giants, so I am slowly growing the content library.

Why did I do it?

With the advent of artificial intelligence, the fluctuation of AI-generated content is putting writing platforms like Medium at risk.

While publishing content on established platforms is a no-brainer for starting writers, we can’t predict future circumstances, and the content we put out there might be gone before we know it.

“The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.” — Andrew Carnegie

In order to protect your content from being obliterated on the internet, you can either do a regular backup or cross-publish it on your own website.

I chose the latter.

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Another reason is revenue.

If you are one of my followers, you’ll notice that I send out monthly income reports for the stories I publish. In recent months, revenue has slowed down, and I am earning 3x less than what I earned a few years ago.

By creating Zeniteq, I could freely integrate Google AdSense and generate income from ads. Medium does not allow publishers to inject ads on their platform.

I know it’s going to take a while before the site gains traction online, but fingers crossed it will grow as big as the Generative AI publication someday.

How I built Zeniteq

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how I built Zeniteq:

  1. Find a niche and come up with a short and catchy name
  2. Buy a domain (look for a “.com” extension as much as possible)—I bought mine from Google Domains
  3. Buy a good CMS website template (I recommend using Webflow or Framer)
  4. Build your website (If you’re not a developer, don’t bother paying a developer to build the website for you; just buy the template and edit it yourself.)—or contact me if you need help on this step: jimclydegm@gmail.com
  5. Move your content from Medium to Webflow—there might be a way to batch export and import, but I did it manually
  6. Link your Google domain to the Webflow custom domain
  7. Integrate Google AdSense to show ads

These are oversimplified steps that, in reality, require a lot more sub-steps to perform. If you’re interested in knowing the details of how I built the website from the ground up, let me know in the comments.

Things to keep in mind

  • Focus on one niche—in my case, I want to stick to AI-related content as much as possible.
  • Do not reinvent the wheel—I bought a template and modified it to quickly launch.
  • Never stop learning—I have learned a ton over this experience. If you can’t find it on Google, ask communities, or ask an AI chatbot.
  • Be patient—overnight success is a myth. It’ll take time to grow an audience and gain traction online.

What’s next?

  • Grow the library of stories — re-post 20 of my Medium articles to Zeniteq per week
  • Add authors—currently, I am the sole author on Zeniteq. Once I get some funding, I will employ more people to contribute.
  • Video content
  • Improve the website—I plan to implement newsletters, sponsored content, integrate web apps, and more.

Product Hunt Launch

I have already launched Zeniteq on Product Hunt. I would really appreciate it if you could upvote and leave a comment on the launch page.

Product Hunt launch of Zeniteq AI news website

If you have a product launched in PH, leave the link in the comments so I can support you too!

Final thoughts

Wow, launching Zeniteq has been an amazing ride! I’m super proud of getting it off the ground. It’s not just a website; it’s my passion for AI turned real and a big step forward in my journey.

This launch is just the start, and I can’t wait to see where we go from here. I’ve got some really cool stuff planned for Zeniteq. Think chatbots, image generators, and lots of fresh, engaging content. It’s going to be an awesome space for anyone interested in AI.

Your support, your feedback, and your involvement are what’s going to make Zeniteq thrive. It’s about building a community that’s as excited about AI as I am.

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

~Jim