Can they earn money from the low lands? [Holland]
Do you want my opinion. It’s simple, it’s no they can’t.
Why will they not earn money or will it be very hard to have a business overhere?
An overview of services already active in the low-lands (holland)
the first 3 are free services which do offer same services as typepad already.
It’s common for the dutch: they will only pay if they know the service. It will be really hard to setup a paid service to attract a lot of people. The crowd wants to have it: simple, in the local language, and free to use. Cause they can start and stop whenever they want without losing ‘money’
I started weblogging using the free service of weblogs.com at that time. It was in oktober 2000 I think. Only with the free service I could do: trial and error to find out if I liked weblogging.
After some time I changed my domain and implemented various weblogging software. As ‘expert’ I tested some software and kept using Movabletype cause it was its time far ahead. But now: development is going slow and other software like ‘Pivot is doing its job painless and easy with lots of functionality.
I’ve no experience with 4 and 5 but 6, the pivotlog net hosting is just started by Bob. (yes the man who started Pivot). A simple domain with weblog hosting of Pivot for a small amount of money.
If I have to choose I will go for local solution(s). As Bob is dutch and has also a great team with people giving support I give him the change to prove himself other than chosing for a solution comming from abroad.
Right now the business plan for Six Apart in Europe is unknown other than that they will try to get a market share through major parties and focus typepad in the local (dutch) language (see interview they had with r-win (dutch)
Change for success in the lowlands (Holland): below 30% is my point of view