Just a bit of a venting post. I just had my third copycat of mentorcruise.com in the past six months reach out to me for advice over IH.
I usually love to give advice to fellow IHers, especially if they build a marketplace or something in the mentorship/coaching sphere. There is so much to do there and so many ideas on how to help people, it's just a ton of fun.
I'm even more disappointed when people reach out from IH, tell me how they've read my milestones and background – and decided to build the exact same thing. Unfortunately, these 3 cases even had copy, design elements and even illustrations ripped from my site. I'm all for inspiration, not so much for copying 1-to-1.
This stuff has gone through so many iterations and had a lot of professionals working on it, it sometimes feels like people steal money out of my pocket.
There's nothing good coming out of that. If you reach out to me to give you advice on how to grow your mentorship site that has my CSS code on it, I won't give it to you. If you don't think about your own concepts, you are making the same mistakes I made on my site (it's not perfect by any means).
At this point, a shoutout to many other cool mentorship businesses who are killing it on their own lane, and I'm thankful for all of you when we exchange ideas or when you reach out for a bit of help.