14 year old wants to start Internet business

by msmonline 133 replies
Can someone recommend a GOOD internet marketing/affiliate training program for a 14 year old kid that has ZERO knowledge of doing business on the internet. My son wants to start an internet business, but I don't want to put him on the wrong track with the wrong training. I'd also rather see him do this than stay on those video games ALL SUMMER long.

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Gary
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  • Profile picture of the author Stephen Root
    14 years old wants to start a business... sorry to break it to you but it's not going to happen. 14 years old can't run a business. What you can do is the get him to blog about those games he plays and monetize that. You run the business and let him do the content and he earns percentage. Teach him how to do social media promotion etc. That works great with kids.
    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      How about buying and selling on Ebay? I don't know the age limit for Ebay, so you may have to be the account holder and take responsibility. He could go to jumble sales, charity sales, closing down sales and buy stuff to sell.

      Blogging is a good way of learning about pay per click, managing a site, affiliate marketing etc. But it takes time for a blog to be found.

      I've a feeling someone here started a forum or site for young warriors. Can't remember who though.
    • Profile picture of the author CPA
      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      14 years old wants to start a business... sorry to break it to you but it's not going to happen. 14 years old can't run a business. What you can do is the get him to blog about those games he plays and monetize that. You run the business and let him do the content and he earns percentage. Teach him how to do social media promotion etc. That works great with kids.
      Oh really? You can't be serious.

      I'm 14 and I've already made and still make thousands each month. And I know atleast 10 other 14-year olds that make money online already.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve Iser
      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      14 years old wants to start a business... sorry to break it to you but it's not going to happen. 14 years old can't run a business. What you can do is the get him to blog about those games he plays and monetize that. You run the business and let him do the content and he earns percentage. Teach him how to do social media promotion etc. That works great with kids.
      You made me login just to write this - jeez.

      It's your kind of posts that make me shrug and lead people astray when I lurk WF every now and then.

      Don't discriminate youth. I've seen some amazing young people run businesses at young ages.

      In reference to a training,

      Get him acquainted in the CPA Marketing game. There are lots of good offers that will cater more to his interest than selling ebooks.

      - Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author VegasVince
      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      14 years old wants to start a business... sorry to break it to you but it's not going to happen. 14 years old can't run a business. What you can do is the get him to blog about those games he plays and monetize that. You run the business and let him do the content and he earns percentage. Teach him how to do social media promotion etc. That works great with kids.


      Are you serious, dude?

      That's gotta be about the most closed minded response I've heard in this joint in quite a while.....

      To the OP....have your kid study a warrior in this very house named David Wilkinson. (google his name)

      He started out when he was 12.....and the kid is a marketing friggin' machine! He's now 15.....and ask the legendary Frank Kern about him! Cuz he'll vouch for him too!

      Learned about David from another Warrior named Jason Moffatt...and the kid blew Mo away...and that's hard to do...cuz JaMo doesn't impress easy.

      I've spoken to David before and he's the real deal.....put out some of the best video primers I've ever had the pleasure of learning from....and he's 25 years my junior.

      So to come out and say a kid can't do this...is flat out crazy. And what would you base a statement like that on?????? Cuz the facts don't back you'se up, jack!

      I suspect David makes more money then most of the critics, cynics, and naysayers who can't believe a kid that young might be smarter then they are.

      I have no ego problem...telling anyone who cares to listen...the kid is smarter then me...about a whole lot of things!

      He's smarter then a lot of peeps in this house....makes more money then most here too....so don't believe for one second it can't be done....cuz he's not the first, only, or last teenager to have made serious bling in this industry.



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    • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      14 years old wants to start a business... sorry to break it to you but it's not going to happen. 14 years old can't run a business. What you can do is the get him to blog about those games he plays and monetize that. You run the business and let him do the content and he earns percentage. Teach him how to do social media promotion etc. That works great with kids.
      We dont need chicken littles here.

      Regardless of age, he has every right to try. Succeed or fail, he should be congratulated for having this mindset so early in life. I certainly wish I had.

      I would strongly suggest, seeking a mentor, one who can touch on various aspects of doing business online, and not just the techie stuff. If you cant find a mentor, get your son along to as many internet marketing seminars as possible. This strategy alone has really fast tracked my progress over the last few months, and many have been free to attend.

      Best of luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author Creative Thinker
      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      14 years old wants to start a business... sorry to break it to you but it's not going to happen. 14 years old can't run a business. What you can do is the get him to blog about those games he plays and monetize that. You run the business and let him do the content and he earns percentage. Teach him how to do social media promotion etc. That works great with kids.
      My bro runs a wordpress blog and is 15 yr old. Though he doesn't make any money off it right now, he is learning a lot of business principles.
    • Profile picture of the author ZTsJourNeY
      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      14 years old wants to start a business... sorry to break it to you but it's not going to happen. 14 years old can't run a business. What you can do is the get him to blog about those games he plays and monetize that. You run the business and let him do the content and he earns percentage. Teach him how to do social media promotion etc. That works great with kids.
      I totally disagree with you though. There are so many teenagers having great success lately.

      There is a 14-year-old Singaporean kid who has been raking in millions by creating his very own social networking platform.

      Kids nowadays are AWESOME!!
    • Profile picture of the author waken
      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      14 years old wants to start a business... sorry to break it to you but it's not going to happen. 14 years old can't run a business. What you can do is the get him to blog about those games he plays and monetize that. You run the business and let him do the content and he earns percentage. Teach him how to do social media promotion etc. That works great with kids.
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    • Profile picture of the author Raiel Schwartz
      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      14 years old wants to start a business... sorry to break it to you but it's not going to happen. 14 years old can't run a business. What you can do is the get him to blog about those games he plays and monetize that. You run the business and let him do the content and he earns percentage. Teach him how to do social media promotion etc. That works great with kids.
      Complete bollocks, I wouldn't say I am the "average" teenager, but I started my first "adventures" of internet marketing at 14-15 and there was a time period where I was racking in $200-$500/day. Now those times have long gone (I was doing a lot of Social Network Marketing, myspace, etc) but don't underestimate teenagers. They can make money, they just need to learn the basics first (IM terminology, .html, how to set up websites, etc) then they need to read up on marketing principals and tactics. I always say age is irrelevant, it's always experince, a 14 year old starting out has the same opportunitity to make money online as a 24 year old. My only advice for the original poster is to make sure he doesn't get cut up into scams or "get rich quick" schemes. Have him choose something he wants to do, and make him focus on that ONLY. Procrastanation and Inconsistency is the #1 reason why marketers FAIL to make a dime internet marketing. Who knows, maybe by the time your son is 18 he'll be the next Mike Filsaime.

      A blog on the games he plays and his opinions on them may be a good star, buy a domain name, use wordpress, monetize using adsense at first then if he gets really good he can sell adspace on his website. I never liked blogging for profits though, if I were you I'd teach him about niche marketing - making products in niches outside Internet Marketing and driving traffic to his website through a combination of SEO, Article Marketing, Building Backlinks, and PPC (if you want to allow that in his budget)

      Definitely encourage him to start an internet business, even if he doesn't get anything up and running for a few months (or years) he'll learn a lot about business and marketing and he'll be ahead of his peers when it comes to real-world business.

      Originally Posted by Joeman View Post

      He's a kid, with a kids mind and a kids way of speaking, and easy access to other kids!
      He's your new secret weapon

      Start affiliate review sites for toys, games, other kids stuff. Get him to tell you his thoughts, even buy him a few toys to play with and make some promotional videos.
      get him to spread the word on Bebo, Facebook, all the other social media site that kids hang out on.

      Once other kids see his reviews, they will want the toys too and will pester their parents to buy them.

      Kid power is awsome marketing tool - use it to your advantage
      Your making him sound like a toddler - I can't speak for most teens but @ 14 I think we step away from "toys". If you really want him to market on social network sites to his friends and other teens, then he can easily get them to sign up for "free" stuff - ringtone, wallpapers, etc. A lot of teens are oblivious to the fact that it's not "free" and that they may get a virus (but same problem happens with some older folks as well). I don't think he'll be able to market to "kids" better, the only thing he'll be able to do is know what they "want" and have better insight because he is a teen himself. One good thing about being young and into internet marketing is that since we grew up with computers - we are better adapted to it. Building websites and learning all the technical stuff will come easier to people who've been exposed to it more often.
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    • Profile picture of the author TelegramSam
      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      14 years old wants to start a business... sorry to break it to you but it's not going to happen. 14 years old can't run a business. What you can do is the get him to blog about those games he plays and monetize that. You run the business and let him do the content and he earns percentage. Teach him how to do social media promotion etc. That works great with kids.

      Hey Stephen,

      Just because you didn't start a business at 14 doesn't mean someone else can't.

      Even if the lad makes and loses a million before he is 18 he will learn some valuable life lessons.

      Then he can make another million before he is 20.

      Sh*t, my grandad was hauling coal out of a mine at 14. He would let you know it's a lot easier sitting in front of a computer.

      With some good guidance, there is no reason why anyone old enough to use a keyboard can't at least make some extra pocket money and maybe even hit it big.

      They will certainly have fewer "reasons" why something can't be done than us "more experienced" people and that is half the battle.

      Sam
  • Profile picture of the author msmonline
    Thanks Stephen,....excellent point!
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    Thanks for the feedback Rosetrees
  • Profile picture of the author JoelMatthews
    Make him a blog, and use adsense and affiliate programs, then he cant really lose anything, and for the future it won't make him have a bleak outlook on the IM business as well as teaching him some things about it for later.
  • Profile picture of the author billythekid
    wish i was that ambitious at 14. Yeah i second that get him started on blogger or wordpress and plug some adsense and/or affiliates in there.

    best of luck to him!
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  • Profile picture of the author Adrian Cooper
    Originally Posted by msmonline View Post

    Can someone recommend a GOOD internet marketing/affiliate training program for a 14 year old kid that has ZERO knowledge of doing business on the internet. My son wants to start an internet business, but I don't want to put him on the wrong track with the wrong training. I'd also rather see him do this than stay on those video games ALL SUMMER long.

    Thanks

    Gary
    Good for you.

    My three teenage sons - very high achievers at school - have all rejected the usual "human control system" route - "work" - to start their own IM businesses.

    Age is not a barrier, in fact the younger the better for the following reasons:

    1. They have no financial commitments to worry about.

    2. They have the right, positive Mindset, the lack of which causes 97% of all would be IM'ers to fail.

    3. They have no concept of failure, doubt and above all fear. They have dreams, aspirations and enthusiasm, with a success Mindset.

    In short teenagers do not have any of the Mental baggage of older people.

    How to get them started is another matter of course.

    My sons are all phenomenal at technology, and entrepreneurial, but there needs to be a route in to IM that is achievable.

    In general terms though, if any of you have kids that want to shun the human control system, and start IM - back them all the way, ignore the protests of family, friends and others and show them the way.

    Give your kids the absolute Freedom they deserve, most never get, and for which they will be eternally grateful to you.
  • Profile picture of the author Dally137
    This indicates that he has will to do something of his own. Good for him and you too. Don't get him to business right away. Ask him to do some research and get hold of the whole IM idea. Then he will know what to do.
  • Profile picture of the author msmonline
    Wow,

    You guys are awesome! Thanks for all the good feedback. Hopefully everyone with kids get something out of it!
  • Profile picture of the author Dave777
    Definitely correct! Teen entrepreneurs are Growing at a faster rate than most want to believe. There's some Great Teen Success stories all over the internet. Uninformed warriors should probably Google and study a good number of the Many interesting business models out there...

    With family support Tons more will continually evolve as the internet becomes an adult itself. A little food for thought from my swipe files which just happens to include a few warriors...
    Top 20 Young Internet Entrepreneurs Under 21
    http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...le-98-off.html
    Conversations With a Teen Entrepreneur - Entrepreneur.com
    Teenage entrepreneurs
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/jobs/28teens.html
    http://blogs.openforum.com/2009/06/1...it-like-it-is/
    Teen Podcasters CEO Interview

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  • Profile picture of the author zoobie
    There are many kids that can successfully run a business. For example carlob cab... Stanley Tang, and all lot others... What he might need to have is a business mind set rather than technical area on how Internet marketing works. Things like your products USP, what makes people buy, copywriting kind of thing are much more important factores than the methods of generating income/traffic in the Internet..
  • Profile picture of the author SullyUI
    There's no reason why a 14 year old can't start a business, there have been several examples of younger kids doing very well in business, I think it's just a matter of preparation and helping them with things they can't do until they're 18.
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  • Profile picture of the author Treece
    Note, the original question was for a reference guide on affiliate/internet marketing basic enough for a kid to understand.

    Suggestions, folks?
  • Profile picture of the author traxmaker
    I've been doing a LOT of research trying to figure out just exactly what I want to do with myself online and had an idea, but didn't know how to get kids involved, your son would be the perfect person for this job. Get him all set with a blog, grab a few NICE HIGH converting affiliates, I believe Maxbounty and CPAStorm would do him justice. These companies pay a few bucks per each survey answered, email submitted etc. And you know those teens all want to know, "What their Ninja Name is", "What Drink They Are" etc. If he can get his friends to his blog doing those surveys, then they will tell their friends and their friends will tell THEIR friends... you know the pattern
  • Profile picture of the author Igor Kheifets
    Your kid can definitely start of by reselling stuff
    on google like my wife's sister does(she's 14)

    You can also get him a copy of Perry Marshal's
    Adwords course. Which for a -14 year old would
    be pretty good.

    Igor
    • Profile picture of the author Zach Booker
      Not sure if I'd start off in PPC. It's a very quick market and you can easily loose thousands quickly.
      Maybe something more like article marketing, blogging, etc. Something to build the cash reserve up so she/he can play around with PPC.

      Zach
      Originally Posted by igorhelpsyousucceed View Post

      Your kid can definitely start of by reselling stuff
      on google like my wife's sister does(she's 14)

      You can also get him a copy of Perry Marshal's
      Adwords course. Which for a -14 year old would
      be pretty good.

      Igor
  • Profile picture of the author mediasamurai
    Your kid is really ambitious. That is so nice. You can make him learn about article marketing or maybe all about blogging. I'm sure he will learn a lot and at the same time he will save money for the summer! Good Luck to your kid.
  • Profile picture of the author Stephen Root
    Guys, 14 years old can't run a business and I didn't meant that as a bad thing. First, you have to have adult for the legal mumbojumbo and second, cashing few thousand dollar CPA or Adsense check isn't really a business. When you reach over a certain point in internet marketing it's a whole different ball game where you have to have your ducks in order to survive. With more money comes bigger investments.

    It's kinda funny when you read my post and after you read the responses. People are responding to things I never actually wrote.

    Did I say he doesn't have right to try? No. I said he can't run a business. Did I suggest how he could try? Yes I did. I even suggested a niche the boy would like, blogging about games he play while his dad takes care of the business side of thing. Business side equals financial handling & planning where I think many 14 years old lacks experience.

    What I said was that 14 years old can easily start with blogging about things he like while somebody does the stuff inside a business that 14 years old just can't do.

    Just as a friendly advice that you should really read the post if you are planning to write negative reply. You can save yourself from that "oops" feeling.
    • Profile picture of the author Zach Booker
      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      Guys, 14 years old can't run a business and I didn't meant that as a bad thing. First, you have to have adult for the legal mumbojumbo and second, cashing few thousand dollar CPA or Adsense check isn't really a business.
      I doubt when the OP said 'Internet Business' they meant a full blown business, he simply meant a way for his child to earn extra money. And there are ways around the Legal 'mumbojumbo' with the assistance of your parent or legal guardian co-signing an account. Same with stocks and even your personal bank accounts.

      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      .Did I say he doesn't have right to try? No. I said he can't run a business. Did I suggest how he could try? Yes I did. I even suggested a niche the boy would like, blogging about games he play while his dad takes care of the business side of thing. Business side equals financial handling & planning where I think many 14 years old lacks experience.
      We all start at the same basic stage, as a 'newbie'. What does an 18 or 21 year old have that a 14 year old doens't? Maybe slightly more "real world" experience, but what other way to gain experience than by entering into the IM field. Personally the route you said he should take, I think, will take a lot of time and he'll just make pennies.

      And he'll get frustrated and give up due to the amount of time being put in and the amount of money that he's making.

      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      What I said was that 14 years old can easily start with blogging about things he like while somebody does the stuff inside a business that 14 years old just can't do.
      I still don't understand why the child can't handle the 'business side' with the help of his father. That seems better than simply letting the Dad do everything and leaving the kid wondering what all this 'finance stuff' is, right?

      Point being, I see where your coming from. But this kid isn't gonna immediately have a 5 figure business.

      If when I started you told me i'd be forking over 35% of my earning for taxes, having to pay hundreds in tracking and hosting costs every month, and being slapped by Google and instantly loosing hundreds(Just happened the other day) I would've said, "okay maybe this internet marketing stuff isn't right for me."

      You learn as you go, and as you grow so does your knowledge of finance and business management.

      Just because you don't know exactly how to run your internet marketing business doesn't mean that you shouldn't try and than learn as you fail and succeed.

      Zach
    • Profile picture of the author Adrian Cooper
      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post


      What I said was that 14 years old can easily start with blogging about things he like while somebody does the stuff inside a business that 14 years old just can't do.
      You just don't get it do you Stephen?

      So all a 14 year old is good for is blogging now is it?

      I would put up a 14 year old IM starter against "adult" IM starter and back them to win every time.

      A teenager Mind is not full of the garbage and negative Mindset that prevents 97% "adults" from succeeding.
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  • Profile picture of the author twinmom
    My 12 yr old son is very driven to have his own business! He's actually got several projects going and works on all of them every day. He's had some setbacks, but he is thriving on it the learning experience. Here are some of the things he's working on to help you with some ideas for your son:
    --He's got 2 blogs he's working on (get Steve Crooks' guide about blogs and adsense - pm me if you aren't familiar with it and I'll find the link)
    --He's teaching himself game programming
    --He's writing an ebook about one of the games he plays online (complete walkthroughs with screenshots)
    --He's great to outsource work to (and cheap - LOL), except don't mention 'backlinks' to him - he takes off running

    He hasn't made much money yet (just a few dollars on Adsense) but I have no doubt that he's learning some very valuable skills. He can set up a wordpress or joomla site easily, he's developing his critical thinking skills, his writing skills, and learning about money in the meantime.

    I homeschool him (and his twin brother), and we already have plans to continue his entrepreneurship into the school year, as part of his "curriculum". :-)
  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Does your son need to learn from an ebook or program or could you mentor him yourself? I think a good place to start is to start him off with a blog. Get something he is really interested in and yeah it could just be the stuff he likes - pokemon, skateboarding, anything really. Show him how to monetize it with Adsense, Clickbank or other affiliate programs.

    My oldest son is 11 and has his own blog, he doesn't update it much, he isn't too eager anymore about it, but it's there when he gets the urge to blog he does. He has made a few clickbank sales and thinks it is great when he does.

    He also helps me create websites sometimes, of course I go in and make sure they are all ok, he just helps with creating the templates. If he helps me on a website then I give him a percentage of the profit for that site.

    I guess it all depends too on just how dedicated he is or is it a phase that he might grow out of quickly? Have you shown him some of the different areas of Internet Marketing and is there anything he has shown an interest in?
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