Just got laid off, I need your help!

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So the inevitable happened.. laid off most likely permanently and now I'm freaking out. As I look for another job I'd like to give online marketing a try. I know there is a lot of free information in this forum and I will be going through it. Only problem is the amount of information makes me scatter brained!

What I have to get started:

Market Samurai
A few marketing courses
Will be hosting with BlueHost
$600
Almost all day while I'm not looking for work.

I have however no real direction. It seems to me $600 will most likely go too fast, might not see anything from all of this.

What would you do with my resources and $600? Thanks in advance.
#internet marketing #laid

  • Profile picture of the author pacelattin
    Please do not waste it on any products, offers or tricks. My advice is to focus on getting a job, and don't enter marketing because you are desperate.

    Read the posts here, learn the industry a bit, find what you think is interesting.

    Desperation makes bad decisions.
  • Profile picture of the author zafar
    Hey I am sorry for what happened to you. I have been in internet marketing for one year and to tell you the truth this IM thing so so time consuming. You will not see results overnight. One of the quickest options for you to join CPA networks and work with their Affilaite Managers to make quick money. Also its worth checking out this link:
    http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...0-monthly.html
    I saw 22000 views on this thread. Who knows you might get some gold out of it, just my two cents.
    Zafar
  • Profile picture of the author JasonP
    I wouldn't try internet marketing without a job, I've been doing it for years, but even I had a job when I started. As stated above, if you have to try it, don't waste any money on products here, join a CPA network, and ask your AM for help. I'd recommend Rocket Dollars, in my sig.
  • Profile picture of the author pacelattin
    One thing you might try, and I highly recommend this, is start a blog about something that you really like, and friends of yours really like. Then find some products to promote on it occasionally to your friends. It's not going to make you a living, but it will make you a few dollars here and there.

    That could eventually grow, and its cheap and gives you something to do also.
  • Profile picture of the author PatchesDM
    Hey Allen,
    I'm sorry to hear about getting laid off, that really is a bummer, I am however glad you came to WF for help.
    Some of the best online marketers are on this site, and many of them use tools from a company I recently started affiliating for.

    If you are interested in these tools, just take a look at these links, if you like the information you see, purchase them. I recommend using Wordpress strictly because most of our clients have become most successful on WP as opposed to starting a site from scratch.

    Thanks for your time, I really hope you find yourself successful during this lay off, hey, think about it, it could be a blessing in disguise, internet marketing could be your calling.

    These products in my signature will definitely serve as useful for you, or if you would like more information or some more products available, please feel free to email me.
  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    Do not spend any of your $600. You have some basics already.

    Follow these instructions:
    Do keyword research using the free google keyword tool
    https://adwords.google.com/o/Targeti...AS#search.none

    Find a niche with over 2500 global monthly searches and low competition.

    Get a domain and host it on your account.

    Put up a free, high converting squeeze page.

    Set up and autoresponder for the opt ins.

    Give a lot of value to your customers before promoting to them.

    Once in a while promote an affiliate product or something to them that is of high value and good reputation that has been around a while.

    Get traffic to your squeeze page.

    Search this forum for free traffic methods, there are a lot of them and also

    Just join the War Room with a one time lifetime fee and then get
    this free traffic generating easy to set up and use software.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/war-room...-networks.html

    All those step by step things can be done in a day or two and then getting traffic and getting the site going will be what you focus on.

    Once you have that going, add a blog to the same domain as a sub-domain and maybe add some resource pages with other products and services related to your niche or even a store on a separate page.

    Nothing fancy. Anyone can do this, even without any prior experienc.e

    Good luck.
  • Profile picture of the author vtotheyouknow
    I'm with the above posters...your best bet is to find another job.

    I've quit my "real" jobs on 2 separate occasions to try and make the leap into full time internet marketing and while I definitely made progress, I eventually ran out of money and had to get a job.

    I can also tell you that IM becomes A LOT more fun and A LOT more productive when you have some extra money that you can use to outsource mundane, time-consuming tasks. This is money that a steady job provides.

    In lieu of having said money, you'll most likely try to do everything yourself and invariably, indubitably burn out.

    Good luck with everything!
    Vic
  • Profile picture of the author ryanyu
    Sorry to hear that absoluteallen.

    I totally agree with @pacelattin.
    "Desperation makes bad decisions."

    There are a lot of Internet marketing materials and courses claiming you can make thousands of dollars in like a week time, but that's not really true...

    This area is very competitive so you really need to know what you are doing in the Internet marketing area.

    I don't intend to let you down, but it takes time to get some results with the Internet marketing.

    As @pacelattin suggested, you can start with a blog you are really passionate about and build a list.
  • Profile picture of the author RobKonrad
    Hey Allen,

    sorry to hear about your job.

    My recommendation: Get a "real" job. 600 bucks burn fast, no matter if it's for setting things up or for just surviving the TIME to set things up, and you most likely won't start off from day one (not that you couldn't do it, but that's what statistics say).

    With the backing of money coming in from a real job - sure, give IM a try

    Cheers,
    Rob Konrad
  • Profile picture of the author munchsoul
    Hey there Allen,

    Just like what everyone else is saying.. Try and steady yourself first with a job. Internet marketing.. thanks to all those "make $1000 in one day" offers.. may seem very tempting at first, but it requires a lot of time to digest what you've learnt and even longer to apply that into practice.

    This is especially true if your not familiar with how online marketing works.

    So, get a job, make sure you can stand on your own two feet. Then slowly dive into internet marketing a little bit at a time. Otherwise, you may end up with even less than you started off with..
  • Profile picture of the author Vendzilla
    At first I didn't see the "off" part and laughed a little, guess my mind was in the gutter.
    As everyone has said, get a job, when your IM income is more than enough to live on, then go full time on that
  • Profile picture of the author cebus
    Sorry to hear that happened to you. There are jobs available online, sites that can give you great amount of income depending on your skills.. You can work for the mean time while making a concrete plan of what you want to do for internet marketing.
  • Profile picture of the author Joshua Rigley
    Forget everything you've read so far, and just read this thread: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...desperate.html

    It'll point you in the right direction.
  • Profile picture of the author dudelive
    I agree work is good but, If you can really balls out stick to it and your a good student in six months and your six hundred dollars you can be making a living.
    You won't be rich but you can make enough to grow.

    I know because I did it.

    Just a thought
    Just to make it clear (balls out) means full blast on a steam engine.
  • Profile picture of the author BlueCollar
    Hi Allen,

    I'm really sorry to hear about your job. Hold on to the $600 for household expenses for now. There's generally a learning curve with IM and it sounds as if you don't have the time to go down that road with the pressure of being laid off.
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
    I can relate to your job loss as I lost my job of 24 yrs 21 days ago.

    You might want to stop for a few minutes and read this thread.
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...desperate.html

    You will find many interesting ideals to help you in your time of need.

    My advise is if you have any creditors that you contact them and let them
    know what's going on. Many will work with you to help you through this time.

    Make sure you apply for unemployment benifits if you qualify.

    There are programs out there sponsored by Obama's Relief plan that may help
    you pay your mortgage and utilities while you are looking for another job.

    Wish you luck,
    Have a Great Day!
    Michael

    PS, Keep your chin up and don't let depression take you down.
    Keep a positive attitude and meet the problem head on with 100%
    of your effort.
  • Profile picture of the author GoingSomewhere
    Getting a job is definitely a good advice.

    But what if you want to say "good riddance"
    to J.O.B? Internet marketing can be a good
    alternative when you are focused, determined
    and take consistent action.

    You can learn from the link below and report
    back to me if you are motivated to make it
    happen.

    Month 1: $3117 - What I did in my first month of IM to make $3117
  • Profile picture of the author Jason Rankin
    If you start by reading the main discusions, little by little everything will start to make since. Take lots of short breaks to keep your sanity. The breaks will become shorter and soon all that you see will start making since. The only way to fail is quitting.
  • Profile picture of the author RichMag
    Please, please, please dont spend any of that $600. You will need it. My best advice is to find something that you do well and offer a service.

    Also, sell whatever you can that you dont need on CL or eBay Classifieds. Dont use eBay if you can since that will cost you money. You are no in survivor mode so find a Gig on CL that you can do and do it. Nothing should be beneathe you. Whatever it takes to survive (that is ethically and morally right) do it. Even if that means selling a bunch of stuff that you dont want to.

    Forget about Internet Marketing for a while since the payouts are too slow. Concentrate on selling a service or any mterial goods you have that are worth anything.

    Rich
  • Profile picture of the author Graham Maddison
    Sorry to hear your news and I hope you manage to find work soon.

    It can sometimes be a blessing in disguise when you are forced into a situation and need to think outside the box a bit.

    The free time you will undoubtedly have during this period can be put to very good use and there are some genuine ways to make money without spending a fortune .... it can be done, but you will need absolute focus if you are going to be successful.

    I wish you luck.

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