If you had $500 where would you invest?

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I have $500 and I thought that I should run some campaigns as I want to get started with CPA.

Here is what I have with me right now

- 2 full time employees who can do the donkey work.
- $500
- Approved in Copeac, will get approved into EWA as well.

I am not new to internet marketing, and I am clear with the basics.
My question is, if you had $500 to invest where what would you do.

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Mahmoud Selman
    Hi Mark,

    1- Get into CPA networks that will pay you weekly and with paypal. ( $500 will be gone so fast )
    2- Do a niche research to get into a profitable niche. Invest about $30-40 in a domain name for 3-4 years.
    3- Go to easy outsource and get your landing page for about $50.
    4- Get to one of this advertising networks if possible Google, Bing and Yahoo. All 3 would be fine because you could get banned anytime.


    Good luck my friend
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    • Profile picture of the author warrenj1979
      Originally Posted by Mahmoud Selman View Post

      Hi Mark,

      1- Get into CPA networks that will pay you weekly and with paypal. ( $500 will be gone so fast )
      2- Do a niche research to get into a profitable niche. Invest about $30-40 in a domain name for 3-4 years.
      3- Go to easy outsource and get your landing page for about $50.
      4- Get to one of this advertising networks if possible Google, Bing and Yahoo. All 3 would be fine because you could get banned anytime.
      5- Get your donkeys ( sorry, employees ) to sign under you, and learn them to do CPA marketing Just kidding.

      Good luck my friend
      sign under you "Donkeys" LAMO Nice!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author dragoncpa
    I think i will buy some domains,because i am a newbie in online marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author chasnsx
    Either buy existing domains with good backlink profiles, or develop your own domain and use the money to buy some relevant, high quality backlinks. In the past two or three months I have spent $80.00 to $100.00 on backlinks, and last night I got a big jump in PR as a result.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeMorgan
    My advice would be ...

    First invest some part of your money to learn on how to use and properly apply a specific traffic source , channel or system . Always focus only on one traffic source , channel or system .

    Once , you learn and master the traffic source or channel , you would know how to properly invest the rest of your money .

    So , your first task would be to invest your money into learning some stuff . Research a system that really works , learn and do your at most effort to make it work .
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    • Profile picture of the author Jetmir
      Originally Posted by Mike Morgan. View Post

      My advice would be ...

      First invest some part of your money to learn on how to use and properly apply a specific traffic source , channel or system . Always focus only on one traffic source , channel or system .

      Once , you learn and master the traffic source or channel , you would know how to properly invest the rest of your money .

      So , your first task would be to invest your money into learning some stuff . Research a system that really works , learn and do your at most effort to make it work .
      This would be exactly what I would advice to do.

      Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author johnny_h
    With $500 I would:

    - Pick a niche that you like - look at the offers on your networks & let that guide you, remembering to be realistic about whether or not you think someone interested in your niche will take the time to convert on the offer.
    - Purchase a related domain, set up wordpress, hire content writers and create about $50 worth of content on the site.
    - Create a facebook page (make sure you create a page for a business & choose website as your category)
    - Promote the facebook page with fb ads to get fans
    - Promote your offers through your facebook page - send them to your site where the offer link exists, don't directly link to the offer from the facebook page.

    Make sure you read the guidelines at facebook before you decide your niche, none of your offers may be allowed & might get you into trouble with FB. Make sure that you do market research before you start running your FB ads - "reverse engineer" sites using quantcast.com, google.com/adplanner & alexa.com (others if you know other sites). Start with a small budget on FB, maybe $50 per day, split test multiple images and ad content for your page. Also, when you promote your offers, be sure that you're using multiple formats - put up links to your page, and if possible include video highlighting the offer to entice more clicks (this would also work well if you're selling physical products that you could get your hands on...)

    My best advice for someone who's just starting out - be upfront about exactly how you're going to work things - talk to your AM on the network, tell them what you plan to do (whether it's what I'm saying or otherwise), and ask them for offers that are converting well using the method that you're planning on implementing. Be sure you know the requirements of both the advertisers you're promoting as well as any advertising platforms or websites that you're going to be using.

    With $500, if you're meticulous and careful, you could realistically come out at the end in the black and have a method that would actually generate good income when scaled. The trick is to do your homework.
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  • Profile picture of the author Omid
    There Are many ways to to with $500. Even it is possible to launch a profitable PPC campaign.

    I agree with Mike.

    Probably I'd go for SEO and free organic traffic. I will pay most of the money for backlinking but not all at once.

    Also you can buy an established website on flippa.com. If you are up to buy a website remember that some websites are "too good to be true". Take the deal that sounds reasonable.

    Just my 2 cents.

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  • Profile picture of the author areevez
    I would grab a great offer and throw a big ol flyer campaign and outsource to every college i could find.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew NY
    I would invest in learning completely what you need to be successful in the CPA market. Then, if you have money left over, use that to invest into the method you will use for CPA.
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    • Profile picture of the author MitchKid
      I agree with both areevez and matthew ny, I would invest at least some of that into gaining some knowledge from one or a couple WSO's here on the forum.

      Focus on one method that you have a good handle on once you go through some training, specifically one that requires a minimal investment.

      This could be a flyer campaign or forum marketing for example. Both require little to no monetary investment. Once you have got that method down, scale it up until you can outsource it, and move on to another method/ tactic.

      I would advise staying clear of ppc at least when you first start out because if you don't know what you are doing, that $500 will disappear rather quickly.

      Best of luck my dude!
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      • Profile picture of the author SuccessMarketer
        As per above answers, i would do a flyer campaign.

        It's the easiest and quickest money I have made with CPA networks. Just be wise on how to spend the money and where to give the flyers out (ie: giving out flyers outside a school for a financial CPA offer will not make sense or have very good response...)

        I would re invest your profits into FB ads (spend some money in a good guide or coaching that teaches you how to do it properly) directed to a fan page and then monetise that list (specially when it gets to 10,000 fans...)

        my 2 cents
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  • Profile picture of the author blackhawkup
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    i would invest in some sort of backlinking tool..get some squeeze pages designed. and start some blogs. use some very good seo on the blogs for free traffic. use the backlinking tool to increase the authority and traffic. and then drive people to your squeeze pages.SEO is the way to go!
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    • Profile picture of the author Stephen Lessey
      I would spend the money teaching myself with a coaching program. Then invest or find resources to manage my time wisely.

      The rest of the money will go in domain purchases hosting and testing PPC campaigns.

      The point here is that you must spend both time and money to make it happen for you
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    Mike Morgan said it best. Pick one traffic source and master the hell out of it. Personally I would stick with social traffic for starters. No need to blow your whole wad when you can easily turn a profit with half of that.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeMorgan
      Originally Posted by blillard View Post

      Mike Morgan said it best. Pick one traffic source and master the hell out of it. Personally I would stick with social traffic for starters. No need to blow your whole wad when you can easily turn a profit with half of that.
      I would definitely agree that free traffic is the best option for those who are starting with CPA .
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  • Profile picture of the author mrpro1902
    how rank of site so can be a publisher of big CPA N
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    I mean $500 isn't a tremendous amount and it can go quickly, so I would probably try going down the social or viral route. Your biggest asset right now is your 2 employees, not the $500, so I would stick with trying to monetizing that manpower the best. Whether it's creating a product, setting up facebook fan pages, building out an SEO campaign or something like that.

    But I think the trick is remembering that you want to best utilize the 2 employees rather than focusing on the $500.

    Just my thoughts
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  • Profile picture of the author venme360
    Buy a start up website with good content and focus on backlinks and social marketing. In the long run it helps a lot.
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