The Ultimate Peer Profiteer - My Teenager!

by TiffanyLambert 7 replies
Hi Warriors!

Boy kids really soak up what we do, don’t they? My (just turned) 16 year old son initially saw me building lenses for profit, so he builds a few Halo lenses, sells them, and then provides lens maintenance service on them.

His next foray into entrepreneurialship via the web is that he asked for video making software. I got it for him – a fairly cheap one ($50 or so). I go into my account today to find his YouTube videos are funneling traffic to his money making landing page – a Squidoo lens!

Guess what he’s selling?

He has a “menu” for people to buy his services. They buy him a gamer card and he helps them boost their rank on the game. He offers a service to video them in a game, critique their maneuvers, and then mentor them to be better.

LOL!

And it’s working! Damn lens gets 51 hits its first week, is already indexed in Google, and he’s got kids signing up on his guestbook and direct via XBox live to pay him for his know-how.

Geez!

And he has no formal marketing insight. He’s the ultimate web 2.0 peer profiteer.
I’m so proud

Tiff
#main internet marketing discussion forum #peer #profiteer #teenager #ultimate
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  • Profile picture of the author Shannon Tani
    That's so great! I hope his success continues to grow.

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    Shannon
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    • Profile picture of the author Amino Zawawi
      I guess IM runs in the family Best of luck to him, I started experimenting around his age, made some bucks editing websites. Nothing beats the feeling of making money at 16, it's like you've hit the jackpot of independence.
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        I love it when teenagers make money on their own...

        I tell my son that if he could just apply the same interest in making money, online or off, that he does to video games he could be a self made millionaire in no time.

        And I'm dead serious about that. Some of these young people really don't know what they have between their ears. They take to the Internet so easily it's amazing. If they could transfer some of that passion from video games to the Internet I think some older marketers would have some serious competition :-)
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        • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
          Raises hand...

          I'm sending over the adoption papers Allen, I want you to sign them and you can be my new dad

          You're so right about video games...

          I'm still a relatively young man and I used to spend HOURS perfecting my gameplay - heck, I can remember sitting in front of the TV for a day straight continually shaving fractions of a second of my best lap time on Micro Machines and Mario Kart (still do with the latter)

          It's only when you consciously think, "Hey, making money IS a game" that you realise.

          You've just given me a timely reminder - when I FIRST got into IM, that's exactly how I thought... now I'm fired up again and thinking the same way.

          Nice one Allen.

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          I love it when teenagers make money on their own...

          I tell my son that if he could just apply the same interest in making money, online or off, that he does to video games he could be a self made millionaire in no time.

          And I'm dead serious about that. Some of these young people really don't know what they have between their ears. They take to the Internet so easily it's amazing. If they could transfer some of that passion from video games to the Internet I think some older marketers would have some serious competition :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Dominic
    This thread reminds me of when I started my own lawn cutting business as a young teenager. I kept records of every customer and I had agreements with customers to cut their lawns on a regular basis.

    Even when I was a child, I remember running a coffee and donuts business in the morning from my driveway by the street. We had quite a few people stop by! We were very proud of ourselves to have a police officer stop his cruiser and order up a cup of coffee and a couple donuts.

    In elementary school I learned about entrepreneurship. I had the mindset all my life though.
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