A good idea? I need opinions.

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I have an idea and need opinions on if this seems worthwhile or not.

Id like to create an information site, possibly with forums for members, to talk a new person through internet marketing from start to finish beginning with exactly how to get a hosting plan, to install blogs, buy domains, use Google Keyword tools and other very elementary things as well as a few basic tutorials on website building for search engines to promote personal or affiliate products and so on. Later perhaps add on advanced tutorials and techniques for an additional upgrade cost.

I have a knack for making complex things simple to understand for most people. Id like to do more than just write an eBook as well. Id rather do a nice site with a member area that is easy to navigate with videos and photos for visual type learning. I have a wealth of knowledge and experience I think others may find valuable and useful.

So might this be a good idea? Would you have appreciated or would appreciate a no-nonsense site like the one I described? If so what would a fair price for it be? I was considering an around $100 one time fee but I would like to help as many people get started right as possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zachmo
    I think its a good idea and it wont be a nonsense site since especially for newbies in this field.
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  • Profile picture of the author bigredrassler
    I like it, as long as it was organized and easy to find the tutorial information. I would say most of that information could be found on WF with a few minutes of searching, but most people, especially newbies getting into IM because of the promises of easy money, don't want to put that much work into finding the information.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stephen Ayer
    Victoria,
    I've seen membership sites like this, so I know it can be successful. One thing you might want to do is to target it for a particular type of new marketer. A niche within a big niche.

    The price really depends on how well you can convince a new marketer that your service is worth much more than the price. While I am sure you can easily offer more than $100 value, you might have a hard time convincing the new marketer of that. But you might want to test the price.

    I wish you success.
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  • Profile picture of the author officer_iron
    I would just advise to give as much info as you can (still keeping it learner-friendly), because sooooo much can be found for free online. Just because someone is new to internet marketing, doesn't mean they are new to the internet, and they may know that they can find all the basics online for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
    That's very good idea, if I am reading you right.


    If you have a talent for making things simple, I think you would have a winner.


    Good Luck

    Jim
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  • Profile picture of the author Victoria Gates
    I agree with all of you that the information can indeed be easily found online but some people don't know where to look and I remember thinking.. what actually works and whats just hype.. to newbies "SEO and SEM" are like another language and setting up websites sounds SO HARD. It's simple for us.. but remember even tiny things like knowing blogs can usually be set up easily through your web host is all new to them.. let alone adding templates or applications.
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    • Profile picture of the author Albert Pasillas
      I think it depends on how BIG the site will be and what you will offer. Are you going to help people just build a business? Or, are you going to help them buy a domain, change nameservers, install wp with fantastico?

      How basic are you going to make this? I think there are a lot of people out there that cannot even use an FTP, maybe that will be helpful.


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  • Profile picture of the author Victoria Gates
    Basic step-by-step of everything from buying domains to creating websites and blogs, uploading them various ways, probably also the basics of making Facebook business pages and twitter accounts and linking those to your websites/blogs. Probably also as I said basic techniques for affiliates like using long-tail keywords. Setting up accounts with Amazon.com, Clickbank, Paydotcom, and others.

    So basic but still a LOT of good information... especially if your just getting your feet wet. I am an excellent writer so my copy will explain all of this, and I may do some sort of official launch for this because its a ton of work honestly which is why I needed opinions. I have learned so much over the years I figure its got to be worth something plus its not a hyped-up product and has longevity potential.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sean Ladyman
    Hi, I think this is great. It is how I have started out and indeed I truly believe that this is the ONLY way to start a network marketing business. Show others the way. The only problems that need to be addressed (in my mind) are these: turn key marketing sites versus own sites (expertese). Recognizing hype from fact (education). Learning e-mail advertising (skill). Developing video marketing (skill). Developing/joining a powerful downline builder, that allows ownership of the mail addresses, or at least allows you to post unrestricted mailings to your downline.

    There are more and more, 'marketing' sites popping up to teach newbies, how to build an online business, the main fault of these are that they concentrate yet again, on making money for the site owner/operator! Ie: there is little to no real support, the site is created but never seems 'progressive', it rarely changes with trends, it becomes no more than a sales page, great for attracting new prospects, but little to encourage existing members to continue promoting the turn key site.

    Which is why 'the challenge' concept is so good. If this is 're-created' with lots of support, then I cannot see such a site doing anything but winning. However, I cannot also see that it would be easy to do, it is a little bit like following in the footsteps of giants. Maybe there is a similar idea out there somewhere, but with a 'special' twist?

    There will always be new people to Internet marketing, but the approach to guiding and training must develop with new ideas, new products, new initiatives or it will simply become a re-hash of past happenings.

    The latest site that I have noticied, offers free training/coaching to beginners, it stresses the complete lack of skill required to make money, once you join, you are told to take this one step at a time, or you risk 'destroying' the opportunity, a bit further along, after becoming completely 'hyped up', I was very disappointed to learn that I was simply being pressed into joining another 'coaching' program, the real pity here, is that I honestly believe the coaching program being advertised is genuine, and a good value for money, but what lets down the whole concept, is what I felt was a 'lie' - being lead deliberately by a promise of 'freedom' to be told a bit later on that the price of 'freedom' is actually over $50 a month! If this had been posted on the first sales page, yes, it would turn 'buyers' away, but at least the people who do take it up, are all going to be 110% willing to make it work!

    I shall now climb down from my soap-box,

    Thank you for listening!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sharon Lai
    Yes i think its a great idea especially for newbies.

    Wish you all the best
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  • Profile picture of the author alcymart
    Hi Victoria, I'm in fact doing exactly that myself with my 8 Step by Step online course

    My opinion, go for it, it's really an enriching experience teaching others.

    I was just thinking, PM me and I'll suggest more of what you need to do.

    Take care,

    Bernard St-Pierre
    Marketing Consultant
    Copywriter/Teacher
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    • Profile picture of the author riviera
      I think it is a great idea. As long as you are offering good value I don't think you can go far wrong.

      I would go down the road of a membeship site with a monthly fee, with say the first 7 days at $1 and then $17 per month
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      • Profile picture of the author jennhenderson
        I think it would be great for someone to have a site to teach newbies such as myself, what to do, when to do it, and in what steps. When you get involved in this industry, it can be very overwhelming. I would like to go to a site that would just help me understand what to do without selling me new product. I have already invested enough money on product, now I just need help making it all work.

        I too and thinking about launching a site. Do you think it would be advantageous to build a site for moms that need information on various things from discipline, autism, to babysitting services? I have considered building a site just like this. Do you have any suggestions? I would love to build product, affiliates and services into the site as well, but make it an information and reference site as well. You know what I mean, I one-stop-shop site for stay at home moms that are trying to build a successful online business.

        I would love to know what you think, you seem to have a lot of knowledge of this industry and I could sure use some honest feedback.

        Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

        Good luck and hope to hear back from you soon!!!
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        • Profile picture of the author Victoria Gates
          Originally Posted by jennhenderson View Post

          I think it would be great for someone to have a site to teach newbies such as myself, what to do, when to do it, and in what steps. When you get involved in this industry, it can be very overwhelming. I would like to go to a site that would just help me understand what to do without selling me new product. I have already invested enough money on product, now I just need help making it all work.

          I too and thinking about launching a site. Do you think it would be advantageous to build a site for moms that need information on various things from discipline, autism, to babysitting services? I have considered building a site just like this. Do you have any suggestions? I would love to build product, affiliates and services into the site as well, but make it an information and reference site as well. You know what I mean, I one-stop-shop site for stay at home moms that are trying to build a successful online business.

          I would love to know what you think, you seem to have a lot of knowledge of this industry and I could sure use some honest feedback.

          Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

          Good luck and hope to hear back from you soon!!!
          I will tell you I have had a site in the "new mom/parent" niche I started it about 4 to 5 years or so ago when I had NO IDEA what I was doing.. and it still makes me a couple hundred a year which is amazing because I have not touched it at all since. It offers about 10 nice products and that's it which I think is key.. spreading yourself out too much at once can actually be bad, limiting what you offer works better.

          An example is that you want to do parenting advice on multiple subjects and that is fine but you may want to do mini sites on each topic starting with high interest, like autism support, and then later link together all of those various sites with a central hub. This way you might have 9 subjects with 9 sites and then one site that points to all those sites. This is just a thought of mine since I noticed people are often very specific and don't like looking through lists of topics for what they came to your site for, people are easily bored.

          So I would say yes absolutely in my experience that could work especially if you name and optimize the site with good SEO practices and do some consistent backlinking and keep fresh content coming in as much as possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author officer_iron
    I do think it's a good idea and I would refer people to it. I'm constantly trying to get my friends or relatives interested in IM, but they just don't have any basics to begin with, so a site with everything starting from the beginning would be nice.
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    • Profile picture of the author PhoebeSmellyCat
      Yes, I think it would work.

      I'm working on such a blog myself. It started out as a private one just for me where I documented what I've learned and how I did things.

      When it is more complete (and organized) I plan to go 'live'.

      I don't think there can be too many 'how to' blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monja
    hello victory,

    i also think there are already sites like this but i also think good sites are still rare and lots of scams are around. i´d definitely join for the community and maybe fun, for good information and all this packed in a good price. lots of work though you want to put on your shoulders.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charlotte Jay
    It's funny you should mention this, I was cruising the WSO section today and came across Paul Barrs' free WSO promoting his new membership site. It's really very well done and you should definitely take a peek to get some ideas. But, to answer your original section, yes! I would have loved something like this when I started out in IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author TrishMullen
    Great idea and yes there are some really good forum sites out there specifically for newbies and there is one paid one that offers EXCEPTIONAL value for money. It is where I cut my teeth and I will never leave this site despite moving on in my knowledge, learning and earning levels.

    WOuld you not consider rather than a one-off fee you ask for a monthly subscription and that way it keeps you on your toes also to keep adding new and current content?

    I wish you all the best for this, it is something that is needed and you seem to have knowledge in lots of areas so why not share that?
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  • Profile picture of the author khut
    Hey Victoria,

    I think this is a great idea!!!! if you launch the site please let me know.

    -Kurt
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  • Profile picture of the author DeWayne411
    Originally Posted by Victoria Gates View Post

    I have an idea and need opinions on if this seems worthwhile or not.

    Id like to create an information site, possibly with forums for members, to talk a new person through internet marketing from start to finish beginning with exactly how to get a hosting plan, to install blogs, buy domains, use Google Keyword tools and other very elementary things as well as a few basic tutorials on website building for search engines to promote personal or affiliate products and so on. Later perhaps add on advanced tutorials and techniques for an additional upgrade cost.

    I have a knack for making complex things simple to understand for most people. Id like to do more than just write an eBook as well. Id rather do a nice site with a member area that is easy to navigate with videos and photos for visual type learning. I have a wealth of knowledge and experience I think others may find valuable and useful.

    So might this be a good idea? Would you have appreciated or would appreciate a no-nonsense site like the one I described? If so what would a fair price for it be? I was considering an around $100 one time fee but I would like to help as many people get started right as possible.
    I think you have a great idea, as a matter of fact, I visit one site on a regular basis called "2createawebsite" run by a lady named Lisa and her site helps out people who are new to Internet Marketing. I really believe you will pick up some good ideas from her website and her blog. The way Lisa has structured her site layout and blog is incredible and easy to navigate for newbies. Hope this helps out
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Vikaz
    Anytime you can simplify complex things for people, you have a winner.

    People will pay to access easy-to-digest information.

    - Jay
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  • Profile picture of the author shine1600
    Perfect Idea especially for those who find the internet far and wide-I wish you luck
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