Desperate and broke newbies, read this!

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It's time I give back to the forum since I learned so much from here.

Finding different methods for landing offline/online clients is my favorite hobby and I am going to share one of them with you as a step by step plan. This one requires absolutely no money down and no tedious hard work. No web site, either.

After implementing these steps, I signed up 2 offline clients and one of them also signed up for monthly maintenance deal for backlinks, google places, site updates etc.

The only requirement is basic wordpress skills. You don't have to be a coder or expert. If you know how to customize some free themes, you are good to go.

I recommend using suffusion theme (download here Suffusion » Aquoid Themes) since it's extremely versatile and allows a myriad of different designs. It has great documentation too. You can also choose another good quality free theme.

I also recommend WP Simplicity plugin: WP Simplicity - Plugin For WordPress by Olusegun Balogun it has 40 most popular plugins in one package.

You don't need a web site, domain or hosting account, although having some showcase websites definitely helps. You can use a wordpress.com blog if you are penniless broke.

1. Create accounts on fiverr.com and zeerk.com. We are not going to use these to make money, since the jobs there don't pay much. We will use them to create a free portfolio and free advertising. You don't only advertise for free but get paid on top of it!

2. List your service for building wordpress sites and configuring a few plugins (such as linking twitter, facebook, disqus, other social media plugins etc)

3. List different versions of the same service gig for more exposure. For example wordpress and SEO, wordpress installation and 2 free articles, wordpress installation plus free graphic banner, or free video editing job (whatever fits your skillset better...) this helps exposure. The more gigs you list, the better chances to get clients.

4. Once you score some clients, build their wordpress sites. Make sure to overdeliver and throw a few freebies to be nice (and let them know that too). This gets you great feedback and better exposure/more business. Not to mention it makes it super easy to upsell them more stuff since they will trust you.

5. Now the important part: Add a link to your own web site in the end of each page like you see in most web sites (prepared by xyz web services llc). If you have no domain/hosting you can create a simple site on weebly.com or wordpress.com listing your services, and link that.

6.Keep in touch with the client. You can upsell them other services such as SEO and traffic, or get them to sign up on your mailing list (there are some free autoresponders for newbies who can't afford paid ones like aweber) tell them you will have upcoming specials and you really don't want them to miss it. Then you can send them discount deals of upsells or promote back end products/services.

7. Once you build a bunch of sites for clients, keep a list of them. List more gigs on fiverr and zeerk and make sure to list all of those sites as examples of your work, let the people click and see. If you make/edit videos for them, make sure to add your branding and your web site URL in the end. If you created a youtube channel for your client, you can use youtube annotations to brand the videos.

8. List your web design/SEO services on craigslist and backpage. List the client sites you built as your portfolio.

9. If you manage to sell traffic/SEO services to clients, they will get traffic and you will eventually get referral traffic from their sites. I get such referral traffic and inquiries from prospective clients, asking for quotes. It doesn't happen overnight but it happens down the road.

10. Search craigslist for Web and SEO jobs. There are always people looking to hire for such services. Since they are already looking to pay for such services, it's very easy to get responses. Email prospects with your quote and your portfolio.

11. Once the money starts flowing, you can outsource the bulk of the work, even the whole thing to Philippines. You can easily be the middleman reaping the profits.

12. Rinse and repeat!
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  • Profile picture of the author Angela Marshall
    Thanks for this information dremora. When I saw the wordpress simplicity plug in, I knew I had to keep reading(after I downloaded it of course). I have actually been looking for a SIMPLE step by step system for Fiverr. Could I ask how exactly you install the sites? Do you get their wordpress user id, password, and hosting information?
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    • Profile picture of the author dremora
      I ask them for the wordpress admin (if they already have wordpress, or a site that needs improvement) or cpanel access.

      It helps if you mention you need the wp-admin or cpanel credentials (need cpanel for fresh wordpress install using fantastico) in the fiverr gig description so that you don't waste time asking for stuff back and forth once they purchase.

      I also create google accounts for the clients I upsell, which we both have access, and link their social media stuff to that gmail (and create their google analytics, etc linked with that same gmail)

      I create them facebook fan page, twitter etc (upselling those as extra services) and link that to the same gmail. That saves a lot of time and trouble.
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      • Profile picture of the author Angela Marshall
        So you only set up the gmail account if they opt for additional services?
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        • Profile picture of the author dremora
          Originally Posted by Angela Marshall View Post

          So you only set up the gmail account if they opt for additional services?
          Pretty much, I never even had to install wordpress fron scratch, all of my clients had wordpress installed with nothing in it, I built them up with nice themes and plugins.
          Gmail is for convenience, makes it hell of a lot easier to set up social media accounts, Google places and other directory listings. That way I don't have to direct it to their email and wait for them to confirm the stuff. i do it all from gmail, and hand it over to them when we are done (or we both use it, if there is monthly service deal).
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  • Profile picture of the author BarberShop
    2. List your service for building wordpress sites and configuring a few plugins (such as linking twitter, facebook, disqus, other social media plugins etc)

    How much is the usual rate for this kind of packaged service?

    $50?
    $100?
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by BarberShop View Post

      How much is the usual rate for this kind of packaged service?

      $50?
      $100?
      I'm pretty sure what he's saying here with step #2 is that he's listing all these jobs for $5 on Fiverr and similar freelance sites such as Zeerk, etc. for exposure and to build up his portfolio. This is what will eventually get him referrals, in addition to having many different sites for his portfolio to show prospective clients later on when he launches his web design/SEO services business.
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  • Profile picture of the author suemax
    This is wicked! Thanks so much for sharing it. I think it is very easy to forget, as a newbie, that you still know TONS more than a lot of business owners.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by suemax View Post

      This is wicked! Thanks so much for sharing it. I think it is very easy to forget, as a newbie, that you still know TONS more than a lot of business owners.
      Exactly Sue. It's just a matter of gaining the confidence to approach business owners, and feeling comfortable enough to talk knowledgeably about SEO services/web design with them.
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