If you had 100$ to start!?

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Here there everyone , I've been reading a allot lately on the forums and researching IM and i am so motivated and anxious to start with this! I am not fortunate enough to have a good money situation in my family and right now all i have it about 100$. So that's why i came here to ask my fellow warriors for some help.

If all you had was 100$ what would you do to start making making? what kind of method do you think would be the safest to generate money back and keep going.

This is like a one shot thing i have here. I am scared to waste my last 100$ and fail ( i know failure is a part of it and i expect to fail but at least break even and generate some money) you understand right.

Hopefully i can get some really good advice on how about i should go on this!

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Pixel Minisite
    I would start a service and place an ad in Warriors for hire
    whether it was designing a graphic or writing an article, that just costs $20
    once you get money from the service, you can try other stuff

    Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author maxmed
    Buy a domain and host and start a blog about something you master keep updating the content and get backlinks than put some ads :Adsense ,cpa...
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexandru
    With just $100 you probably won't be able to start anything serious.

    PPC or any other type of paid traffic is definitely out of the question.

    First decide what kind of business you want to own and then start gathering cash for that investment.

    You should tell us what you are good at. Do you know SEO? Familiar with any free traffic method?

    I'd listen to Pixel Minisite and start a service here on the forum.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Alexandru View Post

      With just $100 you probably won't be able to start anything serious.
      Why do people believe this?

      $100 is more than I spent when I started in internet marketing.

      And if I were starting again tomorrow, from nothing, knowing what I know now, it's more than I'd spend to start again.

      There wasn't really a point, when I started and built up my affiliate marketing business, when having another $1,000 or $2,000 or whatever to spend, would have made it any more successful (or any faster).

      I see that for some business models (such as learning how to set up a business for which PPC constituted the main source of traffic) a bit of capital would be useful. But for most ways into internet marketing, $100 or so is plenty to get going, surely? Why would people "not to able to start anything serious" with "just $100"? $100 is plenty for some hosting and domain names. What else do you need to spend money on, before you're earning any money?
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      • Profile picture of the author Paleochora
        Absolutely bang-on correct, Alexa.

        I too had no seed money to speak of to get my business going.

        I feel that when you start out with little or no money, it teaches you an important lesson. When you get rolling, you analyze every purchase you make to ensure that it will be a sound investment that will recoup itself many times over. Then when you have spent the hard-earned cash you darn well exploit that purchase 'to the max' rather than letting it sit and gather dust, whether it be a tool, a membership, a training course or whatever.

        To answer the question, though. It a hard choice but in my current thinking and with regard to versatility, I would invest in 3 things, I think, initially. Hosting (<$50 for a year with Byethost), WPBuyNow plug in which you can use as a fully functioning sales funnel or a membership site application, and a good, versatile WP theme or two.

        I would take a free starter account with Imnicamail (good for up to the first 1000 subscribers).

        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Why do people believe this?

        $100 is more than I spent when I started in internet marketing.

        And if I were starting again tomorrow, from nothing, knowing what I know now, it's more than I'd spend to start again.

        There wasn't really a point, when I started and built up my affiliate marketing business, when having another $1,000 or $2,000 or whatever to spend, would have made it any more successful (or any faster).

        I see that for some business models (such as learning how to set up a business for which PPC constituted the main source of traffic) a bit of capital would be useful. But for most ways into internet marketing, $100 or so is plenty to get going, surely? Why would people "not to able to start anything serious" with "just $100"? $100 is plenty for some hosting and domain names. What else do you need to spend money on, before you're earning any money?
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexandru
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Why do people believe this?

        $100 is more than I spent when I started in internet marketing.

        And if I were starting again tomorrow, from nothing, knowing what I know now, it's more than I'd spend to start again.

        There wasn't really a point, when I started and built up my affiliate marketing business, when having another $1,000 or $2,000 or whatever to spend, would have made it any more successful (or any faster).

        I see that for some business models (such as learning how to set up a business for which PPC constituted the main source of traffic) a bit of capital would be useful. But for most ways into internet marketing, $100 or so is plenty to get going, surely? Why would people "not to able to start anything serious" with "just $100"? $100 is plenty for some hosting and domain names. What else do you need to spend money on, before you're earning any money?
        Sure, theoretically it's possible. But come on... Let's get real. Everything is super-competitive and you need to be very knowledgeable to create something with free traffic.

        Just getting a hosting account and a domain will set you back $20.

        Now there's $80 left. What now?

        Oh, and instead of trying to prove me wrong - why not give some real actionable advice to Mike? I was at least trying to find out what kind of business is he thinking about starting so that I can help him.

        If you think people are wrong when they say that - come on, let's hear your methods for starting a business with $100

        Now back to you Mike.

        Since you're not sure what to start, I'd say you should go with a niche site and promote an affiliate product.

        If you think you know how to drive free traffic with SEO and those other methods that you mentioned - get to it.

        I would always recommend building a list. So maybe in your forum signature you could redirect people to a squeeze page and then do your selling through an autoresponder sequence.

        Email Marketing and Email List Manager | MailChimp & Email Marketing Software, Autoresponder - GetResponse offer free services for starters.

        WARNING: You'll need nerves of steel if you're going to start with free traffic. It's going to start slow, SEO takes time and it's not going to be an easy ride for you.
        That's why I recommend offering some services for some extra cash flow.

        Let me know if you have any questions regarding my advice
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  • Profile picture of the author miketurny
    Thanks for that reply Alexa!

    Right now im either on the doubt of starting a blog and promoting a product or starting a niche site promoting a product.

    I would start a service but i really don't know how to do anything =/

    I do know what SEO and free traffic methods i know about are forums/offline campaigns/yahoo answers

    Thanks for the help guys im stilling not sure what i am going to do though ;s
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    • Profile picture of the author FreeMeal
      Originally Posted by miketurny View Post

      Thanks for that reply Alexa!

      Right now im either on the doubt of starting a blog and promoting a product or starting a niche site promoting a product.

      I would start a service but i really don't know how to do anything =/

      I do know what SEO and free traffic methods i know about are forums/offline campaigns/yahoo answers

      Thanks for the help guys im stilling not sure what i am going to do though ;s
      Yes, I think a blog might be a good option for you. You can get hosting which will meet your blogging needs for dirt-cheap (like $3 per month). You can always upgrade your package later if you need to.

      You don't have to go for broke straight out the traps so to speak. Start writing about a subject you like and just throw in the odd affiliate link. As you learn more from this forum etc, you can try them out and test new ideas on your blog.

      good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Nithiyaah
    If you how to drive traffic, then why don't you provide it as a service? Because busy business owners looking for someone who can drive traffic to their site. You can try forum posting. You can start with fiverr or you can post your service within our forum itself for just $20 under Warriors For Hire.

    If can, try to do video marketing just by using the free software like windows movie maker with open office and etc. Then offer your customers that you'll post in youtube for them. By offering this kind of service more people will come to you because you've lessen their marketing burdens. You're creating the video and posting it into youtube. Once you're master in it, you could provide more professional service to others. Hope this helps you :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author miketurny
    Thanks Alexandru, that was a good i know its kinda of hard to start off with just 100$ but i am willing to go for it. let me ask you, lets say i were to start a blog on a niche (example: soccer) then id have ads for soccer gear. id start off with free trafic but if i were to get paid trafic what would you suggest is the best method? and also is it really worth it? Starting off how much of a loss will i have intilli start converting ?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexandru
      Originally Posted by miketurny View Post

      Thanks Alexandru, that was a good i know its kinda of hard to start off with just 100$ but i am willing to go for it. let me ask you, lets say i were to start a blog on a niche (example: soccer) then id have ads for soccer gear. id start off with free trafic but if i were to get paid trafic what would you suggest is the best method? and also is it really worth it? Starting off how much of a loss will i have intilli start converting ?
      I don't think paid traffic is a good option for you right now.

      You could spend $500 and not see a single conversion. With paid traffic you never know. You need to test until you hit a winner. You can spend $100 and hit a winner or $1500 until you get a winner.

      It's best to start off with some SEO and other free traffic sources.

      Put AdSense on your soccer blog and do some SEO. I recommend you learn how to rank your YouTube videos with Google.

      And since your niche is soccer, there are a lot of important events coming up all the time. Try targeting some keywords for the UEFA Championship League and UEFA Europe League Finals. There's also the UEFA EURO 2012.

      It's not too early to start doing SEO on those keywords. There'll be a huge spike of traffic a month or two before starting. You can sell jerseys and equipment as an affiliate, and use AdSense as well. I made some of my first affiliate sales this exact way

      And it's never too early to start your SEO campaigns.

      You know, I started off with about $50, got ripped off, so then I invested $100 and so on for about a year (I was 15 back then). It's definitely possible, but IT'S NOT going to be easy. So when I said that it's not possible to do it with $100, I meant that you won't build your first $5,000-month business, but there are things you can do if you don't have much money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary McCaffrey
    I started my online business with $0. I wrote an ebook about magic tricks, wrote a salesletter, put it on free hosting, did some SEO. Made some sales, bought a domain and proper hosting and it all took off from there. That was almost 10 years ago.

    In fact, here is the archive of that very site, together with the search engine fodder I made (links at the very bottom of the page): Extreme Street Magic - REVEALED!! Learn Card Tricks and other Magic Tricks Performed By The Pro's! (wait on redirect)

    Funny to look at that now, humble beginnings. What's even funnier is the last time I made a sale of that very same product was today, but now it's sold over at: streetmagic101.com

    If I was to start again today though, with $100.

    I'd pick a niche I'm passionate about. (me, today, it would be health related)

    Get a domain, hosting and an autoresponder.

    Start a blog and aim to write a new post every day. Encourage the optin on every page.

    Write lots of good content, target keywords you can rank for, recommend/talk about products, use your affiliate link.

    Just keep posting content and directing your subscribers to your blog.

    Maybe not the fastest way to make a buck, but a solid, legitimate way to start earning an income.
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  • Profile picture of the author feysal
    Create adsense niche site(domain, host, backlinks) . Choose low competition keyword. After generate consistent income, we can flip it later.
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  • Profile picture of the author krtinberg
    You need to figure out what your strengths are and evaluate what you're trying to accomplish in the short term. If I was you the first thing I would do is earn some extra money on sites like Fiverr to help build up my bankroll so I can reinvest it in a bigger project. This isn't a race tackle things one at a time.
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  • Profile picture of the author miketurny
    Thanks for the information guys, its helping ALOT! I have an ebook i began to write on my niche a while back, im thinking about finishing that ebook and making a blog of the sort and putting adsense and my ebook for sale.

    What do you guys think? should i do somthing different or use any tools im not familiar with?

    Also i tried searching for this but i couldn't really find an anwser. I have a few set of keywords i wanna target but when i put them in google allintitle: it gives me a really low result (example: 8,000) then i do a normal search and it gives me a really big number (example: 1,000,000), right now im use market samurai free trial and i put the keyword there and it says the top 10 for my keyword are way to strong to start off?

    im not really understand the concept of knowing when i acually got a good keyword.?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Gray
    $100 is plenty.

    There are people out there (and on this forum) who start with not
    a single dollar to their name and I personally know a few who have
    made a decent online income for themselves.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Create a service, use the money to post your service.

      what kind of method do you think would be the safest to generate money back and keep going.
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      • Profile picture of the author sethdrebitko
        I would start doing some services to keep a trickle coming. Buy a domain name and host it through maybe blogger or wordpress.com and then create some products to sell through the site, and other affiliate networks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Murlu
    For me, I would say:

    Pick up a domain name, web hosting and a great looking Wordpress theme.

    Then, begin writing things around your hobby including the products you already own (in the hobby) and link to them to Amazon. Once traffic picks up, start looking for Clickbank products and slap Adsense on the blog. Over time, consider creating a list or working with others to create something new for the hobby and leverage your blog to stand out and get your product noticed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bballer1
    I agree with most of the posts here. Start out with putting up a blog about a topic you're interested in or something that you're good at. Do your SEO stuff and when you get a reasonable amount of regular traffic, monetize your site by putting adsence and affiliate links. It may not be the fastest way to earn money but it's one of the most solid paths to success.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    domain
    hosting

    then work your ass off building a squeeze page.

    Then work your ass off even harder driving all the traffic you can to your squeeze page.

    Build a list, and then start helping them and offering them stuff.

    You can drive traffic to your squeeze page by,

    forum sigs
    blog commenting
    free press releases
    articles
    joint ventures
    guest post on high traffic blogs
    viral video to youtube.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    As your a newbie, i would purchase a popular product on affiliate marketing, traffic generation & conversion...

    Then once you get some experience, move to product creation.

    Cheers,

    ~Gary
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  • Profile picture of the author owenlee
    the best is to have your own domain as this is can be your long term business...you can promote your business through articles, classified ads, blog comments etc
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  • Profile picture of the author judee
    I am a newbie too, and from what made me realize by reading some of the threads on this forum, it came into my realization, that it is needed to know things better, you must know your interest, your prospected target, and have to have a concrete plan. Business everywhere is a gamble. So gamble on where your heart leads you.
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  • Profile picture of the author JessieFitzgerald
    With $100 to start, purchase your domain and get a hosting account setup. Get an e-book cover on Fiverr. Sign up for Aweber. Distribute your e-book with E-junkie. Put the rest aside for hosting next month, Aweber. E-junkie, too. Focus on building your blog and getting your e-book out. Build your list.
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  • Profile picture of the author TanyaJ
    I would buy a hosting. Do some keyword research, choose and buy right domain. Then go to Clickbank, just the product for you niche and start promoting your blog. It's that simple
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  • Profile picture of the author Christian Chan
    SEO tools.
    Autoresponders.
    VPS hostings.
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Al
    I think before spending $100 you have to decide on which business model you're going to follow. Are you going to be an affiliate, product creator or provide a service.

    For most you're going to need a domain name, hosting and auto-responder but you can't really buy a domain name until you decide what type of business model and market you're going to enter.

    Whatever you do... just create a plan and only spend that money on the TOOLS required to work that plan.
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  • Profile picture of the author convert2seo
    1. keyword research = free
    2. 10 domains + hosting = $100
    3. content creation = hours of your time
    4. iMacros to automate linkbuilding
    ___________________________________
    Total = $100
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  • Profile picture of the author kochtgr
    100$ it's a not enough money to start a serious online business but you can use them to make more and then start a real online business, So what I have done with less money than 100$ was to buy a domain name (less than 10$/year) and build a free wordpress blog with hosting costs arount 4$/month.

    You should be passionate about what you are writing in your blog and if like what you write traffic will come and together money will come, you can use adsense or if you get enough traffic sell ad space on your blog.

    Then when you have a steady income use the money that this blog generate to build a professional site and sell services or products of your choise...
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  • Profile picture of the author amykitty
    I will host a site to sell something.
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    • Profile picture of the author dayfid
      YouTube account = Free
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  • Profile picture of the author Viramara
    I personally spent less than $7 to start my IM ....

    I'll absolutely purchase an article spinner ($37)
    Doing a lot of outsourcing in wet niches...
    Purchasing solo ads to increase my list size
    Purchasing some MRR products as one time offer or to sell to my list
    Outsourcing several works on Fiverr (max. 3 gigs only)
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  • Profile picture of the author sadiecopywriter
    I would check out this thread:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/offline-...er-i-want.html


    And other threads from this guy. He posts a lot in the offline part of this forum, and his ideas are so good he should be charging for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Celeste Green
    I’d recommend picking a handful of niches you’re interested in & doing some research to compare them. Once you narrow it down to one or two that have some good promise then I’d invest in hosting and buying your own domain. Then start creating content!

    You can use your own experience, go to the public library, or search the web for ideas for content. Post up sticky articles on your site & add a blog where you’re constantly adding fresh content. I’d also set up a Twitter page & Facebook fan page. Get your blog to feed to that as well as use a service like SocialOomph to set up automated updates. Build up a following & you’ll drive a decent amount of traffic while waiting for your site to rank.

    If you’ve got a lot of time you could do a review blog & post a review every week – like comparing the best digital camera out there - & have Amazon affiliate links. This type of site would lend itself to lots of pics which if done right, are great w/the search engines.
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  • Profile picture of the author mybizdeal
    $100 is lot more then i start with! yeah, i started IM with $40 (Micro niche). I earned some money but i did earn lot, why? because lack of planing, lack of time.....even i dropped out of my personal problem!

    In Internet Marketing, planing is most important! Best way to start IM is Micro Niche!

    Micro Niche is slow and long way to make money. You can earn lot money over the time with Micro Niche!

    1. Select Profitable Niche and Keyword.
    2. Buy keyword domain
    3. Start adding content and Seo working
    4. Get Traffic from other source, other then Google
    5. Monetize your website in right way
    6. Make money
    <<Do everything in right way>>

    Just my opinion,

    Kamesh
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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Originally Posted by miketurny View Post

    Here there everyone , I've been reading a allot lately on the forums and researching IM and i am so motivated and anxious to start with this! I am not fortunate enough to have a good money situation in my family and right now all i have it about 100$. So that's why i came here to ask my fellow warriors for some help.

    If all you had was 100$ what would you do to start making making? what kind of method do you think would be the safest to generate money back and keep going.

    This is like a one shot thing i have here. I am scared to waste my last 100$ and fail ( i know failure is a part of it and i expect to fail but at least break even and generate some money) you understand right.

    Hopefully i can get some really good advice on how about i should go on this!

    Thanks!
    I actually started with about $20 almost 10 years ago, so I understand this completely. I would start by getting a domain name from GoDaddy with a coupon code for $7.49 (around $9 after tax and rounding up for charity). You can find the coupon code by searching on Google. This would be a .com domain, by the way.

    Then, I would spend the money to get started with hosting. I went with HostGator and still use them today. They have a coupon you can find for 1 cent hosting your first month.

    After I have a domain for my niche and a hosting account for it I would set up a Wordpress blog on this domain name and pay to have 5 good posts written for it. I would also pay to have 5 good article written for it as well.

    I would schedule the 5 posts to go out one per day for 5 days, then submit the 5 articles to as many article directories as I can find with links back to the 5 posts and the main domain name.

    After about a week I would apply for a Google Adsense account and put some ads on my blog. I would also use the SEO smart links plugin to promote affiliate products from clickbank, commission junction, shareasale, and a handful of other free affiliate networks.

    At this point you can start writing one post per day for your blog and one article per day as well. Make sure you submit the new article and link back to your main domain name and the new post. I would probably cut down to about 15 article directories to submit to at this point.

    As you make money you can pay to have more posts and more articles written for you. This will help you build up faster and get to where you are trying to go.

    Benjamin Ehinger
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  • Profile picture of the author richardscov
    search about niches and try to build some niche websites .
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Wheeler
      • Write down a list of your skills and what you know.
      • Highlight what you can teach others, if anything
      • Highlight what you can sell as a service
      • Create a product that teaches what you can teach
      • Or start selling your service. If selling a service look for fiverr clones where you can charge more than $5 and sites like freelancer.com and odesk.
      • Create a Product about how you sell your service
      • Join an inexpensive PLR site and find a suitable product for an upsell
      • Sign up for a free to start autoresponder like Imnica
      • Launch a WSO ($40 for Listing, $39? for War Room, $0.01 for WSO Pro Penny Licence
      • Invest in a Website
      • Launch on Clickbank
      • Rinse and Repeat

      Remember Good Enough is Good Enough (Thanks to Dennis Becker for that invaluable advice). It doesn't have to be perfect.

      Track your time carefully, Make sure you spend the majority of your time doing, but still invest some time in learning.

      Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan David
    My monthly investments were about $50 when I started. I bought domain, hosting, and paid for a header. I spent a lot of time researching a niche and writing good content. 5 months later I was making money.

    Most people would be better off if they didn't have more to spend. The money usually goes to products that just delay the process of learning/doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    You can start out fine with $100, although it's always better to have more. As for the people saying that it's not, I disagree. Having more money, at the very least, means you can outsource work in order to increase productivity and initial earnings early on.

    I don't see what's hard to grasp about that. Can you make it without $5,000? Yes. Would I prefer to have $5,000 so I can outsource work and do some myself, effectively doubling or even tripling productivity for the first couple months? Yes. Then you have more money to reinvest in the business, which leads to faster overall growth.

    Sorry, I didn't really address the OP's question here.

    I'd just grab some hosting and a domain, then sit on the rest of the rest of the money for a while. You could look into some paid links or link building services in order to help your sites rank. Something like that would probably be ideal.
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