Internet marketing plan, need advice.

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I am a 19 years old, motivated, future entrepreneur/businessman.

Current thoughts to break into I.M., is to study web design to a degree, offer services on Fiverr, try to create relationships and promote myself in any way possible, steadily improve and do anything I can to build a successful client base and then expand and employ.

What do you guys think?
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  • Profile picture of the author drewfioravanti
    I think offering services on Fiverr is a race to the bottom. And there is such an abundance of free or inexpesive web design services available, that trying to go into that field, and become successful, is very difficult.

    If you want to get into IM, you really need to concentrate on the M.

    You have to understand what people want. And then put yourself in a position to give it to them. It is a difficult concept to truly grasp...you have to understand how your market thinks. What their fears are. What their aspirations are. What are their obstacles?

    If you can live inside the mind of your customers, you will always be a successful marketer.
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    • Profile picture of the author strategos
      Okay thanks everyone for the advice, I plan on breaking my back working, I will look into marketing in-depth and learning what I need to learn. And also, Fiverr now does sound like a poor idea, I could just enhance my skills and move into Craigslist and get real customers.

      I will deeply consider all of your guy's advice, so thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author jbearnolimits
      Originally Posted by drewfioravanti View Post

      I think offering services on Fiverr is a race to the bottom. And there is such an abundance of free or inexpesive web design services available, that trying to go into that field, and become successful, is very difficult.

      If you want to get into IM, you really need to concentrate on the M.

      You have to understand what people want. And then put yourself in a position to give it to them. It is a difficult concept to truly grasp...you have to understand how your market thinks. What their fears are. What their aspirations are. What are their obstacles?

      If you can live inside the mind of your customers, you will always be a successful marketer.
      This is the best advice you could have gotten. I spent years trying to sell web design and other advertising to churches. It took me some time to figure out that I was beating a dead horse. Churches for the most part don't like spending money on things they normally get donated to them.

      I still keep my site because of the RARE sell...but I really started making the money after I found out what churches really want. I started giving away free evangelism training on my sites. So I provided the kind of content they needed and got paid by putting ads on those pages. I made way more in ad revenue than I ever did in web design.
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    Originally Posted by strategos View Post

    I am a 19 years old, motivated, future entrepreneur/businessman.
    Thats the good spirit man...

    honestly speaking,,,, moving steadily will make that possible for you... you have a good plan.. don't think and plan to make millions from day one .. working consistently will pave path for you to become entrepreneur in the future..

    Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonJames
    "Do anything I can to build a successful client base" Yes and you do that by selling quality products and services and collecting customer contact info (especially email, but phone numbers and addresses are good too) then selling products and services to your current customers over and over. You are very young and have plenty of time, just don't get stuck too long on something that doesn't go anywhere. Try different niches, the profit potential in each one varies greatly. Learning web design can always help so you don't have to hire someone to do it for you. Work every day and your efforts will pile up and soon you will have something big.
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    • Profile picture of the author tradertime
      everything is the list. send out good free info twice a week as well. I have people joining that have read for 5 years...
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  • Profile picture of the author twinkenterprises
    Fiverr is a good way to start. Thats where I made my first money. But get into selling products instead of selling your time. Clickbank has tons of great products or affiliate programs with products in a an area you're interested in.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    I wouldn't waste time trying to sell things on fiverr, it takes a long time to make money $5 at a time..

    If you want to offer a service I would try learning to create lead capture pages and follow up emials, those are in really high demand, can be sold for really great money, and only take a few hours to build.

    Then it's just a matter of learning to market your services and drive traffic to your offer.
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    • Profile picture of the author strategos
      Thanks Twinkenterprises for the advice.

      nicholasb, how much do you think people would pay for a landing page or follow up emails?

      Thanks everyone
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  • Profile picture of the author shafinazahra
    That's a perfect way to do it.... but you should stick with one niche and find a good product to sell... and employing for sure after the first few weeks or months but you should have some good direction first
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  • Profile picture of the author JensSteyaert
    Well it seems you got the right spirit so that's a good start

    IM is such a broad concept that there isn't really one way to make and create sustainable business. One tip i can give you is to start building an email list as soon as possible instead of waisting your time on fiverr (if you want to do this full time eventually i mean, which i'm sure is your intention). All the rest you can fill in as you wish and see what works best for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author 6figure101
    For those of you saying Fiverr is not worth it... If you make $5 a sale (actually $4 after Fiverr takes their 20%) I agree... it will take too much time and effort to be super profitable... however, there are easy ways to make way more than $5 per sale.

    They have tons of traffic and a hungry market, just get a little creative.
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  • Profile picture of the author 11811
    I'd like to respond to this as an experienced web developer and designer... (I've been doing this since 2002).

    Web design is a great skill to have. Yes there are cheap and free services, but just like anything else, you have clients that are willing to go with cheap and free and then there are clients who understand that you get what you pay for and that if they want to be considered at the top of their industry, that paying a premium for web design and development services is worth it.

    I used to spend my time with the cheap clients. Ads on craigs list and finding people who expect the world for one or two hundred dollars. Well I'm sorry but you really do get what you pay for, there is a limit to how great your website is going to end up at the under $200 level.

    So the way to go with web design in my opinion, is to be absolutely great at it, prove yourself that you can make great designs beyond just a few tweaks on wordpress templates, and go for it

    Oh, and the skills you learn with it will go a long way towards helping you get started in your IM business.
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  • Profile picture of the author eshoppingez
    That's a good plan, though I think your services would be wasted on fiverr as you can only price your gigs at $5.

    If you can afford to spend $20, I'd suggest you open a warrior for hire thread here at the Warrior forum. You can get a lot of clients from there.

    Provide half priced or free service for the first few clients and get their reviews. Once you get some reviews, you'll start getting a lot of clients.

    Also, promote your gig via your forum signature too, as you'll get exposure to your thread.

    There are a lot of people who are willing to pay good prices for quality service, so I suggest you go that route.

    In case you can't afford to spend $20 right now, then go as per your plan and post a gig at fiverr. Also, try applying for jobs at freelancing sites like elance and odesk too.

    Try to make $20 and fast as possible and then invest that money to get a warrior for hire thread.

    That's my opinion, but whatever you decide to do, I wish you all the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Pettit
    Always move forward and learn from your mistakes along the way. Keep a positive attitude
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  • Profile picture of the author badlimey
    The people I use in my business on Fiverr make $50 an hour and up. $5.00 is just a starting point. For all you wannabe overnight millionaires out there. $50.00 an hour is about twice the national average. Millions support families on $10.00 an hour.
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  • Profile picture of the author lisakynan
    Start by writing down everything you have learned this far! Get your information out there and help people. This is how I made my first money and I will stick by the phrase "help people and the money will follow". It doesn't matter what you choose to monetize with, if you have the following you can sell anything!

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  • Profile picture of the author Joshua Rigley
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    You've been given a ton of advice already, so I'll try to keep mine brief. Here's an easy way to get started making money online:
    1. Figure out what you're good at doing (writing, web design, etc.)
    2. Do a bit of research and figure out what the average going rate is for your type of service.
    3. Focus on a specific niche (such as massage therapists), and find websites or businesses in that niche who could benefit from your services.
    4. Instead of trying to pitch them anything, just create something for them for free. It can be an article, a website design mockup, or whatever.
    5. It's easy to "sell" free gifts. Just give it to 'em. If they accept your gift and like it, follow up and mention your services pricing.
    That's all there is to it. Not all of your prospects will buy something from you, but most will respond favorably to the free gift, so it's a great way to start building a business relationship.

    Hope that helps. Good luck.
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