It's been a few months now since I have posted here and I'm starting to feel like I'm not part of the great community since I'm not contributing anything anymore !... I really mean that because this forum has been so good to me, it's where I got my start in the world of "Internet Marketing". It's also where I've met several of my JV partners which have launched me to online success and where I've meet several of my "marketing buddies" which has been instrumental for me!
I truly want to make it up to you guy's (and be part of the community again), and I figured the best way I can do this is by sharing some of the things I've been up to lately that has been generating a lot of money for me and that can make you a lot of money as well! Now I don't claim to be an expert by any means, I'm actually the complete opposite of an expert, (I'm only 18 years old), so bare with me :p!
Here's goes, I'm sure you've already heard all the fuss about how much money people are making marketing to offline businesses... and from personal experience, this is no joke you can seriously make a freakn KILLING! Here's my story... A few months ago, I received a phone call from one of by my best friends father, he had just opened a brand new restaurant in the downtown area of my city and had happened to know I was doing some stuff on the internet to make money, so he figure I had the knowledge to build him a website for a good price.
(Insider note: apparently he had called up an agency before he called me (many local restaurants and local businesses call up these guy's to build their websites in my area) and they told him that they would happily build him a custom made website for approximately $15,000+ ).
So we setup a rendezvous, and we met in hes restaurant, we talked about what he wanted the website to look like. It was super easy to get ideas, we basically went through all the competitors websites and took notes on all the things we liked. Overall, we simply copied our best competitors websites and put better content and made better looking pages . After spending a few hours figuring out all that boring stuff we had clear blueprint of what the entire website would look and feel and what all the pages would have as far as content goes!
After wrapping up the conversation about what the websites would look like, we started talking about how he was marketing hes business, my favorite subject haha... (Insider note: this guy has spending close to $13,000+ per month on local advertisements such as billboards ads, full page newspaper ads, radio ads, flyers, etc. Now if you think about it, $15k to build a website is absolutely logical for a offline business owner that barely knows how to use a computer and that struggles to get to Google's website).
Here's the worst part, he was spending all this money to advertise hes restaurant and all he ever mentioned was the name of the restaurant and the address ! So, I started hammering him about how we can tweak all the advertisements by mentioning the website. In which case, all the traffic or a percentage of the traffic that responds to the ads would land on the website and there we would have a auto responder setup to capture emails. After a few weeks, (even days), we would build up a list of a few hundred people and would send out an email about special events the restaurant was having, (Ex. Hockey Night, Beer Night, etc), this would easily fill up the entire restaurant with customers and make him well over $10k from that one email! - INTERNET MARKETING 101!
(Note, he purchased the auto responder and the website hosting service I recommended to him under my affiliate link, which made enough money to buy that eBook I wanted on ClickBank :p. Believe me I didn't even have to cloak the link, it was that easy!)
Now, I can't explain the look on hes face after I gave him that piece of information, I think I saw some dollar symbols in hes eyes. So I didn't stop there, I started bombarding him about SEO stuff, PPC, CPA Networks. After a few minutes into the conversation I think he got he got a serious case of information overload! (I was talking really fast and very technical as if all this was very hard and demanded some serious time consumption, (on purpose), see I didn't want him to do this all by himself or hire some other guy, I wanted to be that "important" guy that does it all for him for a nice amount of money/PER MONTH !).
It gets even better, he was so excited that he also mentioned that he didn't have a website for hes garage, (another business he owns, I've found that many offline businesses owners run and operate several completely different businesses which is great for me & you in terms of $!). So I gave him a good deal and told him I would build both websites for $7000. $4k for the restaurant website and $3k for the garage website, (he basically got a -$1000 discount). AND every 30 days he would pay me an additional $1500 to handle hes entire PPC, and SEO campaign for both the restaurant website and the garage website. Remember this is one of my best friends father, I would of charged much more if I didn't know him).
Wait there's more! After a few weeks both websites were completed, and the "SNOWBALL EFFECT" started! I got 2 new customers by word of mouth and another from a business owner that liked one of the websites and did a domain whois search and got my contact info. (Here's a good tip, buy the domain for them, or somehow change the info to yours after asking for permission, that way you can get customers contacting you!).
I've currently made well over $15k doing this and I'm getting heavily paid every month from all these customers. Overall, I can honestly say it has been a lot of fun. You learn so many new things while chatting with other business owners! Now, I admit I was pretty lucky do get my first client, but all it really takes is for you to grab your local yellow pages book and start calling up local businesses and setting up a rendezvous! See, once you get that first client things seem to accelerate pretty quickly!
Also, times are pretty tough now so believe me you are the SOLUTION to many business owners that are currently struggling keeping their business doors open! Remember they are saving money if they invest in you, agencies are extremely expensive and completely rip-off business owners! You have no EXCUSES if you have a little bit of knowledge of internet marketing you are already a EXPERT (YES! Call yourself a "GURU")
I'm only 18 years old and I'm doing this, you have no excuses go out and make some of that money!
See you guy's back in the forums ,
P.S - I know I'd be pretty curious to see what these websites look like, so I'll give out one - WEBSITE REMOVED (EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS OF EXPOSURE, SORRY GUY'S!). By the way, if if you think for one second I actually built that website, you are completely wrong, I have no idea how to code in Flash, I outsource 99% of the work to my team in India where they do everything for unbelievably low prices, so I get to keep most of that money in pocket !