Offline marketing, as this forum knows it. Providing websites, search engine optimization, social media and other services to small businesses...
It still works. And it's still 'fairly' easy to get started.
A newbie with an average skill-set can pick up the phone book, dial numbers, and get their first sale before they reach the back page. The same newbie can scrape emails, send out a compelling message, and get sales. Or post on Craigslist, consistently. Or create a brand on social media. Or do all of the above.
When I had just finished high school, my first client ever was a radio station, which payed me 2k/mo. I got them by answering a simple question in a coffee shop, to the right person. (They didn't last long due to my inexperience at the time, but that's a different story...)
What happened to the fire in this forum? The excitement?
Granted, the guys that talk about sales are mostly gone now. And that's what newbies really want to hear about - how to make sales ie. money. JD is no longer here telling you to smile and dial, and that you're virtually guaranteed to get sales. Kanigan may not be hammering away at the idea of qualifying your customers. There's no more Whitacre wisdom. But you can find plenty of their posts with a simple search.
Maybe someone else will step up. Or maybe two of those three will come back, and I hope they do, because this forum needs a shot of adrenaline.
But if they don't, take solace in the fact that without them, the business model of providing online assistance to small businesses is still alive and well.
Is anyone on this forum even interested in 'offline marketing' as I've described it anymore?