Thanks to Craigslist I landed a $19k web design deal!!!

by atrbiz
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Hello Everyone! I wanted to share some great news - about a month ago I posted an ad in the Chicago "Business for Sale" section advertising my web design services, and I had a few leads come in, out of those leads I got one deal which ended up being a $19k web design project, which I just closed

I had posted ads in several CL cities, got some "OK" leads, but after being persistent and patience I got this deal!

A message to ALL my fellow Warriors - put together a game plan, STICK TO IT, DON'T GIVE UP, TEST..TEST..TEST and you'll slowly see results!

Thanks,
Ahmad
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  • Profile picture of the author iamsuneel
    That's a huge deal to start Ahmad.

    Congratulations and give it your best shot.
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  • Profile picture of the author ADukes81
    This is awesome!

    I haven't got a thing off Craigslist, but that doesn't stop me from putting up an ad every week or so.

    Once again, way to go!
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by ADukes81 View Post

      This is awesome!

      I haven't got a thing off Craigslist, but that doesn't stop me from putting up an ad every week or so.

      Once again, way to go!
      Thanks a lot man. To be honest, I've posted hundreds of ads for months on CL with NO luck. I just got this client at the right time I guess. But I've only gotten 1 other deal from CL and that was under $1000. It's def not my main source of business.
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      • Profile picture of the author paulie888
        Originally Posted by atrbiz View Post

        Thanks a lot man. To be honest, I've posted hundreds of ads for months on CL with NO luck. I just got this client at the right time I guess. But I've only gotten 1 other deal from CL and that was under $1000. It's def not my main source of business.
        Congratulations, Ahmad. I've posted on Craigslist with varying results (multiple small jobs for the most part), but I've never posted in the "Businesses for Sale" section - how did you phrase/word your ad? I'm curious as to how you made your ad stick in that section.

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        • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
          Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

          Congratulations, Ahmad. I've posted on Craigslist with varying results (multiple small jobs for the most part), but I've never posted in the "Businesses for Sale" section - how did you phrase/word your ad? I'm curious as to how you made your ad stick in that section.

          Paul
          Thanks Paul! I used several different titles and the body just had bulletins of my services,etc.

          A few of my ads would get flagged but a majority stick. I haven't done much CL advertising recently as I've got tons of projects I'm working on, but I will be starting again in a few weeks, with some new strategies
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          • Profile picture of the author Ehanson
            That's really great to hear. I've had some success with posting ads on Craigslist since I started two weeks ago.

            I got a couple of leads from posting in the resumes section which may seem odd but the people browsing through that section are employers looking to hire someone and have budgeted for a new hire so they have money set aside for a web designer who can help them out.

            My current client isn't a big client like yours but after I finish creating an ecommerce site for him I'll get $1,200 which isn't bad for a week starting out as a part time web designer. He also told me he has a referral when I'm done who would has budgeted $6,000- 10,000 for setting up a site for his business.
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            • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
              Originally Posted by Ehanson View Post

              That's really great to hear. I've had some success with posting ads on Craigslist since I started two weeks ago.

              I got a couple of leads from posting in the resumes section which may seem odd but the people browsing through that section are employers looking to hire someone and have budgeted for a new hire so they have money set aside for a web designer who can help them out.

              My current client isn't a big client like yours but after I finish creating an ecommerce site for him I'll get $1,200 which isn't bad for a week starting out as a part time web designer. He also told me he has a referral when I'm done who would has budgeted $6,000- 10,000 for setting up a site for his business.
              That's not a bad idea, I've got to test that out too! Congrats on your deal too, Thanks!
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            • Originally Posted by Ehanson View Post

              That's really great to hear. I've had some success with posting ads on Craigslist since I started two weeks ago.

              I got a couple of leads from posting in the resumes section which may seem odd but the people browsing through that section are employers looking to hire someone and have budgeted for a new hire so they have money set aside for a web designer who can help them out.

              My current client isn't a big client like yours but after I finish creating an ecommerce site for him I'll get $1,200 which isn't bad for a week starting out as a part time web designer. He also told me he has a referral when I'm done who would has budgeted $6,000- 10,000 for setting up a site for his business.
              Great advice Ehanson. Just goes to show you that it isn't just about having the best service out there, it's more about placing your self right under the nose of the people who most need that service at that time.

              Way to go on thinking creatively on how to be in exactly the right place to be found by a market that's already actively searching for you and what you can offer them!

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  • Profile picture of the author RARMediaGroup
    Congrats. I guess that not all CL leads are bad after all.
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    • Profile picture of the author EMaria
      Hello Atrbiz, and congratulations! It's always so cool to hear about successes like this.

      Just curious though ... what made you decide to post in the Chicago "Business for Sale" section of CL? Was there a particular line of thought in doing that, or did you post in that section along with other sections, hoping for the best response?
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      • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
        Originally Posted by EMaria View Post

        Hello Atrbiz, and congratulations! It's always so cool to hear about successes like this.

        Just curious though ... what made you decide to post in the Chicago "Business for Sale" section of CL? Was there a particular line of thought in doing that, or did you post in that section along with other sections, hoping for the best response?
        I posted in the "Biz for Sale" section because of the targeted traffic and of course I only targeted the major cities.
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by RARMediaGroup View Post

      Congrats. I guess that not all CL leads are bad after all.
      You can definitely find clients on CL but you will need to have patience, as you will get TONS of junk requests: low-ballers,etc. Like I said earlier besides this $19k project I've only gotten one other client and they spend about $100-$200/month for website maintenance.
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  • Profile picture of the author BlondieWrites
    $19,000 ?? Wow! That's some kind of a deal and some kind of a web design! Congrats!




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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by BlondieWrites View Post

      $19,000 ?? Wow! That's some kind of a deal and some kind of a web design! Congrats!




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      Thank you! :-D
      - And yes it is a large project, not your standard small business site.
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      • Profile picture of the author dericks3
        Curious how you were able to post in multiple cities on CL.
        With whole ip address situation and phone verification thing.
        Proxies?
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        • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
          Originally Posted by dericks3 View Post

          Curious how you were able to post in multiple cities on CL.
          With whole ip address situation and phone verification thing.
          Proxies?
          I have multiple PVA's and use multiple IPs. Also, you just need to create unique titles and ad body. Hope that helps!
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          • Profile picture of the author cicicpa
            Originally Posted by atrbiz View Post

            I have multiple PVA's and use multiple IPs. Also, you just need to create unique titles and ad body. Hope that helps!
            yeah, since there're thousands or hundreds of ads being flagged everyday, ads we posted must be unique and creative
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            • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
              Originally Posted by cicicpa View Post

              yeah, since there're thousands or hundreds of ads being flagged everyday, ads we posted must be unique and creative
              Yes Craigslist has become very strict on the ads being posted, so they definitely need to be unique.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Holmes
    Well done Ahmad!

    Once you have don a great job of the website, you can help them market it via offline marketing or seo services!
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by Steve Holmes View Post

      Well done Ahmad!

      Once you have don a great job of the website, you can help them market it via offline marketing or seo services!
      Thanks Steve! That's exactly what my plan is, to sell them on seo services after I've completed the website
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  • Profile picture of the author giljimenez
    That's awesome! It's great to see that Craigslist is still alive and pumping for business.
    I know they've got a lot of restrictions now.

    Congratulations man!
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by giljimenez View Post

      That's awesome! It's great to see that Craigslist is still alive and pumping for business.
      I know they've got a lot of restrictions now.

      Congratulations man!
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      Thanks a lot Gil! Craigslist has only gotten me a few deals (including this 19k project) but besides that I get a lot of "junk" requests. It's definitely not my main source of business, but you can pick up a few nice deals from it
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  • Profile picture of the author Genesis1
    19K, this is crazy for a web site, can you give us your brilliant link here?
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by Genesis1 View Post

      19K, this is crazy for a web site, can you give us your brilliant link here?
      My client made me sign an NDA - so I can't disclose it

      $19k may sound like alot but I charge more than your typical web design firm, and also this project isn't your typical small biz website, we're doing a lot of work on the "backend".
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    Ahmad, thats a great tip, concerning posting in "businesses for sale". I used to get a lot of leads on CL, but everything seems to get flagged lately.
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by brucerby View Post

      Ahmad, thats a great tip, concerning posting in "businesses for sale". I used to get a lot of leads on CL, but everything seems to get flagged lately.
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      Hey Bruce, yes it's definitely a great section to post in as it's targeted traffic. Give it a try!
      The key to posting ads on CL is make each one unique. But CL has become more strict and they are definitely quick to flag a spammy/duplicate post.
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    never thought CL could be so lucrative. congrats
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    honestly, this is the biggest deal ive heard of yet
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by ViperSilver View Post

      never thought CL could be so lucrative. congrats
      Originally Posted by ViperSilver View Post

      honestly, this is the biggest deal ive heard of yet
      Thanks! CL can definitely be lucrative, you just gotta be patience and creative.
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  • Profile picture of the author Drewry_Media
    Did you pay anything to post the ad on Craigslist, or was it free? I ask because some folk have said in the past that placing an ad on Craigslist for something local in their neighborhood they only had to pay $25, or something like that. But, the only catch is that the ad ages fast, but you'll have alot of eyeballs on it in a matter of minutes. So did you place one of those $25 ads in order to land the almost $20k website design job? =)
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  • Profile picture of the author Voasi
    Guys - CL is hugely lucrative. We sign about $10k in new SEO business every month (that's recurring billing) just with CL. If you're not posting in CL, you're missing a huge market.

    Remember, CL is the 10th largest website in the US in terms of traffic... Do you think people go their for SEO services? Yup. They do. Definitely post there...and often.
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      Originally Posted by Voasi View Post

      Guys - CL is hugely lucrative. We sign about $10k in new SEO business every month (that's recurring billing) just with CL. If you're not posting in CL, you're missing a huge market.

      Remember, CL is the 10th largest website in the US in terms of traffic... Do you think people go their for SEO services? Yup. They do. Definitely post there...and often.
      Hi Voasi,

      Do you post an advert in every city you live in?
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by Voasi View Post

      Guys - CL is hugely lucrative. We sign about $10k in new SEO business every month (that's recurring billing) just with CL. If you're not posting in CL, you're missing a huge market.

      Remember, CL is the 10th largest website in the US in terms of traffic... Do you think people go their for SEO services? Yup. They do. Definitely post there...and often.
      ...AND it's FREE advertising.......starting next week I have a VA posting 20 ads per day for me!
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      Originally Posted by Voasi View Post

      Guys - CL is hugely lucrative. We sign about $10k in new SEO business every month (that's recurring billing) just with CL. If you're not posting in CL, you're missing a huge market.

      Remember, CL is the 10th largest website in the US in terms of traffic... Do you think people go their for SEO services? Yup. They do. Definitely post there...and often.

      Thanks,you just motivated me to create a couple Craigslist ads,after all it is all about "testing,testing,testing",right?
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      • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
        Originally Posted by Rowdy Yates View Post

        How do you do that? Different IPs? Multiple PVAs? CL is not as easy as it used to be

        Thanks....Mike
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        Look for hosts that offer dedicated IP addresses, they are higher in price but its worth it. The least expensive I have seen was I believe 4 dedicated ips for $20 per month, this includes the host and the ips.
        Originally Posted by Candela View Post

        Thanks,you just motivated me to create a couple Craigslist ads,after all it is all about "testing,testing,testing",right?
        Stay motivated and persistent! And yes it's all about testing, testing, testing! Go get it!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author nfb1204
      Originally Posted by Voasi View Post

      Guys - CL is hugely lucrative. We sign about $10k in new SEO business every month (that's recurring billing) just with CL. If you're not posting in CL, you're missing a huge market.

      Remember, CL is the 10th largest website in the US in terms of traffic... Do you think people go their for SEO services? Yup. They do. Definitely post there...and often.
      What is your strategy for finding seo clients on craigslist? I tried to get them in the door by selling them a free website using some of the WSO wordpress themes I bought. After 200 emails not one response!

      I would scrape by picking a niche, like landscapers and then scrape it by searching for the ones with gmail and yahoo etc account because most times they don't have a site. Not one bite! Even for a $100 site!
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      Originally Posted by Voasi View Post

      I post in every city... period.
      How do you do that? Different IPs? Multiple PVAs? CL is not as easy as it used to be

      Thanks....Mike
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        Originally Posted by Rowdy Yates View Post

        How do you do that? Different IPs? Multiple PVAs? CL is not as easy as it used to be

        Thanks....Mike
        Look for hosts that offer dedicated IP addresses, they are higher in price but its worth it. The least expensive I have seen was I believe 4 dedicated ips for $20 per month, this includes the host and the ips.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoGetta
    Awesome, persistence and constant posting is the key to getting leads from Classified sites. This proves it yet again!

    Awesome work bro,

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  • Profile picture of the author googlelink
    Congratulations, $19K for webdesign , awesome
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    • Profile picture of the author Dhira
      Originally Posted by Voasi View Post

      Guys - CL is hugely lucrative. We sign about $10k in new SEO business every month (that's recurring billing) just with CL. If you're not posting in CL, you're missing a huge market.

      Remember, CL is the 10th largest website in the US in terms of traffic... Do you think people go their for SEO services? Yup. They do. Definitely post there...and often.
      Which section do you post in? Business For Sale also?
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by GoGetta View Post

      Awesome, persistence and constant posting is the key to getting leads from Classified sites. This proves it yet again!

      Awesome work bro,

      GoGetta
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      Congratulations, $19K for webdesign , awesome
      Thanks alot!
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  • Profile picture of the author billy84
    Congrats !!!! Well done no doubt it is a good start
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  • Profile picture of the author banskt
    Its great to hear such success stories just after coming onboard at warrior forums.
    Great deal !!!

    Keep up the good work.
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by billy84 View Post

      Congrats !!!! Well done no doubt it is a good start
      Originally Posted by banskt View Post

      Its great to hear such success stories just after coming onboard at warrior forums.
      Great deal !!!

      Keep up the good work.
      Thanks guys! I wish you all success!
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  • Profile picture of the author ebizman
    That's awesome, congrats man! I'm also starting to advertise on Craigslist
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  • Profile picture of the author Caper224
    I've gotten deals off craigslist but never 19k! Congradulations!! Thats awesome. I've gotten away fron cl because I mostly get low end 200 -500 or barter deals. But, u reinvigorated my interest in cl.
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by Caper224 View Post

      I've gotten deals off craigslist but never 19k! Congradulations!! Thats awesome. I've gotten away fron cl because I mostly get low end 200 -500 or barter deals. But, u reinvigorated my interest in cl.
      Yeah this was the only "large" deal I got from CL. The rest are just business owners with zero to low budgets. So I've def gotten a lot of junk leads, but this one definitely paid out well
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      • Profile picture of the author UberWarrior
        Way to go on the 19K SEO deal...

        I have a quick question: Do any of the Warriors out there know of a Good Quality piece of software to post "Business Opportunities" on many of the thousands of classified sites that are out there? I have a legit Offline Licensing opportunity that I need to spread the word for and the classified sites seemed to be the best locations outside of the Franchise Brokering sites to list these sorts of opportunities.

        Any feed back on the best Classified Posting Software would be much appreciated !!!
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        • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
          Originally Posted by UberWarrior View Post

          Way to go on the 19K SEO deal...

          I have a quick question: Do any of the Warriors out there know of a Good Quality piece of software to post "Business Opportunities" on many of the thousands of classified sites that are out there? I have a legit Offline Licensing opportunity that I need to spread the word for and the classified sites seemed to be the best locations outside of the Franchise Brokering sites to list these sorts of opportunities.

          Any feed back on the best Classified Posting Software would be much appreciated !!!
          Thanks! I'm not sure about your question, maybe another Warrior can answer
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        • Profile picture of the author danielkanuck
          Originally Posted by UberWarrior View Post

          Any feed back on the best Classified Posting Software would be much appreciated !!!
          From what i've tried in the past, none of the classified advertising software that i've used didn't produce anything.

          Okay well it did do one thing... it temporarily increased my backlink count for 30 days and then the number of backlinks disappeared. And i DIDN'T get an increase of traffic using the software.

          One of the biggest problems was that, the software that i used "supposedly" posted to hundreds of classified ad sites, and the ad should have been visible there immediately.

          But after 2 days, i tried checking on over 20 of these classified ad sites, and none of my ads were listed there.

          Needless to say, i was upset and wanted my money back. And i didn't get it back. Plus my classified ads weren't listed anymore. If you want permanent traffic and backlinks, just do article marketing. Plus it's free.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alex Tran
          Have you posted a project at one of the freelance coding sites like scriptlance? They have many talented programmers there that can do almost anything you spec.
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          • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
            Originally Posted by Alex Tran View Post

            Have you posted a project at one of the freelance coding sites like scriptlance? They have many talented programmers there that can do almost anything you spec.
            I've used that site before with OK results, but I already have my own team that works for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author danielkanuck
    Congrats bro. Your hard work finally paid off. Now it's time to find more like that one!
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  • Profile picture of the author alphateam
    I've been on the lookout for some really good posting software, but it seems that the advertising sites keep one step ahead.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Rayman
    Well done mate. I think that craigslist is not long away from death. Its filled with spam. Thats maybe also the reason for getting so few leads.
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by Kevin Rayman View Post

      Well done mate. I think that craigslist is not long away from death. Its filled with spam. Thats maybe also the reason for getting so few leads.
      Yeah Craigslist is full of spam. It's not my main source of business. I've only gotten a few deals from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author eloansolutions
    Hey man. Great job and keep up the work!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark_Austin
    Wow, what a deal. Congratulations. Just goes to show...the more action you take the luckier your become! Well done.
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by Mark_Austin View Post

      Wow, what a deal. Congratulations. Just goes to show...the more action you take the luckier your become! Well done.
      Thanks man! The purpose of this thread was to motivate Warriors! Bottom line, DON'T GIVE UP!
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  • Profile picture of the author eloansolutions
    Ahmad,

    Thanks for responding to my email and giving the tips on posting on Craigslist! I do appreciate it! Hopefully I get some leads
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by eloansolutions View Post

      Ahmad,

      Thanks for responding to my email and giving the tips on posting on Craigslist! I do appreciate it! Hopefully I get some leads
      No problem. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author ramireec
    im sure you can find people that have software to post I know craigs list is getting harder and harder with all of the limitations they have.
    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author derricks4
    GREAT JOB! Craiglist is SO competitive, that's an impressive job my friend.
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by derricks4 View Post

      GREAT JOB! Craiglist is SO competitive, that's an impressive job my friend.
      Thanks! Yeah Craigslist is VERY competitive, thank god it's not my primary source of leads
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  • Profile picture of the author Mercury Labs
    19k deal now that is sweet well done just shows it can be done.
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  • Profile picture of the author connor1975
    it is awesome. keep going
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  • Profile picture of the author jerrelp
    Congratulations Ahmed. I'm glad to see that craigslist can be productive for someone. I have yet to dip into it, mainly for the fact of there being so many low-ballers.

    But it's all about persistence and consistency I suppose. Great job!
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  • Profile picture of the author johndev
    Keep it up.Thumbs up to you
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by connor1975 View Post

      it is awesome. keep going
      Originally Posted by jerrelp View Post

      Congratulations Ahmed. I'm glad to see that craigslist can be productive for someone. I have yet to dip into it, mainly for the fact of there being so many low-ballers.

      But it's all about persistence and consistency I suppose. Great job!
      Originally Posted by johndev View Post

      Keep it up.Thumbs up to you

      Thanks! Persistence/Consistency + Taking Action has gotten me deals like this...so I KNOW it's doable

      Best of luck to you all!
      - Ahmad
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  • Profile picture of the author torifgarder
    Congratulation, this is result of your hardwork. $19000, this is really a big deal. What is your future plan now?
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by torifgarder View Post

      Congratulation, this is result of your hardwork. $19000, this is really a big deal. What is your future plan now?
      I'm constantly testing new ways to get new clients...

      So future plan - keep adding on new clients and continue to grow my company

      Thanks,
      Ahmad
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  • Profile picture of the author DreamWarrior
    Congrats atrbiz on landing a decent deal. Persistance pays.
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  • Profile picture of the author soobeeoz
    That's excellent, Ahmad. Well done and congratulations.
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  • Profile picture of the author stone2010
    Congrats!!! I am currently working on a similar deal, hopefully i'll land it...
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by DreamWarrior View Post

      Congrats atrbiz on landing a decent deal. Persistance pays.
      Originally Posted by soobeeoz View Post

      That's excellent, Ahmad. Well done and congratulations.
      Originally Posted by stone2010 View Post

      Congrats!!! I am currently working on a similar deal, hopefully i'll land it...
      Thanks guys, best of luck to you!

      - Ahmad
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  • Profile picture of the author Rockrz
    Hope you know what you are doing and are able to deliver a professional product... that's enough money to where they'll probably have other webdesign professionals, and lawyers, watching what you are doing to make sure it's up to snuff as per industry standards and best practices.

    Hope all goes well...
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by Rockrz View Post

      Hope you know what you are doing and are able to deliver a professional product... that's enough money to where they'll probably have other webdesign professionals, and lawyers, watching what you are doing to make sure it's up to snuff as per industry standards and best practices.

      Hope all goes well...
      I hired a CPA and attorney when starting my business. It's been worth every penny and they always answer any legal/accounting questions I'm not 100% sure of.

      I've been providing Web Design and SEO to offline clients the last 4 years and I've always delivered - so I've never had to worry about not being able to deliver, whether it's a $1k or $19k project - I just make sure that I set the expectation upfront with my client and give them realistic delivery dates,etc.

      Thanks,
      Ahmad
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  • Profile picture of the author Lina T
    That truly is a diamond in the rough you connected with on CL! Congrats and also kudos for pricing your services based on their value and not necessarily what the masses may be charging. Your work is obviously priced appropriately since you landed the deal - best of luck and I hope it results in a steady stream of work for you
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  • Profile picture of the author hyperlynker
    Whoa That's huge. Can you create a thread how Craigslist work? because many people I've seen doing this thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author annemarieb
    Big ups! Congrats and thank you for sharing the good news with us!
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  • Profile picture of the author jayspann
    Here is how I've did very well with CL.

    For my local area (not big enough for servers) I got a dedicated DSL line just for posting on my local CL. One post per day, per IP, per email address, just reset modem ---> new IP address!

    For bigger cities I get a Virtual Private server in that city with however many IP's that they will give me (just tell them you need different IP's for each of your sites for SEO purposes) Icann is running out of ip4 addresses so you will need a good reason.

    Same routine for posting here. VNC into server and use foxyproxy switcher with all your IPs inserted and post, one post per ip, and each on a different email address. Just forward all the emails to one mail email address.

    I get flagged all the time but as long as I stick to the one,one,one rule my ads almost never get ghosted or removed.

    Hope that helps.

    Jay
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  • Profile picture of the author jackofeverything
    Originally Posted by atrbiz View Post

    Hello Everyone! I wanted to share some great news - about a month ago I posted an ad in the Chicago "Business for Sale" section advertising my web design services, and I had a few leads come in, out of those leads I got one deal which ended up being a $19k web design project, which I just closed

    I had posted ads in several CL cities, got some "OK" leads, but after being persistent and patience I got this deal!

    A message to ALL my fellow Warriors - put together a game plan, STICK TO IT, DON'T GIVE UP, TEST..TEST..TEST and you'll slowly see results!

    Thanks,
    Ahmad
    Totally agree with this one. I will be releasing a WSO soon based on what I know. Everyone knows something. Figure out a way to make a product or service and never quit!
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  • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
    Thanks everyone - I might put together a live webinar to discuss how Craigslist works with offline consulting.

    I'll let everyone know

    Thanks,
    Ahmad
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  • Profile picture of the author jcruz
    Wow that's great, is this a one person client or a big name company?
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  • Profile picture of the author shelh39
    Originally Posted by atrbiz View Post

    Hello Everyone! I wanted to share some great news - about a month ago I posted an ad in the Chicago "Business for Sale" section advertising my web design services, and I had a few leads come in, out of those leads I got one deal which ended up being a $19k web design project, which I just closed

    I had posted ads in several CL cities, got some "OK" leads, but after being persistent and patience I got this deal!

    A message to ALL my fellow Warriors - put together a game plan, STICK TO IT, DON'T GIVE UP, TEST..TEST..TEST and you'll slowly see results!

    Thanks,
    Ahmad
    Awesome, well done, just shows persistance pays off
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  • Profile picture of the author paulmoney
    That's a great deal well done!
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    • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
      Originally Posted by shelh39 View Post

      Awesome, well done, just shows persistance pays off
      Originally Posted by paulmoney View Post

      That's a great deal well done!
      You got it, I've always stuck to my game plan...never gave up, and of course tested out new strategies to generate new business.

      I've got a few large deals similar to this in the pipeline

      Thanks,
      Ahmad
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  • Profile picture of the author acebingo2006
    hey that is amazing.... what do you think was the reason they chose you?
    was it the way you word your ad or your pitch or what?
    come on com on time to spill some beans
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    • Profile picture of the author joshb84
      Congrats on the CL deal! Maybe I need to work on my ad writing skills. So far no luck for me off CL.
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  • Profile picture of the author bartm
    Wow awesome story! Nice price for a website
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  • Profile picture of the author sdentrepreneur
    I have used Craigslist for many years with hit and miss results. It can get tricky with all their posting rules and white listing. Congrats on the big sale, sadly, that is not the norm.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cabbey
    Congratulations to you!

    Keep up the good work. Perseverance does pay off.
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      • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
        Originally Posted by nfb1204 View Post

        What is your strategy for finding seo clients on craigslist? I tried to get them in the door by selling them a free website using some of the WSO wordpress themes I bought. After 200 emails not one response!

        I would scrape by picking a niche, like landscapers and then scrape it by searching for the ones with gmail and yahoo etc account because most times they don't have a site. Not one bite! Even for a $100 site!
        My strategy has always been consistently posting ads on Craigslist, and creating simple ads nothing complex or flashy. I'll admit I've only gotten a few large projects which is still good but I've gone through a lot of tire kickers too.

        Originally Posted by acebingo2006 View Post

        hey that is amazing.... what do you think was the reason they chose you?
        was it the way you word your ad or your pitch or what?
        come on com on time to spill some beans
        Well I conduct myself as a professional consultant, and actually make sure to deliver. I also ALWAYS make sure to not to give a dirt cheap quote, and if clients don't want to pay higher than I'll just turn them away.

        Originally Posted by joshb84 View Post

        Congrats on the CL deal! Maybe I need to work on my ad writing skills. So far no luck for me off CL.
        Originally Posted by Andres1986 View Post

        Wow, congrats! keep up and scale up now!
        Originally Posted by bartm View Post

        Wow awesome story! Nice price for a website
        Originally Posted by sdentrepreneur View Post

        I have used Craigslist for many years with hit and miss results. It can get tricky with all their posting rules and white listing. Congrats on the big sale, sadly, that is not the norm.
        Originally Posted by Cabbey View Post

        Congratulations to you!

        Keep up the good work. Perseverance does pay off.
        Originally Posted by moneymakersguide View Post

        Congrats, what a great start!
        Thanks everyone! Honestly their is no real magic just being consistent with posting ads, testing out different ad copy, and making sure I keep things simple...

        Good luck!
        Ahmad
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  • Profile picture of the author theBUSINESS
    Hey,

    Just curious if you're still pulling in xx,xxx figures per month? :p
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  • Profile picture of the author Mach1Marketing
    Very Cool. The last client I pulled off CL payed $2497 for some SEO work.
    So it works here and there.
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    • Profile picture of the author sodomojo
      Did you ever say how much of that $19k was profit?
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Grossman
    Ahmad, that is fabulous. Congratulations!

    Now that you've already sold a project worth $19,000, you have the opportunity to position yourself at the premium end of the market. See if you can keep your fees nice and high, with big projects and lots of value added.
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  • Profile picture of the author DonHuevos
    You had the add listed in Businesses for Sale? Do you mind sharing the add format you used?

    Congrats.


    Originally Posted by atrbiz View Post

    Hello Everyone! I wanted to share some great news - about a month ago I posted an ad in the Chicago "Business for Sale" section advertising my web design services, and I had a few leads come in, out of those leads I got one deal which ended up being a $19k web design project, which I just closed

    I had posted ads in several CL cities, got some "OK" leads, but after being persistent and patience I got this deal!

    A message to ALL my fellow Warriors - put together a game plan, STICK TO IT, DON'T GIVE UP, TEST..TEST..TEST and you'll slowly see results!

    Thanks,
    Ahmad
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  • Profile picture of the author azurews
    Are you putting in a link to your site, phone number or having them email you or respond to the ad for info?

    I am just wondering with using multiple accounts. You can change the account and ips but if you are linking to your site then I would think that would throw up a red flag.

    I realize you can use different phone numbers, link photos from different accounts ect. Just mainly wondering if you are linking to your site (unless you have multiple sites) and how you are getting prospects to respond to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author StevenSaliba
    Does anyone know where you can get affordable United States verified phone numbers to confirm Craigslist accounts?
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  • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
    Wow...I originally created this thread in 2011 and we're about to hit 2017! I thought I'd update my fellow Warriors...I'm still running my web development agency and business has been consistent. I've been focusing on PPC, sales team/strategic networking, and Craigslist to sign on new clients. I'm still generating leads via CL, however, unfortunately the lead volume and quality is not consistent.

    My team and I currently develop custom Drupal and Wordpress sites for clients that pay $10k-$20k+ for their site build and additional for on-going support. I enjoy working with larger companies and government organizations as they have the budget, and understand web development is not an overnight process
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