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The Summer Of Money - $10,000 in 3 Months

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by socialmediaking, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. socialmediaking

    socialmediaking Regular Member

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    Today begins the Summer of Money. I will attempt over the next three months to make $10,000. I have all the tools I need at my disposal, and a head on my shoulders that's not too full of shit.

    Right now, I plan on focusing on three areas: building and outsourcing simple business websites (conversion to wordpress if existing/seo/social integration), custom Facebook pages, Google Local SEO. I will do this by analyzing companies and leads who are in need those products, and directly pitching them via e-mail, phone, and Facebook. I have Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11, TheBestSpinner, GPscraper 2011, Tweet attacks, XgenSEO, Scrapebox, SEO PowerSuite, and anything else I need that can be found on the BHW download page.

    This project/experiment is going to involve a lot of reading, a lot of learning, a lot of hard work, and hopefully, a lot of moneymaking. I've yet to determine the prices I will charge, but I think that will come with time and depend on the niche and the company, as well as how much I think they can afford.

    Some background about myself, I've been an Internet marketer for a little over a year now, mostly with offline clients that I've met through networking and other methods. I was working as a contractor for a PR and Marketing firm, but things didn't work out too well because of all the bureaucracy and back-and-forth that takes place in an agency like that. The money was good, but I didn't feel like I was working for myself anymore, as I now had a boss and was accountable to someone other than the business I was doing the job for.

    I'm creating this thread as a basic journal entry to seek advice and guidance, as well as to make me feel accountable to my goals
     
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  2. splazoid

    splazoid Newbie

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    I really feel this needs to have the most attention paid to it. If you defeat yourself, how can you accomplish anything?

    Definitely subscribed to see how your goals are accomplished.
     
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    Nice,good luck!Hopefully i will make at least 3k untill the end of this summer.
     
  4. Toolboy

    Toolboy Registered Member

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    subscribed - if you do not start to make this a success then we will want to know why :)

    I have been working setting up something very similar for a couple of months now so interested to see how you get on, and we might be able to share a few experiences along the way - good luck
     
  5. MasterZ

    MasterZ Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I'm actually looking to generate 10k in the next 3 months as well.

    Subscribed, I wish you success.
     
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    afcafcafc Registered Member

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    good luck its going to be a long journey...

    subscribed!
     
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    Let's see your knowledge...
    Good Luck In Your Quest !
     
  8. sirjocky

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    good luck with your journey mate and keep us updated.
     
  9. wiredmom

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    Good luck on your trip! Offline marketing has been my beast lately too. Its interesting.

    Tips: Have a system in place. Are you outsourcing some stuff? Doing it all yourself? Outsourcing some stuff is highly recommended if not at the beginning, soon after so that you don't overload yourself and get bogged down. Have a professional system to put the client through from the get go so you don't look noobie. Invoices with a logo, a basic contract etc., They are brick and mortar so they are used to brick and mortar things like contracts etc.,
    Focus! Thats my biggest issue right now. There are so many things that we can do as internet marketers that its hard to focus on what to pitch. You get lost in the sell without direction. Recommend picking 1 or 2, with maybe an upsell later for the rest, ~or~ unless they ask for the rest then of course :)

    Practice talking to friends or family members that are internet stupid. Try and figure out a way to explain what you do and how it would help the business in everyday terms so that anyone can understand without the jargon.

    Your idea to find leads online and pitching via email/phone/facebook is admirable, however I would recommend also checking offline. Look for the businesses that are advertising on adwords in your area for your target niches. Check out their sites to see if they are making the most bang for their buck - usual failure is failing to capture visitor info via email list. Thats a good small cost in with a business. By using adwords you know they are spending money on marketing and they are trying to make the internet thing work for them. Another place to look is those little coupon books that come around, or the business directory in the classifieds for skilled trades. Those people are spending money on advertising. Its amazing how many don't advertise a website.

    This post is getting too long. 1 last one - Sell yourself at a decent rate, don't sell yourself short thinking oh it will only take you 10 minutes to set that mailing list up. So what! Thats because YOU know what you are doing. Thats WHY they have to pay YOU. So don't bother undercutting yourself. In the long run you will regret it. Competing on price is a LOSING battle. Compete on service and results.
    I'll shush now :)
     
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  10. lightning.god.zeus

    lightning.god.zeus Junior Member

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    Definitely looking forward to hearing of your progress.
     
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    Good luck stick with it
     
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    Good luck Man.Hope you Taste the success soon :)
     
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    Just a quick question if you don't mind, how many sites for this? :p
     
  14. socialmediaking

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    thank you to you and everyone else who wished me luck.

     
  15. socialmediaking

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    So I was keeping this great journal in DragonPad and then my computer crashed I lost everything, so day one?s first lesson is to use Microsoft Word and to save frequently.

    I?m not sure where to start now, so I?ll just go on with what I mentioned in the above post about the awesome place to find new leads: Groupon, Living Social, Gilt Group, and other daily deal sites! You know these business owners are willing to do innovative things and experiment with their marketing tactics. Also when they first do a Groupon, they see such an influx of business that they are willing to find out what else there is out there they didn't know about.

    Other ways I'm finding the businesses, in addition to advertisements (businesses that spend money to advertise, spend money), I googled ?city business directory? and was able to find a listing of email addresses and registered agents provided by my city.gov website, and it?s even broken down by category, so I just went to restaurant and bars and took all the email addresses and imported them into business specific iContact email lists (iContact because you don?t need opt-in). Now I have email lists for each demographic and when I am ready to, I can send them mass emails. I?ve also registered a website ($10) for ?CITYNAME Social Media and Marketing? bought a Skype-in number with local area code ($18 for 3 months) ,so that they know I am not just a random company spamming them. I want to appear as local business, just trying to help out my other local businesses. I think this will increase my conversion rates.

    I?ve also I also picked up an awesome trick, calling businesses a few minutes after they open my e-mail. How ddo you know when they open the email? Using http://www.spypig.com/ you can embed an invisible image into an e-mail and it will tell you when it is opened and read. I'm going to use a couple variations where I call a business a couple minutes after they read my message, and while it?s still fresh on their mind, to see if it works.
    I've also selected a few businesses that are lacking either a custom FB page, have an unclaimed google local page, no mobile website, or terrible seo/flash. I have started calling them, using a different voice each time (I am going to outsource this to fiverr) and asking where their website is, or how I find their Facebook page, or complaining about how I'm on my phone and I can't see their website or menu because it's poorly designed or in flash. I am seriously using psychological warfare to make sales, and I think it might just work.

    This leads me to my next big realization, and to what might ultimately become my foot in the door for a lot of these businesses: mobile websites. These days, pretty much every company has a website already, and even if the site sucks, they still have one and may not want to pay for another or for SEO (which is a tired service to sell because it's so saturated, with businesses harassed daily with phone calls and e-mails from people like us lol).
    This is different though for mobile sites, the market is rapidly expanding and cellphones are on pace to become the number one way people access the internet, especially for restaurants and bars, because before people go to them, they may try to find out the specials, hours, menus, etc. Every single restaurant or bar is going to need a mobile optimized website. It's like a 1990s for web site building, except this time, you don't have to explain what the Internet is. I think this is going to be one of my main areas of focus, because the websites are really easy to make and they literally sell themselves.

    All you have to do is create a sample mobile site for a business and then schedule a 10 minute meeting with them. You just show them theirs which will generally be pretty illegible, against the mobile version on your iPhone or Andriod and they can understand instantly that they need a mobile website.
    This seems to be a really hot market right now, with mobile sites going for $300-$400 plus $29-$49 per month management and updating fee. Which means I would only need to sell a little more than 20 to make my $10,000! Sounds pretty easy, plus don?t forget about upsells of the FB pages, google local places optimization, etc. I've seen people rightfully complain that BHW doesn?t have a mobile section and it?s really a shame that we don?t.

    What to include on a mobile page:
    -Logo
    -Phone number big and so you can click and easily dial (which you demonstrate for them in meeting)
    -Box for the coupons, special offer, etc, that can be changed every week/month.
    -Like to main website
    -Business Address
    -Google Map of their location


    Script for calling businesses that were featured on deal website and setting up a meeting:
    "Hi my name is [first name], I am a local business owner and I saw your offer on Groupon today, but noticed that you don?t seem to have a mobile website. Many people, myself included, read their Groupon emails on their phone and click the link to your page. I'm interested in sharing with you how a mobile website could enhance promotions like these..."

    (See what they say) Then tell the owner: "I will create a version of your current page of your current website for you that is mobile ready, all I ask is for a 10 minute meeting so I can show you the mobile site and share the value of having one with you.
    Price Points:
    $300 with $29 per month hosting to clients.
    Mobile designs can go for $497.00 with no hosting

    Businesses To Go After:
    Any companies that have high search volume for people who are not at a computer such as, locksmiths, restaurants, bars, pizzerias, dentists, sushi restaurants, etc.
    TIP I didn?t know: Google Keyword tool has an ?Advanced? option for looking at searching only from mobile devices!
     
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  16. Blackberry_11

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    Hmm sounding like a money making machine but its great. Wish you all the best. Last month was so lucky for me as I made around $800. Now I'm also planning to make a framework for SEO campaign to make as much as possible.
     
  17. jatin17

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    Good luck bro .
    i hope u achieve ur goals.
     
  18. socialmediaking

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    Day 2 notes: 4/27/11

    Today, I will continue my research into the mobile market and choose 10 businesses in my city to target. I want to see what kind of rate of conversion I can get. I'm also going to go back and get in contact with all of my previous clients and check up on them, to see if they need any of the services I now offer. I think that people who have already given me money are statistically the most likely give me money again. Yesterday during my research I peaked at 226 tabs open in chrome (which is probably why my computer crashed). I've also picked up a WSO on Kindle e-book publishing. Just as with mobile devices, e-books are rapidly expanding. Amazon is lowering the prices of Kindles, which is already the number one selling product on Amazon. In addition, Android devices come preloaded with the Kindle store, and more than 300,000 phones are activated EVERY DAY!

    Outsourcing: I'm looking to completely outsource everything I'm doing, basically coming a salesman and manager of my employees. Why become an expert on something, when there is already someone out there who spent thousands of hours specializing and learning a specific skill. Obviously this is known to many, but I've always kind of still done stuff myself. I found a good web/wordpress designer, a reliable graphic designer, and I'm not sure who or what else I need.

    Software and trials:
    I downloaded The Action Machine 3 from the download section here and it's helping with my productivity.
    I began a trial of Camtasia Studio, in case I want to record any of the things I'm doing, for sharing or replaying later.
     
  19. MasterZ

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    Great job, Its looking good buddy. Your plan is solid, stick with strong execution & in no time you'll see some revenue.

    I sure you already know persistence is key in this game of stats.

    Looking forward to your success story. = )
     
  20. socialmediaking

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    Just closed an offline SEO client for $650/month for the next 4 months!

    $2500 down, $7500 to go!

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