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And my first journey thread begins. Main goal: Inspire at least one person.

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by zaxdar, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. zaxdar

    zaxdar Junior Member

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    I'm a self taught SEO enthusiast. I don't consider myself an expert yet, but I know I'm a rocket scientist at this stuff compared to my wife who teaches first grade and people like my barber or my mother-in-law. I'm Albert Einstein at everything in life compared to my mother-in-law.

    My background is sales over the phone... primarily B2B with a focus on technology. My Rock of Gibraltar for making a pretty good living over the past 20 years has always been a Plantronics ear bud or headset and my mouth. I even got my initial sales training by a couple of guys they made a movie about. You've probably even seen the commercial recently because it's being released on X-mas day. I was just a dopey kid at the time, but I sure as shit did learn a lot and the training was priceless.... I don't condone anything about them but I appreciate what they did for my career.

    I'm married to an incredible wife, we have one of the most amazing 15 month old sons we could ever hope for and come this January he's gonna be a big brother to the best surprise we got this year. And to wrap up the bragging, we live in a nice house in one of the best school districts in the U.S. I'm blessed and grateful every day of my life because 6 years ago I spent months at a time in the hospital, with surgery after surgery and several years of rehabilitation and recovery. Today I can run a marathon.

    So to bottom line it, I'm burnt out with sales. Yeah, I make a nice living, but my grandfather was right when he told me "listen cocksucka, money is important but not as much as enjoying what you do to get it. You just have to figure that part out first..... Huh? I don't fuckin' know, who am I supposed to be Dear Abby? Figure it the fuck out yourself - nobody else can. Go play that Atari bullshit" I think I was 9 when we had that talk.

    So just yesterday, I'm looking at some job listings online. Normally I spend a couple of years for any one company because usually by year two I'm selling more than anyone in the room. Things normally get stale after that. I never loved sales at all, but I can tolerate selling new things and 2 years is my max before it starts boring me. And the thought of being promoted to a management position doesn't appeal to me because I hate training people. I hate corporate American settings. So I see a listing for a sales postion for a technology most of us know about but most of us don't think about it too much because it's still new and there isn't too much competition.

    I say to myself I should present myself as an SEO consultant, fuck sales. So instead of sending in a resume I make a phone call. I had to slap the shit out of the gatekeeper for a little bit but I got the CEO on the phone who greed to meet with me for 15 minutes max... in an hour. So I walked over to Park Ave and we sat for an hour and a half. I showed her (yeah a female boss, I know...but she's cool) stuff that seemed to blow her away.

    At this point we're scheduled to speak again on Monday. She wants me to come up with a budget for the softwares (I'll get some free software and maybe even a dedicated server out of this).... and more importantly a budget for me. I found out the range for retaining SEO services falls bet 2500 to 5000/month. She has one competitor in her space. But it's not really straight competition because they're B2B and she's B2C. I think I'll consider 3k/month for my retainer (that's my mortgage and utilities) a one time fee for the software, and a dedi along with 50 private proxies and captcha services. Any advice would be appreciated! A lot of the advice I get from Jacob King's blog is also very good shit. He creams over GSA Ser.
     
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  2. zaxdar

    zaxdar Junior Member

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    I'm only bumping once and so soon because I'd really appreciate advice from someone before Monday.
     
  3. kinlee

    kinlee Supreme Member

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    "listen cocksucka, money is important but not as much as enjoying what you do to get it. You just have to figure that part out first..... Huh? I don't fuckin' know, who am I supposed to be Dear Abby? Figure it the fuck out yourself - nobody else can. Go play that Atari bullshit"

    Your grandpa gave you such good advice at such a young age :) I wish my grandpa was this blunt and straight forward with me :(

    So are you planning to rank your client's sites with just GSA?
     
  4. funkybunker

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    Hmm, if you're skilled in SEO as you are in sales (or more) go for it. I don't see $8k as very large so it should be fitting for minor competition in this case. (correct me if I'm mistaken on price)
    Be certain you will help her bring in double+ what you earn though!
    I apologize for lack of advice here, truthfully I'd love to have a chat about your phone sales as I've been looking into cold calling myself. Perhaps it's I who will be learning from you! haha

    -Funky
     
  5. erickishere

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    Hope everything on monday goes well for you bud
     
  6. zaxdar

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    Yes, Grandpa Jack was the best. If reality television existed in the 80's, forget about it. No, GSA is part of my arsnenal. along with a few others. I also have the other two from GSA tools.

    Scrapebox I use ONLY for whitehat shit.

    For Link Building:
    As mentioned, GSA which is the best there is... no one can convince me otherwise

    I own Licorne, but I'm not sure about it. I bought it several months ago and have yet to use it.


    OneRankwyz was also instrumental for me. It helped me turn a $2700 investment, which included an expired domain with a PR0 but it was a 13 year old domain with a brand, an evergreen niche with a quality profile of 75,000 back links with tons and tons of EDUs and Govs and inbound links from sites that were PR5 and above. The site generated an average of $300 to $400 a day through adsense and CPA. A month ago I sold it for $17,000 just to show my wife this isn't just a hobby any more. It took me 4 months to flip; not too shabby. Maybe I should have kept it because it has so much upside potential, but I feel really good about the person who bought it and I know it's going to change his life. He told me he used four credit cards and a few weeks later he skyped me saying he's already banked 9k without doing anything yet. Life is good guys! I used this as a case study on the interview and literally popped a boner showing her the proof on my Ipad. For Content creation: Kontent Machine, Wordai, The Best Spinner. Link Checking: Ahrefs tuff: and other good stuff: VPS, Private Proxies, Buzzbundle and many others not worth mentioning. Oh and I also swear by Semrush for keyword research. It's the only thing I need for that as of now.









     
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  7. ipodtouchhackerisher

    ipodtouchhackerisher Senior Member

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    Im inspired, Goal complete! :) Go ahead close the journey now since you reached your goal. Just kidding, anyway good luck on your journey and keep us updated!
     
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  8. zaxdar

    zaxdar Junior Member

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    8k seems like too much to expect from a start up. I'll ask for $500/week, $1500/month for tools and a 6 month incentive plan if I meet her 90 day goal which is 200 leads/day. I know I can get there. And if I do I'll calculate an appropriate quarterly bonus structure. As far as cold calling, if you can afford it you should look up my former boss. He teaches everytrhing that was taught to me. Google Jordan Belfort. He has a sales course. He might be a bad guy, but anybody excellent at phone sales can trace their skill set back to his teachings, even if they never heard of him...he's that good and it would be money well invested. If his fee is out of your range and if you have the time, just find a good call center with sales training to work in for a couple of months. You really can't learn any other way, you have to be in the action. I'm in NYC, so I can confirm some of the best sales guys have always been from here, but wherever you're located there might be a New Yorker running a boiler room somewhere close, check it out.
     
  9. zaxdar

    zaxdar Junior Member

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    Thanks bud I'll keep you posted
     
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    Keep it up, I wish you all the success. Anything is possible when you're no longer your own barrier.
     
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  11. zaxdar

    zaxdar Junior Member

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    I appreciate all of the well wishes, but feedback and advice would be a plus.