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Easy Offline Method: 30min Work = $100+ /Per Day

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by LiamLC, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. LiamLC

    LiamLC Regular Member

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    Hey,
    I don't want to take full credit for this method because it is a spin off something a friend of mine did a while back, but if you work on this everyday for about 30 minutes (maybe a little more at first to get everything set up), you could easily go over $100 daily.

    You will need to be able to edit and customize any free forum platform. I like SMF but you could easily do phpBB, yabb, myBB... whatever floats your boat.

    So what you are doing is contacting schools and PTAs/PTSAs and asking them if they would like to hire you to create a teacher-student homework help and assignment website (call it whatever you like). But basically what it is, is a forum where each teacher has their own forums and subforums for each period. Then students can go on and check the teachers forum for assignments and to ask both the teacher and peers for advice and help regarding homework, projects, and class related information (like they could post lecture note etc.) It's also a great way for parents to see what their children are learning in class and it keeps them involved which has been proven to increase academic performance. By making schools these websites, you can make good money and actually help people instead of taking advantage of them like in most black hat methods (this is not a black hat method though)

    So how do you go about doing this? Well it's actually easy! First, you need to contact school the schools PTA or Administrators (PTA is better because they are usually the people who would pay for such a thing.) So you should start out local, go to your local High Schools and Jr High/Middle Schools (Elementary schools don't really need this but it doesn't hurt to try.)

    So just send them and email and tell them what you offer and see if they're interested. If they aren't then move on. If you run out of schools to go to, don't worry, I've got you covered!
    http://www.newsweek.com/feature/2010/americas-best-high-schools/list.html

    That has all the high schools you could ever want. Just go to Digital Point and go to the service section and hire some people to get 50 pta emails for $1. The more you send these offers to the more will convert. Don't expect a high conversion rate but if you send out an email to 50 schools you should get maybe 5 "yes"s and that $500 at least. I know what you're thinking: "wait, how did you get $500, and what am I supposed to say when I offer this to them? Don't worry, I will answer that right now.

    You can charge as much as you'd like but I recommend $90-$100. This is a very reasonable price for such a serviced. Most schools will have their own websites and hosting but you can sell them additional hosting for this if you want to make extra cash. You can either do it under a reseller hosting account and charge them a reoccurring monthly fee or you can just sell them hostgator affiliate hosting or something like that. That will bring in a lot of extra money. Hostgator affiliate will bring you about a 100% short term profit increase, but reseller hosting will give you a steady income and in bring in way more money in the future. It's up to you.

    So what are you supposed to say? Just email them and be honest. Tell them what your offering and tell them the benefits. Then show them you low prices and make a little nice professional looking website and see how they respond. Tweak it accordingly to how you see fit.

    Now the only issue is actually making the site. The information you will need is all teachers names, emails, and what their class periods are. Then make the forums by teachers name and make subforums of the periods. You can either put them into sections by grade or subject. Example:

    Category: Science Teachers
    Forum: Ms. BHW
    Subforums: Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 etc.
    (create the teachers accounts and make them moderators of their own forums)

    then leave it up to them to register the students because it's to much work. Just say it's for legal privacy issues that you can't deal with student info or some BS like that. Then just show them how to use it (make a PDF guide) show them how to register students, parents, new teachers, administrtakes me about half an hour to set something like that up so if you do 1 a day (30 min) that's at least $100 a day. Also, don't forget to add creative touches like student chat forums or something like that to make it more successful, think about it, you are actually helping the community (kind of).

    Black Hat Twist: I'm not going to say anything specific, but you have a lot of teachers names and emails....

    Ok enjoy! and good luck making money
     
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  2. Salto

    Salto Regular Member

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    haha just awesome! nice twist and easy to do! thanks alot dude =)

    also like your blackhat idea in it ;)
     
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    Wow, a nice "think out of the box" method, thnx for this, the price about your services i a OTO or recurring, meaning the schools have to pay every month to access the forums?
     
  4. Salto

    Salto Regular Member

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    lol that would be mean, i guess he rather go for 100$ for a forum and leave them alone but you can be their service person for bugs or updates or SEO ;-)
     
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  5. LiamLC

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    you could have them pay you monthly or a one time payment. I suggest one time but it is flexible to change as you see fit. Try some stuff out and if it works expand, if it doesn't, try something else. :)
     
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    Do you think I should register a single domain and have a subdomain for every school, or what?
     
  7. th3boss

    th3boss Newbie

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    nice idea, i like it
     
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    shared hosting would be best in this situation as you could just ftp it wherever you want without having to get all that ftp information and installation everytime you use the hostgator reseller stuff
     
  9. raghavkapoor

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    cool methods thanks
     
  10. LiamLC

    LiamLC Regular Member

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    Either one is fine.
     
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    florinosci Registered Member

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    Great idea! I like this method!
     
  12. dgwreg

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    This is a nice idea and I don't think you should underplay the fact that you are helping. I think your price is low. This should be sellable in the $250 - 500 range pretty easily. Plus you could work out a hosting/support package at say $59 + without problem.

    Don't undersell yourself!
     
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    I agree. Most public schools are probably always in a short supply of money in general but they are used to being a bureaucracy machine and used to paying contractor rates to many contractors that the schools employs for one time or ongoing work. One trick you should learn is that "working" for the goverment (city / state / federal) is great because they always pay. If you get into monthly with a school it could go on forever, even if the forum is not being used anymore. Some school paper pusher will not pay much attention to a revolving $59 charge for "homework services"
     
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    None of the schools I saw on that site or any other site listed their email address...they either had a contact us form or nothing.

    So how are you getting them, or are you just using the contact us form?
     
  15. Salto

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    or give them a call =)
     
  16. Legend Dude

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    Awesome stuff man, it's nice to see that it doesnt have to all be blackhat. You can actually help out too.
     
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    i am going to use this method, i thought of this before...i will personally just call and make meetings with them, email, meh low success rate i want converts, slap some adsense/school cpa on the forums, charge a monthly fee, nice income can be made here.

    If anyones interested you will obviously need to come up with following

    -your company name - ca be a subsidiary of your web design/seo company should be inc or llc
    - def have one COMPLETELY done with all functions, even if its a demo to "demonstrate"
    - have an easy payment plan with auto bills no one time fee def monthly
    - WEAR A SUIT AND TIE
    - Cold Call Script

    pretty much it....
     
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  18. LiamLC

    LiamLC Regular Member

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    that's why you pay people to find the ones with the emails. They actually probably do have an email if you look harder. Don't do the ones at the top because those are the most prestigious public schools in the country. Do some random ones in the middle. Those are the ones you need to look at.

    As several people have pointed out too, you can call or personally contact them. This will probably result in a higher conversion rate but it will be more work and it will take longer.
     
  19. illbeback

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    Cool idea none the less... thanks.
     
  20. odhvut

    odhvut Registered Member

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    nice idea .. anyone try this??