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Emailing Businesses with poor Websites - Best Strategy?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by and5rey, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. and5rey

    and5rey Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    After reading some popular threads here on BHW (e.g. these two: thread by wasted, thread by 7878) on how to make money by designing websites for businesses that have bad-looking websites, I'd like to try this method, too.

    However, my problem is that I'm from EU, so it would be costly to send personal letters to the US, so I would be emailing them. I know a letter might be better, but maybe emailing could work as well? (even if maybe with lower conversion rate) Also, I do not want to deal with the local businesses here in EU, as they do not want to use a US hosting provider and the websites here are not built with the Yahoo site builder, so they are not that bad.

    I would be creating websites using premium Wordpress themes, as it's pretty easy to setup a nice-looking website using a premium WP theme. I've bought the ElegantTheme's membership, so I have access to all their 87 themes (icluding their newest and most flexible theme Divi), so this would not be a problem.

    And my strategy would be that I would not be asking money for the website. Actually I would be doing it for free. The only condition for my free service would be that they would need to switch hosting to Hostgator using my affiliate link, so I would get $100 per website (Hostgator pays $100 commissions if you sign up via CJ.com). And I would be happy with $100 for one hour of work.

    My problem is that I don't know how to make them sign up for Hostgator. Do you guys have any tips on what should I tell them?

    Anyone here is still using this method? If yes, could you give me some tips on how to start?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. drilonnn

    drilonnn Junior Member

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    IMO, that's not a good strategy. They already have hosting and they even may have hosting paid for another 3+ years. And emails dont work anymore, cold calling is better nowadays.
     
  3. olm75

    olm75 Senior Member

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    YES, that is a terrible idea g back to the lab.
     
  4. GringoMonkey

    GringoMonkey Power Member

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    I used to own a web design business and I too am from the EU.

    I only stopped doing it because i sold it and had to sign a non-compete clause, moved into other things and then never really bothered going back.

    Can I ask what country in the eu you are from, perhaps I could look at restarting it with you?
     
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  5. and5rey

    and5rey Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    PM sent.

    Thanks guys for your advice. Looks like it's not the best idea. I'll have to find something else.
     
  6. webonic

    webonic Junior Member

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    I think this may be waste of time method. Don't really know how people succeeded with it.

    Sorry but that is my opinion