(This method will be obvious to many, but to newbies looking to turn a profit for free, and seeking a system I know works well, it will be of benefit. You've been warned. I should also warn that there will be mention of my testicles.) This method is so simple even your grandmother could turn a profit. No, no, that's hardly a challenge. Even a retarded monkey could pull it off. No, still not enough. Okay . . . let's say you break into your local zoo at 3 a.m, liberate the first rhesus monkey you find who doesn't decide to smear his feces in your face or chew a hole in your melon, take him out bar hopping, sit back and watch him suck down four bottles of Vodka, three of Tequilas, make out will a dozen lady boys, don an Elvis wig and marry a Latina called Maria who's a few pounds over weight but has a banging personality and shares his taste in books and movies (which is always a plus), and reenact the coke-snorting scene from Scarface. Still with me? THAT MONKEY. I see quite a few postings of folks wondering how to profit from their FB and Twitter accounts. Now, despite hanging out on a black hat forum (and the place rocks), I'm not into black hat techniques. This method is so white it makes Michael J. Fox look like Samuel L. Jackson. Pulp Fiction Sam Jackson. I haven't tried it (as yet). I learned it over dinner with a friend last night. Anyway, enough preamble. Down to business. Got that rhesus monkey ready? Good! 1. Social Media Network The friend in question is no veteran internet marketer. He thinks a backlink is a technique known only to a select demographic of the homosexual community. No, he doesn't. Well, he may do. I have no idea. Point is: not so IM savvy. Savvy? Right. 5 years ago he got sucked into an internet sensation. (I won't mention which one, since it'll get saturated). Dude, sucked in as he was, went on to grow a huge social media network, blissfully unaware that he was sitting on a little gold mine. I forget his actual stats, and I'm too lazy to go check, but I'm sure his Twitter is 20K plus of niche fans of this craze. He has a full FB account, an FB page, and he's recently developed a following on G+. Big network for a niche. It took him years to grow his empire. You guys, however - well, I reckon most of you could eclipse him in a month, even using white hat techniques. And that's the trick. Social media growth. You'll be growing a social empire. 2. Niche Selection You want to find a niche that has these features: - A large Following; - A demographic of entrepreneurs; - A realistic level of competition. - A geographic locale. You could select antique collecting in NYC. 3. Niche Growth I don't think I need tell anyone here how to grow a social network. I find posting pictures of my testicles works a treat. What you should look for, though, are sites which allow updates: Twitter, FB, G+ being the favorites. 4. Updates The typical internet surfer has no idea how to grow a media empire. This means you have the advantage. And don't kid yourself: you have something they want. If you have a network, 50,000 strong, of people interested in antiques, all of whom live in NYC, how valuable is that network to an NYC antique shop owner? These people making a killing. Their profit margins are literally crazy (I know). Would it be that hard to convince one to pay for updates on your network? Would it be hard to convince 10? 20? And this is exactly what you do. 5. Being Professional This is my own spin. My friend literally does everything via email and paypal. Buy a domain, create a nice site, throw up a snazzy sales page. (You may have to help the rhesus monkey here.) In the case of the NYC antique store, do some Googling, and make a list of stores that are in visiting distance of yourself. When most of your traffic is online, go and visit the stores. Take an Ipad with you or a laptop. Local shops are awesome because you can almost always go in and speak to the owner. The decision-maker. Wander in (leave the monkey at home) and ask to see him or her. Tell them that you're a professional internet marketer and you'd like 5 minutes to just show them something neat. Say that you own the largest social media network for antique fans in NYC (as long as it's true, you naughty kids), and you'd like to give the owner some free business. With his permission, take a picture of something in the shop, and create a nice update about something cool you've found in NYC and where you found it. Telephone number and address. UPDATE. Wait a few minutes. Scratch your nuts. (No, don't do that). Watch the amazed face of the non-internet savvy store owner light up with dollar signs as people begin liking, retweeting, and - if you're as lucky as balls - actually call the store about the item. Think this guy will want to buy updates? Bet your sweet nipple ring he will! Be cool as . . . something very cold. Paul Newman in that film where he eats the eggs. Hand over your business card. Call to action: tell him you can only offer updates to 10 local stores. This will ensure they each get a ton of traffic. You don't want to water the amount of traffic down. Your prices and services are listed on your website. If he has any questions at all, your phone number is also on the card. 6. Rinse and Repeat The method can, of course, be free to setup. Part 5 above is where you have to outlay a little for domain, hosting, business card. But it's still zilch outlay for a nice little earner. Once your first empire is rocking and rolling, it should be fairly hands off. You can be extra clever, and get an A+, by setting up recurring monthly billing, or secure yearly billing. Point is: when the first network is full up and earning like a mother, move on to the next one, and the next, and the next, and the next. Just don't forget to return the monkey..