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Giving away free websites - Where to get clients?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Mollowbass, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Mollowbass

    Mollowbass Regular Member

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    Hello guys,

    I have been reading lots of post en threads about giving away free websites and in return cash in on the affiliate commissions or hosting fees. I have been looking for ways to generate some clients through Google Maps (scan them and contact everyone who does not have a website listed there) anyway without great success. Tried different niches and service providers but with no results.

    Do you guys now a methode or a way to generate some quality prospects for contacting?
    (basic stuff such as yellowpages is not up-to-date in my country (netherlands)).

    Thanks folks!
     
  2. Paper-Boy

    Paper-Boy Elite Member

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    Have you tried classified ads?
     
  3. ahead

    ahead Registered Member

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    You can also offer them at some smallbusiness/webmaster/IM forums or yahoo answers.

    Q. Hey I don't think it's possible but can I get a free website?
    A. You won't believe but there is a guy giving out free websites <here> I think he is on drugs or something lol.
     
  4. Riders On The Storm

    Riders On The Storm Senior Member

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    Start with local newspapers/ tv ads
     
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    ardley216 Elite Member

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    Locally. This method is more about doing good quality work for pennies, to get the word of mouth to spread giving you long term cients that trust you.
     
  6. Mollowbass

    Mollowbass Regular Member

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    Thank you very much! I am not operating localy but nationaly. The Netherlands is rather small so it wouldn't be a problem I guess. Thank you for your tips about the classified ads, it may cost a bit but definitely worth trying.

    Currently I am using Google Maps to see whether they have a website or not.
    If not, I send them a small (not spammy) text message about how I couldn't find their website and that I want to offer them a basic website for free.

    Maybe it is the way I word things? I have a feeling that most people will find it very fishy or think there is a huge catch when they hear about Free website.

    Someone got some tips on how to word things so a 'free website' won't sound very fishy?
     
  7. TJnoodles

    TJnoodles Registered Member

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    Giving away free services is actually pretty difficult, and often a losing proposition.
    Does your email lead to some authoritative looking landing page, so you look like an established company?
    They should lead to some examples too.
    I've decided to create a local business directory and use that as a base to sell services.
     
  8. procam

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    Traffic to something free is the hardest to convert. If your method is about asking them to pay for hosting. You'll have a hard time getting them to convert. If they do, they might only pay for one month hosting and then abandon the site/hosting.

    Simple solution is to offer a free course on how to market the site. Look professional and builds confidence in paying to make money from the "free" site.
     
  9. ahead

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    If there is any website that you have provided to a famous business in their niche, provide them the link and say that you helped those guys out and you can help them as well.

    Or show them some samples and tell them that their website would look something like this. Impress them. Explain them in their "language" how a website can increase their business. Tell them that competition is tough these days and they will be left out if they don't act now.
     
  10. Wania

    Wania Junior Member

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    "offline" approach will work the best. Prepare few similar pages, print and bind them as kind of catalogue and take a stroll in your local area, showing it to business owners. Laptop with 3G modem might come in handy to show business owners how "live" sites work.

    Extra pointers:
    1. Be clear whats in this deal for you - explain how both of you will profit from this deal. Many business owners know the saying "There's nothing more expensive than "free""
    2. Once you get first few "clients" replace "sample" pages in your portfolio with the ones you made for other businesses in the area. More people will opt-out for service if they see that this deal worked for few business owners they might even know
    3. Don't forget to upsell them local SEO or Social Media campagin later on ( not immediately - let the deal "sink in" - after few weeks/months when they see that they really got good looking and functional website for "free" there are higher chances they'll lend their ear to pitch "look how many new customers your website brought you in. Now imagine if it was first listing on "Amsterdam dentist"..."
     
  11. koolbrian

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    Best of luck mate, I am also from The Netherlands and recently started this free website method. Though I am not getting good response so far, just like you. Let me know if we can share something and bring out good results.
     
  12. Matano

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    Hi. Which solution/template do you guys use for delivering free websites to clients? I'm looking for something like mydomainname-dot-com/client-website so I can offer similar to clients in Africa. Thx
     
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