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How I (USED TO) Make $$$$ Monthly

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by funkybunker, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. funkybunker

    funkybunker Supreme Member

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    Ahh the good old days, I'm talking 2008-2009. I never knew SHIT about SEO but this was an awesome way to make money when I was 16.

    I lived in Texas with plenty of small/medium restaurants around in need of fancier menus. I'd strike up a deal with them for either a full down-payment or monthly fees, then start producing better versions of their menus with nice pictures, word placement etc. Now here's where the additional moola came in (and why monthly/onetime payments would vary.)

    I saved space at the bottom of each page for Ads, which I got from Commission Junction (any pay-per-call ads would do) and local businesses (more monthly fees or pay-per-lead by using a traceable phone number.) Since most Mom N' Pops have shitty paper menus anyway it's a fairly simple gig. I printed them at home but a local print shop will work just as well for printing/binding/covers etc. These were the only expenses I had. Depending on the size of the restaurant I would print about 30-50 just incase, and when advertisers dropped, I collected the old menus and re-printed new ones. More established, busy restaurants (ie: local chain restaurants) are really lucrative since I could demand a premium price from local ads. The only software I used was photoshop since Fiverr didn't fucking exist and I didn't want cheap looking menus anyway.

    Since I was young and had extra time on my hands, I would hand out flyer versions of menus to local businesses (pretending I was some employee) so they would head over for lunch and possibly call one of the ads too. I kept the restaurants happy and met new people everyday so it was an awesome gig.

    The Super Profitable (Albeit Morally Wrong) Version
    Nowadays I don't condone this since I'm an advertiser myself, but think of it as "clicking your own ads" in the offline world. To maximize revenue I would gather friends & their friends to randomly call the CJ ads and stay on the line for the required 10-30 seconds and sign up if the offer interested them. I paid them a chunk of the profits and signed up for spoofcard to call the ads myself. There's a reason this only lasted for about 1-2 years, but damn...I never realized how blackhat I already was.

    Go get paid.
     
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    prab1996 Elite Member

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    First method is good but second ....

    Black hat will be to do non legal or non ethical work to get sales or leads. but FAKING LEADS is called scamming and karma is a bitch.
    -=-
     
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  3. funkybunker

    funkybunker Supreme Member

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    If karma is $2000-$3000 a month printing menus, karma's my kind of bitch.

     
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    funkybunker Supreme Member

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    I love how this topic gets no attention since it involves putting on shoes. 176 people want the fucking Easy Button. /rant
     
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    I like you second method, thinking of using it. :)
     
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    That's great, Funkybunker. I think I already have an idea of how I'd twist your method into something white-hat. Plus, most restaurants have very shitty menu designs.
     
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    Second is best! will use in feature!!!
     
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    I'm actually looking for more methods such as this (Method 1 not method 2) because I have struggled with internet marketing and I think it is partly because I am used to offline business with real human interaction.

    I still believe the way forward for many businesses will be some form of online marketing strategy but you can't beat some good old fashioned face to face deals.

    Just need a couple of twists and this could still be profitable. (Already thought of one)
     
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    A year ago someone posted a similar method using method #2 but with a different twist.

    The good thing is, even though the calls were incentivized some of them did convert into paying users.

    If you want to send in fraud leads then you risk the chance of getting paid by advertiser.

    PPC is still an untouched market. Lots of money to be made :)
     
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    Only 175, since I want the "Paypal monkeys" button.
     
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    I find myself doing better face-to-face myself, since I grew up in a day where that's how things were. Helped my mom run a cafe as a kid for instance, and I've met some pretty cool people. The web is just so fucking emotionless imo.

    You guys have to remember this was back in a time when things like this worked. You wouldn't easily get away with the cheating method, and I was young & didn't really care as long as my pockets were lined. People change. I still believe the overall menu + ads method is still effective if done properly.

     
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    this is a good idea to get a foot in the door with a company, you have lots of opportunities to up sell or capitalize like with the ads. nice one :)
     
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    Damn. This is actually a really cool way to get some contacts with companies for future deals and what not. I might implement this later when I get more free time. Kuddos to you OP. :)
     
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