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[How to] Easy way to get web design/development, SEO and software clients

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Fuggz, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. Fuggz

    Fuggz Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I am sharing this method with you guys because I no longer really have a need to search for web design/development and software (iphone/android app) clients. I am too busy and most of mine are word of mouth now. It also is not hard or extremely creative, I happened on it by mistake a long time ago (I used this almost 2 years ago) and I am sure it has been though of before.

    Either way, if you are hurting for clients, try this out it works.

    What is the method and how did I find it?

    A while back I joined a forum. Nothing huge, maybe 10k members. Now a lot of forums have an Introduction sub-forum or a place to say "Hi!" Some forums actually require you make posts in these sub-forums before posting anywhere else. This is where you make your move. Let's say you just joined a forum about Butterflies. I would actually recommend you find active forums 10k-100k members with threads that are posted on daily each with many replies and views. You can go here to find larger forums:

    http://www.big-boards.com/

    But they aren't always better for this.

    So I set up an email that is just for this purpose. I will register all my account profiles under this email, and when registering make sure to receive notifications and emails from other members so that you will only have to check that email address to see if you have any notifications instead of having to check each forum by itself.

    So now I joined butterflyforum.net and made an account. Next thing is to go to the new member introduction area and make a post. I usually do something like this:

    "Hello everyone! I am a new member from Florida, and butterflies are my passion! I am a successful entrepreneur that runs my own web developing firm that also specializes in SEO (making sites pop up first when someone searches google for certain phrases), and making iphone apps. (Enter portfolio link here but that is really hit or miss)

    I am good at what I do so I have a lot of time to enjoy the outdoors and study my favorite butterfly the Pipevine Swallowtail! I look forward to adding to this community, feel free to message me for any reason!"


    Now I had best results when I was very nice and courteous, and do not be overbearing with including the info on what you do. Make it sound like an introduction not a sales pitch, where the last thing on the readers mind is that you are there to sell your service.

    You will be surprised at how many PM's you will get like "Hello, read your introduction and I was wondering if you would be able to make a website for my bakery?" or "I have the best idea for an iphone app, can I ask you some questions?"

    People love sharing with other like minded individuals with similar interests, and this is a great way yo get your foot in the door. I had good results not only getting the original job (they are super targeted and interested) but also upselling SEO and Social Media Management to them. Once you get talking to them its easy for them to see you know your stuff and that you can help them out. I also personally used to have them all sign up for hosting through my hostgator affiliate link, telling them about the $.01 signup and how it is green and the best for the planet because it saves a lot of electricity. If you don't have a HG affiliate PM me for mine :)

    You can outsource some of this, but I did not I just used roboform and copied the URL so I could keep my thread on the front page of the sub-forum for as long as possible by posting when needed.

    So if you are hurting for clients try it out, it won't take long, you can copy/paste use roboform and try it just for a day even, but it worked for me.

    Good luck!
     
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  2. schwagoo

    schwagoo Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Good stuff man. +rep

    Not a fast process...but what the hell. Get a case of beer. Manually sign up for forums and do this all day pushing hosting affiliate links. Post to 100 sites in a day and wait for the PMs. You might get a few sign-ups and earn a couple hundred bucks in affiliate commisions. But even if you fail at that you will still be drunk.
     
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  3. FireTheWild

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    Thanks for the share.
     
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  5. Wings[SENSE]

    Wings[SENSE] Regular Member

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    I dont understand why would you do this when you can just do like OP said and get real clients that will easily pay $XXX-XXXX for your services. :confused:

    Anyway, great share OP!
     
  6. Gallard0

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    You could easily do both, just tell them they are going to have to pay for their own hosting as well, and send them your affiliate link.
     
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    Just made a post on fairly active car forum, and I'm already getting PM's.

    You've been thanked OP

    gjdm
     
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  8. Fuggz

    Fuggz Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Yeah it works, you just have to be hungry and ambitious, you have to try but you will get good results. Glad this is working for some of you!
     
  9. drvo

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    After your fisrt "Introduction thread" do you keep participating in the forum
    in some other threads?
     
  10. justin71

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    Really cool thread man, thanks for the share :)
    I wanted to ask the guys that arent talented to make the websites, how you find good outsourcers to make the sites and still make a good profit, and what ROI would you aim for doing this?
     
  11. Fuggz

    Fuggz Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Sometimes I will and it definitely increases your chances, especially if you post interesting things that will get people to search all your posts, but it is not necessary. Just try to bump the thread often enough to keep it on the first page.



    There are some good coders you can find here or try freelancer or Odesk. When you find a good coder keep them! I have some guys that work for me now that are amazing, speak English well, and are happy to work all day for $30!
     
  12. virul_indi

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    thanks man... will try it for sure