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[Journey] - Free website offers + upsells

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by CosmicSoundz, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. CosmicSoundz

    CosmicSoundz BANNED BANNED

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    This journey isnt some groundbreaking new idea. In fact its an old tried and tested method. I build free wordpress websites for people if they switch their hosting over to me or my partner hosting company (affiliate via dreamhost). So here we go.

    The FREE website offer + upsells

    I am going to offer people a free wordpress website if they switch their hosting over to me. Now I thought long and hard about this and I believe this way is the best way. I decided I will buy a shared hosting plan for $8 a month. For all people who only choose the free package from me I will charge them $95 a year for hosting. This hosting plan will host all my clients websites who choose the free website package from me. For those who purchase a larger package (upsell) I will have them use my affiliate link and ill make a one time payment of $97 from them. I figured those who are getting a larger site will want a little more control. The ones who are just getting a free site they will never even think about needing to mess with the hosting of it. If for some reason they need something done I can do it. I am getting $95 a year from them.

    recap.

    1. If they choose the free website package I will put them on my shared hosting plan dedicated to all free website deals. They pay me $95 a year.

    2. If they choose a larger package I make them get hosting via my affiliate link and I make a one time fee of $97 from them.

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    Ok so I've read a method on here about searching google for "powered by yahoo hosting!" "city". So I did that for my city and a few cities around. I got around 300 emails total. besides that I have about 2400 emails from people I know, events I put together or emails I got with a CC filled with emails (I always keep them lol).

    Now I have about 2700 emails to use to kick start this journey. I have a YMLP account that I used to email everyone.

    1. I emailed this script. (feel free to suggest a better one. I would actually like to hear about if I could make it better.)

    Code:
    Hello friend,
     
    We recently launched our startup web development company located in [COLOR=#006400]CITY, STATE[/COLOR].  I wanted to reach out to you today because we would like to offer you a free website. Our goal to help our friends and other local businesses get a professional web presence and build up our portfolio at the same time.
     
    We only plan on doing this for the next few months and have a limited availability for those who are interested.
     
    Would you like more information on how we can develop a website free of charge for you?
    So that was my initial email blast to everyone. 1 hour later here are the results.

    [​IMG]

    23 people have emailed me back and every single one of them seemed very excited about my offer.

    My next reply to them consisted of this script. (again please suggest something better if you can)

    Code:
    Hey [name]
    
    Thanks for the prompt reply.  In order for us to provide you with the free website package we would just need you to switch your website hosting over to us.  
     
    [B]Free - [up to 4 page website Package] Includes:[/B]
    
    [LIST]
    [*]WordPress Content Management System 
    [*]Economy WordPress Template 
    [*]Home Page Layout 
    [*]Two subpages of your choice 
    [*]Contact page 
    [*]Installation 
    [/LIST]
     
    You would supply the content and we can provide images if you don't have any.
     
    We are also offering our other packages at a discount of up to 50% off for those who want a more premium website.  Attached you will find those details.
    I also included a word document with all the upsell info. Here is what it said. (suggest anything to make it better)

    Code:
    [COLOR=#000000]Limited availability website packages & Prices ? [Expires Aug 31[SUP]st[/SUP]][/COLOR]
     
    Package 1 -  [up to 4 page website] ? [$500 Now only $300]
    
    [LIST]
    [*]WordPress Content Management System 
    [*]Premium WordPress Template 
    [*]Home Page Layout 
    [*]Mission Statement page 
    [*]About me page 
    [*]Contact / directions page with custom contact form 
    [*]Custom email addresss ? [anything-you-want@your-domain.com] 
    [*]Installation 
    [/LIST]
    
    Package 2 -  [up to 6 page website] ? [$1500 Now only $750]
    
    [LIST]
    [*]WordPress Content Management System 
    [*]Premium WordPress Template 
    [*]Home Page Layout w/ Slideshow 
    [*]Mission Statement page 
    [*]About me page 
    [*]Contact / directions page with custom contact form 
    [*]Blog page 
    [*]Customized Image / Video Gallery page 
    [*]Custom email address ? [anything-you-want@your-domain.com] 
    [*]Installation 
    [/LIST]
    
    Package 3 -  [up to 10 page website] ? [$5000 Now only $3000]
    
    [LIST]
    [*]WordPress Content Management System 
    [*]Premium WordPress Template 
    [*]Responsive website (viewable on mobile phones and tablets) 
    [*]Home Page Layout w/ Slideshow 
    [*]About me page 
    [*]Contact / directions page with map & custom contact form 
    [*]Blog page 
    [*]Customized Image / Video Gallery page 
    [*]5 additional pages 
    [*]Sitemap 
    [*]Custom Sidebar for any page 
    [*]Image gallery slideshow on homepage 
    [*]SEO optimization for every page 
    [*]Google places submission 
    [*]Google search index submission 
    [*]Custom email address ? [anything-you-want@your-domain.com] 
    [*]Installation 
    [/LIST]
     
    ADD ONS
    
    [LIST]
    [*]Forum Setup - $500 - [$250] 
    [*]Customized Image Gallery - $300 ? [$150] 
    [*]Customized Video Gallery - $300 ? [$150] 
    [*]Google places submission + setup - $200 ? [$100] 
    [*]Plugin setup - $200 ? [$100] 
    [*]Header Design - $250 ? [$150] 
    [*]Logo Design - $250 to $1000 ? [$200 to $750] 
    [*]WordPress Installation - $100 ? [$50] 
    [*]Sitemaps - $150  - [$100] 
    [*]Google Adsense - $150 ? [$100] 
    [*]Blog setup - $225 ? [$150] 
    [/LIST]
    
    Thats it so far!. I have 23 VERY interested people so far. So lets do the math.

    23 x $97 = $2231 per year or $185 a month I will make Just for making a wordpress website that will take me about 15 min per site to make. Now dont forget some people will want a upgraded package!.

    And this is only 1 hour after I sent my email blast! I have a really really good feeling about this journey. Anyway I will update you in a few days. I will also answer any questions you might have.
     
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  2. srinu0812

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    Good idea! Subscribed to see how it goes. Good luck ;)
     
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  3. iManage

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    An interesting journey thread to follow, subscribed and good luck!
     
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    great idea, subbed
     
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    It's nice to see a journey that actually has some potential, subbed. Good luck! I started off in a similar fashion.
     
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  6. jak19

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    this looks great, subbed to see where it goes
     
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  7. abhi007

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    are you using the free YMLP email software?
     
  8. CosmicSoundz

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    No I pay for a yearly subscription and use their website app.


     
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    so their inboxing rate is good as far as your experience?
     
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    CosmicSoundz BANNED BANNED

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    Yea so far so good. It has been about 3 hours since I sent the blast.

    [​IMG]


    And I got about 29 emails of people that are very interested.
     
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    CosmicSoundz BANNED BANNED

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    Does anyone know what the suggested time and day you should start an email blast?
     
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    I dont think date and time matters i had done the same approach before so dont think so that comes into consideration.
     
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  14. CosmicSoundz

    CosmicSoundz BANNED BANNED

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    Thanks Avi.
     
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    Why not use a Hostgator (or any other) hosting reseller program?
    It's easy, they handle administration (billing) and support,
    and it's also safer.
    Just an idea. I do this and it works great.
    Success!
     
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    CosmicSoundz BANNED BANNED

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    Reseller packages are around $25 a month. Thats $300 a year. Why bother with all that when I can just put all the domains on one shared hosting plan for $8 a month?




     
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    CosmicSoundz BANNED BANNED

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    Although...

    You say they handle support? Does that mean they take care of support tickets my customers put in?

    That and the billing alone might be worth the $25 a month
     
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    or

    you can buy a low end box around 8-9$/month (i have one with 1ghz cpu 1gb ram 250 gb hd for 6?/mo). you can then install host-in-a-box template which install Linux/kloxo/apache/php/mysql.

    Kloxo is like cpanel, you can create a new account for each customer. So you can track the whole system very easily without any extra cost. afaik it is very easy to integrate billing into kloxo.
     
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  19. abhi007

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    Just curious what subject title you used while emailing those clients???
     
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    I will be following this very closely, made bank with your method for store credit and am very interested to see how your journey goes. Great stuff Cosmic, thanks and keep it up :)
     
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