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My Journey to $20,000 a month by the end of this year

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by tjtigers14, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. tjtigers14

    tjtigers14 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Okay, so I had my first $750 day yesterday and it just got me even more excited for my next project, starting a web marketing agency. Last month I made $7500 so I hvae a ways to go and a lot to learn. Follow along as I blog about my journey from affiliate marketer to entrepeneur. Please comment on the blog and give me some feedback if you have any!

    http://theseoexperts.biz/ (old domain I bought on auction, don't judge :p

    Thanks for checking it out!
     
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  2. StraightUpLazy

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    Hmm a $750 day you say? Well best of luck with reaching your goal.
     
  3. tjtigers14

    tjtigers14 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Yeah, though I will say it was probably an anomaly - I usually make $100-$300. Thanks!
     
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    The site is down? :)

    Anyways, good luck!
     
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    Yeah, getting error on your site as well. Either wrong link or nothing there yet.
     
  6. snakeccc

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    Your site is offline.
     
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    Working fine for me OP. Congratulations on your success - checking out your site now
     
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    Congrats and good luck. What ideas for your web marketing agency do you have so far? PPC, SEO, Social media, etc....
     
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    Like your blog! Interesting approach.
     
  10. tjtigers14

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    Yeah that's one of the problems I talked about in one of my posts. I feel I can dominate SEO, PPC, Social, Conversion Optimization, Rep Management and Web Design but I feel that may be too broad of an approach. I am an SEO(er?) at heart but you have to compete in bigger market's to do that and I suck at sales :( I have a great idea for helping businesses grow their Facebook pages that I think could take off. I haven't had too much experience in PPC but I'm reading Advanced Google Adwords. Conversion Optimization is easy if you match up specific ads to landing pages and then split test using Unbounce. And web design I just figure I'll have to offer to somebody eventually and I just plan on outsoucring it (because as you can see by the blog, I'm terrible at even designing WP pages lol)

    What do you think? Trying to do too many things?
     
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    Thats really good !
    don't stop there aim for more !
    w are all greedy around here :D
     
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    is it me or your domain is down?
     
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    I have a resolution for you: merge the methods of 7878s Rep Management and this one. Essentially, you'll be combining the power of a snail mail letter, which is its physical nature and its being a testimony to your commitment (long story, read some books on basic psychology), and the easiest to grasp of IM concepts (for the laymen), which is the top result in Google.

    Work with local firms, anything from dentists to accountants to lawyers (if you're really good at and/or dedicated to SEO), and simply start of by making a custom page which you will make top rank for whatever industry they're in (+ city or province name). You can then rent out that site, or you could just using it for what you should be doing it: credibility and testimony. Get one customer (offer it him or her free for all I care); after that, you'll be golden.

    Without going into much detail, you will be doing as follows: You will be working as a one-man company (A company name is so important!), or with employees as time and money allows. Within the letters you will send out, you will include at least this:

    - The envelop, which will be a high-quality business envelope of A4 size.
    - A concise and well-structured sales letter akin the one 7878 uses.
    - A second page where you will put two images (one with a website you made #1, the other with the main search term relevant to them that you will make them rank #1 for). Write in red pen "This is where my clients stand" and "This is where you could be," respectively. Change that if necessary, it sounds much nicer in the language I write it in. If there's a Golden Pages search result there, also write "We have more authority than even the yellow pages!" or something like that.
    - Lastly, buy a set of 250 premium business cards (Plain black and white, but printed in color! This is very important!) with your business name (x marketing and media, for instance), your position (I use "Principal Marketer" for myself), your adress and phone number, your website (simple one page wordpress, optional second page with portfolio, using the exact business name as URL) and your e-mail. Though you will allow them to e-mail, stress on the website that you are reachable by phone. It's better for you, and you can be damn sure they appreciate making a phone call more (given that they now little about the internet, which is why they need your help in the first place).

    One important thing: PREMIUM business cards with a SHINY surface. They need to be eyecatching, as that will serve as a permanent anchor (i.e. visual and cognitive reminder) of your business. It will also make the whole letter seem more credible.

    Okay then, with that done, the choice is yours: do you want to hire someone to take those calls, or will you spend a little time getting over your social anxiety (which will be gone very soon, at least in this area -- you can trust me on that, as I suffer from MADD) and answer that way.

    The question: will this be highly converting? The answer: that depends, but is irrelevant.

    Whoever calls you, whoever e-mails you, you can be sure that they WANT to know more. They WANT to be told to buy. Since SEO is set and outsource usually, there is no limit to the amount of customers you can build, insofar that you can just send out more letters, all of which grab clients that build your regional portfolio further and will know other local businesses that might be able to use you.

    Whichever route you take, know that you know more than they do about IM. They need you. They will want you. There is no reason to be anxious over getting appreciation you deserve.

    I can't possibly make it simpler than this: business name, business card, letter, and then wait for clients. All clients you do fetch will make profit, so all that is stopping you now is your own desire to send out simple letters and take (or let someone else take) simple phone calls.

    You're welcome.
     
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    Yeah this was actually my exact plan before I realized that it was written in 2010 before Google Places took over the fold in basically every service+city search in the world. I can get shit to rank in Google Places, the site just needs to be connected to a real office. And I'm not buying a UPS box or a virtual office just so I can rank on Google Places to use as leverage to get sales.

    What do you think though of doing the same thing you're talking about (combining SEO with direct mail marketing) but just use a different client that I ranked in the past as an example? Cause search "Northville homes for sale", I got that realtor there with freaking authorship INSIDE the places listings. I have never seen that before. I figure that's a good selling point, people love to see their faces.

    Lol I just remember I actually made this video yesterday to try to rank it for a dentist keyword...I thought if I at least got it on the first page that would be something. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0CcIWSDfGE
     
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    Web site is taking forever to load! You might want to take a look into that.
     
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    tjtigers14 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Oh snap! I'm going to have to get W3 Super Cache or something. Thanks for letting me know.
     
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    You're talking about this site, right? If so, that's very impressive. Anyway, I just talked some stuff over with an associate of mine, and there is some general consensus around these few points:

    - Clients want to be told what to do, and clients want to have the appearance of options, but want the very best. In essence, this means you can focus, for every client, on one of two specific things that you can present in a variety of ways:

    1. Top site placement for regional search terms (either in SEO and PPC will work, if the businesses themselves are lacking knowledge of IM completely then PPC is a cheap way to present yourself as a site authority).
    2. Reputation management for brand search.

    Importantly to note is that the first is most powerful for specialized but not usually marketed high-income per client, like dentistry, accounting and such, while the second is more for established brands (restaurants and such) that already have a good presence by word-of-mouth alone, but are lacking in positive recommendation (i.e. ratings).

    - While it is good to have a business recognized as being able to do a great many things (for instance, contact a starting artist on YouTube and promote a song for $75 for 100k views, then you are also an established promoter at the snap of a finger), it is more important that you are recognized as specialized and established in a particular marketing technique. Be known as an SEO specialist and Rep. manager, even if you do all of the things you list. Online, it is good to know it all. Offline, it is good to be known for knowing a very specific thing. (This is also where the thread on the income via consultancy comes in handy.)

    - Finally, concerning site placement: it might be difficult at first to rank above the Yellowpages, Startpages and Map pages at first, but after that you do get the immense power that comes from saying you are more authoritive than any of them. Even if you can just get one website up there, the visual of the screenshot and the representative power of that case study is so incredibly profitable in and of itself. Do this as a side-project for now, and when you get there, renting out that site alone will be worth so much more than any number of part-time clients. Can you imagine the value of actually ranking a broker-in-<province name> website that you yourself own and being able to rent that out?

    On that YouTube video, that is incredibly potent if you know how to translate it into a website recommendation, but I don't know exactly how you would go about it. If anything, it'd be good to see if it can get first page, because then you might be able to have some businesses make advertisement videos and boost those to the first page. That service, though easy and cheap, would be worth a lot of money to people who haven't the slightest clue about view boosting.

    Just some random thoughts; I'd love to hear what you have to say in return.
     
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  18. BillyRayValentine

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    $750 a day, and you cant even buy a .com? Lol
     
  19. IcedCube

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    It's a blog, for crying out loud, not a business page.
     
  20. tjtigers14

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    Wow thank you for all of this input, I really appreciate it! First of all...no that's not the site that's ranking #4 for that keyword lol.

    Anyway, yeah I do like the idea of offering just ranking for high volume, competitive regional SEO terms and being an SEO specialist....you really gave me a lot to think about there. I love ranking things and I've gotten away from it these past few days as I planned this business with social, text messaging, rep management, etc.

    So maybe I should focus on contacting them about SEO services! I just feel like it would be so much easier to contact them first then get their business rather than to have to rank a site and put money into it before I get any business :p That sounded syntaxually horrible what I just said lol.

    Anyway I'm going to write up another blog post before I go to bed here. PM me with your Skype info if you ever want to chat about things man.

    And for Billy Ray over there...this was an expired domain with decent amounts of Trust Flow in Majestic that I bought just because it was there. Thanks though