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My Journey to $2000 per month making and hosting websites for other people

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  1. sniper41898

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    So most people I've read on this forum make websites for themselves to promote some CPA offer or adsense of some type. As much as I would love to do that, I have almost no idea how to promote or rank sites, let alone market to online customers. I, however, do have plenty of experience creating and hosting sites themselves and this is something that I find many people lack the skill to do. So here's my plan:

    Step One: Contact close to 100 local businesses that either don't have a website or have one that is quite sub par. Explain to them the benefits of owning a website and/or having an online store.

    When I contact them I plan to explain that I will design the website for free which is normally a $500 expense but I will charge them for hosting. I plan on charging them $50 for both hosting and "maintenance" each month. For e-commerce site I will charge $80 per month and will allow them to update and add products.

    Step Two: Start creating websites to pitch to them. I haven't decided which type of designer I will use. I figured a drag and drop will be pretty easy and fast but wordpress will be a bit more customizable. The thing is most drag and drop sites like WIX require me to use their hosting service which is really overpriced. I plan on using the NameCheap ultimate hosting which will allow me to have up to 50 sites per account for only $30 per year. So if you guys know of any drag and drop solutions for that I would love to hear them.

    Step Three: Recurring Billing. I will provide them with other options like adding them to Yelp and Google Reviews for like an extra $30 per month which really means leaving one or two reviews on each per month, quite manageable and I could even outsource this for really cheap. Now what I won't be doing is any SEO because at this point I imagine most of these businesses won't know what that is and it really isn't worth my time. I will also offer them ad-campaign options where I will manage their campaign and I'll take like 15% of the budget for myself. This will include running local newspaper ads and google adwords and such.

    At this pace I will only need 40 websites to reach my goal which I think is really manageable. I could even start reaching out into other areas nearby. I plan to lock each site in for one year so I'll have some kind of steady income and of course I plan to scale this up by adding more and more sites. In the end I would really like to have 100 sites with ten of them being e-commerce sites, meaning that I will be making around $5300 per month with relatively low startup costs.

    I would love to hear any and all suggestions. This will be great funding for some of my future side projects and I can't wait to get started!
     
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    Seems like an interesting journey thread....let me know if I can be of any help.
     
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    Your problem here OP is that if someone is getting a site on the cheap they will think it's easy to do & will not value your time. They will keep hassling you forever to change this or change that. You will also need to tie them in to a long hosting contract because they are cheap bastards & will run to a cheap host at the drop of a hat.
    You mention that you will contact owners with shit sites but try to sell them some a Wix site - the reason the site is shit is probably because it was built with some Wix / Weebly rubbish in the first place.
    Avoid cheap clients like a scabby whore - learn how to build wordpress sites or outsource it to someone else. You'll get fewer clients but they'll be spending more money. And if you provide a good service you can easily sell them extra stuff down the line such as local citations etc.
     
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    Alright, any advice on where to find good wordpress themes or should I be making my own?
     
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    Like the idea behind the journey. You can get premium themes here on BHW,from the Member Downloads section.

    Good luck! :)
     
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    Good Luck with your Journey :)
     
  7. sniper41898

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    So I've decided that I'm going to start making two or three demo pages that I can use to show potential clients. I'll start contacting companies pretty soon after those are done and I'll link them here when I'm done so I can get some feedback.
     
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    I agree with Cross99. If the price is low the perceived value will be low. Shoot for fewer client at higher prices. Having a bunch of clients paying a low price is going to turn into a management/maintenance nightmare.
     
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    Thanks for the awesome input. Do you think I could charge maybe $100 to $150 per month for each client or do you think I should go higher?
     
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    Good luck to you on this.
     
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    Good luck and are you willing to share your sales script when you call the businesses?
     
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    The real problem is contacting clients, explaining things to them, convincing them to buy your service, hard to do..
     
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    Sure, I'll write it up afterwards and then I'll post it here.

    That's why I'm planning on contacting local businesses. I know the market a lot better, the local attitude, and I can build more of a network.
     
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    I tried that in my Country, I contacted some restaurant and other local business owners... It was a nightmare, they dont know anything about websites, actually they dont even know how to pronunce "website". I felt dumb and I totally waste my time. Make sure you live in a country there is not stuck in the 80's before you start.
     
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    The problem I learned early on is not charging enough will make people not value you as others have mentioned. It creates more problems. You want to target people that wouldn't be bothered losing $1000.
     
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    Alright, so I think that I'll definitely be raising my prices to around $125 per month per site so then I'll only need around 16 clients.
     
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    Sounds reasonable, I would go with wordpress and also start with a smaller goal say 3 sites. Then set another goal for 5 more in 2 months or less. That way that 40 doesnt seem so out of reach.
     
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    I'll try to set my first goal for 5 websites.