Hi guys & gals, Never really share something nice in the forum since my joined in 2008. I think it is time to give something back to the community. Little intro of myself, I am a full time IMer with registered business dealing with mobile web/app, and also having hundred over websites promoting adsense, CB, amazon, CJ and some CPA networks products. So basically I am into online and offline businesses. Cut the story short. I would like to share with you ONE particular method that always drive me passive income...LOCAL DIRECTORY BUSINESS LISTING. And my latest listing fetched me 20k+ within 3 months(this is my 5 directory sites) I know this is nothing new but it is lucrative business if one does it right and possible of scaling it up too. I will list down the steps, so please do bear with me if you are familiar in some of them. WHAT NEEDED??? 1. Domain name - as this is a local site listing, do register a country code top-level domain(ccTLD) why? because you are building brand in your local area, more recognition, also might have little help in SEO. 2. Hosting - Use local server IP instead. Since the traffic is mainly local, it makes more sense, as the loading speed will be faster than the offshore hosting IP. Again some said that it does help in SEO too. 3. Website theme Will not argue on this part. I using DirectoryPress. It the simplest and support is good too. Of course you can find a nulled version here. I have recently found a nulled copy here and let my friend to try it out before buying. But I strongly suggest you go grab a copy as you are doing a 100% legit business and support is great too. Use your due diligent and might find some discount coupon in the net. 4. Research This is the best part as there are simply endless opportunities laying around you. From carpet cleanings, pool cleaning services, home movers, part time house maid agencies, dentist, ....etc. If still having blank, go take out your local yellow pages and flip from letter A-Z. Once selected the local business to target, check whether is there anyone doing directory listing for that business. If not, go to next step. Hey wait, but aren't you going to do keyword research on the difficulty of the keywords you targeting, you might be asking. Hold on pal, now is still not the time for SEOing. 5. Setting up website. Play around with DirectoryPress theme or any other WP theme and get the layout done. Pay $5 for a decent logo or even header and background design at fiverr. Next build categories. For example you might be doing a directory site on "Car repair NY". Split it into 5 to 10 catergories like "Top 10 Car repair cenre NY", "Top 10 Car engine repair NY", "Top 10 Car window tinting NY", "Top 10 Detailing NY",...etc you get the idea. Before I forget, please make sure that you have disable search engines bots to crawl your site as of now. Will be telling you why when in SEO part. Next, buy contents. If you have 5 categories, go buy 5 x 1000 words unique articles based on the title of them. Place each article on the category. 50% done for setting of site as of now. 6. Selecting Businesses To List On Your Site For me, I will type in the category keyword i.e for Top 10 Car repair centre NY, I will key in car repair centre. And I will try to get 1 or 2 big shots ranking in page one, and the rest of them ranking from page 2 and 3. Will tell you the reason for doing this. Once done, put all their information into the website. And now, you are 100% done with the website setting. 7. Register Business Please do check with your local area as different country having different rules and regulations when performing business registration. As for me, I am luck as my place allow me to register for a business within 5 mins, if not, less. The name of your business does not necessary be the same as your domain name. Beside that, once business registration approved, go get an bank account for your business, this will help and make your clients feel more secured and assured dealing with you. Now is the juicy part of this method as it is time for MONETIZATION. How I make $20,000+ within 3 months? Here we go. For me, I set up 10 categories with 10 businesses listed in them. 10x10= 100. And I charge a mere $20/mth for NORMAL listing. But I told the owners if pay upfront, that will be $200 per year instead of $240, and all of them gladly paid me as to save the hassle for monthly payment and also having $40 off, no brainer right. Do the math, 100 listing x $200 = $20, 000. BS some might say, again I will not argue on this. I will tell you why they rush to me for listing. Still remember Part 6 of this method. I using 1 or 2 big shots ranking in page one and placed them in my listing. I will simply email the rest that the big names are also listing in my site, it will be now or never to list in here as the website will be an authority site when people searching for xxxxx xxxxxx. To make them rush for payment, I indicated that there will be only TOP TEN in each category, no more no less. Also I have a badge designed, still from fiverr, this badge will be presented to the clients and they can put it on their page, facebook, twitter or any other social media site. Offline business owners are proud of their business, so even a small simple Top Ten badge can make them show off. This badge also help you in ranking as now you got almost 100 niche related websites link back to you once they placed it on their site. Now back to Step 5 which I said do not let search engines to crawl your site. This is the purpose here. I have engaged some seo services here and also from my local seo providers. Normally I will collect data from day 1 sent from the providers once the project is carried out. So normally your site will be nowhere to be found since disabled crawling is on. Once project start, enable the crawling back. Wait, wait and wait. Usually a few weeks to 1 or 2 months the serp will be moving up. This will be the time you collect this data and show to the prospects. Prove to them, telling them you are throwing thousand of dollars per months promoting this site. Actual fact is that I am spending 300+ for the SEO projects. Tell them it will be a matter of time that your site will be ranking in page one, if they still do not act now, they will have to wait for a year more to list, provided the existing businesses do not continue. I know this does need some money at the beginning, but you see, I only used: Domain $10 Hosting $15/mth DirectoryPress theme $50(I got discount a few years back, normally $79) Business Registration $65 Bank Account opening Free SEO $350/mth(if you can DIY, will be less) For a total investment of less than $500, I am making $20,000+ within 3 months. That is 4000% ROI, I think is not too shabby investment right Before I forget, I do offer homepage slider(total of 5x$100/mth) and left and right banner ads listing too. So that make more earning than normal listing alone. Not forgetting I do offer other upselling like mobile web/app for existing clients for a special rate. As now I have 5 directory sites all having some keywords ranking in page one, some even on #1 ranking. I am now rolling out to resell SEO services to my clients as I know which SEO providers can offer the best package for me. P.S Please do not PM me for any of the services I mentioned above as I will not reply. As for any doubts, please reply in the thread as I know there are many experts around here to help when I am not around for the answer. P.P.S It is fun and easy to make decent money using the method above. I am addicted and my goal is to create at least 10 directory sites. Good luck pals, and JUST DO IT!!!