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This is how I made $5k+ in Holidays

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Jeevs, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. Jeevs

    Jeevs Supreme Member

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    OK guyz I inovated this method when I was on a holiday :p Bloody money,never lets you relax!So no BS talking now and straight to the point,I went on a holiday around two months back to an awesome holiday destination,I was leaning out my hotel's window admiring the beauty of nature when I noticed that nearly 20 sign boards of Hotels and Lodges were there around my vision only.I took out my mac and did keyword research,"hotels in *****" and here was the result
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    I was clear of my plans at this stage,I quickly made a website on this (wasted my day,skipped sight seeing),got domain n hosting,I extended my holidays by a week and collected few school children from that place and hired them,the offer was $2 for each hotel they visit,collect contact info and some basic info about that hotel etc.For this I wrote a note on white paper and pasted it on a wall opposite to a secondry school (the only one in that area). Got few phone calls till the eve and I made a team of 4 students to do research on hotels nearby in the city and its outskirt.I gave them two days to search as many as they can (as it was supposed to be only a trial of my method).They came up with a total of 53 Hotels.I have enough writing skills to write articles by myself so I wrote discription of each hotel and published it on newly made website.Nothing much in the articles,200-250 words,full of worthless adjectives,remember I didn't even visited the hotels,articles were written in air!Now the time was for designing,the best job I can do,so no hard efforts made.Then comes SEO,I used some grey and black hat techniques to rank the website (Oh by the way I was back from the holiday till now).It took nearly 1 month to rank the site #2 in Google,I wanted to wait till it gets #1 but....couldn't control my emotions :D. Now comes the trick,I took out the contact info of the hotels and contacted them through Email and telephone (prefer eMail),here is the sample mail I sent.



    I contacted this way to 53 hotels out of which 27 were ready to pay listing charges,and 21 out of those 27 were ready to pay subscription charge also.So lets do the maths now.


    53x2=$106 (paid to students for collecting info)
    $12 (Domain & Hosting,go find some coupons and you'll get them in even cheaper rates)
    $90 (SEO,including linkwheel,web 2.0,SB blast,xrumer,Used Fiverr in some cases)

    Total expanses-$208


    Hotels Approached for listing charge-53
    Success-27 Hotels
    Success %-50.94% (Low IMO)
    Total collection-$3,753 ($139 each)

    Hotels approached for subscription charges-27
    Success-21 hotels
    Success %-77.77%

    Total Collection-$1869

    Overall collection-$5622


    So this is it,heavy profit!!Planning to spend it in order to make more profit from this.will be a JR VIP after I get a new credit card (In a week or 10 days).This is where I understood the value of offline business linked to online business.If you think this method was as easy as explained,then hold on.Its not easy,,,you have to work hard on SEO part,articles,traffic,designings etc.Give it a try if you want,my next traget is to approach more hotels(50 more at least),more work,more profit :D


    Note-
    1.Be careful while using xrumer blast,this is a damn powerful tool.Never use it directly on your site.
    2.Use limited SB blast for a newly made site,too much can end up in a sandbox.
    4.Visit this thread for best SEO service on Fiverr
    5.Be ready with different payment modes,none of the hotels paid through Paypal.
    6.Before executing,make sure your plan is foolproof.
    7.Profit is not made in a day,this whole process took near about 3 months.
    8.You need to explain the importance and significance of your site to the owners,show them the potential.
    9.The eMail is just a sample,make it more appealing for better success rate.
    Edit-Image Added!
     
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  2. derago21

    derago21 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Congratz mate :) were do you live?
     
  3. PinkBitz

    PinkBitz Regular Member

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    Excellent method and good job on taking an idea and turning it into something tangible. I have a suggestion though for anyone wanting to try this method and increase the success rate of hotels accepting your offer.

    Instead of sending an email explaining how you can no longer keep the site running due to cost, make them realize that they will be missing out if they don't join and therefore giving their competitors an edge.

    IMHO, I feel that some of the hotels could of been converted if a different approach was taken. I think of it like this, "if the site goes down no loss to me as my competitors go down also BUT if I choose not to join and my competitors do then I am missing out on potential guests to my hotel." If you get my drift.

    Solid method and +rep!
     
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  4. Jeevs

    Jeevs Supreme Member

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    India :)

    Ya some serious efforts are required :D
    The importance of getting listed was explained in the conversations after I approached :) Sorry forgot to mention that..
     
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    Solid method. But instead of asking students to get the info, I'd hire someone to scrape from business directories...
    With some twists, you can bank a lot of $$$
     
  6. Jeevs

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    This was coz I need a small list and some REAL info :)
     
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    t0mmy Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    well done mate great work! quite similar to the online/offline hybrid method with the dentists, i like this type of work
     
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    I have used this method before, you could charge them a premium to be listed first, 2nd and so on. That is what I do, send them a Paypal cart where there is 1 of 1st, 2nd and 3rd...charge $500 for 1st plus 100 per month, $300 for 2nd, 200 for 3rd and then 89 for every other spot. You make more money, plus they are happy.
     
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    Yeah this was just a trial..will keep adding twists n turns in the future ;)
     
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    great job mate , keeep it up :)
     
  11. dydik007

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    great idea, but i wouldn't do it cause too much work to do here
     
  12. jason2009

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    Congrats bro.You are from India So where you target for your offline hotel business website, India or outside India ?
     
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    Nice method thx for the share- curious, you say you ranked #2, above google places?
     
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    I have thought about doing this before but never followed through. It's a real easy one. People even google hotel names and it is easy to get page one.

    The idea with the schoolkids is a great time saver, if you don't have such organisational skills you can even just google all the info for yourself.

    The only thing you really need to be original about is photos, obviously you can't rip off others.
     
  15. Jeevs

    Jeevs Supreme Member

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    Target in India buddy...

    no...
     
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    What a unique idea.
     
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    Can you Pm me where in India you did this??If you dont mind that is. This is a brilliant idea, Ill try it in some towns near me and see how it goes man .
     
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  18. Jeevs

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    Thr r still some hotels left to be listed ;) Sorry can't disclose that..but figure out the tourist spots..select any from them ;)
     
  19. Jeevs

    Jeevs Supreme Member

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    Best way to encourage!! lol :D

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  20. Voidy

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    Shit Nice Awesome idea man! :D