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Who said there's no such thing as a free lunch?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by meathead1234, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Hey guys,

    I never post in this part of the forum, usually lurk in the site flipping sub-section and that's about it.

    Okay, so technically this method won't make you any money but it will get you a free lunch and another business to add to your contacts.

    So what do we do?

    Quite simple really.

    Buy a domain name for your town/city with "restaurant reviews" - "food reviews" or similar.

    So: www.londonrestaurantreview.com would be a good one.

    Setup a nice look Wordpress blog (don't ask me how to do this) and add a nice theme. Ideally something food/drink related but this isn't too much of an issue. If you want to go a step further, you could even install a review site script (search!). The key is to look professional.

    Write a short description about the site, something like:

    We are a small team of food critics and ex-chefs who travel [town/city name] for the best restaurants. We provide impartial reviews and only recommend the very best places to eat.

    Then setup sub-pages for different types of cuisine (Indian, Chinese, Italian etc).

    At this stage you want to add a few fake reviews in each section about restaurants in the area. I'm not going to tell you how to write a review. If you are lazy like me you could even just rip them straight off other sites :)

    Just make it look genuine.

    Now all you've got to do is email/call local restaurants and explain you would like to review their restaurant. In return, all you ask for is a meal for 2/3/4 people.

    Explain the benefits of being reviewed and make up some numbers about the traffic your site recieves.

    You can quite easily eat out free every day using this. Had a few friends do it over summer and it's quite fun lol.

    If you want to make a bit of cash out of it - then you could offer "featured restaurant" spots/banners/ads on the site. Charge them $200 a month or similar.

    Anyway, not going to make you millions, but at least you won't go hungry :p
     
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  2. MisterGemini

    MisterGemini Senior Member

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    Crafty. It sounds like something that would actually work.
     
  3. No Limits

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    Clever, but you're thinking too small...
     
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  4. TheInternetHustler

    TheInternetHustler Regular Member

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    Yeah, you could definitely get free food from this method, but you could definitely make more if you skip that part and contact them with some sort of offer when you first contact them, probably end up earning more in the end.
     
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    thanks meat! i think im gonna use this to take a few ladies out
    im tired of spending my cash on these skanks!
     
  6. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Oh yeah - there is a TON of upsell opportunity here, I have quite a few personal twists I use.

    This is a good start though and a great way to actually get in the door with them WANTING to impress you - rather than going in with the hard sell yourself ;) Once you've got them talking it's very easy to sell other services etc.
     
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    Not only was this posted here a year or so ago but the guy actually filmed YT videos of him getting free meals in the process...
     
  8. HoNeYBiRD

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    yea, think big

    made a few other review sites, like reviewing transport services (airways) and accomodations (hotels) and of course bars, strip clubs

    in other words, make yourself the opportunity for a never-ending holiday for free :)
     
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  9. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Never read or saw that post, sorry. As I said, it's not overly original - but the trick is to get in with them wanting to impress and upsell from there...
     
  10. MisterGemini

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    I think you would appeal to more of the horn dog members here if you took this method and applied it to clubs, strip bars, and maybe even adult stores. :p

    'We are a group of men who know their tit and ass traveling across the country giving reviews on the best tit and ass clubs. Can I sample one of your girls. We need the ones for VIPs and average customers to give a complete review.'

    So many horny little bhers here would be all over this (pun intended). :D
     
  11. BassTrackerBoats

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    I have a site that is based upon hotels in a large resort town. I happen to own a condo in the town. On that site, I have places to fish, places to eat, things to do, etc.

    The revenue from that site is outstanding... if you run a charter fishing business and you want to be advertised on a site where people are looking for hotels for vacation, you would be willing to pay.

    If you are a chinese restaurant and you want to be the only chinese restaurant on a site like that, you pay.

    If you own a gocart/batting cage place and you want to be featured as the best entertainment for kids of all ages, you pay.

    If you are a NHL hockey team and you want to be the featured professional sports team on that site you pay.

    No adsense and hope they click, no cj and hope they buy... steady monthly checks for advertising on a site that has a good page rank and gets a lot of hits.

    Take meathead1234's idea and run it around a bit in your mind and you could end up with a nice little advertising site... or one that generates enough revenue that your wife makes you buy another home.

    Great share, OP!
     
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    ha ha, I love this. :hungry:
     
  13. consciousnesscreates

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    Have you reviewed your own meat?
     
  14. MisterGemini

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    Integrate this with a facebook and twitter profile and work locally to build a network within that area. Or anywhere for that matter. Make a fan page etc. Builds legitimacy.

    Rather than just a free lunch/hotel stay/T&A, this could be a real business.
     
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    Now that is a good idea!;)
     
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    The "stripclubs" one is spot on! Trying the local girls out, yes!
     
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    I just bought a domain like that, I actually had kind of other plans with it, but now I'm definately going to try this, thanks ;)
     
  18. BassTrackerBoats

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    Remember that whatever industry you choose, have pages on your site for ancillary industries. You would be surprised how much jack you can actually
    make from a site like that.
     
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    I've actually started something like that a while ago haha. Just haven't contacted any restaurants as of yet. I am still trying to rank it on page one which really is not easy right now = /
     
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    I like the idea. Obviously this as more potential than the way the OP laid it out. However, dont miss the point (at least in my eye anyway). Think of the free meal as a "foot in the door" technique. A lot easier to ask for a free meal & start building a relationship than it is to just straight up ask for the check.

    There looks to be a lot of sites similar to this in my area.

    @Basstracker WOuld you mind sharing the page rank & the alexa rank of the website you mentioned?