I do however use CL to hire local people for tasks like link building and writing. Some have turned into longer term contractors.
How do i effectively find the proper places to run display advertising in bulk? An old friend who was excellent IM told me buy adsense ads, see which do well then create text banners and buy ad space directly from the sites that converted best with adsense. Do you agree with this, that advice is old, any strategy id appreciate.Then I would buy some display advertising targetted to my target markets websites. (jalponik, car forums, mom forums, etc) If you get into the nitty gritty, everyone needs this product so you can buy cheaper media in those places.
"Ask me for anything," said Napoleon to his lieutenant. "Anything but time."
It's like I'm walking into the gym for the first time again. I show up, knowing I want to work out, I have a goal set for myself, and I decided this is what I wanted to do. I have on a pair of dirty sweats and my reliable, comfortable pair of Reeboks, and though I'm alittle anxious, I'm excited I've finally moving towards my goal. Oh yeah, that cliched neon yellow headband.
Of course, I look around the room and see everyone pumping away, and I see the results of their hardwork. Muclse bound dudes, admiring themsevles in front of the mirrors, curling their varicose arms up towards their chins. Biceps so massive they could kiss them.
The ladies are sexy beyond belief, tight black spandex over iron buns of steel, slow motioning-ly swaying back and forth on the rows of stair masters. They almost speak in another language, I overhear things like plyometrics, calisthenics, and Zumba. All so alien to me. I quickly look away when one of them catches me looking at her posterior!
Not wanting to look like a total dork that I am, I walk over to the free weights, and begin curling a weight that clearly is too heavy and start curling with my back as leverage. Feeling even more out of place as my arms shake, I stop midway and proceed to place the weight back on the stand. I start to wonder if I even belong here.
Let's just say you, a trainer, take notice and walk over to me and ask If I need some help. I sheepishly say no, not wanting to look like a noob. Yet, you persist because of my bad form and my reluctance. So I ask the obvious question:
So if TLDR, my question to you is: How can I get to where you are? What are the first steps I need to take in order to succeed in this type of business, if I have no idea where to start. Based on your knowledge and experience, where should I direct my focus in order to take the most efficient course of action towards building a successful online business or generating revenue. In your opinion, what are the major pitfalls many people fall into and how to avoid them. I am also very resistant to taking any loans because I have no working capital to back it up. Just blood, sweat, and tears.
I'm not afraid of hard work, just tired of working hard for other people. I've owned a fast food business before (or thought I did) so I know how to run a brick and mortar business, PL sheets, stocks, costs, all that pizzazz. I'm set to meet with a SCORE consuler in January but I haven't fully conceptualized the business to which I want to pursue. I do know the internet is the vehicle I want to use to get me there. As you can see, my skills and talents aren't in business per-say, but I know it is the key to unlocking the freedom I need to pursue my lifetime goals. Any advice you can offer is greatly appreciated. Even a finger in the right direction is all I'm looking for!
You should have a good sense of communities in your industry already from when you were doing research on the industry, if you get involved in those communities you will typically see references to other smaller or more niche communities/sites.
You can get in and buy direct advertising, but you said this was a national level company. I somehow doubt 1-2 people will be able to manage buying, changing, and tracking display advertising 1 on 1 with tons of sites.
.. What is your goal?
For purposes of this thread, you are in the internet, so I as a 'trainer' cant tell your body type(background, starting position for business) et al.
What is it you are trying to do? Start another B&M business? Start an online business?
It sounds so far like you want to "make money online" however online is much like B&M, you still ahve to have a business and a purpose to make money from. Wether it is buying/selling[e-commerce], being a salesperson[affiliate marketing], providing information and advertising[adsense, CPM, PPV], buying and selling leads [lead-gen, CPA affiliate marketing], starting a business based on a membership or subscription like a gym or cable tv [subscription services, membership services/communities]
etc etc etc etc I could go on and on. There are many internet based counter parts which match up with B&M business'. But much like in the physical world you have to have a goal, and a purpose/need to fill.
Then you can work threough the "how to"'s and "do what"'s of getting there.
I am a teriible forum interlinker but i think there is a list of 'legendary threads' listed here and have several threads on figuring out what you want and where you want to go. I just urge you not to over read the internet and everything it has in it. Use your own sense of judgement of what is good advice and what is not.
I was hoping to lure some hopeful yet shy lurkers out with this thread and get people moving forward. Lurkers gunna lurk?!
I suppose i could dig in elance/guru/odesk for a writer, ultimately no matter where i looked it would be like a normal hiring process. I am a terrible writer, to which my blog gets the blunt end of emptiness and a backend full of unpublished posts. I would need someone who can take my general ideas, and make them into a compelling story that people want to read, or a technical writer who can take my plans and make them actionable. I imagine it would be a task to find.
The e-products "make money online" is a snake oil shill market where the top "earners" are just the next gen infomercial marketers who make mediocre income of the the churn of glazed eyed new suckers rolling into the market. There are quite a few people who have come out on the market exposing it, but the newbies never really see it.
The thing is, there is a market for it, so someone has to fill it. I would rather be in a longer term market making a real difference(debatable) vs dealing with the "guru" types. The folks that i know that make big time incomes... most of them you will almost never see or hear from... They are very hard to get to know, but provide a wealth of information if you can.
On starting a new web based business that generates revenue from it's users...think redbeacon but for a local area that is not covered by any of the bigger websites. It's free to post a job, but I would charge service providers a fee to accept it.
I'm in the market testing/website building phase now and trying to weigh my options of which route to take. Do I outsource to a capable freelancer and spend $2000 to get a robust website built or should I start simpler with a modified Wordpress theme that would probably cost me less than $200?
What type of payment model do you think works best, subscription, commission, flat rate? In the service pro directory building phase, should I do a free offer initially to attract new providers or charge straight away?
I would start on something much less expensive until you prove the concept. There is no point in spending 2k and just putting it out there hoping it works. All the big sites started out small and cheap and modified with what their users wanted. I would modify an existing framework to do what you need it to do and be the middle man for the time being.
Get leads and hand sell them yourself. In doing that you will get a feel for your potential clients and pricing structures. You will also get a feel for what information they are looking for. If you have to hand some leads out or give them their first few leads for free to get them hungry for it, i would suggest doing that. That way your customers already know what you are providing is worth paying for. Pay per lead in this industry is probably going to be the best route to provide the clients the best possible value for their money.
My thread sucks... i am missing something here..... what is it?
I am trying to sell a GREAT product. MONEY. I am selling lower energy bills to businesses. What is the best way to sell more?
What objective data do you look for in an e-commerce niche?
IE: Exact Match Traffic / Margins / Etc etc.
My advice is set up a way to pitch it correctly, and a system that is streamlined to where they need not change anything on their end. The other problem is since the costs are already billed out, they do not want to pay you half the savings of the bills because they can't bill that back and there is no benefit for the building owner, just to the tenants. So look for smaller business' that own their own building or are triple net and pay their own utilities
seo competition (competition age, branding, linkscape, deep linking, social, etc)
margins and availiblity of products
vendor services(people to call, API's or inventory updates, pictures and information on products)
I think there is more in there, are you coming to B&P?
I'm still working on figuring that out!
B&P is so close to SXSW and I know I'm going to swamped with stuff during it. (On a side note, if anyone is out this way during SXSW let me know!)
I'm going to see how it looks as we get closer to the date. If I come out it'll probably be Friday - Sunday!
Definitely try to make it out, We can chat about this when you get there.
Gotta thank you for the thread, you've lurked one lurker out of shadows out in the open in need of advice (refer to Sky's trainer anology...which clicked with me as well)
My ultimate goal, of course is too make money - however I'm a firm believer in MJ's words "Impact Millions - Make Millions" so before I can make money I have to figure out how can I impact people (via service, product, etc..) - that's my goal today.
I must admit that at this point I'm super paralyzed by analyzing MASS amounts of info on the internet on how to make money, research niches, etc...talk about mental overload
Little background on myself....live in Miami, FL and work for an internet marketing company that specializes in finance related affiliate marketing (credit cards, investment products, credit repair offers, etc) my sole job is to find finance based sites/blogs and literally turn them into millionaires. Given I see how some of these guys go from $0-$100k per month virtually overnight, I figured the best route would be to go into finance based affiliate marketing (credit card comparison sites, insurance, etc) only to find out how competitive that niche is and the money that is required to make it within that industry (plus all the reading in between) made me reevaluate my options
One thing I should add is that my ideal online business would be the one with passive income - build it, rank it, maintain it, get paid
Anywho, my biggest problem was concentrating on one particular thing and focusing my all on it...hopefully you have some useful tips on how to overcome this mental unorganization and lack of focus...as you will see, i'm all over the place at the moment and any advice you can give will help. I have considerable income available to invest to build a long lasting business but I'm afraid that whatever I invest it will not work due to being oversaturated, too comeptitive, not enough search volume, too much reading about everything else....and on and on and on
finance product comparison site
niche dating/membership site
drop ship eccommerce site
niche directory site within my city
finance related blog
If any of you FastLaners know the cure to my problem, I AM ALL EARS (AND EYES)...IMO i have all the resources available to me if I can only focus on one thing that will somewhat minimize my odds of failing (I guess thats what I'm scared of, considering the capital is not mine, but is being pushed my way to start something) Taking action and lack of focus....two essential things are missing from my arsenal and can't even describe to you how frustrating it is...
Thanks for any replies
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