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Another Use Of Craigslist for Online Entrepreneurs

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Another Use Of Craigslist for Online Entrepreneurs


Previously, we have explored some ways that you can make some money off Craigslist by promoting an e-commerce site that you own, as well as providing services. These are some great uses of this free classified ads site. However, there are some other ways that you can use it to your advantage as an online entrepreneur. Here are some more ideas:

 

  • Find Temporary Staff to Help You With Your Projects

 

While you can definitely do this on internet marketing forums, you can also use Craigslist to build up your virtual team of staff members. There are a few advantages of doing so: first of all, the people who respond to your ad will usually have a genuine interest in earning a bit of money for small, part time jobs and will be less likely to be scammers. By getting some staff members on Craigslist, you will also be “creating jobs” for your local city, even if they are just temporary positions. Also, since these people are local, you are far more likely to find people who understand and can write in proper English, as they will be located in your city.

 

Let’s say you need some regular blog posts for your business blog. You can hire someone and pay them $10 a day or so to create 2 or 3 blog posts for you. Or, if you need someone who can create simple web pages cheaply, you can hire a web designer for $10 to $15 an hour, instead of paying a professional design firm 10 times that amount. There are many unemployed people or students who are looking for part time job opportunities on Craigslist and who would be quite happy to find a legitimate opportunity to work from home and earn a few extra dollars.

 

But unfortunately, there are plenty of people who are still spamming MLM offers or some other scam programs on Craigslist. For these reasons, avoid using the words “make money online” or “work from home” in your ad. It will often be seen as spam/scam by viewers and will be flagged down rather quickly. Be as descriptive and professional as possible to avoid this.

 

Here is an example of a bad ad:

 

Make money online! Looking for people who can work from home today! Email Bob for more details.

 

Here is a better one:

 

We are an online advertising firm looking to hire 2 workers for the creation of promotional content. Must have excellent written English skills. Knowledge of web hosting industry is an asset. Contact Bob @ Acme Inc. if you are interested in this position.

 

Many people ask if you can still use Craiglist for affiliate offers. The answer is yes, but there are a few things that you should do and other things to be avoided if you want to see any kind of results from this. We will take a look at other uses of Craiglist for online marketing tomorrow.

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Is Local Web Hosting a Good Idea?

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Is Local Web Hosting a Good Idea?


There are plenty of local business owners and internet entrepreneurs who are asking as to whether going with a local hosting company in their city is a good idea. One of the principal reasons as to why they are interested in using a local web host is to support the local economy and to support local small businesses like theirs. Certainly enough, no one could ever say that supporting a local business is a bad idea. But are web hosting solutions which are provided by small local companies really adequate for everyone’s needs?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Here are some possible drawbacks of using a small local hosting company for your website:

  • They haven’t established their reputation yet

Large, international hosting companies which do business with everyone and are not aimed at a particular city have usually been thoroughly reviewed and talked about on the internet. You will find reviews made both by webmasters who have simply hosted a website with them, to experts in the field of web hosting. This can be very helpful in making a determination as to whether a certain web host provides quality service or not. If you can’t find many reviews on the host you intend to use, it can be quite hard to make this decision.

  • Their support could be limited

Small companies often cannot afford to have staff members that are available 24 hours a day who can answer all of your questions and resolve problems, just like the bigger hosting companies. Remember, your website is not like a store, it never closes. Therefore, it needs to be up 24 hours a day and help should also be available 24 hours a day should it be needed to resolve any technical problems that cause your site to not function properly. This staff should also be truly able to fix problems, rather than just note down information and say that someone will get back to you the next day.

  • They may have limited resources

Smaller companies usually cannot afford to make large investments in order to have an entire data center filled with servers. Furthermore, they may not have the facilities to make daily backups, as well as have a contingency plan in place should there be a problem, such as a fire, natural disaster, or power failure.

So, who are local web hosting companies actually good for?

If you run a small website for your business and you don’t mainly depend on the site to conduct your operations, then you could go with a local hosting company if you believe that it is a better idea in your opinion. However, if you are running an e-commerce site that is the main source of revenue for your company, you are much better off using the services of a larger web hosting company which has shown that they have a good reputation in the marketplace and have a perfect record when it comes to reliability and support.

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A Virtual Staff Can Propel You To Success – Part 4

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A Virtual Staff Can Propel You To Success – Part 4


We’ve taken a look at how useful having a virtual team of staff members can be for your online business. In theory, everything seems easy, as all you have to do is to find people who are capable of doing what you are looking for. In order for your business to run smoothly, there are a few last things you need to take into consideration. Remember, your reputation will largely depend on the quality of your workers, so these are things to take seriously.

Try Out Your Workers First

When you are recruiting new people, you need to assign them a small project for you to be able to see if their work is of good quality and whether they can deliver on what they promise. For example, if you need 100 articles written and have 5 people interested in doing the work, you will ask each of them to write 1 article. Then, you will split the project up and hire those that did the best job. So if you are left with 2 people who write really well, you will assign each of them 50 articles.

Avoid Getting Scammed

One mistake that people often make is to hire someone based only on work samples that they have provided. While they may be useful in guiding your choice, samples are definitely NOT the only thing you will want to consider. Think of it: anyone could grab someone else work and then claim it as their own. Another thing is all too common with article writers is people who can’t really write in decent English hire someone who can to write sample articles for them and then show it to their clients as examples of their own work. If you are not careful, you will soon realize the hard way that they actually have no clue as to how to write.

To avoid misunderstandings, be sure to tell the staff member exactly what needs to be done and by when you need the work completed. If you have found people on a forum or freelancing site, check their reputation, such as their feedback and the previous posts they made on the forum. If you see that all their posts are nothing but filler such as “Nice share” or “Yes, thanks for the info”, it is probable that they are just increasing their post count in the hopes of getting people to trust them.

Taking Things Further

One of the advantages of online business which I have repeated time and time again is that you have the potential to earn as much, or as little money as you want to. If you are satisfied with this making you only a few dollars a day, then that’s fine. But if you want to expand this into a full time business, it can be done as well. Some people have turned the ideas that I mentioned into an enterprise that earns in excess of six figures a year in profit. These people have started out in exactly the same way than you. All you need to expand is to get more staff and more customers who will pay for your services. If you manage the operation properly, you can definitely turn this into a great money earner.

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A Virtual Staff Can Propel You To Success – Part 2

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A Virtual Staff Can Propel You To Success – Part 2


Whatever you are doing to make money online, chances are that you could benefit from having some people help you out with your projects. The thing is, while many of us would love to have our own office and have some staff members working for us, this is not always within the means of all of us. After all, if you hire workers, you will need to pay them an hourly wage, plus have to worry about things such as taxes, vacation pay, etc.

But, there is a way to make this possible. Instead of actually hiring people who will work in a physical office location, you would recruit a few virtual staff members who will be available to help you out with your projects. The main advantage of online outsourcing is that you won’t need to pay them a salary, you will just pay them to do specific projects when you need them. For example, you could pay an outsourcer $10 to design a logo or $50 to write the content for an entire website.

Of course, the question remains: where do you find people to be part of your virtual staff? There are 3 options.

Classified ads sites (Craigslist, Gumtree, Backpage, etc)

If you want to give local people the opportunity to earn money from home, then you can post an ad one one of these sites. Be sure to describe what the worker will need to do and what skills they will need to have (writing, web design, graphic design, etc.) Even though the economy is recovering, there are still many people who are unemployed and unable to find work in their field. This means you will probably get a few people who will respond to your ad.

The only downside is that you will have to pay them a bit more than if you found people on a forum or a freelancing site. But it will still be cost effective, as there are many people would be willing to work from home, even for $10 an hour.

Freelancing websites (GetAFreelancer, Freelancer.com, Fiverr, Microworkers, Odesk, etc)

These sites are basically marketplaces where service providers meet clients. You will post a description of the project and your requirements. Workers will then bid on the project and you can select one or more people to do the job (except on Fiverr, where all jobs are $5 and you contact people directly to see if they are interested in doing the work).

IM forums (Warrior Forum, Digital Point, etc)

IM forums have a section where service providers can make a thread detailing the services that they offer and clients can post threads detailing services that they need. IM forums are a great place to find people who will do some work for you on a regular basis.

Tomorrow, we will explore some ways to ensure that you are only recruiting the best people and how to manage the whole operation.

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Start Your Own Web Marketing Agency – Expanding Your Business

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Start Your Own Web Marketing Agency – Expanding Your Business


Another thing that you will need to take into account when you open up a web marketing agency is how much you will be charging your clients for the services that you provide. You will want to have prices that are very competitive and yet still allow you to make a decent amount of profit.

Of course, the exact way that you structure your pricing remains your decision. After all, it’s your business, right? In order to get an idea, look at what your competitors are charging and then make your price list accordingly.

Another thing that you should do is to create a few different packages for your clients to choose from. That way, you will be able to suit everyone’s needs, no matter what their budget is. Let’s say you are offering a web promotion service in which you place classified ads for your clients and also write articles and submit them to various article directories. You could create several different packages depending on how many ads you will post each day and how many articles will be created in total for the client.

Now what happens if you get so many clients that you don’t always have the time to complete all the work quickly? Or what if you truly want to expand your business and make even more money? All of this is of course possible. Remember, even the top web marketing agencies that employ dozens of people have probably started as a one man operation out of someone’s house.

If you want to expand, there is one big thing that you have to do: hire some staff to help you. Here, you basically have two choices: you can either hire freelancers from anywhere in the world, or actually hire some local staff members as full time employees. If your business is just starting to pick up steam, the best bet is to go with the first option for now. If you browse internet marketing forums, or freelancing sites, you will find that there are plenty of people who are capable of doing tasks that will be useful for you such as designing web sites, creating graphics and logos, posting on classified ads sites, writing articles and content for sites, etc. Freelancers have the advantage of being much more cost effective versus actually hiring full time workers, as you would only need to pay them when you actually need them to work on a project.

Later on, as your business grows, you can then hire a full time staff that will produce the required work for your clients or help you with general administrative tasks such as processing payments from clients, answering their questions and explaining your services, etc. Of course, this is not something that you absolutely need to do. If you only want to do this business as a part time side venture that you run from your home, you can always keep it that way. This is the advantage of being your own boss: you can set your objectives as high or as low as you want.

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Becoming A Merchant – The Other Side Of CPA – Part 1

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Becoming A Merchant – The Other Side Of CPA – Part 1


Are you pushing CPA offers? Have you ever wondered who are the merchants behind many of the rebill/trial offers? Some of you imagine them being some large corporation, with hundreds of staff members and an owning an entire skyscraper in downtown New York. Nothing could be further from the truth. In many cases, these companies are owned by one main owner or a few people. They may also employ a handful of employees. But that’s it. How do they make money? And HOW could you become a merchant, rather than a publisher of CPA offers?

I will explain it to you in a simplified way. But a BIG word of caution here. This is not for the lazy. It demands some hard work and a lot of entrepreneurship. If all you want to do is whip together a web page with some nice graphics and call it a day, it is not for you.

What do you need? First: a product.

The product doesn’t need to be an advanced revolutionary breakthrough that will marvel people for generations to come. Nope, it can be something very simple actually.

There are 2 categories of products that you can base your business on: digital products (most commonly the “make money online” niche) and physical products (usually “health products” niche).

If you go with the digital products, what you have to offer is simple. A series of guides related to your “make money online” idea, i.e. earn with Google, earn with eBay, earn with Amazon, earn by being a freelance writer/online photographer/ etc. or a more general “start an online business” which explores various possibilities to earn money online.

The main guides don’t have to be groundbreaking and revolutionary. All of the information on how to earn money with various methods is freely available online. But you will also need to provide some content that will make the users want to keep their membership active month by month. This includes updates, new methods that are added, or services such as affiliate tracking services, PPC tools, etc.

If you go with providing a physical product, think of filling a need. People want to: lose weight, get rid of acne, whiten their teeth, etc. Now you don’t have to spend millions of dollars researching, developing and testing a product. Here’s some news for you in case you missed it: all of these health products sold through CPA offers are no better than generic stuff you would find in a natural products store or your local pharmacy. The rest is just hype. The “super results” and “great benefits” are based on anecdotal evidence at best, pseudoscience at worst.

What you need is to find a supplier which can provide you with the product related to your niche and simply apply your branding label to the packaging, and then send it out to the end customer. You start by offering a free trial, and if the user didn’t cancel, they get a monthly shipment of the product. Your profit margin will be quite high, since these products can be purchased in bulk very cheaply.

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