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Posted 08 June 2004 - 08:18 AM
We all have dreams of the perfect online business.
I have been majorly ripped off about three times in the past. Usually by w*****s who can't be arsed finding their own ideas.
There are too many arseholes out there who would quite gladly take your money or your idea and not give a stuff about the consequences.
There's nothing like your own experience in making decisions like the ones you want to make and I don't think you have too much of that YET!!
My advice to you is to learn all there is to learn to enable you to get your business off the ground. Do it in such a way where the "VITAL INGREDIENTS" are kept close to your own chest......PERMANENTLY!
If it means putting your plans back for six to twelve months to enable you to learn do it yourself then so be it. Think of all the grief and upset you would save yourself if you went on the courses and did all the study needed. Think of how good you would feel if you were the one who launched it all.
THEN AND ONLY THEN would you think of taking someone on who YOU would tell what to do and only because it takes some of the workload off yourself.
Read your own post replacing the word "dream" with the word "GOAL" (there's a difference) and you should see your aims in a true perspective.
Posted 08 June 2004 - 09:07 AM
Posted 08 June 2004 - 10:01 AM
If you're working on a tight budget (and it sounds like you are), here's some things you may want to do:
1) Keyword Research (www.seoresearchlabs.com) - $99.95
They'll give you a report to get you started.
2) Site Optimization - ??
Invest in some good SEO books and check out this forum as well as Jill's articles. One of my favorite starter books for SEO is Search Engine Visibility by Shari Thurow (which is selling on Amazon.com for $20.39 + shipping).
3) PPC Management (you can do the same time as Site Optimization)
Play around with some low cost keywords at Google or Overture and try to drive traffic while you're waiting for your natural search rankings. I'd start with at least $100.
Okay, so on that tight budget, you'd be spending around $221 plus your time. As you can see, you're going to go over the 2-digit expense budget but this should get you started.
Posted 08 June 2004 - 10:14 AM
Posted 08 June 2004 - 10:25 AM
If you don't make a profit on your spend - something is seriously wrong with your prices, products, services - and that is your responsibility.
Sure, any SEM worth their salt is interested in you getting a good ROI and can make suggestions, we (and others) do it all the time. But only you really know your business area - so it is a little unfair to expect us to depend on you making a profit before we make any money.
Posted 08 June 2004 - 11:34 AM
This is definitely true, but the same can be said about many of the online businesses popping up every day. Basically, the two groups are still learning how to work with each other, what questions to ask, expectations, etc.
I suspect that part of it has to do with the fact that this end of marketing is still a young profession. But as it matures, it will have to take on service and delivery standards.
I'd recommend learning about the industry, contacting some firms that appear to be reputable, then asking for references as part of your evaluation.
Posted 13 June 2004 - 07:46 PM
A word of caution: there are a LOT of sleazy hit exchanges, MLM schemes and free for all thingies that aren't worth the time to sign up. Also, if asked for your email address, give them a free one like Yahoo or Netscape and open your letters online, not in Outlook. Also, make sure your McAfee is up to date and get some spyware like Bazooka first. I learned the hard way and spent 2 days cleaning out viruses and nasty browser hijackers.
Posted 01 July 2004 - 03:38 AM
Edited by Randy, 01 July 2004 - 11:22 AM.
Posted 01 July 2004 - 07:34 AM
Then you can add in all the profit motives and bonuses that you want. SEO is not a one time shot, it is on going.
Posted 01 July 2004 - 10:58 AM
Please send a Private Message (see 'My Controls') or email the client direct - posting in the forum is not allowed for subcontracting replies.
Posted 01 July 2004 - 01:46 PM
Posting on a board is definetly not the right way to find people like me though. You should be networking with your friends and business associates. If you have a great business concept, you'll be able to share it with your associates and find people to help you.
You, yourself have to be professional if you expect to find other professionals. If you don't have a large network of people to share you concepts with, then you probably haven't established yourself as a professional yet and won't be able to find what you're looking for. If you're in this boat, then you need to be establishing yourself first by doing high quality work for other high quality people. If you do this, you'll be suprised how well word of mouth works for you.
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