So many freelancers sit on Upwork all day bidding on jobs. I started freelancing about 6 months ago, and I already have more work than I can handle, turning much of it down. I have no problem getting endless hourly jobs in the $25-50 USD per hour range. Being 20 years old, that’s not so bad. The first step is to work with someone who has connections. Build out a simple project for them, and do it for dirt cheap. 20 hour job for $200. The key is, they’ve got to be a somebody. They have to have clients and the ability to refer you to others when they are given the chance. You likely know someone already who has this ability. Just help them out and they’ll treat you well. I did this, and I was referred to a Wall Street Journal featured company who raised a $25,000,000 funding round earlier this year. The referrals just keep growing and the hourly rate keeps going up. Also, do the first projects through Upwork (formerly Elance and oDesk). This will get your profile from 0 ratings to 1 or 2 ratings with 5 stars. This will be enough to generate jobs with a good cover letter. Explain why you’re better than the rest and you’ll win that job. You won’t ever rely off Upwork completely. It will help you get a few jobs, grow your portfolio, get experience and build a name. I imagine the amount of people that make $100k+ per year through the Upwork system is low because they eventually move off the system and work with the same repeat customers over and over. By doing jobs for cheap initially, and getting some easy reviews on freelancing sites like Upwork, you’ll have no problem getting coding work.
When I started out, I didn’t have much money or skills. It was tough to create value. I didn’t have the mindset or skills to get paying clients. I struggled to freelance write in high school, before finally being able to afford a programmer to help build out a software that went on to sell 6 figures, called Keyword Scout. After that, I decided to push myself to learn to program. Programming not only offered the option to have a steady income from freelancing, but it also gave me an opportunity to create value for clients who didn’t know how to program. It’s a different feeling knowing there are thousands of software ideas out there and they’ll all make me money, as the clients are begging for them. I no have so many options and opportunities open to me. Any time I want, I can sit down, build out a great product that will turn into a chunk of change. It’s a different feeling when you have such an in demand skill. It gives you so much confidence in your business. Knowing how to program has now given me the option to hire programmers to work under me, leaving me with the small task of checking over their code for quality and knowing exactly what I’m paying for. In this industry, it’s so easy to get scammed but it’s nice to know that I know what I’m paying for. I can literally pay someone $1200 to build out a software system in 4 weeks, test it and review the code, and turn this system into a 4 figure per month income. When the product creation is handle, that just leaves marketing to me, which I love, and if it’s a good product, it will handle a lot of marketing by itself. This entire process just leaves it to, getting the idea and validating it by talking to prospective buyers, then writing the spec and hiring the coder. I basically then just review the code and what I’m paying for, and bring it to market. More of my failed products were in the product creation step, but that’s now automated. I’d lose interest after coding for 200 hours when I was only halfway done. I’m motivated but easily distracted to something else.
Getting Wikipedia backlinks can be very difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing. In this 14 minute video, I go over exactly what you need to do to be worthy of a Wikipedia backlink. Here are the major points I address in the video:
- How to find articles that need your reference link. Not all articles need a link and most won’t stick if you put the links in a random article. There are signals we look for when finding a spot to put the backlink.
- What exactly needs to be done to place the link. This involves learning the basic Wikipedia syntax and adding value. You can’t simply just add a link, but you must also change the article, and add valuable content that displays your knowledge on the subject.
- Whether you should be logged in or edit as a guest. When to edit as a guest and when to use your account. Also, how to build authority to your Wikipedia account.
- I also touch on making a Wikipedia page. If there’s more interest in learning how to do it, and given there are enough readers with aged and authoritative Wikipedia accounts, I can make a video teaching it. Right now, I’m doing freelance writing where I’ll place your company on Wikipedia if it’s noteworthy and fits the Wikipedia guidelines. I’m familiar with Wikipedia syntax and non-promotional writing style requirements.
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You may be wondering what all this hype is about around expired domain names. Expired domains names are a great way to grab some aged backlinks without having to build them yourself. These expired domains can be used for both your money site or your private blog network. Since the previous domain owner likely had a legitimate business or blog, these expired domains tend to contain some very useful backlinks that you can’t usually buy for the price of a $10 domain name. In this brief video, I teach how to find expired domain names for free, and how to pick through them to find a domain that could be used as a money site or a private blog network. We use the free version of Dom Cop, and then analyzed the domains backlinks with Ahrefs, Moz and Majestic to check if the domain had been spammed. I also suggest a number of free tools to use and discuss the best backordering services.
How to Find and Analyze Expired Domain Names for Free
Watch this video on YouTube.If you’d like to purchase my personal scraper that I used to check over 50 million news articles to discover 12,000 expired domains, use the contact form at the top of the site. For me to set the Python source code up on your server, create the databases, configure the crawler and teach you how to use it, this will run in the range of $3000-$4000.
Selling over Skype, not by calls, but by text messages is something that’s not commonly covered in mainstream selling books or courses. 1. I act like I’m too busy I’m always super busy and I end up getting even more busy when these customers see I don’t have time for them. When you appear to have a lot of customers, they understand quickly that there’s a reason you’re busy, because you’re customers are happy and your work is in demand. 2. I act like I don’t need their sale If customers under you don’t desperately need their sale, you must be doing alright and know a few things about what you’re doing. By accidentally portraying these 2 personalities, I am able to get more sales. This is a perfect example why I believe success breeds success. 3. I offer time sensitive discounts or special offers Once you offer a deal that is time sensitive and special to their needs, they will be pressured to buy. Once they leave for the day and sleep on the idea, the chance that they’ll come back and want to buy is going to half or less.
Since starting a software company in my teenage years, I’ve come to learn there are a few tips I wish people told me when I was starting. Everyone rants about the same old advice and I just never found it helpful. So here are 7 tips that all new entrepreneurs should know, understand and accept.
1. Stop reading mainstream mediaMost articles in mainstream news and magazines are written by journalists, and not the billionaire name that appeared in the headline. The journalists and ghost writers are regular people, and many of them are not all that wealthy. Articles published by Donald Trump were likely written by his assistant or PR team.
2. Read more blogs by rising industry expertsThe key is to find someone who specializes in exactly your industry. If you’re trying to learn about SEO, you don’t want to listen to a guy who goes on about all tech news, you want an internet marketer who lives and breathes SEO. You also don’t want someone who is overly successful because the chance that they are taking the time to write their own blog posts gets slimmer as they get more popular.
3. Concentrate on yourself and no one elsePeople often worry and compare themselves to others. “What was Bill Gates doing at my age? Am I on track?” Don’t worry about him. Your parents are different than his. Your entire life is different and shouldn’t be built to mimic his. Instead develop the ignorance he had to ignore everyone else and focus on his goals and dreams.
4. Focus on one project, and don’t worry about the restEveryone has 5 ideas, or 10. You don’t need 5 to be successful. You need one executed to the very end to be successful. You don’t need a backup plan and you don’t need to execute 2 plans at once. Make your one project work, regardless how much you lose interest. That being said, your idea may be bad and in that case, you should ask some of the most successful people that you know personally if they can share their thoughts on your idea.
5. Understand an idea is worth nothingStop worrying about getting people to sign an NDA agreement. 99% of the people who are capable of executing your idea better than you don’t care and don’t need ideas. We have our own, lots of them. There’s no such thing as an “idea” person unless you have a multi-million dollar track record and can vision everything from product development to marketing and growth hacking. You need to be good at sales or development. There’s no “idea guy” position needed.
6. Don’t cut cornersFor example, when you are comparing designers to build out your website, don’t go for the half price guy who hardly has a track record. You need to put as much quality into your product as possible. If it’s a software product, you user interface and your code needs to be perfect. It should be enjoyable to use and it should work well. In this age, the most powerful form of marketing is word of mouth. Just get a few clients on board, and get them to like your product. If you can’t find 2 people who want to buy your product, then it’s probably a bad idea and you shouldn’t develop it. However, once you develop that product, get them onboard and impress them. If your product is as well built as they hoped, they will spread it to their industry friends.
7. Listen to your customersYour first 10 customers are essential to how your company will proceed. You need to listen to their feedback and advice because at this point, you are suffering from tunnel vision and know exactly where you want to take your product, even if where you’re taking it isn’t where your customers want it to go. Listen to their feedback and be open to criticism. Promote and reward their feedback. Fulfilling their demands early on will save you from a lot of headaches later on.
While the term “make money online” has a lot of negative and fraudulent feelings towards it, there are a lot of legitimate ways someone can create their own online job. However, it’s not as easy as you’ve heard. You don’t get to only work 5 hours a week, you don’t make ridiculous amounts of money by doing nothing. You put hard work and long hours in, and you’ll get that out of it. Lets go over some practical ways you can start making money today.
1. Start a blogIf you choose a topic that you like, it may not be as boring as you think. To start, you’d need an investment of about $60 which will get you website hosting and a domain name. With this blog, you can share your valuable knowledge about a subject you are familiar with. You can drive traffic through search engine optimization and monetize your blog with ad networks like Google Adsense.
2. Sell Instagram shoutoutsMost teenage girls have popular Instagrams that have a lot of potential. First, you’ll need to get your initial 5000 followers. This can be done by posting every few days, and buying shoutouts. Shoutouts cost anywhere from $15 to $150 each and can bring anywhere from a few dozen followers to several hundred at a time. If you want help/consulting with buying shoutouts and a package of several shoutouts to skyrocket you into the market, for budgets over $1000 consider using a shout out agency such as ShoutOurBiz. Once you establish your initial following, these agencies will turn around and also sell shoutouts for you, where you’d advertise less popular Instagrams.
3. FreelanceIn these first 2 methods, you are creating a brand around yourself and monetizing it. This third method is about selling your skills. If you can write English and were born in the USA or Canada, you can become a writer and easily earn $1.50 USD per 100 words written. If you can write a 600 word article (without editing) in an hour, you can easily make $10 an hour. Personally, I sold coding and programming services throughout my college years which paid anywhere from $25 to $50 USD per hour. Click here to read my advice I have on freelancing.
4. Learn a niche skillI’m not talking about general skills like word processing, but I’m talking about sitting down for 100 or 500 hours and learning a valuable skill. Do you know what search engine optimization is? If so, do you know how to work the software in that industry? For example, ScrapeBox is a software that automates SEO and customers require certain services involving in. For those of you who know how to work ScrapeBox, there are many people on forums looking to buy do-follow link blasts for their tier 1 or 2 links, for negative SEO or for their GSA SER campaigns. If you don’t know what I just said, that’s a perfect example. I know a skill that others don’t and I can easily monetize it to generate a few thousand per month.
People continuously try to communicate with celebrities and other important people on Twitter but don’t really have much of a plan or structure. Here’s how I break down each tweet I write, and how I am able to communicate with the best.
1. Make sure they see your tweet.What time are they using on Twitter? Most important people, especially business icons are on a tight and structured daily schedule, and Twitter will find it’s way into it each and every day. Check their tweet history to see when they are normally online. Are they normally active at 7:30 AM every morning? Are the tweets sent them automated or are they actually on their phone? Many sharks on the TV show, Shark Tank, schedule their tweets and 95% of people don’t realize this and still respond to the celebrity’s tweets. What time do they usually get tweeted by other? If 10,000 other people are tweeting your target because some news related to them just got released, your chances of getting seen are slim. For example, Kevin O’Leary would get the most tweets during and after an airing for Shark Tank, so don’t try then.
2. Make sure they want to respond.Offensive remarks will make them want to respond, but that probably isn’t in your agenda and won’t help your cause. Ask a question that embeds and shows that you already know about them. Show that you’re not some guy trying to make a quick buck off them. “How are you today?” is kind of plain and generic. No one ever responds to that question with any attention span or interest.
3. Make sure there is something to respond to.Ask a question that would make them want to respond. Something that isn’t a hard or inconvenient to answer. Many people tweet statements, like “hahaha that’s funny” to a tweet that a celebrity sent out. What do you expect back from that, a happy face emoji? Take a look at some of the tweets and responses below to give you some idea.
I see it too many times, someone starts a blog talking about beginner basics that have literally been talked about and written on hundreds of times. Most bloggers need to start offering something beyond what they think their audience is capable of knowing. You need to establish your credibility and knowledge by talking about topics that are pushing their intellectual capabilities.
Earn your linksIf you want people to link to you, you’re going to have to start offering unique knowledge and content. People don’t want to read about how to blow dry their hair, but they want to know how to blow dry their hair with a round brush. Instead of setting up WordPress, people want to know how to customize WordPress to do XYZ. It’s not that they don’t need help with the simple stuff, it’s that there are already a ton of articles on the beginner stuff and trying to get that traffic is useless. Your traffic would also not be as targeted and passionate, making them less valuable to you. If you’re offering truly valuable insight, which my favourite type would be infographic data, then you’re going to earn links.
Would you come backPicture yourself as a college student sitting down for your first lecture of a class. If you understand what the professor is talking about entirely, do you think you’ll come back to the next class? Will you think the professor is intelligent and knowledgable on the topic? I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t come back. However, if the professor was talking over my head most of the time, I’m going to come back to the class, because I need to learn this stuff, and my professor seems to know everything about it. He established himself as a credible source.
Most people are capable beyond what you thinkIf you’re an expert in an industry, you are used to the feeling of knowing more than your listener. You’re used to explaining your internet company to your 75 year old grandma or explaining how to drive standard to your 16 year old daughter. However your blog readers are already interested in your industry and your blog isn’t the first blog that they read.
They’ve read other blogsChances are, this is not the first blog in your industry that your reader has checked out. They’ve been on similar blogs and they are holding the standard of quality pretty high. This is especially true if your initial readers are friends who are also experts in your industry, who already know as much about you, or more about certain parts. If you can keep them interested in what you’re saying and keep their attention, they are going share your blog with their following and fellow friends. They simply are not going to recommend a blog who doesn’t offer some sort of awesome value and insight.
Making money online is by no ways easy. Everyone wants to do it. Nobody wants to get up at 7 am, and go work for someone else in a cubicle for 5 days a week. Kids realize this early in their teenage years and because of this, most internet markers are under the age of 25, but most of them hardly make any money. These kids put in tons of hours every week, but have almost nothing to show for it. Meanwhile, a 3o or 40 year internet marketer with a full time job will sit down after dinner every night, build a large enough income online to quit his full time job. What is it that separates these 2 types of people? Is it their maturity, their experience or their work ethic? Neither. When working just 3 hours a day, your time sitting at the computer becoming so concentratedly productive, that you get in the same amount of work as a jobless 18 year old who sites at the computer 8-14 hours a day. You begin to value your time and know that you need to get your work done now, because you won’t have time later. These older people then build a small income working just weeknights and weekends and realize that if they scaled exactly what they are doing to 8 hours a day, they could make a better living than they do at their day job. They stabilize a small, working system and scale it by spending more time on it. Teenagers will spend the entire day on the computer from day one, and bounce from method to method, trying to find a way to make money. Older people have no time to ditch what they are working on and the progress they’ve made to go start something new while teenagers don’t even think twice because they know they have a full day worth of time to work on this new idea tomorrow. They don’t realize that their schedule-less teenage days will soon come to an end. Also teenagers have no planning, as they never step back from the computer and look at the big picture. This is why so many entrepreneurs start their day so early, but still don’t start work until 8 am or 9 like most people. They start their day thinking about their plans, the big picture and close it the same way, reflecting on how far along their plans and schedule they made it. Did they make enough progress today? At some point, you have to sit back and reflect on your work and plan for the next work session. Some entrepreneur use a pen and paper beside their bed to plan and reflect. By working a little less, and planning a little more, teenage entrepreneurs could achieve more in a shorter amount of time.