This is just one of the many ways to make money with the Internet. It might take some time to learn and master, but it is very easy to do as long as you are willing to put the time into it. I guess we can say that about anything.
Local search engine results is something many look past because of the global reach the Internet brings. It is much easier to think nationwide or global rather than local. If you’re like me, you have used Google to find restaurants or local stores in your area. I have searched for Hauppauge Chinese restaurant or Italian or whatever. For that phrase there are about 20,000 results. A good number to stick with for a niche term is under 40k. You can use any method to build pages that will get ranked, (social networking will work just fine) you can easily get on the first page of Google for that three word phrase. There are many ways to accomplish that.
If the search results were over 40K, it would be tougher… but on the other hand, if there are 5,000 results then you will probably achieve all 10 results on the first page. Ok, now what? For your local cities, pick a phrase and take control of the first page of Google. Then promote a fake Chinese restaurant. Where the name of the restaurant would go, you call it “Your-Company-Name Chinese Restaurant.” You can also setup links to restaurant guides to help with linking. You should also link to your website where you describe your services.
Next, you contact all the local restaurants. The best way is to go down in person and show them what you have done and what you can do for them. Explain how their revenue can easily increase (look up facts on these numbers) by being on the first page of Google. 60% will not look past the first page of Google is very important.
You can also take this one step further and not charge anything until you can get them on the first page of Google. What can you charge for this type of service? You can charge a one-time fee, but I like to build monthly clients. I always felt that is the smarter way to go. But of course that is up to you. $97/mo I feel is a great place to start and even offer a better deal for paying 6 or 12 months in advance.
You can also go another route and allow a pizza restaurant to get the Chinese food listing. This can easily drive the price of your service up with the additional competition.
There are roughly 20,000 cities in the US alone and there are many categories (Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Irish, Sushi, Buffets, etc.) That’s over 200,000 potentials. Then of course you can go after stereo shops, fitness centers, dentists, you get the picture.
Again, this is just one of hundreds of ways to make money utilizing the Internet. It all starts with understanding basic Internet marketing and learning how to get high rankings. It is very easy to get high rankings for niche markets. I have gained the top spot on Google in minutes using certain techniques. But, in this case, going after niche markets… everyday marketing techniques will work. It just comes down to you being creative in the service you will provide.
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