So far in the MMD Interview series we’ve heard from forum admins “CashCleaner” and “Bizzoyce,” and in this installment, we have an exclusive interview with lead admin “Smeltzer.” In this interview we find out how he got his online marketing start, what advice he would give to others, and what he thinks will be most successful in 2013. So, without further delay, we welcome Smeltzer to the MMD Interview Series.
How did you get started online?
Interesting story actually, it was a complete accident. I was working a job where I could pretty much do whatever it was I wanted to do. I made about $1,000-$5,000 a week, depending on the week. I had a friend who was telling me about all this money he was making online. I wasn’t sure if he was bullshitting or not, but he always seemed to have a lot of money and had no job as far as I could tell. I decided, what the hell.
Other then playing games, I knew nothing of the internet—I played MMORPG’s, namely at that time Ultima Online. So I got to thinking about it and got to looking around and found some sites for sale on Ebay. One site kind of appealed to me—this site dealt in selling visitors to Webmasters. I decided to buy it, though to be honest, I really knew nothing of anything or where to start, but the guy selling the site said it had made a few sales already so I figured it must not be that hard.
After I bought the site I began to see that it was really hard to get started. I think I ran millions of ideas over in my head, and like I said, I knew nothing; during this phase, Google became my only friend. After some search queries I found a forum that let people sell traffic—this forum was digital point. From here I began my long journey of forum marketing.
I got that site up to $100.00 a day just from that very forum. While it was nothing compared to what I was making, I did not even have to get out of bed to make this money, and for some reason, that appealed to me. I gave up my day job and began marketing my site full time. It was well worth it and I’m glad I started like I did. I never have one regret.
Looking back what would you say is the thing that started moving you to marketing online?
As I stated previously, it was the fact that I can make money without even getting out of bed that drove me to marketing online—freedom. I can go to a beach if I desire, I can do anything I want and make money.
What kind of online marketing do you do now?
I still do forum marketing, just now the goal is different. My name is “Red” and my position is Admin, so everything I do is a reflection upon MMD and I try hard to market my name not just for my sake, but for the sake of the forum as well. My sole focus right now is on the forum. I always have my hands in everything though, that will never change.
What has been most successful for you?
Probably the most successful thing for me has been MMD by far. I mean before this I was making $5,000 to $6,000 a month, then flipping the site for 10 times the profit. Developing businesses, proving them successful, and then letting someone else take the headache. This got old, but it did make me a bit of change.
What are the top 5 tips you can give that people can use to become more successful online?
- Money takes work.
- Do something you believe in and that makes you feel good.
- You need no experience to make money online, just a desire.
- You do not have to buy every product out there to make money online. Just use your head—I did it, as well as many others—you can too.
- Money is made only by sticking the right offer in front of the right eyeballs at the right time. So the equation is traffic = money. This is not a hard concept, but once you learn where to get traffic for your niche and how much you can gain from a certain source you can, from there, begin to scale it up. All niches have at least one great place for traffic that requires very little work.
What is the area of online marketing you love the most—CPC, PPV, affiliate marketing, etc—and why?
I would go with affiliate marketing because it takes more effort and you learn more by searching for how to promote an offer. You use more of your brains and if you by some chance are not successful, it costs you nothing to try out. You are not afforded that luxury with cost marketing. I have lost $5,000 in under a day with PPV—it is an experience I don’t care to repeat any time soon.
What do you see as the hot areas to work in this year?
I think the future of marketing is via social networking in general. Social networking costs nothing, only time, yet done right, it can propel your business beyond your wildest dreams. In under one month you can start a site and without spamming and only using just one social media site, you can easily generate over 1,000 visitors a day. It takes some getting use to, sure, and I have done it time and time again on one of my favorite niches. This is only spending less then one hour a day on it. Now just imagine someone who is ambitious and who really needs the traffic—the sky is the limit all thanks to social networking.