No Money For Advertising? Here Are Five Solutions

Today money is tighter than ever. Many are suffering from long-term unemployment. Others have spent what they could afford on sites that promised the moon only to deliver disappointment.

No Money for Advertising? Here are Five Solutions

So it’s time to talk about what one can do about advertising if funds are very limited.

Hey, we’ve all been there!

I’m not going to tell you that I was living in my car and eating at the soup kitchen. I wasn’t. But around the year 2000, we were having very difficult times.

I remember driving through an ATM once and discovering that I had $17 to my name. Not a happy memory. I had a wife and two kids to provide for at the time. Talk about pressure!

I had to work online because I could not work anywhere else or take a job. I was unemployable and in very poor health.

I say all of that only to say I understand a limited budget. Now let me share five specific methods that helped me in hopes they help you too.

These are same things that I did to go from being a member of the Directory of Ezines to being the owner of the DOE in less than 18 months.

Most of these methods take effort, and lots of it. But if you use them consistently I believe you will build multiple streams of highly-targeted traffic.

And that really is the key. Not one large flow that could stop but many smaller flows that can’t be stopped and add up to one large stream of visitors.

What I share next comes from experience. I use all these methods, not just teach them.

1. Social media

Social media is free to use but can be time consuming. You can get on Twitter and Facebook or LinkedIn. But none of that will do you much good unless you have something valuable to say.

Happily, you don’t have to be a writer to have good things to say!

If you have ever been to a movie and then seen a friend and shared a few reasons why you liked  (or didn’t like) the movie then you have what it takes to succeed with social media.

I believe the key with social media is what I call “sharing with a purpose”. None of us is going to be able to compete with Taylor Swift or Ashton Kutcher when it comes to number of followers.

But we can compete when it comes to the quality of what we share. We can compete when it comes to providing value.

One key with social media is to share often and spontaneously. Are you reading a book and found a great idea? Tweet it out or post about it on Facebook. Technology like the Kindle (or Kindle app) actually let you do this with one click!

Another key with social media is to tease readers into joining your list by providing helpful information that leaves them wanting more.

One actionable idea is this – buy a Private Label Rights product that you can give away and create a Facebook page that gives the product free to people who “like” you. This can unleash a viral avalanche and help you build your email mailing list at the same time.

A win-win!

2. Pay-per-click

If you have a limited budget to try and sell things online consider using it for pay-per-click advertising. Why would I say that? Because with pay per click you know you will get traffic or you don’t pay.

One key here is to start with Facebook and not Google. No disrespect to Google but Facebook pay per click often costs less and is much more targeted.

As with all pay per click, you only pay what you want to pay and you should never be in risk of spending more than you want.

One key here is to send the traffic to your own squeeze page.

With PPC traffic you often want to use a longer squeeze page than with strategies like solo ads, but do focus on list building using PPC.

Research your competitors. Do a conservative pay-per-click campaign modeled around what they’re doing.

While you never want to copy their campaign directly, you can and should take a lesson from what they are doing that works well.

If you have a modest budget, pay-per-click is a great place to start. You control your expenses. You can try something for $20 or $30 and see how it works.

3. Forum Participation

I say this to a lot of clients. They look at me like I’m crazy. They think, “Posting on forums? Does that still work?”

Yes, it does.

Ask anyone who has done a Warrior Special Offer if it works. There are strong businesses online that have been launched by making Warrior Special Offers. If you don’t know what a WSO is, go right now to the Warrior Forum.

You can register for free. Become a member. Start poking around. You will see these special offers made. They’re often very good. Just watching how these are marketed can provide you a free education in copywriting.

Fair warning, there is more than a bit of hype on many Warrior Special Offers. So buyer, or reader, beware.

Visiting a top forum is a good place to start. Go there and lurk around. Get a feel for the place. See who’s talking about what. Find out where you can inject your product or the product you’re promoting into the conversation.

TIP: If your product can honestly solve someone’s problem then saying that, and giving reasons why, can lead to sales.

You can’t go to any of these forums and say, “Hi, my name is John. I think you should buy my product.” That’s considered advertising or spamming.

The key in forums is participation.

Even if you have more questions than answers, get in there and get to know people and become involved in conversations.

If you participate, make suggestions and try to help people, when the moment is right you can inject your product into the conversation. That’s very effective. I did that many times on several forums, and still do when time allows.

4. Links from Blog Commenting

Commenting on blogs in your niche is perhaps the easiest and fastest way to get links from high PageRank sites. And it works!

The key here is a to make a comment that shows you have read the article and one that extends the conversation.

That’s the key – extending the conversation. 

While it’s fine to say “I love this post”, short comments like that (even if they are affirming) are often seen as spam and are deleted.

So make your comment a bit longer, and feel free to ask a question too. Much like social media, commenting on blogs is all about the conversation.

One major mistake is trying to “automate” the process.

Don’t use software that sends out 9,000 comments to different blogs. You never read the posts. You’re just commenting on them. Those things don’t work. That’s cotton candy short-term stuff.

Finding blogs in your niche is easy. In fact, even Google has a blog search feature.

5. Article marketing

This is my favorite. This is the thing that turned me around. I love article marketing so much that I actually teach a course on this subject!

When I could not afford paid advertising methods I wrote articles and sent them to the ezines that I found in The Directory of Ezines. It created a strong flow of traffic.

What I did not know at the time is that the visitors article marketing created would be so interested. They felt like they knew me, and wanted to know more.

That was a beautiful thing at a time when I needed something good to happen.

In a few short weeks I went from no one reading my writing to hundreds of thousands of people reading my writing.

Article marketing means more than just blogging or posting to one or two article directories. It means submitting your article to ezines (online newsletters) in your niche, offering to be a guest blogger and more.

The best type of article marketing by far is having your own blog.

Why is having your own blog important? I believe there are three reasons.

1. It gives you a “home base”, somewhere to send all visitors so they can learn more. Having one site to which you send people matters, especially if you are an affiliate marketer who might promote a variety of products over time. Sending all traffic to your blog makes your advertising and promotion evergreen.

2. It empowers you to build a list of your own. Using tools like Aweber’s list building widget or a pop up from PopUp Domination you can build a list from your blog visitors quickly.

3. Blogs create high quality free traffic from the search engines. Search engines exist to do one thing – provide people who search relevant content. When your articles are relevant to what people are searching for search engines will send you traffic free.

One key to article marketing is to write useful but incomplete articles. What does that mean? It means your article helps people but does not try to be an entire course.

I’ll give you an example. Let’s say you’re promoting Aweber. This is my favorite auto responder.

You want to write an article about using an auto responder. You could write an article that says, “The three best ways to use an auto responder are to sell things, to follow up with customers and to recruit affiliates.” Those would be the three points of the article.

That’s useful but it’s incomplete. There are probably 50 ways to use an auto responder. That’s what “useful but incomplete” means. I think Jimmy Brown coined that term. I’m not sure. A lot of people use it.

That is the basic method of writing an article. Write useful but incomplete information. It’s useful and they appreciate it. They want to reciprocate. It’s incomplete and they want to learn more. Now they’re clicking your link.

There are many more ways to drive traffic without spending money of course. They are covered in other articles on this blog. You can link to my driving traffic section here.

If you consistently use these methods I believe you will build multiple streams of highly-targeted traffic to your site.

And when that happens your sales will become automatic and your income will become reliable.

And that is a beautiful thing indeed!

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    Happily married for 40 years, Charlie is the dad to two wonderful daughters. He is the author of 12 books on Internet marketing and owner of The Directory of Ezines, Follow Up Selling Systems, Common Sense Blog Blueprint and other membership sites.

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    161 thoughts on “No Money For Advertising? Here Are Five Solutions

    1. Thanks again Charlie Page!!! I think another beautiful thing is about to happen,thanks to how well you cover everything and sum up all of your knowledge into something small and sweet.Hopefully you can take a look at my web page which is through wordpress,which is one of your recommendations,and I only found that out when I read your article on having your own membership site,so I am pleased to be with wordpress.I will be sharing your information to my connections as it’s very useful to people who are just starting out in this field of working online.Thanks Charlie Page!

    2. Hi Charlie, I see you updated your little bit about you at the bottom of this article. Very good stuff here, I looked up Jimmy D Brown as well. Very interesting. It might take me years to get all that’s in this post, but I’ll try & give it a go. Thanks. Mark M

    3. Thank you so much charlie for this wonderful information! I’m so relived that you didnt mention google ads, because alot people dont understand that not everyone starts off with money to risk and lose. In fact people with little to no budget is in it for all or nothing.

      • I remember well having zero, and I mean zero, money for advertising.

        That is exactly why I did article marketing so aggressively. And it still works!

        Thank you for your kind comment. I’m happy you found my article helpful.

    4. Read the article and realized I needed the reminder. I wrote several article 3 years ago and still get an occasional lead from that work. I just think about what if my writing had been consistent for that time. How many leads would be the result?

      • The price to advertise in ezine varies widely. Solo ads can go from $50 to literally $5000 depending on the size of the list and the quality of the publication.

        You can use Google to find ezine ads to buy. Or you can join the Directory of Ezines and let us do the research for you! :-)

      • That’s a good question. The answer depends upon your goals. If you want to set up an automated online business that creates passive income then Follow Up Selling Systems is the best choice. If you want to buy ads in ezines and want the widest choice of ezines then Directory of Ezines is the best choice.

        Hope this helps.

        Charlie

      • Good question. I’ve hired a researcher for this and will be posting sites to my memberships soon. Hiring researchers is the only way I know to get it done reliably.

    5. Hi Charlie:

      I am always amazed at the kind of help you offer and wind up
      scratching my head that I never thought of some of these great ideas. I know Article Marketing works well, BUT, so far I haven’t figured out quite how to do it. Now i believe following your kind advice, I plan to work on it till I get it down pat and begin using it as one of my tools. Thanks for your friendship and most helpful tips for a novice like me.

      Chuck Kalill

    6. Hi Charlie, Thank you for another Great article who’s timing is perfect for me. I too am unemployable due to health issues and still battling government red tape for that. In the meantime I am still trying to learn as I go on the internet. Where would you recommend to look for forums and blogs on affiliate marketing? I am trying to drive traffic to my site but it’s not easy. Thanks again, God Bless.

    7. Article writing for ezines is my next move. I know its powerful. I have used ppv with some success but would like a better conversion rate. 1.25 per lead is about my average.

      My real shortfall is creating followup messages that work.

      I will sure take a look at your followup selling systems.

      • I would be thrilled to pay 1.25 per lead for highly qualified leads. When your email follow up system is working then that price is a bargain. I love to get subscribers for 10 cents, and that happens occasionally, but a buck twenty five for a qualified lead is a bargain in my view.

    8. With PPC traffic you often want to use a longer squeeze page than with strategies like solo ads, but do focus on list building using PPC.

      Hi, what do you mean by using a longer squeeze page?

      • I mean that most ideal squeeze pages are very short. A headline, sub-headline, five bullet points and a call to action will do the trick. But with PPC a “reverse” squeeze page often works better. That’s where you give away some information first and then get them to subscribe to learn more.

    9. Great post, Charlie. These are some wonderful ideas. I use all of them myself. My favorites are the blog commenting and pay per click. These are very easy methods to generate a tsunami of traffic. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
      Chuck

      • One of the things I like about what Google is doing now is that they are making it super easy to set up an alert based on your search. That is a good change.

        • I have Google Alerts, I need to learn how to refine it, because I keep receiving generic results on the niche that I want to keep up with

          For example: I am in the energy saving niche targeted to diy homemakers, but I keep receiving info on government laws and issues which are irrelevant to what I want

          How can I target those alerts within a niche?

          Your friend,

          Antonios

        • Antonios,

          You can narrow your search with Google’s standard advanced search tools. For example, putting a phrase in quotes means that all the words in the quote have to be there. So the phrase save on energy becomes “save on energy”. When you put it in quotes, all the words must be there so your results are more relevant. Instead of finding all the sites with the word save or the word energy Google will return only sites, or sources, where the entire phrase “save on energy” is present.

          Hope this helps.

          Charlie

    10. Thanks for the great information. I am not familiar with Facebook pay per click so I’ll check it out. I have a question about Google pay per click and using a squeeze page – is that allowed? Can you send traffic directly to a squeeze page?

      • You can if the squeeze page contains information that Google deems will help the visitor. For this I would recommend a reverse squeeze page strategy.

    11. Thanks for writing this excellent article. I published many articles, but I don’t see any backlink to my website if I go to Alexa. The only backlink is from your Directory of Ezines.

      • If you find helpful blogs in your niche and leave comments that are approved you will get a link from that blog to your site. That’s one way to do it.

    12. Charlie what a great article. We love article marketing because we are on a tight budget and it gives us free traffic to our blog on a continuos basis. We have a bunch of article ranked very high on Google and we get traffic from those every day. We put out content daily so it is always fresh and new.

      Another area that is free to use is youtube. Make videos and post them on youtube. We do that also and drive traffic back to our blog or another capture page.

    13. Great, thanks for the tips Charlie. Article marketing definitely works as a long term strategy as well as the others. I use each one of these strategies and can attest to their effectiveness.

      Dwight Anthony
      Financially Elite Blog

    14. Thanks for the tips! How effective are guest articles in newsletters that are niche related? I see you suggest that as opposed to submitting articles to article directories. Thanks.

      • Very effective in my experience. I remember the day I went from knowing that very few people were visiting my site and reading my articles to having my article published in an ezine with 300,000 readers. That was a good day.

    15. Hi Charlie,

      Thank you once again for sharing these great tips. It is useful for me as new affiliate.

      Best regards,

      Seng Sotharith

    16. Once again Charlie great topic as we all need free help and advertising. You never cease to amaze me. Keep up the great comments and your the best!

      Randy

    17. Hi Charlie. I agree with link building exercise with blog commenting. But how to get the blogs which have Do Follow so that you do get your backlink after leaving your comment there?
      I agree with your view that one should not use automated blog commenting.

      • I don’t personally worry about the do follow as much as contributing to a conversation and moving the conversation forward. My goal is more to help people and make connections than to get only links.

    18. Hi Charlie

      As you say there is so much out there for beginners and the correct way is to stick to one mentor and consistently follow through. It is a challenge as the need to earn money quickly is always uppermost. The temptation that something newer will be faster is ever present. To focus on one system has to be the best way and I am busy with FREEDOM marketing.

      Thanks for your help and advice.

    19. Hey Charlie,

      I’m back seems I was here before Thanks for inviting me back Its been a long while back .
      So I read it again and it still good stuff .
      Glad I got to refresh on these great ideas on shoestring budgeting it .
      Good job.

    20. Charlie~ Just a quick note to thank you for the great content and training you supply us of the DOE with. Since funds are tight, much of your information is very helpful and greatly appreciated.

      Thanks again.

      Bob E Olson

    21. Thanks Charlie

      I just joined the DOE as lifetime member a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for all the good advice and I do like your easy approach. It’s a breath of fresh air compared to the boastful methods others use. I have an ebook that I has given me good result with a couple of list owners I used before joining DOE. I forward to using your ezine list to find lists promote it. I believe it is not only what you say but how you say it.

      Thanks Again
      LeRoy

      • How funny. This actually was a video but had some inaccurate information about my offer for DOE membership so I’m rerecording it. I will post it as a video and the article both as I did with the Truth About Traffic.

    22. Always refreshing to read your e zine,newsletter,and blog. You are really someone
      that talks the talk and walks the walk.

      Your contributions to IM will always be legendary as you are someone that does care
      about peoples success.

      Marketing has changed some over the years but the fundamentals that worked then
      still work today One thing that happens to a lot of people,they become distracted by
      all the bright shiny objects that flood there inbox everyday, that seem so much better
      than what there working on and they by into that never finishing there goal.

      A question one should ask themselves when buying something else is how can this
      help my business model? Results take time,set a goal,pick a niche, do what has
      always worked and there will be positive results.

      One thing that I have learned, Trust is sometimes freely given but more often than not
      isn’t really deserved. Charlie Page is that someone that you can trust (WHY) because
      to him helping people obtain there dreams and goals means more to him than money.

      Your insight,honesty, and dedication, what internet marketing should be.

      Kindest regards
      Al Garretson

    23. Hi Charlie

      Thank you very much for your enlightening articles. I hope to join your course F.R.E.E.D.O.M. marketing
      in March and am looking forward to learn more about autoresponders, ezine solo ads for rent etc.
      You have my full support.

      Best regards

      Stephen

    24. Hi Charlie: Your information is top notch, as usual.

      I’ve never done much with Facebook, but your actionable plan sounds fantastic. I’m looking forward to doing that and I have just the product for it.

      It was encouraging to hear you say to use Pay Per Click because it seems like we’re always hearing that you need so much training. I definitely plan to implement that. I see someone posted a link to your site for training. I’ll certainly check that out.

      I’m a member of the DOE but haven’t spent a lot of time there as I’m working hard trying to get my product ready. I’m rather slow, I guess.

      I appreciate your training. It’s so easy to understand and no hype.
      Cheers
      Rhonda Woodworth-Tardif

    25. I do all of the above except submitting articles to ezines which is ironic considering whose blog I am leaving this comment on :lol:

      As for ppc I am about to get back into it due to some new changes made by Google along with the fact Facebook has entered the game.

    26. Great advice as always. You provide information that is to the point without the fluff and goofy chatter that other internet marketers use. I feel like I have action items now. Great stuff.

      Tom Kucan

    27. Charlie,
      Your article “No Money For Advertising? Here Are Five Solutions” shows that you know first hand what it was like to be at the bottom of the bank account, wallet and pocket — to be unemployable and ill. Yet, to have the determination to rise above it!
      A wise quote: “A man with an opinion is at the mercy of a man with an experience.” You have had the experience rising to the top from the bottom and now you are merciful/kind to teach others.

      Your statement: “One key with social media is to share often and spontaneously” is one I find to be most difficult. When singularly running an online business, keeping a structured schedule of going daily to the social media sites is a tough one. Perhaps I will try marking certain days in my schedule book and do it first thing to make this work. And definitely I’ll use your “Actionable Idea” to post products that will attract buyers.
      Thanks!! –Susan at VectorCentral

    28. Charlie, that’s a great writing strategy in saving the best tip for last! : )

      I definitely think that article marketing is excellent for both building your brand and building backlinks. I also think it’s a much safer strategy to pursue especially for beginners.

      FB and PPC are great as well; however, IMHO, they actually require that one knows how to market. The key phrase being “knows how to” – and lot’s of people don’t; especially on those venues. I’ll also caution folks about sending FB traffic directly to squeeze pages as it will likely upset your visitors.

      Instead consider using the “reverse squeeze page” approach. This is where you give your visitors 2 or more “useful but incomplete” pieces of information in writtern form or video or whatever. After your visitor consumes the first piece of information for free and with no opt-in — you then offer the 2nd or 3rd piece in exchange for the opt-in. The results are better qualified leads. ; )

    29. Charlie, thanks for sharing this information. It’s probably one of the questions I see most often across the internet. Some people are simply strapped for cash and need some alternatives. This shows that there is no secret sauce, and people can do well with some “tried and true” methods of generating traffic. Of all the ones you shared, I use forum marketing the most. I really do it without trying, as I’m just engaged in conversations and helping people when I can. The click thrus are just a bonus!

    30. Yes, I agree that Facebook ads are far more cost-effective than Google ads. They also bring in a better qualified prospect. Banner ads – even on well chosen sites – are not effective at all, as folk do not know what they’re clicking on. Animated banners are worse – like a duck shoot. They attract only kiddies. In my experience, forum postings are the most time-efficient source of traffic, and that traffic converts wonderfully well because people already know something about the offer.

      Article marketing? Hm… I did some pretty rigorous research on this. Article marketing, old style – articles dumped in directories for indiscriminate publication on sites that are mostly garbage – no longer works as a source of direct traffic. But guest posting on chosen blogs is the finest way of all to gain customers, bar none.

      Ezine posts are also very good. Memo to self: I must check out that ezine directory Charlie keeps talking about…

    31. Charlie,
      You never cease to amaze me sir. To be honest when I first started reaing this post I thought, this is not new. However I realized it was probably new to a lot of people. Then I got to the article marketing seciton and thought, yes charlie, that is good but it is soooooo slow.

      But when you mentioned submitting articles to the ezine owners listed with DOE the light came on and I felt like kicking myself in the rear. Why had I not already thought about that? Submitting to articles directories is good but like I said it is slow however, submitting articles to ezines, that’s sheer genius. No wonder I subscribe to DOE and your blogs.

      Thank and PLEASE keep up the good work for those of us who miss the obvious.

      Many Blessings,
      Dr. Clyde

    32. Great post Charlie. I believe that social media has the greatest potential, when used properly (like you mention). If you can’t get people to come to you, go to the people. Most people visit Facebook several times each week, that is the best place to start. As always, great post. Thanks for sharing.

      Chuck

    33. Dear Charlie,
      Thank you for useful tips and information just to the point.I should try article marketing your DOE membership.
      I have tried few programs and opened and closed 2 websites within a year time.Affiliate marketing without promotion is a waste of time.I should try ezines and may be will be able to sell my very first affilliate Clickbank product.
      Look forward to receiving useful tips!

    34. Hey, Good points to help people with little capital advertise online. Even if you do not have any money to invest in advertising you can always utilize article marketing. The saying “time is money” is correct. You are investing your time writing instead of opening up your wallet. I also like article marketing because you get to learn a lot about your self. People do not give themselves credit for the things they can do. Thanks again

    35. Wonderful advice, Charlie! You are spot-on and your recommendations ring honest, forthright and definitely from your own experience. I have tried some social media and blogging. Article marketing proved challenging to me for I did not seem to be able to follow the directions accurately. Perhaps another venue would better. I have heard Directory of Ezines is a possibility!?! Thanks again for your terrific advice!

    36. Hi Charlie,

      I have met several amazing people online who became my mentors.
      They are honest, genuine and trustworthy. They have all my respect.
      You are definitely one of them.

      I became a member of DOE and can’t say enough about the value
      of the membership and your generosity. I feel very fortunate to be a part
      of your team. Hope to meet you in person one day in the future.
      Thanks for everything, you are changing people’s lives.

      Tony Ejem

    37. Great video Charlie. All these methods are really great for attracting people to your Blog or Website. Forums are really great. I don’t think people know just how useful forums can be. They are fun and can get you a bunch of targeted traffic.

      J.R.

    38. Advertising and Marketing your products and/or websites can be a frustrating and confusing task. Your video puts the starting line-up in a clear and concise list of what to focus on. I feel like I have been digging a hole of debt to pay for lots of advertising and haven’t given the free things (or less expensive) a chance. I think someone said something about trying all methods and exposing yourself to many different avenues of marketing. I appreciate the straightforwardness of your list.

      Now on to the application of what I have just learned.

    39. Hi charlie want to thank you for your advice and your videos and i ben watching for your email; for all the marketers that i have come contected with and also have set up website”s with: even as a afiliate, I still look forward to all of your email”s thank you.so please don’t take me off your list thank you again helps me alot

    40. I have found a small number of good guys on the web such as your self, Jim Cockrum, John
      Thornhill, Dave Nicholson, Stuart Turnbull, Chris Farrell and some others whose names escape my mind for the moment. I do make a distinction between the few that can be trusted and all the many people who have turned by my email into a daily horror and from whom I cringe. I find the need to separate people into groups. Those I can learn something useful and
      those from whom I must defend my mind and purse. From our first meeting I knew I could learn from you Charlie Page I appreciate your teachings and I thank you for this.

    41. Hello Charlie,

      I’ve been reading on your site in various areas. You are highly recommended in the online arena and I appreciate good quality information that your known for.

      Please know you have my recommendation too!

      Steve

    42. Charlie, As soon as the cash flows I am in. I have been itching to join! I am a massage therapist/holistic consultant with lots of great info to help others and like all interested in “financial freedom” to be freed up to do more. Thanks for all your info. Looking forward to working with you! :)

    43. Charlie, I am so on the verge of signing up! Just awaiting the cash to flow and I am in. I have such a wonderful product to share that boosts the immune system and can help with so many issues people suffer from. I have had issues with hypothyroid for a number of years now and do take lots of supplements but this new one is it! I have used it for 3 months or so and am “warm” like other folks for the first time in so long that it is an exciting to me as I know that I am recovering! Yay. Still taking my other products but this addition everyone should enjoy!
      I am a massage therapist/holistic consultant and going strong at 66. Thanks for all your input and I am there soon! :)

    44. I like your idea about PPC. I haven’t used it yet, but I plan to. To provide advertising cash, I first started doing online surveys, and Mystery Shopping. For those who aren’t aware .. yes, they are real, and they work to bring in cash. The caveat here is that they aren’t a career by themselves. A person could not live on the income generated from these ventures. But they do provide enough cash to get your online marketing in motion. Charlie, I would like your opinion on Spinning Software. By generating unique content, does it really help SEO ratings?

      • Mike,

        I don’t believe that spinners work. They generate articles that might be SEO friendly but don’t help the reader. I like to focus on helping people

    45. Hi Charlie,

      I really appreciate your information. It is very helpful for new marketers. My budget is super-limited and haven’t been able to come out of the hole, but I keep working on it and will succeed. It might take me longer, but I’ll get there. Thanks again,

      Teresa C.

    46. Hi Charlie,

      Great advise. I am new to IM and I am a member of a club that provides complete training to get your own business off the ground. It has been wonderful. Part of our training was to check out the DOE. It did not take me long to realize the value in being a member. I am indeed a lifetime member of the DOE. I highly recommend it. Thanks again Charlie.

      Gail

    47. Hi Charlie,

      Hope your health is better now and you’re getting along ok. In your great video you sounded like you’re doing well. Keep up the wonderful free content I learn new and very helpful things from all of your marketing tips. They are really appreciated.

      Thanks and To your continued success
      zora

    48. Hey Charlie,
      I am glad to have heard this presentation again. I am a member of the DOE and
      appreciate the teaching you do and the help you have provided threw these methods
      and by phone on the personal help calls. I am starting to use the PPC on Google
      with the help of google research and their free advertising help and the $50 dollar
      get started helps. The blogger dot come site is a good place for me to get free
      advertising as well as writing articles… Thanks again for you insights and look forward
      to more of your helps.
      Regards
      Sam Rogers

    49. Charlie,
      This last video describes my current position ! I certainly will get started with your methods
      in my DOE MEMBERS area!!
      Thanks,
      Tom Dull
      6-18-11

    50. This is useful, simple and sound advice; thank you, I’ve heard or read most of it before, but hadn’t heard about the warrior forum, so I’m going to look at that now.

    51. Charlie I have learned so much from listening to your videos. I just wanted to say thanks and keep them up. I am a DOE member and continue to learn daily from your sites. Oh and I like how you say PPC not GOOGLE PPC. There are so many options for ppc out their, Google is not the only ppc around and most think of google when they hear ppc. Facebood has ppc and so does many other advertising sites.
      Thanks again Andrea

    52. Charlie

      Watching and hearing this video for the first time gave me crystal clarity; first and foremost; I love to write and i have written blogs and a few articles on blog sites (wordpress) and articles (ezinearticles); but I never though about going to the Directory of Ezines because well as your video touched on I am somewhat on a limited budget and I am in survival mode. However, I have discretionary income to consider online ventures and desire to be part of this incredible opportunity. Thank you for your persistence in allowing me to be more diligent and discussing with loved ones if i should center my energy on ezine article writing, advertising, etc. If you were to attend to my videos, I am an inventor of the PyramiTronix Resonator a pyramid mind machine for meditation and health; and my topic of interest stems from over twenty years in health and medical services as a military enlisted man and a civilian. However, since becoming an entrepreneur through the Internet, i have promoted other health products and I am involved now with silver and gold coins (a very hot topic). Naturally I would like to be a member of the Directory of Ezines; but I am not your average John Doe; I am very interested in to addressing the decline of the US dollar because America is headed in an area that will eventually be a depression. So thank you for allowing me to address this as topic of interest if it has not already been addressed. I look forward to becoming a member on or about 04/26/2011.

    53. Hi Charlie,

      Thank you as always for you useful tips and Infos on all aspects of network marketing.

      Your service to our members is priceless.There are very few men of Intergrity and reliability in network marketing like you.
      Please keep it up.
      Cheers! Collins.

    54. Charlie Thank you for all that you do for this community. Your focus is on the success of those around you and that brings the reward back your way. I look forward to working with you

      Mike Gordon

    55. I found this video useful as it confirmed things I have been hearing. I am a member of the Directory of Ezines and truthfully have not utilized it yet. Being a very private person and I am sure there are others like me, (well maybe not) I will not use the social media at all. I don’t post private and personal information and will never do so. I like the old fashion method of picking up a phone and calling someone. I believe, for people like myself, the Directory of Ezines is the best marketing system for me and I soon will be calling Charlie for his advice.

      Thanks for the information.

      Joe

    56. Charlie:

      I am a lifetime member for about 3 months now and I have not taken you up on some of your member benefits. I just made a note to set up the call with you and post my links too.

      Thanks for the personal effort, not many program directors offer this kind of service to thier members.

      Take care,

      Buzz Hill

    57. Thanks Charlie,
      I have been an eBay power seller for a couple of years using a drop-ship business model but it is really labor intensive and aggravating sometimes dealing with customer service and returns of physical products.
      That is why I recently joined DOE and am working toward an affiliate based business to start with and then my own information products later on.
      I have studied several marketers advise and article marketing always seems to come out near the top of everybody’s list for great return for investment of time and effort.
      I appreciate your availability to your members and will be in touch soon.
      Thanks again and Keep up the good work.

    58. Charlie
      I very much appreciate these e-mail & video’s i recieve from you they are full of good skills & knowledge.

      Many Thanks Charlie

      Jim

    59. As an older guy trying to get a toe hold on internet marketing I can hear where you are coming from. As usual Charlie, you deliver ‘news you can use’. I going to check what I’m doing against the advice in this video right now.

    60. Wow…You have a simple and effective way of putting your
      message accross. You see, I am still learning online marketing
      and all that you said was what I needed to hear. I will join as
      a member soon. I am selling a good product but I have a very
      very tight budget, but you seem like you have provided a solution.
      My blog is http://wwwhowieblogcom.blogspot.com

    61. Thanks Charlie for the refreshingly clear and concise information. I really appreciate the patience you have with newcomers. That must come from the fact you really care and want to genuinely help people succeed out of the “black hole” of no income. Your commentary and advice is down to earth and makes sense, giving the feeling that “We can do this!”

    62. Great stuff Charlie. Article Marketing and Forums are the most underused methods but they really do work. People have gotten so much into video and social media that they forget these two basic methods that can work like crazy.

    63. Hello Charlie:

      Still haven’t joined DOE as yet…budget issues. However, I do want to complement you on your e-mail tips and help. You have a great follow-up system. You sound far more sincere than most. I wish I had heard of you 2 years ago before I blew my “wad”, so to speak, on a zillion products, programs, coaching, software (you name it, I probably have it…somewhere, lost in the confusion of my hard drives). I am, unfortunately, the epitome of “being overwhelmed,” confused and gullible but blessed with patience and persistence…I will get there!

      Thanks for your persistence and guidance.

      Gerald Smith

    64. Hello Charlie,
      i have recently joined DOE and have been busy with all the information available. Excellent video for anyone working on a limited budget – like myself. I particularly liked the way that you did not start with the usual rags to riches story but also explained that you had your own personal story. Now to get down to the nitty gritty and follow advice from someone who has been there but is prepared to use his own experiences to help others.
      Thanks again,
      Graham

    65. Hello Charlie,

      Thanks for these presentations. I have been listening to them. Like the idea of giving informative, but incomplete information.

      Andrew

    66. I just thought I would tell you that I landed on your page twice this week searching for completely unrelated items… Talk about weird….

    67. Hey Charlie,
      Excellent video and great ideas. Loved them all except the ppc part. I tried this a couple different times and got burned hard. Otherwise I will be implementing the other ideas. Have already started a couple and so far, WOW!
      Will soon be able to buy your DOE. Look forward to working with you a lot.

      Thank you so much for all you are doing.

      God Bless

    68. Enjoyed the video Charlie. I’m new to this computer stuff, but will be checking out some of your suggestions. I just signed up with the Warrior Forum, I’m checking it out now. Enjoy all your videos.

    69. Hi Charlie, very good as usual. So informative. I guess I will start with PPC to advertise…what else..the DOE!

      For those who may not have seen it, or for those who may have forgotten, one can learn so much about PPC Ads here. http://charliepage.com/how-to-write-a-great-pay-per-click-ad This is just another thing I really like about your site, if it’s something that has not already been featured, we can go to you for help. What more can one ask for?

      Thanks again.

    70. Hey Charlie

      Talking sense once again. I will be phoning you very soon about a few ideas which I have.

      Speak soon.
      Giorgio
      DOE Member

    71. Hi Charlie,
      Thanks for the insight on those methods. I’m in that ‘limited’ category at this point and those were good reminders. I especially appreciated the PPC and Ezine article posting suggestions. I recently started posting articles to my blog and am going to look into posting articles on Ezines. Being a lifetime DOE member will make the task much easier.
      Thanks again,
      Mike

    72. Thanks Charlie,

      I make sure to watch all your videos. Just before I clicked on the link to watch your video, I had clicked on another video and I have to say the contrast between your voice, which is calm, sincere and sounds like a “real teacher”, and the one who was “all but yelling”, bragging about himself, you know what I mean, was truly a stark contrast! I could listem to you all day long.

      Also, thanks for the message about articles, I was starting, but now will get one done!
      Lorna

    73. HI Charlie,First,I wish to Thank You for everything you do for your Members!.I have not started making the big Bucks as of yet! that too; will also come in time.But more important. I have NEVER even considered trying to create an online business.and mostly because of my education level.BUT! With your SUPPORT,the benefits of being a Affiliate is invaluable. even DUMMIE’s can LEARN AND APPLY! and I will love to let everyone know that. how can i summit my article to you for review?
      regards:kdowens64
      Thanks!

    74. Great Video Charlie,
      These are wonderful videos and very helpful. I am a DOE member and I am using your information and website to help start my website.
      Dave

    75. Charlie,
      I enjoy all of the videos you do. I joined the DOE several weeks ago.
      I have one question.
      What products or programs were the ones that go you going?
      I am still trying to figure out which programs to promote or affiliate products to sell.
      I definitely enjoy the way you present everything without the loud hype.
      Have a Great Day!

      • George,

        Great question. I like promoting things people will use over a long period of time and are proven effective. If they offer residual income so much the better. I promoted Aweber, Hypertracker, hosting and several site building sites back when I started. And the DOE of course! :-)

        Charlie

    76. Hi Charlie,

      Thanks for the video, I keep seeing your Directory of Ezines different places I go looking for information. I guess I am going to have to sign up for it to find out what it is all about. I have been on your list for a while now, and I have to say you have some pretty good content you send out. So I am going to try it, thanks for your valuable content you send out.

      Thanks,
      Michael

    77. Charlie,

      I have read “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, and I can see how you are helping so many people. I have been in MLM for a while and love to help people, so when I came across your page it was a fresh air to the things that are out there, You are truly helping others thanks.

      Raymond

    78. Charlie,
      I loved your video! Thank you for teaching the basics while motivating and encouraging the beginner. This is exciting, and your own story is inspiring.

    79. Dear Charlie:

      Have been following you now for a few days and I feel I have learned a few things already. I am in a unique situation where I am not able to find a job yet I do have a few dollars to invest in online business. I do not want to be foolish but it seems I am backed in a corner and have to do something. I believe my story is similar to yours. To be truthful I would be taking a risk if I tried to find a job and the last one I had only paid about $8.00 an hour. So you see if I could just learn how I could make some money online in about a month or so. I could do o.k.

    80. Charlie,
      Another great video. I have personally used Article Marketing for a little while now and it really works! Love the guidance and the videos. Keep them coming!
      Take Care,
      Tom

    81. Hi Charlie,

      I just found your blog and watched your video. I have just created my first real product and I will be using your techniques to try and get my site seen. If you don’t mind, I would love to send you an email, and “pick your brain” about some trouble I’m having. I would also like you to take a look at my site and let me know what you think.

      If this would be ok, would you please send me an email and let me know. I don’t want to impose.

      Have a great weekend.
      Lavonda

      • I would be happy to visit with you. Just use the “Ask Charlie” link at the top of this page to ask me a question directly.

        Charlie

    82. Hi Charlie,

      This is the first video I have seen of your and I found it very insightful. I can relate to your story and you also reminded me of a staple of advertising: Spread it out across several different medias.

      Looking forward to more from you

      Pat

    83. Hi Charlie,

      Again a fantastic video with real life information, not just some hype. I love being a member of the DOE, the resources are just so useful, to the point and of real value. Please keep up your work Charlie, I don’t know anyone out there that is as committed as you are to us “newbies”.

      Marcel

    84. Charlie,
      I appreciate your information very much Charlie. You are one of the people online that I trust. I think that is a reflection of your character. Your information is always presented in a very simple, easy to understand way. I got motivated to write an aweber article.
      Keep up the good work,
      John Powell

    85. Hey Charlie-
      Thanks for the video. Have been researching DOE for awhile now, and am putting a plan in place. I believe the internet is one of the last frontier’s as far as a global reach to accumulate wealth. It is nice to know that there are others who have their own stories but are traveling a similar path. And for those that keep at it, will eventually “Crack the code”, and then we can say that it was worth it! All those painful lessons along the way only serve to make us stronger and wiser. Good luck to all!
      Michael

    86. Charlie-

      Your content and life story is awesome. thank you for everything you add to the community. This slide show is so simple yet so precise. It’s amazing how many new marketers don’t learn or know at least one method of generating leads. Once you get at least one method and one lead. you can progress from there.

      Jordan Crouter
      Founder
      http://www.TheMLM Resistance.com

    87. Oh, this post shows great insight, I think you should write more about this topic.

      Ha, just joking with you. But seriously, your videos and other information show us the truly what Zig Ziglar meant when he said, “you can only get what you want if you can help enough other people get what they want.” or something like that.

    88. Charlie,

      I have started to lurk on the Warrior Forum. Pretty amazing group there so far. I must say though that the high point of this training was the part about “useful but incomplete.” I have been writing the entire article so far and have seen limited results. I now understand why.

      Thanks for your training,
      scott…

    89. Hi Charlie,

      I think this may be my first post, but I’ve been a member or your programs for a while now and LTM of DOE for a few months. I really appreciate your informative emails and videos. I must say that I haven’t yet fully utilized DOE because I’m not quite sure where to start. I appreciate this video and ideas you gave on how to get going with a limited budget.

      I hope to use DOE more in the very near near future and take advantage of one of your free counseling calls.

      Regards,

      Preston

      • Preston,

        I wrote a Quick Start Guide when DOE 2.0 opened that will help you get started quickly and easily with DOE. We do offer a lot, which can be a mixed blessing. That’s why I wrote the guide. It offers a very clear step-by-step path to using the DOE from day 1 forward.

        Just log in and you will find the Quick Start Guide on the member home page you see in DOE 2.0.

        Thanks for being a member!

        Charlie

    90. Charlie – Great video. I must get 200 emails everyday from online marketers trying to sell me thier products. Most of them I just delete,l except yours. All of the messages above say it right – you are honest and trustworthy. I do enjoy your thoughts and guidance.

      Tim

    91. You know, it?s much easier to build good relationships, build evangelists and have them help you market/sell your product/service! Sure it might require that you give a lot of yourself (and knowledge) over and over again and often times for free? But when they evangelize, boy do they evangelize and refer people to you almost without even thinking about it! And that?s?well, that?s just magic.

    92. Charlie Page and Perry Marshall are the only honest ones I can find.
      Unfortunately, I got scammed by some crooks for 2k and now I have to shut up shop because I have no money left for advertising. These so called mentors whose biz name starts with an ‘R’ and ends in an ‘S’ lied to me to get my money because they told me all I would need to pay is hosting and domain name fees. You need at least 2k to get the ball rolling and maybe 10 hours a day, 6 days a week at the computer for the rest of your life. I should have listened to Charlie first.

    93. Hi Charlie,
      I’m always appreciative of the to-the-pont, honest, and not-too-long videos you give out for free. Truly an embodiment of the concept of attraction marketing and giving away value. I appreciate your thought about PPC… I hate running PPC campaigns because of the time required to properly test, maintain and tweak over time, but you’ve reminded me of why it is a good way to go. You’re right that many, many people overlook ezine articles.. myself included. Time to rectify that. Many thanks, Anastasia

    94. Hi Charlie,

      Tina Turner coined a phrase in a song that aptly describes you

      in a market full of hype and cons.

      ‘You’re simply the best…better than all the rest”!! :)

      Thanks for all that you do. I hope to one day help people and make money at the same time like you do.

      God Bless You Charlie.

    95. Charlie, I love the way you tell it like it is…About the part where you said to some people, you need a job to make the money to then advertise…That’s keeping it real and anti hype…I enjoy your videos because you have a great way of presenting your ideas to your readers…I’m a pretty accomplished online marketer and have ben for years now, but I still enjoy hearing what you’ve you got to say…

    96. Hi Charlie,
      Thanks for another great video. I really appreciate the information you keep getting out to everybody. I am looking forward to being a lifetime member, well, for a lifetime! Thanks again.

    97. Hello Charlie,

      Thank you, that was some great information. I really do like the kind of information you put out, it makes a lot of sense and is very useful. Thank you again.

    98. Hi Charlie,

      Thanks for an informative video. I feel like I am on the verge of a breakthrough finally. For so long I was trapped in information overload and procrastination held me back, too. No more. I am taking action now! I look forward to paying it forward as you have done.

    99. Hi Charlie: I enjoyed your video. I am one of the millions of wounded neworkers who have tried dozens of those “Even my eight year old daughter can do this” programs, got buried in an avalanche of even greater offers from the same source while I was still trying to figure out the first one, dropped it and moved on to another one. After years of failing I have come to understand “The fortune is in the list” Don’t worry whether or not anyone makes money with any particular program just keep pumping out great offers to a huge list – enough suckers will buy. I am standing at the crossroad. Give my lap top away or try one more time. With what?

      • Russ,

        While I do not share your sentiment about “pumping out offers” and “enough suckers will buy” I do agree that the list is the primary thing online. The fortune is indeed in the follow up, which is why I created http://www.followupsellingsystems.com

        Don’t throw out the laptop – focus on one thing (one product, one marketing method) and do only that for 30 days. Only then will you be able to evaluate results.

        I wish you the best,

        Charlie

    100. Hi Charlie,
      I realy appreciate all the help you have just given me in this video.
      I need to learn so much that I get bigged down trying to keep it in my head. I have been blessed by your videos every time I get to watch them and all the other training and help you offer for free.
      Thank you.
      Linda Hurst-Strayhorn

    101. Good short video. You’re right I think it was Jimmy Brown who coined that phrase.
      Another great way to write an article is to headline it as “five tips” and only list three.
      You got to sell the click. Keep up the good work Charlie!

    102. Charlie, You quoted my story almost word for word, up until you got to the I made a lot of money part.
      I appreciate the advice and will apply it as I am able to.
      By the way, I do intend to complete my story in the same way you have.
      Thx.Al.

    103. Hi Charlie, thank you for another great video! I’ve been a member of the DOE for several years and I love it! I always go to the Directory of Ezines to find a good place to advertise whatever it is I am promoting.

      I am just learning to do some social networking so I especially liked what you had to say about that.

      Thanks Again!

    104. I liked the honest advice- “Don’t try to do things online with zero dollars”
      After watching your video, I am now motivated to do PPC advertising(that I was putting off)
      Great insight about WarriorForum. Thanks for providing great Value.

    105. Thank you Charlie for another great video. I’ve become very enthusiastic about social media marketing. You have just affirmed me enthusiasm since I am one on a limited budget. I have not delved into article writing as yet, but will follow your advice and get started. Thanks again for your support.

    106. Hi Charlie,
      Just started listening to your audios, and would like to say they are fantastic.
      By that I mean the content is very useful, the clarity of the audios, second to none, and most of all, not too long, very concise.Will definitely continue listening, and can’t wait to start working with you in person.Signed up for your consulting offer a few days ago, so speak soon.
      Sincerely
      Nigel James