Posted May 25, 2007 5:03 pm by with 7 comments

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Patrick Sexton of SEOish asked several top Internet marketers how they’d get an online business off the ground for $100-$500 dollars. He received responses from the likes of Lee Odden, CK Chung/Kid Disco, Neil Patel, Todd Malicoat, Aaron Wall, Andy Hagans and our own Andy Beal.

Recurring themes among their responses—

  • Get a domain
  • Use WordPress
  • Get good, reliable hosting
  • Write well or hire someone to write well for you
  • SEO, SEO, SEO, including keyword research, copywriting and appealing to social media sites
  • Do most or all of the work yourself—and work hard
  • Network like crazy, especially through conferences

Other tips included building up your personal authority within your niche, affiliate marketing, and even more reading up on SEO (several mentioned purchasing an SEOmoz premium membership).

What’s the best value for your money

  • I definately think that using wordpress as you have described is a quick and effective way of posting relevant information about a web site. One of the biggest hurdles for a new site is to generate pages as it takes a lot of time, wordpress gets the job done fast and is available for free with many web hosting companies.

    Digital City Hosting

  • Tom

    Yep, I’m in total agreement with you Dave, wordpress is a lifesaver to be sure.

    The last tip, “Network like crazy” is probably the most often overlooked. It’s been the make or break factor for a lot of successful people.

  • It is still one of the ‘best kept secrets’ of this age. How little you actually need to for startup capital, how easy it actually is and that the ROI is phenomenal if you do your homework. If the internet had been there when I went to college I would of used all my college loan money to pay for copy writers and fund my attendance at conferences to network with others.

  • Once you’ve spent money on a domain and hosting, you really don’t need to spend much more. Free or cheap templates help with the design, and after that it really just comes down to hard work! 🙂

  • Hello,
    I am absolutely agree, WordPress is an easy and quick solution. I would add some hundred directory back-links for less than $ 50.00

  • That is exactly right, it is amazing what anyone can do today with free tools like WordPress. One thing I would add that will help you succeed, don’t look for topics that are big and popular or have huge pay per clicks. Write about something that you are passionate about and have lots of experience in or else you will get sick of it and dump it while it’s in the slow growth stage.

  • I actually started with less than $100