All businesses need sales to survive. That holds true whether the business is based online or offline.
This holds an opportunity for you however if you are able to generate leads for other people in return for a payment of some kind. There are lots of ways you could do this, but clearly the biggest market is probably in approaching those businesses that don’t yet have an internet presence. Go local and see what you can find.
But in truth even an online business won’t turn away extra customers if you can send them their way, so it’s worth looking into this in more depth if you want to make some cash by helping out other people.
Now I know what you might be thinking. Why generate leads for people when you can go and sell affiliate products and grab a portion of each sale?
That’s a fair point but in truth it isn’t always as easy as that. And if you think about it, what could be easier than selling a lead to a company? A lead basically means you are sending them someone who might buy from them. Not someone who does buy a product (which might only be one or two people out of a hundred) but someone who MIGHT buy one at some point in the future.
Leads don’t necessarily spend money. Your job here is to send people who are interested in a particular product or service to the company’s website. After that it’s up to the company to reel them in for a sale.
You can actually get started yourself here, but you need a website, blog or web page to do so. Let’s say for example that you set up a free web page that is all about fishing and you start getting some good traffic for it. You write quality content and recommend affiliate products and various other websites on there as well.
Now if you were to recommend a good site and you end up sending traffic to them every week you can use this to make money. Free web pages on Squidoo give you all the traffic stats you need, by the way, so if you don’t want to pay for your own site I suggest you go here instead.
Once you know people are clicking through to a particular site in numbers, then you have the proof you need to offer a deal to that website. There are plenty of people quietly going about making money online by generating leads for companies of all shapes and sizes; all you need to do is find a niche that works for you.
The amount you can ask for in return for the traffic you are sending them will vary depending on what the niche is and how much traffic you are sending. Do your research online first and find out about other people who are making money this way, to see what they are charging.
With some experimentation you can build up a number of websites, blogs or Squidoo lenses that will allow you to generate leads for a number of different companies. With this in mind you can over the longer term build a decent part time income from this – which virtually runs on autopilot once you have set it up.
Got an idea for that first niche to tackle yet? Before you get started, don’t forget to write your comments below!