Last night I started my thirty day challenge! I got through all the preseason modules yesterday afternoon. The preseason consists of introducing you to the tools (google analytics, google reader, twitter, facebook, firefox, youtube, Market Samurai, etc..) in order to get you setup and ready to start the challenge. Most of the tools are free forever while some like market samurai are free for 30+ days. None of the tools are necessary to go through the thirty days, they just make it easier. I truly believe that these guys are not trying to pimp any products and are just offering a great “training” on internet marketing.
Anyhow back to day 1. The first day is all about finding your niche that you are going to be marketing too. For most this would be a hard step, but for us real estate investors its easy. I’m going to go with New Jersey Probate. I didn’t want to use foreclosures like I am for my local blog because I wanted to start from scratch in order to follow along closely with the 30 day challenge. It will also give me something to compare a couple months down the road.
The training is done with video presentations. I was shown how to use amazon magazine subscriptions, ehow and a few other sites to help figure out a good niche. The idea is that if there is a magazine about the subject then there are people interested. Once you’ve gotten a good idea of the market you want to target you can use eHow and other sites to select your potential niche. The more specific you can get the better.
These niches you pick now are just preliminary as we will be doing more research using the google tools in order to determine if it’s a good niche to go after.
For me my niche ideas all focused on types of motivated sellers in new jersey. I could get more specific and pick counties in new jersey or even towns. I could also break down Probate into specific parts of probate like “probate lawyers” or “probated real estate”. At this time I don’t think I want to do that because I don’t want to eliminate any potential leads.
If you are interested in internet marketing, you MUST join the challenge. And if you join the challenge let me know so we can trade ideas. I may setup a forum, for all participants, if I get enough interest.
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After a nice relaxing vacation it’s tough to really get your brain back into gear, <sarcasm alert> so I was pleased that my first RE Class back we were taking a midterm. <sarcasm over> Granted the midterm didn’t count for anything and was just for review, but my mind went blank for about the first 20 minutes. I managed to get a passing grade of 74% which is cutting it very close! (70 is the lowest you can get).
eHow is a place where you submit articles in order to help spread your exposure around the internet. I submitted and got an article accepted back a few months ago, it was the one about creating a buyers list. I got an email yesterday saying that they were auditing their system and were NOW rejecting my article because it was…Poorly Written! Talk about a kick in the marbles…hahaha. I know I’m a terrible writer so the surprise actually was that they excepted it in the first place.
A friend of mine who is an agent sent me a message the other day asking if I ever got access to the GSMLS from another agent yet? At the time when I asked him to use his access he only had NJMLS access so he couldn’t help me. Now he is thinking of getting his GSMLS access (can I use the word ‘access’ a little more in this paragraph please??) and might be able to get me hooked up (see what I did there, used ‘hooked-up’ instead of ‘access’. I’m smart!). Figures though as I am 3 weeks away from getting it myself!!
One of my goals for September is to figure out how to make more offers. It sounds easy, but for some reason i have trouble doing this. I assume when I get my license a GIANT door will open up and I’ll be able to more easily identify properties to make offers on. Also i’ll be able to make my own offers.
I kind of regret not signing up for K.I.S.S. flipping, but even just thinking about it now I go back and forth. For anyone involved, is it easy to adapt his strategies to none REO investing?