BiggerPockets has Invited me Into Their Home for Christmas

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I’m very excited about 2015 and all the potential that it holds.  While 2014 saw my wholesaling business change dramatically I was able to pivot and keep it going.  I did not achieve all my 2014 goals (like releasing SILMv7) but I was very close! The relationship I’ve built with Brandon Turnor (of biggerPockets loar) has lead me to a couple opportunities that should really put me out there.  I’m a in introvert by nature so I don’t like directing …

5 Creative Ways to Find Motivated Sellers

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Today’s post is going to be a little different.  I was lucky enough to have Brandon Turner, from BiggerPockets.com, write a guest post.  Not only does he regularly write incredible content over on the BP Blog, but he hosts the BiggerPockets Podcast along with Founder Joshua Dorkin.  Needless to say it’s an honor to have him author a blog post for Struggling Investor. He chose to write about a topic that I get asked about all the time…What are some …

Attracting Foreclosure Leads Online

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Writing content for your lead generating website is how you will attract more leads.  The greatest part of inbound leads is that your website content works for you as you sleep. What I have learned is to be specific with what you are writing about.  General content, written to be a catch all, just doesn’t work.  Pick a niche, and then niche it down even further. This post is part of a 5 post series were I break down how I …

SI Lead Manager v7 – Buyers

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SI Lead Manager v7 is going to be a huge step forward for my software.  A new feature that I’m really excited about is the dedicated Buyer section.  In previous versions of the software we had to use the property lead section to hack in a buyer.  This was not a good solution and even I just used a Google Drive spreadsheet to keep track of my cash buyers. I thought that it would be great to be able to track …

SI Lead Manager v7 is almost here

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One thing I really enjoy doing is creating software.  One application that I’ve been developing over the years is a lead tracking tool called SI Lead Manager. You can get the current version beta 6 right now for free.  Since I released beta 6 last year, there have been over 700 people download and use the software.  That is just awesome to me!!. Over the past 18 months I have been working hard on the next version…Which I’m calling SI Lead Manager v7. …

How To Market To Absentee Owners With Your Website

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Writing content for your lead generating website is how you will attract more leads.  The greatest part of inbound leads is that your website content works for you as you sleep. What I have learned is to be specific with what you are writing about.  General content, written to be a catch all, just doesn’t work.  Pick a niche, and then niche it down even further. This post is part of a 5 post series were I break down how I …

How to Get a Website on a Shoestring Budget

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I created my first website in 1997 while I was in my sophomore year of college at Virginia Tech.  As an aspiring geek, i thought it would be cool to learn how to make a webpage.  A free hosting account at GEOCITIES.com later and a crash course in basic HTML got me started.  Oh if I could see that website again…I’m sure embarrassed would be putting it lightly.  Even back then my choice of black, red and florescent color was a mistake.  To make matters worse …

Attracting Probate Leads Online with your Website

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Writing content for your lead generating website is how you will attract more leads.  It’s as close as you can get to free probate real estate investing. What I have learned is to be specific with what you are writing about.  General content, written to be a catch all, just doesn’t work.  Pick a niche, and then niche it down even further. This post is part of a 5 post series were I break down how I would target Probates, …

I Knew Better…But Still Made These Mistakes

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I’ve always thought of myself as very knowledgeable when it comes to technologies.  I’ve built websites for myself in the past and have been running Struggling Investor for over 7 years.  I thought I knew what it would take to get a lead generating websites noticed.  It turns out I really didn’t! At the end of 2013 I took a step back from my websites to see how everything stood.  I noticed something interesting when I looked at my blog stats…they have …

Investor Carrot Review, Is It Right For Your Wholesaling Business?

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Over the past year I’ve been asked all kinds of questions about my experiences with Investor Carrot. When I first discovered them I had a lot of questions myself and found it hard to find the answers. At the time Investor Carrot had just launched the service so there was not a lot of information out there. I just had to take the plunge and hope for the best. I’ve had my website up for over a year now with ...

Business Mailing Address…What Are Your Options?

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I’m a fairly laid back person.  The thought of an angry lead (for what ever reason) hunting me down at my home never really bothered me.  What are the chances right?  Who would take the time out of their busy schedule to confront a person who sent them a letter in the mail box? My friend Jerry Puckett (who sends out 100’s of thousands of direct mail pieces) always says… …Do they get mad at Best Buy for sending them mail …

Business Checking Account

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Every February for the past 5 years I’ve had to export all my transactions from Mint.com into an excel file.  Then I proceeded to filter out all my real estate transactions.  I’m sure I got most of them but for sure there were always ones I missed. Yes…I didn’t have a business bank account.  The pain of using our personal checking account was just not bad enough to motivated me to start a business checking.  I could keep track more or …

I Got Over One of My Fears Today

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My friend Sharon Vornholt from Louisville Gal’s Real Estate Blog started up a wonderful podcast earlier this year.  I really enjoy listening to it on my rides to work in the mornings.  Her guests are always hard working investors who are always willing to share what they know. What I love about Sharon’s podcast is that we have similar investing strategies so a lot of her content really resonates with me. So, about a month ago, Sharon asked me to …

You Never Know Who You Might Run Into…Funny Story

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Every day I am reminded that of the benefits of networking and building relationships.  Even though this story isn’t related to real estate investing it has everything to do with real estate investing. The other day I was coming home from the park with my son.   My wife was working  and it was getting late so I decided to stop by Boston Market to pick up some food.  This Boston Market has a drive through which was great because I …

Guess How I Reacted to this Situation…

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Running a website is great when everything is working as it should.  However when things go wrong it quickly becomes a pain in the ass!  About two weeks ago I started having trouble logging into this site’s WordPress administration page.  It would either take forever to load or I’d get some strange error message to the affect that the site no longer existed.  My first thought was…My site got hacked! Luckily it wasn’t that but my host (1and1.com) was having …