In this article, I'm going to share with you the very best lead generation business model out today in 2019.
Which is creating organically ranked lead generation websites that act as virtual billboards, generating phone calls for local, small businesses.
Here's the very first limo site I build in 2014, stilling making me $750 per month. I haven't touched this site in years.
I own over 60 of these sites out there generating leads & making me money everyday.
There's a reason why we're calling this business the Uber of digital marketing.
Because just like Uber we connect buyer to a local service provider.
The reason why its so powerful is the scalability.
Lead Generation is all digital, no physical products to deal with like in eCom.
I have not had a job since May of 2015, thanks to this business model and this coaching program that taught me everything I know today.
(Including being able to rank this blog article so that you're reading this)
Why am I promoting it? As you will soon find out, there's 35 million small businesses in the US alone, we only have 4500 students.
Every business needs leads to survive.
Lead gen is not going anywhere anytime soon. Its a ever-green business.
Let me take you over the 5 steps of building this business that has been proven to work time & time again since 2014, responsible for creating multiple 6 figure earners & millionaires to date.
- Step 1: Survey The Land
- Step 2: Build Out Assets
- Step 3: Optimizing Our Assets
- Step 4: Prospecting & Closing the Deal
- Step 5: Scale the Business to the Moon
- The Power of Results in Advance
- Ranking in Google is for Champs, PPC/FB Ads is for Chumps
- How I landed my first $750 per month lead gen client
- Why is Lead Generation the Best Model for Local Marketing? And What Makes It Better Than SEO?
- Free Traffic vs. Paid Traffic - You want Barriers of Entry
- Do I Really Need A Mentor? Can't I just Figure This Out On My Own?
- Extra Training Inside the Program
Step 1: Survey The Land
"Riches are in the Niches"
is our motto.
Its true. There's over 50 niches we can go into and thousands of cities to choose from. That means there's so many markets out there that's so easy to dominate that its like taking candy from a baby.
Finding a market with good search volume and weak competition is the key.
Some niche ideas
- carpet cleaning
- junk removal
- window cleaning
- event rentals
- wedding videographer
You can click here for even more niche ideas...
Every single one of these businesses need leads everyday.
We like targeting cities with population of 50K to 350K
Remember: You only begin getting good volume of leads when you crack the top 3 spots in Google.
Now couple things we are gonna wanna look into to approximate the power levels of our competition
- Backlink power & relevance
- keyword optimization
- homeadvisor lead value
- Site layout (On-page optimization)
This is a really important part of the process.
I've been doing it since 2014 so I've become really good at analyzing my competition and finding low hanging fruit markets that I can easily dominate...
There's probably 15 things we look at but I'll just share 2 of them right now.
You usually google the main keyword + city like above.
If there's a listing in the top 3 map pack with no website, that's an example of low hanging fruit.
Now these opportunities might be rare, but at any case, when you build superior ranking skills specifically for local, you're not worried about 95% of the companies out there.
Here's what I mean. I looked up the top company: "Lake Orion Plumbing Heating & Cooling" their site is lophc.com and I pulled them up on Ahrefs.
Referring domains 43
This shows that this site has 43 other websites pointing a backlink to the site, each of those links are votes that's helping that site rank.
This is one indicator to see how competitive it is. But not every link was created equal.
Some links carry more power & worth. I can beat a site with 43 links with 10 powerful links if his links are weak.
Once you know how to look at 15 different factors that Google takes into account when it comes to local rankings, you become like a sniper that knows exactly what needs to be done to take out 95% of the competition & get the top ranks all day 'err day.
Step 2: Build Out Assets
First we must buy a domain. I picked grlimos.com (gr short for Grand Rapids)
Then, we use Weebly to build out our sites.
It's a very simple click & drag type of builder...no coding necessary. Just drag different elements you want on the page...easy money.
Slap a tracking phone number (we have our own proprietary software) that records every call and attaches a whisper message so that everytime our clients pick up the phone they'll hear...
"This lead was sent to you by Ippei"
at the beginning of every call.
This is important because it lets the business owner know right away who's sending them the leads.
Make sure the phone number is big & easy to see at the top of the site.
We also like to include a quote form somewhere near the top of the homepage as well.
We must also build:
- Google Map listing
- Key citations & directories
Step 3: Optimizing Our Assets
A website doesn't bring in traffic unless you rank it.
What people call SEO.
There's on-page optimization and off-page optimization.
Off-page optimization is where real skill is involved. This is where investing in some high-level coaching becomes paramount because I've yet to see any top level SEO's share their secrets for free.
To make it simple to understand here's how SEO works in general.
Getting to the top of Google's search is a popularity contest.
Imagine you're that brand new kid at High School.
No one knows who you are.
You have no credibility.
But then imagine the most popular kid at the high school, the star quarterback vouches for you.
Tells everyone "Hey this is my boy, he's cool"
Now your credibility went up and all your peers at high school will think highly of you now.
That's an example of receiving a highly authoritative back-link from another quality site.
Now imagine another scenario: instead of the star quarterback kid, another brand new kid at the school tries to vouch for you.
Shouting at the top of his lungs "HEYYYY This is my friend!!! He's legit!!!"
But since he's new as well, no one knows who he is. Everyone's like "Who are those two idiots?"
That's an example of a low quality backlink.
If you want to consistently outrank your competition in the lead generation business, you better have a process & know how of generating powerful, high-quality relevant backlinks to your site.
The star quarterbacks, and yes we know how to get 'em.
No need to re-invent the wheel. Just model after what's already working.
Step 4: Prospecting & Closing the Deal
Once the site has been properly optimized or ranked in Google.
You WILL start generating phone calls.
You are now going to send these leads to a local business owner for free.
I don't even tell them that I'm sending the leads.
Their phone is going to start to ring and they'll keep hearing "This lead was sent to you by Ippei" everytime they pick up the phone.
Now there's couple of deals you can make but once the biz owner has already seen that you got the leads, you're talking to someone that already believes in you and wants to work with you asap.
Here's how you can structure your deals
- 10% of closed business
- pay per lead (we have lead value calculator)
- flat fee
- hybrid: combination of flat fee plus 10% or pay per lead
Step 5: Scale the Business to the Moon
Once you get 1 successful lead gen site paying you every month.
You realize that you now have the power of creating passive income streams that pays more than single family real estate.
All you have to do now is scale.
If you can do it once, you can do it 10 times over & beyond.
Hire content writers from places like Upwork or even Craigslist.
Hire some Virtual Assistants, I like onlinejobs.ph
I pay my VA's $5 per hour.
You can use timedoctor (shown above) to keep track of the time that VA's are working. It'll stop recording time if the VA has been inactive for over 1 min, and it's taking a screenshot every 4-5 sec so you know that you're not paying for them to goof off on social media.
Set certain goals of continually getting more and more lead gen sites out there.
Once you train your team, they can handle most of the grunt work for you.
Here's what my operation looks like.
- Content Writer -> Responsible for research of a niche & writing content
- Web Developer (VA) -> Responsible for taking the content and putting the site together with either Weebly or WordPress
- Ranking the site (VA) -> Handles all the optimization, from building high quality backlinks, citations, & more
- Once the site is ranked & generating leads -> I still handle speaking to the business owner and closing the deal. (although you could hire a sales person as well if you want)
8-15 lead gen sites ranked & generating leads everyday should already put you at 6 figure income.
I know students in the program that have outsourced 95% of this business to their team.
The Power of Results in Advance
Without a doubt one of the main reasons that makes our business model of lead generation superior to others.
Because we generate our leads with free traffic, we can afford to give away free leads to local business owners.
If you're generating leads using Facebook Ads or Adwords, you cannot do this.
You have to try to sell your services to a business owner and have them pay you first before you can start any advertising campaign. So its very sales heavy type of business.
When you can send people free leads tho, its like having godly powers. Suddenly business owners are begging to work with you.
Suddenly your phones start ringing off the hook and everytime you pick up the phone it says: "This Lead was sent to you by Ippei" at the beginning of every call.
I let them marinate on the free leads for 2-3 days.
When I call them up, & introduce myself... They were already looking forward to speaking with me.
"Hey Ippei, we LOVED the leads that you've been sending us, how can we continue to work together?"
Ranking in Google is for Champs, PPC/FB Ads is for Chumps
The concept is simple but genius.
Make passive income online by generating leads for local phone-driven businesses such as:
- Tree Service
- Limo Service
- and there's like 50 other niches out there
Some people are doing lead gen with Facebook ads or Adwords PPC and I've also done those things plenty of times.
But I'm here to tell you that today in 2019, my entire online business runs on free traffic from Google, it is by far the most superior method of lead generation.
When someone finds you in Google they were already seeking you out, instead of an ad interrupting someone on social media.
Attraction Marketing vs. Interruption Marketing
The issue with Facebook Ads & Adwords
- Costs fluctuate daily (gets expensive)
- lead quality is lower because its interruption marketing
- You don't own any of your own asset, your client can fire you anytime they want
- Doesn't always work in every niche out there because of ad cost versus reward may not work out, whereas ranking in Google & getting free traffic means that the numbers will always work out
How I landed my first $750 per month lead gen client
I had no prior online experience.
I simply followed the training of Dan's lead gen program to the T...
And I built this super simple limousine rental site in Lansing, MI.
And it looks pretty darn nice! Check it out- lansinglimoservices.com
The training laid everything out so even the most internet illiterate person could understand it, heck we have Helen (65 year old Grandma) that built this business from zero to $15K per month.
if she can do it, what's your excuse? Anyway back to my limo site...
(please do not call that number though & bug my client)
This site didn't take me long to build.
Maybe 4 hours to build and another 10 hrs to rank it.
Ya wanna know what's crazy?
I haven't even so much as logged into this site since 2014 and it's still been dropping golden $750 eggs in my bank account every. Single. Month.
Every phone call that I generate, my client gets emailed the recording of the call so every lead is tracked.
My clients know exactly how much money they're making from my leads.
This is very important.
Because when my clients can see that my leads are helping him hustle up an easy $10K to $20K more in business, they practically beg me to take their money. All they care about is that the leads keep coming in.
The key is knowing that you aren’t hoping to make a hundred million bucks off a single client.
All we want to do is take a small piece of the pie from each of these niches / markets.
Insert ourselves in the mix, and take a lil' sliver to deliver. Just to put this whole thing into perspective, I have 55 clients today.
And they’ve all stayed with me since the beginning. They’d be crazy not to.
Some pay me a flat monthly rate, some pay me a price per lead, and some pay me a percentage of what they sell. That’s my favorite route to take for industries that sell really high ticket services.
I’ve actually got an asphalt guy that pays me ten percent of all jobs under $100k. If the job actually ends up being over that amount, he gives me five percent. But don’t let that fool you. I got a $6,000 paycheck off of one stinking job he closed for a commercial contract.
Here's one of the lead gen sites I have for this Asphalt client in the Bay Area, California.
Owning these sites all across US, collecting monthly payments is like owning real estate properties. Stable passive income.
Watch this video and hear them explain this concept.
Why is Lead Generation the Best Model for Local Marketing? And What Makes It Better Than SEO?
Great question. To put it in the simplest terms possible, it's because you control the assets AKA websites.
If you do SEO on a client's site, once they're "shootin' and scootin," what happens 9 out of 10 times is that once you get them the rankings, they feel like they don't need you anymore.
"Thanks Ippei... you did a great job at ranking my site. But we don't really know what you're doing to the site anymore. We think paying you $2000 per month is kinda expensive so we're gonna stop for now, but we can call you when we need you again."
And poof, like a magical spell that just ran out of power... The gig is up. No mana potion. No autosave. You have to start all over from the first level again with no special powers.
This is why, even though it's 2019, I'm living in the year 2050. That's right, I'm from the future. And I've come with an incredibly important message about your future.
The only way you should be building local lead generation client is to own your own assets!
If watch near the end of the above video, you can hear Cory say the same thing I'm preaching, when you own that asset, those are the clients that stuck with him longterm.
Let's think of them as digital rental homes.
I know that as long as I own the house and don't sell it, I can always find someone that wants to rent it. And that means passive income for me.
Because I own the asset, if I get a bad business owner I can easily replace him with somebody else. No eviction notice necessary.
Kinda like kicking out a bad tenant.
The important thing is that I have all the control.
I can decide who I work with. Who I send the leads to.
So that I know that I'll always get paid.
This is how I've kept the same clients since 2014 when I started, and they've paid me month after month, and year after year.
Because they know that if they don't pay me. I can send the leads to their competitor.
This solves the #1 issue plaguing most SEO companies.
There's nothing worse than landing an SEO client and then having that client back out of the agreed-upon contract just a few months later, after you put all this work in.
Free Traffic vs. Paid Traffic - You want Barriers of Entry
Free traffic is consistent.
Paid traffic is not.
Because paid traffic is easy for anyone to get into. All you have to do is put a credit card on file and BOOM a brand new ad is now competing with yours.
Which just increased the CPC (Cost per click) for everyone in the area.
Paid traffic can also get real expensive and cut into your profit margins.
Not good longterm, it just isn't.
Free traffic although it takes some time to build and set up because sites take some time to rank.
And it also takes some serious skills.
But the fact that it takes 1. Time & 2. Skills is EXACTLY the reason why I like it because it creates the barrier of entry for my competition.
Easy & fast is overrated in business.
You want some barriers of entry. That's what's gonna ensure longterm, stable income in business.
Once my sites rank I know that 95% of digital marketers out there don't have the knowledge to outrank me.
Do I Really Need A Mentor? Can't I just Figure This Out On My Own?
I used to think these exact thoughts.
"Maybe I can figure this whole lead generation business model on my own?"
What I found though is that with this lead generation business, having better ranking abilities than the competition is crucial.
And it might be just 1 or 2 things that allows you to beat the current top ranking companies & their site.
And that makes all of the difference.
Top guy gets like 80% of the action.
When you begin compromising on investing in your skillset, you began to struggle & suddenly your road to success can take many times longer.
For example, inside our lead gen coaching program, we employ a group linking strategy that we do with just our students, that allow us an extra strong boost in the rankings.
Not to mention we now have 4400 students so we have many lead gen sites out there which allows us to aggregate a lot of data on what's working best for SEO currently.
Being networked with these elite internet marketers is what gave me the supreme confidence in the marketplace.
I knew that if I ever got stuck, someone in the group is there to get me through anything.
In this way we all help each other in this group to be successful.
Sometimes it's just 1 quick tip or fix that can make all of the difference.
Especially when it comes to organic search.
Also the on-going mentorship in how to be a good entrepreneur in general has allowed me to reach levels of success in a compressed time.
I can't even put a price tag on having a good mentor. It has allowed me to make so much more money & with less struggle.
Dan does weekly calls twice per week.
Working hard is cool, but working smarter is super bad.
We also do live regional events, sales schools, major Vegas events throughout the year.
Just did a sales school event on 7/28/2019
Here's a pic of us in Vegas where we unloaded on some serious tips & tricks that you just won't find for free online.
Also the mindset shifts you begin to make as you surround yourself with other successful entrepreneurs is priceless...
Extra Training Inside the Program
How long do doctors & lawyers go to school for?
8 years plus? Over $200K in debt?
And so why do some expect to be able to make 6-7 figure income online with kindergarten level training you find for free on YouTube and forums?
Here's a list of some elite level training you'll find inside this program that you won't find for free out there.
Remember even Michael Jordan & Kobe Bryant needed Phil Jackson to reach their levels of success.
- Do's & Don'ts - common mistakes to avoid from 5 years of experience coaching students since 2014
- "Go fast and look sexy" strategy - top secret hack that allows us to generate leads upfront to a biz owner without a website
- 6 ways of monetization - all different ways to get paid from a biz owner (we described 4 in this guide, but there's more...)
- due diligence worksheet - a list of checklist to go through to identify low hanging fruit niches
- High-level Ranking in Google training - I'm responsible for the SEO training in the program, I've got skills to rank globally with this site journalreview.org and other big sites.
- Done 4 u website & ranking - if your short on time, there's a team available inside the program that can build out lead gen sites & rank them for you (only available to the students)
- Marketplace - you can buy other sites from other students, some students got too busy as their biz expanded and had to let go of some projects.
- Call tracking software - tons of important features like recording calls, attaching whisper message, auto-bill per call, & more.
- Google Map Listing Creation - a team that can create GMB's (Map listing) for you.
- 15 Prospecting Strategy - different things you can do to get a biz owner to pay you today without having leads in advance
- Email scripts - entire emails you can begin blasting to biz owners in your market
- Sales training specific to this lead generation business - how to close deals without sounding like a sales person (hint: don't sound like 95% of marketers out there)
- Lead Value Calculator - how to find the value of each phone call for each niche
Honestly there's a lot more training that you'll find inside that will allow you to operate like a pro instead of a newbie.
Even if this training allowed you to do 25% better, in a course of a year, that can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in a lucrative business like this.
My readership knows that I make most of my online income with local lead generation.
I truly believe it is the best online business model out there.
As I've said before many times on this blog, I'm just a kid that joined this coaching program with literally nothing, only making $2100 per month, living in a shitty apartment, driving a beat-up car.
I didn't have any confidence when it came to my ability to produce income.
It still amazes me that I quit my job just seven short months after joining the program.
That realization that you don't need to depend on a company or a job to feed you is life changing.
The opportunity we have now with the internet is just mindblowing.
A lawyer or doctor needs to go to school for 8 years, get into $100K to $200K student loan debt, which they have to pay off over 10-20 years with interest and after they graduate make $100K to $200K a year.
Its insane that in 2019, I'm now making $52K per month with my lead generation business, and with other things I'm doing now combined I'm over $100K per month.
None of this would of have been possible without my mentor and his lead gen biz model that he taught me.
I actually consider myself mentor-made not self-made.
Often times as entrepreneurs we give ourselves too much credit.
Just like a jockey & his horse, the horse is at least 10x more important, similarly much of my success is due to the vehicle.
For me, my vehicle was doing lead generation for local businesses using free traffic, that I was mentored through with this coaching program.