|Spartan Gaming, my new website for new and used computer parts|
So, this has been much more... lets go with frustrating... than I had originally anticipated. The problem with going into a retail business, is that distributors and manufacturers make it very difficult to find out what the wholesale pricing on their products are.
In the business I am in (that is, my day job) most manufacturers and distributors sell products to businesses at roughly a 50% discount. I had wrongly assumed that computer parts and electronics would be somewhere in the 25% discount range, when in reality a $12 stick of RAM costs me about $11.50 OR MORE.
About the only way I have found to be able to make a profit off of the cheaper parts, is to sell them on Amazon. This is because through Amazon's Seller account you can purchase postage at a discounted rate. So when you pay someone $5 for shipping through the USPS on Amazon, they get to keep about $2-3 (assuming it is a lightweight package that is, anything over 1lb. and I lose money on shipping).
The other way I have found to make a decent amount of money is to find used computers and laptops that are broken, figure out what is wrong with them, dismantle them and sell the parts. I am working on developing good strategies to find broken computers for free/cheap, but off of just my old laptop and my roommates I have made about $200 in parts. And I still have more to go through!
At the moment I only have 1 new product available on my website (My first order, there are currently 20 available) because I have limited funding to try and get this up and running. As I sell out of this and my used inventory, I will work my way up to higher end components. For the moment, if anyone needs to upgrade/add RAM to their laptop, take a look HERE.
At the moment I do not have all of my used inventory available on www.spartan-gaming.com, but I do have it available on Amazon. If you would like to take a look, check out the Spartan Gaming Amazon Storefront.
This blog has been quite an adventure for me! When I first started out I had not idea what to expect, maybe just a couple people a day would read it. Maybe none at all.
However it seems like even with my sporadic and infrequent updates, people like my website and what it has to offer. To date I www.mmomursz.com has gotten more than 15,000 page views. There was an initial slump during the longest pause in my posting, but last month MMOmursz got 3000+ views!
Now views in itself do not account for much besides an ego boost, so I'll fill you in on how this has helped me financially (since that is what you all come here for). From straight ad revenue, I have made about $20 in just under a year. Purchasing this domain only cost $9.99 per year through GoDaddy (they are running a special right now, I'll cover that a little later), and the Blogger platform is free to use, so I am already in the green from ads alone.
Where I have made most of the money from this blog is actually through the referral codes for AppTrailers and Clover. I probably get $2-3 per week, sometimes more from this. It just goes to show that if you can provide content that other people cannot or will not that people will respond. In my case, I try my hardest to provide people with HONEST reviews on how to make money online.
I cannot stress how important that last part has been to the mild success I have had with this website. Go ahead and google AppTrailers. What you will find is tons and tons of spam telling you that if you add a certain referral code that you will get unlimited points (and thus money). These people are preying on the fact that people will try it on the off chance it works, and profiting off of lies. Here at MMOMursz, I am open and upfront about exactly how much I make and how much you make (at least at the time the article was written, AppTrailers changes their policies constantly...) so that we can both benefit from the system.
I'm rambling a bit, but the point I've been trying to get across is that if you have a topic you think you might be able to write about semi-consistently, make a website or blog. If you are willing to have a www.something.blogspot.com web address, then you can do this for free! It won't cost you a dime but you can still make the ad revenue, you can still post about whatever you want. There is no reason to not give it a shot in the dark.
If you want to have your own web address, then you can either buy one after the fact through Blogger, or you can buy one before you set everything up. If you go through Blogger, they automatically use GoDaddy. Now, GoDaddy offers discounts all the time on products which you won't see through Blogger, so I would suggest going ahead and purchasing through them directly. Now for the review of GoDaddy, as at this point I used them for this blog, and for everything I needed to set up my web-store.
Besides the whole SOPA fiasco a few months back, I cannot say enough great things about GoDaddy. I know absolutely nothing about html and building websites, but through their products I've been able to get two pretty snazzy looking sites up and running. And it could not have been easier, they sell everything you'll need from the domain, the SSL certificate (encryption required to take credit card payments directly on your website), merchant accounts through multiple banks, and different website building packages.
Anyways I've droned on enough, and am getting a little tired. So I'll leave you with a spam of ads which have some discounts on domains and other services if you decide you would like to make your own website. To keep in line with the up front and honest thing, I will make revenue from any purchases you make after clicking on these. If you become a GoDaddy customer, these banners will be available to you for use on your website as well.
Thanks and Happy Earnings