It might seem strange to see an article about how to make money online with MySpace. A lot of Internet marketers will tell you that Myspace is dead but that’s precisely the reason you should take a look at it as a new vehicle for marketing. Now that everyone has moved their marketing efforts over to Facebook, the Myspace playing field is wide open and just waiting for you to jump in with both feet.
Social Media Marketing seems to be the watch word lately and, of course, when you think of social networks the first to come to mind is Facebook. But, just like you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge Facebook by it membership numbers. Facebook might claim 600 million users, but think about this – how many Facebook accounts do YOU have? I know I have at least 10 or 12 myself. And I only use one!
And if you follow the news, Facebook membership numbers are actually beginning to fall off. And what group are those numbers coming from? The younger crowd. Those users who prefer something a little more exciting than a plain, blue and white page. Something like Myspace, for example.
Yes, Myspace is alive and well and plenty of people still socialize there. So listen up and I’ll give you a few ideas of how to make money online with Myspace!
Know the members: Myspace is primarily a social network comprised of young, hip, music lovers and they gather there for their Indie music fix. Popular topics also include bands, celebrities, television, movies, video games, and entertainment and the user age ranges from 18 to 30. So you won’t find many people there interested in investing for their retirement or looking for a remedy for arthritis. However, you’ll find plenty of people interested in gaming, dating, shopping and anything else that falls under the heading of ‘Entertainment.’
Join Groups: Myspace users have the option of joining Groups and you’ll find just about any interest you can imagine. Do a relevant keyword search for groups who might be interested in whatever it is you’re trying to market and join those Groups.
Make friends and socialize: Myspace is a social network and, just like all the others, you need to get out and make friends if you want your message to be seen. And, just like the other networks, socializing does NOT involve selling. Posting links is allowed but do it too much and you’ll be labeled a spammer and banned.
Be creative: How do you make money online with Myspace if you’re a website designer or code generator? Easy. One of the highest rated searches on Myspace is the term ‘html’. Why? Because, unlike Facebook, Myspace allows users to customize their homepage – and for that they need html. So, if you market anything that has to do with html, you know there will be plenty of people, across all the Myspace groups, who will be interested.
If you’re a website designer or code generator then you need to be marketing yourself on Myspace. In fact, at the ripe old age of 17, Ashley Quail was making over $1 million a year designing Myspace layouts! And she turned down an offer of $17 million for her site!
But Myspace is still, and probably always will be, music and entertainment oriented. For that reason, video sites, gaming sites, and anything celebrity related will always be a good fit. Now, you can look at this in a number of ways: You can sell music, game or video-related products. For example, you could set up a gaming blog and sell game guides, or you could sell newly released DVDs or CDs. You can get creative and use music, games or videos to sell your product. Or you can get even more gutsy and move into offline marketing, promoting Indie bands and entertainment venues on Myspace for a cut of the profits.
But, no matter which direction you decide to take, rest assured, Myspace is alive and well – and the playing field is wide open.